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When it comes to your hair, there’s nothing magical about having it or losing it. The real magic is making it come back again, but it really isn’t magic it all starts with making a phone call for an appointment. As the weather starts to cool down and we are fast approaching Halloween you’re going to see lots of clown costumes wearing masks trying to make bald look funny. Clowns are funny, but there’s nothing funny when your hair is thinning or worse still when it’s gone. Whether your costume is a pirate, a musketeer, prince charming, or even a rock star, when you are looking for a handsome costume to make you look cool, all the heroes costumes come with hair. It may not be fair, and it certainly is not nice, but the truth is our society says handsome comes with hair.
When you look in the mirror what do you see?
So when you are looking in the mirror is it a trick or a treat. Having met with thousands of bald men throughout my career, I can honestly tell you the “BEFORE” guys hate their mirror! They peak in the rear view mirror when they are driving or glance at windows when they are walking by buildings. If there is a mirror they peak at it because they want to make sure those few hairs are still in place, but they really hate looking into it too long, because they really don’t like what they see. The “AFTER” guys are head over heels with their mirror, as a matter of fact mirrors become second nature to them again. One patient put it perfect, “When you wake up in the morning and you look in the mirror a bad hair day is better than a bald hair day –any day.” Until you’ve had a transplant and seen the fabulous, natural results we achieve today, you may not grasp the new self-esteem that the “AFTERS” are feeling, seeing and loving.
Halloween is just the beginning…
Here come the holidays it starts with Halloween, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, Kwanzaa, Work Holiday parties, Family get togethers, Super Bowl Parties, and more. And the difference between the good old days and today is you are going to be seen by thousands of your friends, family and acquaintances and many of their friends through Facebook, Instagram, Snap chat, Websites and more. How are you going to see them, as BEFORES or AFTERS? The choice is yours, and as I said before, it all starts with a phone call. Once you make the call that is the first day of having your own natural hair growing back on your head again. No clowning around, if your hair loss is bothering you, an easy call can change your looks and life.
When I would consult with young men in their 20s I would usually hear about how thick their hair used to be and then one day they looked in the mirror and realized that they could not deny hair loss was becoming a larger and larger part of their head and their life. That was the similar story I would get from men in their 30s, and 40s and so it goes.
The numbers keep growing, not hair
It’s amazing but only 20% of the men in their 20s have hair loss, and 30% of men in their 30s, 40% in their 40s and it just keeps growing. 70% of the men in their 70s, and believe it or not, we see plenty of men in their 60s and 70s. Everyone thinks they all have a unique story, but the truth is that most of the stories are very similar. There is an old saying in show business, “All the side men want to be front men and all the front men want to go home.” Everyone thinks there story is unique but the universal truth is no one wants to lose their hair no matter what age they are.
What changes are the reasons you stay bald?
I have heard all the reasons or should I say excuses why men stay bald (we will address women in a separate blog, since they are a completely different species), and once again I will try to share many of the excuses, but there is really only one reason…do you know what the real reason is?
I have heard that they can’t afford the procedure that it is too expensive. It is for this reason that we offer financing plans for the few who really are having financial issues. I have heard that they are going to wait till more hair falls out so they can do it all at once, when realistically have you ever seen a man who has hair so thin that you think he is handsome. Most of these people grow a beard, shave their head, or put on a cowboy hat from the moment they awaken till they go to bed.
I have heard that they don’t believe they are losing their hair because their Dad has a great head of hair—really, then why are you in my office?
And the excuses continue…
Then there is the one where the prospect has seen someone who has had a bad hair transplant and he would never want to look like that. I explain that what he saw was an old transplant which was done with the best technology we had in the old days, but either he saw a patient who was done then, or a patient who never finished or who was done by a Dr. who was not experienced with all the newest technologies. This is not the work of a contemporary experienced surgeon. And, finally there is the “I don’t have time now, but when I can fit it into my schedule I’ll do it because I really want hair.” If you really want hair you will find the time to get it done, because today, you usually don’t even have to take time off with how advanced today’s technology has become.
The universal truth is–
Fear is the universal truth that is the hidden factor behind all of the excuses. Whether you are 25 or 75, fear of the unknown may keep you away from doing, looking and feeling the way you want to be the rest of your life. Fear of the word surgery, fear of pain, fear of the people you have chosen to do the procedure with, fear of the final result and how you will look. Fear has made failures out of many situations and many, many people. Overcoming your fears is a common denominator that has made people very successful, and allowed people to live and fulfill their dreams.
Hair restoration surgery will change your life?
I have seen thousands of patients overcome their fear and take the leap of faith to become my patient. Today they look and feel better about who they are and what they have accomplished with their life. They know that their hair had a very influential effect on their overall attitude and how they approached every day. From their overall self-esteem and confidence to being a better man, father, husband and business professional their decision to go forward with hair was a fork in the road and every one of them will tell you they chose the right way to go. The road to having hair may be the road less traveled, but it is definitely the right way to go, I know because my patients tell me everyday.
A few years back the World Series of Poker had thousands of players waiting in line to get in the week long tournament and the buy in was $10,000. Online Poker was a huge rage where people could sit in their pajamas and play poker with people from all over the world. If you were good and lucky you could win a fortune, by the same token, people were also losing fortunes which was one of the reasons why the government decided that Online gambling should be and became illegal. As fun as it was, even the Online experts found when they sat in a real game nothing compared to the face to face play where you could really size up your opponent.
When it comes to hair loss who is the real opponent
By now I’m sure you are wondering what does poker have to do with hair loss, after all, you are on a hair loss site reading this blog. Well there are two similarities to poker and thinning hair, one is “The Tell”. The tell is a sign where your opponent does something that shows you that they have a strong or weak hand, for example he can tap his finger or chew his thumb nail or even rub his temple…all these and many more tip off a good player when the person on the other side of the table does this consistently, which exposes a strength or usually a weakness.
The cover up tell
In Hair Loss, if you see a fellow in an area like a bar or airport or really anywhere inside wearing a baseball cap, it is usually a tell that he is covering his head because he doesn’t like how his hair, or lack of it, looks. This is the cover up tell, and you can bet it is almost always right. The other similarity is that there are certain hands that have a better chance of winning than other hands. Every combination of cards have different odds or percentages to be able to win. The same concept is applicable to different techniques for fixing hair loss.
To win make sure the odds are in your favor
There are all kinds of different ways and claims to make your hair grow. Most shampoos and conditioners may help your hair look better, but there is no shampoo that will make your follicle stronger and make your hair grow. Minoxodil, better known as Rogaine has been on the market for men and women for years, and yet almost every patient we see has tried it and failed. Even if it worked the odds hair it didn’t work enough to give you long strong growing hair that gives you coverage and you can style. Then there are low level lasers, but only 2 or 3 have FDA approval which means the company that owns them has gone through great efforts and expense to do studies to prove that their equipment works to grow and/or retain your hair. Retaining your existing hair is a better chance than really growing back the hair you have lost. Propecia is the same story as the low level laser. This is a pill that has been around for around a decade and for every person who has tried it I would venture a guess there are at least 2 who tried and quit versus 1 who tried and stayed and felt they got some kind of result, even if it is just retaining what they have.
Only one way to have a winning hand every time
Hair Restoration which is done with two techniques now is a sure bet. We do the Strip technique and the FUE technique. Both work fabulously taking the follicles out and with the right Dr. and veteran techs putting them in is the real artistic finale to having your own natural growing hair again flowing on your head for the rest of your life. The technology has never been better, the post-op recovery is quick and easy, the cost has never been lower, and the result is spectacular. So just like poker if you want to win the game, know the odds and use your head …for you hair loss.
Hair Restoration is always a Winning Hand
A few months ago a gentleman came in for a consult and as he walked through the door I was shock by his overall appearance. He was dragging his left foot and had his left hand in his pocket. He literally had no teeth and was wearing what I have to call a huge pimp hat. The first thing that came out of his mouth was so slurred that I had trouble understanding anything he said. He said something about how my staff has to learn to speak slower on the phone especially when they hear someone is having problems communicating with them. Actually the gentleman was giving me advice about how to improve my staff and my business, which I later passed on to them because he was right. I asked him if he had suffered from a stroke, because all his symptoms pointed in that direction, but came to find out that he had been hit by a car and suffered major head trauma which included surgery and that also was why his arm and leg were so crippled. With all that was going on with this gentleman’s health and physical appearance, the one thing that bothered him most was his hair loss.
I have this convertible but the top won’t close
Once I finally got him to take his giant “pimp” hat off, I realized he was suffering with a Shakespearian hairline, no hair in front and all his hair was gone to about the middle of his head. He was calling it his convertible that wouldn’t close and said he needed three fingers of hair to get the roof to finally close again. As I examined him I knew that this poor soul would never be able to afford this procedure, but I didn’t want to belittle him by not giving him a complete and thorough examination, which I would do for any patient who took the time to come in and see me. Using his analogy I explained that 3 fingers would not do what he had explained to me he wanted done. He would need at least five fingers to get his top to totally close. He was going to need me to rebuild his entire hairline and fill in the space all the way back. We were going to create an age appropriate recession for him and I felt we would make him look great about his hair again.
Now it was time to talk Dollars that made Sense
I really tried to make this procedure as affordable as possible for this “poor” gentleman who had gone through so much in his life. Don’t get me wrong I try to be affordable for all my patients because all men and women who are suffering from hair loss should have the opportunity to have their own natural growing hair back on their head, but I was certain that this man was never going to be able to afford it. Then I quoted him a fair price and he said that he forgot money, but if I would stay open till 6:00PM he would bring me $2,000 for a deposit and would bring me the rest the day of his Pre-op. Well you could knock me over with a tooth pick. I never thought was going to happen. Then I found out we were the third place he had gone to and everyone had him in and out in ten minutes or less, and we were the only ones who took the time to take him seriously and gave him the chance to believe we were the people he could trust to do the job so it would look natural and great.
He got me, but taught me a great lesson!
When he came for the pre-op and I asked for the remainder of the money he owed he said he forgot it, and my heart sank. Then he smiled and laughed and said, “Aha, I got you, you thought I forgot, but I have all the cash right here in my pocket!” He did get me, but today I got him, it is now about seven months later and his hair looks fabulous and the sparkle in his eye is even brighter than it was the day we met. This man allows us to grow hair on him and his attitude and faith have been an inspiration that he has shared with us.
We Grew Hair on him and he sure Grew on us…
What an Inspiration!
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Do you find your confidence threatened by hair that’s becoming scarce? Our hair is one of the most important pieces of our image and appearance, and the onset of hair loss can have a real and severe impact on how a person sees themselves.
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It’s that time again, one of our favorite times of the year, and today the holidays should be called the Red Carpet Season, because it’s party time! This is no longer your father’s holiday season, no, no, it’s now a paparazzi paradise. The holiday season now includes a vast array of events where you are on display everywhere. When I say Holidays today I mean Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Year’s Eve, Cuanza, Work Holiday parties, Family get togethers, Super Bowl Parties, and more. And the difference between the good old days and today is you are going to be seen by thousands of your friends, family, acquaintances and many of their friends through Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, Websites and more. Continue reading A Very Hairy Holiday to All…
Four months ago I finally had my hair transplant procedure. I have a very High profile position at a famous hotel in Houston, and I did not want anyone to know I was doing it before, during and certainly after. The staff at Physicians Hair Replacement Center assured me that if I gave them a few days, with the coverage I had of existing my hair, and the proper styling, no one would ever know. Continue reading My Hair and Hawaii…
So the other day I’m sitting in my office and my nurse comes in and tells me we have a patient on the phone that needs to talk with me. For privacy purposes, let’s call him John. I immediately grabbed the phone because with over 4 decades in medicine I’ve learned that when a patient calls it isn’t usually to check how my golf game is going. The conversation basically went this way, “John how are you doing, and how is everything going?” I opened enthusiastically, and much to my surprise the response I received on the other end was overwhelming.
“Doctor you won’t believe how different my hair is,”
That was John’s response to me, and although it sounded very positive I didn’t want to presume anything, so I asked a more probing question, “So it’s been 7 months and your hair should be growing in nicely?” “Nicely,” he screamed, “It’s amazing!” Whew, that’s what I was hoping to hear, but you never know whether you have met the patient’s expectations. I have seen hair restoration results that I think are absolutely spectacular, but the patient is looking for “Bullet Proof Hair”, which in many cases that kind of density can only be accomplished with multiple procedures. Plus the patient needs an extremely strong donor area, which our patient John really had. John finally scheduled an appointment to come in and shoot photos, and wanted to know if we could discuss scheduling a 2nd procedure which is what we had talked about in our long term plan.
Wow, the meeting was worth the wait!
John came in and my nurses and I were stunned at how spectacular his result was. After we shot current photographs, he sat down and said, “I can’t believe what a difference between my before pictures and now. My eyes were lying to me and telling me I had more hair than I really did.” He was on a major ramble, but the sparkle in his eyes was worth just letting him talk. He kept going, “My wife says it really didn’t matter to her and I looked fine before, but all of a sudden she’s buying me different clothes a little bit younger looking and a lot less conservative…This really says a lot, without saying a word. And like you told me Doc, it’s more than just my wife, it’s all about the compliments that I seem to be getting more and more from total strangers as well as friends. And most of all it’s about the confidence I feel every day when I look in the mirror, and that’s why I’m here today.”
I’m not waiting to lose more, when today I can get more
“Doc, not only do I want to thank you, but I am here today to say let’s schedule the next one before I follow my family pattern and start to lose more. Now that I see how good this works and how great you are, I know I never want to deal with hair loss again.” And to prove how happy he was and is, John not only booked his next procedure, but he wants to be a before and after model on my website when his second procedure grows in. I guess you could say here’s…
A Gentleman who’s really walking on air, because of his hair.