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Hair Restoration Surgery
    Want a natural head of hair? Long gone are the days of obvious,
    large hair plugs containing 20-30 hairs. The density of a good
    hair transplant is only about 50 percent of your normal density,
    so a surgeon skilled in placing grafts to create the illusion of
    normal density is crucial.

    Today, hair transplantation consists of individual follicular unit
    micrografts containing just 1-4 tightly arranged hairs in a
    bundle. These tight bundles of hair are taken from the back of
    the head and moved to the area of hair loss. This area, which is
    resistant to hair loss, is known as donor dominant hair.
    Transplantation of this donor dominant hair does not change its
    ability to grow.

Your "permanent hair area" is located in a horseshoe pattern at the back of the
scalp. This hair is genetically programmed to grow even when exposed to hormones
that cause thinning. Typically, hair on the top of your scalp is affected by hormones
while hair on the sides and back of your scalp naturally resist thinning.

Custom-Cut Microblades

At the Gabel Center, highly trained and experienced technicians use high-powered,
stereoscopic microscopes to prepare the follicular units of donor hair. These
microscopes eliminate the possibility of damage to surrounding follicles.

At Gabel Hair Restoration Center, incisions are made through the use of
custom-cut surgical blades. This separates
Dr. Gabel from the "one size fits all"
approach, as it allows him and his technicians to place many grafts closer together
resulting in a natural looking hairline. By preparing custom blades, Dr. Gabel is able
to create incisions that exactly match the width and length of the graft.

Although the size of the blade is important, the shape is equally important. The
blades are extremely narrow and make smaller incisions, allowing for healing to
occur rapidly and for no visible scarring. By using such fine instrumentation and
matching the size of the blades to the grafts, this reduces unnecessary trauma to the
surrounding tissues and deep vasculature in the scalp.

Artistic Hairline Design

The most important and noticeable aspect of a hair transplant is creating a natural
hairline. If done poorly, people can immediately recognize a bad transplant.

And just as no two faces are alike, hairlines are also unique. Realizing this, Dr. Gabel
considers your age, facial features, and personal goals when designing your hairline.
With his extensive surgical experience and talent, Dr. Gabel will create a hairline
design that is aesthetically pleasing and personalized for you.

Follicular Unit Grafting, Placement, and Orientation

    While single hair grafts have the finest, softest
    appearance, they provide the soft hairline that transitions
    to thicker hair. Dr. Gabel transplants these single hair
    follicular units along the front of the hairline for
    approximately 0.5-1 cm. He then places small grafts
    containing 2 hairs immediately behind the hairline to
    provide gradually increasing hair density. Finally, at the
    central scalp region, he places grafts containing 3-4 hairs
    so that the softer micrografts blend naturally into the
    denser area provided by the grafts with 3-4 hairs.

Grafts are oriented in a horizontal orientation to offer the most natural results,
while achieving the highest graft density. The angle in which the graft is placed is a
crucial element of the transplant, so that the transplanted hairs appear like the
native hair. Because the slits are horizontal or lateral, the graft can only grow in the
exact angle that the blade was placed into the scalp. This means that every graft is
angled precisely at the exact and proper orientation to the scalp. In this way, a
fuller, more natural looking appearance is accomplished.

The doctor and technician placing the grafts use specialized instruments to insert
each follicular unit one by one in their respective location, achieving the finest
results thanks to specialization in state-of-the art follicular unit grafting and artistic
skill. The end result will appear virtually undetectable and natural.

Candidates for hair restoration surgery are individuals who have sufficient donor
hair that can be transplanted to the balding area. Thanks to modern techniques,
many are eligible candidates for this natural hair restoration solution. During your
personal consultation  with Dr. Gabel, he will determine if you are a candidate.

Side effects associated with hair transplantation are relatively minor, consisting of:

  • Mild pain and discomfort after the operation
  • Swelling that may move down to the eyes
  • Formation of scabs over the grafts, which heal after about one week

Serious side effects, like bleeding, scarring, or infection, are rare.

At the Gabel Center, surgery is comfortable, predictable, and the results are
pleasing, and
after procedure care is available.
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