How many hair transplant procedures are required before hair is permanently restored?

Individuals with thinning hair often ask how many procedures it will take before their hair and hairline are fully restored.  Dr. Ken Washenik, Bosley Medical Director, answers as part of an ongoing hair transplant physician Q&A series.Bosley Hair Transplant Results

“When asked how many hair transplantation procedures a person might need or how many do people generally need, it’s a difficult question because it really depends on a number of factors.  One, how much hair loss do you have?  How much hair replacement, restoration do you need to satisfy you, or meet your objectives?  So, it’s different from person to person.  Also, your donor hair – the type of hair you have.  How much do you have?  What texture is it – is it straight?  Is it curly?  Is it coarse?  Is it fine hair?  So those different variables will affect how many grafts you will ultimately want to move to meet your goals, or your objectives.

Also, if you have ongoing hair loss – and most people who are looking for hair restoration surgery, transplantation surgery have a medical condition like male pattern or female pattern hair loss.  So, you have ongoing hair loss.  So, another factor that plays into how many grafts or how many procedures you will ultimately want is your ongoing hair loss.  So, it’s my recommendation that you treat that hair loss, that you use a medication to slow down, stop, or even reverse some of that hair loss, and that will only help with your hair restoration needs.”

-Dr. Ken Washenik, Bosley Medical Director

Bosley offers a free, private consultation at more than 70 offices located throughout the U.S.  During your no-obligation consultation, you’ll learn more about the causes of hair loss and available FDA cleared and approved treatments.  You’ll also receive a free microscopic scalp and hair analysis that provides insight into your current level of hair loss and availability of donor hair.

Bosley supports breast cancer awareness research

October 1, 2015

For the second year in a row, Bosley will be supporting the fight against breast cancer through its ongoing Good Works Project. During the month of October, Bosley will raise awareness and contribute funds to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s mission to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Bosley will donate $50 toward breast cancer research for every hair restoration procedure scheduled and performed during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Bosley’s President & CEO, Rob Spurrell, stated “We are happy to support such a wonderful cause and hope to be apple to outperform last year’s performance to make an even greater impact this year.”

In 2014, Bosley donated $30,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This successful campaign was supported by all of Bosley’s 450 personnel across its 70 offices nationwide.

Bosley’s management issued the following statement last year. “Bosley would like to thank entire team for their efforts in meeting our goal and donating $30,000 to Breast Cancer Research Foundation, in support of breast cancer research and awareness.”

One of Bosley’s core values is to give back to communities by participating in Good Works projects.  During the month of October, Bosley contributed a portion of revenue from procedures to the fight against breast cancer.

Gerald’s hair began thinning in college – See him now

Gerald decided on Bosley hair transplantation after his hair continued to thin after college.  After having his hair permanently restored Gerald once again is happy about how he looks and feels.  He gets compliments on his wavy hair just like when he was younger.

See Gerald’s before and after hair transplant photos and hear what he has to say about his restoration experience at Bosley.

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“My brother and I, we’ve always had wavy hair.  Well, his is curly, mine was more wavy.  And all the ladies, quite frankly, would compliment me on my hair.

I first noticed my hair was falling out when I was in early college.  It started thinning and I was really, really getting concerned about it.  Hair loss is a very emotional experience because it alters your appearance, and how people look at you and perceive you.  I felt like I was kind of leaving my life behind.

Since I’ve had the experience with Bosley, I am ecstatic about how I look, about the energy that I have.  I get compliments about my hair all the time.  And having been known for my hair when I was going through the early phases of my life – to hear those compliments again, it just really floats my boat.

If I didn’t have the picture to prove it, I would say this wasn’t me.  Thank you Bosley!”

Gerald’s hairline restoration is virtually undetectable due to the artistic abilities and experience of Bosley physicians.  Bosley physicians carefully consider age, facial structure, existing hairline, quality of hair and long-term goals when establishing a complete hair restoration plan.

To learn more about what Bosley can do for you schedule a free, private consultation at one of 70 offices located throughout the U.S.

Is Propecia or Rogaine More Effective For Treating Hair Loss?

People experiencing hair loss typically have many questions about what causes hair loss and how well the available treatments options work.  Dr. Washenik answers many of these common hair loss questions in the Bosley Physician Q&A video series.

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Ken Washenik, M.D., Ph.D., is the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Bosley, the world’s most experienced hair restoration expert. Dr. Washenik is also the former CEO of the Aderans Research Institute, a biotechnology firm involved in researching tissue engineered hair follicle neogenesis and cellular-based hair restoration.

In this video Dr. Washenik explains the effectiveness and differences between two FDA-approved hair loss treatments, Propecia® and Rogaine®.

“Currently, in the United States, we’re lucky to have two medications approved for treating hair loss – Propecia® and Rogaine®.  Propecia® is the trade name for Finasteride, and Rogaine® is the trade name for the drug Minoxidil.  They both work very nicely.  They both are approved for use for male pattern hair loss in men, and only Rogaine® or Minoxidil is approved for female pattern hair loss, or androgenic alopecia in women.

When asked to compare a Propecia® and a Rogaine® in men, I would say, from my clinical experience – first of all I would love for you to use both, I’m a big proponent of combination therapy.  Those drugs work differently, and because they have different mechanisms of action I like to combine the two.  If you had to pick one, my own experience has been that I think Propecia® is a more effective monotherapy if your goal is re-growing hair, then Minoxidil or Rogaine® is.  But they’re both effective, and they’re both effective at slowing down or inhibiting the process of hair loss.

When I look at Rogaine® and Propecia® and try to compare effectiveness, my first response is that if you can, like in men, I like to combine both.  And I think, as a monotherapy, I would rate Propecia® somewhat higher than Rogaine®.  Now that could be the mechanism of action for the people, it could also be compliance – your ability to stay with the therapy as you’re supposed to use it.  Since Propecia® is just taking a pill each day, and Rogaine® is currently approved to be used as twice a day application to your scalp – some people find that more challenging to do and they may not be able to stay as stringent in their regimen.

Now with women, definitely Rogaine® is the most potent treatment we have currently.  Now in the world for treating female hair loss – in the U.S. it’s the only medication that’s approved for treating female pattern hair loss.  And it works very well at slowing down, inhibiting the hair loss process, and even reversing it and gaining some hair back in certain patients who use it.”

– Dr. Ken Washenik

Schedule a free, private, no-obligation consultation with Bosley to learn more about Propecia®, Rogaine® and the only permanent solution to hair loss, hair transplant surgery.

Hair Loss at a Young Age – Jason’s Hair Transplant Results

Jason’s hair loss started in high school.  He was shocked when a friend mentioned his thinning hair.

His hair loss continued to progress, so he decided to take action by contacting a Bosley physician.

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Jason explains how hair transplant surgery has changed his life, complete with before and after photos.

Jason: ”Well, I first started losing my hair in high school, and we weren’t even together at the time.  I was oblivious to it until somebody let me know that I was, my hair was receding quite a bit.  Well, to be in high school and have somebody come up and tell you that – that your hair is receding – I was blown away by it.  And ever since then, you know, I always thought about it.”

Jason’s Wife: “:So, when I first met Jason, it never even occurred to me that he had a hair problem.  I always thought he had cool hair, you know.”

Jason:  “Anytime we took a photo I knew exactly the angles that, you know, you had to take the picture at to make everything look right.”

Jason’s Wife: “He would see his hairline and be like, ‘oh my goodness, my hair is just receding.’”

Jason:  “I had seen a Bosley commercial on TV one night, and so I decided to call.  I was thrilled with the results, you know, absolutely thrilled.”

Jason’s Wife: “Before Bosley, Jason never really liked me to run my fingers through his hair.  He was just always like, ’be careful, don’t take out anymore.’”

Jason:  “Yeah it was the no-touch zone, no-touch zone.”

Jason’s Wife: “But now after he’s gotten the hair restoration it’s like he allows me to feel his hair, and just like run my fingers through it.  I always felt like he had confidence, but after his hair restoration it just took it to a whole new level.”

Jason: “Hair changes everything in your life.”

Jason’s Wife: “You know, he’s proud of his hair.  He jumps right in with pictures.”

Jason:  “Yeah, I do not mind taking photos anymore.  In fact, I kind of like to take pictures, to be honest.  When I look in the mirror now, it’s like this is who I’ve always been.  You know what I mean?  That this is, this is me – thanks to Bosley.”

Jason was able to permanently restore his hair, even with his hair loss beginning at such a young age.

The first step to restoring your hair is to schedule a free, private consultation with a Bosley counselor.  Consultations are available at 70 locations throughout the U.S.