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Patient Notice Regarding COVID-19

Our patients, visitors, employees and family are our top priority at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center Inc. At this time we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness consistent with the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while continuing to provide the highest level of medical care.

  1. We always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness.
  2. Hand washing is strictly followed and sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. If you have traveled in the past 14 days to countries with widespread transmission or if you have been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to any of these countries in the past 14 days, please notify the front desk and we will reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  4. If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, please notify the front desk and we will reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  5. If we notice that you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, we will reschedule your appointment.
  6. If your appointment is rescheduled for the above reasons and you are in need of immediate treatment, please call your family physician for advice and instructions.
  7. We request that you refrain from bringing visitors to your appointment unless they are needed to assist you.
  8. Nonessential visitors will be asked to wait in their car or outside of the office.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation

- Your team at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center Inc.

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 creates bald spots and unhealthy-looking hair. Dr. Pontell offers hair loss treatment using our FUE hair transplant in Philadelphia, SmartGraft™, which is a virtually painless procedure that permanently solves hair loss problems and is one of the best procedures of hair transplantation in Philadelphia.

Why Choose Dr. Pontell For Hair Loss Treatment?

Dr. Jonathan Pontell has created a cosmetic haven for those seeking natural appearing enhancements of the face. His practice, The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center, is a boutique center that provides a high-touch, personalized experience for his patients. When it comes to Philadelphia SmartGraft hair transplantation, there are few physicians in the area that have his level of experience and his consistency of results.

From the moment you walk in the door, you will be received by a luxurious, spa-like office that is 100% attentive to your needs and comfort. Every detail of your experience is met with professional expertise that only highlights the caliber of the cosmetic care delivered. Dr. Pontell has assembled a highly experienced team of technicians for our hair restoration in Main Line, leaving no room for compromise in your facial enhancement.

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.

Long-lasting Results

Many 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 last for life.


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.

What Does Smartgraft Hair Restoration 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 in Philadelphia needed to provide an effective and natural-looking result.


Dr. Pontell uses SmartGraft™ for hair restoration. A mild sedative is given to the patient to help them relax. A technician will shave an 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.

Our Philadelphia FUE hair transplant system, SmartGraft™, allows for the grafted area to be properly prepared for regrowth. Once the hair grafts from the donor site are collected, the implantation sites will be made. 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.


Our goal is for our patients to experience arguably the best hair restoration Main Line has to offer. Our 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 about 1 week after surgery and can resume fitness and sports regimens within two weeks. 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.

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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 hair transplantation is Philadelphia.

SmartGraft FAQ's

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:

  • The recovery is quicker than with other treatments.
  • It provides an individualized approach; implant hair grafts can be strategically placed to frame the patient's face properly

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, dermal fillers, 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 and lasting results.

How much does it cost?

The cost of hair restoration varies, person to person. The price is affected by how many hair follicles must be harvested and transplanted to a thinning or balding area with the SmartGraft hair restoration system. The cost is in the range of between $5 and $7 dollars per transplanted follicle, with most people requiring between 500 and 1500 grafts, although some patients want even more.

What is post-op like?

After your hair restoration procedure, you can return to the comfort of your own home. Recovery is short and involves almost no downtime. You can even wash your hair after a few days. There are no scalpels or stitches, and the incisions are very tiny, healing within a day or two.

How long do the results last?

SmartGraft is a great choice for those who are looking for a very natural look. In as little as three months you should will see new hair growth. As the transplanted follicles become viable, you will see more hair appearing in the treated area, with optimal results achieved at about one year.

How long is the procedure?

Your SmartGraft procedure will be performed in our private clinic, and typically requires between three and five hours to complete.

Are women candidates for SmartGraft?

SmartGraft is an ideal hair restoration solution for both men and women, as this advanced technique creates remarkably natural-looking results.

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