Meet Dr. Wong In Switzerland And Rome!

Meet Dr. Wong In Europe!

Dr. Jerry Wong is making his annual trip to Europe and is excited to see some former patients in addition to meeting new ones looking to get his expert opinion on what may be possible in their particular case.  Long considered one of the world’s best, most experienced and pioneering hair transplant surgeons, his visits always generate a great deal of interest.

Jerry Wong posing at Vancouver hair transplant clinic
Dr. Wong speaking at FUE hair transplant workshop

How To Register

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

Locations & Dates

San Paolo Fisiomedical Center

Piazzale Tommaso Edison 1
Roma
Nearest metro (Line B – Stop San Paolo)
www.sanpaolofisiomedicalcenter.it/dove-siamo/

October 8th from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
October 9th from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
October 10th from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Lugano – Hotel De La Paix (conference room Giacometti) – http://www.delapaix.ch/eng/contacts

October 12th from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
October 13th from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
October 14th from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

For those patients originally planning to see Dr. Wong in Milan, we will reimburse travel expenses to reach Lugano if you book a procedure with Dr. Wong after the consultation.

Consultations are available in the following languages: Italian – English – French – Spanish – Rumanian

In order to pre screen and check if you are a candidate please fill in the following form found here  (Italian Form) For further information contact: italia@hassonandwong.com

For English speaking individuals, please complete the form found here

Don’t use gel or wax the day of your consultation and don’t shave your hair at least 2 weeks before your appointment.

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My Hair Transplant Story & Journey

My Story

As a Norwood 6, I started to lose my hair in my late teens and had been more or less bald since my mid-twenties. I’m now 32. After going back and forth about it, I finally resolved to get a hair transplant. I researched the top doctors and decided to go with Hasson & Wong. I was especially impressed by stellar reviews of their megasessions.

I flew into Vancouver the day before my surgery and met Dr. Hasson for the first time. He evaluated my hair and we discussed the game plan for the following morning. The goal was to harvest as many grafts as possible and shoot for a happy medium in terms of density and coverage.

Upon first meeting Dr. Hasson, it was clear that he is the real-deal: intelligent, articulate, confident, professional, and experienced. I knew I was in good hands.

hair transplant before and after 5599 hair transplant grafts

Total grafts: 5599
Total hairs: 9200
Average hairs per graft extracted: 1.64
Hair quality: good (coarse)

“I went from being almost completely bald to having an attractive head of hair in just 5 months. I’m so glad I decided to go through with the hair transplant. It was worth every penny.”

SURGERY DAY

The next morning Dr. Hasson set to creating my new hairline, an extremely crucial step of the HT. I was very happy with the design, so we moved forward with cutting the FUT strip. The cutting and stapling took well over an hour, but it wasn’t painful. A bit later, Dr. Hasson made around 3400 incisions on the top of my scalp (I was given a counter), and then the technicians began the implantation. A couple of hours later, Dr. Hasson came in and made another 1400 incisions, for a total of 4800 or so.

hair transplant patient day of surgery 5599 grafts FUT
hairline of hair transplant patient the day of surgery of 5599 grafts

Dr. Hasson managed to get a very good graft count (5599 grafts). The hair-to-graft ratio was less than I’d hoped for (1.64; 9200 hairs), but he managed to cover around two-thirds of my scalp, which I was happy with considering we had a LOT of real estate to cover.

The hair transplant technicians were very patient and accommodating through the surgery, particularly when I had a bout of neck pain (from previous disc herniation). We finished up the surgery around 10pm. The first night was long and uncomfortable but I managed to sleep for a few hours. I went in for a cleaning the next afternoon. Everything looked good. I spent one more night in Vancouver and flew home early the next morning.

POST-OP

The first 8-9 days of recovery were rough. I had pain along the sides of the donor area, which were covered in dark scabs (dried blood) for the first 12 days. I also had moderate pain at the top of my crown. I slept sitting up for the first week, and I babied my scalp 24/7. I had some facial swelling from day 3 to day 5.

The implanted hairs began to fall out on day 15. I had shed probably two-thirds of the newly implanted hairs by week 5. I also experienced a good bit of shock loss at the donor site above the ears, but I made sure to keep the hair on the sides longer to make it less conspicuous. The hair in the shock loss area began to regrow around month 4, after which the scar became less noticeable by the week.

HAIR GROWTH

I had braced myself for an ugly duckling phase lasting four months, but I was happily off by a long shot. I began to see new hairs sprouting up on top after ONLY TWO MONTHS. By four months, I already had a significant amount of new hair growth in the front, an area that had been completely bald before. (The initial two months, by the way, weren’t even that bad; wearing a hat did the trick.)

By five months, a TRANSFORMATION had already taken place! I did not expect such full growth so soon. The hair was coming in thick and the new hairline had created a new frame for my face. For the first time in almost a decade, I was voluntarily leaving the house without a hat in hand. I was very happy with the results, and astonished that they had come so quickly!

By month 6, I had already forgotten what it was like to be bald. A truly remarkable experience. It’s been 8 months now, and the hair is continuing to thicken and new hairs are growing.

hair transplant patient before after hair transplant surgery right temple

CONCLUSION

But here’s what’s most remarkable about the whole surgery. My hairline looks better now than it did before I started losing my hair! It’s hard to overestimate the importance of a surgeon’s skill when it comes to creating the new hairline, and I am but one of many examples that show that Dr. Hasson is second to none.

It initially felt a bit like a leap in the dark, but I am so glad that I went through with the hair transplant. And I am so thankful that I chose Hasson & Wong. Dr. Hasson is truly a phenomenal hair surgeon, in a league of his own, and his team is truly outstanding. They exceeded my expectations. I would enthusiastically consider all who are considering a HT to seriously consider H&W. I think they are the best of the best.

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!