I Had an Awesome Experience

I have researched a lot about hair transplant procedures….I found Dr.Anderson credential very appealing….My procedure went very smooth…I had an awesome experience…Dr.Anderson is very friendly and professional…The staff are awesome….Overall I highly recommend Dr.Anderson for hair restoration procedure!!

The procedure was a lot better than I had anticipated plus Dr. Anderson is super friendly and keeps you laughing a lot as well. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does so I was at ease with my questions or concerns.

I had lost a good bit of my frontal hair 10 years ago and I also wanted to cover a new scar from a hairline advancement surgery as well. It has been a little over 3 months and I have tons of new hairs growing in and you can hardly see my scar that I wanted to cover up and the back healed really nicely.

My procedure was performed by Dr. Ken Anderson. From beginning to end he and his staff were complete professionals.

Ken is a Doctor that I would best describe as from the “old school” of medicine in which the patient-doctor relationship is as important as the procedure itself.

I am a 52 year old male. I have had gradual hair loss since my late 30’s, becoming most noticeable in my early 50’s on the back of my head. I don’t believe anyone really noticed but me, as it was seldom mentioned, however when I occasionally caught a glimpse of the rear of my scalp it greatly bothered me. After discussion with my wife we determined that if the procedure pleased only me and boosted my self confidence, it was worth it. Having seen poor hair transplants in the past I was very leery of the procedure as I did not want that scar line in the back of my head where the donor hair is removed from. While researching hair transplant procedures I came upon Dr Anderson and his ARTAS® method. Finally I felt technology had caught up with a hair transplant method I felt looked natural and I also felt comfortable with.

My procedure was performed by Dr. Ken Anderson. From beginning to end he and his staff were complete professionals. Ken is a Doctor that I would best describe as from the “old school” of medicine in which the patient-doctor relationship is as important as the procedure itself. During my initial consultation Dr. Anderson insisted that he personally meet with me for over and hour and completely explain the procedure, answer all questions and ensure I understood all that is involved in the ARTAS® method of hair restoration. On the day of my procedure he and his staff greeted me, made me welcome and comfortable, respected my privacy, made me extremely comfortable and again explained in detail everything that was to occur before anything was performed. Dr Anderson makes it a practice to perform only one hair restoration a day so I received the full attention of him and his staff. Ken and his staff create a atmosphere of caring, great music, conversation and even laughter as the procedure is preformed. Bottom line, he and his staff care about their patients, enjoy their work, and it shows in all they do. I just revived my procedure three days ago and I have had very little pain, hardly any bleeding, and the healing process is going faster than I expected. I am so looking forward to see how my newly transplanted hair grows in!

If your considering a Hair Transplant – do yourself a favor and at least go consult with Dr. Anderson.

Only consult with him after you have gone to the big commercial types though – then you will see what I am talking about.

I was loosing hair in the front (eddie munster style) by my temple areas and back – I consulted with many Dr.’s before choosing Dr. Anderson – mainly choose him because he took the time to answer all questions but mainly put the most confidence in his techniques and procedure to assure me I would get the results I was looking for. Thanks Dr. Anderson. – 10 years younger.

Dr Anderson and his staff are the best of the best.

My expectations were exceeded from the initial consultation to the final result. Dr Anderson and his staff listened to my concerns, outlined a solution that would work for me, and delivered exactly what they said they would do. I recommend Dr Anderson and his expert staff to anyone who is looking for a completely amazing and natural looking restoration procedure.

Dr. Anderson and his staff were not only professional but friendly and even a little Jovial.

I actually enjoyed my day in his office. I was there from 7:30am until 4:30pm. Dr Anderson will even give you a nice brief history of hair transplant and how things have evolved over time. It also became clear in talking to him that not all doctors doing hair transplant are the same. In fact, there is no specific board certification in the field, so there is truly a “buyer beware” environment out there. Do your research. There are even some transplant surgeons who’s background is in family practice (ie, no surgical training whatsoever). Dr. Anderson is trained in facial plastic surgery. I give him an A+ rating.

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 combover so I began cutting my hair shorter to accommodate. Before long I dropped 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 Anderson. He was 400 miles from where I lived but I thought his credentials were outstanding. His background in art, especially medical art helped me realize that I found the right surgeon.

I saw Dr. Anderson and within 10 minutes I knew he was the right surgeon to help me. He told me I would need 2 procedures to achieve the result I was looking for. The hair transplant procedure was easier than going to the dentist, although quite a bit longer (I was there about 11 hours). After the first procedure my hair slowly grew in over 6 months (the slow progress made it less obvious that I had a procedure) 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 yesterday. 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. This morning I have no pain and minimal swelling (I had a little more swelling the first time but gone by day 4 at which time I attended a Christmas eve party…nobody noticed a thing). I will post some pictures when I get home and when the second procedure shows its full effect. I couldn’t be happier. The results are so natural that my colleagues at work can’t figure out what I did. They assume I’m on a medication for hair loss. The signs of surgery are gone within 5-7 days and the growth of the new follicles is gradual. I couldn’t be happier.

The process was smooth and the Doctor as well as the technicians were very professional.

I received my second hair transplant in June of 2014. I was displeased with my constant fussing about my hair as I lost quite a bit in the front and top. At 46, divorced and many happy years ahead of me, I decided to do something for myself, my confidence and my looks. Positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes and that’s what I wanted for years. Now that I am looking forward with optimism and assertiveness, things are just getting better and better for me. I highly recommend Dr. Ken Anderson. I can’t wait until all the hairs we transplanted start to grow and remain permanent!

I am a 45 year old male with thinning hair from the crown to the front of my head.

This is my second procedure with Dr. Anderson. 

The 1st was in 2006, and that was more of a preventive procedure. At the time of the 1st procedure Dr. Anderson indicated that I would need approximately 1200-1500 grafts. During the procedure, he noted that hair loss was not as severe as he initially thought and he chose to implant 700-900. Imagine my surprise when the following week I received a call by Dr Anderson to tell me he would refund a portion of the $7,000 that I spent to engage him for the procedure. A week later I received a check for around $3,000. Trust factor established.

The procedure itself was not painful and closely monitored by multiple medical professionals (i.e nurses, etc..) Over the next 12 months I was very happy to note that the areas which were transplanted came in just as expected. Then over the next 8 years I basically did nothing. I suspect I could have prevented some hair loss, but I got lazy. This time we went with 2500 grafts and the procedure was just as smooth. Its been 2 weeks since the procedure and I can already tell that the transplant areas are much more dense. It should also be noted that the scarring was minimal the 1st time and I have no reason to think this time will be any different. I suspect the Doctors training as an actual plastic surgeon was helpful. As I understand it there are very few hair transplant doctors in the Atlanta area that are actually plastic surgeons. I was surprised to learn this. I would emphasize that my experience was honestly… very, very good. Do your homework, but make sure you throw Doc Anderson in the mix. Hes a good one.

47 Yr. Old Female with Hereditary Hair Loss

FUT Procedure

I recently opted to work with Dr. Anderson and his team to address progressive thinning of my hair in the front and top of my head. This pattern of female hair loss runs in my family, and I have tried every method imaginable to address the issue with little or no results.

I had actually considered transplant procedures a number of times over the years, but I had always talked myself out of it, thinking that the pain, risks, downtime from work, etc. would be difficult to justify. I could not have been more wrong! The procedure itself was actually pretty straightforward. And aside from taking one sedative the day of the procedure, I’ve had to take no pain medications at all other than Aleve. I’m now on day 7 post surgery, and I have very few residual signs of the procedure at this point. I couldn’t be more pleased.

I considered a number of doctors for the procedure and opted to go with Dr. Anderson for the following reasons:

(1) Low Pressure Approach: Dr. Anderson and Sara (Patient Care Manager) took a lot of time to explain all options for my hair loss (both surgical and non-surgical) and the considerations from a cost, time and complexity standpoint. I never felt like I was getting a “sales pitch” or pressured, and they were extremely professional in all of their follow up to the consultation.

(2) Small Practice: Dr. Anderson does one surgery per day, so I knew that I would be getting his undivided attention as compared to some of the larger practices that feel like factories with assembly lines.

(3) He’s a Plastic Surgeon: This was incredibly important to me in my evaluation of doctors. None of the other doctors that I considered were board certified plastic surgeons, and when you are having surgery that impacts your appearance, working with a doctor who specializes in aesthetic and cosmetic procedures (in my opinion) is a must.

I can’t say enough nice things about my experience with Dr. Anderson and his team, and I highly, highly recommend their practice.

 

40 Yr Old Needing Improvement – Atlanta, GA

Dr Anderson was great. I don’t think it’s possible for him to make you feel anymore comfortable while still exemplifying professionalism and expertise. He’s just an all around easy guy to deal with and it definitely helps in the overall positiveness of the procedure.

Dr Anderson and staff were great. From the consulate to the procedure. They were on top of all questions with answers. They laid them out in layman’s terms and while all the time professional, they were also very friendly, approachable and easy going. Never did I feel lead on or forced. The team on the procedure day were all about you with follow up the very next day making sure you were taken care of and on schedule for recovery. Going forward I have complete confidence that all concerns and issues (should they arise) will be handled immediately. Rarely outside of my circle of friends do I recommend anyone, but is this case I think it’s warranted. I would certainly suggest giving them a call if you have ever wanted back the piece of mind that is a full head of hair.

My Experience with Dr. Ken Anderson, Atlanta, GA

So I finally got my hair transplant done by Dr. Ken Anderson in Atlanta, GA in July 2011. I’d been pondering it, reading about it, researching doctors for over 4 years but only now got the courage to do it.

As always, reading/researching/talking about this stuff still doesn’t completely prepare you for the details of the procedure and post-op experience.

Some background: I visited various hair transplantation facilities around the Atlanta area. They are:
1) Medical Hair Restoration (MHR) in Buckhead
2) Dr. Edmund Griffin near Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area
3) Bosley in Buckhead
4) Dr. Ken Anderson who when I consulted with him was with Emory Healthcare in Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area area
5) Spoke on the phone with Dr. Cole’s staff (they are based in Alpharetta, GA)
6) NuHart near I-75/Howell Mill Rd area
7) Neograft / Follicle Transplantation Group, again in Sandy Springs area

Of the lot Bosley and MHR both seemed to have super-slick offices. But something about their atmosphere turned me off.

I didn’t like Dr. Cole because I think he wanted to charge me to even have a consultation and he has (had) a pushy sales guy that I didn’t like.
NuHart seemed a little like a fly-by-night operation with their sparse furnishing. And of course, no doctor I could actually meet with. Only an agent. Same for Neograft.

Dr. Griffin’s facility looked great. I spent most time speaking with a consultant but toward the end Dr. Griffin came and spoke as well and looked over my hairline and pix. That’s a good sign. They were a little presumptive in giving me free samples of an anti-dandruff shampoo that they said I need to use before I come in for the surgery.

Dr. Anderson I liked a lot because it was him i met all the way – he showed me around and spoke of his artistic training and how he combines that to create natural looking hairlines. He also took the pix himself and then sent me an email with his recommendation and prices for strip and FUE procedures.

I felt most comfortable with Dr. Anderson because of his non-assembly line, boutique like operation, and personal attention. And the fact that at the time he was part of Emory Healthcare. Though not sure if that means much but since I went to Emory as well, I’ve got a thing for that

So after much pondering, I finally went and booked an appointment with Dr. Anderson. He has now moved to the Marietta area. A bit of a drive for me but luckily a friend of mine who works in that vicinity offered to drive me there and back.

Financing – got in touch with CareCredit who gave me the necessary credit to pay for the operation so I can pay off over monthly installments with 0% interest for first 6 months.

Before the procedure I was asked to wash my hair for 7 days with anti-dandruff shampoo, avoid alcohol for 4 days before procedure, stop any herbal supplements and also purchase some prescription medication that I would need post-op. I was worried about this unexpected new stuff I would have to pay for but luckily turned about very inexpensive stuff – basically antibiotics, painkillers etc. But you do need a ride to the facility and back. Basically back home since you will be drugged and feeling a little woozy/out-of-it after the procedure. So that’s something you have to plan for. Also you have to pay 20% when you book the date. I was also told to not wear a t-shirt or anything I will have to go over my head to take off or wear again. But undershirt is fine.

So with all the prep done I went to the facility on the day of the procedure. I was nervous but also kind of accepted it as something I wanted to do and so would just do it. I got there a little early. Then the staff and doc came. I went in, did some paperwork, got the remainder 80% of the payment processed. Met the doc, he gave me one of the pills I bought to swallow and then we went to the prep room Here he took more pictures himself and talked about the what to expect during the procedure. He assured me that he would do the anesthetizing, strip removal, the hairline design and graft incisions – basically all the tasks that require decision making. His two assistants would only assist him with the procedure, ie, holding a gauze, passing instruments etc and of course, creating the grafts once the strip was removed.

Then I took off my button down shirt, rippled my muscles and sat into the chair that looks very much like a dentist chair. There was a window in front of me – could some idyllic looking houses and shrubbery. Also a flat screen monitor up ahead but was told I was not going to watch anything since I would be too woozy from all the medication during the procedure, though still able to move and respond.There was some music being piped in over the speakers from the doc’s ipod though.

They put a protective bib like thing around my neck. The assistants also kept their microscopes ready. Then the doc trimmed the hair from the region where they would extract the strip. The strip is not like a smiley face exactly at the back of the head. It starts from the middle of the back of the head and goes to the top of one of the ears. There are two reasons for this: 1) The hairline needs finer hair for the very front rows. That can be found only above the ear not at the back. 2) if more procedures need to be done, you have the entire other side to extract a strip from. (Now I understand Aamir Khan’s Ghajini strip on his head – that’s a Bollywood reference for those who don’t get it. I’m Indian.).

After the hair trimming, the doc put some local anesthetic via a syringe at uniformly distributed points around the strip area. Then some valium and antibiotic pills. Then as the pills and anesthetic begin to take effect, he drew the hairline he was going to create. Then it was to the back of the head. I could feel him slicing away at flesh but of course was completely numb. I floated in and out of consciousness. When that was over, the technicians extracted grafts from that precious strip of my scalp. The doc meanwhile bandaged the hell out of the donor area. They asked me what I wanted to eat for lunch – and put some deli menu in front of me. Glutton that I am, I still ordered a big sandwich and then promptly zoned out.

Sometime later the grafts were ready and it was time to move to the front of the head. The doc had also created all the exact incisions where the hairs had to be inserted. The technicians did the actual inserting. I was of course still groggy. When they finally said it’s over, and ahead of schedule that too, I couldn’t believe it happened so fast. I entered the op room at around 9:30 and was out by 1:30. I was still okay enough to be able to stand on my own. I put on my shirt. The doc asked me to buy some Hydrogen Peroxide to clean the blood of my undershirt and the collar of my shirt. What??? I guess I forgot – it is still a surgical procedure! Good thing I couldn’t see what was happening in the back of my head. Still blood…..

Anyway at the end of the procedure, I got a band of bandage around my head, my forehead was exposed and had read dots with little slivers of hair sticking out. Doc walked with me to the post-op room where he went over all the things I had to do. Of course, I didn’t remember all of it but the printed instructions were very detailed. I took a look at myself in the nearby mirror and declared I won’t step out without a cap. He gave me surgeon’s cap that sits high above the scalp. I put it on and voila, ready to step out.

And that’s it!

I told the doc that my friend can’t pick me up at at least until 4 PM. He said no problem. I could stay and wait. Then I demanded I be given my lunch sandwich which he promptly gave me with some bottles of water. I was mostly back, gladly didn’t feel any pain. I read a book that I thoughtfully brought along (Princess by Jean Sasson) and read and eat. Then my friend picked me up and we headed home. Of course, as luck would have it, my friend’s car broke down on the way home (a nice Audi sedan that too) and we had to wait in the heat for close to an hour for the AAA tow truck. By that time, I had two small dots of blood blotting the front of my surgeon’s cap. But nothing serious. Expected from the grafting process.

Since then I followed all the procedures meticulously, stayed home as much as possible, watched a lot of Seinfeld. Took some pix to track progress and to remind myself of how this process really is esp the face bloat and bruise – didn’t expect that. Now I know what I would look like after getting my ass (lightly) kicked in a boxing match

But I’m glad I did this and thankful that it turned out alright, so far.

I’ll add some key learnings/surprise facts, post-op quality of service and some pix as well shortly.