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Easy Communication with Doctors Through the Internet

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the advantages of the internet for hair loss sufferers and his hair transplant clinic such as providing an easy way for both parties to communicate their hair restoration needs, goals and expectation.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplantation video for your reference.

"What's really great about the internet is that we have an international practice and we're able to literally correspond with people all over the world. And although it's not ideal for the final evaluation before surgery, but having preliminary correspondence of what we do has been really great. We've been able to answer some difficult patients who've sent us photos from around the world with complicated cases and we're able to handle that. it's a really quick way to make simple communications with patients although it certainly doesn't replace the one on one interaction between the hair transplant doctor and the patient".

Today's Natural and Dense Hair Transplants

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the benefits of today's dense and natural looking hair transplants in comparison to old hair plugs.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think that the main thing that's happened over the last decade is that hair transplants can be totally natural and they should be. Patients should expect uniformly that their hair transplants are going to be undetectable, their hairlines are going to be soft and it should merge within your existing hair. The issue of limited donor supply is still with us. Thus, the expectation of having a full head of hair is not always possible in everybody. But I think naturalness should be a given at this point."

How Dr. Bernstein Became a Hair Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses his medical background and how he became a hair restoration physician.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I did my dermatology residency at Albert Einstein and when I was chief resident, I did a bunch of hair transplants. I had some of the patients after I graduated, come to my place because we hadn't seen some of the results. I was actually stunned when I saw the results, we were using the old hair plugs and this was in the 80s. I swore I would never do another hair transplant. Then I joined this staff in Columbia and for years I really saw a lot of people getting really bad results with hair transplants. Then in 1994, I went to the Toronto hair meeting and I heard that things had started to change. Bill Rassman was doing these large sessions with micro-grafts and I was really shocked because I thought the results were so good. So I met him after the meeting and he invited me out to his clinic in California and I was just really blown away. And then I had this idea of using follicular units..."

From Hair Plugs to Advanced Hair Transplantation

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the history and evolution of hair transplantation to today's state of the art hair restoration procedures.

Below is a transcript of the hair restoration video for your reference.

"It was surprising to me when I saw hair transplantation being performed. People were really looking past the fact that hair grew in these naturally occurring groups. People treated the donor strip as this kind of massive hair. And it seems so obvious now, but 10 or 11 years ago, nobody was considering to use these tiny little groups of naturally occurring hair. And we started doing the procedure this way and it was obviously much better. The grafts were very small, they had a much higher hair content and they were able, much more importantly be able to fit into very small recipient sites. And that's a very significant thing because when the sites are small, you can use thousands of them without injuring the scalp. That really moved the hair transplantation from these multiple small procedures to these large sessions where someone's hair restoration can be finished in one or two sessions..."

The Proper Diagnosis and Researching Hair Transplantation

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the importance of hair loss sufferers undergoing a proper diagnosis and researching all of their options before undergoing hair transplantation.

Below is a transcript of the hair restoration video for your reference.

"Well I think the first thing is not to panic. Just take a deep breath, this is not an emergency. The field is a very complicated one so you should take your time to gather information. Certainly with the internet, there's tons of information readily available. The next thing you should do is to go to a physician that does hair transplantation and hopefully has some dermatological background so you can get a good evaluation. And make sure you actually have genetic hair loss or whatever the problem that it is, make sure the diagnosis is the proper one."

Before and After Hair Transplant Comparisons

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses what he likes most about performing hair transplant surgery, especially the before and after differences when patients return after their results grow in.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think it's really fun when patients come back to the office and we don't even recognize them. And usually the staff member that's at the front desk will come back and say so and so came back and we didn't even know it was him when he walked in. What's really nice is to have the patient sit down and show them the old photos. People very often forget what they look like and they're shocked when they see the before hair transplant pictures. And I think sitting down with them and seeing the before pictures and even sometimes, the whole chronology is really amazing for them. It's just really nice when people come back to the office smiling. It's really a great feeling."

The Ongoing Evolution of Hair Transplant Surgery

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the ongoing evolution of hair transplantation and what hair transplantation can accomplish today.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think initially, it was a battle, should I do it or not. Once people started to catch on then it was really sort of a paradigm shift. People weren't fighting the procedure anymore, they were thinking how they could do it better. Then you had the really good minds of the people in the field putting their energies towards improving the technique. Over the last 11 years, the major things have been the recipient sites getting much smaller and the microscopic dissection getting much better. Because the sites are smaller, the graft numbers are getting much bigger. I think that also, in the old days, the procedure took so long that many people never got to see their long term results. I think now that the procedures are done in 1 or 2 sessions, the time from their procedure to seeing the final result has been compressed..."

Selecting a Quality Hair Transplant Clinic

Dr. Robert Bernstein discusses the importance of selecting a quality hair transplant surgeon.

Below is a transcript of the hair transplant video for your reference.

"I think that patients usually come to see the doctor rather than the clinic. I've been involved in the pioneering in follicular unit hair transplantation. I'm a professor at Columbia so I have a very good background in dermatology. So I don't view people as just hair transplant candidates but people with hair loss. Our staff and myself are committed in treating this one real condition and we focus all of our energies on this."