Surgery

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bottom line when choosing a physician to perform your transplant is results. Our goal is to make the transplant look as natural as possible. The axiom, “if it’s not natural, it’s not good” applies more so to hair restoration surgery than any other cosmetic procedure, because the hair is the most visible part of a person’s appearance.

We know the decision to have a hair transplant is a personal and private matter which requires confidence, trust, and confidentiality. Dr. Gabel believes that the doctor-patient relationship is a vital element in the decision and success of the procedure.

Why Gabel Hair Restoration Center?
Dr. Steven Gabel, who is Board Certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, is the founder and medical director of the Gabel Hair Restoration Center, dedicated to natural, permanent hair restoration for men and women. He specializes in state-of-the-art follicular unit grafting to achieve the finest results in the field of hair restoration surgery.

In recognition of his cutting edge techniques and outstanding results over 12 years of practicing hair restoration, he is a selected member of both the prestigious Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians and the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons. He is the only physician in the U.S. Northwest who has been invited to join these prestigious organizations.

Dr. Gabel is committed to quality results, and not quantity, he only performs one transplant a day to completely focus his attention on that patient for the day.

At the Gabel Center, all consultations are conducted by Dr. Gabel personally, allowing patients to discuss their goals, expectations, and desires directly with Dr. Gabel from the start. He does not employ salesmen or consultants. As with any medical procedure, only an experienced physician can help someone decide on a treatment plan that is safe for them and that will realistically meet their expectations. Once the patient’s goals are reviewed, Dr. Gabel develops a treatment plan that is customized for the patient.

The Gabel Center is located just 20 minutes from Portland, Oregon, and was custom-built to meet the needs of our patients in the Pacific Northwest. In order to provide our patients with the utmost care and to achieve optimum results, only one transplant is performed per day. To empower those facing the decision of hair restoration for their head, eyebrows, eyelashes or other areas, Dr. Gabel and his staff are committed to providing honest, reliable information with the highest level of courtesy and confidentiality. We aim to provide our patients with a positive, personalized experience to achieve the best possible results.

GabelPhotoAt the Gabel Hair Restoration Center, our mission is to provide our patients with a safe and comprehensive treatment plan to obtain the best results in hair transplant surgery. Dr. Gabel and his team are committed to the pursuit of excellence and dedicated to improving the quality of life of our patients. He employs the latest technology and procedures to make sure you get the results you want and have a pleasant and stress free experience. These commitments to patient care are not only shared by Dr. Gabel, but are the guiding principles of his entire staff. We are committed to treating patients with the utmost respect and strive to provide all of our patients with individualized, attentive service and compassionate care.

The decision to pursue hair restoration surgery is a big step, but it’s just the beginning. You must also choose the right surgeon to perform your surgery, and that can be a confusing task.

There are eight essential qualities that should be a part of your decision process:

Board Certified - Dr. Gabel is a double-board certified surgeon who has had extensive surgical training specifically focused to the head and neck. He is a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Specialty boards were established to improve the quality of medial and surgical treatment to the public by examining for professional expertise in their specialties. These boards develop standards of qualification and issue certification to candidates who meet these qualifications. To achieve this certification, a candidate must demonstrate the highest standards of training, knowledge, and expertise in their specialty, as determined by a process of peer review and a rigorous standardized written and oral examination.

Exclusive Membership - There are two organizations devoted exclusively to the field of hair restoration surgery, the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians, and the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons. After an extensive evaluation process, Dr. Gabel was accepted into these elite and prestigious organizations. Dr. Gabel is the only US physician in the Northwest accepted into these organizations.

Dr. Gabel is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Members of the American College of Surgeons are referred to as “Fellows.” The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name mean that the surgeon’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.

Experience - Dr. Gabel has been practicing hair restoration surgery for the past 12 years and has successfully treated hundred of patients. Dr. Gabel has contributed several articles in scientific journals and most recently edited a textbook devoted to the art and science of hair restoration surgery.

Updated Techniques - Dr. Gabel is an active member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons and regularly attends and lectures at the international meetings. Additionally, his staff is actively engaged in the international meetings as the Chairman of the Surgical Assistants meeting this year, 2014, in Malaysia. Additionally, his staff also is selected to teach current techniques at the international and regional meetings throughout the year.

Licensed - Dr. Gabel is licensed in good standing to practice in the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. He has no prior or pending actions against him.

Compassion and Rapport - It is the goal of the Gabel Center to provide our patients with superior attention and care. The Gabel Center is not part of a large national chain, but is the only physician in the office devoted to providing the finest care for our patients. Dr. Gabel conducts all of the consults, listens to, and directly addresses your concerns to provide a sense of confidence and trust.

Ethics - The Gabel Hair Restoration Center is devoted exclusively to the practice and treatment of hair loss and hair restoration surgery. Dr. Gabel considers the physician-patient relationship to be the cornerstone of any successful treatment plan; therefore, Dr. Gabel does not employ sales people – also known as “consultants.” Usually these people are seasoned sales veterans who receive a percentage of every procedure sold. Other then confusing the patient-doctor relationship, they also represent an unnecessary extra expense that most people can do without. At the Gabel Center, Dr. Gabel personally conducts all consultations, and is involved in all surgical procedures from the start to finish. In the field of hair restoration surgery, it is rare for the hair surgeon to be involved throughout the entire case, as most do not place grafts. Dr. Gabel is involved in each phase of the procedure, and places the majority of the follicular unit grafts with his staff. He feels it is the surgeons responsibility to be involved from start to finish, and has placed thousands upon thousands of grafts throughout his career.

Results - The bottom line when choosing a physician to perform a procedure are consistent, superior results. With Dr. Gabel’s extensive training and expertise in the field, he has proven throughout the years that he is able to obtain the finest results in hair restoration. He has been vetted and accepted into the two prestigious organizations devoted to finding the best physicians for hair restoration. He has also presented his results in several public Internet forums as proof to the results he is able to obtain with his patients.

Dr. Steven Gabel takes pride in helping patients regain their confidence and positive self-image through hair restoration. We know the decision to have a hair transplant is a personal and private matter and requires confidence and trust. Dr. Gabel and his highly trained staff are able to offer you personalized care through every step of the procedure. Since Dr. Gabel is the only surgeon at his practice, and he is not affiliated with an outside franchise, he is able to provide a unique experience tailored to the individual patient.

What makes up the Gabel Difference?

1. Dr. Gabel personally performs all consultations and surgical procedures. This allows the patients to develop a strong doctor-patient relationship before treatment which is the cornerstone and foundation of patient care. Dr. Gabel only schedules one hair transplant a day because he wants complete focus on that individual.

2. Dr. Gabel is a double board-certified facial-plastic surgeon. While most hair restoration physicians come from a variety of non-surgical backgrounds, Dr. Gabel has completed both a comprehensive head and neck surgical training program, and an advanced fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery focused on the producing the best cosmetic results.

3. Dr. Gabel has recently edited a current textbook on hair restoration surgery, and authored a chapter on “Megasessions” showing his high level of expertise in the science of hair restoration. He has had physicians from all over the world visit his office for advanced hair restoration surgical training. Additionally, Dr. Gabel has been involved in several advanced hair restoration conferences as an instructor, and has lectured on advanced hair restoration surgical techniques at the International Society of Hair Restoration Physician yearly meeting.

4. Dr. Gabel is one of very few physicians in the world who performs microscopic ultra-refined follicular unit grafting in order to maximize density and coverage. Ultimately, this produces the most natural results for our patients.

5. Dr. Gabel is a member of two exclusive, prestigious organizations devoted solely to hair restoration: the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians, and the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Physicians (IAHRS). While only a small number of physicians throughout the world are invited to join, each of these organizations have extensively vetted Dr. Gabel and accepted him for full membership.

6. Dr. Gabel is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), which requires its members to maintain the highest of surgical and ethical standards. Membership into this prestigious organization requires physicians to complete a surgical residency which is then critically reviewed by the organization. If their training and skill level are approved, physicians undergo a rigorous interview process prior to acceptance. If accepted, physicians must attest yearly to their professional conduct in maintaining their high level of standards for fellowship. Few physicians achieve this level of surgical merit.

Stories About The Gabel Center

“Doctor Gabel and his staff are outstanding; I went to interview Dr. Gabel for hair restoration and was both relieved and excited to find such great experience in this part of Oregon. I was in an accident several years ago. I have had other facial surgeries to correct the disastrous effects resulting from the injury including incision lines on my forehead and noticeable incision lines within my hairline. I wanted to have hair transplants to cover the scars.

The day came and we reviewed that part of the scalp area and process for surgery, and as planned throughout the day, Doctor Gabel and his staff worked diligently on the donor site and the hair implants. It takes about 5 months for the implants to grow; I wore a baseball hat for several weeks.

But wow, you should see my head of natural hair now, all grafted from the back of my head with almost no scarring nor incision line. The area grafted is now fully grown out and I am no longer concerned about the once visible incision lines from the injury. Plus, I have an additional natural looking hairline in front due to Doctor Gabel’s technique of scattering grafts in a more natural format.

In closing, I would highly recommend Doctor Gabel and his trained staff for all of your visual and esthetic concerns with hair-recovery, his natural looking permanent method using your hair grafts which work!!”


“Being a surgeon myself, I know good work and technique when I see it. Dr. Gabel’s attention to detail is unsurpassed. I felt very comfortable having him perform such a life-changing procedure and would recommend Dr. Gabel to anyone considering surgical hair transplantation.”


“Dr. Gabel is my hero and new best friend. When you find a physician you can trust, who does excellent work and stays abreast of the latest techniques, you stick with him.”


Stories About The Gabel Center

“Doctor Gabel and his staff are outstanding; I went to interview Dr. Gabel for hair restoration and was both relieved and excited to find such great experience in this part of Oregon. I was in an accident several years ago. I have had other facial surgeries to correct the disastrous effects resulting from the injury including incision lines on my forehead and noticeable incision lines within my hairline. I wanted to have hair transplants to cover the scars.

The day came and we reviewed that part of the scalp area and process for surgery, and as planned throughout the day, Doctor Gabel and his staff worked diligently on the donor site and the hair implants. It takes about 5 months for the implants to grow; I wore a baseball hat for several weeks.

But wow, you should see my head of natural hair now, all grafted from the back of my head with almost no scarring nor incision line. The area grafted is now fully grown out and I am no longer concerned about the once visible incision lines from the injury. Plus, I have an additional natural looking hairline in front due to Doctor Gabel’s technique of scattering grafts in a more natural format.

In closing, I would highly recommend Doctor Gabel and his trained staff for all of your visual and esthetic concerns with hair-recovery, his natural looking permanent method using your hair grafts which work!!”


“Being a surgeon myself, I know good work and technique when I see it. Dr. Gabel’s attention to detail is unsurpassed. I felt very comfortable having him perform such a life-changing procedure and would recommend Dr. Gabel to anyone considering surgical hair transplantation.”


“Dr. Gabel is my hero and new best friend. When you find a physician you can trust, who does excellent work and stays abreast of the latest techniques, you stick with him.”