Hair Loss in Males (cont.)

ZIERING:
The procedure is done in the office while the patient is watching movies and TV. They have local anesthetic like they would get in the dentist's office and a medication to relax them. They go home that day at the end of the procedure.

The time is dependent upon the number of grafts received, and they often can go back to work the next day or within a few days and can return to full activities, including sports, after about 10 days.

The grafting procedure is so refined today that if you have a little bit of hair in the area we're transplanting into it often can be covered and hidden from others that very day. If you're bald on top, the healing will take place in most instances within a week.

MODERATOR:
How natural does it look?

ZIERING:
It looks extremely natural. Most of my work goes unnoticed. The days of the plug, doll hair and corn rows are gone. Today's transplants are extremely natural.

MEMBER QUESTION:
Will it last?

ZIERING:
These transplants are permanent because the hairs that are moved do not have the genetic tendency to be lost, nor are they susceptible to the DHT. Evidence of the lasting effect of transplants can be seen every day when you see someone with plugs or doll's hair.

"The current techniques enable us to move hair more naturally than ever before."

MODERATOR:
So how does a man choose a hair restoration doctor?

ZIERING:
First of all they should look at a specialist and someone who only does hair restoration procedures. They should find a board certified physician, preferably one that is certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons -- someone who has experience.

They need to make sure they are using the current state-of-the art technology, which is microscopic follicular unit grafting. They must meet the physician in consultation and have the opportunity to look at and talk with other patients.

Finally, they must choose someone they feel comfortable with who understands their aesthetic desires and can meet their expectations.

MODERATOR:
If balding has begun, say at the temples, and a hair transplant is done now, what happens with the rest of the head? Will it look funny?

ZIERING:
A skilled and experienced hair restoration surgeon will account for present and future loss in designing your hair restoration procedure and in evaluating the donor area of hair that you have to transplant today and for the future. The current techniques enable us to move hair more naturally than ever before. So this should not be a concern if you choose the appropriate surgeon.

MEMBER QUESTION:
Do you have a recommendation for a physician in Allentown, Pa?

ZIERING:
The most widely recognized of international hair loss experts is the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons. Their web site is www.ishrs.org. They have a "Find a Doctor" section.

Of course, you can Google and Yahoo! and find someone in your area. You have to do your own research and due diligence.

MEMBER QUESTION:
What can one who has very limited financial resources do to help with hair loss? There is no way I can afford a transplant.

ZIERING:
Most hair restoration surgeons offer a "no charge" consultation for patients to be evaluated as to what treatment options they have. A good physician will present all the options for the patient and help them evaluate them based on efficacy and the patient's financial means. So the best thing is to find someone in your area.

MEMBER QUESTION:
If you had the old hair plugs, can they be fixed?

ZIERING:
Approximately 30% of the work that I do is correcting the old plug technique. We can get extremely good results that appear natural by combining a new technology with the older plug results.

MEMBER QUESTION:
I'm a body builder and worry that lying on the bench is rubbing the hair off of the back of my head.

ZIERING:
While wearing a hat is a myth as far as hair loss is concerned, so too is lying on a bench. However, if you cause physical traction and trauma to the hair, it can break, and if done repeatedly, can cause some permanent hair damage and hair loss, like that scene with people who braid their hair too tightly over a long period of time. This is called specifically traction alopecia.

You should be evaluated to see if the hair loss is due to breaking and damage or genetic male pattern hair loss and baldness.

"The sooner you begin treatment with medications approved by the FDA, the better the patient's response - this is also true with thinning."


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