Every year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) releases an annual report , giving out detailed statistics about plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. At the Nashville Hair Doctor, we have taken a look at the 2017 report to give you an update on how hair restoration fits into the bigger picture of plastic surgery.

Overall, women still make up the majority of plastic surgery patients, with breast augmentations taking the top spot again this year. But one of the procedures showing the highest growth rates – almost 20% – over the previous year is hair transplantation (with 19,979 procedures in 2017 vs.16,784 in 2016). While women can – and do – also undergo hair transplant surgery, it is safe to say that a large majority of those procedures were performed on men.

The Growth in Hair Restoration

We are not surprised that more and more men turn to medical hair restoration to combat hair loss. The technology for more precise and less invasive hair transplantation has continued to improve. With the latest generation of NeoGraft, the hair transplant recovery time is shorter than ever before, and your hair restoration results are looking so natural that no one will know you’ve had any help at all. With new health care financing options that allow you to spread out your hair transplant cost over 12 months or longer with no interest, more and more men opt to invest in their looks to boost their self-confidence.

There is no way around this truth: Hair restoration is really the only viable, clinically proven option to combat male pattern baldness. In the United States alone, over 50 million men are affected by this form of hair loss. Ultimately, there is no prescription medicine, lotion, or shampoo that will grow your hair. Hair restoration is the only long-term solution.

Two Different Hair Transplant Methods: FUE vs FUT

There are two main hair transplant technologies on the market today. Some hair clinics offer both of them, and some may only offer one or the other. These two methods are called Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE for short, and Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT, also known as the Strip Method.

The difference between FUE and FUT lies in how the donor hair is harvested. The transplantation into the recipient area of your scalp works the same for either technique.

During an FUE procedure, the doctor or technician removes individual hair grafts or follicles from the donor area with a machine that uses pneumatic pressure to extract the hair. Each graft contains 3-4 actual hairs. In a second step, the grafts are then inserted into the recipient area of your scalp one by one. FUE causes minimal scarring and downtime.

During an FUT hair transplant, the doctor surgically removes an entire strip of hair from the donor area. As you might imagine, this speeds up the procedure, which in some cases also makes it more affordable. However, it causes a linear scar that may require later cover up, and it also lengthens the recovery period. Learn more about the differences from our in-depth comparison between FUE and FUT.

Ask your hair doctor which procedure they specialize in. Also make sure to ask about their experience – some plastic surgeons add on hair restoration to their offerings without much thought, but a true FUE master technician needs years of training to achieve the perfect blend of artistry and craft. Also ask if your hair clinic offers any travel packages. You might be better off going out of town for a competitively priced hair transplant rather than shopping in one of the major population areas like New York, Atlanta, or Chicago. Since hair transplants are one-time procedures with no repeat treatments necessary, you do not have to confine your search to a narrow radius like you might for facial fillers.

“It Was So Much Easier Than I Thought”

The growth in hair transplant surgeries also shows a larger trend: Men increasingly turn to plastic surgery to enhance their looks. Male breast reductions have also experienced a respectable increase over the last 20 years, and other procedures, such as neck lifts and liposuction, continue to be popular among men. Male Botox injections have seen such a surge that “Brotox” has become the new craze. The more recent rise in social media participation may also have contributed to a growth in cosmetic procedures for men.

The connection between looking good and feeling great seems to be true as much for men as it is for women. When we ask Nashville Hair Doctor patients for feedback, the most common response is this:

“It was so much easier than I thought. I wish I had done it sooner!”

If you want to look and feel great, do it sooner rather than later! It’s as easy as can be to get started – simply upload your picture here, and we will send you a free hair transplant quote with no strings attached.

Nashville Hair Doctor by NuBody Concepts serving patients in Tennessee and beyond

About Hair Doctor

With over 20 years of experience in FUE hair restoration and led by a double-board certified plastic surgeon, we are a leading provider of affordable hair transplants in the Southeast. Visit us at our Nashville Hair Doctor or Memphis Hair Doctor offices, or take advantage of our complimentary travel package for out-of-town patients. Read more>>

As Father’s Day 2018 is fast approaching, we’d like to share a few of our sentiments on what it means to be a father.

Being a father means roughhousing on the floor with the kids climbing all over you.

It means going for ice-cream on the spur of the moment, preferably right before dinner time because that is when you’re most hungering for it. It also means getting the cones instead of the cups even if they drip all over your kids’ outfits, and yours. It means not caring one bit in the first place which outfits your kids have left the house in.

Being a father means falling asleep 3o seconds into the bedtime story, with your toddler sound asleep on top of your chest.

It may also mean donning a pink tutu and squeezing your large frame onto a tiny plastic chair to be served pretend tea together with a herd of My Little Ponies.

It means all of you eating a big bowl of chips and salsa in front of the TV, with everybody double dipping as much as they want. It means yelling at the referees and high-fiving emphatically, even if a few more chips fall on the floor in the process.

It means sitting in the passenger seat next to your fifteen-year-old at the wheel, clenching your firsts until your knuckles are white, forcing your face into a smile and your voice to be slow and measured, patiently explaining the virtues of leaving just the tiniest bit more space from the car in front of you, but definitely not yelling or speaking with the slightest tone of alarm in your voice.

Being a father also means taking a deep breath and forcing your mind back to when you were in school and got that C, or ran over that mailbox with your mom’s car, or forgot to take out the trash when that was the one thing your father had asked you to do. It means exercising patience and admitting to yourself that you might have, in fact, had the tiniest crack in that image of flawless perfection that you prefer to cultivate about your youthful self.

It means showing your son how to change a tire and finding a way to make your daughter want to learn how to change a tire too.

And it means that there are people in your life that love you unconditionally. They loved you when they were tiny and they love you when they are big – even though their love might be accompanied more and more often with an eye-roll as they grow up. They love you for who you are and don’t care one bit about your wrinkles, your receding hairline, or the extra pounds around your midsection. They also don’t really care about the Birkenstocks you are wearing, with socks, even though they might have made a joke about them.

Your kids also don’t care that you don’t know what a meme is, that you’ve never been able to use a pun or the word “shook” in the right context, and that your jokes aren’t always all that funny.

Yes, you may look into the mirror and mourn your hair loss. There will be a time to think about hair transplant surgery such as NeoGraft. But on this special weekend, know that your children are there for you no matter what. So go and make a fire and grill that big juicy steak, and breathe in the joys of being a father to the fullest.

From the Nashville Hair Doctor to all the fathers out there: Happy Father’s Day 2018!

Nashville Hair Doctor by NuBody Concepts serving patients in Tennessee and beyond

About Hair Doctor

With over 20 years of experience in FUE hair restoration and led by a double-board certified plastic surgeon, we are a leading provider of affordable hair transplants in the Southeast. Visit us at our Nashville Hair Doctor or Memphis Hair Doctor offices, or take advantage of our complimentary travel package for out-of-town patients. Read more>>

Not just women like to boost their image with a more youthful appearance. More and more men resort to plastic surgery and non-invasive cosmetic treatments to look younger and feel more self-confident. At the Nashville Hair Doctor, we have helped many men achieve their aesthetic goals with our fast-recovery NeoGraft Hair Transplants. And now we have something else to give your appearance a boost: Brotox!

Social Media Creating New Image Standards

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, cosmetic procedures for men have more than tripled in the last 20 years. And Botox and facial fillers – such as Juvederm – in particular have seen a recent surge among men.

The difference? Social Media. As it has become a thing, particularly among Millennials, to narrate your everyday life with a barrage of selfies on your social media feed, it is becoming more and more important to find a way to make yourself look good and photogenic. Also, more than ever men want or need to feel young and vital in their professional life. Having a LinkedIn profile that reflects youthful vitality is often a must, simply because everyone else has one too.

In addition to the obvious – hair restoration for those with thinning hair or a receding hairline – the answer often lies in regular Botox injections. By making it part of their regular “maintenance,” many men are also willing to break the taboo of not talking about it. Or perhaps they just found a clever way to make it look and sound cool. You can have a bromance, and now you can do Brotox.

Some plastic surgeons go as far as offering specific combos of Botox and fillers such as Juvederm to help define certain areas of the face better to enhance the appearance of selfies. It might seem crazy to spend $250 on average every three months just to have better-looking selfies when a few edits in Photoshop might do. But that seems to be what’s happening more and more. Botox is trending among Millennials of both genders, and it is seen as necessary by increasingly younger adults in their 20s as a preventive measure. But the rate of growth is highest for men.

Making the Most Of Your Brotox Experience

Some metropolitan areas offer Botox more or less on every street corner. Make sure you get it from the right place – i.e. a full plastic surgery practice with an experienced surgeon. You don’t want to end up looking waxy and stiff. While it might be ok for others to know that you’ve had “work done,” it’s not okay to overdo it. Just think of Ross when he falls asleep on the tanning bed or when he leaves the teeth whitening gel on too long – was it both at the same time? Needless to say, it looked creepy. Or Jay from Modern Family when he had Botox and couldn’t move his face anymore. You don’t want to come across as that desperate. And you’ll want your selfies to look natural.

While Botox is perfectly safe – it has been FDA-approved since 2002, and it is now even approved as a remedy for migraines – it takes a trained and skilled nurse injector or surgeon to do it right. You want your wrinkles gone, but you don’t want your smile gone along with them. It’s a matter of getting it just right. At the Nashville Hair Doctor, with a full double board-certified plastic surgeon on site, you are in perfectly good hands for an outstanding Brotox experience.

Combining Botox with a facial filler is a perfect way to look younger. You reduce your wrinkles – that telltale sign of aging – and you fill out hollow cheeks or thin lips to give your face better contours. Then finish it up with a little bit of laser or RF liposuction.

Other Ways to Upgrade Your Appearance

Even though it’s been around for decades, the most popular male cosmetic surgery procedure remains liposuction. However, what has changed in recent years is its targeted use. Male breast reductions are quite common, as are non-invasive neck and chin lifts using RF or laser technology.

Fraxel and microdermabrasion have become popular facial treatments among men. They serve to improve tone and texture of the skin, and because they also combat abnormal skin cells, some men view them as more medical than cosmetic, lending additional acceptability.

While the benefits of male hair transplants are obvious, many hair restoration specialists have seen a recent trend for beard transplants. As designer stubble and beards of all shapes are on the rise, the demand for better growth of facial hair has increased.

Do you feel the need to refresh your appearance? How happy are you with your LinkedIn profile? If there is room for improvement, contact the Nashville Hair Doctor to schedule your Brotox!

Nashville Hair Doctor by NuBody Concepts serving patients in Tennessee and beyond

About Hair Doctor

With over 20 years of experience in FUE hair restoration and led by a double-board certified plastic surgeon, we are a leading provider of affordable hair transplants in the Southeast. Visit us at our Nashville Hair Doctor or Memphis Hair Doctor offices, or take advantage of our complimentary travel package for out-of-town patients. Read more>>

Hello, 2016! It’s just about time to talk about New Year’s Resolutions.

Aren’t you a tiny bit excited to start on a clean slate with a brand-new year stretching in front of  you?

You might have already put up all the Christmas lights, changed a few light bulbs over the holidays, and generally gotten a head start with your to-do list. Perhaps you’ve even made a few – gulp! – New Year’s Resolutions.

But if you’re like me, the one thing you’ll probably procrastinate about till kingdom come is to think about having any kind of “procedure” done. The word alone is enough to send shivers up your spine. It evokes bland waiting rooms with dog-eared magazines you’d never open unless it was a dire emergency (i.e. your phone battery dying just as you’ve been told to take a seat and wait for your “procedure”), being told unpleasant truths about the need to eat more vegetables, and a general waste of time you’d much rather spend with your feet up watching Monday Night Football.

To overcome all that, any “procedure” would have to be well worth it. It would have to be amazing. It would have to be like the mother of all Nachos Supreme sitting in front of you, dripping cheese, with the Super Bowl about to kick off.

What if I told you about such a procedure, one that is worthy of making your New Year’s Resolutions list and one that makes it totally worth having, even though it’s the last thing you really want to do?

If you listen to our customers, our NeoGraft hair restoration procedure is the best thing they’ve ever done. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it produces amazing results. For some, it has proven life-changing.

Listen to what David Reed, a Nashville radio commentator has to say about his NeoGraft hair transplant from the Hair Doctor in Nashville:

David had actually had a previous hair transplant and wasn’t happy with it. In his words, his experience at the Hair Doctor “was light years beyond the procedure I’d had in the past. It was simpler, it was quicker, it was better, there was very little recovery time, there were no stitches. This, to me, is the only way to go.”

Not to be outdone, Eric Hasseltine, Memphis radio announcer and “Voice of the Grizzlies,” has the following to say about his hair restoration by Hair Doctor of Memphis:

If like Eric or David you experience thinning hair, a receding hairline, or bald spots, you may have started thinking about hair restoration, but any kind of “procedure” may have scared you off. And plenty of scary stories abound if you look into the matter. You might have heard of the “strip method,” whereby a patch of your hair is transplanted from the back of your head to the top but can leave behind an unsightly linear scar. As you can imagine, relocating a piece of your scalp in this fashion is not the most enjoyable way to spend your day.

NeoGraft hair restoration is in an entirely different league from that. Using the advanced technology of the NeoGraft machine, our technician is able to extract individual follicles of your hair from areas with plenty of growth and artfully transplant them to the recipient area. It is so minimally-invasive that it can be performed with just a local anesthetic, and most of our patients are back to work or their regular activities the very next day. Find out why NeoGraft is the clear winner in NeoGraft vs Strip Method, or check our Neograft Hair Transplant page for more detailed information.

If you find yourself doing this in front of your mirror far too often,

Man examining his receding hair in the mirror while making New Year's Resolutions

Do you find yourself checking out your thinning hairline every morning? Then make growing your hair with NeoGraft your new resolution for 2016!

then it might be time to put “NeoGraft” procedure on your list of New Year’s Resolutions. If not now, then when?

Call Hair Doctor of Nashville or Memphis to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you get started on the road to a full head of hair!