Hair Restoration Blog Dallas

Passion in Hair Restoration and in Everything

Published on November 7, 2013 by

Passion in Hair Transplantation At times I get the question during a consultation, “What makes you better than [fill in the blank name]”?  Even though I may spend 30 minutes detailing every little nuance of what makes us better:  a more artistically designed and customized hairline, better donor harvesting and closure, better recipient site creation, […]

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Understanding Transitions of the Scalp and Why They are Important

Published on November 7, 2013 by

Gradual Transitions Shown in Recipient Sites for the Crown When I design recipient sites for hair restoration I am always cognizant that each site must blend naturally to the adjacent sites for several reasons.  First, hair naturally slowly transitions in angle from one area to another.  In a natural untransplanted scalp no hair angles abruptly […]

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Thinking of Visual Walls When Building Up the Frontal Region of the Scalp

Published on November 7, 2013 by

Artistically designed hair transplant to create optimal visual hair density The goal of hair restoration is to build up enough hair density that one does not have much see-through effect.  Put another way, rows upon rows of hair grafts must be placed so that each row adds to the visual effect of blocking one’s view […]

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Shoreline Understanding of a Hairline in Hair Restoration

Published on November 7, 2013 by

Shoreline model for understanding natural hairlines in hair restoration I really like using the idea of a shoreline to educate my students and my patients on the proper design of a hairline.  A shoreline from a great distance looks relatively straight but the closer you get to the shoreline, the more jagged and imperfect the […]

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Hair Replacement vs. Hair Restoration

Published on November 7, 2013 by

By Emina Karamanovski If you are losing hair and wondering what would be the best option for you, there are two approaches that can help you have hair back on your head. One option is non-surgical and the other is surgical.  Hair replacement, the non-surgical option, attaches artificial or natural hair to the bald scalp. […]

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Emina Karamanovski Develops First Textbook For Hair Transplant Surgical Assistants

Published on August 20, 2013 by

Emina Karamanovski, one of Dr. Lam’s surgical assistants and a key member of his hair transplant team, recently authored a textbook designed to educate hair transplant surgical assistants about all aspects of hair restoration procedures. The textbook, titled Hair Transplant 360 For Assistants, is the second in a two part series. Part one of the […]

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Unmatched Experience is the Key to Excellent and Natural Hair Transplants

Published on March 6, 2013 by

I love to tell the story of when I was sitting in the audience of a facial plastic surgery conference in San Diego with an esteemed colleague of mine who did not do hair transplants. My colleague said in a haughty way that he could easily tell a hair transplant since they all looked rather […]

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Dr. Sam Lam Reviews Acell and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Transplants

Published on January 2, 2013 by

Over a year ago I started incorporating the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and Acell into my hair transplant cases, at first tentatively and now in a robust and standard fashion. I believe this is why it is so important to go to every major hair transplant meeting you can because it can change […]

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Designing Hair Patterns for Hair Restoration Based on Usable Donor Hair

Published on July 2, 2012 by

In an ideal world, even the baldest man could have a fulfilling hair transplant and have his entire head covered with hair again. Obviously, this is realistically not always the case. It is a question of supply and demand: supply being how much usable donor hair there is to transplant the area and demand being […]

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Understanding Transitions of the Scalp and Why They are Important

Published on May 28, 2012 by

When I design recipient sites for hair restoration I am always cognizant that each site must blend naturally to the adjacent sites for several reasons. First, hair naturally slowly transitions in angle from one area to another. In a natural untransplanted scalp no hair angles abruptly change so for optimal naturalness these gradual transitions must […]

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Thinking of Visual Walls When Building Up the Frontal Region of the Scalp

Published on May 5, 2012 by

The goal of hair restoration is to build up enough hair density that one does not have much see-through effect. Put another way, rows upon rows of hair grafts must be placed so that each row adds to the visual effect of blocking one’s view of the bald scalp behind it. This brief article will […]

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Passion in Hair Restoration and in Everything

Published on April 9, 2012 by

At times I get the question during a consultation, “What makes you better than [fill in the blank name]”? Even though I may spend 30 minutes detailing every little nuance of what makes us better: a more artistically designed and customized hairline, better donor harvesting and donor closure, better recipient site creation, more gentle graft […]

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Hair Transplant Recovery: Social and Professional Concerns During Your Recovery

Published on February 18, 2012 by

One of the major topics that patients ask about hair transplant surgery is “What is the recovery process like?” or “When can I go back to work?” I try to frame the answer in such a way as to help that person understand the situation as well as possible so that he can make a […]

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Kevin James, Ralph Macchio, Their Hairpieces, and Understanding the Lid Effect

Published on February 11, 2012 by

I was watching the movie Grown Ups the other day and I could not help but stare at Kevin James’ hairpiece. Most likely you did not even notice it. The reason that I see results that look fake and you may not is that I have significant experience with hair restoration and know how to […]

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What I Learned from Writing Questions for the Board Exam in Hair Restoration

Published on January 28, 2012 by

As many of you know, I am an active participant in the education of other surgeons. I run a national course on hair restoration and also participate as faculty in many workshops. I also have written a textbook on hair restoration, Hair Transplant 360, along with many scientific articles on the subject. Most recently, I […]

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Is Hair Restoration Artistic?

Published on December 31, 2011 by

Is hair restoration an artistic endeavor? Or in fact is it simply a rudimentary technical procedure in which hair is placed into the head and only the sheer number of grafts count? I will explain in a point-by-point manner why hair restoration is truly artistic in my opinion, focusing on three major elements: macro hairline […]

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Christian Slaters Hair Transplant

Published on December 5, 2011 by

Christian Slater’s Hair Transplant Hair Transplant is as much an art as it is a science. Many times we simply see very bad hair transplant work that scares us into not wanting to have the procedure done. When the procedure is done well, it is seamless. Take Christian Slater’s hair transplant, which I think is […]

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Scarring Alopecias: What You Need to Know for Hair Transplantation

Published on October 24, 2011 by

There are many types of scarring alopecias (scarring hair loss) like lichen planopilaris, discoid lupus erythematosis, etc. This article will not try to review all the many types of histologic (tissue) diagnoses but to explain what goes through my head as a hair-transplant surgeon when encountering various scarring alopecias for possible hair restoration. When I […]

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Trichotillomania and Hair Restoration

Published on October 2, 2011 by

Trichotillomania describes a condition in which an individual repeatedly pulls his or her hair out of one’s head or other body parts due to an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Sometimes trichotillomania is accompanied by ingesting the hair causing a condition of indigestible hair products in the stomach known as a trichobezoar that may require surgical excision. […]

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Why I Do Not Charge Per Graft for My Hair Transplant Services

Published on August 12, 2011 by

One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive is “How much do you charge per graft?” The answer is that I don’t, which usually puzzles my patients to no end (Please review our hair transplant cost page for additional information) I decided to write a blog article explaining my philosophy more in-depth. First, […]

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The Principle of Convergence: How to Leverage Grafts in Hair Transplantation

Published on July 14, 2011 by

In the past two years I have made a small but significant modification to my hair transplant work that I would like to share with my prospective and established patients. The concept is convergence and how to place grafts especially toward the midline of the head in such a way as to achieve even greater […]

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Promotional Video for Hair Transplant Workshop in St. Louis 2011

Published on July 5, 2011 by

Here is my course promotion for my Hair Transplant Cadaver Workshop for surgeons and assistants to be held on October 14-16, 2011 in St. Louis, MO, at St. Louis University:

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Can Hair Be Transplanted from Another Person?

Published on June 15, 2011 by

A question that I receive several times a month is, “Can I use my friend’s hair for my hair transplant?” The answer is no. The reason for this case is that hair transplanted from another individual into your body will be treated as foreign and attacked by your immune system and ultimately rejected. This is […]

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It Is Never Too Late To Have A Hair Transplant

Published on June 11, 2011 by

When I was recently in Phoenix writing questions for the hair transplant board examination, I had a touching story recounted to me that I wanted to share with you. A fellow hair transplant surgeon had a patient come to him at 59 years of age to ask whether it would be considered too late to […]

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Parallel vs. Perpendicular Sites in Hair Restoration

Published on June 2, 2011 by

There has been a controversy over the past few years regarding the best method to make a recipient site. There are basically two ways to make recipient sites parallel (also known as sagittal) and perpendicular (also known as lateral slits, or coronal). A recipient site, as a reminder, is the “hole”, or slit, that is […]

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Designing a Temporal Point in Hair Restoration: Why, In Whom, and How?

Published on April 28, 2011 by

The temporal point has become a much-vaulted point of discussion in many of the recent International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) meetings. When discussing the temporal point, the conversation is reserved here for men, as women typically do not have a pronounced temporal point (but still have one to a lesser effect). A strong […]

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Handling Tissues Gently in Hair Restoration

Published on April 26, 2011 by

My mentor always taught me, “Sam, no amount of ice can replace the gentle hand of a surgeon.” Those words have remained fixed in my mind every time I approach a patient and his/her tissues. Training for many years as a surgeon, I saw the full gamut of surgeons at work: some with delicate hand […]

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Follicular Unit Excision (FUE): Yes or No

Published on April 20, 2011 by

Over the past few years, there has been ever increasing popularity of harvesting hair without an incision on the back of the head. This technique is known as Follicular Unit Excision, or FUE for short. It also has been called by other abbreviations, FOX, FIT, etc., all meaning the same thing. Although this method has […]

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Understanding the Role of the Trichophytic Closure in Hair Transplants

Published on April 11, 2011 by

The donor area where hair is taken should be treated with the same degree of meticulous respect as the transplanted area. A good donor closure begins with excellent donor harvesting: when the hairs are cleanly removed without notable transection of the hair shafts, the nerve and blood supply are preserved, and the wound is clean […]

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Why Interlocking Is So Important in Making Recipient Sites for Hair Transplants

Published on April 7, 2011 by

There are so many aspects to making excellent recipient sites during a hair-transplant procedure including angle, tilt, direction, pattern, density, etc. We will just focus on one aspect: interlocking. As a reminder to the general reader, recipient sites are the “holes” that are created by the surgeon into which the dissected hair grafts will be […]

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Regions of the Head for Hair Transplant Part 4 of 4: The Crown

Published on March 30, 2011 by

The final area of the scalp that I am going to address is the crown. It is also known as the vertex. Some surgeons differentiate between the two terms, but I personally think that the two should be synonymous. The crown rests on the posterior vertical scalp transitioning to the posterior midscalp (on the horizontal […]

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Regions of the Head for Hair Transplant Part 3 of 4: The Lateral Humps

Published on March 26, 2011 by

The lateral humps are the areas of the scalp that fall on the sides of the head. They start, as mentioned in the second part of this series, from the transition of the horizontal plane of the midscalp as it transitions over to the vertical side plane of the head and they end just above […]

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Regions of the Head for Hair Transplant Part 2 of 4: The Midscalp

Published on March 23, 2011 by

The midscalp is the term used to describe anything behind the hairline zone, which in turn is defined as the first 2 to 3 centimeters in the front part of the transplant. The midscalp extends from behind the hairline zone all the way back to the crown. The area at which the midscalp turns into […]

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Regions of the Head for Hair Transplant Part 1 of 4: The Central Forelock

Published on March 17, 2011 by

In this article series, I will investigate some of the vital areas of the scalp that are transplanted and how I go about doing that. The terms that I describe here are ones that I use to communicate with my team and also how I strategize my approach to transplanting the scalp. The only area […]

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Two Objectives of Hair Transplants: Framing the Face and Freedom of Hairstyle

Published on February 10, 2011 by

When I perform a consultation with a prospective patient, I try to offer him/her the core objectives that one should consider for why to undergo a hair transplant procedure beyond the obvious, “I want to have hair to cover my bald scalp.” Yes, this is the basic reason to undergo hair restoration. However, I like […]

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When Hair Grows After a Hair Transplant

Published on January 19, 2010 by

Dr. Lam discusses basic postoperative care instructions but focuses on realistic ideas of when hair should start growing in the majority of patients following a hair transplant procedure. This video is only intended for Dr. Lam’s patients and not meant to give universal guarantees but expected guidelines of timing.

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2nd Annual Hair Transplant Course for Physicians and Assistants

Published on January 10, 2010 by

I am very proud of our sell-out first year last year in which Emina and I co-directed our First Annual Hair Restoration course for budding hair transplant surgeons in St. Louis.  We have a stellar course lined up this year that is quadruple the size of last year with two levels for physicians and two […]

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Dr. Samuel Lam (Luke Laminator) Wishes Emina (Yoda) a Happy Birthday!

Published on December 21, 2009 by

Dallas hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Sam Lam, would like to wish his hair transplant coordinator, Emina aka Yoda, a very special happy birthday! Watch the fun video of Emina and Digna’s Birthday:

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Hair Transplant Graft Costs: My Philosophy

Published on December 15, 2009 by

Hair Transplant per graft costs are a major concern for my prospective patients. In this video, I try to explain my philosophy regarding how I view this important subject. Hopefully, I can explain it better in this video than I can in a written text:

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Emina, our Hair Transplant Coordinator, Lectures on how to Set Up your Medical Office

Published on November 15, 2009 by

As part of the Hair Transplant course that Dr. Sam Lam directed in St. Louis, Emina Karamanovski, Dr. Lam’s hair transplant coordinator, lectures on how to set up an office environment conducive to hair restoration surgery in the following video: PART 1 OF 2: PART 2 OF 2:

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Lectures on the Importance of Hair Recipient Site Creations

Published on November 15, 2009 by

As the height of artistry, Dr. Sam Lam, Lectures on the Importance of Hair Recipient Site Creations. Dr Lam emphasizes the creation of recipient sites during hair restoration surgery, as part of course he directed in St. Louis on hair transplantation.  Here is the two-part video lecture series: PART 1 OF 2 PART 2 OF […]

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Anti-Scalability: Moving Away from Hair Transplant Factory

Published on November 14, 2009 by

Is bigger better?  I personally do not think so.  Too many hair transplant outfits are focused on volume.  More and more people driven through the mill.  As a hair transplant surgeon, I am adamantly opposed to this philosophy, especially when it comes to the discipline of hair transplant surgery.  I truly believe that hair restoration […]

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Dallas Hair Transplant Surgeon’s Course a Success!

Published on November 8, 2009 by

The First Annual Hair Transplant Cadaver Workshop held in St. Louis and partnered with the ISHRS that was directed by Dr. Sam Lam of Dallas, Texas was completely sold out and went without a hitch.  Also, Dr. Lam and his faculty received outstanding reviews across the board for the educational value of the course.  Here […]

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Dr. Sam Lam’s Hands-On Hair Transplant Workshop is Completely Sold Out

Published on November 1, 2009 by

Dr. Sam Lam serves as national course director for the first of its kind 3 day hands-on hair transplant workshop at St. Louis University. The course is already completely sold out with 40 surgeons attending and 13 hair transplant assistants and a mounting waiting list already forming for next year’s course. Here is more information […]

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Dr. Sam Lam, hair transplant surgeon, lectures in San Diego

Published on November 1, 2009 by

Dr. Sam Lam, Dallas hair transplant surgeon, lectures on how to incorporate hair restoration into your practice on October 1, 2009 in San Diego, California. In this lecture, he likens hair restoration to building a car and focuses on how quality hair restoration begins and ends with passion. Dr. Lam further focuses on how to […]

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Dr. Sam Lam lectures in San Diego on "How I Do It" for Hair Restoration

Published on October 3, 2009 by

Dr. Sam Lam lectures in San Diego and also runs the course as course director, discussing his technique for hair restoration on Saturday, October 3, 2009. This video lecture is intended for surgeons in which Dr. Lam discusses the intricacies of exactly how he undertakes each and every part of a hair restoration procedure, focusing […]

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Dr. Sam Lam, Dallas Hair Transplant Surgeon talks about Medical Management for Hair Loss

Published on October 3, 2009 by

Dr. Sam Lam, hair transplant surgeon, talks about the role of Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) for management of hair loss without hair transplant or in combination with surgery. Understanding the risks, benefits, long-term gains, and shortcomings of these medications is an important first step for anyone considering surgical hair restoration with Dr. Lam (or […]

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Dallas Hair Transplant Surgeon gives lecture in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai

Published on October 1, 2009 by

Dallas hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Sam Lam, lectured at Cedars-Sinai in LA on the subject of “Modern Techniques in Hair Transplant” on September 13, 2009.  Here is the two part video lectures that he gave:

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Hair Transplant Surgeon Discusses the Lateral Hump

Published on April 17, 2009 by

Hair Transplant Focus:  Understanding the Lateral Hump In my effort to educate the public on the facts of what I know as a hair transplant surgeon, I have come up with a video to discuss one particular part of the scalp, the lateral hump, in great detail to offer the thoughts of how I see […]

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Hair Transplant Surgeon Thinks on the Box

Published on April 17, 2009 by

Hair Transplant Surgeon Devises New Way of Seeing the Head for Hair Restoration Using a Box Model The art of hair restoration and hair transplant requires an excellent understanding of how hair grows on each part of the head.  I have devised a method of thinking of how the hair grows in each part of […]

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