Surgery as a means of hair restoration has some limitations and may not be suitable for every individual. If your preference is a surgical solution, we encourage you to begin at Hansen Fontana.
A private, complimentary consultation with one of our highly trained consultants is the perfect way to visit our facilities and receive an expert opinion on your personal hair loss solution. The primary objective in the consultation is education. We want you to have all the information you need to make the choice that is best for you. That's why a consultation is so important. At the consultation you will have all the time you need to ask questions. Our consultants are trained to describe in laymen's terms what causes hair loss, the various remedies, the different procedures and the pros and cons of each.
In addition, Hansen Fontana offers not one but two computerized systems to assist you in determining what can be done about your hair loss.
The Capillicare Hair and Scalp Analysis is a computerized system enabling a complete examination of the hair. The examination and report is designed for people in the early stages of hair loss where topical and scalp treatments may prove effective in slowing the natural process.
The Mirror 2000 Aesthetic Imaging System is designed for those who cannot naturally regenerate hair they once had and must turn to surgical and non-surigical hair replacement treatments. The Mirror 2000 will guide you through a series of positive changes in your appearance featuring yourself in a variety of designs.
If you are a candidate for transplant surgery, and would like a further consultation with the physician, we can schedule you for the first available opening. Hansen Fontana is a strong advocate for a local surgeon. It is normally beneficial to continue sessions with the same surgeon and to have him or her available throughout the entire period of the surgical procedures.
Kim Norman is personally involved in every aspect of Surgical Transplants, performed off-site in the office of a Board Certified Hair Restoration Specialist. The care and concern of each Hair Replacement client is a priority of Hansen Fontana.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why would a company providing hair systems, such as yourself, be willing to recommend hair transplantation surgery from a competitor?
A. First off, hair transplantation, like Propecia and Rogaine are not our competitors. Not all candidates for transplant surgery (or Propecia for that matter) are good candidates for hair systems and vice versa. We entertained doing in-house surgery (as reported in the "Salon of the Year" article by the National Hair Journal) but in the end decided it was not in the best interest of the client/patient to have a surgeon who did not make his/her home in the community and therefore, was not available at all times should the need ever arise. We also interviewed potential surgeons with the thought of employing them for on-site surgery but determined that, again, it was not in the best interest of the client/patient. We therefore concluded the best course of action was to screen local surgeons already heavily involved in transplant surgery who met our criteria and high standards. We find that most, but not all, transplant candidates still require some form of hair system following surgery.
Q. What is hair transplantation?
A. Hair transplantation is the surgical removal of hair grafts from the donor area, which are then placed into the balding and thinning areas, providing permanent hair. Donor area is defined as healthy hair follicles on the back and sides of the head, which are genetically programmed not to shed. This technique is commonly called hair grafting, punch grafting, plug grafting or hair transplantation. This procedure is performed by many physicians and in many clinics throughout the world. No new hair is added - hair and skin are relocated.
techniques include the following types of grafts:
(Marketing terms used by different physicians and businesses may be confusing. In hair transplants all grafting procedures will be one of the above or a combination).
Q. Has hair transplantation been proven to work?
A. This procedure has been successfully performed for over 35 years. Recent advances in the use of micro- and mini-grafts have dramatically improved the results of hair restoration surgery. Transplanted hair will grow for the rest of your life!
Q. How Many Grafts Does It Take To Get Adequate Coverage?
A. A square of paper 3.3 inches long will give you a realistic idea of the area that would require approximately 500-600 standard grafts. This will indicate the importance of strategic planning and precise placement of grafts to give the illusion of more hair.