Why Choose CIT?
John P. Cole, MD is one of the world's most renowned and respected hair restoration surgeons.
How do I get started?
First, you need a consultation from Dr. Cole. You may do a photo consult or a in-person consult. Your patient coordinator will send you all the information in the welcome email. As a courtsey sometimes Dr. Cole will travel to you... in this case there will be a nominal charge of $50.
Do you have a patient referral list? Can I see other patients in person?
Why do I have to wait months to see Dr. Cole?
I have been waiting a month to hear from Dr. Cole about my photo consult. What is taking so long?
Where is the surgery performed?
What determines who is a candidate for the different procedures and who it not?
Can a female get a hair transplant?
Yes, but only after first making sure there are no underlying reasons for the hair loss.
B. Clinical History needed is:
How do I get a prescription for Propecia, Proscar or Avodart?
I want to schedule a procedure. Now what do I do?
If I call today, how soon can I schedule a procedure?
What is the difference in one procedure versus another?
CIT (Cole Isolation Technique):
• Shaven Donor AreaThis is the preferred method by our patients, it is cost effective and only requires that the back of head will be shaved to the scalp – the whole back of head and above ears. If you have prior scarring, it will be visible until hair grows out. No maximum... can do consecutive days
• Shaven Patches This technique requires Dr. Cole to shave a small ‘patch or strip’ in the donor area while pinning the surrounding hair up. Hairs are extracted from this area only, and when the hair is unclipped, it falls down over the donor ‘patch/strip’ hiding that area. The disadvantage to this method is that the donor ‘patch/strip’ will have less density when it has grown back out, and may be noticeably thinner in that area. Maximum 1200 grafts per procedure
• Non-Shaven Donor AreaThis technique requires Dr. Cole to cut one at a time individual follicular units. Hair will be cut the day prior to surgery because this takes several hours. Maximum 300g per day and two day per procedure
• Donor Recharging This is donor replenishing where a scalp FU is replaced by a body FU to avoid thinning the donor area out.
*Note: Persons with kinky or very curly hair are generally not good candidates for CIT procedures therefore we require that they first undergo a test procedure of 50-100 grafts for $1000 flat fee.
BHT (Body Hair Transplant)- Must wet shave ALL body hair off 4 days prior to the procedure. NO LIMIT
STRIP (leaves a permanent linear scar in donor area) however you can do 3000 grafts in one day and is cost effective
• Plug Re-Distribution (4 hour session) -50 plugs or less will be CITed out and then re-implanted by Dr. Cole.• Plug Re-Distribution (8 hour session) - 100 plugs or less will be CITed out and then re-implanted by Dr. Cole
What photo shots should I submit for the consultation with Dr. Cole?
You should send your patient coordinator shots of your hair wet and combed back of the front, sides, temples, top and back. If you have scars or special areas that need attention, then also send photos of those areas. The back of the head is important since that will determine if you have enough donor to proceed. If you want to do body hair then send photos of the body hair you would like to use in the surgery. (Note: If the pictures are not in focus and clear Dr. Cole will ask you to take them again, so do not send poor quality photos) * You can also use the free online photo Consultation form to submit your photos
Is there financing available?
Yes, we suggest Medical Financing
You can call 800-358-8980 for more information about financing
Where will I stay while I am having surgery?
Included in the surgery packet is a list of some lodging choices. These hotels are familiar with our patients and provide special services just for you. They respect our patient's confidential identity and offer discounted rates. They have kitchenettes where you can prepare your meals if you will be with us for an extended period of time. (Note: Please don't worry about the pillows or the sheets they are used to this and understand) We have provided web links that you can click on and schedule your stay.
* You can get more informationhere: travel information
How long will it take for the grafts to all grow in?
We find that 10% will remain from the day of the transplant; about 30% will begin growing by 3 months, 40% by 4 months, 50% by 5 months, 60% by 6 months, 70% by 7 months, and 80% to 90% by 8 months. Most of the transplanted hair will resume active growth by 8 months. You should experience full growth by 12 months.