Dr. Gabel’s philosophy is to deliver world-class results by using the most advanced techniques, while treating each patient as an individual. He performs all microscopically prepared ultra refined follicular unit grafting. In addition, he uses the lateral slit technique for placement in order to maximize density and coverage. He carefully creates all the incisions for these refined follicular unit grafts using tiny custom cut blades. By carefully controlling the angle and direction of these incisions he creates a very natural pattern and direction for the new hair, even in the temple and sides.
Dr. Gabel specializes in both highly refined FUSS (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery) and advanced FUE (Follicuar Unit Extraction) using punches as small as .8mm to minimize trauma to the scalp. Dr. Gabel has been performing FUE since 2006, when FUE was still in its infancy stages of development and innovation. Dr. Gabel feels that FUE is vital and plays an important roll in today's hair transplant surgery, in particular for patients who want to wear their hair on the sides and back of their head cropped short.
Dr. Gabel takes pride in the fact that he personally places the majority of the grafts and rarely leaves the patient’s side. When closing the donor site Dr. Gabel uses his plastic surgery background in creating the most minimal scar possible using trichophytic closure techniques.
Dr. Gabel’s private office and surgical suite allow him to get to know his patients on an individual basis and provide a superior level of personal attention. He conducts all consultations himself. During consultations, he spends as much time as necessary to get a clear picture of his patients’ goals and expectations. He then provides an honest assessment of their needs and tailors his recommendations to each individual patient. He then designs a treatment plan that includes both medical and surgical options. This level of personalized attention continues from the initial consultation through the surgical procedure and the postoperative visits.
All surgery is performed in his private in office surgery suite under local anesthesia. This suite is tailored specifically to the needs of the hair restoration patient, featuring state-of-the-art surgical equipment and microscopes, as well as the latest in patient amenities. The special instruments he uses create tiny and minimally invasive incisions that enable very small grafts to be placed close together. This enables his patients to achieve cosmetic density in a given area after only one surgical session.
After graduating with honors from Michigan State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in physiology, Dr. Gabel went on to earn his medical degree from the Loyola University-Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois. He followed these studies with a one-year internship in general surgery at the Loyola University Medical Center and a four-year residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the same center. During his time at Loyola, Dr. Gabel engaged in research studies on the process of new blood vessel growth in head and neck cancer.
Following his residency, Dr. Gabel elected to complete a one-year fellowship at the University of Missouri focused specifically on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, where he was actively involved in numerous hair restoration procedures.
Dr. Gabel continues to keep abreast of the many developments in the field of hair restoration surgery through his active involvement in professional organizations. In addition to his membership in the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, he is a member of several other highly respected medical associations and societies. These include the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, the Oregon Medical Association, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Over the years, Dr. Gabel has been recognized numerous times for his research projects, winning several first place and other top national awards. He has also lectured and published on the subjects of hair loss and restoration, facial cosmetic surgery, head and neck surgery, and he has taught hair restoration courses to other surgeons.To learn more about Dr. Steven Gabel, visit their hair restoration website