CAHRS And KSHRS 2017

China Meeting 2017

The CAHRS held its 2nd annual meeting in Hongzhou China last month with over 300 doctors in attendance. It was especially nice for us foreign doctors as they had simultaneous translations Mandarin to English. My special interest was in the live surgery workshop featuring high speed FUE extraction. I really wanted to examine the graft quality extracted using a sharp punch at high speed.

There were 3 live surgery demonstrations all using FUE. Dr Devroye and myself demonstrated 1600 FUE grafts to reconstruct frontal hairline and infill on a young man. We used Devroye’s WAW system for the extractions. As usual the graft quality was excellent and the transections rates very low (1%). The trumpet flat punch design is especially good for Asian hair as it can penetrate deeper than a sharp punch without transection thus making the extraction easier. The recipient sites were cut at 40/cm2 using customs blades and lateral slits. Graft placement was done using Wong’s prototype insertor. The hair shaft alignment of the grafted hair was spot on and we anticipate very natural growth. 40/cm2 using coarse dark Asian hair should give great coverage and density.

In the second OR we saw FUE using a sharp punch. The graft quality was very good with a transection rate of 10 to 15%. These are certainly higher than the flat trumpet punch but still very good for sharp punch. A lot of surgeons claim transection rates of 3 to 4 % using a sharp punch but when seen in real live none of the claims are true and they are well above the 10 to 15% observed here. All the grafts were trimmed before placing. Insertion was done using needle holes, placement using forceps holding the upper portion of the grafts. This requires a larger needle (blade) so dense packing will be more difficult.

Speed is seductive and most of the young doctors were attracted to high speed FUE extractions. The message that we try to emphasize is that quality must come first and that every donor hair is non replaceable and precious. Most patients do not have a surplus of donor hair and that speed is dangerous without quality.

The other highlight of the trip was spending time together with my assistants Carmen, Winnie, Dr Jean Devroye and his assistant Marie. We spend 2 days touring Yellow Mountain and saw the most amazing sunrise near the mountaintop. It was a very spiritual moment, one that I will not soon forget. Even the bus ride was fun discussing technical aspects and ideas concerning current and future idea on improving FUE.

I want to thank Dr Jufang the chair person of this meeting and the organizing committee for 1) the invitation to this workshop and 2) looking after each and every detail of this China trip, the hospitality was amazing.

Korean Meeting 2017

KSHRS was held a few days after the China meeting so that we were able to attend both. Like to thank Dr. Jae Park and the executive committee for the kind invitation to attend.

In 2012 I attended the KSHRS meeting for the first time and the things that I remember the most was just how nice the doctor’s offices were and their skill with the implanters.

For a live surgery workshop the KSHRS has the best format. Soul has a high concentration of hair transplants/cosmetic surgery centers all within a fairly short distance of each other. This allows a small group of people in each surgical center so that everyone can fit into the OR at the same time without overcrowding and view the whole operation. It also allows the operating surgeon to work in his/her own environment. The only drawback was we were not able to attend all the surgeries as we had to choose 2 surgeries to observe. We were able to squeeze in an extra surgery by coming a day earlier and watch Jean Devroye demonstrate his WAW system.

As expected the quality of the work was very high. We saw motorized long hair FUE, eyebrow FUT. Prototype punches and motorized chair designed esp. for upright FUE extractions. It is always amazing to see their speed and skill with the sharp implanters. In addition to speed really fine detailed work such as the eyebrows can be done with relative ease as the single hair implanters have improved and gotten much more refined. Other difficult areas such as temple points and facial hairs are so much easier with implanters but the grafts all need to be trimmed perfectly in order to fit into the small needle bore.

Gala dinner with entertainment the first night and Korean barbeque the second night celebrating Korean style (wild). We stayed at the Merriott hotel build on top of one of the most amazing collection of food stalls anywhere. This one stall had these amazing cheese egg tarts that kept calling me back twice a day. So good!

Next year Korea will hold their domestic meeting and should have another international meeting the following year. If you have never been this meeting has it all. I’m going to push my retirement back another few years so that I could attend another Korean meeting.

Jerry Wong

Our Journey To FUE

The process of “follicular unit extraction “has been part of the hair restoration field since first practiced by Dr. Ray Woods in Australia 20 years ago. Although the minimally invasive nature was immediately apparent , it was felt that the process was too slow and technically difficult to translate into the type of results that we were able to achieve with strip excision and microscopic dissection .

At the time “follicular unit transplantation” -where large strips of donor scalp could be perfectly dissected under direct vision using stereoscopic microscopes – was cutting edge . With yields around 98% it seemed almost perfect! In good hands the donor scar was almost invisible and hardly ever an issue .

At Hasson and Wong, we refined techniques with custom sized recipient sites ,ultra dense packing , mega sessions and the lateral slit technique . These techniques which collectively began to be referred to as “ultra refined transplanting ” , allowed us to achieve unprecedented results .

In 2004 at the 12th meeting of the ISHRS in Vancouver, H&W presented an unheard-of 25 patients (typically one patient is showcased) at the live patient viewing . All of these patients had surgeries performed by us using our techniques. In The next issue of the Hair Transplant Forum International the review from the editor emeritus of the journal wrote :

The indelible image I will take away I will take away from this meeting is that of the patients of Drs Victor Hasson and Jerry Wong. These were demonstrated at the Live Patient Viewing on Friday afternoon. To say these results were “mind-blowing”, would be an understatement. Please picture a young man with former type 5 baldness with over 5,000 FU’s harvested and planted in A SINGLE SESSION and growing with close to 100% perfection. Not only growing, but planted at up to 80 grafts per square centimetre and giving the appearance of completely normal hair direction and density with no ‘crinkle’ whatsoever and a donor scar of  1-2mm. The rest of us will be a long time catching up with the skills of Jerry and Victor and their wonderful staff of assistants. A word of caution for all of those who were as impressed as I was. Please do not return home, remove a 15×2 cm strip and start planting 5,000 FUs at 80 or even 40 per sq cm. This is something that you and your staff might like to aim toward but for goodness sake, work up to it gradually. It requires a marvel of coordination and expertise to be able to perform such a procedure even if, like me, you have been insertivng grafts for nearly 40 years

Since that meeting we have continued to consistently produce the most impressive results of any kind of hair restoration procedure available anywhere worldwide.

Time And Technology

Time and technology eventually changes everything . We have been closely following developments in the FUE field , purchasing newer equipment as it becomes available and testing it . We maintain a very close relationship with those ethical physicians performing cutting edge work in the FUE  field .
In Europe the work of Dr Jose Lorenzo and Dr Koray Erdogan  has come closest to the quality of work that we like to produce. With their assistance we have trained already experienced technicians in their manual extraction techniques.  For approximately 2 years we have been slowly increasing the number of FUE procedures that we perform .

It has been a smooth, steady and impressive march to have arrived at where we are today. The only small detour was when we purchased the Artas Robot. We quickly discovered we could manually harvest grafts with a much higher rate of success in both quality and efficiency. We were also able to leave the donor area with much less damage than the robot. This significantly increased the ability for the patient to wear his or her hair short without any material signs of a procedure and also increased the percentage of viable grafts that could be harvested from the donor area in subsequent procedures if needed.   In general our results have improved to the level that are indistinguishable from that of our strip surgery !!!

Options

So now we are in a world where we have two different technologies producing equally incredible results .
This now gives our patients the option to choose the procedure which best suits them. It does however produce a new dilemma – what technique and for whom ?

Every individual who is considering a hair restoration procedure needs to be familiar with the advantages of each procedure as they make their decision which best suits their individual needs .

It is far more important however, to choose the best clinic, irrespective of techniques, to assure the best possible results .

Each clinic should approach their procedure as a work of art! If they are proud of their art it should be displayed in ultra high definition in their gallery . Each single hair as it exits the scalp should be individually visible. High definition videos are very helpful. Any galleries with poor lighting or poor resolution are a sure sign that this is not the clinic for you .

Remember -research .. research .. research

FUE VS. FUT- What Are The Differences?

The following Infographic provides a side by side comparison of the two hair transplant procedures.

Hair transplant surgery comparison
hair transplant chart comparing FUE surgery to FUT

Hair Transplant Consultations In Italy!

Meet Dr. Hasson In Italy!

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet Dr. Victor Hasson, one of the world’s most respected and experienced hair transplant surgeons. Dr. Hasson will provide you with a free, no-obligation hair loss and hair transplant assessment.

Toronto hair transplant surgeon consulting with patient

How To Register

If you’re interested in booking a live, in person consultation with Dr. Hasson in Milan or Rome, simply complete the brief form at the bottom of this page.

Locations & Dates

Rome, Italy

Roma – presso NH Palazzo Cinquecento (sala conferenze Executive 1)

  • 25 marzo 2017 dalle 8.30 alle 16.00
  • 26 marzo 2017 dalle 8.30 alle 16.00
  • 27 marzo 2017 dalle 8.30 alle 16.00
  • 28 marzo 2017 dalle 8.30 alle 16.00

Milan, Italy

Milanopresso NH Hotel President (sala conferenze Monforte)

  • 30 marzo 2017 dalle 8.30 alle 16.00
  • 31 marzo 2017 dalle 8.30 alle 16.00
  • 1° aprile 2017 dalle 8.30 alle 16.00
  • 2 aprile 2017 dalle 8.30 alle 16.00

What To Expect

Dr. Hasson will be visiting Italy and performing live hair transplant consultations.Here’s what you can expect!

  • An evaluation of the cause of your hair loss, its’ current state and likely progression
  • A hair retention strategy
  • An assessment of your hair characteristics, including scalp laxity and donor density
  • A realistic review of your hair restoration goals
  • An estimate of the number of grafts required and available for hair transplant surgery
  • A discussion of FUE and FUT extraction methods
  • A hair transplant cost estimate

Sessions will be held privately in a hotel conference room and typically last up to 20 minutes. We will set up a camera to take clear photos of your head from 12 distinct angles and may record video so the doctor can refer to your images if you decide to pursue hair transplant surgery. You will be provided with a written assessment & recommendation to take home with you.

We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

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Meet Dr. Jerry Wong in Italy

dr-wong-round-200x200If you’re in Milan or Rome this October, you have a great opportunity to meet Dr. Jerry Wong, one of the world’s most experienced and pioneering hair transplant surgeons. Dr. Wong will meet with you and assess the current state of your hair loss and your suitability for hair restoration with hair transplant surgery.

Rome, Italy: October 9-12 (Sunday to Wednesday)
Milan, Italy: October 13-15 (Thursday to Saturday)

Meet Dr. Jerry Wong in Italy!

Here’s what you can expect from your session with Dr. Wong:

  • An evaluation of the cause of your hair loss, its’ current state and likely progression
  • A hair retention strategy
  • An assessment of your hair characteristics, including scalp laxity and donor density
  • A realistic review of your hair restoration goals
  • An estimate of the number of grafts required and available for hair transplant surgery
  • A discussion of FUE and FUT extraction methods
  • A hair transplant cost estimate

Sessions will be held privately in a hotel conference room and typically last up to 20 minutes. We will set up a camera to take clear photos of your head from 12 distinct angles and may record video so the doctor can refer to your images if you decide to pursue hair transplant surgery. You will be provided with a written assessment & recommendation to take home with you.

We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

Book your free consultation today!

My Hair Transplant Story

The following patient from Norway underwent FUT hair transplant surgery with Dr. Wong in May of 2015. After receiving 5,328 grafts in a single surgery, you can clearly see that this patient’s results are nothing less than incredible. In his own words, this patient describes how his hair loss had an effect on his overall confidence, he talks about his investigative process into hair transplant surgery and ultimately, his decision to proceed with surgery with Dr. Wong.

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History From Before The Surgery

This is the story about my suffering from hair loss to finding Hasson & Wong, which saved my confidence, my looks and most of all, my life.
When I first noticed my hair loss and how I felt I today realize that my hair loss must have started when I was 18-19 years of age. Before this, I had such beautiful hair. I guess in the beginning it was alright with a little bit thinning cause my hair was so dense that I would work hard to change it for a new hairstyle.

hair transplant patient before surgeryWhat I Then Decided To Do

When I noticed that my hair was thinning more than what I desired, I first consulted a local hair transplant clinic 20 years of age ( I felt this was not the right decision due to their result and that my hair loss was not that bad at this point).
Instead I started with special vitamins/minerals for hair loss (Arcon Tissane)- kept on going with this.
Then  at 23-25 of age more hair loss was visible, especially in the temples. I thought it was due to stress so at age 25 I applied acupuncture, zone therapy, massage , homeopathic, vitamins and minerals. The hair loss stopped for 2 years, it felt like my hair was improving.
When I became 27 years of age I felt the temples were receding and the hairline was thinning again. I tried hair treatment which was supposed to be without side effects, meaning herbal treatment at a Norwegian clinic claiming they would stop hair loss and reverse the hair cycle to new growth. So much money , so little effect. What they did was only keeping alive hairs which were not yet dead and made them stronger. The results was minimal effect.

From 27- 30 my hair was slowly thinning all the time. I got more and more frustrated. At 28 years of age I contacted the owners/employers of the most known hair transplantation clinics in Norway, which are based in Oslo. The owner said the clinic could do the hair transplant and they would transplant around 2500-2600 grafts . I felt that was a solution, but I had to undergo at least 2 operations to get there – then everybody would know that I had taken one. I was also skeptical when I saw one of the employees there who had undergone a hair transplant. It did not look like doll hair but it did not look 100% natural either.
When I became 29 years old my hair loss was so bad that I had to wear a cap at daylight all the time. I was enormously stressed at the time so I contacted the Norwegian hair transplant clinic performing herbal treatment again really hoping they could save my hair. That was the a terrible decision. I started the herbal treatment( similar to regenix) This made me practically bald. I got a new job at that time so this was so stressful. Not a million words can express all the destructive feelings related to what happened. I contacted the Norwegian health organization and lawyer was brought in. The clinic wanted to pay me half of the money back, but I considered that as an insult and a confirmation that they knew they screwed up. Their lawyer call me to try to pay me so that I would never talk about the case again(btw their marketing was claiming they had no side effect in respect of the treatments cause it was a natural treatment – After this coincidence they removed the headline «natural treatment without side effects).

Half a year later at age 30 and a half, I was now so frustrated and I went back to the most known hair surgery clinic in the capital of Norway, Oslo. They now said I needed around 3300 grafts but it would take 3 operations ( 3 year until the final result) The advisor also said I also would have to live with a little bald crown on the top.
So at this time I was thinking, whats the deal, you don`t ask somebody to make a surgery if you cannot fix the problem. I had no hope.

But then something came across.

victor-hasson-jerry-wong-hair-transplant-surgeonsChoice of Hasson and Wong

I knew about Hasson and Wong since 2009, but as most people out there I was skeptical due to all I had experienced and due to all the sales people out there
So many questions came to my mind… can they deliver, are  they reliable, consistent, is it safe and will it look natural?

From all the research about hair transplantation clinics I had done which counts probably 100-300 hours of efficient work I decided to book a free consultation with David Anderson in London summer 2014. Hasson and Wong came up as the most reliable and successful clinic from all the research. I was 30, turning 31 years old. I had so many questions and David gave me realistic feedback to what I could expect. I first believed I could get the perfect hair back, and I realized that there is no such thing as the perfect hair after talking to David. After seeing the final result David might have been a little bit too conservative telling me what I could expect which actually was a wise choice from him.

Due to the conservative expectation I was still feeling sad and depressed due to I didn’t know if the final result would be good. I had a couple of conversations through Skype with David and also many emails back and forth for almost a year before I finally decided to book a hair transplant with Hasson and Wong. I had to ask myself this question:
Was I happy about the situation being 90% bald? Could I live with this mentally and physically?
For me this was very difficult because my hair was my identity and with the hair followed my self confidence. I think this a typical male issue. I was depressed, and at the time without a job so it was the perfect time to do the hairtransplatation. David had even suggested that I shave my head during this time of indecision. I took his advice and I was happier with the shaved head rather than thin hair I still wanted hair that I could style so I decided that its now or never.
So I booked a hair transplant at Dr. Jerry Wong in Vancouver, Canada spring 2015.

Jerry Wong posing at Vancouver hair transplant clinicExperience I had locally at Hasson and Wong at the clinic

When I arrived the clinic in may 2015 the staff showed me extraordinary service. David had already explained how much I suffered from hair loss. I talked with Dr Wong the day before the surgery. We went through what he was going to do, the expectation, hair loss history and a lot of other questions. I felt a kind of relief I hadn’t felt for over a decade, the time I didn’t suffer from hair loss. I still remember Dr.Wong’s final words under the consultation: ‘You will be fine, you will be just fine!’. Then he drew my hairline and went through questions related to the operation. The staff and Dr Wong gave me the feeling that I was at the right place.

The day of the operation I arrived 06.00 am at the clinic. I was taken care of by some really nice girls before Dr.Wong arrived around half an hour later. The skills of Dr.Wong was remarkable. I remember he just draw the hairline exactly as he did the day before with his hand. Then I got some medication to be sure that I would not get any infection or become stressed. The operation was going on for 15 hours. Some breaks. I felt so happy, it was I beautiful day I remember I felt it was a turning point in my life. 10 years of suffering was over. I had felt so much lack of confidence due to my hair loss and now a new world was opening for me.

norway hair transplant patient 4 weeks post opHow I Felt Throughout The Journey

After the surgery I had to wait for my new hair to grow. I was told to be patient because it really takes at least 3 months before the new hairs would come through. I felt so relieved and happy right after the operation although I knew it would take some time before the hair would grow I was excited.
When I was back in Norway about 2 weeks after the operation I felt happy. I had to be patient but just knowing that it would come out made me curious about how it would look like. Would it be worse or better than expected? Would I become happy? I could also see that a lot of the redness was better and my scalp was looking so much better.

At the 1 month my scalp and the redness looked even better. I now went through shock loss which means the new hair had fallen of my head again. I knew this was the procedure. Although my scalp didn’t look good yet I knew that it was just the beginning.

norway hair transplant patient 1-4 months after surgery

Month 2 there was less redness, my scalp and head looked better.
Between month 3 and month 4 there was some changes. I started to get some new hairs appearing. I remember I was excited. Would it continue, would it look good in the end was some of my thoughts.

In month 5 the rise of the new hair was on fire. I could see significant changes and my hair density increased rapidly. I started feeling more happy. But at this point, I thought that this was the end of it. Other friends thought all the hairs had come out. It was far from the truth.
Month 6 to 7 the new hair growth continued. I had so much hair now. At this stage I realized I was back to were I was 10 years ago. I was so happy.

The 8 month all the hairs had come out and the result was fantastic. I could not believe that there was more to come. I said to myself 95-99% of the process has probably finished. But I was wrong.

norway hair transplant patient 7 months post op

Today I am between month 10 and 11 and I now have a full head of hair which is quite dense. Even more than I expected. I guess advisor David Anderson and Dr Wong did their best to keep the expectation as realistic and conservative as possible. I have to say, they did a fantastic job.
After seeing the hair grow month by month I often felt so full of energy, so happy seeing changes. Every month I have seen denser and denser hair, something which was totally new for me cause I was getting thinner and thinner hair for 12-13 years.
Many mornings when I get out of bed I am still amazed that I have so much hair. And best of all, a such natural beautiful hair.
All the time throughout this journey the advisor/consultatant David Anderson has helped me through the weeks and months. If I ever wondered about something related to the surgery, post surgery, feelings related or treatment David was there following up by e-mails and Skype calls. I have never experienced a so high class of service and a guy so helpful.

Now 10 and a half months after the surgery I feel my life is heading in a new direction. I haven`t felt like this for many years. I don`t have a complex about my hair anymore and I feel great, happy and full of self confidence.

hair transplant patient top view 10 months after surgery

I would like to say thank you to the staff of Hasson and Wong for being taken care of as a special person. You showed me service of first class.
I am so happy I met David Anderson in London summer 2014 and that he was so patient with me. He did a absolutely top job and I think the clients who meet him are lucky. Thank you David, hope to see you in Norway one day.

I will take this opportunity to thank Dr.Wong which I am very grateful to.
Dr. Jerry Wong saved the quality of my life. He took away my depression due to hair loss and made me look like the one I used to be. He made me a new man. I can go on and on here. The most important is that Dr.Wong is a very good human being. He is a first class Doctor of hair restoration.
Now I am often thinking thoughts like how was it possible to achieve such a result.
The choice of Hasson and Wong is no doubt the best decision I have ever made.

Thank you for everything!

Recent Update May 2017

These most recent photos sent in by the patient Thomas are 2 years post-op. So happy and impressed with his result, he wanted to help potential patients in Scandinavia where he feels the options for a quality hair restoration are limited at best. He will be seeing patients and representing Hasson and Wong in Oslo on June 11-12. If you’re able to make it to Oslo and would like to see him, sign up here: https://hassonandwong.com/consultations-in-your-city/  Look for some London dates also in the near future. Thomas also provided a brief video of his results below.

Hair transplant patient before and after side by side front hair transplant story
hair transplant patient before and after hair transplant side by side top of head

Hair Transplant Consultations In Italy With Dr. Victor Hasson

victor_hasson_sigTake advantage of this unique opportunity to meet Dr. Victor Hasson, one of the world’s most respected and experienced hair transplant surgeons. Dr. Hasson will provide you with a free, no-obligation hair loss and hair transplant assessment.

Rome, Italy March 20, 21, 22 (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)
Milan, Italy March 24, 25, 26 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Meet Dr. Victor Hasson in Italy!

Dr. Hasson will be visiting Italy and performing live hair transplant consultations.Here’s what you can expect!

  • An evaluation of the cause of your hair loss, its’ current state and likely progression
  • A hair retention strategy
  • An assessment of your hair characteristics, including scalp laxity and donor density
  • A realistic review of your hair restoration goals
  • An estimate of the number of grafts required and available for hair transplant surgery
  • A discussion of FUE and FUT extraction methods
  • A hair transplant cost estimate

Sessions will be held privately in a hotel conference room and typically last up to 20 minutes. We will set up a camera to take clear photos of your head from 12 distinct angles and may record video so the doctor can refer to your images if you decide to pursue hair transplant surgery. You will be provided with a written assessment & recommendation to take home with you.

We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

Book your free consultation today!

Some Of Our Favourite Transformations

Hasson and Wong strive to provide the best hair transplants in the world and are constantly evaluating and perfecting our techniques and processes. Today we’re looking back at a few hair transplant surgeries that we’re extremely proud of and transformations that have dramatically reformed the appearances of the following individuals.

We have been committed to delivering authentic hair transplant result photos for as long as we’ve been operating our website – we believe you should be able to see the actual results of the hair transplant surgeries we perform, which is why you’ll never see anything but our own real patients and their un-retouched results in our blog entries, our hair transplant result galleries and in our videos.

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Incredible Transformation

If you’ve been searching the web for hair restoration clinics and hair transplant before and after photos, you might have run into pictures of this particular Hasson and Wong patient — his photos have been used by many different clinics to represent their work. While we’re always perplexed when other clinics use our photos, it’s also a testament to the remarkable hair transplant results Dr. Hasson and Dr. Wong are consistently able to deliver.

This patient from Spain was at a fairly advanced stage of hair loss, classified as Norwood 6 with a fully exposed crown, mid-scalp and frontal area. Dr. Hasson performed the surgery with his outstanding team of technicians, transplanting a notable 8400 hair grafts in a single (very long) session. We think you’ll agree that these hair transplant results are remarkable.

best hair transplant surgery results before and after

Full Restoration Including Repaired Hairline

We hear it all the time, hair transplant surgery can change your life. When you see before and after results as remarkable as this, it’s easy to understands why. As you can see, this patient came to us with fairly advanced loss of his frontal hairline and moderate, but advancing loss through the parietal/mid-zone. You can see all of his poses in his gallery. This patient had an unsatisfactory previous hair transplant at another clinic which resulted in low density and an unnatural appearance that was corrected by Dr. Hasson

Using FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) to complete the donor extraction, Dr. Hasson transplanted 5572 grafts to achieve this strong hairline and excellent coverage throughout the top.

best hair transplant before and after hair transplant surgery

Small, But Big!

Even smaller hair transplant surgeries can have significant aesthetic and emotional impact. This patient, in his 30’s was experiencing the early stages of the most common form of hair loss, male pattern baldness. In typical MPB style, the hair at his temples had started receding, and had progressed to a Norwood 3A stage.

Even though only 1842 hair grafts were transplanted by Dr. Hasson, the effect is noteworthy. The restored hairline changes the framing of his face and returns a more youthful appearance. There are five different poses in his gallery.

best hair transplants before and after

Nothing Less Than Amazing!

Hair loss can be devastating at any age, but when it happens in your twenties, it can be socially crippling and have far-reaching impact. This patient had been experiencing thinning hair for a number of years before deciding to look into hair restoration surgery.

Reaching a 4 on the Norwood scale, he experienced thinning throughout the crown and vertex, creating an island of hair in the forelock area. Dr. Hasson performed FUT extraction and transplanted 4200 grafts in one session to achieve excellent coverage through the top and a strong, naturally designed hairline. Watch his video results and see more pictures in his gallery.

Patient before and after hair transplant surgery

The Before and After Says It All

If you want to know why people choose hair transplant surgery to remedy their hair loss, all you have to do is look at this man’s before and after pictures. The difference is stunning. Can you imagine what it would be like getting dressed for work or for a night on the town as the guy on the left?

With only one surgical session and 5266 hair grafts, Dr. Hasson and his team rebuilt this confident hairline and provided great coverage in his midscalp and into his thinning crown area. See more angles in his gallery.

After hair transplant surgery results

Complete Restoration

At 28 years old, this patient wasn’t ready to accede a life of baldness. With advanced thinning through the crown and forelock, he reached a Norwood 5a before contacting Dr. Wong for hair restoration treatment.

A total of 4720 hair grafts were transplanted in one session, as you can see, restoring a long-forgotten hairline and a revitalized sense of confidence. We are always excited to see the changes that come over a person when they’ve experienced such a profound change in their appearance. See more poses in his gallery.

top before and after hair transplant surgery

Amazing Coverage

This incredible work was the result of just one session where Dr. Wong and his team extracted and transplanted a whopping 9010 follicular units. If you take a close look at the top view, you’ll see the extraordinary coverage Dr. Wong was able to achieve from the crown through the entire midscalp and into the forelock. This is an outstanding example of what aesthetic hair transplant surgery is about: providing the appearance of a full head of hair with limited donor resources. Check out the full gallery.

best hair transplant before and after results

He’s Smiling For A Reason

Whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or even your 50’s like this patient, you can experience life-changing hair transplant results.

With healthy and dense growth in the donor area, Dr. Hasson was able to extract 5456 hair grafts and distributed them to cover the midscalp and crown while rebuilding a natural-looking and age-appropriate hairline. His smile really tells the story, and we’re always happy to see a patient’s vitality revitalized.

Hasson and Wong best hair transplant before and after

Retired And Loving Life

Be who you want to be. This retired gentleman in his 60’s decided to refresh his life and met with Dr. Wong to see what could be done. With advanced thinning of the frontal zone and loss through the midscalp and crown, he wasn’t sure we’d be able to help!

Dr. Wong and his team came to the rescue, and what makes this transformation so remarkable is that it was achieved in only one session and with only 2265 grafts! Dr. Wong’s experienced hands and keen vision dispersed the graft units carefully among the thinning zones to achieve this wonderful, genuine looking hairline.

hair transplant before and after of 7825 grafts

Total Transformation

“Transformative” is what we would call this hair transplant result. This patient in his late twenties was suffering from diffuse thinning from the crown through the vertex and all the way to the front of his head. As usual, Dr. Wong and his team worked to restore coverage while rebuilding a great, natural hairline.

As you can see, the thinning was extensive and this patient returned on three different occasions to have Dr. Wong’s expert hands do their work. A total of 7825 grafts were transplanted to deliver even coverage from front to back. We think you’ll agree the results are excellent.

Topical Finasteride Solution – What Is It?

For those individuals who have been looking for a safer way to take finasteride, a topical form is now available.  While this preparation may not be perfect it should enable patients to halt the progression of MPH effectively, with very little chance of any unwanted side effects. This will be the cornerstone of treatment for MPH.

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US Prescriptions

We’re currently in discussions with a compounding pharmacy in the US, so that we will be able to fill prescriptions throughout the US. We are hoping that prescriptions will be available to US residents, within the next couple of weeks or so (approximately end of March)

*****UPDATE *****(April 21, 2016) We are still working out the logistics so that we are able offer Topical Finasteride to US residents. We will make an announcement here once we have finalized the remaining details. Thank you for all the recent inquiries.

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If you’re located in Europe, a prescription can be obtained through Farmacia Parati.

What Is Topical Finasteride?

Over the past few years the drug Finasteride has – in the public domain at least – acquired a reputation for having a high incidence of sexual side effects. This combined with the emergence of “Post Finasteride Syndrome” has resulted in a marked hesitation on the part of many patients to even try this treatment as part of a regimen for treatment of male pattern hair loss (MPH).

5 years ago approximately 50-60% of patients coming to our office were already taking  finasteride. Over our last 500 virtual consultations only 18% of patients reported using Finasteride.

While their is little question of how effective Finasteride is in treating male pattern hair loss , it has become clear that fewer patients are willing to take the risk of declining sexual functioning.

An obvious question has been whether the drug can simply applied topically to the scalp to avoid side effect issues?

Finasteride is a lipophylic drug and can be readily absorbed through the scalp when compounded with regular solvents and/or penetration enhancers.

The problem here is not its effectiveness , but the fact that there is nothing to stop the drug from moving from the scalp into the circulation and going “systemic”. While the incidence of side effects is lower than with the oral route of administration , there is no question that they may still occur.

Novel, high tech methods of transcutaneous drug delivery have been examined to see if we can simply “lock” the drug into the scalp and avoid systemic absorption.

For the past few years I have been researching this option. I have joined with a pharmacological company (specializing in transcutaneous drug delivery systems) and the University of Milan, Italy in trying to produce such a topical preparation.

Our current preparation ,which we have been supplying to a group of test patients in Italy is soon to be available worldwide. The effectiveness appears to be equal to oral Finasteride but serum levels are 1/18th that of the oral route. We have had no reports of any sexual side effects in any of the test group (+/- 100 patients). Many of these patients have been on the oral form and had to quit on account of side effects.

This preparation is not FDA approved. It has not been through the FDA approval process which takes years and costs hundreds of millions. You have to have your own physician fill out a prescription for the preparation (see below) and the gel will be individually prepared for you.

While this preparation may not be perfect it should enable patients to halt the progression of MPH effectively, with very little chance of any unwanted side effects. This will be the cornerstone of treatment for MPH.

For those individuals who have been looking for a safer way to take finasteride, a topical form is now available.

This is the prescription that you should present to your physician to be filled out . A prescription should last for 3 months and includes refills to cover you for a year .

Read more about the solution by downloading this PDF prepared by the Universita degli Studi di Milano:

You can also download a PDF prescription form here:

How To Get A Prescription

If you’re located in Canada, please complete the following steps in order to obtain a prescription:

1-Print out the prescription form
2-Take the form to your doctor
3-Have your doctor complete the form
4-Have your doctor fax the form to the fax number on the form

Contraindications / Warnings

Since this topical drug contains the same active ingredient as the oral drug Finasteride the side effects and precautions are the same as the oral form. Learn about Finasteride side effects here

With one very important addition: Pregnant women should not come into contact either directly or indirectly with the topical gel. This may mean stopping the gel for the duration of the pregnancy , or at least exercising extreme caution from contact with the gel.

Other Studies with Topical Finasteride

There are few large scale studies regarding topical finasteride. Here are some that may be of interest:

For some individuals there may be a concern that this formulation has not undergone the rigorous testing of a clinical trial, and is not FDA approved. This point is well known and in the ideal scenario this would have been the case, however, this is not a new drug in any way, only the method of application and delivery system is different. It would be incredibly surprising if there were any new adverse effects – especially since there will be much less systemic exposure.

The only issue of concern is the possibility of inadvertent exposure of a pregnant woman to the topical drug. There will be a warning to this on the drug labeling so as to avoid this risk.

This preparation is not intended to replace oral finasteride as a primary treatment. It was formulated for those patients that were unable to tolerate oral finasteride and wanted to effectively prevent further hair loss. It has since also been used by patients not prepared to risk taking oral finasteride.

It is inevitable that there will be new and better drugs to fight male pattern hair loss. The question is how long before these are available?  For those people who need something effective now, and cannot wait, I think this formulation is as good as it is going to get!

Setting New Standards For FUE

At H&W, we have been world leaders in strip surgery for the past 19 years. We have either developed or made substantial contributions to many aspects of the modern hair transplant surgical process.

These include the following:

  • Lateral slit technique
  • Custom blades for recipient sites
  • Custom blade cutting machine (over one thousand of these are used by HT clinics around the world)
  • Ultra dense packing
  • Large mega sessions (4000 – 9500fu per sessions)
  • Ultra refined grafting – a term coined by HTN’s Pat Henessey when I introduced the variable of multi- hair FUS orientation importance in the HT process.

I know of no other clinic that has contributed more to the field of strip surgery.

With all of these innovations, I am sure that you can imagine that we are forward thinking individuals, always searching for a better process. If you look at the innovations we have pioneered, you may note one important commonality. They all relate in some way to the implantation process of the hair transplant procedure. Not to the strip harvesting procedure! If we were able to harvest FUS by the FUE process, all of our innovations could be equally applied.

I admit that we have been slow to jump aboard the FUE bandwagon. The last thing that we wanted to do was provide FUE surgery results that were ‘mediocre’ and reduce our status to just another clinic ‘ now offering FUE ‘.

We have spent the last four years researching the FUE process. We have looked at manual punches, multiple varieties of power punches and purchased an Artas robot. Each technique has been assessed from multiple angles and in great depth.

Approximately six months ago we made an assessment and came to a conclusion. The best technique -in our opinion – and by a large margin, was the manual punch.

I would like to thank personally our friends Dr. Jose Lorenzo and Dr. Korai Erdogan, for their very kind assistance and opening their doors for us -so we could learn their techniques.

We are now performing approximately one FUE procedure daily.  The extraction is performed by our team of RN’s, who have been working with us for many years. They have developed a level of fine motor skills way beyond the level of most, or perhaps any, physician, which adapts them perfectly to this skill. The manual punch does require more time to perform with a maximum of 1500-2000 extractions daily

I never imagined that FUE grafts, if extracted properly, could look so close to those of strip. Nor could I have predicted that the donor area could look so pristine and almost perfect only 1 week after the procedure.
Dr. Victor Hasson

One Day After Surgery

FUE day after surgery back of head

Seven Days After Surgery

one week post up FUE surgery back of head

We will be posting videos and photos of the extraction process and the grafts obtained. I’m confident you will be as impressed as I am.

I would like to thank two of our amazing techs – Carmen and Elena – for their hard work – being shifted to places around the world, and their sheer dedication to getting this process so perfect.

Due to our industry leading FUT results and our world-renowned reputation, prospective hair transplant patients have been patiently waiting for us to offer FUE hair transplants. We’re proud to announce that the wait is over.

We’re confident that our recent discoveries will set new standards in FUE methods and we look forward to providing the evidence to support these claims.

Stay tuned much more about FUE to come!

victor_hasson_sig Victor Hasson, MD

Hasson and Wong 2015 Year In Review

hair-transplant-work-station-hair-graftsFUE Hair Transplant Refinement

We started the year off by continuing our efforts to review and refine our services and to recognize the increased request for FUE extractions. Both Dr. Hasson and Dr. Wong continued their ongoing research and refined existing procedures to ensure our FUE methods are as effective as possible and provide the same quality results we experience with FUT. Unlike some other hair transplant clinics, we take the time to check and process every extracted graft under high-powered microscopes to ensure each graft unit is viable before it is transplanted. This is labor-intensive work, but we know it pays off in the results.

 

back of head day after FUE hair transplantExpansion Into FUE Hair Transplants

A physical renovation of the clinic provided a more efficient work-flow for FUE procedures, allowed us to install even more microscope work-stations, which provided our hair transplant technicians easier access to the equipment they need. Dr. Hasson & Dr. Wong both traveled to observe other surgeons performing FUE extractions and Dr. Wong attended the International FUE workshop in Istanbul.

 

hair transplant locations collage photoHair Transplant Consultations

Speaking of travel, the Doctors also visited Milan, Naples, Rome and London to meet with patients and to provide free in-person consultations. Our Patient Advisors were also globe-trotting and offered personal assessments in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax. In the USA, we held consultation sessions in Miami, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

 

hair transplant age chart

We performed hair transplant surgery for patients from 27 different countries from 239 cities and provided consultations to people from more than 70 countries! About 37% of our patients were in their 30’s, followed by patients in their 40’s (24%) and patients in their 20’s (21%).

 

hasson and Wong UK hair transplant consultantDavid, UK Hair Transplant Consultant

Our London, England consultant, David spent a few months in Vancouver working directly with our Senior Patient Advisor, Doug and with both Dr. Wong and Dr. Hasson. David injected some fresh energy into our days and spent lots of time meeting individually with patients, sharing his own hair transplant history and providing no-obligation assessments. David’s clients consistently remark on his low-pressure, honest and informative style, which we all appreciate.

 

Software Expansion

Our Administrative team worked hard this year to adopt new software tools that will enable us to provide more personalized experiences for our patients before and after their hair transplant surgies. We’re focused on continually assessing our service and these tools will allow us to listen and communicate more effectively with every patient.

New Hair Transplant Timeline Feature

Our website was also re-vamped to provide mobile and easier access to valuable information and to allow us to introduce Patient Timelines and a Hair Transplant Blog. Hair transplant patient timelines allow you to follow a patient’s journey from before their hair transplant surgery to a full year after their operation. Our patients participate in this program voluntarily; there is no payment of exchange of goods, so you can be assured that what you are seeing are genuine results.

hair transplant timeline collage photo

Hair Transplant Blog

The Hair Transplant Blog allows us to comment on topical information and to provide up-to-date information about the Hair Transplant industry, advances in hair transplant techniques or medications, and other details about our procedures and services. We hope you’ll subscribe!

With all that going on, how do we have time to perform surgeries? Not to worry! Each doctor has completed hundreds of surgeries this year and our photo and video galleries have grown to show new result photo sets. As always, the photos and videos on our website are all pictures of our real clients and their actual results. We never alter or Photoshop our images because we are proud of our work and we want you to be able to see exactly the type of results you can expect.

hair transplant results collage of hasson and wong patients in 2015

We also looked back and dug into the past a bit to rediscover Hasson & Wong’s contributions to modern Hair Transplant Surgery. We hope you’ll read this piece on the development of the Lateral Slit Technique and the refinement of the FUT process.

We are super-excited about 2016 and the continued refinement of our service to patients from around the globe.