If you’ve been noticing (or trying to ignore) the signs of balding and hair thinning for a while, there’s something you need to know: you are not alone. Hair loss is something that most men will experience at some point in their lives. In fact, some guys start losing their hair immediately after puberty, as early as 15 or 16 years of age.
But just because male hair loss is common doesn’t mean you have to live with it if you don’t want to. A hair transplant is a safe and effective procedure that, when performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Epstein, can restore hair to balding areas almost anywhere in the body, including the scalp, beard, eyebrows, and even the chest.
Understanding Male Baldness
View Video of This Patient One Day After, Whose Final Results of 1400 Grafts are Shown Above
Many factors can cause balding and hair thinning in men, but male pattern baldness is usually to blame. Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia, is a genetic condition that accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. Guys who inherit the gene from their parents seem to be more sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT.
In sensitive individuals, DHT makes the hair follicles shrink, causing the hairs to grow thinner and thinner over time. Eventually, the follicles become so tiny that no hair can grow out of them anymore. As the hair loss progresses, the hairline recedes to the back of the head, creating the characteristic “M” or deep “U” shape and bald patches at the crown of the head.
Of course, not every case of hair thinning is caused by male pattern baldness. Other causes of hair loss in men include:
- Certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, and thyroid disease
- Infections, including ringworm and scalp infections
- Grooming habits, like wearing hairstyles that pull back hair too tightly
- Certain medications
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Hair-pulling disorder, also known as trichotillomania
FUE Result – 2050 Grafts at 10 Months
Male hair transplant Before & After Photos
Male Hair Restoration Options
While there is no cure to stop the progression of balding or pattern baldness, many treatments are available to slow its progression and restore hair. These are the two most popular male hair restoration options offered at the Foundation for Hair restoration:
Follicular unit extraction, otherwise known as FUE, is a groundbreaking technique that involves grafting individual hair follicles, one by one, directly from a donor site without having to remove entire strips of skin. Over 95% of our male patients choose this method because it produces fantastic results with little to no scarring, and patients can return to their daily activities within a couple of days without signals of having undergone a hair transplantation procedure.
In follicular unit transplant (FUT), the surgeon removes a strip of skin from the back of the scalp to extract individual hair follicles and closes it with sutures. These follicles are then implanted into the balding parts of the head to achieve a fuller, denser appearance. While the FUT technique produces excellent results, it has the downside of leaving a noticeable linear scar behind that most patients would rather avoid.
Dr. Epstein discusses his latest approaches on medical management of hair loss in men
Types of Hair Transplants for Men
Using the FUE technique, Dr. Epstein and his team at the Foundation for Hair Restoration can correct a number of balding and hair thinning issues, including:
- Restoring receding hairlines
- Concealing scars
- Restoring balding or patchy beards
- Achieving greater eyebrow coverage in men with naturally thin eyebrows or who have lost density due to overplucking, medications, injuries, or disease
Creating a masculine, dense chest of hair in FTM transgender patients
Candidates for Male Hair Transplants
Hair restorations are most commonly performed in individuals with male pattern baldness. In fact, hair transplants are the most frequent plastic surgery procedure performed on men. The surgery can restore density to or lower a thinning hairline, build up temporal points, fill in diffuse areas of thinning, and repair less-than-aesthetic results of prior hair transplant procedures.
Individuals with thin or missing eyebrows, mustaches, or beards, as well as those with hair loss due to scars from trauma or prior FUT strip hair transplant surgeries, are also appropriate candidates.
The surgery can be safely performed on individuals from the mid to early 20s to the late 70s and beyond. Of course, each case is evaluated by the doctor first to determine candidacy, along with the providing of alternative or combined therapies.
In some cases, Dr. Epstein will advise the patient to receive clearance from his family doctor or cardiologist, and if indicated, the procedure can be performed under the supervision of an anesthetist who can monitor the patient as well as administer twilight sedation if desired.
Your Consultation at the Foundation for Hair Restoration
Your consultation can be done either in person in our Miami office or online. At the Foundation for Hair Restoration, all patients are assigned a patient advisor who will be their point of contact and assure that the entire process runs smoothly, from initial contact to all the way to the surgery and follow-up.
All procedures are performed in our Miami clinic in our certified procedure suites. Most patients have the intervention done under oral sedation and local anesthesia, and it is a virtually painless, easy experience that takes 4 to 8 hours to perform in most cases.
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Why choose Dr. Epstein?
One phrase sums it best: Commitment to Excellence in Hair Restoration Surgery since 1994. What that means is you can be confident that your procedure will be performed to the highest aesthetic and technical standards, and from the moment you walk into our office on the day of your procedure, you will feel like your results are the most important thing that matters.
Our office also follows the strictest CDC and WHO guidelines to assure a Covid19-Protected environment.
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Before & After Photos
Photos show the donor area immediately after the procedure and one week later. By three days, the area is completely healed up, with all the dots no longer visible, and by one week the hairs that were shaved have started to regrow.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some drugs are clinically proven to treat male pattern baldness and even reverse hair loss in most men, but hair transplant surgery is the only way to permanently restore hair to bald areas in men.
There is little downtime after hair restoration surgery, and most patients can return to work and other normal activities within just one or two days. Exercise can be resumed on the sixth day.
Expect to see tiny crusts at each graft site that fall off in a week or so after the procedure. The transplanted hairs typically fall out by two to three weeks, then start to regrow at four months. As the hair continues to grow, it will gradually become thicker and longer. Depending on your aesthetic goals, a second procedure may be necessary to achieve more coverage, which can be performed as soon as 10 months later.
The hair transplant procedure for men can cost from $5,000 to $15,000 or more. The cost of your hair transplant in Miami will depend on the number of individual hair follicles you’re grafting, the type of procedure, and the experience of the surgeon you choose.
Yes, in the hands of a talented and qualified surgeon, hair transplants can look completely natural. Both the FUE and FUT techniques involve transplanting hairs individually, avoiding the dreaded “doll hair” look and obvious scarring that old-school hair transplant surgeries used to produce.
It depends on your individual goals. During your consultation, Dr. Epstein will evaluate your potential donor and recipient areas and determine the number of grafts you need and how many sessions you require.
While every patient is different, a hair transplantation surgery may call for 600 to 3,000 or more grafts depending on the extent of the correction.
Yes. A hair transplant is a long-lasting procedure. However, hair transplants do not treat the underlying causes of hair loss, so if you have balding or alopecia, hairs outside the transplanted area may continue to thin and fall out.