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The Man who is Walking on Hair, I mean Air!

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.

No Cowboy Hat Can Cover Your Hair Loss Forever

It’s amazing to me how many people I see out on the streets, in restaurants, at sporting events and especially at my office who will not take off their Cowboy hat or baseball cap.  Patients come into my office to do a consultation and half way through I have to ask them to please remove their hat so I can really see what his issues are, and more importantly what it is going to take to fix them.  Talk about people who are hiding, not only do they not want people to see their hair loss, but I believe they are really not wanting to see it themselves.

You can look, but do you see?

It’s amazing how many men will lie to themselves and not allow their eyes to see the hair loss that is right in front of them, in the mirror every day.  I remember one patient in advertising I met who was talking with me about how I needed a spokesman for TV spots and print materials.  He explained that the before and after shots are crucial to Dr.’s in the hair restoration profession.  Everything he was saying made perfect sense, but the problem is once a person has their hair back they don’t want anyone to know that they went through a procedure to accomplish their spectacular look. The other issue I have to deal with is making them look through realistic eyes.

Now you see it, sometimes you don’t.

I told him that I agreed with him, but he could be that person for me since he was about 80% bald and the rest was leaving quickly.  He looked at me like I was crazy and said, “Are you kidding, I have plenty of hair!” My response was showing him other before pictures of many guys and having him decide if he had more or less hair than they did.  Finally my biggest weapon of all I brought in the mirror and we went through his hair, or lack thereof, so he could see the real truth.  This fellow had eyes that were only fooling him because it was obvious that he was between really thinning and really bald.

Your eyes may not let you see the truth

As the Eagles song says, “You can’t hide those lying eyes”.  You can cover your hair loss with hats, but sooner or later the hat’s always come off.  You can look in the mirror and believe one thing but the truth is staring you and everyone you meet right in the face.  And the funny part is that once you face the reality and realize you want your own hair growing for the rest of your life again, that is the day you will no longer be bald.

“The Start of a beautiful relationship” Casablanca (the movie)

That is what the marketing gentleman told me, after he decided to do the procedure and he and I have been working together for nearly two decades, I am the Dr. and he is the spokesman my company needed and finally found.  A happy patient, a great business associate and a dear friend.  It’s amazing once you face your demons, or accept reality, as opposed to covering it up, what you can accomplish.  This is just another of the many patient hair restoration stories that I try to share with you regularly.

I look forward to doing your story

Baldness is more than on your head…

If baldness is more than on your head, it’s on your mind then you need to find out more about hair restoration.  If your rear view mirror or the windows of buildings are a constant sneak peek to see if those few strands of hair you have plastered down are still in the right place, than you are suffering from more than hair loss.  Actually you have become obsessed with your hair loss, but what are you doing about it? There are many options available to you today, all you have to do is “Google” hair loss or baldness and you will see fixes that add up to thousands of products and billions of dollars.  So what should you do?

There is only one sure thing that works!

Ask yourself if you want to try spending lots of money on potions and lotions that claim to work or do you want to invest in a procedure that is certain to regrow your hair and will last for the rest of your life? Ask yourself, what is holding you back from this life-changing event?  Hair restoration could be one of the best things that you ever do for yourself, but so many men and women know this, but just won’t do it because they keep trying to find that magic bullet that will just work. Well it isn’t magic, but once you make the commitment to do it, in a few months when your hair is growing and flowing you will feel like it was.  So the BIG question is…

What’s stopping you?

Is it the fear of surgery? Do you think that it may be painful?  Or…are you concerned about how it will ultimately look? I can tell you from firsthand experience that if you’re baldness bothers you, hair restoration surgery will be one of the greatest things that you ever do for yourself.  I had it done and have performed it on thousands of patients throughout my career and I can humbly state that nearly every patient has told me and thanked me for changing their life. My patients feel like they joined a secret fraternity of guys who not only have their hair back, but also have the self-esteem back that they didn’t even know they were missing.

Let’s address each issue You may have…

The surgery is virtually painless. You are awake and comfortable throughout the entire process. Whether it is FUE or FUT your head is numb, so you are spending the majority of the time watching movies and sharing stories with the medical team. Once it is over you may feel a little discomfort the first night but notice I did not say pain.  Years ago this situation was extremely painful and you were laid up and swollen for days, but that was in the 80’s and 90’s.  Today our biggest problem is convincing folks how painless today’s techniques and medication are during and after it is over. Guys are shocked about how easy it is and how fast they are out and about, in many instances the night of the procedure.

Now let’s talk about results!

I’ll bet you didn’t know that the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the world for men is Hair Restoration.  You pass men who have had it done every day and don’t realize it because it looks so good and is so natural.  Yes, you see bad results from the 80’s and 90’s because that was how the treatments were done, but not anymore.  As far as results… when you have it done with a great doctor and a great team of highly trained technicians… you get great, natural looking results. At Physicians Hair Restoration Center we have it all, and the empathy and knowledge to deal with all your physical and emotional issues.  So if baldness or thinning hair is bothering you put a stop to it immediately.  Once you pick up your phone and schedule a free consultation that is the moment you are no longer bald. So just do it!

Change Your Hair Loss Situation and Change Your Life!

Unknown History of Hair Loss #3: “THE SAMPSON SYNDROME”

Almost everyone knows the Biblical tale of Sampson and his hair. As a matter of fact, Sampson could be the reason why so many men seem to suffer from Hair Loss. Well in case you have not stayed up to date on your Bible stories, or if you have never heard of Sampson, I’ll provide you with a brief synopsis of Sampson and his hair – or lack thereof.

Hair all over his pillow, sound familiar?

So Sampson woke up and saw hair all over his pillow.  He reached up, touched his head and realized he was bald. He had told his lover Delilah that his strength was in his hair, because that was what God had told him. While he was napping Delilah gave him a trim that left him hairless. His posture slumped, and he felt all of his strength was gone…but was it really?

When he lost his hair he lost his strength – or so he believed!

Well according to the Bible he was taken prisoner and put into the dungeon in the King’s castle, where they proceeded to blind him as well.  Now comes the big question: was his strength really gone or did he just believe it was gone because his faith in God was so strong? Well he probably still had his strength but his confidence was shattered. The woman he cared about took his one secret and betrayed him.  Sampson was devastated, and I can relate because I know when I was losing my hair I felt I looked like a goof.  Baldness and thinning hair was just not the way I wanted to see myself. And if your hair is thinning or you’re bald, I’m sure you’ve thought about Sampson many times; I know I did.

Mirrors become enemies, and you really think you have no control!  I’d walk past mirrors and realize that I did not look like me anymore.  Not only did I not look right, but I felt myself getting depressed because I wanted to stop my growing forehead, but I really had no control over the hand Mother Nature was dealing  me. I had fallen victim to the dreaded

“SAMPSON SYNDROME”

I just couldn’t accept this new me that I was locked into, but then I found a way out.  I found Physicians Hair Restoration Center.  For years they have been achieving outstanding results for their clients, and they can do the same for you.   If you’re suffering from the Sampson Syndrome or you just hate losing your hair, make a real difference in your life, not just the way you look, but the way you feel about yourself. Be like Sampson and grow your hair back and renew your strength, confidence and self-esteem.  Just call Physicians Hair Restoration Center …You have nothing to lose, and think about all you can gain.

It’s amazing how some people never quite understand…

Two years ago I went to Physicians Hair Restoration Center and decided to have a hair restoration procedure, better known to me as a hair transplant.  Although my hair loss had been bothering me for quite a while, I just couldn’t get the nerve to find out about this procedure.  After all it wasn’t a potion pill or lotion it was surgery, and surgery is a very scary word.  In addition I would go out for dinner and you see these guys with half bald heads and hairs in clumps, or very unnatural looking hairlines that I could see right through.  These guys looked like they stuck their finger in a socket and their hair went wild.  If that was the result people were receiving and accepting, then this procedure was not for me.

A free consultation couldn’t hurt my looks

I went into the consultation and immediately asked, “Why do I keep seeing men with bad hair transplants, and where are the good ones?”  Dr. Puig, the specialist I was seeing, laughed and said that those gentlemen are his worst advertising. “Hair Restoration is the most popular procedure for men in the world”, he proceeded, “but the men who have good ones or great ones never get noticed because they look so natural. You see them every day, but only the bad ones stand out.” I continued to learn that many men are told from the start, in their treatment plan, that they may need a second or even a third procedure. Many of these men, for whatever reason, never continue, so they and their incomplete results look somewhat goofy.  Other men have had the procedure so long ago and then have lost more hair since it was done, and again they now are walking around looking like they are incomplete.

One out of four patients is an update

“We continue to see many of our old patients for updates or we see other patients from other doctors because not all doctors have the artistic flair to give their patients that natural undetectable look, or many doctors don’t keep up to date with current technology”, Dr. Puig explained to me.  Well between the doctor’s explanation and the knowledge I received I moved forward and had a wonderful experience and a phenomenal result. Ironically when I went in after a year Dr. Puig and I went over my before and after photos, and took new ones.  We saw that although I looked great with my new beautiful hair I noticed a few areas that I wanted to densify and improve.  When we reviewed the photos closely Dr. Puig and I agreed.  So since the first procedure was so easy and painless compared to what I expected, I scheduled the second one because I did not want to be one of those guys that looked good from far, but was far from good, let alone great. And great was the way I wanted to be and be seen.

Today my only regret is that I did not do it sooner

Now it is two years later and I believe I look at least fifteen years younger. I feel so good about my looks and my Doc, Carlos Puig and his staff gave me such a natural undetectable result that I adore and appreciate every day I when I wake up and look in the mirror. The new found confidence and pride that I feel about myself and my looks is the reason I have taken the time to share my experience with other guys who have the fears and anger I was living with. So, I have written this blog. In addition, I walk up to people occasionally in restaurants and ask them why they don’t go in and see my Doc because he can help them look so much better.  A few men get angry, a few share their bad experience and a few thank me graciously and tell me they will go, because they believe they finally have found a solution and the right doctor to trust.  I have read a lot of things on the web about some sob stories with hair transplants, but what I’ve learned  is, it isn’t always the doctors who are bad or did a bad job, but many times it’s the patients who just never finished what they started.

Always finish what you start

Take it from me my second procedure put the frosting on the cake and the cherry on the top. If you’ve had a transplant and are not happy see my doctor, Dr. Carlos Puig, and finish the job.  If you are thinking of a hair transplant and only want the best, see the folks at Physicians Hair Replacement Center and…

…Plan A-Head!

Hair Restoration… It’s not how you start, its how you finish!

It’s amazing how many products in the medical field are being affected by advertising.  I continually see ads for everything from erectile dysfunction to depression.  Well I know that there are several ailments that would and could make you depressed, and even more depressing would be if the medication you were taking to fix you could create liver problems, migraines, kidney infections or death.  All these pharmaceutical companies are bombarding consumers with so many cure-alls that can fix you, so why is it is that everyone in America isn’t walking around totally healthy and happy.

FUE versus FUT

And here I am sitting on an airplane looking at the magazine and here is the ad for hair restoration. FUE vs. FUT…Follicular Unit Extraction vs Follicular Unit Transplant. The FUE manufacturers are attacking the FUT technique to try to generate more market share for this new technique that is being sold to as many physicians as they can sell too. The truth is that both procedures can and should co-exist because every patient is different and should have the option to choose what is best for their hair loss, budget and end result.  Any Physician who is really a specialist in hair restoration should be offering their patients both technologies, and if they are not why Not? Could it be that the doctor only offering FUE does not know how to do FUT?  If that is the case then what does he really know about hair loss and hair restoration?

If a clinic offers both techniques they are usually Qualified Hair Specialists

We do spectacular hair restoration, and patients keep asking me about FUE or FUT.  That is like asking me how do you pull teeth as opposed to asking me how do you create a beautiful smile?  The art of a hair procedure is not how you remove the hair follicle but how do you put the hair follicles back in…That is the real difference.  It is the final outcome that separates the artistic Doctor from an experienced technician. The real artist knows that you can create a spectacular hair restoration with FUE or FUT.

Don’t let the ads fool you!!

The real question is how are the end results that you receive?  Patients only have one head, and it is amazing how many people we see that need a revision and more hair to make their transplant look correct.  Stop being fooled by clinics that advertise that they have a great new technology—we have all the technology, but you want someone who also has the experience and the credentials to provide you with a fabulous result…that is what you want…A fair price and a fabulous result.  Some patients are perfect for FUT some for FUE, but that is how you start, what you really should care about is how you look when we are finished, and your own natural hair is growing again for the rest of your life.

Stop wasting money and Start Growing Hair!

For years, men and women have been looking for the cure to find a way to stop losing hair or more importantly how to regrow the hair they have lost. If you think your hair is going down the drain, think of all the dollars you are throwing down that same drain on products that have great advertising but at the end of the day you spent the money on nothing. There are chemicals, shampoos, pills, sprays, and all sorts of other things that are advertised as helping with hair loss. I’m sure you have tried your fair share on promises and products that just didn’t deliver. After being in and around the hair loss and hair gain business for over four decades I have seen it all and the only thing that truly works, if you are a prospect, is Medical Hair Restoration, or what is commonly called a Hair Transplant.

Some of the products that are on the market for hair loss do work to a degree for some people based on age, expectations and what is making you lose your hair in the first place. The truth is that none of these products work on the majority of people who are simply suffering from male pattern baldness or female pattern hair loss. In other words, if you are incapable of growing hair this usually has to do with genetics, which means there is no shampoo or cream in the world that is going to provide you with the miracle results you and everyone losing their hair are really looking for.

The products that you buy over the counter are expensive. If one doesn’t work, you may buy another one and then another one. Over time, you may be spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars to try and find a solution. At some point, you should stop and consider seeing a doctor who will be able to figure out what you are experiencing is hair loss and hopefully that Doctor can tell you what can be done about it, and either help you with a solution or send you to a specialist who can and will help you solve and resolve, and even reverse the issue.

Once you sit down with the right doctor, you can learn about all of the options that exist for you. Whether you experienced the hair loss as a result of stress, genes, chemotherapy or something else, this needs to be identified. From there, it will be easier to determine what can be done so you don’t have to keep wasting your money on all of the miracle products that just don’t work.

The doctor is likely going to talk to you about medical hair restoration and what it can do for you. You can finally get the appearance of a full head of natural growing hair that you have been trying to get. When you measure the lasting results you get for the rest of your life, and then factor the cost based on a lifetime it is really just pennies a day to have your hair on your head and in your mirror looking at you every day.  Once you meet with the doctor, you can then go home and throw out all of the products that are under your sink – and you will never have to buy another one again. Usually the maintenance for a hair transplant is haircuts and shampooing—Period.

Too much money is wasted on products that attempt to resolve hair loss issues every year. Hair restoration with a medical facility like ours is the only way to go and truly know. Once you come in for a free consultation at our state of the art facility, you can find out what procedure is right for you and get started –once you do you will be watching your hair and your self-esteem start growing again in no time at all. Most importantly you will stop seeing your hair and your money going down that proverbial drain.

Why Should You Consider Botox?

In spite of what people will tell you, there are few other treatments that curb the form of wrinkles like Botox, which is the common word for botulinum toxin. There are two kinds of wrinkles: static and dynamic lines. When the skin’s collagen stores are depleted, static lines start to form because of tissue laxity. Dynamic lines are commonly created by muscle movement which inevitably occurs by making facial expressions. Continue reading Why Should You Consider Botox?

PRP for Hair Restoration

When it comes to hair restoration options, there are plenty of choices available to the general public.  One of the more mysterious methods of hair restoration is the use of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to stimulate hair growth.  The mysterious portion of the treatment comes from the lack of solid evidence regarding the effectiveness of the treatment. Continue reading PRP for Hair Restoration

Hair Loss for Women is Increasingly More Common

Maybe it is the environment, or possibly because women are living longer, or maybe it’s all the coloring and chemicals women are using on their hair, or even the effects from the decades of being on birth control. Maybe it is a combination of all of the above or none of the above. Somewhere along the way I am seeing more women in a month than I used to see in a year. Female hair loss is becoming more and more of a major issue. That being said the science and technology of today’s hair medications and restoration have given this new segment of the hair loss generation new hope.

There is new hope for women with Hair Loss

Women need to understand that there is a major difference that marketing experts are constantly trying to disguise. There is thickening your hair and growing more hair, and the difference between these two procedures is like putting a bandage on a cut or putting sutures or stiches on a cut. Many patients we see have purchased expensive shampoos or supplements off the web or from hair stylists claiming to thicken hair, and some of them actually do what they claim to do—add body or thickness to the patient’s hair. The problem is that the lady is really looking to have more hair not necessarily thicken the thinning strands that she has left.

There are many options that may help, but only one real solution

Today women have many options that may help them awaken their follicles and generate some regrowth. These options include Minoxidol, which comes in many products but is best known by the product name Rogaine. Another option is low level laser which includes one that is approved by the FDA call Hair Max, another option medically approved is a chemical taken orally called Finasteride, but better known as a pharmaceutical product called Propecia which is only recommended for post-menopausal women and a relatively new option is PRP treatments which may stimulate dormant follicles. The key word in the headline is all these treatments may slow down or stop hair loss or thinning, but rarely are any of these techniques successful at growing hair with the density most woman are looking for to style and grow to suit their expectations.

The Real answer that really gives Women much more than Hair!

Contemporary Hair Restoration Surgery can be the only real way to bring women back their hair as well as their self-esteem and the ability to go out in public and look and feel great about themselves. Hair loss to anyone, men or women, can be a very traumatic occurrence, but when it comes to women it is very often devastating. Today I am so proud that we can finally offer techniques that not only work scientifically but also work aesthetically. Today we can at least give the appearance that we have reversed Female Pattern Hair Loss, and eliminate the see through hair loss that many women are suffering with. Our biggest problem is education, and constantly having to fight against gigantic advertising budgets for products that don’t work but try to convince the public that they are the miracle solution that women have been looking for. Today we are not only seeing more women, but we are successfully treating more women, so yes Ladies, Female Hair Loss does not have to be a jail you are locked in because finally we have the key to offer you the freedom you and your appearance have been looking for.