Why should I consider a Hair Transplant with Dr. Keller?
For primary cases of baldness, Dr. Keller’s specialized follicular unit hair transplant, or variations of this technique, is the “gold standard” technique that is in use today. In nature, hair emerges from the scalp in units of one, two, three, and even four hairs. These units are called “follicular units.” When hair is transplanted in these “follicular units,” it appears natural and has a high rate of transplantation survival. Dr. Keller uses follicular units and follicular groupings for most primary hair restorations but can perform revision work with the follicular unit and other hair transplantation methods.
How does the Hair Transplant procedure work?
Most commonly, we remove a strip of hair-bearing skin from the back and/or the side of the scalp that can easily be closed with a fine scar. This strip is then divided into smaller grafts of “follicular units” through a detailed process. Hundreds (or even thousands) of these smaller grafts are constructed. While some of the grafts can contain up to four or five hairs, many grafts will contain only one or two hairs.
These follicular units are then inserted into tiny slits that we place in the bald (recipient) areas of the scalp. These slits must be constructed in such a way that allows the hair to grow in its natural direction. Using these techniques to place hair transplants, Dr. Keller constructs artistic patterns that appear natural and match an individual patient’s facial structure.
We do this within the limitations of the amount of donor hair that is available, the hair patterns that we need to create, and the shape of the face, to name a few variables. Each patient has an aspect that is somewhat different, and Dr. Keller’s training as a facial plastic surgeon gives him the background to understand the procedural and artistic relationships that are necessary to reconcile these variables to produce an optimum result.
Variations in follicular unit hair transplantation techniques include follicular unit extractions, dense packing, “single” grafts, groupings of follicular units, “linear” transplantation (particularly in the crown area), temporal point grafting, and the use of different knives, needles, and blades. With Dr. Keller’s experience, he is able to recommend the best technique or combination of techniques for each individual patient.
Hair loss continues throughout life. Dr. Keller assesses each patient’s growth pattern. We style today’s transplantation to meet tomorrow’s hair loss needs.
Male Pattern Baldness
Hair Loss in Women
ACell PRP for Hair
Why choose Dr. Keller for Hair Transplant?
Dr. Keller personally performs each procedure and possesses over 25 years of hair transplant experience. A former member of the Premier Hair Transplant Group, which encompassed many of the world’s expert hair surgeons and currently a member of the International Laser Hair Transplant Group, Dr. Gregory Keller utilizes the latest hair transplant techniques and is a member of several national hair transplant societies as well as a board certified in facial plastic surgery. He is a Castle-Connolly rated “Top Doctor”, an honor bestowed on only a few physicians nationwide by peer selection, and was elected as the best Hair Replacement and Restoration business in Santa Barbara from 2012-2015.
Dr. Keller has proudly received recognition awards from both the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery for his contributions. Dr. Keller is double board certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Keller is also a Clinical Professor at UCLA and is the Co-Director of the Facial Plastic Surgery fellowship at UCLA. He has taught hair transplantation techniques to 22 fellows and numerous residents at UCLA who are now in private practices nationwide or are teaching others at universities and prestigious clinics throughout the United States. Dr. Keller has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and many medical presentations in his field, including several in hair transplantation.
As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Keller believes that our hair patterns match the underlying anatomy of the bony structure of our heads. Hair must follow and be patterned to sit over what lies beneath it. His current research in hair transplantation is in this area. Anatomy is important in art and art in anatomy. Knowledge of both allow Dr. Keller to construct optimum patterns of hair transplantation that give a natural appearance to his patients.