What is the difference between old hair plugs and follicular unit extraction?

Patient’s Question: My brother-in-law had his hair transplant done 20 years ago and I don’t really like the results.  Can you please explain how traditional hair transplants differ from the FUE method hair transplants. Dr. Friedman’s Answer: Twenty years ago many doctors were still doing plugs using a 4 mm punch graft, whereas FUE or …

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Why did Rogaine stop working for me?

Patient’s Question: I have been using over-the-counter Rogaine for over five years now and recently I started to notice that it has stopped working as well as it used to work.  Why should this be happening? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: No one really knows why Rogaine works and no one really knows why Rogaine stops working.  …

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Can I take Propecia and Rogaine at the same time?

Patient’s Question: I found out on-line that you should wait about eight months to one year when taking Propecia before starting to take minoxidil.  I have been using minoxidil for years already.  What should I do?  Can I still start taking Propecia? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: I personally would start Propecia and minoxidil at the same …

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I am 35 and losing hair, should I get a hair transplant now or wait?

Patient’s Question: I am 35 and I have been losing hair for years. I want a hair transplant but if I get one now I know I will lose more hair in the future and have to come back. Should I just wait? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: My recommendation is for an individual to come in …

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Hair Transplant Question from African-American Female

Patient’s Question: Does the success of a hair transplant depend on the type of hair being transplanted?  I am an African-American female with thinning hair on the top of my head. Dr. Friedman’s Answer: Transplanted hair will always grow. The success of the transplant depends on whether or not you have enough density over the …

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If I get hair transplanted into my mustache area, will it grow differently than the surrounding hairs?

Patient’s Question: If I get hair transplanted into my mustache area, will it grow differently than the surrounding hairs? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: Since we are transplanting hair from another part of the body to the mustache, it definitely is going to grow differently than your native beard hair. Typically, when we transplant hairs into the …

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Can a hair transplant correct facelift scars and raised hairline?

Question: I recently had a facelift and now my hairline is not where it used to be. Can a transplant be done to change my hairline back to the way it was? Answer: This is a very common problem in females and males undergoing facelifts. Most plastic surgeons do not acknowledge the fact that a …

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What is the best type of hair transplant for a 67 year-old male?

Question: I am a 67-year-old male with no hair on top of my head. I would like a hair transplant. Which method, Follicular Unit Grafting or Follicular Unit Extraction, would you recommend for me? Answer: I would definitely recommend Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) because the typical 67-year-old is not going to cut his hair extremely …

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Can hair transplant surgery give me sideburns?

Patient’s Question: The hair on the sides of my face won’t grow so I have no sideburns. Can hair transplant surgery give me sideburns? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: Sideburns have been very successfully transplanted with donor hair from either the scalp or from other parts of the body. We can transplant hair from the scalp and …

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How many sessions of laser therapy do I need before it starts working?

Patient’s Question: How many sessions of laser therapy do I need before it starts working? Will it work in one session? I like the idea of laser therapy but not the idea of multiple trips to the doctor’s office. Dr. Friedman’s Answer: Laser hair therapy has been very successful but one of the reasons it …

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How long does it take after getting hair transplant to heal so no one will notice?

Patient’s Question: How soon after getting a hair transplant will I be able to return to work without anyone noticing that something has been done? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: Usually, the only visible sign of hair transplant surgery is scabbing. Fortunately, we have a method of preventing post-operative scabbing by using an ointment four times a …

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Does laser therapy grow new hair?

Patient’s Question: I have thinning hair on the crown of my head that is creeping outward but I don’t want to have a surgical procedure. Is laser therapy a good option for me? Will it re-grow my hair? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: As long as one has some residual hair still present, what we call “miniaturized …

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Can hair grafts be transplanted into scar tissue?

Patient’s Question: I had an accident that left a large scar on my leg. It is extremely noticeable because the only place I don’t have any hair is on my legs. Is there a way to transplant hair to the scar site so that it’s not so noticeable? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: Today we can transplant …

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