4300 Grafts 3 months post op

August 24th, 2012 Comments off

Hi Everyone;

Our patient who I have been following in the posts entitled 4300 grafts sent in his three month post op photos. The photos were taken in lower lighting and it makes the skin look quite discoloured but in fact he is back to normal in this regard. He is seeing growth already at this point which is a good sign as there are points when it may take upwars of 20 weeks or 5 months to see growth. Make sure to check back in another three months!

1) To see his photos right after surgery click here –> http://www.surehair.com/blog/2012/05/08/hair-transplant-4300-grafts-in-1-surgery-covering-almost-entire-balding-area/
2) To see his 6 week post photos click here –> http://www.surehair.com/blog/2012/06/28/4300-grafts-6-weeks-post-op/

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VIDEO: 4400 Grafts a bald gentleman with full coverage in just 1 session!

August 21st, 2012 Comments off

Hi Everyone!

I thought I’d present you with a video of a NW 5/6 who received 4400 grafts in one session earlier this year. The patient came in at only 6 months post op with about 60% growth. The results shown here demonstrate what our team at Sure Hair International can achieve and why you go to a top clinic to get a top result!

Feel free to email me at hairtransplants@surehair.com for any questions or call me: 416 747 7873

Paul-Joseph

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Sure Hair Transplants Before and After Video

August 7th, 2012 Comments off

Hi Everyone:

See the link below of some before and after cases at Sure Hair International:

Call or email for questions: 416 747 7873/hairtransplants@surehair.com

Crown Hair Transplant: 7000 grafts/ 16000 hairs 2 hair transplants:

August 7th, 2012 Comments off

Hi everyone:

Happy Civic Holiday Long Weekend! If you were like me – hair loss was the last thing on your mind this weekend – unless of course you have a bald spot at the back of your head and you were hiding under a hat to prevent your head from burning like a sausage on a bonfire :)

In case you’re a little sunburned on the top of your head from the long weekend festivities I thought I’d post a video showing a gentleman who came to us last year who can throw away his hat and no longer worry about a sunburn on those hot summer days!

This gentleman has had two hair transplants approximately 1 year in between transplants. What you are about to see is the gentleman 14 days after his second surgery. You will see the crown has been completely filled in and you will see the transplanted grafts that look like a 5:00 o’clock shadow which will grow in in 1 year. Just copy and paste the link below to go to Youtube.

Enjoy!

Hair transplant hairlines: Recreating Mother Nature’s Imperfect Perfections

April 18th, 2012 Comments off

Having worked as a Hair Transplant Advisor for 5 years, I field questions, myths, realities and wake up calls on a daily basis. I do so because I myself once looked in the mirror and saw hair loss and decided to get a hair transplant at a random clinic which resulted in a horrible looking, unnatural and pluggy hairline which sent me into a depression for years. My salvation came at the hands of a great clinic in 2006 who repaired my bad transplant and gave me the natural hairline I enjoy today. In the articles throughout this page you will see a truly comprehensible and detailed outline of anything/everything you need to know about a hair transplant.

Paul-Joseph. Hair Transplant Guru (Technically Advisor – but Guru sounds cool!) :D
Hairtransplants@surehair.com or call 416 747 7873

This article is going to talk about hair transplant hairline design and the shortcomings of most hair transplant clinics. The best way to show this is take our favourite people – celebs.

Look below: we have David Beckham and that other guy… NEITHER HAVE HAD ANY WORK DONE! TRUST ME :D WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT IS LUCKY MEN WITH FULL HEADS OF HAIR!! However look at their hairlines carefully. Let’s start with Beckham.

If you look at Beckhams hairline from the right temple going towards the mid-frontal tuft you will see that the hair closest to the right temple angles forward and slowly begins to angle inward towards the mid-frontal tuft. The hair are not all straight forward – nature does not make hairlines with the hairs all anlged in the same direction facing the same angle and direction.

Let’s take a look at our second example. You will see that our buddy Jake’s hair goes in the opposite direction from the mid-frontal tuft towards the right temple point. It is possible that he has put in a lot of gel or product and angled it this way; however, there are a lot of individuals (Brad Pitt comes to mind; heard he was engaged to Angelina Jolie, probably because of his hairline IMO) who have this type of angulation naturally.

The point is that when you see a transplant, and let’s say that the you can not detect or see the holes made from the transplant or the transplant itself looks “good” – the average joe is still going to look at the hairline and think “There’s still something not quite truly natural about it”

Well – I can tell you quite simply it is the angulation. The issues is that it is quite hard to do this, takes a lot of time not only to train the planters to perfect this and then the actual time to plant and angle each hair at a slightly different angle, and this is why the norm in the industry is “all hairs face the same angle and hey it looks pretty good so there ya go”. It is my personal opinion that if you want a truly natural hairline you need to be cognisant of this and ensure you get it done. How many clinics out there do this? I’m unsure – sadly not many and far and few between. Do you want a good – even great transplant? Or do you want natural like you had before that you can’t even classify as a transplant because it does not look like one. That’s a no brainer to me. Here’s a before and after of a hair transplant done at our clinic and a close up of the angulation 10 days post op of a different patient. That’s care! That’s a truly undetectable hairline with the natural angulations mimicked by hand. I think DaVinci himself would look at that hairline and think over an Italian Dinner “That’s one spicy meat a ball hairline!”
(I’m hungry, forgive the non-sensical hairline = spicy meatball referance).

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TREATMENTS VS HAIR TRANSPLANTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW/CONSIDER PART 1

April 18th, 2012 Comments off

This is an article which is probably long overdue. The topic of treatments and transplants. Which is right? Which is best?
The first question I always ask when someone walks into our office is: What are you hoping we can do for you? Some people look at me like “Well it’s your job to tell me” and I tell them that we have a wide array of technology/science that we have at our disposal to help you with your hair loss – each delivers a different result and serves as a different function. It depends what you want!
I WANT TO BE CLEAR HERE. THIS IS COSMETIC SURGERY – IT’S MY JOB TO HELP YOU BE HAPPY WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

Have questions! Write me: Paul-Joseph, Hair Transplant Guru (Technically Advisor – but Guru sounds cool!) :D
Hairtransplants@surehair.com or call 416 747 7873

I have had guys and girls walk in with more hair than I can believe saying they don’t like how thin their hair is. I have also had guys walk in with Homer Simpson hair happy where they are at and just wanting keep what little hair they have left – I get it all – at the end of the day it’s your perception of what you want that guides me with you through the process on the journey to get more hair.
That being said, here’s the science behind the technologies we have available.
1) Treatments work. End of story. That’s it. When I say treatments I am referring to 3 in particular.
a) Laser Light Therapy b) Propecia c) Rogaine
I’ll go into detail on the functions of these in a later article due to the length and time to cover these; however, sufficed to say that these 3 treatments have been scientifically proven to work in combating hair loss.
Here’s the issue: what does proven to work mean? I have seen these treatments work over and over again; however, I always read online – “they don’t work, it didn’t work for me what a rip off, it’s fake!”
These comments have been contrary to what I have seen over the past several years so I started asking patients when they came in who said they were on them and they didn’t work why they felt they didn’t work. I found the results very interesting. Reasons were :
1) Well, I didn’t get any hair back
2) I used it for 3 months and nothing happened
3) I used it for a year and I saw no change.
I know face palm my hand to head and smack head on desk.
You see – people don’t know what “work” means.

1) Well, I didn’t get any hair back
I Look at the guy or girl and one of a few things happens.
A) The area they wanted to “grow” hair back didn’t have any hair! We do not yet have the technology to grow hair back once it is dormant. The only hair we can improve upon is visible hair (either with the naked eye or upon magnified view with use of technological devices). I have had people completely bald complaining it didn’t work! Well of course not! That’s not what it is mean or designed to do. I’m going to cut everyone slack here and say that there is a lot of fake advertising online and in the hair loss industry which may confuse things; however, not one legit place has ever said LLLT would grow back hair that is gone. It just can’t, won’t, doesn’t work that way.
B) I explain that the most important function of LLLT is to PREVENT future hair loss not THICKEN!!!! Here’s the deal. The sooner you start LLLT the better it will work. It will prevent losing more hair. This is almost a guarantee that by using LLLT with Propecia and Rogaine you will halt your hair loss or slow it do a tortoise running a marathon type of slow. There’s a good chance you will see growth, but that is not an absolute and you have to walk into it understanding the realities. If a 20 year old man or woman with hair loss walks into our clinic, I tell them absolutely to start treatments right away to hold on to their hair. Often they come back 2 or 3 years later when their hair loss has become so bad that it really bothers them and I explain that LLLT would have prevented this loss and I can’t get their hair back to where it was 3 years ago with technology. IT IS SO FRUSTRATING!
2) I used it for 3 months and nothing happened
This one kills me – it takes 6 months to a year to see results! 3 months…who said anything about a few months?
3) I used it for a year and I saw no change.
I only get frustrated when people say this. You’re telling me that if you have been losing a lot of hair for several years and that in 1 year you have not noticed more hair loss you are upset? Are you kidding me? That’s pretty amazing to say you stopped your hair loss considering you were going bald faster than a cheetah in the Serengeti.
I’m also going to address the cost of treatments. Another frustration. People always come to us and say “Why are they so expensive?”
1) Do you go to a dentist and ask them why it costs 1000′s of dollars? What about an Optometrist for Laser Eye Surgery? What about Laser Hair Removal? What about any cosmetic procedure? Why are they expensive when they work? Because there is a demand and they work! Why would hair loss be any different? If you want good hair, teeth, eyes etc etc you must pay for these things and they are of course hefty in price but are costly due to the fact they work and there is a demand for them.
Bottom line is this. TREATMENTS WORK! GET ON THEM THE SECOND YOU NOTICE YOUR HAIR LOSS!! WHY? BECAUSE THEY HOLD ON TO HAIR…THE SOONER YOU START THE MORE HAIR YOU WILL KEEP!!
IF you have read this and wait 5 years until your hair loss really bothers you, you have only yourself to blame for not having the hair you love and wanted to keep. You know now that they work, so it’s your choice.
The article was long. I’ll be going into Treatments VS Transplants and what to consider in the following article.

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TREATMENTS VS HAIR TRANSPLANTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW/CONSIDER PART 2

April 18th, 2012 Comments off

This article is the second part of treatment and transplants. Please read article 1 below this one prior.

Treatments work! YES! However, as I wrote in Part 1, you must understand what “WORK” means.
All too often I see patients from other clinics who got suckered into spending thousands of dollars on treatments that are not even approved/proven/shown to work or are suckered into treatments that do work but only under certain circumstances. Again read article 1 to know what the overview of these are.

Paul-Joseph. Hair Transplant Guru (Technically Advisor – but Guru sounds cool!) :D
Hairtransplants@surehair.com or call 416 747 7873

On to Transplants and Treatments. Again, this article really is long overdue.

Let’s start off with men:

Patient 1 is 50 years old walks in and looks like this:

Patient 2 is 20 years old walks in and looks like this:

Yes of course this is the same photo. Realize though that we get guys with the exact type of hair loss pattern but one may only be 20 years of age and the other 60 years of age. The approach, though the hair loss pattern is the same, is very different.

For patient 2 (20 years of age), I would tell him that he has extensive hair loss for his age and that he MUST do treatments in order to hold on to his hair. Why? For the simple reason – with hair loss so young – he is going to lose far more hair. The earlier your hair loss begins the more you are going to lose (this is not always true but 95% of the time it does). I’ll then explain to him that if he loses more than 50% of his hair we will never have enough hair available in the areas we take hair from for hair transplants to give him back a full head of hair. Does this make sense? Meaning – over a lifetime the average gentleman over many surgeries will have up to about 10,000 grafts we can take. Meaning if you lose more than 10,000 grafts (most guys have about 25,000-30,000 grafts on their head in the areas they can lose it) you mathematically wont have enough hair available to replace the grafts you lost.

The key here is understanding that treatments are MOST effective for those who have barely lost any hair. Yes you may thicken your hair, but why worry about thickening your hair if you start on treatments at the first sign of hair loss when you have an almost full head of hair? It’s a no brainer.

For patient 1: I’d ask him what his goals are. If he said he was reasonable happy with the head of hair he had and wanted to try to slightly thicken the hair – I’d tell him to do treatments as there is a high percent chance (60-80% depending the degree of re-growth) to thicken his hair. If he said he wanted a lot more hair – I would tell him to do a hair transplant. I would not tell this patient he needs or MUST do treatments at his age as he is unlikely to lose a lot more hair. This would be at his personal discretion but not a necessity due to his age unlike patient 2.

As a general rule of thumb, younger patients are best to do treatments to begin with and older patients (let’s say 40 an up) need to weigh the financial and results in pros and cons of treatments to decide if it is worth it to them.

Females:

I won’t show a photo. Right now – the reality is very simple. When females lose hair they lose the hair universally in a diffused thinning pattern thoughout the entire head in about 95% of cases. In this instance – if you have genetic hair loss and are female – even if you wanted to do a hair transplant – I would explain to you that unlike men who have a safe zone at the back and sides of the head which will never die, females do not have a safe zone. This means that even if I take hair from the sides and back of the head and transplant these grafts into the hairline or crown, because they are not genetically resistant to hair loss, there is a high percent chance that those hairs will fall out over the course of several years as the hair loss progresses. What this means is that a female MUST do treatments first to stabilize hair loss and after 6month to 2 years when we are certain the treatments are effective we can then say to a female patient they can do a transplant provided they continue using treatments to ensure the transplanted hairs will not fall out. If we do a hair tranpslant on them and they decide to discontinue treatments then their genetic hair loss will continue and they will lose the transplanted hairs along with the rest of the hair.

I hope this was helpful. In the next article I will talk about Laser Light Therapy (LLLT), what it does and provide photos to show REALISTIC results that you can expect from it.

Stay Tuned!

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Hair Transplant: What to expect emotionally, before booking, booking and waiting for the hair to grow.

April 20th, 2012 Comments off

CU of my hairline :D

My Hair Transplant hairline :D

If you’re reading these articles for the first time, I am proud to say that I have finally been able to build a very large wealth of information on the specifics of hair transplants below this article. If you read from this article to the beginning of 2012 prior to coming in for a consult – you will really know almost everything you need to know. I’ve done this because I want the consumer to know a few things…

I’m going to go on a tangent, but it’s important, skip the next paragraph to get to the articles main purpose if you like.
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The world of hair loss has been built upon a lot marketing schemes and fake promises. I see people get butchered, lied to, promised things which can’t happen every day when they come in and tell me what other clinics have said. Magic ointments for only 4000 dollars which will regrow your hair is my favourite…the worst is when bald guys with bad plugs come in and have a 35cm scar which should have given them 3500 grafts but only have 300 or 400 grafts and a long scar to show for it – they were told they’d get a full head of hair…I feel so bad for them. However, these lessons and sad tragedies, if verbalized to you, will stop the next generation from getting butchered and making the mistakes those unfortunate many of us made. Through all the lies and fake promises there is one simple truth…there are a rare select few places that really want you to know the truth, be educated and understand not only the science, but an in depth understanding of what is going on. By doing so, you will realize what I have known from the years of research: you will see why we and a few select clinics are the best in the world and why so many clinics lie – because they can’t do what the elite can and have to lie to make it look on paper like they can or simply…don’t mind lying to you to make money off you. It’s cosmetic surgery and there are millions to be made the more you lie. It’s easy to fool someone and appeal to their emotions over such a traumatic thing as hair loss. I know – I was fooled into a horrible transplant years ago too at another clinic…

I have the rare joy of saying truly: Here at our surgical centre – I don’t have to fool you – because you understanding the truth and what to expect means you can see very quickly why what we do here is amazing and why our transplants are truly natural and mimick mother nature’s imperfect perfections. It angers me with a passion that so many people are lied to, hurt and forever changed in a negative way, not to mention spending thousands of dollars of their own money…just like I did. I never thought I would work in this field, but I know at least that for every person who reads these articles is one more person who gets it. I want to thank you for reading and this company for giving me the platform to have a voice.
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What to expect from a transplant.

I’m not going to talk about the mechanics and science of a hair transplant in this article. I have covered that before and there’s a lot of info on our main sites. What I am going to talk about is the most important part – the emotional side. What you will experience prior to surgery, during surgery and afterwards.

I’ll tell you through my story.

Before my first transplant, I found a local guy doing surgeries near where I grew up, and got a surgery. I was promised 1500-2000 grafts. 7 months later I could count about 100-200 grafts. I lost 1300-1700 grafts, which if you have been reading the articles, you will know that those hairs are lost and never grow back. It means one day if I go bald I will not have enough hair to fill the crown.

So for my second transplant, I began doing research, years and years of research (the joke is that I did a BA in Hair transplants) and looked at every site, every photo in great detail, every blog, article, before and after photo I could get my hands on. I began to sift through the bull S*&$ and see the science and math of the work behind the great advertising and touched up before and after photos on so many sites. Eventually I knew I was going to get my repair work done…and at one point thereafter I began to overthink it and got myself into a tailspin. I think I almost talked myself out of the second surgery a hundred times. One day – I just did it. Got nervous, freaked out leading up to the surgery until the surgery date happened. On the day of surgery I showed up nervous and then!!! I slept lol through the surgery. I remember thinking “Why did I worry so much?”. That night, I went out with my friends. The next day, I went out again – I put a hat on and lived my life. It was not nearly as big of a deal as I had made it out to be from a recovery stand point. I had staples put in vs stithces on my second surgery to minimize scarring in the donor and trust me, the worse part is the metal in the back of the head. Other than that – it’s really not a big deal. Actually, the hardest part is probably just sitting in the chair on surgery date for 8-14 hours :D

The most difficult part came around the 1 month mark where all the transplanted hairs shed and I had to wait 3-6 months for the hair to grow. Every day I would look in the mirror for an hour driving myself insane to try to see if they would grow…hoping the would. Literally, I had been through so much hell just for my hair I just wanted to be done with my hair loss and move the heck on. Finally, one day – 3 months later – I started to see little hairs sprouting. I can not tell you the joy I felt. Yet it happened, all my worrying, hours lost looking in the mirror changed nothing – I wasted so much time worrying. The hair slowly grew in and around the 6 month mark – I did something I had not done in 5 years, I got out of the shower, slicked my hair back with my brand new hairline and walked out the door. The freedom! Wind blowing no problem, any style, could do it. I kept looking in the windows of shops for about 2 or 3 months afterwards making sure I had my hair because I would always look in the windows before so upset I was balding at 21. It killed me. But every time I looked in the mirror – there was hair. It was there. It was around the 1 year mark I realized – I would always have that hair. That hairline, full, thick, forever! I can not tell you how amazing it was. It’s been 6 years since my repair surgery, I am now 31 and I still have a full head of hair. It’s a miracle in my eyes…but most just call it an amazing surgeon doing cutting edge science.

Every day, I still look in the mirror in awe of how tragic going bald can be for some men and women, how much more horrible a bad transplant can destory your life, and how much more, incredibly more, so much so – I don’t have words for it – how truly liberating, amazing and wonderous an amazing transplant will forever change you. It’s not just hair, it’s the confidence, the freedom, the feeling you get by how society defines us by our exterior. It is sad that the world and ourselves judge us so superficially yes, however, it is our nature and that freedom from it in regards to hair loss is something that still awes me every day. Every time I book a guy or girl in for a transplant I feel so happy because I have been down that road and I know how it all works out in the end. Every time someone calls me 6 months later and they can’t believe they have hair I get so excited. Every time someone comes back and shows me their hair, I can’t help but smile.

So What does my story mean to you?

1) Don’t overthink it from an emotional stand point. I.e. know the information and understand it, but once you have come to the conclusion its something you want to do – don’t think yourself into a stalemate. You’re always going to be nervous, even after the transplant waiting for the hair to grow. You’ll be nervous for months, until one day – the hair grows. It’ll only be a full year later that you are overwhelmed that you have hair in places on your head you have not had it for years…maybe even decades:D It won’t be until 1 full year after you made the decision to get a hair transplant (at a great clinic who does great work) that you will finally realize how life changing it truly is.

My best advise is always the same when someone books a surgery: “Congrats! You just made a hard decision to get a hair transplant. Now forget about it. Forget about the transplant before surgery, forget about it after and live yourlife as you normally would until suddenly you wake up one day and you have hair again :D

Got Questions? Losing hair? What an honest opinion?
Email me or call: hairtransplants@surehair.com/416 747 7873

Paul-Joseph
Hair Transplant Advisor: I am a hair loss victim, repair case, guru and just love having all my hair!
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ONLINE HAIR LOSS SITES/BLOGS ETC…WHY YOU SHOULD TRUST THEM AND NOT TRUST THEM…

April 25th, 2012 Comments off

Hmmm. I was reading several blogs today as I always do. I find it so interesting how my opinion of blogs and the online community has changed since my journey of hair loss began. After my bad hair hair tranpslant I turned to the internet to do research and find good clinics. The online hair loss forums absolutely helped me – much like the articles which I am writing will help you! However, I want to talk about the underside or the inside scoop on the online sites which have threads, open discussion, people writing etc.

1) They are good beginning resource to get knowledge about hair transplants. Unfortunately the information is everywhere so you have so spend a lot of time searching for specific information – which is why I have tried and am trying to build a one stop shop and overview of the important info you need to know about hair loss.

PROBLEMS:

Here’s what I did not know before which I know now. For almost all the sites you go to which has “Neutral reviews” by the online community is not really neutral at all. What do I mean?

Simply: someone owns that site and is trying to make money off of it. I don’t blame them – god bless capitalism – but the reality is that this taints the information you read.

Here’s how it works.

1) In ontario for example the Ontario College of Physicians does not allow any clinic in hair tranpsplants to post about their Doctors, have stories about them and give opinions from clients. We can show B&A photos but that’s the extent of it. The most common question I get is “I tried to do research on your clinic but there’s no information on the clinic on the hair loss forums. This is not by accident! We are not legally allowed to! However, just because we’re not on there does not mean we are not one of the best clinics going and just because a clinic is on there does not mean they’re actually good or any good at all.

2) In order for any clinic to post on these sites they have to be a “member”. What does that mean? I.e. any clinic has to PAY to be ON the Site to ADVERTISE. This means that in order for our clinic to post on these sites we would have to pay. We recently looked into it about a year ago and they loved the work we were doing; however, because there was a local clinic posting and paying to be on the site, they told us that they did not want to have us on the site at the moment because it would be conflicting for the other local clinic already paying.

WAIT A SECOND. So if our work is better (which it is). If we are more honest. Ethical. Do the right thing for our patients. Which means we should be the choice for those seeking a great clinic in Ontario, dare I say Eastern Canada and Central Canada and parts of the USA, because some schmoe who does ok work is paying, we’re not allowed? How is this fair? Is this unbias? Exactly.

What happens when you are on these sites. No one – I mean no one – who is on these sites knows anyone outside of the online communities roaring and cheering of the doctors who are on these sites – which means that they support those clincis paying to be members of these sites because other competitors are not allowed to post on them.

I can see any one of these sites reading this and saying “That is not true, any patient can post!”. However, here’s the problem. 1) Our patients are not legally allowed to post! If they do and the Ontario College of Physicians sees it they can levy heavy penalties on our clinic and Doctor (to the point of revoking his ability to practice medicine). 2) The sites are very bias and will always say the same thing and cheerlead their guys they have seen and supported on these sites.

Now, is this to say that these sites are not good resources? They are! They are good resources for information. However, like anything on the internet, there needs to be an uderstanding of how these sites come to be and at the end of the day – they are not neutral, they are BIAS, they are what they are. Ways to make money :D

The only way to really know who is really good is look at the before and after photos and videos of clinics. Our photos are all in natural lighting, same camera, no tricks, not gimmicks no anything. The before and after photos on our site – including Hair Transplants, Laser Light Therapy, and any other product are all taken truthfully and honestly. I know because if they were not I would not work here :D

So be careful what you read and judge based upon what sounds true and makes sense. Even question what I am writing (although everything I am writing is true is still my opinion) as you need to gauge everything from your own opinion, read the wealth of knowledge and make an informed decision based upon what you SEE, not what other people tell you – especially some website where they don’t tell you that clinics pay to be on them.

There’s my rant for the day.

Paul-Joseph
HTP Advisor
hairtransplants@surehair.com

HAIR TRANSPLANT – 4300 Grafts in 1 surgery covering almost entire balding area…

May 8th, 2012 Comments off

May 7/12, we had a gentleman come in and he received 4300 grafts: 1400 single hairs and appx 1450 doubles and 1450 triple grafted hairs for a total of 8650 hairs in one session. See the post-op photos below. (NOTE: You can click on each photo to see a close up of the hairline etc) The patient is over the moon right after surgery and I will update his photos as he progresses. WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT THIS? I have spoken time and time again about so many clinics saying the can get 4000+ grafts – but when you see the area covered or the after photo they look like they received only about 2000 grafts! This is because, as I have said time and time again, that most clinics slur the lines of reality and use hairs instead of grafts. Most clinics can get 4000 hairs with their eyes close – there’s only a handful who can get 9000 hairs in one pass – I am unaware of anyone in Ontario doing this to be frank…

What this means to you is that if you get a surgery for 6000+hst and get 2000 grafts – you will get have the coverage as this man who spent 9000+ hst. So you save 3000 on the first surgery sure, but you got lied to about the number of grafts vs hairs and in the end need a second surgery at 6000+hst to get another 2000 grafts. Thus you spent 12000+hst, had to wait 1 year between surgeries and have to go through the downtime a second time and wait two years for the final result vs 1 year. Who would do that? Where does that make sense? Again, time and time again, I say – go to one of the best. Pictures don’t lie. We covered almost the entire head in one pass. That’s one spicy a meat a ball!

Remember – these photos are only 30 minutes after surgery which is why you see blood etc – he’ll be completely healed and back to normal in 7 days. He has sitch removal in a weeks time and I’ll post his 10 day post op pics.

Enjoy!

Paul-Joseph
HTP Specialist
hairtransplants@surehair.com
416 747 7873

This is what I live for as a specialist in my field. When we get a case which I can show the world at what this clinic can do – something very few clinics can.

4300 Grafts 6 weeks post op.

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

Just a follow up. Our patient who had 4300 grafts (please see the post below this one) has sent in his 6 week post op photos.

You will see that the patient looks like he has a bit of a sunburn – this occassionally happens in patients with larger sessions and there is a slight skin discolouration for a few weeks to a month or two. This will/always passes. Here’s the email this gentleman sent to me:

“As predicted I have shed some original hair and some transplanted hair so actually look more bald than ever. Got my hair cut short the other day so that adds to the bald look The shedding seems to have slowed so maybe things will turn around slowly. The donor area is still a bit tender but much better than 2 weeks ago. It seemed to start getting better once the stitch was taken out. The most painful part of the whole process was getting the stitch out – go figure.”

He also went on to mention that I was amazing and that every person who comes to see me should give me $1000 dollars ;) Okay – maybe not, but I think you should!

Come back in a few months as things will start to get interesting in about 2 more months when the hair begins to grow!

Hi Everyone:

22 Year old Hair Tranpslant…

July 7th, 2012 Comments off

Hi everyone. If you have read these articles on a regular basis you will by now know a few important things.

1) NEVER CHEAP OUT ON GETTING A TRANSPLANT! If you’re not paying around the 7-15 thousand dollar mark – you are going to a bad clinic that does not do good work in North America. If you want to save money – don’t eat out, buy a cheaper car, when it comes to a surgery – this is not the time to go in with the mentality of “I want to save.” If you do – you will get at best an average result and you’ll need to spend more money to get it fixed and now you wont have a choice because it will look unnatural and pluggy. I know – I had 7 guys come in this past week alone from local clinics. About half of our surgeries over the past 2 months have been repair.

2) On to the article

I want to talk about a very special case near to my heart. I will call him Jim. Jim is 22 years old. He has frontal hair loss and is clearly going to lose hair in the crown. All the males in his family have a full head of hair and he’s the black genetic sheep in the family. He is on finasteride (propecia) + Rogaine (5%) and Laser Light Therapy as of now. So we have this young man where I have no idea what the final pattern will be but I know it will at least be a Norwood 5 (Hair loss in the hairline and crown) and perhaps more so. I would NEVER consider doing a transplant on someone this young, until this young man came into my office and when I asked “What are you hoping we can do for you” he could not speak, he was choked up, and started crying. His hair loss had/has destroyed him. Some men at this age will find it bother’s them, but not to a degree where it will impact their ability to have enough confidence to date, live life and be happy. For Jim, this was not the case. Now, some people may say that this is more psychological and that is where and how this should be addressed rather than doing something cosmetical, but I can tell you honestly that we have cases like that which we do not do; however, Jim is like me when I was 22, looked into the mirror, and saw a young man, finally coming into his own and a balding old man at the same time. I was cheated of my youth, I was cheated of my time as a young man when I was supposed to be at my best. It destroyed me too. I had a transplant at a young age much to everyone’s disagreement and at 31 I still have a full head of hair and it saved my 20′s from being horrible.

Now, Jim’s hair loss is much worse than mine was, our stories are different but the bottom line is this; There are all the long term risks of doing a transplant so young; however, when a young man is not willing/wanting to go to school because he is balding, do you deny him? I knew if we did that someone this age would seek out a transplant and someone, somewhere would give it to him and it would be a Sh** result. I knew that by me agreeing to the transplant on him I could control his result to the best of my ability and minmize the negatives.

I said to him that I would do it under several conditions:

1) He would have to go on all FDA approved treatments
2) He would have to STAY on all FDA approved treatments
3) I designed a recessed hairline that was appropriate enough for his age but would see him well into his 50′s looking good with the hairline. We went with a lower density transplant relative to his age – about 40 FU/cm2 and we used about 2000 grafts. He has another 7000 grafts left over which will leave him enough hair (and he will need it for sure) to fill in the spots and gaps as he ages through his 20′s, 30′s and 40′s. He may one day end up with a thinning crown, but he will have a solid head of hair in the hairline, mid-scalp and crown at least through his 20′s and mid 30′s and enough hair to ensure he looks good for the rest of his life.

He cried when I said I would do it, then he was slightly upset when I told him the conditions of the higher hair line. However, in the end, when all is said and done, the transplant will grow in – he won’t love the higher hairline, but he will be happy enough to move on with his life through his 20′s and when he ages he will come to appreciate what we did for him and I hope, that in his 50′s and 60′s what we have done is the right thing for him. Only time will tell. The bottom line is this. I had hair in my youth and it defined my age and confidence. When I turned 30, I had some lines and wrinkles starting, but I had my hair and it made me feel young and good about myself. I may end up with a bald spot in my 50′s; however, many men who come in at 50 are happy with a bald spot in the crown and they want a hair line and that’s it. When it comes to cosmetic surgery there is general guidelines, but in every case, at an ethical clinic like ours at least, we try to to the right thing and sometimes the right thing is taking a risk on a young man whose life was destroyed by his hair loss and we helped him get his confidence and life back on track at the most enjoyable age of our youth when you are coming into your own but still have your life completely before you.

Have a great weekend :D

Paul-Joseph
HTP Specialist
hairtransplants@surehair.com

The Difference Between Hair Transplants and Hair Plugs

September 2nd, 2012 Comments off

How we look is important. It’s not a simple matter of vanity or an obsession with looking the best. And although a nice competition is good for the soul, that isn’t the core reasoning for why individual’s find their appearance key in day-to-day life. For many males and females, hair transplants and hair plugs are integral to people who value their appearance especially concerning their hair. The matter becomes, if necessary, whether which process is better than the other and whether the procedures work to the required capacities. In this understanding, the important diverging factors lie in if the procedures are even applicable to the individual, the affordability, and reliability of the procedures.

 

Although the general usage of the surgery is entitled Hair Transplantation, the subcategories to be discussed are the literal hair transplants and hair plugs, also known as micro-grafts, and consequently both end up at the same result but are best or preferable for certain individuals over others. The literal hair transplant is where the doctor is to surgically move the hair follicles from one place to another. Hair transplant procedures such as that are the usual for those individuals who are doing the procedures as a result of an accident such as scarring, burning, etc. It is a procedure best used for widespread losses of hair. The micro-grafting of hair is a very precise procedure and is a favorite of popular companies such as Bosley. In the process of micro-grafting, individual hairs are to be placed on the scalp in a similar manner to sewing on an extra strand to a piece of clothing and are better used for smaller areas of the scalp. In such circumstances, there are times where micro-grafting is used for wider spread areas of the scalp, but such instances are expensive and time-consuming for some. For serious cases, hair transplantation is likely the best course, while micro-grafting is better for those who want the comfort in its precision and want a small area of scalp to be done.

 

At a glance differences are noted, but another difference is of course the expenditure to be used on said procedures. Micro-grafting and hair transplantation are, generally, the same cost. Since the price of said products can be at times changed at the acceptance of the doctor doing the procedure, it can be from either three to six dollars per follicle of hair and range from twelve hundred dollars to twenty thousand. And in some cases, the judgment is up to the individual on whether either procedure, although essentially at the same price, may be added up differently. It is much easier to keep track of each follicle in micro-grafting, while hair transplantation in groupings may be cheaper by default. Consulting with a trusted physician and doctor is always best in any form or type of surgeries since in any procedure things can go wrong. In this case, the prices are the same and either procedure depending on the individual’s preference is at their discretion.

 

The reliability of the procedures is integral since these are cosmetic surgeries. Looking and appearing complete and correct is absolutely essential to the procedure itself. Both procedures have a median range of ten hours for the hair to take and four to six months for the procedure to be considered complete. At the surgeon’s leisure, it can be deciding if the procedure is to be made in short cycles and meetings or in one session. It is in actuality very rare for the follicles not to take and when done correctly will always allow for continual hair growth. Unfortunately, for the continual hair growth, the hair follicles to be used must be hairs without the known “baldness” gene. Doctors can read whether or not donor areas contain this gene by the thickness, the hair follicles’ elasticity, and the realistic expectations that the doctor has. Since hair follicles can be received from other individuals not just the one the procedure is being made on, based on ethnicity of the patient, and the scalp’s ability to take hold of the hair is crucial to the success of the surgery.

 

Both procedures hair transplantation and hair plugs are the average procedures for clients who have hair loss. But there are just as reliable choices in the whole category of Hair Transplants and research is integral to understanding which process is of benefit to whom. The general differences of both procedures lie in the time consumption and the necessity of which procedure is best for the individual’s direct problem. If you were a hair plug recipient and need restoration, please visit our site.

All About Hair Transplants

August 25th, 2012 Comments off

In todays society, the physical appearance of an individual can positively or negatively affect the opinions of others that he/she comes in contact with. Hair transplant is most commonly used by men in order to avoid any negative bias from society. Most men who experience male pattern baldness do opt for this procedure. However, as with any surgical procedure it comes with both risks and rewards which the patient must weigh carefully and decide on their best behalf.

 

By definition, hair transplant surgery is the process of removing viable hair follicles from a certain region, usually another part of the head, and implanting them into the desired (bald) place on the head. The procedure is done using local anesthesia to the desired sites. The surgeon will make precise cuts to the scalp to retrieve hair follicles to be implanted in another location. Before the surgeon can implant the follicles, the follicles obtained must be examined and declared usable for implantation. This requires another individual to examine the hair follicles under a microscope and exclude all material that will inhibit the regrowth of hair once implanted by the surgeon. The surgeon then implants the new hair follicles by making a small incision in the scalp of the desired location and placing the follicles into the scalp. It is then stitched and bandaged. This procedure allows for a person to regain a full head of hair. This procedure is one of the best options for regenerative hair growth.

 

After the procedure, the patient will receive guidelines regarding how to clean the scalp and to maintain the integrity of the hair transplant. The most important guideline is to ensure the bandage of the surgical site is changed and a new bandage is applied daily. This will ensure that the hair follicles and wound does not become infected or scab over. If the surgical site has either of these happen, the chances of the hair transplant being accepted by the scalp are greatly decreased. In order to decrease the possibility of infection, patients are given antibiotics. This is usually just to an extra precaution as the patients number one responsibility is to ensure the cleanliness of the site.

 

Another element of hair transplant is the entire process must be understood by the recipient. The hair transplant is not an immediate nor a one hundred percent solution to baldness. The individual must be advised that the hair follicles will not die, even though they will see the implanted hair fall out after a week. It will take a few months in order for the follicles to redevelop after being transferred from their original site to the new site. This can cause frustration, however if it is addressed and understood by the patient, it will relieve anxiety about the process. Another issue that must be addressed is that in the future, other hair may fall out causing the hair that was transplanted to look like odd patches of hair. Again, this issue is one that must be addressed before the procedure is performed in order to ensure the patient fully understands the risks and benefits.

 

In closing, hair transplants have given many people the opportunity to not only regain hair that was lost, but also regain confidence. This confidence allows them to walk into society with out worry or concern that another individual will judge them solely on their physical appearance.

Do You Have the Hair Loss Gene?

August 17th, 2012 1 comment

Hair loss, especially in men, is a chronic issue with no end in sight. Although many factors play a role in male hair loss, the main factor is clearly genetics; men pass on the hair loss gene to their sons. It is estimated that 25% of men start to experience hair loss by the time they are age 30, and 2 out of 3 are losing hair by age 60. This can have an adverse effect on their psychology, causing them to feel older than they really are, and thus giving these men a bad self-image. However, in the past few years, the stigma of hair loss has to some extent been removed, thanks to many examples of baldness amongst celebrities and athletes.

In men, male-patterned baldness is the most common type of hair loss, occurring in over 95% of cases. In male-patterned baldness, men lose hair around the front hair line, and at the crown of the head. Eventually these two areas meet, and it leaves a ‘U’ looking pattern on the top of the head. One major cause of male-patterned baldness is increased levels of the sex hormone DHT, which leads to hair loss at elevated levels. There are several other causes of hair loss, including stress, nutritional deficiencies, pollutants in the environment, excessive brushing and styling of the hair, tightly pulled ponytails and cornrows, and a host of other factors.

Hair loss is not only limited to men, but women can also experience hair loss as well. Although it is not as common as in men, hair loss in women can be more damaging psychologically, since a woman’s attractiveness and femininity are closely tied to her hair. Women do not experience hair loss in the same manner as men: typically the hair line stays intact, but women experience thinning throughout the whole head. The cause of hair loss in women can differ from case to case, but some common reasons are hormone levels, use of certain medications like birth control pills, pregnancy, stress, and other conditions.

Although the reasons for hair loss are many, there are only a few options for diagnosis, treatment and living with hair loss. The first step in noticing hair loss is to listen to the advice of a stylist, since they will be the first person to notice hair loss in an individual. There are different tests for men and women that track the progress of hair loss, and they can be used to see if it is becoming more prominent. Recently, genetic testing for hair loss has been developed. This test screens the androgen gene on the X chromosome for possible variations that could hint towards hair loss in the future, so that steps can be taken to clinically treat hair loss early, when treatment is most effective. When used in consideration of other factors, genetic testing for hair loss can be promising. However, it is recommended that this effort be used in consultation with a medical professional. Options for living with hair loss are few: wear a hat, use a comb over to hide bald areas, try topical treatments or medications to grow hair back, or simply embrace the baldness.

Hair loss is an issue that affects many people in our society. However, it does not have to be a life-changing event, and however one handles the situation, it’s important to remember that life goes on, whether one is bald or not. There are many options for dealing with and treating hair loss, and as technology and medicine continue to advance, so will the options for this condition.

Genetic Testing For Hair Loss

August 7th, 2012 2 comments

Hair loss, especially in men, is a chronic issue with no end in sight. Although many factors play a role in male hair loss, the main factor is clearly genetics; men pass on the hair loss gene to their sons. It is estimated that 25% of men start to experience hair loss by the time they are age 30, and 2 out of 3 are losing hair by age 60. This can have an adverse effect on their psychology, causing them to feel older than they really are, and thus giving these men a bad self-image. However, in the past few years, the stigma of hair loss has to some extent been removed, thanks to many examples of baldness amongst celebrities and athletes.

 

In men, male-patterned baldness is the most common type of hair loss, occurring in over 95% of cases. In male-patterned baldness, men lose hair around the front hair line, and at the crown of the head. Eventually these two areas meet, and it leaves a ‘U’ looking pattern on the top of the head. One major cause of male-patterned baldness is increased levels of the sex hormone DHT, which leads to hair loss at elevated levels. There are several other causes of hair loss, including stress, nutritional deficiencies, pollutants in the environment, excessive brushing and styling of the hair, tightly pulled ponytails and cornrows, and a host of other factors.

 

Hair loss is not only limited to men, but women can also experience hair loss as well. Although it is not as common as in men, hair loss in women can be more damaging psychologically, since a woman’s attractiveness and femininity are closely tied to her hair. Women do not experience hair loss in the same manner as men: typically the hair line stays intact, but women experience thinning throughout the whole head. The cause of hair loss in women can differ from case to case, but some common reasons are hormone levels, use of certain medications like birth control pills, pregnancy, stress, and other conditions.

 

Although the reasons for hair loss are many, there are only a few options for diagnosis, treatment and living with hair loss. The first step in noticing hair loss is to listen to the advice of a stylist, since they will be the first person to notice hair loss in an individual. There are different tests for men and women that track the progress of hair loss, and they can be used to see if it is becoming more prominent. Recently, genetic testing for hair loss has been developed. This test screens the androgen gene on the X chromosome for possible variations that could hint towards hair loss in the future, so that steps can be taken to clinically treat hair loss early, when treatment is most effective. When used in consideration of other factors, genetic testing for hair loss can be promising. However, it is recommended that this effort be used in consultation with a medical professional. Options for living with hair loss are few: wear a hat, use a comb over to hide bald areas, try topical treatments or medications to grow hair back, or simply embrace the baldness.

 

Hair loss is an issue that affects many people in our society. However, it does not have to be a life-changing event, and however one handles the situation, it’s important to remember that life goes on, whether one is bald or not. There are many options for dealing with and treating hair loss, and as technology and medicine continue to advance, so will the options for this condition.

Female Hair Loss

August 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Hair loss is an issue that has been around for as long as humans have walk the Earth. It is a problem that affects many people. Everyone has seen someone with some degree of hair loss. While most think of hair loss to be a male only problem, many females experience thinning or loss of their hair as well. Like their male counterparts, the range of hair loss can vary from a moderate reduction of thickness, to an extreme loss of hair follicles. Also, like in males, the causes of female hair loss can be numerous.

 

There can be several factors for female hair loss, but for some cases the exact reasoning is not yet entirely known. Research and test are being done to help pinpoint some answers. Each individual case is unique. A Specialist can help a woman find answers to why they may be losing their hair and provide some possible treatments as well. Here are some common causes of female hair loss that are known.

 

Some causes for female hair loss may be out of a woman’s control. First, female hair loss can be a hormonal issue. As a women gets older, the balance of her hormones will change. In some cases, this change may cause hair loss. Another possible cause is either an illness, or the treatment of an illness like cancer. For example, chemotherapy is well known to cause hair loss as a side effect when treating cancer patients. Once the treatment is done, however, a woman’s hair will come back. There are also genetic factors that could lead to hair loss in females. If women in the same family have experience hair loss, there may be a chance that it will be passed down to future generations.

 

There are also some potential hair loss causes that a woman may be able prevent. Stress may lead to the thinning or loss of hair. While this is not fully understood, it has been observe that stress can have an adverse effect on the health or appearance of an individual, both male and female. Diet and habits may also lead to the loss of hair in females. For example, smoking has been observed in some women to lead to the thinning of hair. While it may not be easy, a woman may be able to help her hair loss by changing a few things in her lifestyle. Eating better, relaxing and not smoking may help a woman’s hair loss problem. Styling of a woman’s hair may also lead to temporary or even permanent hair loss. Certain styling like pulling the hair back, if done in a force able manner, can cause damage to the hair follicle. If this is done over and over again, it could possibly lead to permanent damage. Environmental factors may too play a role in female hair loss. Whether it is a woman’s work conditions or her home surroundings, things in her environment may be the cause of some degree of hair loss.

 

Hair loss in women is just as real as it is in men. The causes for the hair loss in females are numerous, however to fully understand what might be happening in a particular case, a women should see a specialist. Then she can take the next steps in treating or maybe even reversing the process.

Eyebrow photos for online consults.

July 16th, 2012 Comments off

This is an article long overdue. I often get questions on how to send photos via email for those of you who live too far to drive to Toronto to visit us at our Clinic. I’ve added photos below to show you and illustrate.

1) Get a measuring tape (metric is preferred)
2) Any camera phone will work
3) Have good lighting.

1)Take a photo straight on. If you don’t want to show your face we at least need your eyes in the photo so we have a referance point
2) Simply take a photo of each eyebrow individually and then re-do these photos with a measuring tape. The measuring tape is the most important part of this.