Who does my hair transplant?
Each transplant is done by a lead surgeon (1st surgeon), a co-lead doctor (2nd surgeon), and 2-3 nursing technicians that specialize in their own specific tasks part of the process, which can include, harvesting, follicle cleaning and preparing for implantation.
How can I know how many follicles do I need?
By inquiring through our form below and uploading your pictures, coverage interests and desired goal, you will receive an estimated count and preliminary view of your possibilities in 24hrs or less. Dr. Fok will review these pictures and preferences and provide you with a personalized assessment.
Will I be transplanted grafts or follicles?
We transplant follicles, which will give you the best possible outcome. Most other clinics provide their packages based on ‘grafts’ which makes it confusing to the patient because you never know how many hairs/follicles you will actually get. Not with us, our packages are all based on follicle count so that you can be clear as to how many hairs you can receive. Here is a quick explanation and visual illustration to clarify the difference between a graft, a follicle-unit, and a single-follicle or hair.
Who does my design?
The design process is a collaborate effort directed by you with suggestions by the lead surgeons. You will decide if you prefer a perfectly symmetrical look or a more natural asymmetrical look. This process begins, from the first inquiry when you provide your preferences and desired goal, continues throughout your planning stage and when you arrive to our clinic, we provide multiple sketches with style options, coverage area possibilities and measurements, and finally finishes until you are fully satisfied and provide your final signed approval. The transplant will never start until you are fully satisfied with the exact design you want.
How many hairs or follicles will be transplanted?
The number of follicles you were quoted after your virtual evaluation. This amount can only change in two scenarios, 1) If during your in-person evaluation we learn of previous transplants or other medical conditions that were not previously disclosed (this is very rare ~ less than 1% of our patients) or 2) If you, of your own free will request, under no pressure from our team or anybody else, more follicles. This is possible in the rare occasion where you actually have a better donor area than expected from the virtual evaluation and could achieve more follicles if desired. All the treatment levels are forwarded with your quote, so you will already be aware that you may have options, donor area permitting. It is against our policy to ever “upsell” any patient, however, if the patient requests more follicles, and qualifies, we can modify the treatment plan. This needs to be done during the in-person design consultation with the doctor. Once the design has been signed by the patient, and the procedure begins, no changes to the treatment plan are allowed.
How large will my donor area be?
This is customized for each patient. We do not take a one-size fits all approach, like most other clinics that will harvest 20 follicular units per square centimeter, for example. We appreciate that every patient’s donor area is different and that every patient’s own individual needs and goals are also different. Our priority is to harvest in a way that will be undetectable to the naked eye once the hair grows so that it looks natural. There will be no big gaps or bald spots anywhere in your donor area.
What density will I have on my transplanted hair?
This is customized for each patient depending on the patient’s interest, expectations, availability, coverage needs, and type of baldness pattern. The surgeon will strategically place tighter density in the hair-line and wider on the scalp and vertex area depending on the natural pattern for each patient and their desired look. Our standard practices are to apply 40-45 cm2, 30-35 cm2 and 20-25 cm2 based on the approved design.
Will my follicles from donor area grow back?
No, everyone has a finite number of follicles. Once the follicle is removed from your donor area, it will not regenerate. The tiny incision where it was removed will heal over short time, and so will any marks or scars will fade. However, remember that the donor area is handled strategically so that the neighboring hairs can grow back and cover the tiny incisions and not be visible to the naked eye.
Is it safe to transplant more than 2,000 follicles at a time?
into multiple sessions and require the patient to come back. Most patients would rather go through the process once and achieve their goal look. We have larger medical teams than other facilities, and they routinely perform procedures of 4,500-6,000 follicles. The healing process is the same for the patient, and it provides cost savings, since only one trip is required. It also allows us to optimize the medical teams time so that we can pass along a better per follicle price to the patient.