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Hair Restoration in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics, specializes in hair restoration for patients residing in the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester.

Hair Loss

Hair loss, or alopecia, is a very common condition that can affect both men and women.  There are many causes for alopecia, but the most common cause is the male pattern hair loss, also called androgenetic alopecia.  It is an inherited and progressive condition that may start as early as your teens or later in life.

Diagnosis of androgenetic alopecia in men is made through careful history and examination.  Common features of androgenetic alopecia are the characteristic pattern of hair loss, family history of hair loss and the characteristic thinning of the hair (miniaturization).

Many women, like men, are also affected by androgenetic alopecia.  However, the female pattern hair loss typically presents as thinning of hair at the front or the top of the scalp.

For women with hair loss, the physician may consider and rule out other potential causes.  Various medical conditions such as pregnancy or hormonal changes, thyroid conditions, anemia, and some medications are known to cause hair loss.  Psychological stress or autoimmune conditions may also lead to hair loss.  Once the cause has been identified, medical treatment should be directed toward correcting that medical problem.  Frequently, that may lead to resolution and recovery of hair loss.

Management of Hair Loss

Numerous options are available for patients with androgenetic alopecia.  Following the graduated approach, the simplest option is to use hair prosthesis to camouflage the hair loss.  There are three types of hair prosthesis: hairpieces (also known as toupees), wigs, and weaved hair-extenders.  Although contemporary hair prosthesis is constructed with high-quality natural hair material, it may not always be the right solution for everyone.  Many people simply prefer to have restoration of their own natural hair.

Medical treatment:

There are many medications and supplements that promise to help grow and prevent further loss of hair.  Currently, finasteride pill (Propecia®), and minoxidil topical agent (Rogaine®) are the only two FDA-approved medical treatments for androgenetic alopecia in the United States.  Independent clinical trials have shown that both medications are effective at preventing further hair loss and improving growth of new hair in some patients.  Because these two medications work under different mechanisms, patients may combine the two treatments to optimize their outcome.  There are some side-effects associated with these medications, and one should discuss with a physician prior to starting on these treatments.

Surgical treatment:

There are various types of hair restoration procedures including scalp reduction, scalp expansion, scalp flap procedures, and the hair transplantation procedure.  Over the past 20 years, there has been a spike in the public interest in hair transplantation procedures.  This is due to the technical advancements utilizing the follicular unit transplantation technique, which allows seamless and natural appearing result, unlike the “pluggy” results of the past.

The follicular unit transplantation is the gold standard of hair restoration surgery.  In hair transplantation surgery, the hair follicles from the area of the scalp that are resistant to androgenetic alopecia are transferred to the areas that are affected by the condition.  With careful planning and meticulous execution, this can be performed to achieve natural appearing restoration at the affected area with minimal changes at the donor site.

There are two types of techniques for harvesting the follicular unit hair grafts: the strip harvest method and the follicular unit extraction method.  Because each technique has its advantages and disadvantages, prospective patients should have a conversation with their hair restoration surgeon to determine the ideal method specifically tailored to their need.

The Hair Transplantation Surgery

Follicular unit hair transplantation – Current state of the art in hair restoration surgery

Many patients are concerned about the “doll’s head”, or “pluggy” appearance seen in some people who have undergone hair transplant surgery.  Such artificial results were due to surgery performed from the past when the punch graft hair transplantation was a series of round punches of the hair-bearing scalp (hair plugs) that were harvested and transplanted to the bald area.

Over the past decades, hair restoration surgery has evolved to the follicular unit transplantation era.  During the follicular unit transplantation, we harvest and transplant the follicular units consisting of 1-4 hairs that are bundled naturally as a group.  This is the smallest unit of hair follicles that can be transferred to another site without compromising its survival.  The harvest, preparation, and implantation of the hair follicular units are the technical aspect of the procedure.  The artistic aspect of the procedure involves the surgeon’s ability to interpret and design an individualized and natural hairline and density that will last a lifetime.  Because hair loss is a life-long process, it is critical for the surgeon to recognize that the goal of hair restoration should consider how the patient will look 10 or 20 years after the surgery, and not just one to two years ahead.

What Does The Surgery Involve?

Typically, the hair transplantation surgery is performed under local anesthesia and mild sedation.  This means that the patient is not put to deep sleep and does not use a breathing tube during the procedure.

Harvesting the donor hair

During the harvest, donor hair is carefully harvested from the back and the side areas of the head.  The hairs from these areas have fundamentally different characteristics than the hairs of the rest of the scalp.  They are resistant to the androgen-mediated hair loss, and when these hairs are transferred to the areas that are affected by the androgen-mediated hair loss, they will retain their innate tendency to resist the hair loss.

Following the harvest of the donor hair in a narrow strip just over ½ inch in width, the wound is closed meticulously with a special technique to hide the resultant scar.  The goal is to allow surrounding hair to grow through the scar so that hair will camouflage the scar and render it essentially invisible to observers.  The harvest and closure of the donor hair should take no more than an hour.

Preparation of the follicular unit grafts:

From the donor hair strip, thousands of individual follicular units are meticulously isolated with microscope-assisted dissection. Typically an experienced and well-coordinated team is needed to perform this task.

Recipient Site Creation

This is perhaps one of the most-important steps of the surgery.  The surgeon must consider the angles, directions, pattern, density, and patient’s goal when designing and creating the natural appearing hairline.  Finely modified hypodermic syringes are utilized to create the sites where hair grafts will be placed.

Hair Graft Placement

The prepared follicular unit grafts are gently inserted into the recipient sites.  This is the most time-consuming part of the procedure.  Throughout the procedure, while the patient is comfortable, he/she is not under deep sedation.  Frequently, we will pause as needed to allow the patient to go to the bathroom break or have a small snack.

After the surgery:

The patient may go home or to a hotel nearby the clinic for the night after the surgery.  The patient returns to the clinic the following morning to be examined by the surgeon to ensure everything is appropriate.  The next scheduled visit will be on the tenth day to remove the sutures at the back of the head.

The patient may resume normal activity and work as early as the day after the procedure.  Expect some crust and scabbing on the head and swelling at the forehead for up to a week, but he/she may cover that with a hat.  One should avoid rigorous exercise for two weeks.  Starting the day after the surgery, the patient begins gentle hair wash.  Rogaine and regular shampoo can be resumed 10 days after the surgery.  It takes about three to six months before one can notice an appreciable new hair growth.

How Much Does Hair Restoration Cost in Syracuse?

The cost of routine hair transplantation surgery may range from 4,000 to 9,000 dollars or more.  The actual cost depends on the size of the transplantation needed for each patient. Having our own private on-site surgical facility allows our patients to save money by including all the before and after care, operating room costs and the local anesthetic fees together.  Natural Face™ Clinics accepts all major credit cards.  We can also assist if you need financing through CareCredit®.  Please call and ask for our concierge services for assistance with financing.

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face Clinics specialize in aesthetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck, exclusively. Patients come to see us from the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester. At Natural Face Clinics, we specialize in restoring the youthful neck contour, tired appearance of the brows and eyes, and skin laxity. We offer customized treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, including facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.




Dr. Sang W. Kim

Harvard Trained, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Sang W Kim, MD is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, nasal/sinus surgery, and hair restoration surgery.

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I found everyone at Natural Face Clinics to be very friendly and accommodating. During the procedure I became ill and both Dr. Kim and Susan were very compassionate and I did not feel rushed. As of this date, the results are great and I am happy with the end result. Dr. Kim has been very kind and professional. He is a great doctor. The staff is very kind and caring. They are always friendly and accommodating on the phone and in the office. I would definitely recommend Dr. Kim to my family and friends. Thank you for everything!

- Joanne – East Syracuse, NY


Everything about the procedure was well explained and it was a breeze! The chin surgery came out well and as expected. The doctor was very professional and put me at ease. He explained everything that he was doing. The staff is top notch and Karen was outstanding.

- Carl – East Syracuse, NY


The initial visit was informative and reassuring. I was given options and a clear understanding as to what to expect. It was very comforting. I received excellent care and I am thrilled with my results! I’ve already booked my next procedure. I was pleasantly surprised with how little pain there was and how quickly I recovered.
Dr. Halliday is wonderful! He is knowledgeable and professional. I wouldn’t trust my face to just anyone. He is an excellent plastic surgeon. The staff is professional, caring and attentive. Appointment times are honored and the visits are never rushed. I am so grateful for the outstanding care I received.

- Susan – East Syracuse, NY


My experience was very professional and helpful. My questions were answered that I did not think to ask. They were very friendly and accommodating. The procedure went smoothly. Post-op care was especially spoiling, considering it was during the holidays. Everything was done to ensure I had an optimal outcome.
My results are splendid! I am receiving compliments that I look 15-20 years younger than prior to my procedure. My doctor was outstanding and genuinely concerned. He wanted me to understand what was being done and why. I had clear and concise answers to questions and received excellent bedside manner. The staff is friendly, efficient, on time and on task. They are eager to assist! I would recommend and would use again when needing cosmetic enhancements. I am very, very pleased with my experience and results.

- D.L. – East Syracuse, NY


When I look in the mirror, I know I made a great choice. Dr. Halliday and his exceptional staff were thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring. My results were very good and not over-done like some actress on TV. I have referred friends and they also had great results.

- Mary - New York Mills, NY


I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was and continue to be with Dr. Halliday and his staff. I felt very comfortable the first time I met him and talked with his staff. I was treated professionally and with dignity. I originally met Dr. Halliday to discuss fillers. After talking to him and discussing all my options, I decided to have a face lift and surgery on my upper and lower eye lids. He never pushed me into making a decision, in fact, he told me to think about it. I left and headed to work and I called the same day and booked my surgery. He is an artist and a master at what he does. I am extremely happy with my results. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Halliday and his staff to anyone interested in improving their appearance.

- Debbie - Syracuse, NY


This whole process has been an amazing experience. The staff and Dr. Halliday treat you with respect and also assure your privacy. The staff is efficient and communicates well; you have complete knowledge of the process and the outcome is absolutely awesome. Thank you!

- Dale - Ilion, NY


At my initial visit I was met with a short wait time and a friendly staff. Throughout the whole procedure I was comfortable and I healed well and had no problems; I am happy with my results. Dr. Kim is so nice and friendly. He answered all my questions and made me feel safe and comfortable. The office staff has been very friendly and helpful as well. Everyone is so nice here.

- Karen – Syracuse, NY


When I met Dr. Kim and the staff, everyone was friendly. Dr. Kim did a good job with my procedure and made me feel comfortable. My hair has started to grow and I feel like the procedure has worked. Everyone here is nice and I liked Dr. Kim’s honesty with me. My doctor wanted me to go to a different doctor for my nose but I told him “no I want to go to Dr. Kim”.

- Ljupco – Syracuse, NY


At my initial visit Dr. Kim and the staff were very informative on what was going to happen with the surgery. He removed Melanoma from the left side of my nose and it very good. All of the Melanoma has been removed and is healing well. Dr. Kim has been very informative on all that has taken place and what is in the future after surgery. The staff has also been very helpful throughout the whole process. I would see Dr. Kim again if I had any more cancer to be removed.

- Eugene – Syracuse, NY


My initial consultation was very informative. The doctor was honest about the procedure, as well as, the cost and I felt no pressure to make a commitment. The office itself is very comfortable and the staff is friendly and welcoming. My procedure went smooth and the doctor was very cautious to not release me until he was sure I was ready to leave. I am very happy with my results and the healing time was even better than expected. Dr. Kim has an excellent bed side manner and his staff made the whole process enjoyable. He is easy to talk to and very informative about the procedure, as well as, advice on the healing process. I would definitely refer my family and friends to this practice.

- Linda – East Syracuse, NY


Dr. Kim and the entire staff are nice. Dr. Kim did a good job and everything is 100%.

- Nevzad – East Syracuse, NY


My husband and I met with Dr. Halliday and Terri. We arrived to a very clean and inviting office and did not have to wait long. Dr. Halliday and Terri did not tell me what should be done but were interested in what my goals were for a cosmetic procedure. They answered all my questions and explained their recommendations clearly. On the day of my procedure everyone went out of their way to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. I liked the “privacy” of the operating and recovery area. I feel like l look years younger while still looking “age appropriate”. Friends and family have commented I look good and the natural lift is exactly that; very natural. The only way people know I had a procedure is because I told them. Dr. Halliday was very professional and friendly the entire time. I completely trusted all the decisions he made during the procedure. He took his time and even took time to put my husband at ease about having the procedure done. Everyone at the office is extremely friendly and I have never had to wait long for my appointment. I feel like I have made an investment in my face and while I am happy to be my age I am even happier to have a face that matches the body I have. I will continue to make enhancements along the way with Dr. Halliday, Terri, and everyone in his office who made me feel and look special.

- Nicki – East Syracuse, NY


The staff is very pleasant and helpful. I am very pleased with Dr. Hallidays expertise.

- Debra Victor - East Syracuse, NY


This is a wonderful place to come, everyone is great and happy. I had the best care and will recommend this surgery center to my friends.

- Linda - Syracuse, NY


I was very worried about my surgery. However, the doctor and staff were wonderful and my surgery and recovery were well worth it.

- Shirley – Syracuse, NY

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