1,600 Graft FUE Transplant
23 years old and just received an FUE hair transplant for around 1,600 grafts from Dr. Gabel. I would say that I was most likely a Norwood 2A or 3. I have been doing research for probably the past 4 years online and youtube. I watched a lot of David DiMuzio and Matt Dominance to try and learn what to look for in a surgeon and Dr. Gabel check every box. Since the surgery was for my hairline I knew the cost would be worth it because that would be the most important surgery for my overall wanted look. Things that reassured me that Dr. Gabel was capable was he had all the proper certifications (people can give hairtransplants without these certifications), he is proficient in both FUE and FUT strip (so I didn’t feel like he was pushing for the style he more preferred), tried to actually dissuade me from actually getting a hairtranspant and instead using other methods to stop my hairloss (super valid but I wanted a hairline and finasteride or PRP would never be able to do that for me) and finally I didn’t feel like the consultation was a sales pitch like the way Bosley had done to me. Overall the surgery was relatively easy, recovery was wayyyyyyy faster then I thought, and after 10 days I can get away without wearing a hat in public and no one could really tell if I had a hair transplant or not. Not even my friends. I did buzz my hair though ( which I think is best for hiding it because it blends the newly grafted hair with the existing hair.) Overall pretty excited to see the results.
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 chose Dr. Gabel 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 HT industry 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 was 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 an FUE is a lot of hard work on their 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 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.
Endorsement from Spencer Kobren, Author of the Bald Truth
“Dr. Gabel is one the most talented, well rounded and ethical hair transplant surgeons in the field. His dedication and compassion for his patients is a direct reflection of who he is as a person. He’s not only one of the best at what he does, he truly cares.”
Founder, American Hair Loss Association
Founder, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons
Best selling author and host of The Bald Truth
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 9:30 am. 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 hairline). In my experience, you tend to get good results when the team enjoys their jobs and cares about the results.”