What Can I Expect From Hair Transplantation?

Since the first hair transplantation procedure ever performed decades ago, the technology and techniques have evolved to a point that good hair transplantation results, performed with the latest technology and by skilled physicians, should be undetectable.

Hairlines before & after Bosley

Today, hair transplantation is a relatively simple and outpatient procedure. It takes a few hours to half a day to complete. Given your hair grows about ½ inch per month, you can expect to see some growth within a few months, and relatively full growth in a year*. Looking at the larger picture, a few months is nothing for a lifetime of hair!

The key to completely natural-looking hair restoration results is selecting the right physician. Many physicians can transplant hairs, but not all possess the important combination of experience, technical and artistic skills to yield the type of undetectable results you want. Even with today’s advanced hair transplant technologies, an inexperienced physician or one who doesn’t practice hair restoration exclusively could cause less than desirable results.

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Dr. Ed Suddleson, explaining a patient his hair loss classification, during consultation.

Bosley physicians practice hair restoration exclusively and have come from diverse, rewarding medical backgrounds and experience, some with decades in surgical, plastics and other related medical fields. In fact, all Bosley physicians have at least 10 years surgical experience and are trained extensively in the skill and artistry required to create perfect hair lines and natural looking results.

For over forty years, Bosley has performed more hair transplant procedures than any other medical group in the world. This experience is drawn upon when new Bosley physicians are trained to the high standards required by Bosley. Many physicians approach Bosley each year to become part of the Bosley medical team but only a select few are chosen.

Being the world’s most experienced hair restoration expert, Bosley utilizes the latest advancements and techniques for hair transplantation. The latest in such advancement, the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique, is rising in popularity due to its minimally invasive nature. FUE procedures typically also require minimal downtime and recovery is quicker. Aside from FUE, the traditional follicular unit transplantation (FUT) technique is available. A patient’s hair loss classification and goals can determine that one technique is favored over the other. Both are proven techniques, so neither is inferior to the other. Both hair transplant techniques will have the same result, a perfectly natural look.

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Patient Marc H, before and after the Bosley FUE hair transplantation procedure.

Deciding on which technique to use is part of a larger discussion between you and your Bosley physician, which will also include the availability of other FDA approved and technologically advanced hair loss treatments like the Bosley Theradome™ Laser Helmet or the Bosley Lasercomb Elite®.

Don’t  let the idea of a surgical procedure scare you! Hair transplantation of today is a simple and effective procedure that can permanently restore your hair to the way it once was and give you back your once youthful hairline. There are many good physicians out there who practice hair transplantation exclusively, such as the Bosley medical physicians. Read more about the Bosley difference, and what has made us the most trusted name in hair restoration.


*Individual results may vary. Ask your Bosley physician during your free consultation about your individual case.

The Ultimate Guide to Hair Loss Treatments – Bosley

How you decide to treat hair loss depends first and foremost on the cause of your hair thinning, then your level of hair loss, your budget, and the results you hope to achieve. Some people choose hair transplant surgery as a permanent solution, while others opt for non-surgical solutions, which are mostly laser therapy and medications that must be taken continuously to maintain results. Some may choose to wear hair systems, wigs (or toupees) or use other methods of hair styling to conceal as much hair thinning and hair loss as possible.

When hair loss is an effect of an illness, medicines, or stress, then treating the illness, changing or stopping intake of the medicines, or managing stress should stop the hair loss and in time, hair should grow back at its own natural pace. Here we’ll explore the various types of hair loss treatments available and the pros and cons of each, which will help guide your selection of a hair loss solution.


Hairlines before & after Bosley

Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves the moving of hair follicles from the donor area that are resistant to the hormones that cause hair loss (DHT) and placing these follicles in recipient areas where the hair is thinning and more hair is needed. This procedure can recreate one’s once youthful hairline, and restore one’s hair fully, in the most natural looking way possible. In the hands of experienced and skilled physicians, hair transplantation results should be undetectable, in addition to being permanent. Hair follicles are removed from the scalp using either the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or the follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques. The only difference between the two techniques is in how hair follicles are harvested, as the transplantation process and the natural placements of the grafts are done the same skillful and artistic way with either method. Today, hair transplantation surgery is the only permanent treatment option for hair loss and is the only way one can regain a youthful hairline. Learn more about hair transplantation solutions at Bosley.

Hair Loss Medications

For those seeking non-surgical solutions, there are many different medications available aimed to treat hair loss, both over-the-counter as well as by prescription. Finasteride (Propecia®) is available by prescription only and the pill is to be taken once a day. Propecia works by preventing the conversion of testosterone to DHT (the hormone that is most likely to trigger hair loss) in your body. This product is intended to be used to combat male pattern baldness. Propecia is ONLY prescribed for men and is not to be used by women or children. The key to enjoying the full benefits of this medication is continued use. Stopping usage will likely mean losing the hair you have re-grown within 12 months of discontinuing use.

Minoxidil (Rogaine®) is available without a prescription and is applied directly on the scalp two times per day. Although the exact cause is not yet determined, scientists believe Minoxidil treats hair loss by dilating blood vessels on the scalp, which can improve the function of scalp cells and stimulate more hair growth. The solution does slow down the progression of hair loss and it can help regrow hair for those in the earlier stages of hair loss. However, the results are not permanent and hair regrowth will stop unless you continue using the product religiously as directed. Unlike Propecia®, Minoxidil is also hair loss in women.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Low level laser treatment can stimulate hair growth at certain wavelengths by increasing blood flow to the scalp and reducing inflammation in the hair follicles. Low level laser therapy is a very safe form of light treatment that can be used in both men and women suffering from hair loss, including genetic forms of hair loss such as androgenetic alopecia or pattern balding.. This treatment is available as in-salon hoods, head caps, or hand-held devices. Bosley Medical offers the Bosley Lasercomb Elite® and the Theradome Laser Helmet™ for hair loss, which are both FDA approved for home use.

There are many different treatments available for treating hair loss, and Bosley Medical offers a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options to ensure the best results, comfort, and safety of our patients. Request a free information kit to learn more about available treatment options, or contact a Bosley office near you to schedule a consultation and determine the best hair loss treatment for your hair loss classification.

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When is the right time to consider hair restoration?

If you’re reading this, you might be among the millions of people facing hair loss or thinning hair and are wondering, at what point in your life hair restoration makes sense to do and how could it improve your quality of life.

It’s important to understand that at Bosley, our hair restoration procedure isn’t a short-term or temporary fix. It’s a permanent solution to hair loss producing natural looking results that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Our procedure gives you the opportunity to restore your full head of hair without worrying about any strange side effects or issues or temporary fixes often associated with other types of hair loss solutions, treatments, or remedies.

Hair transplant surgery relocates your own hair to the thinning areas in such a way that is virtually impossible to distinguish between native and transplanted hair. And once hair has been transplanted, it stays there, growing in its natural hair growth pattern.

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Patient Marc B, before and after hair restoration

Founded in 1974, Bosley has become world renowned for its highly-skilled physicians and the hair transplantation results they produce. Hair transplantation may be a relatively simple procedure, but is one that involves artistic skill and techniques only well-trained and experienced physicians understand and can apply to the transplantation process.

As already stated, in hair transplantation, hair follicles are extracted from the donor area of your scalp to be carefully transplanted into the recipient area(s) to emulate your natural hair growth pattern. The latter is important because it’s what separates bad and good hair transplantation results. Thanks to Bosley’s experienced doctors, your newly transplanted hair will complement the natural growth of your hairline and facial features, giving you only the most natural, virtually indistinguishable looking results.

If all this sounds good to you, here’s a look at some of the more common reasons why patients get hair restoration surgery, and whether or not you should too:

Self-Image & Self-Confidence

The most common reason our patients confess as the biggest driver in getting the procedure is the loss of self-confidence and the desire to feel good about themselves again. It may seem superficial, but human beings yearn that special, unique feeling of being self-assured, being desirable, and to feel as good as they look. For some people hair loss is a serious enough condition that affects their sense of confidence and getting their hair back can restore that lost emotion. Our patients have said that having a full head of hair not only improves their physical appearance, it helps reduce their sense of helplessness and anxiety.

As many studies have shown, confidence is a key trait that’s been shown to help unlock success in everything from your career to dating, friendships and social life. Far too many patients we’ve met say the gradual onset of prolonged hair loss and its seemingly irrevocable consequences has affected their self-esteem and made them feel more self-consciousness about personal interactions. These feelings can sometimes cause them to withdraw from everyday social activities and even give them pause before considering new business opportunities.

If you feel as though having hair will help you gain a more positive outlook on life and achieve a more outgoing demeanor, you should consider hair restoration surgery.

Slowing Hair Loss

Baldness doesn’t happen overnight. It’s usually a slow, gradual process that can sneak up on you, with thinning hair being one of the early signs of the onset of hair loss.

If you’re noticing your once-full head of hair beginning to thin, we recommend meeting with a professional before things worsen. A trained specialist can examine your unique situation, access the conditions, and recommend an appropriate treatment option.

We realize taking that first step in seeking treatment is often a difficult one, especially if you’re still in the early stages of hair thinning or loss, or if you are unsure how to go about it. In our experience, acting sooner rather than later is a great way to slow hair loss and, in some cases, even prevent it from progressing. There is nothing wrong in wanting to look and feel your best, and it is never too early or too late to realize that you can do something about your hair loss.

Medical Conditions

If you have hair loss due to a medical condition, hair restoration may still be an option but you should consult with your general physician or dermatologist before going into any treatment regimen.

Take Action

If you’re ready to take control over your hair loss, we invite you to any of our 70 locations nationwide for a free, private consultation where you’ll receive a complimentary microscopic scalp and hair analysis, personalized treatment options, and cost and financing information. Get started today.


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Understanding Male Pattern Baldness

If you’re experiencing male pattern baldness (Androgenic Alopecia), you’re not alone. Pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss for men, typically caused by some combination of genetics and hormonal factors.

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Causes of Male Pattern Baldness

Each hair on your body sits in a hair follicle. Male pattern baldness usually begins when certain hair follicles start shrinking over time, making hair finer, shorter and weaker. Eventually, those brittle follicles stop producing new hair altogether, resulting in hair thinning and pattern baldness.

Symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness

Although male pattern baldness can usually be traced at the hairline, it can take many different forms on the head.

For instance, as your hairline gradually recedes with time, it may begin forming an “M” shape on your head starting at your widow’s peak. As additional follicles begin to weaken and more hair fall out, that “M” shape may eventually transform into an inverted “U” shape on both sides of your head, leaving little hair on top of your head and some on the sides.

Alternately, other men may experience balding only on top of their head, while still maintaining a healthy overall hairline. In any case of pattern baldness, the underlying causes are often the same.

How Do You Know If You Have Male Pattern Baldness?

For the most part, male pattern baldness can be determined by examining the appearance and pattern of hair loss using the Norwood Scale.

Male pattern baldness can also be identified by one of the following symptoms:

  • Patches of hair loss
  • Shedding of hair
  • Hair breakage
  • Hair loss with scaling, pain, or redness

In cases where the usual patterns do not exist or are not easily identifiable, undergoing a skin biopsy or other diagnostic procedure may be needed to understand the root cause of your hair loss, and to know if male pattern baldness is the culprit.

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The Norwood Scale

How Can Male Pattern Baldness Be Treated?

Luckily, today there are enough options for patients to choose from to help manage their hair loss, and avoid the emotional trauma, psychological stress, and loss of self-esteem that often comes with it. And, of course, if you are perfectly comfortable with the gradual changes in your appearance as your hair loss progresses, you can embrace your state of baldness!

There are a multitude of treatment options available today aimed at treating male pattern baldness, but it’s important to understand what these treatments promise and how they work.

There are two main types of hair loss solutions. One works by slowing down the progression of hair loss and the other helps regrow hair. Unfortunately there is no cure for hereditary hair loss. The only permanent way to get your hair restored remains to be surgical hair restoration (hair transplantation).

This does not mean that medications and solutions are not effective. They work best for people in early stages of hair loss and to complement hair transplantation. Here are some of the more common remedies for pattern baldness:

  • Topical solutions: Topicals can be applied directly to your scalp to revitalize hair follicles that are shrunken due to male pattern hair loss and regrow hair. Depending on the condition and severity of hair loss, some people are able to regrow new hair, but continued use of the topical solution is necessary to maintain sustained results over time. The most common solution is Minoxodil, which is the main active ingredient in Rogaine®.
  • Oral medications: Certain prescription pills can help curb the production of the male hormone (Dihydrotestosterone or DHT) responsible for pattern baldness. Much like the topical solutions, continued use is necessary to maintain any results yielded from the medication Today, Propecia is the most common drug used to treat male pattern baldness.
  • Hair replacement: Many cosmetic solutions— like hair systems, wigs, toupees, and weaves— do not involve a surgical procedure. These solutions typically require some maintenance, and often come down to factors including one’s lifestyle, willingness to continue ongoing replacement maintenance and costs. The main benefit of cosmetic hair replacement is the full-head-of-hair results one can get immediately post application.
  • Hair transplantation surgery: As performed by Bosley, this procedure involves taking hair follicles from one part of your head where there is healthy growing hair, and transferring them to the areas affected by baldness where hair is needed.

Typically, the area where the hair is transferred from can be found on the back of your head. That’s because the hair found in these areas of your scalp are known to be resistant to the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (or DHT) ─ the main culprit in male pattern baldness. The logicbehind hair transplant surgery is that these DHT-resistant hairs, when transferred to balding or thinning areas, will continue to thrive and grow naturally as they would have in the donor area. And that’s why hair transplant surgery is often viewed as a permanent solution to hair loss.

Good hair transplantations are virtually undetectable. Bosley is known for permanent and natural-looking results, having perfected the art and science of hair restoration for more than 40 years.

To help determine which treatment option is best for your male pattern hair loss, you may want to take the first step by consulting with your physician or contacting Bosley to explore the various treatments options available to you, including permanent hair restoration. Schedule your free Bosley consultation now to learn which hair loss treatment options are best for you.


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The Basics of Hair Transplantation

Hair transplantation has been around for over seventy years, with the early form of it being performed in 1939. Today, we have come a very long way from the technique used then and in the 70s and 80s. In recent years, as the science of transplantation has evolved, hair transplantation procedures have become even mainstream, hair transplantation results are so natural looking, they are nearly impossible to detect.

The popularity of hair transplantation in the past decade can be attributed in large part to the advances in medical research and the innovation of hair restoration technology and techniques. Dr. L.Lee Bosley, a pioneer in the art and science of hair restoration, has always instilled the significance of artistry and skill in hair transplantation, so much so that these have become a hallmark of Bosley. This hallmark of artistry includes the ability to study facial structure and hairline patterns to produce the most natural looking hairline and results for our patients.

Let’s have a look at the basics of a Bosley hair transplantation procedure.

Initial Consultation: All hair transplant procedures must be preceded by an in-depth analysis of the patient’s hair loss condition including classification. In fact, no procedure at Bosley can be recommended or scheduled without the patient having had a consultation. Hair transplant physicians at Bosley heavily emphasize the significance of the consultation as a critical component of the procedure as it allows the surgeon to identify factors contributing to a patient’s hair loss, determine the hair loss classification for the patient and craft a hair restoration treatment plan and cost estimate specific to each patient. These measures ensure that the patient is presented with the most effective treatment options to meet their goals. During the hair transplant consultation, the patient also learns the specifics about the procedure and aftercare period and is presented financing options if desired.

Bosley Hair Bosley Hair Transplant Patient Keith B, before and after the procedure.

Bosley Hair Transplant Patient Keith B, before and after the procedure.

Hair Loss Classification: The pattern and severity of hair loss make up the hair loss classification, a standard scale used to determine the size and type of hair transplantation procedure recommended to give the patients their desired results. The size of the procedure translates to the number of grafts (hair follicles) to be harvested and transplanted for the procedure. Patients will also be presented the two available techniques for a hair transplantation procedure including, the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) procedures and a recommendation between the two based on the patients goals will be offered Women’s hair loss patterns are measured on the Ludwig Scale, while men’s hair loss patterns are classified using the Norwood Scale.

Donor Area: Hair loss occurs in a variety of patterns in men and women, and for hair transplantation, the rear and sides of the head (where there is usually plenty of DHT-resistant, healthy hair) serves as the donor area. Using the FUT or FUE techniques, individual hair follicles from the donor area are used to fill in the thin areas of the scalp to produce natural looking results for the patient. Once the transplant technique has been determined during the consultation, the size of the thinning area, the density of the hair and the hair texture will be taken into consideration to determine the number of hair follicles needed to produce the desired results.

Hair Quality: A large part of the cosmetic success of a hair transplant is the quality of the donor hair being transplanted. Hair quality encompasses many factors including density, volume, the thickness of the hair follicles, and the growth pattern (straight, wavy, curly, etc.). In our experience, usually the higher the density of the available donor hair, the better the outcome to be expected. This is the main reason a consultation is necessary for a hair and scalp micro-analysis and price cannot be quoted on the phone. Not everyone will be a candidate for surgical hair restoration and patients have varying number of grafts needed to achieve the coveted hair restoration results.

The hormone DHT is the most common cause of hair loss.

The hormone DHT is the most common cause of hair loss.

The Procedure: During the hair transplant procedure hair follicles from the donor area of the head are transferred to the recipient area using a micrograft procedure performed Bosley’s skilled physicians by either FUT or FUE technique. The donor hair is identified and selected for extraction from the DHT resistant areas (DHT is the hormone which causes hair loss in most individuals and is responsible for male and female pattern hair loss). Since the donor hairs are DHT-resistant, once transplanted, they will grow and thrive in the recipient areas naturally. This concept called Donor Dominance is the basis of hair transplantation and why it works.

It’s important to work with your hair transplant physician and counselor to set realistic expectations for the procedure and get a good understanding of what to expect during the aftercare period. Have an open discussion with your surgeon to make an informed decision about the causes of your hair loss and the surgical and non-surgical treatment options that are best for you. Contact Bosley to schedule a free consultation and discover the benefits of a permanent natural hair loss solution.


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