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Hair restoration

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Thick, luxurious hair is a natural attribute of youth. It can also be an expression of personal style and identity. That’s why when the hairline begins to recede or hair thins and falls out, the entire appearance may suffer, not to mention self-confidence.

There are several reasons for hair loss, although the most common one is androgenetic alopecia, or male/female pattern baldness. This is the result of aging, genetics and sometimes hormonal factors.

Fortunately, there is a procedure that can help permanently reverse the negative effects of hair loss and cosmetically revitalize the hairline. Thousands of patients have successfully undergone hair transplants in cases where non-surgical means failed to produce adequate results. Visit Dr. Kwak for one of the best hair transplants NYC can lay claim to.

Why should clients choose

At ESK in New York, our primary focus is on the head, neck and face. Dr. Kwak is double board certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology, and has spent the majority of his career enhancing and improving these delicate and highly visible areas. Dr. Kwak is known for his skillful, discerning eye and aesthetic artistry. He is always careful to cater to the individual rather than perform generic operations that produce banal outcomes.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Kwak will examine your scalp, ask questions about what other strategies or medications you have tried in relation to hair loss, and listen as you describe your goals for the procedure. The doctor will then present a fully detailed treatment plan outlining the method of hair transplant he will use and what to expect at every stage of your surgery. Most hair transplant patients find that Dr. Kwak instantly sets them at ease, and is able to respond candidly to all concerns and questions.

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Understanding hair growth cycle

Hair grows from follicles, the most significant part of which is called the dermal papilla. Each follicle unit of 1-4 hairs is nourished by the scalp’s blood supply. The hair grows in 3 distinct stages. The first is the Anagen Phase of active growth. The second is a transitional period and is called the Catagen Phase. The final segment is called the Telogen Phase and represents a resting period for the follicles. As we age, the growth phase gets shorter, and the resting phase gets longer.

What to expect from your hair restoration surgery

Today, advanced surgical techniques for hair restoration are quite popular and effective. They include FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular unit Transplantation).


During this process, hair follicles from a donor area such as the back of the scalp are grafted onto the hairline via a specialty engineered device. The transplanted follicles are grafted gradually from front to back, ensuring a natural progression that mimics the organic hair growth process. The patient is provided with local anesthetic so no pain is experienced. FUE takes approximately 5-10 hours to perform.


Also called the “strip” method, this procedure involves removing strips of follicles from the donor site, creating grafts of 1-4 hairs and then placing them across the hairline via micro-incisions. Sutures are used in the donor area to close the gaps. The transplanted follicles then enter the Telogen (resting) phase, but will soon resume their normal Anagen (growth) phase, and continue to grow just like normal hair does. FUT usually takes 2-6 hours to perform.

Recovery from hair restoration

Manhattan hair restoration clients do not generally experience any discomfort. Hair transplantation is considered one of the most gentle and non-invasive outpatient procedures. After surgery, do not wash your hair for at least 24-48 hours, as this may damage the new follicles. It’s also a good idea to avoid excess exposure to the sun, and to keep rigorous exercise at a minimum for the first week or two of recovery. To minimize the risk of infection or irritation, take care not to pick at the healing scalp. Clients can expect to see significant new hair growth at around 10-14 weeks.

If you should need any assistance or have questions during the weeks following your hair transplant, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Kwak at his Manhattan office directly.

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