A little over a month ago I was in the middle of a hair restoration procedure. However, let me start from the beginning…
Last summer I became aware of what a large number of men in their early 40’s notice. I began to see some hair thinning in my crown area. After a few months of denial, acceptance, more denial and saying to myself “you’re just being vain”, I began to really consider treatment options. As a physician, I dug into the gritty details of both surgical and nonsurgical options. Sure, the nonsurgical options appeared attractive for their obvious reasons and hair restoration surgery seemed a drastic measure. However, the scientific literature and reliable resources I read eventually led me to opt for surgery despite the “black mark” and stigma that surgical hair restoration has acquired over many years. In my opinion, this form of cosmetic surgery has wrongfully received this black eye especially in the hands of an experienced, accomplished and skilled surgeon who looks at this as not only a science but an art. This leads me to my choice of surgeons.
I went to two local hair restoration clinics in my city and was not really satisfied with their resume or options (one did only FUE and the other did both FUE and FUT but had limited FUT experience). Then I came across Dr. Ken Anderson at the Anderson Center for Hair in Atlanta, GA. I read about his background, training and experience and his love for the art of what he does. I met with Dr. Anderson at the consultation and could immediately tell that he was up front, honest and thorough with his answers to my questions. I was also impressed with his staff and their personal and professional attitudes. Two of his office staff even provided me with more scientific literature regarding FUT, PRP, and LLLT (which no other consulting office had done). I would also like to emphasize that Dr. Anderson only performs a single FUT procedure at a time… yours!
Dr. Anderson recommended the FUT method based on our conversation and my wishes. In the end, I chose this method which is the still the gold standard even with the availability of FUE and other techniques. I also received PRP injections with the FUT. I felt at ease with him performing the procedure as his resume and experience speak for themselves. This leads me back to my opening statement.
The procedure went exactly as described and planned. I experienced essentially no pain throughout the procedure and was treated with respect and courtesy the entire day. His technical staff was experienced and very personable. I almost felt as though they worked with me in my emergency department. Dr. Anderson was there the entire time and performed a superb procedure and you could tell he absolutely enjoys his work! Almost 6 weeks have gone by. Though everyone experiences pain differently, I only had minimal discomfort early on. However, I haven’t had any pain. The staff called to check on my progress at home a few days after the procedure. My sutures came out 2 weeks later. Things are going well 6 weeks in. I look forward to the final results of my decision and am more than happy with my choice of Ken Anderson. Thank you, my friend!
Dr. Anderson is a very cool, laid back, very friendly, and plain speaking guy… doesn’t mince words. He’s a true professional and very calculated, and I’d say damn good at his craft! I would also enjoy hanging out with him for a beer anytime!
It’s been 9 days since my ARTAS® Robotic FUE procedure. I had 3,000 graphs done. It went exactly as they described it. They went way out of their way for me to get this done in the time frame I needed it… for which I was very thankful. The entire staff was very helpful, kind & professional throughout the whole process… I can’t say enough about every one of them!
The only pain I experienced was in the scalp numbing process, which was done by Dr. Anderson in a way that made it very tolerable. There was literally zero pain during the actual procedure. Since then I’ve experienced slight pain in the donor area, which I would describe as more annoying than painful, somewhat like a sunburn. I’ve had no pain to speak of in the recipient area. It’s so amazing to see all this hair now in the area that there’s been none for many years!
Being candid, it was more expensive than I was anticipating, but looking back now, with no stitches or scars, and with the manner in which this staff conducted my procedure, it was well worth it, and I would definitely do it all over again knowing everything I know now. You will not be disappointed with Dr. Anderson & his entire staff!
Dr. Anderson was great. He answered all my questions before the procedure. And performed the procedure with great care and precision . I didn’t have hardly any pain or discomfort during the procedure or after. I would highly recommend Dr. Anderson to anyone.
I am only 10 days out since my procedure. So far I am very pleased with the results. I didn’t experience hardly any pain, swelling or bruising. My transplant and donor areas are healing nicely. Everyone at Dr. Anderson’s office was wonderful. They answered all my questions and took great care of me while I was there. It isn’t cheap but I believe you get what you pay for. So far I am extremely happy and would highly recommend Dr. Anderson and his staff to anyone considering a hair transplant.
I was very satisfied with the experience. Dr. Anderson was both knowledgeable and personable. The staff was proficient and made every effort to make me feel comfortable. Highly recommended to anyone who is considering the procedure. Aftercare instructions were thorough and easy to understand. Dr. Anderson made himself eminently available throughout the process.
Dr. Ken is an exceptional surgeon. So good in fact that the surgeon who removed my stitches in Hong Kong after my procedure said “You must have paid a ton for this procedure, the surgeon did a fantastic job.
I am 38 years old and living in Hong Kong. I decided it was time to seek help with my hair loss after my wife shared her concerns with the speed of my hairline recession and scalp visibility. I visited my local physician and she prescribed Propecia and Rogaine. I started on both, but found through research that given my age, this was not likely to reverse the hair loss I’d already experienced; rather, it would slow the additional loss. As such, I decided to undergo hair restoration surgery to try to regain some of my frontal hairline as well as to thicken the hair on my scalp.
I am from the U.S. and so began researching surgeons in the States. I wanted a surgeon who was very knowledgeable, experienced in this specific field, and certified in plastic surgery – given I had heard that many doctors entered the field without proper experience or cosmetic surgery skills. I found Dr. Anderson through reviews and decided to meet him via Skype for a consultation. Firstly, I spoke with his staff and through two separate conversations found them to be really knowledgeable and professional. I then had a virtual consult with Dr. Ken and both me and my wife asked a lot of questions. He was awesome – really patient and enthusiastic about explaining the details of how hair grows and recedes – and how the different hair treatments work. I felt comfortable with going forward with surgery at Dr. Ken’s clinic and so, on my next visit home to the States, visited Atlanta for 4 days to undergo the surgery.
From the time I arrived at Dr. Ken’s clinic until know – two months later – the experience has been excellent. The clinic is in a nice neighborhood outside Atlanta. Its very comfortable – well done with a with a cool sports-car theme – even the surgery chair is designed to look like the passenger seat in a Porsche. The staff is great – really warm and patient. Dr. Ken met me at 7 am when I arrived and took me through the whole procedure. I’m not a big fan of surgery, so he was cool with explaining things a few times just so I knew how the day would go. When we started, Dr. Ken popped on the iPod and allowed me to choose the station – it was very casual throughout the process.
Surprisingly, I didn’t feel a thing for most of it, despite fairly significant surgical work going on. I was sedated well but still able to laugh at some of Dr. Ken’s humor. The nurses were also really nice and helpful whenever I needed something. Lunch was bought in at ‘half-time’ and then we were done by 4 pm.
Recovery took a few days. Sleeping in a reclined position was hard for me, but after a few days, I was able to go back to normal sleep. Within a week, I looked normal and was back to work. It has been 6 weeks since the procedure and I feel great. My hair grafts are already starting to grow in. My stitches came out very easily and the “donor area” – the only place where there is a visible scar – is healing quickly and looks as though it will be fully clear within a month.
Great experience and I would strongly recommend Dr. Ken and team.
He and his staff were not only cordial but chatty and I felt very comfortable.
I started losing my hair at age 30. At first I thought it was a fluke, possibly related to something I was doing…using the wrong shampoo, Retin-A getting on my scalp etc.. Within a few months I realized I was experiencing typical male pattern baldness. I wasn’t the type to do a comb-over so I began cutting my hair shorter to accommodate. Before long I stopped recognizing the person I saw in the mirror. I looked so much older than I felt. That’s when I started researching my options. I tried every medication available but the results were disappointing and I gave up on them. I began to research surgical options. As a physician myself I knew I had to do my homework. After months of research I decided to visit Dr. Ken Anderson. He was 400 miles from where I lived but I thought his credentials were outstanding. His background in art, especially medical illustration, helped me realize that I found the right surgeon. He told me I would need 2 procedures to achieve the result I was looking for. After the first procedure my hair slowly grew in over 6 months and by a year the results were excellent.
I decided to have the second procedure to increase the density along my part line, even though my friends and family didn’t think I needed it. I just had the second procedure 6 days ago. I would say my experience was almost painless (the only minor discomfort I experienced was with the initial injection of local anesthetic). A few hours later I had a mild headache buy this was easily controlled with two doses of Tylenol #3. The next morning I have no pain and minimal swelling. I did have mild swelling around the eyes on days 3 and 4 after both procedures but not significant enough to prevent regular activities (we went to a Christmas eve party for example and nobody noticed). I will post some more pictures when the second procedure shows its full effect. So far, I couldn’t be happier. The signs of surgery are gone within 5-7 days and the growth of the new follicles is gradual. The results are so natural that my colleagues at work can’t figure out what I did. They assume I’m on medication for hair loss.
When I was in my mid twenties I had a hair transplant done by the old punch and plug method. I had large plugs of hair removed from the rear of my head and placed in my forehead. At the time, this was the accepted method of hair replacement, but the results were horrible. The physician I had do the work placed the plugs in different directions, unevenly spaced them, and my hairline looked completely unnatural. To make matters worse, over 50% of the grafts didn’t take. This left me with a large donor area without hair, and large plug scars on my forehead. I wound up wearing a hairpiece to cover my embarrassment. Over 30 years later I decided if I could fix the scarring I would be much happier going natural and not deal with a hairpiece any more. I found a physician in New York that specialized in transplant repair. He convinced me he would be able to cut out the plug grafts on my forehead and close them, and with a laser resurfacing treatment the plugs would be hardly noticeable. It worked. However, the graft removal in the donor area caused the hair to be more thin than when I started.
Deeply disappointed, I turned to Doctor Ken Anderson in Atlanta for help. In my initial consultation I was impressed with the friendliness of the office staff and the offices themselves… a state of the art facility. I was taken on a tour of the offices and the procedure rooms, including the robot room where Dr. Anderson does his incredible work. I was able to speak with Dr. Anderson directly and he gave me frank and honest feedback as to what he could and couldn’t do, which I appreciated greatly. He explained the reasons why my last procedure with the previous physician wasn’t as successful as I was led to believe (adding more scar tissue on top of scar tissue doesn’t promote hair growth) and gave me real options for improving my appearance. I decided to proceed with a FUE procedure with Dr Anderson, in which grafts where taken from productive donor areas from behind my head and placed in the thin spots that needed it so desperately.
The day of the procedure, everything went as it was described to me. I got right in to the office, the whole staff was there ready to go. Everyone was concerned about my comfort and well being. The anesthesia in the scalp was a piece of cake. When the ARTAS® robot did its work, I felt nothing. I found it hard to believe that in a few minutes time the robot removed over 300 perfect grafts from my head. Dr Anderson carefully positioned each on of the new grafts working quickly and methodically. In a few hours, I was on my way back home with a new spirit of optimism that I would finally be happy with my appearance. I am very thankful that I found Dr. Anderson and his staff. I highly recommend him for anyone considering a repair procedure.
He was very professional and put me at ease throughout the entire procedure. I found his technique to be far superior to any of the other 5 physicians I visited.
I am a 48 year-old physician who had a prior procedure at a different facility in Atlanta. This time I chose Dr. Anderson’s clinic and the experience ,by far, exceeded all of my expectations. He and his staff were very professional and accommodating. I would highly recommend him to all of those interested in pursuing hair restoration.
I began my search for hair restoration surgery a couple of years ago when a friend of mine who was also a Physicians Assistant let it slip that he had underwent the surgery a few years back. He used the traditional FUT strip procedure and although his hair looked very full and natural, he was stuck with a scar in the back, which left him unable to keep it short on the sides and in the back. After a lot of research and interviews I decided to go with Dr. Anderson in Atlanta.
During my consultation he listened to all my concerns, answered all my questions and made it clear that he was a cut above the rest of the surgeons that I had previously interviewed. Dr. Anderson’s assistant Sara was a wealth of knowledge and took the time to address any and all questions I came up with prior to and after the surgery. She was always available by phone or email to guide me through the entire process. She also seemed to really care about my individual procedure and did everything necessary to assure that it was a total success. During my procedure Dr. Anderson showed superior bedside manner, as did his surgical assistants. Dr. Anderson and his team talked me through the whole experience.
I’m not sure if I was lucky or his team has the magic touch, but I felt almost no pain. I would compare my procedure to a regular dental cleaning. In fact, I’ve definitely had dentist appointments that hurt a lot worse!
After the procedure, I took off about 5 days then went back to work. The swelling was unnoticeable and I was able to do my daily activities without any issues. I’m now 3 weeks post surgery and back to my normal routine, which includes working out and traveling regularly. Everything that Sara and Dr. Anderson said would take place prior to, during and after my procedure has happened exactly as planned. I will update this post in 5 months as to my actual new hair growth, however, if my experience with Dr. Anderson’s clinic is any indication of the results to come, I’m sure I will be more than satisfied.
I had the linear strip procedure performed because it was the best option for my needs. I have light skin and fine hair so a visible scar is a concern. After extensive research and consultations I chose Dr. Anderson because of his surgical experience and training. He was very personable, knowledgeable, and is attentive to details. His staff was professional and helpful. But the deciding factor for me was the fact that if I was going to have someone cut into my scalp, I wanted that person to have been trained specifically in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Anderson was the only trained cosmetic surgeon I found in the Atlanta area who focused on hair transplant. The surgery went very well. I was comfortable, it was pain free, Dr. Anderson explained each step as he went, and the staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Recovery, as of one week from surgery, has been a breeze. No pain and minimal swelling. I’m not sure what more I could ask for. I highly recommend Dr. Anderson and his team.