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Michael Vories, MD

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    Michael Vories, MD
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  • Hair Transplant Clinic Name
    Carolina Hair Surgery
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    498 Wando Park Ste 400
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    United States
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    Mount Pleasant
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    Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
    Eyebrow Transplantation
    Prescriptions for Propecia
    Free In-depth Consults

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  1. Yes it is difficult when patients with advanced hair loss, since most look best with very short hair. On exam he was a Norwood 6.
  2. This patient came in for his 6 month follow up after receiving 4000 FUE grafts over a two consecutive day session. 2500 grafts were placed in the frontal forelock/hairline, and 1500 grafts were placed in the midscalp. Patients with fine hair and extensive hair loss often present challenges with coverage, but with this patient the lack of contrast between the skin color and hair color helps with the illusion of density. All grafts were harvested and placed by the physician. Full facial images are shown with the consent of the patient.
  3. Actually we like the zinc in head and shoulders to help with healing.
  4. Hair transplants are already quite expensive without adding all of this stuff. We give patients (do not charge extra) that includes a saline spray, head and shoulders shampoo, and a surgical sponge for sponge washing the first week post-op. As mentioned generic finasteride is dirt cheap, and minoxidil is relatively inexpensive as well. Clinics that charge extra for additional products are taking advantage of patients in a vulnerable position to add to the bottom line without any evidence that it improves the results of the procedure.
  5. We need to keep in mind that the patient is a vulnerable state, and should not be asked to make decisions once the procedure has begun. On the morning of the procedure I explain that if we are short grafts, then the patient is refunded the difference, and we have extra grafts, they are placed without charge.
  6. This is not a before/after. This is simply a patient we performed a two day, 5000 FUE graft case last week. The reason I am presenting this is that this patient previously went to a local plastic surgeon who had just obtained an ARTAS machine, and is marketing heavily here in the Charleston, SC area. During his consultation with the ARTAS clinic, he indicated he wanted coverage both in the crown and frontal area, and was told by the consultant (not the plastic surgeon), that complete coverage could be obtained with 1500 grafts. Looking online afterwards, he realized this was an absurd quote, and ended up coming to us. The point is for prospective patients to do their research before (and after) a consultation because there is some inaccurate information being given out, and just because someone has a machine does not make them qualified to perform the procedure.
  7. There is a wide variability in total donor capacity. However, for most patients with no prior procedure with what we consider “good” donor (around 80 follicular units/cm2) we can safely extract between 7000-9000 FUE grafts.
  8. From the photos 3500-4000 grafts seem like overkill. I would estimate from them that 2000 grafts would be plenty to fill in the apex areas and hairline.
  9. This out-of-town patient sent in these photos for his 6 month follow up after receiving 2500 FUE grafts to his frontal forelock and hairline. Grafts were manually harvested with a 0.85 mm sharp punch, and placed with Hans Lion Implanters. All grafts were harvested and placed by Dr. Vories.
  10. In the frontal area we placed grafts at 40 grafts/cm2. In the midscalp and crown this was reduced to 30 grafts/cm2. We use the Cole Instruments sharp punch system for tissue extraction.
  11. This patient came in yesterday for his 6 month follow up after receiving 4000 FUE grafts over a two consecutive day session. 2000 grafts were placed in his crown/midscalp, and the remaining 2000 grafts were placed in his hairline/frontal forelock. Due to stable hair loss pattern he is not taking finasteride. All grafts were harvested and placed by the physician.
  12. This patient came in yesterday for his one year follow up after receiving 2500 FUE grafts to his frontal forelock/hairline. He now is scheduling a second procedure to address his crown/vertex. A 0.85 mm sharp punch was used for extractions, and grafts were placed using Hans Lion Implanters. All grafts were harvested and placed by the physician.
  13. Dr. Lorenzo was the reason I began using Hans Lion Implanter pens for graft placement. I use the Cole Instruments motorized sharp punch system, and a 0.90 mm punch was used for this patient's extractions.