Q. Do you treat hair loss for both men and women?
Q. Can you tell me about cost?
A. Fees for hair transplantation are in direct proportion to the amount of work that is to be performed. Our pricing is the
most competitive in the Twin Cities. Currently our prices are $3.95 per graft and there is a "Stand-by" rate of $3.00 per graft for individuals that are flexible enough to have a procedure on short notice when one of our patients has to reschedule to another month. The number of grafts transplanted will determine the cost of the procedure. In general, the larger the thinning area, the greater the number of grafts required and the higher the cost. This is a very simplistic explanation, but it generally holds true. Of course, the donor hair must be sufficient to accommodate the number of grafts needed. During your free evaluation, if you are an appropriate candidate, we can give you an estimate of costs.
The cost for our hair transplant procedure range in price from a small procedure at $2,995 to the largest procedure at $11,850 depending on the amount of hair that needs to be restored.
Q. Do you have financing available?
A. Yes, we accept all major credit cards and we offer 12-month interest-free financing through CareCredit and Alphaeon Credit.
Q. How soon can I get it done?
A. Both Dr. Abramson & Dr. Champagne split their time between their Beverly Hills, California offices and their Eagan, Minnesota office. At the time of the consultation, a consultant will check the doctor's schedule and let you know the next available openings.
Q. I heard Mark Rosen on the radio talking about Vern Cole and Hair Restoration Institute of Minnesota (HRI). Why is he endorsing HRI when Dr. Abramson performed his hair transplant procedure?
A. Mark Rosen is a paid spokesperson for HRI. Mr. Rosen had a hair transplant that was performed by Dr. Norton Abramson in December 2010. His results are depicted on this website as well as HRI's website. After Dr. Abramson expanded his hair transplantation to Minnesota, for a brief period of time, from 2010-2012, Dr. Abramson's practice was faciliatated by HRI. From 2010-2012. In 2010, Dr. Abramson moved his office within Hair Restoration Institute (HRI). HRI, is a non-medical company owned and operated by Vern Cole a cosmetologist specializing in the sale and installation of artificial hair pieces, known as Dermal Lens, otherwise referred to as toupees and wigs. Although Dr. Abramson is no longer affiliated with HRI, we believe Mr. Rosen is still under contract with HRI as a paid endorsement.
We apologize for any confusion. As a paid spokesperson for HRI, we can only assume Mr. Rosen is contractually required to promote HRI regardless of whom actually performed his procedure. In doing so, we believe his radio advertisments could be considered misleading to the general public, hence the confusion. The company HRI is a non-surgical company and therefore "HRI" did not perform Mr. Rosen's surgery, Dr. Abramson and his surgical staff performed the surgery.
In a recent radio commercial Mr. Rosen states in part "....then Vern Cole at the Hair Restoration Institute rescued me and filled the areas that were thinning with my very own hair." This is very deceptive because Vern Cole never restored Mr. Rosen's hair. Vern Cole is merely a cosmetologist who is licensed to cut hair, he is not a doctor and does not perform hair transplantation.
Q. With today’s FDA approved pharmaceutical hair re-growth products on the market, why should I consider a hair transplant?
A. These products can be effective at retarding further hair loss and have been proven to be effective for some hair re-growth in the mid scalp and back crown area. However, the studies conducted by the manufacturers noted that their products are not effective in the front hairline and over all re-growth can be limited. We can recommend an effective program to help maintain the hair you do have, and surgically replace the hair in areas that you’ve lost hair.
Q. Hairpieces don’t require surgery. Why should I consider a hair transplant?
A. All hairpieces are temporary and disposable. Most people are looking for a permanent solution to their hair loss. Hairpieces rarely look natural; they are costly to continually replace and maintain and none are permanent. Your hairpiece may well dictate how you live your life, limiting your activities such as swimming, bathing, having intimate contact, being outdoors during inclement weather and living with the fear of embarrassment.
Q. How do I know the hair will grow?
A. We guarantee that if any of the relocated hair follicles do not grow, we will replace them at no additional charge.
Q. Why does the transplanted hair continue to grow and not fall out like my original hair in the balding area?
A. Because of a concept called “donor dominance.” The hair harvested from the donor site is genetically programmed to grow for a lifetime and is not subject to the same biological process that causes pattern baldness.
Q. Will the transplantation process hurt?
A. During the procedure with the proper anesthetic block, you will not feel any pain or discomfort. The process of injecting the anesthetic can cause mild discomfort which is very short lasting due to the fast action of the anesthetic. Hair transplantation is minor surgery and there may be some mild discomfort post-operatively for a couple days. However, pain medication is provided in order to minimize any post-op discomfort.
Q. How long does the procedure take?
A. The length of time depends on the number of follicles to be transplanted. The average procedure takes three to nine hours.
Q. If I have hair transplantation, how long will I be “out of commission”?
A. You can return to work the following day. However, depending on the balding area, there could be some tele-tale signs that you did something for appoximately 10 days. If need be, you can wear a hat starting the day after the procedure to transition yourself during that 10 day period. You should avoid strenuous activities for a week or two so that the transplanted grafts have the chance to heal properly in their new location.
Q. When will the transplanted hair begin to grow?
A. Growth of the newly transplanted hair can take place right away, or it can take up to a few months for growth to begin. It depends on a number of factors, but generally the hair begins to grow about 12 to 16 weeks after the procedure.
Q. How many grafts can be done in on session?
A. We don’t recommend sessions larger than 3,500 grafts. Our main goal is the most undetectable outcome. This means using prudence in order to insure that all of the grafts take to their new location and produce hair. “Mega sessions” where as many as 4000 -5000 grafts are transplanted can cause difficulty in healing of the donor site, and loss of viable grafts due to excessive trauma to the scalp.
As some of the world leaders in the art of hair restoration Drs. Abramson & Champagne's practice is founded on the following basic principles:
- Provide a detailed evaluation of the patient’s hair loss as well as their desired aesthetic outcome.
- Maximizing the number of hair follicles to be relocated and minimizing the number of procedures.
Unlike some doctors who perform the occassional hair transplant, our doctors are specialists in the field of hair restoration.
Drs. Abramson and Chamapgne are the most experienced hair transplant specialists in Minnesota and are in the top 1% in the nation. Both our doctors are recognized as two of the world's leading experts in hair transplantation.
What is Hair Transplantation?
Hair transplantation is a redistribution of your natural growing hair. Hair growing in areas of greater density like the back and sides of the head can be successfully relocated to thinning or balding areas. The areas of greater density are referred to as the “donor” areas. Most people have a surplus of hair in these areas. Because there is more hair than they need for cosmetic fullness, this surplus hair may be relocated in order to thicken areas that need more coverage. The balding areas which hair will be added are referred to as the “recipient” areas. The objective is to create the cosmetic effect of a full head of hair. In actuality, there will be the same amount of hair on the person’s head when the process is complete. The existing hair is just redistributed in a more cosmetically favorable way.
How is Modern Hair Transplantation Different?
Hair transplantation has been widely performed since the 1950’s. As you can imagine, with modern medical advances in equipment and technology, what can be accomplished today in terms of naturalness far surpasses what could be accomplished even ten years ago. The traditional techniques practiced until a few years ago were prone to look “pluggy” and unnatural. The most modern technology, on the other hand, creates a more exacting duplication of natural growing hair. Because the results are so far superior, our cosmetic surgeons only use the modern technology and do not use the traditional “punch graft” techniques still practiced in some clinics.
What produces the most natural results?
The most advanced hair transplantation is known as follicular hair transplantation or Microprecision Follicular Grafting®. Hair is relocated in tiny follicular units or grafts. Our doctors recreate a totally natural hairline by recreating the transition zone between the hairline itself (using single hairs implanted in a staggered fashion) and transitional hair zone just behind the front hairline. This approximate ¼” transition zone extends all the way across the front hairline. In the very front of the hairline, we implant hairs in a staggered fashion to emulate the irregularities of the previous hairline. In the transitional zone just behind the hairline, we implant follicular grafts containing two and three hairs. This technique completely eliminates the possibility of the ”clumpyness” or “plugginess” that is so common with traditional techniques. By reconstructing the hairline one hair at a time, a natural feathered hairline can be accomplished. Grafts of two, three and four hairs are used in areas behind the front hairline zone. That way density can be achieved more readily without wasting the single hair follicles that are required for that most important area - the hairline.
If you were to place your scalp under magnification, you would see that your hair grows naturally in follicular units containing one hair, two hairs, three hairs and four hairs. So it makes perfect sense by merely relocating the hair follicles in their natural groupings we are providing the most natural results. Remember, naturalness is key. The results of this technique will always look natural regardless if your hair is wet or dry and regardless of your age.
In order to determine whether one is an appropriate candidate for hair transplantation, an evaluation of the hair loss must be performed. Factors to be considered include the age of the prospective patient, the quantity and quality of the donor hair, the size and maturity of the balding area, and the result that the patient reasonably expects. Generally, a person is a better candidate for transplantation when the quality and availability of hair in the donor areas is good, and the size of the thinning area is such that the amount of surplus hair can provide coverage sufficient to suit the taste and expectations of the prospective patient. We will provide you with all of the information you need in order to make an informed decision.
About Our State-Of-The-Art Surgical Facility
In our state-of-the-art surgical suite, our staff will pamper you through the transplantation procedure. You’ll watch your favorite movies on a 55" flat screen TV or listen to music during your procedure. Your comfort, health and well-being while you’re here as well as after the procedure are most important. That’s why we have the most advanced facility, instruments, equipment and trained staff to accommodate you.
The artistry and skill of our surgeons
It continues to amaze us that many clinics offering hair transplantation do not even mention the name of the doctors they represent let alone their credentials, training, experience level. We have a saying “Make sure you take a good look at the doctors credentials, because you’ll spend the rest of your life looking at their results."
Dr. Jason Champagne, M.D. and Dr. Norton Abramon, M.D. have impeccable credentials. They are both board certified facial plastic surgeons with over 35 years combined experience as a hair transplantation specialists. Our doctors have attracted and performed hair transplantation on patients from all over the world. Their clientele include some of the most prominent celebrities in Hollywood. Our doctors are recognized as authorities on hair transplantation and have performed over 25,000 procedures. They have been been performing hair transplantation in private practice and have been affiliated with several of the most prominent hair transplantation clinics in North America.
Our doctors have perfected techniques such as mini and micro grafting, follicular hair transplantation and the most recent Microprecision Follicular Grafting® technique.
Facts Every Consumer Considering Hair Transplantation Should Know
Since you are experiencing hair loss, you may have noticed the increased number of advertisements for hair transplantation. That’s because the advancements in hair transplantation have made the results more natural, easier and more affordable than ever before.
Because of the increased demand for hair transplantation, what you’re seeing is more and more people trying to get into the hair transplant business. Like anything that is popular eventually more and more people try their hand at it. What we have been seeing are new franchise or marketing groups expanding into a number of markets. We are also seeing doctors trained in unrelated fields marketing themselves as hair transplantation specialists. In addition, we've seen companies that specialize in non-surgical hair pieces pretending to be "medical clinics."
Here’s what you don’t know. When you see an infomercial, television commercial, video, or brochure, chances are these groups will not tell you who actually performed the procedures on their “models”. Unfortunately for the general public, you have no way of knowing if the results they are portraying are provided by the doctor that they are representing to you or by someone else.
Let us be more specific. Some companies are not owned by licenced medical professionals and therefore pretending to be an actual medical clinic just to gain your trust and your business. Many of these companies purchase generic marketing materials to promote a so-called medical practice or display results provided by another doctor. We call this the bait and switch. You might be watching a video promotion, looking at a brochure, or a newspaper advertisement that depicts a result that was achieved by an entirely different doctor than the one whom the clinic you’re currently considering is representing. All of the photos used to market the services of our doctors are actually our doctor's patients.
Exercise caution, if the medical group from whom you are requesting information places more effort on their marketing materials than on the doctor’s experience and credentials, chances are the doctor they are representing is new to the field or his/her background is totally unrelated to the field of hair transplantation.
Some medical groups have such powerful marketing materials, that even after having received information via mail or in a consultation, some prospective patients actually consider flying out of state to have a hair transplant procedure without even asking to review the doctor’s credentials, level of experience, or inquire as to who the actual doctor might be.
If you’re considering hair transplantation, do yourself a favor; ask the enclosed questions of any clinic or medical group with which you are considering having a hair transplant procedure.
Important Questions Some Clinic DON’T Want You To Ask:
1.) Who is the doctor actually performing the procedure?
2.) Are they a hair transplantation specialist - meaning they only perform hair transplantation?
3.) What is their medical background?
4.) Will they give you a copy of the doctor’s credentials?
5.) Does he/she have any formal surgical training?
6.) How many years have they been performing hair transplantation?
7.) How many procedures have they personally performed?
8.) What technique is being used?
9.) Do the results look totally natural?
10.) Is their experience and technique so refined that they can actually transplant one hair at a time
in the frontal zone to achieve a totally natural hairline?
11.) What do you know about the doctor’s malpractice history?
12.) Can I see a patient's results in person?
13.) Do you have patient references that I can contact?
14.) What is the cost?
15.) Is the doctor board certified? If so, in what surgical specialty?
16.) If any grafts that are transplanted do not grow will they replace them at no charge?
We congratulate you on taking the first step in examining your options. Now, if you’ll give us a call we’ll provide a free evaluation and answer all of the questions you have about hair restoration. We provide a relaxed, friendly and professional atmosphere free from high-pressure tactics. We want you to be fully informed so that you can feel comfortable about this very important decision.
Call us today at (651) 287-3080 a FREE No-Obligation consultation!