Hair Transplant Patient Guide

Lessening Social Anxiety about Your Transplant

Q: There’s one area of my life that is more pronounced than my hair loss. It’s the amount of anxiety I suffer from on a daily basis. My anxiety levels increase greatly when I find myself in social situations surrounded by people chatting constantly. It’s very overwhelming to me trying to keep up with the various conversations.  I’m working towards getting a transplant but my anxiety about answering questions about the procedure is already growing.  Do you have any advice for my situation? A: We conducted a study whose results were published as Psychology of Hair Transplant in Hair Transplant […]

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What Kind of Density Should I Expect After a Hair Transplant Procedure?

Q: I have had a hair transplant and was really curious about the experiences of others.  After looking around online, I saw a set of photos from another patient who had almost the same number of grafts but his hair density after the transplant was much better than mine. Is it normal to have a difference in hair density?  If so, why is that? A: Although we utilize the most modern techniques available for hair restoration, it’s not unusual to see different results for different patients.  Assuming that the technique of hair transplant is exactly the same and every single […]

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Do I Have to be on Finasteride in Order to Have a Hair Transplant?

Q: If a hair transplant candidate is not willing or medically able to take Propecia, is that a deal breaker? I have seen some online posts from people who are very adamant that a young guy not willing to take Propecia shouldn’t even consider a transplant. What is your stance on this? ​A: No one should be on finasteride in order to have a hair transplant.  I recommend taking it for at least a few months after a hair transplant to minimize the risk of shock loss.  If that is not possible, I recommend Rogaine for the same purpose. In […]

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Four Reasons to Give a Hair Transplant to Younger Patients

Q: What happens when someone younger restores their hairline, but 10 years down the road, the hair loss of the native hairs has progressed so much that they’re left with a very odd hair pattern?  For example, they are completely intact in the front, but bald in the middle/crown area? Is this a valid concern? How weird would that look? Are we shooting ourselves in the foot by getting a hair transplant so soon in life? A: This is a common concern before a hair transplant that many young patients have.  Hair transplant surgeons used to believe that no one […]

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Folliculitis After Hair Transplant

Q: Hello Dr. Mohebi. I had a FUT transplant last month. I’ve noticed that I’m getting some pimples on my transplant area. You mentioned this is a possibility for me, but should I be worried that this will affect my growth? Also, is it safe to put Minoxidil on that area? A: It’s common to have a few pimples after a FUT (Follicular Hair Transplant) on the transplanted area.  These pimple-like lesions are called Folliculitis and they happen due to the inflammation of hair follicles. Folliculitis usually occurs between the first few weeks from your transplant through about 6 months from […]

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Latisse and Alternatives for Eyebrow Hair Growth

Q: I would like to have thicker eyebrows.  I heard Latisse could help, so I bought it and have been trying it.  I know I have to use it for a while before I see results, but I am wondering if there is a cheaper option, since Latisse is expensive.  Careprost, Lumigan, Travoprost and Bimatoprost are all alternatives that I see people write about online as a cheaper alternatives.  Do you have a recommendation?   A: Bimatoprost is the scientific name of a synthetic prostamide anolog that is used for treatment of glaucoma (an ocular disorder that results in optic […]

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Using Hair Relaxer after Hair Transplant

Q: Hi Doc! I have a question for you.  In the past, I used chemical hair relaxers.  Do you think they damaged my hair follicles?  If not, am I able have a chemical relaxer in my hair 6 weeks post-surgery? Thanx!   A: Hair relaxers do not seem to be absorbed through the skin.  The generative parts of hair follicles are residing a few millimeters below skin level and any product that does not get absorbed through skin, cannot reach the active parts of the follicles and cannot affect their growth.  Most cosmetics and other products can be safely used […]

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Q&A: Hair Multiplication/Cloning

Q: Dear Dr. Mohebi- I am 33 years old and have been dealing with thinning hair since I was 19.  That is when I started on finasteride and it has helped slow down my hair loss.  I also use concealers or camouflaging agents to help my thinning areas appear fuller and thicker.  I have been watching for new treatments such as hair cloning to come to fruition and still hold out hope for that one day. In the meantime I have thought about FUE but just do not have the resources financially to afford it.  Do you think hair cloning […]

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