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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

Happy Holidays from your friends at The Holt Hair Restoration Center. Reflecting on the previous year, it’s been a good one for Holt Hair that’s brought some new and exciting changes. We are proud to be a leader in technology and we made a major investment in the future this year. In March we installed the first and only Artas System FUE Robot, the latest technology in Follicular Unit Extraction.

It provides superb harvesting methods that produce very high quality grafts, with the benefit of no visible scarring for those wanting a shorter hair or the option to shave their head. We still offer the industry standard Strip method, which is still about 75% of our procedures.The only actual difference between the two is the donor hair harvesting, otherwise the rest of the procedure is the same, and both offer equally great results. You can find a lot of information on this groundbreaking technology at our website holthair.com.

The other big change here is me, Brent Alberts! I’ve been a patient and friend of Dr. Holt for eight years, dating back to my first hair transplant. I worked with Dr. Holt doing radio advertising for him when I worked for 97 WLAV as Wally Londo. Earlier this year I decided after 46 years in radio programming and management to make a career change, and came to work as the Business Manager here at Holt Hair Restoration. Dr. Holt and I both have one thing in common, we have both been hair transplant patients.

And we both enjoy helping others get their hair back. So when you come and see us, you are talking to people who truly know what you are feeling, and what it feels like to get back your hair. We take pride in providing very personal service in a relaxed atmosphere, and hair restoration procedures that are second to none. It’s an honor to work with such a great team who truly care about our patients, and who will go the extra mile to make a difference in our patients lives. We want to thank our many loyal patients, and the new friends we’ve made this year. We look forward to bigger and better things in 2015. We all wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Brent, Angie, Lyndsay, Dr. Holt

OVERCOMING THE PRACTICAL ISSUES OF SHAVING THE DONOR AREA FOR FUE

Many clients who seek to have the FUE type of donor harvested transplant are already wearing their hair very short. For them, the matter of needing to “buzz cut” the hair on the donor area is of little concern, because it takes only days for it to grow back to a suitable length to blend in.

However, the issue of the donor area shaving becomes a practical limitation for those who don’t normally wear their hair short , and where they prefer not to make such a noticeable change in order to have an FUE transplant.

steven paul holt m.d. with artas fue robotic transplant machine

 

As a result, here is something I hear a lot:

I want an FUE procedure, but the idea of having to cut my hair very short makes it impractical. Do I have to use the strip method, or go someplace that advertises FUE without shaving?

No! You can still do a precision, robotic ,FUE; free of any worries about shaving the donor area!

We have developed a simple and very effective way to deal with the issue of needing to shave the donor area for extraction of the follicles by the FUE method. It’s a perfect fit with the precision, laser guided, ARTAS® FUE procedure.

You can leave the procedure with no outwards evidence that anything was done in your donor area, and the high quality of a precision laser guided FUE will not be compromised by attempting to extract without shaving; using far less advanced hand held methods that are NOT precision, laser guided methods; such as the ARTAS® is.

We call this the Conceal System® a post- FUE concealment system. As the name implies, it utilizes a temporary hair system that is pre-planned and custom made in advance of the procedure. It will match your hairs natural color, texture and length.

Check out this video, to see just how easy this method is to integrate this into the transplant plan, and how remarkably well it works:

Immediately after the procedure, the system piece is precisely fitted into the shaved donor area, where it blends in perfectly with your existing hair. In this manner, there is no requirement for cutting your hair or drastically changing your hair style to have an ARTAS® FUE transplant at The Holt Hair Restoration Center. You will simply use the system until the donor area hair has grown back to the desired length. We can even have the system ready to go on the day of the procedure, and can place it before you leave the office! In other words, you can leave the procedure looking no different in the back than when you walked in!

It uses a breathable, mesh backing, and a medical grade adhesive tape strip to hold it firmly in place. You can actually leave it on to shower and to cleanse the donor harvested area right away without removing it! You can swim, bike, run, and exercise; all of your usual activities; with no worries about the appearance during healing and regrowth.

It can also be easily removed with rubbing alcohol, and then reapplied as needed or desired. The heat sensitive tape will re-adhere easily with body heat, or faster using a hair dryer. The tape can be easily replaced if needed.

Typically it takes no more than a few weeks for your hair to grow back to a length needed to discontinue the system. It can be saved for future procedures should you have any.

To learn more about the post-fue concealment system, and about the ARTAS® Robotic FUE hair transplant, please call us at 616-940-3640.

HOLT HAIR RESTORATION CENTER IS FIRST IN MICHIGAN TO PERFORM HAIR RESTORATION STRAIGHT FROM SILICON VALLEY

Grand Rapids, MI – April 14, 2014 – Steven Paul Holt, MD, proudly announces that he has become the first physician in the state to offer the FDA Cleared ARTAS® Robotic Procedure at his private practice, the Holt Hair Restoration Center, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From the heart of Silicon Valley – the core of innovation – this revolutionary system provides natural results like never before. In contrast to previously available hair transplant options, the ARTAS Robotic Procedure requires no stitches, leaves no visible linear scar and patients have virtually no downtime following the procedure.

In today’s difficult job market, a new group of men are seeking transplants to restore a more youthful appearance while boosting confidence. These men realize the importance of looking healthy, strong and competitive. Until now, many felt uncomfortable with the idea of having hair transplants due to fear of a disfiguring linear scar, unnatural results, and social stigmas.

The physician-assisted ARTAS Robotic Procedure delivers speed, accuracy and reproducibility to help doctors achieve better outcomes. ARTAS uses advanced imaging and precision robotics to identify and select only the very best hairs for harvesting.

With the innovative ARTAS Robotic Procedure, the patient experience is straightforward; outcomes are more predictable, providing fuller, natural-looking hair while eliminating the drawbacks and side effects associated with other older techniques.

“ARTAS is by far the most effective method of follicular unit extraction that I’ve performed,” states Dr. Holt. “The advanced technology carries the practice farther into the future, allowing me to remove individual follicles of hair in a more precise, minimally invasive manner. Patients love ARTAS because it does not involve any scalpel incisions or suturing, generating a more comfortable experience, resulting in a very natural, permanent outcome.”

After rigorous testing and clinical trials, in 2011 the ARTAS® Robotic System earned 510(k) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Following clinical studies conducted from 2006 to 2011 to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the system, it also received a Canadian Medical Device License, a CE Mark certificate for the European Union and KFDA (South Korean) clearance in 2012.

To see the ARTAS difference in an actual patient, click here

Holt Hair Restoration Center
4551 Cascade Rd S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-8375
(616) 940-3640
www.holthair.com

Holt Hair Restoration Center

Steven Paul Holt, MD, is a true specialist in the fastest growing sector of cosmetic surgery; hair restoration and hair transplantation surgery. He is one of fewer than 300 physicians nationwide that is board certified in the specialty by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, and also one of fewer than 100 physicians worldwide who completed an intensive, focused, sub-specialty fellowship in this particular area. Dr. Holt; and the Holt Hair Restoration Center PLLC; in Grand Rapids, is the only hair restoration center in all of Michigan and Indiana that is able to perform hair transplantations using advanced precision robotic technology.

For more information, to view patient outcomes or to schedule an interview, please contact Melissa Kelz Communications, Inc. at (646) 450-5359 or info@kelzpr.com

The ARTAS® System Robotic Revolution

The Holt Hair Restoration Center is now offering a breakthrough technology known as the ARTAS® System. The
robotic FUE transplant technique used for harvesting donor hair follicles, is revolutionary. It provides a minimally invasive approach in which the traditional linear incision and scar is avoided.

Recovery time is reduced, and the appearance of the donor area remains cosmetically unchanged. The precision of the robotic process ensures that the donor units are spaced properly, leaving it looking more natural and untouched. Contact us today for more information on the benefits of the ARTAS® System and this new new amazing technology. The robotic revolution in hair restoration has arrived.

For more information call (866) 375-4040 or click today to www.HoltHair.com/ARTAS. Free office or virtual consultations are available. And ask about our special introductory offer!

FUE AND ARTAS AND THE FUTURE

Follicular Unit Extraction

An Update on the State of the Art

Most of you, who have researched hair transplantation surgery in the past few years, would likely have come across the term FUE. This is the abbreviation for the donor harvesting technique called Follicular Unit Extraction. We compare this technique to the more conventional and more commonly performed “strip harvesting” method.

These are two very different approaches to donor hair harvesting from the back and sides of the scalp. It is only this harvesting part of the transplantation that differs between FUE and the strip harvesting method. The actual grafting of follicular units into the recipient areas is the same in both. In other words, both approaches result in a Follicular Unit Transplant; sometimes referred to as an FUT. This creates a little potential for confusing the terms, or causing one to believe that an FUE is entirely different from an FUT. Actually, FUE only differs by the method of how the donor follicles are obtained.

While the strip method of harvesting remains the more common method, there can be no denying that FUE continues to gain momentum and popularity as the techniques and equipment to best perform the extractions has become increasingly efficient and sophisticated. These advancements in extraction technology have been coupled with a growing body of experience and expertise amongst a relatively small but growing percentage of hair restoration surgeons.

FUE; when performed by an experienced hair restoration surgeon; generates results comparable to conventional strip methods without the risk of creating a linear donor area scar as residual evidence of the transplant. This is the primary benefit that FUE offers. It may be particularly attractive to the person who desires to wear their hair extremely short in the back, or perhaps has already been wearing their hair shaved or cut very short to “conceal” their hair loss. Often these clients want to reserve the option of wearing their hair short now, or in some foreseeable future.

Although modern day closure techniques make donor area scars of lesser concern, it is true that shaving the head, or wearing the hair very short after strip harvesting may reveal the linear scar cosmetically. Although FUE is technically not “scar less” as some would market it, it is true that the small 1mm extraction sites heal quickly with minimal if any visible scar that quickly and easily heals and blends in with even very shortly cut hair.

For others who don’t wear their hair very short (less than ½”), nor foresee wanting to shave or cut their hair very short in the future, FUE may not offer the same practical advantage. Even a modest amount of donor area hair length easily conceals the great majority of scars, and unacceptable scars can easily be corrected or revised. Still, this fact does not preclude FUE from being an acceptable alternative in just about any situation. There are still many clients who prefer FUE for reasons unrelated to concerns over linear scars that might be made visible with short hair. Some simply prefer not to have an incision, or perhaps have a fear or uneasiness about any kind of traditional “surgery”. These fears may have kept them from the enormous benefits that can be obtained by a hair transplant procedure. For them, FUE is a way past this barrier.

Others still, simply desire to have the latest techniques and the most advanced technology at work in making their hair restoration a reality…….nothing wrong with that.

FUE typically involves a degree of greater cost. However, the “value” of a hair restoration procedure is hard to put any price tag on! It’s something that continues to return year after year; and in both real and intangible ways that are related to self-image, confidence, and one’s sense of return to wholeness.

The engineering and manufacturing of specialized FUE equipment has accelerated the popularity of FUE, while at the same time making this otherwise tedious process easier for both patient and surgeon. The manufacturers of FUE devices have even successfully “branded” the names of their devices onto the procedure itself. The great majority of these “brand named” FUE devices are improvements of the control of hand held devices that still require a very experienced and practiced surgeon to manipulate, and most still require substantially greater time to complete a like number of grafts when compared to the strip method.

I have continued during this time to gain FUE experience with the basic “hand engine”; the fundamental and common part of almost all “branded” FUE devices. I have patiently watched to see if FUE would actually become a viable alternative to strip harvesting. I would say it certainly has.

I have also watched closely to see which FUE technology is poised to step out into the open above and beyond the rest. In my opinion, which has been formed after several years of performing FUE, there is a technology that has emerged as the “future-now” of the FUE transplant, and could possibly be poised to revolutionize the hair transplant industry entirely.

The technology I speak of is robotics. Precision robotic FUE has now an achieved technology that has emerged and has been made available to a very select group of hair surgeons worldwide. Presently there are fewer than 35 robotic units in use in the US. To call it “impressive” would be a gross understatement! It’s more like mind-blowing!

The machine is called the ARTAS Robot, and is manufactured by Restoration Robotics; Inc. This is the same company that engineered and developed the Da Vinci Robot that is now used in hospitals across the nation and worldwide to perform minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures such as heart valve repairs. The technology is rapidly spreading into urological procedures and other general surgeries as well.

ARTAS was developed with a clever foresight of how the hair transplantation procedure, and particularly FUE, could be greatly benefited by robotic technology and the precisions laser guidance systems and robotic motions that cannot be reproduced with the human hand. It is much faster, even as it is also more precise in targeting, spacing, and extracting high quality follicular unit grafts for transplantation.

In my estimation, from first hand, real life observation, ARTAS is the future-now of FUE hair restoration. When the future and now meet each other in time, it’s time to make a move!

For more information about ARTAS, FUE, or to receive a free consultation, please contact The Holt Hair Restoration

DOCTOR HOLT’S REPLY TO A FACEBOOK QUESTION: RECENT NEWS ON CLONING

Hair cloning, also called “Stem Cell Re-genesis”, remains in phase 2 human clinical trials, where it has remained “stuck” for the past several years. Although researchers are staying rather tight lipped on the study, the word on the street is that results are not as promising as had been hoped based upon animal models prior to the human trials. It appears therefore that any commercial application of follicular stem cell technology remains years off. I will report more on the topic as new information is made available through professional channels.

Steven Paul Holt, MD, A.B.H.R.S.

A TESTIMONIAL

We recently received a detailed testimonial from one of our satisfied clients. Browse his letter and see what he liked about his surgery.

September 16, 2013

Dear Dr. Holt and Staff:

I just wanted to send a letter to say how pleased I am with the hair replacement surgery you performed on me.

I made an appointment to see Linda to see about the possibility of getting the surgery and the next thing you know I am scheduled for surgery!

She promised me I would be pleased with you, the staff, and my results. Seldom do things promised meet your expectations but in this case everything exceeded my expectations.

I like the way you took time to explain my new hairline options. Also, even though we got started a little later than planned, I was not rushed out.

The surgery went well with minimal pain or discomfort. I had a fun time interacting with the technicians who also seemed more concerned with getting a good result rather than looking to get out the door even though it was getting late in the day. I only took one day off work and was able to resume my normal routine on the second day.

So far I am very pleased with everything. I recently got a hair cut by the beautician I have been going to for over 15 years who was not aware of anything being done.

Now I am patiently waiting for the new hair to start growing in the months ahead and enjoy a new fuller head or hair again.

I would definitely recommend you to anyone who might be interested!

– L.N.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS ESSENTIAL FOR HAIR

Post-Transplant Care Advice

There are certain vitamins and minerals that not only support hair regrowth, but improve many other aspects to your new hair such as preventing breakage, repair damaged follicles, and even hydrate your scalp. After any hair transplant surgery its best to take all the necessary precautions you can to ensure your new hair is healthy and to your liking. For most people, the approach to vitamin therapy is no different than what might be usually recommended for general health and Vitamin supplementation. The average American diet is fortified by essential vitamins added in food processing, as well as the vitamins normally found in healthy foods themselves.

Because of this, my approach to vitamin therapy for hair health is little different than what I would recommend for general health. A good, broadly inclusive, antioxidant vitamin pill is generally all that is needed. I personally like to supplement with essential fatty acids; such as a combined fish oil and flax seed capsule.

Vitamins:

Biotin is a naturally occurring vitamin that is found in a number of common foods. This vitamin helps the body metabolize fatty and amino acids so that they can efficiently be used for energy. It has probably received the most attention as a potentially beneficial supplement for hair health, but again most multi-vitamin supplements contain adequate amounts of Biotin.

One of the early signs of a biotin deficiency in the body is unexplained hair loss and hair breakage, as well as dry skin and brittle nails. People with these signs might benefit from a trial of supplemental Biotin.

Vitamin B-1 is an important vitamin that helps support hair regrowth. Also called thiamine, this water-soluble vitamin improves damaged follicles, hydrates, prevents future breakage, and increases stimulation in blood flow to the area. The average daily dosage recommended is 1.2 mg for men and 1.1 mg for women.

Vitamin C is not only a vitamin, but also an antioxidant that works to strengthen your immune system and protect your scalp. It aids in hair growth, heals follicles, hydrates your scalp and increases blood flow. 1000 mg for adults is what is recommended.

Vitamin E fights to improve your immune system protecting your scalp from infections, diseases, toxins, and viruses that can reduce the rate of hair regrowth. It repairs damaged hair follicles, increases blood flow and strengthens the blood vessels in your scalp. The amount necessary is 15 mg for adults. Minerals:

Iron is an assisting mineral in support of hair regrowth, the aid of red blood cell reproduction, transports oxygen and blood to your scalp which prevents anemia. Anemia can increase your risk of hair loss. The recommended daily dosage of Iron is 8 mg for men and 18 mg for women.

Zinc also aids in boosting your immune system. Zinc encourages heals scalp wounds and accelerates the healing process. Dosage recommended for men is 11 mg and 8 mg for women.

Magnesium and Vitamin D are two other essentials that are sometimes found deficient. Magnesium and Zinc are often combined for convenience as a supplement.

It is important not to overuse vitamins either. There are a number of “hypervitaminosis” conditions that can result from excess use of vitamin and mineral supplements.

In summary, vitamins are important, but most people are not deficient in vitamins assuming they eat a fairly typical and non-fad diet. A good antioxidant spectrum multi-vitamin is fine as a supplement, and essential fatty acids might also be considered. Magnesium, Zinc, and Vitamin D deficiencies can be determined by blood testing if indicated.

DR. HOLT EXPLAINS THE FUE HAIR TRANSPLANTATION PROCESS

At “Holt Hair” we provide free consultations to determine the best treatment plan for each patient and we ensure that every question gets an answer.

Dr. Holt,and his highly experienced staff will consult with each patient step-by-step all the way through the process and beyond.

For those who may be interested in the FUE method, here are some further details about how it differs from the more common strip method:

The FUE procedure involves the removal of individual follicle units one at time. Because there is no donor area incision line, it offers less immediate post-operative discomfort, faster healing with no sutures, and a quicker return to physical activity than what a strip procedure can offer you.

During the FUE procedure, a specialized “hand engine” tool is used with a small punch instrument, to extract individual follicular unit grafts from a patient’s donor areas. Then the grafts are transplanted into the patient’s thin or balding areas in the usual manner.

Typically the patient‘s hair where the grafts are being removed must be cut very short, so that the physician can see the patient’s scalp and place the extraction bit directly over the units of hair to be extracted.

This procedure is time consuming relative to the conventional strip harvesting method. Because of this, FUE procedures have practical limits of 500 to 1000 follicular unit grafts per session, although there is no need for delays between sessions if more than one is required. The extraction method leaves a small (less than 1.1 mm) round punch hole where each graft has been removed. This tiny wound contracts as it heals making the resulting round scar smaller and less noticeable. While it cannot truly be said that FUE is “ scar-less” surgery, it can be said that the healed areas are largely undetectable to the naked eye once the patient’s hair grows out even a short amount. This allows the patient to continue to wear a short haircut style without risk of any visible linear scar. Healing time varies with each patient, but typically it takes 7 to 10 days until evidence of the surgery fades revealing little or no scarring.

Those contemplating an FUE procedure will want to weigh all factors before choosing this method. While the above advantages are available with FUE, conventional strip harvesting still represents the method of choice for the majority of transplant candidates.

New techniques in donor area management and would closure, have greatly reduced the likelihood of a visible linear scar following a strip harvested procedure. Also, the strip harvesting method requires shaving of only the strip to be removed, and the hair just above the suture line has been taped up before trimming, such that it easily falls down to cover the suture line afterwards. Therefore, there is little if any visible evidence of the surgery even immediately afterwards.

In FUE, in all but very small cases, a larger area must be shaved than what can be covered by the hair above the donor areas where the extractions have been made. Therefore, the small wounds would not be concealed, and the shaved area would be exposed immediately afterwards, unless the case size is quite small. However, head coverings such as caps, hats, or bandannas can be used immediately with either method.

In addition, the post-operative discomfort of strip harvesting is short term, and easily managed. Most importantly, strip harvesting offers the efficiency of being able to move much more hair in a single session than FUE. It is also less costly per graft to have a strip harvested procedure.

Keep in mind that the hair transplantation method is the same in both cases in regards to all other aspects of the procedure, such as hairline design, the making of the recipient area slit openings, and graft placement. Both methods are effective, and both have their place in modern day hair transplantation. We can help you determine which method is best suited to your individual needs.

When considering a hair transplant surgery, always study how much it will cost and determine your budget. These procedures such as the FUE are going to be more costly, but some hair restoration companies do take your budget into consideration. They may also persuade you to have a procedure that may not best fit your needs or your budget, or may promote their use of a brand name, high end, extraction apparatus as marketing tools. Do not be dissuaded by “fear mongers” who play upon a person’s natural anxieties about having “surgery” or an unsightly scar. Come and get the real story about hair restoration, and find out what is truly right for you!

You will likely find that our pricing is highly favorable to that which would be quoted at a large national firm due to their higher costs of marketing and their business models. At Holt Hair Restoration you will receive a better “value” for the cost; and/or to be able to do more grafts for the same amount.

Consider also that our lower charges are NOT associated with lesser experience or expertise, but greater experience. Our entire staff “graduated” with years of experience with a national chain hair transplantation firm, and we have the highest professional credentials that can be obtained in the specialty!

Hair transplantation is not one of many different procedures we perform each day…..it’s the only procedure we perform, and that makes us true specialists in hair restoration surgery. We bring all of this to the setting of a private practice, where the traditions of the trusted relationship between the patient and the Doctor and his staff, is highly respected and preserved.

Call today to setup your free consultation with one of the most well-known and distinguished doctors in hair restoration today, Steven Paul Holt, MD.

WHY IS THE HOLT HAIR RESTORATION CENTER SO SUCCESSFUL?

The personal attention that you get every step of the way…

Have you tried a big name hair restoration company and been dissatisfied with your treatment, results, or sense of trust?

Dr. Steven Paul Holt is a renowned hair transplant surgeon certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (A.B.H.R.S.), and fellowship trained in the specialty. With his many years of experience he works hard to make sure his patients get the proper attention needed to achieve optimum satisfaction with their results.

Dr. Holt already has numerous satisfied customers happy to share a testimonial about the success of their hair transplant and how great it made them feel when the procedure was finished.

Here is one of the testimonials:

“Holt Hair Restoration has changed my life. I never thought I could feel this good about myself again. It not only changed the way my hair looks, but I have lost 20 lbs and it has motivated me to do better at work. So not only do I have my hair back, I also have my dream job. Thanks again Dr. Holt and Staff at HHR.” – John W.

The Holt Hair Restoration Center with offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Troy, Michigan, near Detroit, is an independent hair restoration clinic for both men and woman offering the personal attention necessary to make your procedure and care a success for you both in side and outside. Dr. Holt understands that the whole experience of hair loss and hair restoration surgery is a deeply personal and sometimes emotional experience.

The results give a natural look because it’s your own growing hair. Modern techniques have greatly reduced scarring risks, and the revision of old scars or unnatural appearing results are one of Dr. Holt’s special areas of expertise.

If you are unsure if you are eligible for a transplant due to a surgeon saying you aren’t it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion. Contact us today for a free consultation.