About Steven Gabel, MD, FACS

The bottom line when choosing a physician to perform your transplant is results. Our goal is to make the transplant look as natural as possible. The axiom, “if it’s not natural, it’s not good” applies more so to hair restoration surgery than any other cosmetic procedure, because the hair is the most visible part of a person’s appearance.

We know the decision to have a hair transplant is a personal and private matter which requires confidence, trust, and confidentiality. Dr. Gabel believes that the doctor-patient relationship is a vital element in the decision and success of the procedure.

Why Gabel Hair Restoration Center?

Dr. Steven Gabel, is a Board Certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and is the founder and medical director of the Gabel Hair Restoration Center. The center is dedicated to natural, permanent hair restoration for men and women. He specializes in state-of-the-art follicular unit grafting to achieve the finest results in the field of hair restoration surgery.

In recognition of his cutting edge techniques and outstanding results over 16 years of practicing hair restoration he is a selected member of both the prestigious Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians and the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons. In addition, he is the only physician in the U.S. Northwest who has been invited to join these prestigious organizations.

Dr. Gabel is committed to quality, not quantity. he only performs one transplant a day to completely focus his attention on that patient.

At the Gabel Center, all consultations are conducted by Dr. Gabel personally, allowing patients to discuss their goals, expectations, and desires directly with Dr. Gabel from the start. He does not employ salesmen or consultants. As with any medical procedure, only an experienced physician can help someone decide on a treatment plan.  This plan will be  safe for them and secondly, will realistically meet their expectations. Dr. Gabel review’s the patient’s goals, then afterwards develops a treatment plan that is customized for each patient.

The Gabel Center is located just 20 minutes from Portland, Oregon, and was custom-built to meet the needs of our patients in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, Dr. Gabel only performs one transplant per day in order to provide our patients with the utmost care. Secondly, it is to achieve optimum results. To empower those facing the decision of hair restoration for their head, face, eyebrows, or other areas, we aim to provide our patients with a personalized experience to achieve the best results.

Philosophy of Dr GabelMission and Philosophy

At the Gabel Hair Restoration Center, our mission and philosophy is to provide our patients with a safe and comprehensive treatment plan to obtain the best results in hair transplant surgery. Dr. Steven Gabel and his team are committed to the pursuit of excellence and dedicated to improving the quality of life of our patients. He employs the latest technology and procedures so that you get the results you want and have a pleasant and stress free experience. These commitments to patient care are not only shared by Dr. Gabel, but are the guiding principles of his entire staff. We are committed to treating patients with the utmost respect and strive to provide all of our patients with individualized, attentive service and compassionate care.

The decision to pursue hair restoration surgery is a big step, but it’s just the beginning. You must also choose the right surgeon to perform your surgery, and that can be a confusing task.

There are eight essential qualities that should be a part of your decision process:

Board Certified

Dr. Gabel is a double-board certified surgeon who has had extensive surgical training specifically focused to the head and neck. He is a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology, and also the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. These boards were established to improve the quality of medical and surgical treatment to the public. This was done by examining each doctor for professional expertise in their specialties. These boards develop standards of qualification and issue certification to candidates who meet these qualifications. To achieve this certification, a candidate must demonstrate the highest standards of training, knowledge, and expertise in their specialty. This is determined by a process of peer review and a rigorous standardized written and oral examination.

Exclusive Membership

There are two organizations devoted exclusively to the field of hair restoration surgery, the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians, and the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons. After an extensive evaluation process, Dr. Gabel was accepted into both of these elite and prestigious organizations. Dr. Gabel is the only U.S. physician in the Northwest accepted into these organizations.

Dr. Gabel is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Members of the American College of Surgeons are referred to as “Fellows.” The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name mean that the surgeon’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and has been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.


Dr. Gabel has been practicing hair restoration surgery for the past 12 years and consequently has successfully treated hundred of patients. Dr. Gabel has contributed several articles in scientific journals and also edited a textbook devoted to the art and science of hair restoration surgery.

Updated Techniques

Dr. Gabel is an active member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons and also regularly attends and lectures at the international meetings. Additionally, one member of his staff is was actively engaged in the international meetings as the Chairman of the Surgical Assistants meeting in 2014, in Malaysia. Additionally, she was selected to teach current techniques at the international and regional meetings throughout the year.


Dr. Gabel is licensed and in good standing to practice in the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Furthermore, he has no prior or pending actions against him.

Compassion and Rapport

It is the goal of the Gabel Hair Restoration Center to provide our patients with superior attention and care. The Gabel Center is not part of a large national chain; as the only physician in the office, Dr. Gabel is focused on providing the finest care for our patients. He personally conducts all of the consults, listens to, and in addition, will also address your concerns to provide a sense of confidence and trust.


The Gabel Hair Restoration Center is devoted exclusively to the practice and treatment of hair loss and hair restoration surgery. Dr. Gabel considers the physician-patient relationship to be the cornerstone of any successful treatment plan; therefore; Dr. Gabel does not employ sales people – also known as “consultants.” These people are usually seasoned sales veterans who receive a percentage of every procedure sold. Other than confusing the patient-doctor relationship, they also represent an unnecessary extra expense that most people can do without. Dr. Gabel personally conducts all consultations, and is involved in all surgical procedures from the start to finish.

In the field of hair restoration surgery, it is rare for the hair surgeon to be involved throughout the entire case. At many clinics, the surgeon does not place grafts. Dr. Gabel places the majority of the follicular unit grafts with his staff and is very involved in each phase of the procedure. He feels it is the surgeon’s responsibility to be involved from start to finish.  As a result, he has placed thousands upon thousands of grafts throughout his career.


The bottom line when choosing a physician to perform a procedure are consistent, superior results. Dr. Gabel’s extensive training and expertise in the field has proven throughout the years that he is able to obtain only the finest results. In addition, he has been vetted and accepted into the two prestigious organizations devoted to finding the best physicians for hair restoration. He has also presented his results in several public Internet forums. This showcase of his work is proof of the results he is able to obtain with his patients.

Dr. Steven Gabel takes pride in helping patients regain their confidence and positive self-image through hair restoration. We know the decision to have a hair transplant is a personal and private matter and requires confidence and trust. Dr. Gabel and his highly trained staff are able to offer you personalized care through every step of the procedure. Since Dr. Gabel is the only surgeon at his practice, and he is not affiliated with an outside franchise, he is able to provide a unique experience tailored to the individual patient. This is part of what we refer to as the Gabel Difference.

What Makes up the Gabel Difference?

1. Dr. Gabel personally performs all consultations and surgical procedures. This allows the patients to develop a strong doctor-patient relationship before the treatment which is the cornerstone and foundation of patient care. Rather than perform multiple surgeries in a day, Dr. Gabel only schedules one hair transplant because he wants complete focus on that individual.

2. Dr. Gabel is a triple board-certified facial-plastic surgeon. While most hair restoration physicians come from a variety of non-surgical backgrounds, Dr. Gabel has completed both a comprehensive head and neck surgical training program, and an advanced fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery focused on producing the best cosmetic results.

3. Dr. Gabel has recently edited a current textbook on hair restoration surgery, and authored a chapter on “Megasessions” showing his high level of expertise in the science of hair restoration. As a result, he has had physicians from all over the world visit his office for advanced hair restoration surgical training. Additionally, Dr. Gabel has been involved in several advanced hair restoration conferences as an instructor, and has lectured on advanced hair restoration surgical techniques at the International Society of Hair Restoration Physician’s yearly meeting.

4. Dr. Gabel performs microscopic ultra-refined follicular unit grafting in order to maximize density and coverage. Ultimately, this produces the most natural results for our patients.

5. Dr. Gabel is a member of two exclusive, prestigious organizations devoted solely to hair restoration: the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians, and the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Physicians (IAHRS). While only a small number of physicians throughout the world are invited to join, each of these organizations have extensively vetted Dr. Gabel and accepted him for full membership.

6. Dr. Gabel is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), which requires its members to maintain the highest of surgical and ethical standards. The ACS requires physicians to complete a surgical residency which is then critically reviewed by the organization to maintain membership into this prestigious organization. If their training and skill level are approved, physicians undergo a rigorous interview process prior to acceptance. If accepted, physicians must attest yearly to their professional conduct in maintaining their high level of standards for fellowship. Few physicians achieve this level of surgical merit.


1950 Graft FUE with Dr. Gabel
I am a 37 year old male who has been experiencing hair loss around the age of 32. I was blessed with a thick head of dark spikey hair that I really enjoyed. I am in good health and eat clean. Over the last five years my hair had continued to shed and thin. At the time of my procedure I was a Norwood Class III (3). I started taking propecia / finasteride two years ago and while I did have some continued shedding for the first year it came to a halt the second year. I had been lurking on hair loss / hair restoration sites for several years – researching, learning and deciding what would be the best fit for me and my situation. I had even considered getting fitted for and wearing a custom hair system for the front due to my expectations in regards to density – ultimately
it wasn’t the right fit for me and my lifestyle.

Two and a half years ago I started meeting with hair restoration surgeons to explore my options and evaluate their approach and abilities. I travel extensively for work and have had the ability to visit several of the top hair restoration doctors in the U.S. and Canada. After my “doctor discovery” period I can share with you that there are some very impressive HT doctors in North America. I ultimately decided that the right fit for me was Dr. Gabel and his practice Gabel Hair Restoration. I believe any of the doctor’s I met with would have been very capable. Ultimately I choose Dr. Gable for several reasons that mattered to me:

1) His expertise and verified documented results: Dr. Gabel knows the science and art of Hair Transplants. He is a thought leader and expert in the field. I visited him 3-4 times over a two year period while evaluating and each time we had in-depth conversations about the techniques, medical advances, pro’s, con’s and expectations for me and my ideal results. He was always sincere, spent significant time with me and answered all of my questions. He was a great guide throughout the process – he knew I had seen and was evaluating other doctors and wanted me to do what was best for my situation.

2) He and his team were the right personality fit for me and my needs. Dr. Gabel is a great dude. He is optimistic and funny and the type of person that gets along with anyone. There are so many unknowns throughout this process that TRUST is critical. The marketing in the HTindustry is done very well by most practitioners and we know it thus many of us have a high level of skepticism. Trust is critical. I would advise everyone that is considering this procedure to meet interview their Dr’s several times. In doing so, you will be able to gain an understanding of if they are a good fit for you and your expectations.

3) His team has deep experience and were very kind, funny, helpful and professional. This is very important in my opinion. The Dr. is a large part of the process but after he does the extractions (which in a FUE is a lot of hard work on their your part and your part as a patient) the Dr’s team takes the hairs and preps them for transplant. ALOT can go wrong from extraction to transplant if you don’t have a professional, focused team of CAREER professionals. I believe one of his team had 17 years of experience and the others were between 5 years and 8 years (Added note Dr. Gabel extracted and placed many of the hairs – this is VERY RARE from my research. I appreciated his focus throughout the process.

Skill, attention to detail, terrific staff, generosity

This is my second hair transplant, and my experience is vastly different than the first one. Firstly, Dr. Gabel’s team is extraordinary. I was fascinated by how each member focused on their particular part of the preparation process, and the dedication that each person obviously had, with regard to their role. The process was long, and they were attentive and patient for the many hours. Dr. Gabel himself is a perfectionist; he is personally engaged in the entire process; he does not just instruct people and then check back at the end of the day. He also is keen on doing the extra things, the little things, that make the job more likely to have a very successful result. That goes for the team as well: there is much more care regarding protocols during the surgery than anything that I experienced before. The overall atmosphere is one of excellence, but it is also humane. Dr. Gabel’s staff is well-treated and respected, but they are also “on task.” This is a rather rare combination, and it is a testament to the kind of quality that Dr. Gabel is establishing as the bar of his practice. This is only the day after my procedure; my final response will of course have to wait for the result as it begins to show up. But all signs point toward the positive. I have been extremely impressed with all that has transpired in this experience.

Thanks to Dr. Gabel and his staff!

“Thanks again for your care and the care from your staff yesterday. Your focus and thorough attention to detail put my mind at ease. I experienced minimal discomfort during the procedure and I felt confident that you would address it immediately if I had. My soreness was minimal last night and this morning. Aileen was gentle and thorough when evaluating and cleaning my head. Her instructions were clear and complete. I’m also very encouraged by your enthusiasm for my result, so far. Your passion is reassuring. ”

A Gabel Center Endorsement

I highly recommend Dr. Gabel to perform your hair transplant surgery. My research and experience confirms he is an excellent surgeon, and I believe he is as fine a selection as you can make to perform your transplant procedure.

I recently had him perform a fourth transplant procedure for me, and now I understand why Dr. Gabel is held in such high esteem by his patients and the industry. My first three procedures were performed by another surgeon, and though I was pleased with my end hair results, the recent experience I had with Dr. Gabel was better, and clearly done with unmatched care.

My experience also established everyone in the Gabel Center supporting my process and procedure was also highly engaged, knowledgeable, and diligent. The entire staff made sure I understood what was happening throughout the process to ensure sure my procedure was comfortable and well done.

Perhaps the most important to reason I am pleased with my decision to use Dr. Gabel, was that that I trust his skills and competency. For example, during both our consultation and the surgery, and again based on my previous experience with another surgeon, I quickly knew that he fully grasps and values what he does.

I also observe that he won’t take unnecessary risks to simply do a surgery. For instance, I believe that if he does not think it will be ideal for you to have a surgery, he won’t do it. I know this ethical approach was really a big deal to my selection process, so I want to finalize it for you here.

So, if you are considering a hair transplant and it’s doable for you, I recommend you have Dr. Gabel perform it for you. Best to you in all.”

More patient stories

“Doctor Gabel and his staff are outstanding; I went to interview Dr. Gabel for hair restoration and was both relieved and excited to find such great experience in this part of Oregon. I was in an accident several years ago. As a result, I have had other facial surgeries to correct the disastrous effects resulting from the injury including incision lines on my forehead and noticeable incision lines within my hairline. In addition, I wanted to have hair transplants to cover the scars.

The day came and we reviewed that part of the scalp area and process for surgery, and as planned throughout the day, Doctor Gabel and his staff worked diligently on the donor site and the hair implants. It takes about 5 months for the implants to grow; I wore a baseball hat for several weeks.

But wow, you should see my head of natural hair now, all grafted from the back of my head with almost no scarring nor incision line. The area grafted is now fully grown out and I am no longer concerned about the once visible incision lines from the injury. Plus, I have an additional natural looking hairline in front due to Doctor Gabel’s technique of scattering grafts in a more natural format.

In closing, I would highly recommend Doctor Gabel and his trained staff for all of your visual and esthetic concerns with hair-recovery, his natural looking permanent method using your hair grafts which work!!”

Patient stories from a fellow surgeon

“Being a surgeon myself, I know good work and technique when I see it. Dr. Gabel’s attention to detail is unsurpassed. I felt very comfortable having him perform such a life-changing procedure and would recommend Dr. Gabel to anyone considering surgical hair transplantation.”

Patient Stories of Dr. Gabel, the Hero

“Dr. Gabel is my hero and new best friend. When you find a physician you can trust, who does excellent work and stays abreast of the latest techniques, you stick with him.”

Patient Stories of No hassles and great service with Dr. Gabel

“From my initial consultation with Dr. Gabel, I felt that I was realistically informed of what to expect. No salespeople, no unrealistic photos shown to me – just an honest, calm, no-hassle discussion of my case. Prices are very reasonable compared to other top-quality HT doctors. Dr. Gabel took into account the particulars of my situation and gave me a realistic estimate of 1,200 to 1,500 grafts. In particular, my scalp laxity is not great and the donor density isn’t great either – but the hair I do have is thick and curly so a smaller amount goes a long way relatively speaking.

Dr. Gabel made sure that I understood all of this and didn’t try to promise something unrealistic. He also made sure I understood that since I’m in my early-30’s and there is only a certain amount of donor area that can be used over a lifetime. Keeping this in mind, he didn’t recommend that we try to fill in the crown at this time. To do so would risk creating a “bulls-eye” later in life. I appreciated his honesty and feel like I made an informed decision based on his advice.

During the procedure at his hair restoration Portland office, I felt very well taken care of. I can tell that the doctor and his staff are perfectionists and take pride in their work. The procedure went very smooth and Dr. Gabel was involved from start to finish. The post-op instructions were extremely detailed which I appreciated. I went back for a cleaning the day after, and the next few days as well (my advice: only pick a doctor that has you come back to the office the next day for a cleaning – trust me, you’re going to be paranoid that you’re not cleaning it properly so seeing them the next day is extremely helpful).

Over the next several days, the staff promptly answered any questions I had. The one time I needed to ask the doctor a question after hours, his answering service had him on the phone in literally 3 minutes. Dr. Gabel’s hobby is flying planes – and, when it came time for suture removal, he flew to an airport near my home and met me to remove the sutures right there. How’s that for service??

I’m so glad I found Dr. Gabel, based on my experience so far.”

Patient Stories from a Transgender: Kindness and comfort abound at the Gabel Center

“I just had surgery last week, so it is far too early for before and after pictures. Although I am confident that the results will be great, this posting is simply information on my procedure and the process.

First, I am transgender. This posed no issue for Dr. Gabel or the staff, and everybody was very kind. In fact, they were interested in learning more about the transitioning process so that they could make future clients as comfortable as possible.

The process started by having a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Gabel about 6 weeks before the surgery (he was booked out about 6 weeks). The consultation was comfortable and comprehensive with no embarrassment. The office manager provided a written estimate which is based on the number of grafts that are anticipated to be implanted, and as she has 8+ years of experience with Dr. Gabel she was more than capable of answering questions related to the financial side. We then scheduled a surgery date and I made a security deposit to hold the date.

On the day of surgery, I arrived at 6:30am to find several people busy preparing for the day. We spent about 2 hours signing paperwork (e.g., informed consent), finalizing the hairline design, taking photographs and taking medication (e.g., valium). Surgery began around 8:30am and vitals are monitored throughout the day to ensure safety.

My job was simple — don’t move! This sounds easy, but when you are in a chair for 10 or so hours it is difficult to not adjust your position, cough, scratch an itch… If it is necessary to move, you need to give Dr. Gabel and his team a heads up so that they can stop working before you adjust.

Dr. Gabel and his team harvested the donor site quickly and efficiently. I would guess that this was done by about 9:30am. The entire team immediately started processing the donor tissue and turning it into 1-, 2- and 3-hair follicles suitable for implantation. Once a few samples were available, Dr. Gabel performed a few test incisions to check the size of the incision vs. my specific hair follicles. Dr. Gabel then made a few minor adjustments to his instruments and was happy that the incision size was appropriate.

For the next hour or so, Dr. Gabel proceeded to make tiny incisions over the entire graft area making sure that (1) he had high density and (2) that the alignment was appropriate so that the hair has a natural orientation. Nothing difficult or painful, but it was very odd listening to all the tiny incisions being made.

While Dr. Gabel is busy making the incisions, the team is busy preparing the grafts. I was surprised to see that it took 7 people working constantly under a microscope for about 8 hours each to prepare all the grafts.

After the incisions were made, the implantations begin. I have heard that many transplant surgeons delegate the implantations to their assistants, but Dr. Gabel was involved from the beginning to the end. He placed grafts during the entire process and performed quality control by monitoring the graft quality being produced by each team member. To be clear, Dr. Gabel’s is key assistants also help place the grafts (one of whom has been doing this for almost 15 years!). This is necessary when so many grafts are needed.
We took a quick 30 minute lunch break around 12:30 where the staff provided a very nice meal from a local restaurant (you order this during the paperwork phase). The food was good and there were plenty of options to support pretty much any dietary restrictions.

It takes a long time to implant more than 3,000 grafts, so it was a long day in the chair.The staff was not only efficient but also downright pleasant. We talked about anything and everything, which made the day go by much faster than it could have. Plus they have decent music from Pandora or you can listen to your own CDs, etc.

I was so impressed with the entire staff that I am going to bring in lunch for them soon. First time I’ve ever “tipped” a medical group!

So, hopefully this provides some useful information for people considering Dr. Gabel. I realize that the proof is in the pudding (or in this case in the hair line). In my experience, you tend to get good results when the team enjoys their jobs and cares about the results.”