Oklahoma City plastic surgeon and hair salon owner team up on hair loss education

It’s not easy talking about hair loss, it can be embarrassing and overwhelming.

Many people respond with: “Why is this happening and what am I supposed to do about it?”

To combat this problem, Dr. Tim Love and Steve Schardein teamed up to educate their clients and employees on how to deal with hair loss.

Schardein operates one of the largest and most popular full-service salons in Oklahoma City, Schardein’s. Dr. Tim R. Love, MD, an award-winning plastic surgeon, is one of Schardein’s clients. A conversation between the two led to an idea.

Steve Schardein talks to his staff during a weekly training session.
Steve Schardein talks to his staff during a weekly training session.

 

“Tim’s a client and we discussed the confusion many people have when they experience hair loss,” Schardein said in a recent interview at his 6,700-square foot salon located in northern Oklahoma City on May Avenue. “We deal with people who are suffering from hair loss – we cut their hair. We want to help them.”

Love and Schardein worked together to formulate a training program for Schardein’s stylists. Dr. Tim R. Love, MD met with they stylists to explain the hair transplant procedure and methods for talking about hair loss. Both Dr. Tim R. Love, MD and Schardein have undergone hair transplant surgery, so they know what to expect and what impact it has on a patient’s life.

“I’m living proof,” Dr. Tim R. Love, MD said in a video interview shortly after his procedure.
“It’s the best thing I ever did,” Schardein said, “my hair looks great and I feel great about it. I’m in the fashion business, I have to look good.”

But these two professionals were interested in more than just results – they were also committed to educating people about hair loss and providing the best possible customer service.

“It was interesting to see how Steve’s employees really soaked in the information and wanted to implement it with their clients who may have questions about hair loss – men and women,” Dr. Tim R. Love, MD said. “I was impressed at how Steve wanted to know as much as possible so he could help his clients. He also asked a lot of questions when he had his procedure.”

Dr. Tim R. Love, MD performs hair transplant surgery at his office at Hefner Pointe Drive and he believes strongly in the benefits of the procedure. He sees the positive reaction from his patients on a weekly basis. “You talk about people who have gratitude about what we do for them, it’s the hair treatment patient – male or female,” he said.

“The service I received from Dr. Tim R. Love, MD’s office was unbelievable,” said Schardein, who had his hair transplant a few years ago and has a healthy head of hair. “People are surprised that I had a transplant and when they find out they always tell me ‘Your hair looks amazing.’”

Thanks to their commitment to their clients, both Dr. Tim R. Love, MD and Schardein are making it easier for people to understand how a hair transplant can give them amazing hair.

Contact us to learn more about hair transplants and if it’s the right choice for you.

The Bald Facts of Hair Loss

An infographic representing statistics on hair loss among men and women in the United States.

Infographic with data about hair loss in men

Thin Hair or a Growing Problem: Female Pattern Baldness

woman distraught at hair loss shown in brush. As easy as it is to think of men when you hear the term “balding,” the sad truth is that not every hair commercial is to be believed. Although us ladies love our luscious locks, we aren’t exempt from balding patterns—no matter how much time or product we spend on making sure our hair looks perfect.

Alopecia, the clinical term for balding, is a real problem for many women.

Female pattern baldness typically begins with thinning hair, not hairline recession, and rarely leads to total hair loss. However, with one-third of women experiencing some degree of hair loss in their lifetime, it can be distressing. But what separates a few hairs on your pillow from beginning baldness?

What Alopecia Looks Like for Women

Your hair follicles typically grow a half-inch every month for about 2 to 6 years before falling out and getting replaced by new hair. On average, you’re expected to lose 50 to 125 hair follicles per day that will be replaced by new hair growth. Any loss exceeding that amount is considered to be true hair loss and typically manifests itself first in hair thinning around the crown of the scalp. The front hairline usually remains clearly distinguished in women.

Causes of Alopecia in Women

Unfortunately, female pattern baldness can be caused by a wide variety of factors that may not always be able to be diagnosed. A few potential culprits include:

  • Physical stress, such as a recent surgery or weight change.
  • Emotional stress, due to a tragedy or mental illness.
  • Certain medications containing high doses of Vitamin A or ones with hormones, such as birth control.

There are a few things that could potentially contribute to hair loss, including genetics, age, and diet. Based on studies, there are a few things we know that do not cause female pattern baldness.
Despite what you may have heard, these things won’t make you bald:

  • Frequent shampooing or brushing
  • Hats or wigs
  • Dandruff

Treatments for Alopecia in Women

Once you’re diagnosed with female pattern baldness, treatment needs to begin immediately. If left neglected, hair loss can become permanent. There are a few options, depending on what you and your doctor decide is best for your needs:

  • Medication is an option, although there is only one form of medication approved by the FDA to treat baldness.
  • Hair transplants are another option. A licensed professional (like us) will remove tiny plugs of hair from areas on your scalp where the hair is thicker and place them in the balding area to encourage regrowth.

If you’re uncertain about your hair loss or where to begin treatment, give us a call! We’re happy to help you explore your options and get back to feeling yourself!

Keeping Your Hair Healthy After a Hair Transplant

Whether or not you’re considering hair transplant surgery, you want the hair you have to be as healthy as possible. It isn’t as simple as upgrading hair products, either; everything from how often you wash your hair to what you eat can have an impact. Instead of spending a fortune on unnecessary products or losing your hair to neglect, we’ve made a list just for you on things you can do to keep your hair healthy and lively (at any age):
Woman braiding hair loosely which is recommended if you get a hair transplant

Easy There, Killa

Your hair really does need some tender, loving care: certain shampoos or heat treatments can do more damage than help. Even if you’re guilty of a few bad hair habits, there’s no time like the present to change!

  • Less is more, especially when it comes to your shampoo. Although it’s designed to clean your hair, too much can strip your hair of the natural oils and minerals that keep it healthy and shiny. In fact, some hair gurus will recommend  you nix shampoo altogether.
  • Be gentle with wet hair, as it’s far more fragile than dry hair. Instead of using a harsh cotton towel to dry your hair, opt for an old t-shirt. Try to comb and detangle your hair before you wash it, and use a wide-toothed comb when you still have conditioner in your hair.
  • Beat the heat, as much as you can. While completely cutting out heat treatments may not be possible, limiting them is best. Invest in a hair dryer that has a cooling option, or a straightener that works without being over 300 degrees. Heat-protective products are also recommended.
  • A softer style works for your hair better than harsh up-dos. Loosen ponytails, braids, and any other hairstyle that puts a little stress on your roots. Additionally, try to limit products that make your hair too stiff or too big and opt instead for a little texture.

Closeup of blueberries which are good for you after a hair transplant

You Are What You Eat

Although you may not think that cheeseburger you had at lunch could impact your hair, it definitely can. For stronger, healthier hair, try opting for any of these foods:

  • Fish, such as salmon, tuna, or trout, are rich in protein and Vitamin D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids—all of which your hair LOVES.
  • Walnuts are also rich in fatty acids, biotin, and vitamin E which help protect your hair against damage.
  • Eggs, in addition to protein, have zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron—which is responsible for carrying oxygen to your hair follicles.
  • Blueberries are abundant in vitamin C, which is critical for circulation to the scalp.
  • Spinach has beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C—all of which benefit scalp oils.

Other Cheats

Sometimes, hair damage and loss can be attributed simply to age or other genetic factors; other times, it’s a result of daily habits. If you’re eating right but still having trouble with your locks, you may want to have your vitamin and mineral levels checked and take supplements as recommended by your doctor.

In addition to limiting product use, try to choose silicone-based products to limit the amount of damage done to your hair. Leave-in conditioners are also excellent for protecting hair and don’t forget about following the product directions precisely. Finally, be sure you trust your hairstylist—whether it’s a cut or a styling, they shouldn’t be hurting your scalp by doing their job.

For questions on how to keep your hair healthy after a hair transplant surgery, contact us! We’re here to help you look and feel your best.

NeoGraft vs. Strip Method: Which Hair Transplant Method is Better?

"NeoGraft vs. Strip transplants" written over young male looking to the side

You’ve decided a hair transplant is what you need to feel more confident or to restore what you’ve lost over time. Now that you’ve made your decision, there’s another one on the horizon – choosing the best method for your hair transplant. There are two common methods for hair transplants: the traditional strip harvesting technique and the newer NeoGraft® technique. But how do you choose the best method for your hair? Dr. Tim R. Love recommends the strip transplant method to his patients for many reasons. Here are a few:

Methods

Strip method: The traditional strip harvesting technique, known as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), involves removing the follicular units from the donor area as one group. The strip method allows the follicular units to be extracted intact, in their genetic form. Each follicular unit contains 1 to 4 hairs (the average is 2.2 hairs per follicular unit). The strip method requires expert surgical skill so the patient will achieve the best result while causing the least trauma to the donor site. It also allows healthy hair to harvest faster.

NeoGraft® method: The newer NeoGraft® method automates the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure. The NeoGraft® method takes the hair out from the donor area with a cookie-cutter looking punch knife that has a diameter of approximately 1mm. This tool is inserted around one hair or a group of hairs known as a follicular unit. The tool makes a short, quick, rotational spin on the scalp to extract the hair follicle. This is done blindly, since the surgeon cannot see the root of the hair while inserting the tool into the scalp.

Proven vs. New and Trendy

Strip method: The strip method has a proven track record of success and provides natural looking permanent results.

NeoGraft® method: The NeoGraft® method is the new kid on the block and includes increased surgical time, lower precision, and a higher cost to the patient.   NeoGraft can cost 2x more than traditional strip transplants

Affordability

Strip method: On average, the strip method cost $3 per graft.

NeoGraft® method: On average, cost is $4-6 per graft. This may not seem like a significant increase, but the average patient needs 1,500 grafts. The difference will add up quickly.

Graft Quality

Strip method: Since the hair strip is taken out in a surgical suite with a well-positioned and visible surgical field and magnification, the strip method creates quality grafts with best viability. This allows the surgeon to precisely remove the needed follicles intact, which avoids trauma and the likelihood of cutting across and destroying hair follicles.

NeoGraft® method: Graft quality is not as good compared to the strip method because the surgeon assumes that the direction of the punch knife and the hair shaft are the same and the knife will not cut the hair across and damage it. The hair’s roots may change direction slightly as they are buried in the skin so the chance of cutting across the roots while taking them out is increased.

Hair Selection

Strip method: The strip method makes it possible to choose the best donor hair. By taking out donor hair from the back of the head, which never grows completely bald in most men, the donor hair is resistant to the damaging effects of testosterone. The testosterone hormone is responsible for genetic hair loss. This healthy donor hair doesn’t care about its new location and stays in place since their genetic material makes them more resistant to hair loss.

NeoGraft® method: Donor hair is often taken from the broader section of the skull, and theoretically, even elsewhere on the body. Variety does not translate into quality since randomly chosen hair is not necessarily more resistant to hair loss.

Post-Surgery Hair Style

Strip method: While it takes a few days for the incision at the donor site to heal, the surrounding hair is not affected by the strip method. No haircut or change in styling is needed.

NeoGraft® method: In large hair transplant sessions, the entire donor area must be shaved to access the follicles. You may need to sport a new hairstyle for a while.

Scarring

Strip method: While there is a small linear incision resulting from the harvesting, it is usually covered by your hair. Plus, during subsequent procedures, the first scar is completely removed. With the strip method, regardless of the number of procedures, the patient is left with only one incision.

NeoGraft® method: If the first NeoGraft® session requires 2,000 grafts, you’ll have 2,000 tiny round scars. If there are follow-up procedures this number will double, triple, and so on. With each subsequent session, the scarring with the NeoGraft® method increases.  Plus, if genetic hair loss continues or you happen to require several procedures, thousands of fine scars may become visible in the thinning donor area.

Need help deciding?

The most important factor in considering a hair transplant method is the experience and the know-how of the surgeon involved in the hair restoration surgery. Dr. Tim Love will deliver a state of the art hair transplant while observing strict quality control during every phase of your hair transplant procedure. Contact us at 405-751-LOVE (5683) to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tim Love.

NeoGraft vs. Strip Method: Which Hair Transplant Method is Better?

"NeoGraft vs. Strip transplants" written over young male looking to the side

You’ve decided a hair transplant is what you need to feel more confident or to restore what you’ve lost over time. Now that you’ve made your decision, there’s another one on the horizon – choosing the best method for your hair transplant. There are two common methods for hair transplants: the traditional strip harvesting technique and the newer NeoGraft® technique. But how do you choose the best method for your hair? Dr. Tim R. Love recommends the strip transplant method to his patients for many reasons. Here are a few:

Methods

Strip method: The traditional strip harvesting technique, known as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), involves removing the follicular units from the donor area as one group. The strip method allows the follicular units to be extracted intact, in their genetic form. Each follicular unit contains 1 to 4 hairs (the average is 2.2 hairs per follicular unit). The strip method requires expert surgical skill so the patient will achieve the best result while causing the least trauma to the donor site. It also allows healthy hair to harvest faster.

NeoGraft® method: The newer NeoGraft® method automates the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure. The NeoGraft® method takes the hair out from the donor area with a cookie-cutter looking punch knife that has a diameter of approximately 1mm. This tool is inserted around one hair or a group of hairs known as a follicular unit. The tool makes a short, quick, rotational spin on the scalp to extract the hair follicle. This is done blindly, since the surgeon cannot see the root of the hair while inserting the tool into the scalp.

Proven vs. New and Trendy

Strip method: The strip method has a proven track record of success and provides natural looking permanent results.

NeoGraft® method: The NeoGraft® method is the new kid on the block and includes increased surgical time, lower precision, and a higher cost to the patient.   NeoGraft can cost 2x more than traditional strip transplants

Affordability

Strip method: On average, the strip method cost $3 per graft.

NeoGraft® method: On average, cost is $4-6 per graft. This may not seem like a significant increase, but the average patient needs 1,500 grafts. The difference will add up quickly.

Graft Quality

Strip method: Since the hair strip is taken out in a surgical suite with a well-positioned and visible surgical field and magnification, the strip method creates quality grafts with best viability. This allows the surgeon to precisely remove the needed follicles intact, which avoids trauma and the likelihood of cutting across and destroying hair follicles.

NeoGraft® method: Graft quality is not as good compared to the strip method because the surgeon assumes that the direction of the punch knife and the hair shaft are the same and the knife will not cut the hair across and damage it. The hair’s roots may change direction slightly as they are buried in the skin so the chance of cutting across the roots while taking them out is increased.

Hair Selection

Strip method: The strip method makes it possible to choose the best donor hair. By taking out donor hair from the back of the head, which never grows completely bald in most men, the donor hair is resistant to the damaging effects of testosterone. The testosterone hormone is responsible for genetic hair loss. This healthy donor hair doesn’t care about its new location and stays in place since their genetic material makes them more resistant to hair loss.

NeoGraft® method: Donor hair is often taken from the broader section of the skull, and theoretically, even elsewhere on the body. Variety does not translate into quality since randomly chosen hair is not necessarily more resistant to hair loss.

Post-Surgery Hair Style

Strip method: While it takes a few days for the incision at the donor site to heal, the surrounding hair is not affected by the strip method. No haircut or change in styling is needed.

NeoGraft® method: In large hair transplant sessions, the entire donor area must be shaved to access the follicles. You may need to sport a new hairstyle for a while.

Scarring

Strip method: While there is a small linear incision resulting from the harvesting, it is usually covered by your hair. Plus, during subsequent procedures, the first scar is completely removed. With the strip method, regardless of the number of procedures, the patient is left with only one incision.

NeoGraft® method: If the first NeoGraft® session requires 2,000 grafts, you’ll have 2,000 tiny round scars. If there are follow-up procedures this number will double, triple, and so on. With each subsequent session, the scarring with the NeoGraft® method increases.  Plus, if genetic hair loss continues or you happen to require several procedures, thousands of fine scars may become visible in the thinning donor area.

Need help deciding?

The most important factor in considering a hair transplant method is the experience and the know-how of the surgeon involved in the hair restoration surgery. Dr. Tim Love will deliver a state of the art hair transplant while observing strict quality control during every phase of your hair transplant procedure. Contact us at 405-751-LOVE (5683) to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tim Love.