The more we can answer your questions about hair transplant and restoration, the more comfortable you will feel. Usually when it comes to surgery, even elective surgery, people may be apprehensive. It is for this reason that we prefer to refer to hair restoration as a procedure, it has an easier flow and feel. Since hair restoration is non-invasive and the complication rate is so minimal, we try to eliminate and/or ease all your fears.
Fear and anxiety comes from the unknown, so the more we can explain on the web and in your private consultation, the more confident and comfortable you will become with PHRC and your commitment to having hair again. With knowledge comes security and a good patient has good answers to all their questions. If you have any questions we haven't answered, please ask or call 713-396-5596.
Choosing a Hair Transplant Clinic/Surgeon
How You Should Evaluate the Hair Transplant Physician Facility and decide Who's Going to Perform Your Hair Transplant
Find out how long the physician has been doing hair transplants and, more importantly, how many procedures are being performed in the facility each month. This is a way you can get an idea of the experience not only of the physician but also the hair transplant technicians who work their as well. Just like playing a musical instrument, or any other artistic endeavor, hair transplantation requires active "practice" to master the production of smooth uneventful procedures.
Ask about/see the surgeon's credentials. Look for information from reputable organizations like:
- ISHRS: International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
- ABHRS: American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
- AMA: American Medical Association member in good standing
- AACS: American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
- AOA: American Osteopathic Association
Hair Transplant fees should never be quoted on the phone ...every person's needs and expectations are different. If anyone is willing to quote you a price on the phone BE CAUTIOUS! Take your time, have all your questions answered, and make sure you feel comfortable with the proposed treatment plan, results you'll achieve, and the people who will be working with you.
Understand your specific procedural strengths and limitations - length of time it will take, density that can be achieved, relative size of your donor and recipient areas, all are factors in the answer to the question "are you a good candidate?".
Make sure you see numerous "before and after photos" of all types of hair and styles. Ask about evaluations from previous patients on post-operative reactions...they should be documented and complications should be rare and easily healed.
The Hairline - The Hairline - The Hairline - Single hairs are the epitome in hair transplant artistry for the ultimate, most natural looking hair transplant that is, and will remain, totally undetectable.
Fees should include all follow-up visits for each hair transplant procedure. The number of hair transplant procedures you need will be determined by what you wish to achieve.
Do the priorities of the office staff reflect those of the you the patient or the physician? If the office staff is patient-motivated, the physician is most likely patient-motivated. In other words, service and support provided by the staff should be primarily designed to meet your needs
Ask for patient references, people that you may call to hear first hand about patient care and satisfaction with the final results. The ultimate compliment for any physician is to have their patients care enough to share their good experiences and satisfied results.
Price...what you pay is determined by the size and complexity of your agreed upon treatment plan. Your hair transplant is an important once in a lifetime investment. In hair transplantation, as with any surgery, the experience of the surgical team helps to minimize the patient's risk. When you work with this formula, the lowest price is not what you're searching for...It is the ultimate result. .
General Hair Transplant and Restoration FAQs
There are all kinds of potions and lotions that advertise that they are the cure for baldness. Billions of dollars have been spent by people all over the world only to be disappointed because of the loss of dollars in their wallet and even the bigger loss of hair on top of their head. Very few medications have FDA approval for the treatment of hair loss (notice we did not say hair growth). Some of these products may grow some hair, but the density and thickness is rarely what people are looking to see. Minoxidil (known mainly as Rogaine™) is a topical medicine that must be applied twice a day and is better known for stopping hair loss on younger adults. Finasteride (Propecia™) is a pill only for men taken once a day. After considerable testing and documentation, science has determined: Propecia™, 48% regrowth, 67% stop loss or regrowth, 93% slow down, stop loss or regrowth. Rogaine™ is at 12-15% regrowth, 35% stop loss. Hair Transplant Surgery is the only real remedy today for hair loss!On the average 94-95% of all hair transplant grafts grow, and keep growing, and 2010 technologies offer the most natural results ever seen.
Hair Restoration is a contemporary term for Hair Transplantation. Contemporary Hair Restoration, Hair Transplantation, does integrate modern technologies and techniques and produces a much more natural result than its predecessor. The usage of more sophisticated anesthesia, surgical tools & surgery techniques, anti-swelling medication, lasers and other medical prescriptions available today truly allow PHRC physicians to restore your hair growth, and in most cases reverse, slow down, or prevent future hair loss.
In most cases good candidates for hair transplant surgery can be identified during a PHRC consultation and examination. Just by the fact that you are visiting our web site means you are serious about the effect baldness is having on your life. This positive mental attitude makes you a very good candidate for Hair Restoration, and now you should schedule a One on One consultation so we can evaluate exactly what can be done for your unique situation. The consultation is non invasive and really is essential to discovering what Hair Transplant Surgery can do for you and carefully determine that your expectations are in sync with what can really be accomplished.
Some people say if your Father is bald, you will be. Others say, if your Mother’s Father is bald you will be bald…Yes, you may be bald, and it is because of a genetic pre-disposition. Baldness in 95% of all cases in men is the result of the effect of a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) or DHT-sensitive hair follicles that are distributed in an inherited pattern on the scalp. When the DHT level increases at puberty the sensitive hair follicles start to shorten their growing phases, eventually they do not grow at all. Your hair loss will occur when and if it is programmed to, and once it begins it usually continues for life.
Years ago, people used to avoid Hair Transplants because it was somewhat painful, but today virtually all our patients are amazed that there is little, if any, discomfort in the procedure. Even the anesthesia can now be delivered virtually pain free. Dr Puig asks every patient to quantify their procedural pain on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being unbearable. Over 95% of the patient’s score their procedural discomfort at 2 or less. At PHRC pain is a word that hair transplant patients rarely ever use.
Recovery is again, yesterday’s news! Many people are able to work the next day and most activities within three days. All activities, including most exercise and regular hair care can be resumed in five days. Tiny scabs, like a razor knick from shaving, will form and be gone in less than a week if the post operative instructions are followed carefully. Depending on your degree of baldness or your hairstyle, most people will never notice a hair transplant was done.
Just like when you move a plant from the back yard to the front yard it takes a while for the plant to come out of the shock of being moved, and then it starts to grow again. All we move is the hair follicle, and just like the plant it will take a little time for you to notice the growth, but within 90 to 120 days you will see tiny hairs growing and within about four to eight months you will be ecstatic. This 90 to 120 day post hair transplant time line for hair transplant growth has been getting shorter, as we have incorporated the copper peptide and low level laser technologies into our post operative routine. About 50% of the patients who use these technologies post hair transplant experience significant hair growth in 45 to 90 days.
Every day you will look forward to combing your new hair. Once you have your first major haircut the look and feel will begin to totally enhance your looks and the way you feel about yourself.
The transplanted hair will grow for the rest of your life. Period.
Once the Doctor determines that you have a sufficient donor area (where the transplanted hair comes from) and that you have realistic expectations as to what can be accomplished, the Hair Transplant procedure is guaranteed to take and grow. Under the very rare circumstances that a relatively small percentage of the grafts do not take, we will replace them at no charge as long as there is appropriate donor area available.
If you can tell that an individual has had a Hair Transplant Procedure, then it was not performed at PHRC, and it may not have been performed properly. Using artistic state-of-the-art techniques and technology should provide you, our patient, with a completely natural, age appropriate, head of hair that can be styled, colored and changed to fit your style throughout your life and all the changes that you may go through.
Frontal area scaring is very minimal and usually covered by growing hair. Dr Puig uses the most contemporary and innovative techniques to close the donor area site. Most patients can have the Trichophyic Closure, a technique where 90% of the patients have a donor scar of less than 2.5mm with, WITH HAIR GROWING THROUGH IT, so it is often only visible to an experienced hair transplant professional. Not even your hair dresser will know!
Because Dr Puig has been performing hair transplant surgery in all of its modalities for over 38 years, with each wave of innovation he has developed techniques to apply new technology to old surgical results. Developing these skills has patients from all over the world coming to seek his help in making their prior results look more natural. Approximately 8% of the procedures Dr. Puig performs are on people who have previously had transplants done somewhere else and are seeking to improve their outcome. Consistent with PHRC’s "patients before profits" philosophy, Dr Puig will offer solutions for these complex cases, and put them into a cost-benefit perspective you can easily understand during your consultation. In these rare cases, the doctor may also seek the input from other experienced hair restoration surgeons to confirm the patient is being offered the best opportunity for improvement
When it comes to women with hair loss, they have very few options, and hair transplantation is one of the most reliable opportunities they have for a permanent real, growing hair result. Unlike men, about 40% of the women with hair loss have a hair loss that is associated with one of several skin diseases. Careful evaluation and diagnosis, before hair transplant surgery is critical to proper patient selection and treatment plan development. Also female pattern hair loss can affect the donor area in about 20% of these patients. This means seeking the care of an experienced physician who will take the time to make the correct diagnosis is critical for females with hair loss.
The hair transplant procedure for women is similar to the hair transplant performed on men with some important variations in the details of the technique. These can and will be discussed with the Doctor during the consultation. We are also a frequent choice for women wanting to repair scarring hair loss from facelifts, or other surgeries. Woman have also discovered us for hair transplants to the eyebrows and eye lashes.