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Hair Loss Treatment

Losing one’s hair isn’t uncommon; the average person loses 50 to 100 strands of hair per day. Every person has millions of strands of hair, which means that minimal hair loss isn’t usually an alarming issue. However, the aging process eventually takes hold, causing some people to lose a significant amount of hair. Men and women alike suffer from hair thinning and hair loss that create bald spots and unhealthy looking hair. Dr. Pontell offers hair loss treatment using SmartGraft™, which is a virtually painless procedure that permanently solves hair loss problems.

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What Hair Loss Treatment Can Achieve

Fuller, More Youthful Hair

Men and women who have experienced hair loss can achieve full hair restoration when Dr. Pontell performs SmartGraft™ treatment. Although not an immediate outcome, over about three months, the treatment will gradually begin to restore the hair and provide a fuller, more youthful head of hair.

Permanent Results

Most hair loss treatments require constant upkeep to maintain continued hair growth. Dr. Pontell performs SmartGraft™ hair loss treatment to help a person regrow their natural hair. Patients can rest assured knowing their hair loss worries are no longer going to be an issue because the results of this treatment are permanent.


Hair loss can cause a person to look older than he or she truly is. Many people with baldness or thin hair do not feel comfortable with how they look and may avoid social situations or taking photographs. With SmartGraft™, the days of long, noticeable surgery scars are gone, and since there isn’t an incision site or stitches, patients can return to normal activities quicker. After hair loss treatment, they will feel confident about their appearance and can proudly show off their newly restored full head of hair.

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What Does Hair Loss Treatment Entail?


Dr. Pontell will review your medical history and perform a scalp evaluation before outlining a recommended surgery plan. He will explain the procedure in detail and determine the number of hair transplants needed to provide an effective and natural-looking result.

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Dr. Pontell uses SmartGraft™ for hair restoration. A mild sedative is given to the patient to help them relax. Patients will need to arrange transportation to and from the procedure. A technician will shave a small area at the back of the patient’s head. Depending on the patient’s length of hair, the hair can be shaved in small sections to hide the donor area following the procedure. The area is prepped, and a local anesthetic is administered. The SmartGraft™ device is used to remove individual follicles or small groups of follicles from the donor area gently. The donor hair follicles are carefully collected, sorted, counted, and stored in a sterile and controlled environment before implantation. SmartGraft™ allows for the grafted area to be properly prepared for regrowth. Once the hair grafts from the donor site are collected, Dr. Pontell will prepare the implantation site. Tiny openings are made no larger than a pinprick to implant the hair grafts. The procedure takes about five to six hours to complete depending on the number of grafts needed to achieve the desired results. SmartGraft™ has a quicker surgery time than most, which allows the hair grafts to have a higher chance of surviving.


Patients can return home at the completion of the procedure. They can wear a loose-fitting hat if they desire. Most patients can return to work the following day and can resume fitness and sports regimens within a week. Gradually, the patient’s hair will start growing at the implantation site. In the first few weeks, the hair will begin to take root and then shed, and the new hair will develop within three months. Six months after the procedure, there will be significant improvement in hair growth. Patients will experience full hair growth within 12 months after the SmartGraft™ procedure.


The scarring is hardly noticeable while the graft area is healing. Once it is finished, there will be minimal scarring; when full hair growth is achieved, the minimal scarring will be concealed by the newly grown hair. With SmartGraft™, there is less pain because there isn’t a long surgical scar that needs to heal.


There is minimal pain during the SmartGraft™ procedure. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area so the patient can relax and listen to music while undergoing the treatment.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections for Hair Loss

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use the platelet portion of the patient’s blood, which has a high concentration of growth factors with healing and cell regeneration properties, to stimulate small, unhealthy hair follicles to produce new, healthy hair. Dr. Pontell uses the Regen Lab system, which provides a very high concentration of platelets. The patient’s blood is taken the same way as a lab test, and the blood is centrifuged to separate out and concentrate the platelets that have the highest concentration of growth factors. The PRP is then injected into the hair loss areas. The injections are usually done as a series of two or three sets of injections spaced about a month apart. PRP works best for patients who have thinning hair as opposed to completely bald.


  • What causes hair loss?

    As a man ages, the hair begins to thin, creating male pattern baldness around the hairline and/or the top of the scalp. Genetics and family history play a huge role in whether or not men will experience hair loss. Although not as common, women can experience hair loss. There are various medical conditions and lifestyle factors, such as stress, diet, and childbirth, that can cause a woman to lose her hair. Common medical causes for female balding include:

    • Thyroid problems: Producing too much or too little thyroid hormones
    • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): A chronic hormonal imbalance
    • Alopecia areata: A condition in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy hair follicles and causes the hair to fall out in patches
  • Am I a good candidate for hair loss treatment?

    Men and women who have experienced hair loss and would like to restore hair growth are ideal patients for SmartGraft™. Patients should be realistic in their expectations and be in good health, both physically and mentally, before surgery.

  • What are the benefits of SmartGraft™ treatment?

    In comparison to other hair loss treatments, SmartGraft™ can provide dramatic results that look and feel natural. Other benefits include:

    • Results are quicker when compared to other hair loss treatment options
    • It provides an individualized approach; implant hair grafts can be strategically placed to frame the patient's face properly
    • Grafts can be harvested from other parts of the body, such as the chest, back, and face, for better results
  • Will I have to stay overnight in a hospital?

    Patients can return home after undergoing the procedure. Since medication to relax patients is used during treatment, it is recommended to have a designated person to drive the patient to and from surgery.

  • Can I undergo additional procedures along with my hair loss treatment?

    Some patients who desire hair loss treatment are seeking a younger, more refreshed appearance. Often, they decide to undergo facial procedures to enhance their new head of hair. They may choose to undergo facial rejuvenation procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, injectables, facelifts, eyelid lifts, and laser skin resurfacing.

  • What if a revision hair loss treatment is necessary?

    Some patients have undergone another hair loss treatment and were unable to achieve the results they desired. Dr. Pontell can perform a revision hair loss treatment with SmartGraft™ to provide patients with natural, quick, and lasting results.

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