Looking for the best hair transplant in San Diego?  At Kolstad Hair Restoration we offer a full range hair replacement options. Neograft San Diego hair transplants are the latest technique using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).  Many hair restoration centers are only able to perform either strip hair implants or FUE hair transplants. At Kolstad Hair Restoration we offer both types of hair replacement surgeries!  Eyebrow transplants and beard transplants in San Diego are very popular services that many people had not even heard about. We are confident that Kolstad Hair Restoration is the best choice for your hair transplant needs.

Dr. Kolstad uses state-of-the-art technology to remove the hair grafts one at a time. Using the Neograft individual hairs are excised from the back of the scalp through follicular unit extraction. The hair implants are placed one at a time to create a natural appearing hairline. Using this highly specialized technique, a hairline can be restored in a way that is so natural, your stylist won’t be able to tell which hair is grafted and which is not.

If you are concerned about thinning of your hair and want a long-lasting solution, hair transplants are an ideal solution.

Much like other plastic surgery, hair restoration is as much art as it is science.   Dr. Kolstad uses his Facial Plastic Surgery background to create elegant hairlines and most importantly, natural results. When hair follicles are placed with the correct orientation and spacing, their visual volume is greater than the actual number of hairs present. It is the ability to get the result to be greater than the sum of its parts that distinguishes a good hair restoration surgeon from everyone else.

Dr. Kolstad’s expertise in hair restoration comes from spending a year training in one of New York’s busiest hair restoration centers, the Quatela Center for Hair Restoration. At this authority in hair restoration, Dr. Kolstad learned state-of-the art techniques that create impactful, long-lasting results with minimal downtime.

It is through working and learning from the best that Dr. Kolstad is able to deliver such high quality care to his patients.

Hair transplantation, simply put, is the transfer of hair follicles from one part of the scalp to another. The back of the scalp has a surplus of hair, and hair follicles can be safely transferred to an area where the density is less. After transfer, hair follicles go into a three month dormant phase in preparation for growth.  After 90 days the hairs begin growing and achiever full maturity around twelve months after the procedure.   The growth is so gradual that the majority of our patients are able to avoid the “what did you have done” questions.

The highly specialized automated FUE/FUT procedure can take several hours to complete. The hair follicles are extracted and placed one at a time in a specific orientation and spacing. We typically recommend that our patients plan for a full day during the hair restoration procedure.

Hair Transplant San Diego

Dr. Kolstad is proud to introduce the latest innovation in hair replacement surgery, Advanced Follicular Unit Extraction (AFUE). For anyone that likes to keep their hair short, follicular unit extraction hair transplants represent a giant leap forward in hair restoration. Using Neograft technology individual hair grafts are removed from the back of the head. Long strip scars can be completely avoided by removing hair implants individually. Many of our patients feel comfortable shaving the back of their head following a Neograft hair transplant in San Diego.

At Kolstad Hair Restoration we offer both traditional strip hair transplants as well as FUE hair grafts. People that keep their hair longer than 5 inches in length are great candidates for hair transplants using strip procedures. Strip excision hair transplants involve removing a 2” x 10” section of scalp from the back of the head. A scalpel is used to excise the strip of scalp and the incision is closed in multiple layers. Even with meticulous closure a long, curvilinear scar will be present in the back of the head.

During a single session our hair team can transplant up to 2,500 follicular grafts. To ensure our patients receive the very best in hair restoration we inspect every graft before placement to confirm integrity and viability. A typical hair transplant takes around eight hours to complete at our San Diego hair restoration center. Data has demonstrated that after 12 months there’s up to a 90% hair growth / survival rate.

How It Works

For many patients looking to restore a youthful hairline a session of 2,000 – 3,000 grafts is recommended. If temporal loss is the only area being treated sometimes smaller sessions of 1,000 to 1,500 grafts can get the job done. Restoring the crown or vertex typically requires 2,000 to 4,000 grafts.

The process begins with Dr. Kolstad marking your hairline indicating the placement and orientation the grafts will be placed. The donor site area on the back of the scalp is trimmed very close to the skin. Using a wide area on the back and sides of the scalp allows hair follicles to be removed without thinning of the donor area.


Within one week the hair on the donor site will have grown long enough to camouflage the extraction sites. The inserted grafts will likely have crusting present for 10-14 days but they are easily covered by the surrounding hair.

The hairs will grow in naturally and gradually over the next twelve months. After hair transplant procedures the hair follicle goes to sleep for a period of 90 days. A dormant hair follicle is in the ‘ telogen’ stage and remains without a visible hair shaft. After three months the hair follicle will become active sprouting small, thin hair shafts (anagen phase). It takes at least six months for these baby hairs to become visible and around twelve months for meaningful growth.

Because the hairs grow slowly throughout the year most of our patients do not draw unwanted attention. Think about it, if you were to show up to work on a Monday with a full head of hair it would be difficult to pass it off as natural growth. Slow, incremental growth patterns are always preferable leading to imperceptible hair restoration.

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San Diego Hair Transplant Frequently Asked Questions

Strip /FUT (follicular unit transfer): FUT originally referred to the ability to insert hairs one at a time to create a natural appearing hairline.  Previous “hair plugs” would insert groups of 25-50 hairs that appeared like a dolls hair. FUT has become associated with “strip transfers” in which a large strip of scalp is removed from the back of the head.

FUE (follicular unit extraction): the process of removing hairs one at a time from the donor site.  Long curvilinear strip scars can be completely avoided by removing hair grafts individually.

The Neograft advanced FUE technology represents a leap forward in hair transplant surgery.  Using sophisticated machinery follicles are efficiently extracted one at a time allowing larger volume hair transplants than traditional FUE methods.

Previous FUE techniques required the surgeon to remove follicles using a punch biopsy and scissors.  This labor intensive process required multiple hair transplants to achieve a 2,000 graft hairline.  Using  Neograft in San Diego allows up to a remarkable 2,500 grafts per session.

Androgenic alopecia (AA) is the most common cause of baldness in both men and women. Androgens are male hormones and the androgen most associated with male pattern baldness dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Hair follicles possessing specialized receptors for DHT are genetically programmed to regress and die when exposed to this circulating hormone. The severity and distribution of baldness is directly related to the number of hair follicles possessing DHT receptors.

The most common areas of hair loss are in the temples, crown and vertex.   Even in severe cases of androgenic alopecia a number of hair follicles will lack receptors for DHT.  These hairs tend to be distributed on the sides and in the back of the scalp. Dr. Kolstad only uses grafts from regions that are genetically resistant to DHT. Because these hair follicles do not possess DHT receptors the grafts can be placed into areas of baldness. The hair grafts that survive the transplant process will continue to grow as they would in the back of the scalp.

PRP Hair Treatment San Diego

Is your hair thinning?  PRP is a new, state-of-the-art medical treatment for hair loss designed for both men and women.  One of the hottest trends in hair restoration is using platelet rich plasma (PRP) to grow hair, increase density and enhance scalp coverage.  PRP utilizes your body’s ability to heal and regenerate to encourage hair growth at a cellular level.  If the hair follicles and hair matrix are healthy, the growth of the hair is healthy.  Growth factors present in PRP are a safe and natural option for hair restoration.  Platelet-rich plasma therapy has been used for years to facilitate wound regeneration in sports medicine, orthopedics, and oral surgery.  PRP has recently been found to promote hair regeneration. PRP hair treatment in San Diego can be used for alopecia due to a variety of causes, not just male pattern baldness.

Platelet rich plasma is an exciting, nonsurgical way of treating hair loss, hair thinning and many types of alopecia. PRP is a high concentration of platelets and the associated growth factors in a small volume of plasma.

By evaluating wound healing on a cellular level a number of blood derived growth factors have been identified. Growth factors are chemicals circulating in your blood that encourage cellular regeneration and proliferation. Platelets are cell fragments that help form blood clots, stop bleeding and promote cellular repair after an injury. Inside platelets are many intracellular structures and molecules that promote wound healing.

PRP specific chemicals that stimulate wound healing and possibly hair growth include:

Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)—promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation.

Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2)—promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation.

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)—promotes blood vessel formation.

Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)—promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation.

Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b)—promotes growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolism,

Insulin Like Growth Factor – (IGF)—a regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the body.

Hair Transplant in San Diego From A Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

FUT vs FUE scar

Using the Neograft FUE hair transplant technology there is NOT A LINEAR SCAR at the back of the head.  With any procedure there can be scarring in the skin but most people heal without visible signs at conversational distance.

*Individual Results May Vary.

You may go home after the procedure as long as you have someone to drive you.  Patients typically prefer to use a light oral sedation and cannot operate heavy machinery until the medications have worn off.
A significant advantage of FUE hair transplants is a reduction in postprocedure discomfort when compared to the FUT strip method. Many patients use Tylenol as their primary pain medication after the procedure.

1. No Linear Scars.

The primary limitation of FUT is the long, damaging scar left on the posterior scalp. Even in the best closures a thin, curvilinear line will always be present. After an FUT procedure shaving the head is no longer an option without the stigmata of a  strip scar.

During an FUE procedure our team uses specialized mechanical instruments to extract follicular grafts from the back of the head. Grafts are removed one-at-a-time and placed one-at-a-time. Extraction sites have a diameter of just 0.8 to 1 millimeters compared to a strip measuring 2 x 8 inches.

2. Quick Recovery.

Due to the extremely small size of the incisions on the scalp, FUE has significantly faster recovery compared to strip methods. Most patients return to work in 7 days and within 10-14 days the donor and recipient sites have minimal signs of hair  transplant surgery.

3. Less invasive.

4. Minimal bleeding at donor site.

A pressure dressing is used to cover the donor site for only 24-48 hours.

5. No nerve numbness.

6. Less painful during recovery period.

Stronger medicine can be provided but most patients require only nonnarcotic medicines.

1. Neograft hair transplant tends to be more expensive.

FUT can be performed using basic microscopes. Using the most advanced technology in FUE hair restoration requires additional hardware expenditures.

2. The same number of grafts takes longer to extract and place.

A strip can be removed in a matter of minutes. Extracting follicles one at a time takes a full morning.

3. More demanding on the skill and time of the surgeon.

4. Cannot perform megasessions (>4,000 grafts) compared to FUT.

5. Potential for small circular scars from excisional punch.

6. Requires more sessions to treat female pattern baldness than FUT.

1. Can perform larger sessions in the same amount of time compared to FUE.

2. A smaller area on the back of the head needs to be shaved for graft removal.

3. Mega session, transplanting up to 4,000 grafts per session.

4. Can treat female pattern baldness in fewer sessions than FUE.

5. FUT scars can be camouflaged if the hair is kept at 1/2 inch or longer.

1. Leaves a long linear scar on the back of the scalp. Shaving the head is no longer an option because of scar visibility.

2. Pulling the scalp together during closure can cause discomfort due to tightness.

3. Requires a larger team of hair technicians to section the grafts which can increase cost of the procedure.

4. More invasive.

5. Numbness at the surgical donor site.

6. More bleeding.

7. More chances of infection.


Strip Method vs FUE Hair Transplant

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