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5 Follicular Facts You Should Know

Make a Full Head of Hair Your New Year’s Resolution

Make a Full Head of Hair Your New Year’s ResolutionEvery December 31, the holiday season concludes with promises we make to ourselves about how we’re going to do things differently when the calendar turns to the new year. We’re going to lose weight, start exercising, stop smoking, be more grateful, or make ourselves better in some other way. If you are one of the millions of men and women who experienced hair loss in 2018 (and 2017, 2016, 2015…), consider making 2019 the year that you get back the full, youthful looking head of hair you once had.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we may not be able to turn back time, but we can turn your hair into a source of confidence and pride rather than something to worry about or be embarrassed by. Our world-renowned hair transplant surgeons are masters of the art and science of hair restoration. At our welcoming and comfortable facility, you’ll find experienced professionals who are committed to finding the optimal solution for your hair loss issues.

We offer patients a range of treatment options tailored to their specific concerns and goals. These can include the most advanced hair transplantation procedures available, other revolutionary treatments such as stem cell therapy, and non-invasive treatment options such as medication and low-level laser therapy. All of our therapies, treatments, and procedures are safe, proven, and effective, and thousands of men and women in South Florida and around the country offer living proof of our exceptional work.

We see ourselves as true partners with our patients as they begin and continue their hair restoration journey. We provide assistance and guidance for those struggling with the psychological impact of hair loss. We also help our patients make lifestyle changes – such as stress reduction and healthier diets rich in hair-strengthening nutrients – that can slow hair shedding and promote the retention and growth of healthy, resilient hair.

You may have tried shampoos, medication, or other home efforts to slow down or reverse your hair loss with no success, or maybe you’ve done nothing at all.

There is no time like the beginning of the year to finally do things differently. By taking action, you’ll improve your self-esteem and overall sense of wellness, and you will feel a sense of pride in successfully addressing a problem that had likely been bothering you for a long time.

The first step is a phone call to our office to schedule a hair loss consultation at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. At your initial evaluation, you’ll meet with a doctor, not merely a “consultant.” We will evaluate your hair loss using a comprehensive and proven methodology, obtain a detailed medical history, perform an in-depth scalp examination using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and if indicated, use blood tests to detect any underlying imbalances or deficiencies that may be contributing to the hair loss problem. With this information, we can determine the cause of hair loss and the most effective treatment option.

Start Your New Year With A Hair Restoration Resolution

To ring in 2019 on a positive and hopeful note, schedule your personalized hair loss evaluation at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today by contacting us online or calling our office directly at 305-925-0222. Happy New Year!

5 Benefits of an FUE Hair Transplant

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair loss is no laughing matter. In the past, however, efforts to conceal baldness or restore hair were often so transparent that they would cause chuckles to even casual observers. Bad toupees weren’t the only source of such laughter. Older hair restoration techniques – “hair plugs” – could be so unsightly and painfully obvious that the cure was pretty much as bad if not worse than the original condition.

Fortunately, hair plugs are a thing of the past.

Hair Plugs Are No More

The pace of technological advancement that has so dramatically transformed our lives in so many ways over the past few decades has also transformed the art and science of hair restoration. The “pluggy” hair transplant procedures of the past are ancient history. You can put hair plugs next to the VCRs and fax machines in the technological trash.

Today, the hair restoration procedures we use at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami are so advanced and revolutionary that they bear little resemblance to what was common 10 or 20 years ago.

The techniques we use leave virtually no sign that a hair transplant has been performed and leave our patients with full, robust, and youthful looking hair. In fact, a 2010 study by the International Society of Hair Restoration found that 85 percent of Americans could not identify a hair transplant patient who was treated using these new techniques.

Our two award-winning and groundbreaking surgeons, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, have been pioneers in the development and use of the precise, highly refined hair restoration procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). They have performed thousands of FUE hair restoration surgeries with outstanding results.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction?

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” Follicular units are removed from the donor area with a one-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting, including the Follicular Unit Grafting procedure.

The advantages of this technique include maintaining the donor area without any linear scar visible to the naked eye. In fact, the donor area appears to heal faster than with traditional methods and the patient can wear his or her hair as short as desired without being concerned about a linear scar. In addition, the patients who have a limited donor area can also benefit from this procedure.

Precision-Guided Robotics and Highly Skilled Surgeons

Our approach utilizes the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system, which provides unmatched precision in hair transplantation. The ARTAS procedure restores your hair by transplanting permanent hair from the back or side of the head into thinning areas.

Donor’s hair is chosen using high-resolution digital imaging which provides unparalleled visual detail of the donor area. This gives us as exceptional control of parameters such as spacing between harvests, graft dissection depth, and hair angles to yield robust and viable grafts ready for transplantation.

The selected hair is then precisely removed by our skilled surgeons while most of your hair is left in place so that the area retains its natural appearance. The hair is then transplanted into thinning areas. This transplanted hair will then grow naturally, just as it did before.

Call the Hair Institute of Miami Today to Learn More About Our Groundbreaking Hair Restoration Procedures

If you have been reluctant to consider hair transplant surgery because you’re concerned about hair plugs or an unnatural look, you are living in the past. Today, the future of hair transplant surgery has arrived and your future with a full head of hair is within reach.

At the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed leaders in hair restoration surgery. Both are actively engaged in hair loss research, lecture widely, and are constantly refining their techniques to provide even better results.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

All About Hair Grafts

Surgical hair transplant has long relied on the use of hair grafts to restore areas of balding scalp with natural waves of full, real hair. The history of hair grafts can be traced back to as early as 1930s, Japan. There, scientists experimented with the first primitive hair grafts and hair restoration techniques. It was not until the middle of the century— nearly two decades later— that the practice of hair grafting would first appear in the Western world.

The very first hair graft tools and procedures were introduced to Americans in the late 1950s by a New York dermatologist, Dr. Norman Orentreich. Medical researchers say this marked the onset of the modern era of hair transplant, a movement that ultimately culminates with the invention of advanced “hair transplant robots” that assist in today’s procedures.

Grafting Procedures

Generally speaking, hair grafts are used during most hair transplant procedures. These procedures might be performed in a variety of different ways. To illustrate, let’s examine the 3 most popular types of hair grafting procedures in Miami: Strip donor transplant, follicular unit transplant, and new robotic FUE transplant.

1. Strip donor transplant

The strip donor transplant requires the extraction of a long, narrow strip of scalp from the donor area. Sometimes referred to as a linear graft, this section of scalp is very small and nearly painless to remove after the application of a local anesthetic.

The linear graft produced during a strip donor hair transplant may vary in size according to individual patient needs. Typically, the strip of donor hair contains 30-40 hair grafts. Following extraction, surgeons carefully separate the strip into individual micrografts (clusters of about 3-4 hairs each). These hair grafts are then transplanted by hand to complete the surgical hair restoration procedure. They can be used to create a natural looking hairline, fill in areas around the temples, or reconstruct the crown.

2. Follicular unit transplantation

Like the strip donor procedure outlined above, the follicular unit transplantation procedure requires the extraction of hair grafts from a donor area. Unlike strip donor procedures, however, FUT procedures do not extract a linear strip of donor hair. Instead, a small punch-like instrument is used to extract individual micrografts directly from the scalp. These micrografts contain clusters of 3-4 donor hairs each, which are similarly transplanted by the surgeon to recreate a patient’s hairline, temporal regions, and/or crown.

FUT offers a few key benefits over traditional strip donor procedures, the most notable of which is the ability to leave the donor area nearly scar-free. While strip donor procedures leave a small linear scar that is sometimes visible when hair is cut very short, FUT procedures leave only reddish colored dots at the site of each micrograft extraction. These marks are nearly invisible to the naked eye, allowing the patient to wear his or her hair very short after the procedure is performed.

 3. Robotic FUE

The newest trend in hair transplant technology, robotic FUE systems are making headlines for bringing higher speeds and greater precision to the art of hair transplant.

With the assistance of advanced digital imaging and robotics technology, surgeons are now able to identify and extract specific hair micrografts in a more comfortable and minimally invasive way. This reduces trauma to the scalp, speeds the procedure, and ultimately improves patient experience. What’s more, these new hair transplant robots survey the entire donor area to ensure hair grafts are selected in a random fashion that helps to maintain the thickness, density, and scalp health.

Learn more about robotic FUE technology by visiting our ARTAS® Miami page.

Learn More About Hair Grafting

Millions of men and women suffer with the personal and social angst of hair loss every day. If you suffer with thinning, balding, or shedding hair, rest assured you are not alone. Learn more about hair grafting and surgical hair restoration at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami by calling our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

Baldness in Men

Baldness in middle aged men is more common than you might think. For instance, it’s estimated that roughly 2/3rds of all adult men experience baldness at some point in their life. Take a moment to review the following statistics to learn more about how baldness occurs, and what men of all ages can do about it.

Things to Know About Male Pattern Baldness:

1. Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss among men. Recent numbers estimate male pattern baldness to constitute roughly 90-95% of all cases.

2. More than 3 out of every 4 men has thinning hair by age 50.

3. Of those men who suffer with male pattern baldness, about 25% will see signs by age 25.

The last statistic is very important. Though it’s alarming to think that 25 year-old men suffer with hair loss, it’s also important to remember that early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment.

Classifying Baldness in Men

If you spend time evaluating your hairline and crown for potential areas of baldness, you can rest assured you are not alone. Most men worry about losing their hair. Moreover, the statistics above illustrate a sobering point: Most men do lose their hair.

It’s not all bad news, however. Physicians say the best way to prevent baldness in men is to learn to recognize the signs of a receding hairline, thinning hair, and balding crown. The sooner the signs are recognized, the more quickly and effectively baldness can be treated with either surgical or non-surgical hair restoration.

To help classify and ultimately treat male pattern baldness, physicians rely on a chart known as the Norwood Classification. The Norwood Classification illustrates the usual progression of baldness in men. Using the scale, physicians can diagnose baldness and help men of all ages plan to treat it before it worsens. Take a moment to review the chart below. For more information, visit our blog article on the Norwood Classification.

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Causes of Male Pattern Baldness

What causes baldness in men? Worldwide, there are countless institutions, researchers, and physicians dedicated to discovering more about this illusive and devastating condition. Below are a few things that researchers have been able to associate with thinning and balding. Though there is still much to learn, the following should provide insight on how baldness develops and progresses.

Genetics. Some men can be genetically predisposed to losing hair at a specific point in life. For example, researchers have identified a specific gene for hair loss on the X chromosome. If a man inherits a dominant form of that chromosome from his mother, the trait will be expressed.

Hormones. Baldness does not have to be hardwired into your genetic makeup, however. Hormonal fluctuations may also cause baldness in men. Specifically, an overabundance of a testosterone derivative called DHT may cause the phenomenon of hair follicle miniaturization. Over time, follicles shrink and become unable to sustain a healthy hair growth cycle. Hair eventually stops growing, the follicle becomes dormant, and to the naked eye, the scalp appears to be bald.

Stress. Another form of baldness might occur after a particularly stressful event shocks the hair follicles into dormancy. This condition is known as telogen effluvium. Baldness has been known to set in after things like surgery, car accidents, and other traumatic events. As the stress is managed, however, hair follicles can regain their ability to grow normal and healthy hair. At that point, the signs of baldness slowly fade away.

Medications. Sometimes, medications may cause baldness in men. Important Note: Never discontinue the use of medications without first speaking with your physician. If you suspect medication might be causing baldness, schedule a consultation with a hair loss specialist or your primary care physician. A hair loss specialist can help diagnose the cause of baldness, and your primary care physician can assist in finding alternative medications for which baldness is not have known side effect.

Treating Male Baldness

Fortunately, men have several options for treating baldness. The major options are detailed below:

Rogaine®. This non-surgical treatment for male hair loss is known to stop the progression of baldness. Rogaine is a topical foam that is applied to the scalp as directed by your hair loss professional. Though it has demonstrated effectiveness as a treatment for baldness in men, it should be noted that discontinuation of Rogaine often results in further hair loss.

Propecia®. Many men find Propecia effective in treating baldness. The prescription medication is a pill that men take daily, as prescribed by a hair loss professional. Like Rogaine, this hair loss drug only prevents future hair loss. In most cases, baldness progresses following discontinued use.

Low Level Laser Therapy. LLLT is a new technology with a wide variety of medical applications. This year, LLLT LaserComb™ was proven effective in stimulating new hair growth in both women and men who suffer with baldness.

Strip-donor Hair Transplant. Strip-donor transplant involves harvesting a micrograft of donor hair from a healthy area of scalp to transplant to the balding area. Learn more about strip-donor hair transplant.

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). FUT is a highly refined hair transplant procedure that uses a small punch-like instrument to isolate and harvest individual clusters of hair follicles to transplant to areas of bald scalp. Because the procedure harvests donor hair via punch instrument instead of micrograft, patients can wear their hair shorter with virtually no visible sign that a procedure has been performed. Learn more about FUT hair transplant.

Robotic FUE Transplant. Robotic FUE is the newest and most advanced hair transplant option available to balding men. The procedure is similar to the FUT procedure described above, but uses advanced robotics and digital imaging to select only the healthiest donor hairs for harvest. Learn more about robotic FUE transplant with the ARTAS® in Miami.

Learn More About Male Pattern Baldness

Learn more about male pattern baldness using the resources below:

American Hair Loss Association

International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery

Children’s Alopecia Project

The Bald Truth

Learn More About Treating Male Pattern Baldness

To learn more about treatment options for male pattern baldness, contact our institute online or call or clinic directly at 1-877-443-9070.

What is a Micrograft Hair Transplant?

What is a Micrograft TransplantThe micrograft hair transplant procedure represents a bold achievement in the field of hair restoration. Developed in the early 1980s, micrografting techniques were first used to create a subtler and more natural end result. Prior to the development of the micrograft procedure, hair transplant surgeons would extract large sections of hair from the donor area that would leave large scars and produce obvious signs that a transplant had been performed. Most will recall these procedures for their “pluggy” look that eventually earned them the nickname hair plugs.

The days of hair plugs are long gone. The introduction of micrograft procedures marked a true turning point for surgeons as well as the millions of men and women who suffer with hair loss. Today, modern hair restoration involves two highly evolved micrograft procedures: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). To better understand these procedures, it is helpful to first understand how the micrograft procedure was first developed.

Early Micrograft Surgery: A Brief History

The advent of micrograft surgery was a true game-changer for the field of hair restoration. Driven by technological advances and a more thorough understanding of donor area harvesting, hair surgeons began extracting multiple thin strips from the donor area with greater precision than older techniques. These thin strips became known as micro-grafts. From each micro-graft, surgeons were able to further separate hairs into clusters of 1-4 follicular units, without incurring any damage to the each individual hair unit.

The process of extracting and carefully dividing multiple donor strips eventually became known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Today, an even more precise method of transplant called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is also available.

FUT and FUE Procedures: An Evolved Form of Micrograft Transplants

FUT / Strip Donor Procedure

The FUT procedure, sometimes also called a Strip Donor Procedure, is one of the most commonly used forms of hair restoration. The advantages of this procedure include:

  • From start-to-finish, FUT procedures take less time.
  • FUT procedures are associated with a greater rate of survivability among individual follicular units.
  • Minimal scarring: This is accomplished through a special “ledge” trichophytic closure technique developed by Hair Transplant Institute surgeon Dr. Paul Rose.

Advanced FUE and FIT Procedures

The FUE procedure is a newer and more precise means of harvesting and transplanting individual follicular units. During an FUE procedure, individual hair follicles are removed from the back and sides of the scalp. A special “punch-like” instrument is used, measuring only 1-mm in diameter.

We are excited and pleased to announce an advanced form of the FUE procedure, co-created by Dr. Rose for optimal and natural looking results. Known as Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT), this new procedure has the following advantages:

  • No linear scars: Since each individual follicle is removed using an ultra-fine “punch” instrument, FIT procedures do not produce linear scars.
  • Hair can be worn shorter: Since there is no linear scar, FIT patients can wear their hair very short without any signs of scarring. Individual circular scars are mildly visible when the hair is shaved entirely, however.
  • Exceptional surgeons are available: Patients who choose to have a FIT procedure at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami receive a special advantage that other hair loss clinics cannot provide: Exceptional experience. At our Institute, your FIT procedure will be conducted by Dr. Paul Rose, a leading hair surgeon and FIT procedure co-creator. You may visit the following page to learn more about Dr. Rose.

Comparing FUT and FUE/FIT Procedures

Both FUT and FIT procedures have advantages and disadvantages, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Learn more about these incredible advancements in hair restoration surgery by visiting the Hair Transplant Procedure: FUE/FIT page on Miamihair.com.

Seek an Evaluation with a Team You Can Trust

The evolution micrograft transplant surgery has produced 3 very effective procedures that have helped countless individuals overcome hair loss. Together, FUT, FUE, and FIT procedures provide an array of options for the millions of men and women who suffer with hair loss. To learn more about the option that is best for you, schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute. Our team is comprised of South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, nurses, microscopists, and technicians, each of whom understand the challenges hair loss presents to personal, social, and professional life.

Visit the following page to learn more about advanced hair loss evaluations at the Hair Transplant Institute. Readers are also invited to call our front desk directly at 305-925-0222.

Foods for Healthy Hair

Foods For Healthy HairThe nutrients in the foods we eat have a profound impact on the way we look and feel. When it comes to our scalp, there are a variety of nutrients that help to create and maintain healthy hair. These include macro nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are easy to find in the items at the local grocery store, farmer’s market, or vitamin shop. These foods for healthy hair set the stage for natural hair growth by promoting circulation, nutrient delivery, and follicular stimulation. In this article, we focus on the nutrients that fuel healthy hair growth, texture, and thickness. For specific foods, we invite you to reference our Healthy Hair Diet guide. There, you will find the top 5 all-natural foods for healthier hair.

Macro Nutrients for Healthy Hair

Protein.  Hair is mostly composed of natural proteins, so it’s of little surprise that the first macro nutrient for healthy hair is lean protein. Eating a diet rich in protein may help to keep your hair looking and feeling its absolute best. Moreover, some sources of protein offer additional nutrients for healthy hair. For example, salmon is a lean protein and contains Omega-3 fatty acids, B-12 vitamins, and iron that help to fortify hair and regulate its growth.

Gluten Free Carbohydrates.  Gluten is a protein found in most grains, oats, and barleys. An estimated 1 in 133 Americans has some sort of allergy to gluten that may adversely affect their ability to digest other nutrients. For example, Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that causes the cilia of the small intestine to become agitated and swollen when gluten is digested. This drastically inhibits the ability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream.

Going “gluten free” is easy, and some of the most delicious carbohydrates will still be on the menu. Corn, cornmeal, lentils, rice, and potatoes are just a few examples of the best gluten-free carbohydrates that will keep you full without the risk of agitating your digestive system.

Vitamins that Make Hair Grow

Vitamin E.  Vitamin E is among the best nutrients for healthy hair. In some studies, this vitamin has been show to promote healthy blood circulation. Improved blood flow means enhanced nutrient delivery, especially to the scalp. In this way, vitamin E can help hair grow by promoting oxygen and nutrient delivery directly to the hair follicle.

Vitamin C.  Like vitamin E, vitamin C promotes health circulation and is one of the best nutrients for healthy hair. Moreover, vitamin C is a powerful all-natural antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage. The sun is one of the most powerful sources of free radicals, making our hair particularly prone to free radical damage. Maintaining a diet rich in vitamin C will help ward off free radicals from the sun as well as other environmental stressors, helping to maintain healthy hair long into the future.

Biotin.  Biotin is an essential vitamin for healthy hair, but not necessarily because it spurs growth. Instead, biotin helps to keep hair from becoming thin and frail. By improving the overall health of the hair, biotin helps to maintain a regular growth cycle with less risk of thinning, shedding, or loss.

Minerals for Hair

Zinc.  Zinc promotes healthy hair by helping the body to balance hormone production and other cellular activities. Zinc also helps the body absorb vitamins, making this nutrient a must for healthy hair. Researchers also believe that zinc may help to curb the production of DHT, a synthesized version of testosterone that damages hair follicles and leads to shedding, thinning, and loss of hair.

Magnesium.  Magnesium promotes healthy hair by helping to regulate a number of chemical processes in the body, including heart rate and muscle function. This mineral is critical for healthy hair growth, yet most individuals exhibit magnesium deficiency. To maintain a diet rich in magnesium, look for foods like fish (halibut), cashews, soybeans, almonds, and green vegetables like spinach.

Iron.  Low iron levels may put an individual at risk for hair loss, but getting more iron is easy. Among the best sources of iron are whole eggs, liver, dried fruits, salmon, and legumes. Iron supplements are available as well, however one should always opt for natural food sources as they contain nutrients that are more easily ingested and utilized by the body.

Learn More About Hair Loss and Treatment Options

Making changes to diet and exercise regimen may not be enough to restore hair to its natural, youthful state. A number of other factors may impact the rate at which hair becomes thinner, begins to shed, or falls out entirely. Genetics, hormones, and prescription medications may each be causal factors. Readers are invited to visit the following free informational resources to learn more:

Hair Loss

Hair loss affects millions of men and women in the United States alone. Losing one’s hair does more than impact physical appearance. It may have a profound affect on professional, social, and personal relationships. Visit this section of our website to learn more about the cause, progression, and treatment of hair loss.

Hair Restoration

Never before have hair restoration technologies and procedures been more advanced and effective. From low level laser treatment (LLLT) to advanced follicular unit transplantation (FUT), a variety of options exist for effectively restoring the natural appearance of hair. Visit this section of Miamihair.com to learn more.

Hair Loss Evaluation

Are you a candidate for a hair loss procedure? Our clinic is home to the finest technicians, registered nurses, and hair transplant surgeons in Florida. Request an appointment online, or call our clinic directly at 1-877-443-9070.

The Hair Transplant Procedure: What to Expect

The Hair Transplant Procedure: What to ExpectPerhaps you are part of the two-thirds of all men who experience male pattern baldness.  Or, maybe you are one of the 20 million women who suffers with hair thinning or balding.  Male or female—you are not alone.  Hair loss affects a vast majority of Americans and may lead to serious personal, social, and professional setbacks.  Hair loss may profoundly affect the way we feel about ourselves and others, making our self-image, confidence, and quality of life suffer.  Fortunately, treating hair loss has never been more effective.  Today, hair transplant procedures create beautiful results that look and feel identical to your original hair.

It is our pleasure to welcome you to our website, and we invite you to get to know us a little better.  If you are considering a hair transplant procedure with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, here’s what to expect:

Initial Transplant Consultation

In the initial consultation, Dr. Nusbaum explains in detail the nature of the procedure and answers all your questions.  He examines the pattern of your hair loss and reviews the hair growth patterns of your family members.  Dr. Nusbaum also offers an honest evaluation of whether or not he considers you a good candidate for hair restoration.

During a discussion of your expectations, Dr. Nusbaum addresses the feasibility of meeting your personal goals.  He provides an estimate of the number of grafts required to complete the transplant and how much time to set aside for the procedure.  The overall timeframe for the treatment is based on such factors as your age and lifestyle as well as the type and quality of your hair.

You will also receive a cost estimate based on the number of grafts needed to achieve your desired goals.  After performing thousands of successful hair transplants, Dr. Nusbaum’s estimate is generally very close to the final cost.

The Actual Hair Transplant Procedure

Your comfort is our top priority.  Once you arrive at our Institute, you will be escorted to a private room where the actual transplant will take place.  Dr. Nusbaum will explain each step of the procedure once more, and Dr. Rose will begin to outline the area on your scalp to which hair will be transplanted.  This is all done in accordance with the plan set forth by Dr. Nusbaum in the Initial Transplant Consultation (above), and the transplant procedure continues only after you give final approval.

Next, you will be given medication to help you relax and a surgical gown to wear while the procedure is performed.  Then, your scalp will be prepped in a relaxing manner that minimizes anxiety and discomfort.  A technician will implement a special massaging technique that uses the principles of acupuncture to relieve the scalp of tension, pressure, and pain.  This technique has been developed by Dr. Nusbaum and does not involve the use of any needles.  Rather, the massaging creates a vibration that works in conjunction with the anesthesia to minimize any discomfort associated with the procedure.

While your scalp is anesthetized, the grafts are surgically removed from the donor strip at the back of your head and transplanted to the chosen sites.  The amount of pain felt during this portion of the procedure is minimal.  Most patients say the pain experienced is subtle and on par with a visit to the dentist.

Sophisticated Technology: No More “Plugs”

Dr. Nusbaum is a proponent of follicular unit transplantation, a refined and proven procedure in the field of hair restoration.  Follicular unit transplantation represents a huge departure from the plugs that were grafted years ago, both in technique and, most importantly, results.

During the procedure, the donor strip area is carefully evaluated under the microscope.  Small, specifically sculpted follicular-unit grafts are removed and implanted into the recipient area, one at a time.  Tiny openings no larger than a pinprick are made in the recipient area to receive each unit.

To learn more about the advanced technologies and results of this procedure, please visit this guide to Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure.

Post Procedure

Your hair transplant procedure may take 3 to 6 hours from start to finish, depending on the number of grafts required to achieve desired results.  You will be ready to leave our clinic after a brief rest period.  We advise all patients to make arrangements for a driver to take them home safely, as there is a mild sedative used during the procedure that may have a lingering effect afterward.

Most patients return to work the following day and resume full activity, including their fitness and sports regimen, within a few short days.  In most cases, evidence of the transplant goes undetected by others until months later when they notice your fuller, natural looking head of hair.

Many patients opt for a second or third procedure to optimize their opportunity for a full head of hair.  Procedures can be done as gradually or as frequently as you wish provided favorable medical conditions for prime hair growth are taken into account.

Learn More about Hair Transplantation

Our friendly staff includes South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, microscopists, technicians, and registered nurses.  We understand the agony and frustration that accompanies hair loss, and we are committed to helping you develop a customized plan that will create natural results.

To learn more about Miami hair transplant procedures at the Hair Transplant Institute, please contact us online or call us directly at 1.877.443.9070.

Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure

Choosing a Hair Transplant ProcedureAt the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we have developed the most comprehensive approach for evaluating and treating hair loss in both men and women.  Located in the Offices of Merrick Park, our state-of-the-art facility provides our patients with the very latest in comprehensive hair loss evaluations and treatments.  Our practice is led by Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose, two highly skilled surgeons who have extensive experience in medical hair loss therapy and research.  Both Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose are Board Certified in Dermatology, the only medical field with certified specialty residency training in hair loss and scalp diseases.

Comparing ‘Strip Donor’ to ‘Follicular Unit Extraction’ Techniques

We are pleased to offer two highly effective hair transplant procedures:  The Strip Donor Procedure, and Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT).  Both procedures are highly effective in creating a fuller, natural looking head of hair for both men and women.  We are also pleased to offer the latest technologies and transplant techniques, ensuring the best possible outcome for our patients.  Two examples of hair transplant techniques you will not find anywhere else include:

  • Mesotherapy:  Incorporating mesotherapy with hair transplantation provides at least 2 unique benefits that increase the effectiveness of the procedure.  First, it penetrates the hair follicle to a greater degree compared to other topical applications.  Second, mesotherapy avoids the systematic side effects commonly associated with some oral medications.  The injections are very superficial and are administered with the use of vibration devices developed by our physicians to create a virtually painless experience.
  • Follicular Isolation (FIT) Technique:  Follicular Isolation Technique was co-created by the Hair Transplant Institutes’ very own Dr. Paul Rose.  Dr. Rose developed FIT to enhance the effectiveness of Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT) hair transplantation procedure.  Below, in the section titled Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure, we will further examine the role of FIT in the FUT procedure, as well as how the FUT procedure compares to Strip Donor procedure.

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