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Yes!! The hair on the top of your head is genetically programmed differently than the hair at the back of your head. This is why most men are left with a ring around the back of the their head. We are simply taking that hair and moving it to a bald or thinning area where it will continue to grow just as it did at the back of your head.

Pain is minimal. We use a local anesthetic that is injected very slowly to avoid any discomfort during surgery. After surgery you are sent home with sufficient pain medication. Most patients are surprised by how little discomfort they experience both during and after surgery. As a number of patients have said, “The discomfort is less than going to the dentist.” The use of local anesthetic permits painless removal of donor tissue, seldom is there any actual pain after the procedure. Any discomfort that may occur is mild and readily relieved by analgesics.

The best way to find out if you are a candidate is to meet with Dr. Gillespie. Generally speaking, someone with no severe health problems or risks, who is in their mid or late-twenties or older, with thinning hair or is bald. It is important to see an established balding pattern.

Transplanted hair will last a lifetime. This conclusion is based on the examination of transplanted hair more than 30 years after the first procedures were done.

After the tissue is taken, the donor area is sutured back together leaving a fine line (similar to a line drawn by a pencil) that is well hidden by the surrounding hair. Sutures are removed in 10 days. Dr. Gillespie uses specific techniques to create a thin and minimal scar. This includes making sure there is no tension on the suture and often using a tricophilic closure as well.

Price varies with each individual and depends on the extent of the hair loss and number of grafts desired. Price ranges anywhere from $5000 – $12,000, with $9000 being a rough average.

Yes they can. Women suffering from androgenetic alopecia as well as other hair loss problems may be candidates for this type of surgery. Others may have had facial surgery resulting in scars or loss of hair that can be covered or restored with hair transplantation.

Hair transplantation is the only permanent solution to hair loss. There are medications available that block the effects of DHT, the hormone that causes your hair to fall out. These are the only products that are scientifically proven to stop hair loss that we know about. Be cautious of things that sound too good to be true.

No we do not use lasers; they have not been proven to be of any significant benefit. Some have been shown to cut off blood supply to the graft which is essential for the growth of the hair.

Dr. Gillespie has been doing hair transplants for over 30 years now and is well respected amongst his peers and in the hair restoration community.

Recovery time is 7-10 days during which time you feel fine but will have small somewhat noticeable crusts in the recipient area. Most patients will take a few days off due to appearance not due to pain or inability to work. If you are able to wear a hat to work, you could return to work in a day or two and no-one will notice.

While this may be possible, one would have to take the same type of rejection pill’s necessary for a heart transplant. The risks involved in taking these drugs are very high and in some cases deadly.

No, we cut the grafts in accordance to the way the hair naturally grows. The hair usually grows by itself, in groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs. These groups are called follicular units.

Hair will typically start to appear in 4 to 6 months. It will grow in finer at first and will continue to thicken over the next few months. Your optimal result will be evident in 1 year.

Yes we do. This procedure is very similar and works well for any individual looking for thicker or fuller eyebrows.

No, the doctor makes tiny slits that our technicians carefully insert the grafts into. The grafted area forms small crusts / scabs that fall off in approximately 7 days.

No, the transplanted hair usually falls out within the first two weeks. Although this hair falls out, the follicle is still dormant and will begin to grow a new hair. You will notice growth in 3-4 months.

Yes, With FUT you will have a very fine linear scar, similar to a line drawn by a pencil at the back of your head which is easily hidden by your remaining hair. With FUE you will have many small scars where the grafts were taken from.

Appearance is usually what keeps people away from work for a few days. If you can wear a hat you could return to work in a day or two. Otherwise most people usually take 4-7 days before returning to work.

The stitches are removed 8-10 days after surgery.

Our sessions can range from 500 grafts – 3000+ grafts depending on the patient, area of baldness and any previous surgeries.

An average session is usually between 1800 – 2200 grafts.

Yes, the surgery is performed under local anesthetic. We can offer a mild sedative that is taken orally the day of surgery to calm your nerves.

Yes, because we use local anesthetic you will be able to drive. However we recommend having a ride home if you feel too tired or have taken the sedative we offer.

The length of the procedure changes based on how many grafts are needed and on the individual patient. This is a finite process that should not be rushed. One should plan to spend the better part of the day with us.

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