Do hair transplant doctors specialize in African-American hair?

QUESTION: I am an African American male, 52 years of age. I am interested in a hair transplant and wondering what in particular I need to look for in the doctor. Is it necessary to find someone who has special experience with African American hair transplants? ANSWER: Each ethnic group presents with unique challenges in …

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Will one hair transplant procedure require me to get more as I get older?

Patient’s Question: I am in my mid-30s and looking to improve [the appearance] of my hair loss. I understand that my hair loss will continue even if I get a hair transplant. Does this mean that you are more likely to require multiple transplants over the years, the younger you are when you have your …

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What is the best treatment to stop thinning hair loss?

Patient’s Question: I’m in my early 60s and tried hair loss medications years ago with no real results. My hair just keeps getting thinner and I’d like to know if there are any truly effective treatments that stop thinning. Doctor Friedman’s Answer: Prior to the 1990s, there were a number of non-FDA approved topical products …

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Can a hair transplant cover the scars of a face-lift?

Patient Question: I am 56 and had a face-lift several years ago that caused me to lose a lot of hair around my ears, particularly above the ears. Would a hair transplant be good way to replace the hair here and how natural would the results be? Doctor’s Answer: This is a very common problem …

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How painful is a hair transplant procedure for men?

Patient’s Question: How painful is a hair transplant procedure for men? Doctor’s Answer: Today, there is very little discomfort or pain during the procedure since we premedicate with Valium followed by local anesthetics. Most patients say they experience more discomfort at their dentist than undergoing hair transplantation. As I mentioned, during the procedure there is …

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Is shock loss more prevalent among men with less hair?

Question: I’m about a 4 on the Norwood Scale and I’d like to know if, based on that, I’m more or less likely to suffer shock loss following a hair transplant procedure? Does shock loss occur more frequently in those with less or more hair loss, or is that not a factor at all? Answer: …

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Do Hair Transplant Doctors Help Prevent Hair Loss?

Summary of Patient’s Question: Do hair transplant doctors treat hair loss, or prevent hair loss, in addition to performing hair transplants, and if so, what is the recommended hair loss prevention method for a young person? Doctor Friedman’s Answer: Depending on family hair loss history, the earlier medical treatment is started the better the chance …

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What is the process that occurs during the hair transplant surgery?

Question: Can you describe the process that occurs during the hair transplant surgery? Answer: In the typical hair transplant surgery procedure, the patient’s medical history is detailed to rule out medication allergies and medical illnesses which could complicate the surgery. Occasionally, surgical clearance may be needed from the patient’s Internist or Primary Care Physician. The …

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Can I improve the appearance of my hair transplant donor scar?

Question: The scar at the donor area from my hair transplant two years ago is very noticeable. Is there anything that I can do at this point to improve it? I have dark skin and it appears as a very dark, nearly black line that is thicker than I would have expected. It’s also very …

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What tests exist for female hair loss?

Question: I’m a 33 year-old woman and I’ve recently been experiencing thinning all over my scalp. What tests should I have run to try to determine what’s causing the thinning and who would do this, my regular doctor, a dermatologist, a hair specialist? Answer: Since generalized scalp hair thinning can represent not only Female Pattern …

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How Big is a Hair Transplant Donor Strip?

Question: When harvesting hair using the strip method, approximately how big is the strip for the average procedure? Does this cause any side effects like a stretched or tight feeling or anything else? Answer: The length of the donor strip is dependent on several variables: The number of follicular unit grafts (1, 2, 3, or …

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What is the best method for harvesting a large number of hair grafts?

Question: I’m 52 and have a pretty big bald patch and would like to know what is the best method for harvesting a large number of grafts, FUE, FUT or something else? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: When you have a large bald area to cover, the best method for harvesting grafts is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) …

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What is the best topical treatment for the re-growth and thickening of hair loss for a female around the age of 40?

Patient’s Question: What is the best topical treatment for the re-growth and thickening of hair loss for a female around the age of 40? Dr. Friedman’s Answer: I personally do not believe there is a good topical treatment for re-growth for women.  The only FDA approved drug is Rogaine or minoxidil and I think it …

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