Hair Transplants

Hair restoration surgery has long been a passion for Dr. Krugman. He has studied with experts both domestically and abroad over the past twenty years.

A member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Dr. Krugman has lectured at the University of California, Irvine, San Diego, and at USC School of Medicine. There are relatively few board-certified plastic surgeons who perform hair transplants.

History of Hair Restoration

  • Modern day hair transplantation goes back to the 1950’s when a dermatologist in New York discovered the principle of donor dominance. Very simply, this means that the hair retains the characteristics of where it comes from rather than where it is moved. It is imprinted in the DNA of the hair follicle when the hair will be lost. It is necessary for the presence of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) for pattern baldness to take place.
  • Initially, the hair grafts that were used were large and noticeable. They gradually became smaller with magnification used to harvest each follicular unit.
  • Hair transplantation was originally used for male pattern baldness. Over the years, the indications have been expanded as techniques have been refined.

How it Works Today

  • Use of follicular unit grafting (FUT) provides a natural result. Usually the grafts are taken from the area of lifelong hair as a strip and cut with six power microscopes. The use of Trichophytic closures allows hair to grow through the donor site.
  • A newer technique that is more time consuming and costly is follicular unit extraction (FUE). This technique involves taking tiny donor grafts using micro punch techniques.
  • Some women experience a version of pattern baldness. There are also medical conditions such as hypothyroidism that can cause hair loss.
  • Using tiny grafts, eyebrows and mustaches may be reconstructed. Eyebrow loss may be caused by a variety of factors including scarring. Scars represent a substantial indication for hair restoration including scars secondary to cosmetic or reconstructive surgery and trauma and burns.

Our Staff and Facility

  • All transplants are performed in an AAAASF Accredited Surgical Facility.
  • Dr. Krugman has authored a paper on hair transplants in women for the e-medical journal. He also volunteers his time and expertise to regularly perform hair transplantation on children from Shriners Children’s Hospital. He has a large series of hair transplants in children under 18 years of age.
  • We have a highly skilled, caring staff, including a critical care nurse who monitors patients and provides conscious sedation when necessary. Several of our assistants did their original training with a large transplant group in Germany.
  • Dr. Krugman is the only physician performing hair transplants in our facility. We do only one procedure each day and approach each patient with the aesthetic eye and judgment of a plastic surgeon.
  • The patient’s comfort, safety and result are our paramount concerns.

Schedule Your Consultation

Hair replacement is a very personal procedure, and a consultation with Dr. Krugman can help you determine if you're ready. He will be happy to answer any questions and talk about specific details. Please call 714‐972‐1811 to schedule a consultation. Our office is located in the Tustin/Santa Ana area at 720 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 202, Santa Ana, CA 92705.