Hair Restoration

Hair loss is a sensitive subject, so you may be unsure of who to turn to for help. At the Hair Surgery Center at La Jolla Skin, hair restoration treatment is our specialty. We are here for you with effective, medically proven solutions, including the one that's right for you. Led by triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo, our experienced team is known for creating natural looking results and improving lives through hair restoration for men and women from San Diego and beyond.

The Hair Surgery Center at La Jolla Skin is the only San Diego County hair restoration center operated under the direction of a triple board-certified plastic surgeon. To find out about your options, request a consultation or call our office at (858) 623-6333.

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This 42-year-old man eventually underwent another transplant procedure after loving the results from his first treatment, shown here.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

About Hair Loss

Before recommending a hair restoration treatment, we will perform a thorough review of your medical history to determine the factors contributing to your hair loss. The most common cause for hair loss in men is androgenic alopecia, commonly called male pattern baldness. This genetic condition is passed down by one or both parents. It typically affects hair follicles along the sides of the forehead and on the top of the head. In women, hair loss is most often not genetic, and instead commonly caused by conditions that can be treated including hormonal imbalance, stress, medication, and thyroid disease.

Learn more about hair loss in women on our female hair restoration page.

Why Choose the Hair Surgery Center at La Jolla Skin

Our hair restoration practice stands out for its excellent results and track record of satisfied patients. Here are some of the factors that set us apart:

  • We were the first hair center in the U.S. operated by a triple board-certified plastic surgeon and a board-certified dermatologist.
  • Our surgeon, Dr. Chaffoo, has more than 30 years of experience and a comprehensive understanding of the latest and best techniques. He's supported by a highly trained team featuring dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart and world-class surgical technicians.
  • We operate in a state-of-the-art surgery Center of Excellence on the campus of the prestigious Scripps Memorial Hospital.
  • Learn more about why the Hair Surgery Center at La Jolla Skin may be a great fit for you.

Hair Transplant Techniques

The results from hair transplant surgery last indefinitely. While you may lose more hair over time, the hair follicles that are successfully transplanted will remain viable for a lifetime.

Hair transplant surgery is a long-lasting
investment in your appearance.

While techniques and technology vary, the basic process for hair transplant surgery remains constant:

  • The scalp is numbed in both the donor and transplant sites.
  • The hair in the donor site is clipped short or shaved to provide unobstructed access to the donor follicles. Often this area may be concealed after surgery by longer hair that is immediately above it on the scalp.
  • Hair follicles are harvested from the donor site, which is typically along the sides and back of the head.
  • Hair follicles are implanted into the scalp, filling in the areas that are thinning or bald.
  • Within 2 to 3 weeks the transplanted follicles may shed their hair. New hair typically begins to grow back within approximately 2 to 3 months, although patient experiences vary.

Visit our Hair Restoration FAQ page for answers to common questions.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) involves a more invasive method for harvesting follicles than FUE. One or more strips of scalp from the donor site are surgically removed and the incisions are sutured closed. The donor strip is divided into follicular units that are implanted in the thinning area of the scalp to fill out the hairline. The donor area requires about 10 to 14 days of healing time, is left with a visible scar, and may feel tight and numb indefinitely.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

With follicular unit extraction (FUE), tiny grafts of 1 to 5 hairs are harvested using a specially designed instrument. The tiny holes in the donor site heal on their own in 7 to 10 days without stitches or lasting discomfort such as tightness or numbness. The grafts are then carefully transplanted into the recipient sites where there is hair loss. Dr. Chaffoo specializes in the FUE method using the NeoGraft® system because of its minimal impact to the patient and high survival rate of transplanted follicles.

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