Utah Hair MD

Fact: Two-thirds of American men age 35 and younger experience male pattern baldness. Hair loss is an extremely personal and emotional loss for many men (and women) some of whom start losing it before they even hit their twenties. Unfortunately, we don’t get to opt in or out of the Male Pattern Baldness gene, but thankfully, these days, we do get to choose how we handle it. Today there are more options than ever before available to those wanting to replace those lost hair follicles.

What causes hair loss?

Many patients concerned about hair loss come to see Dr. Thompson of Utah Hair MD to discuss hair replacement surgery. Hair loss typically results from a combination of normal aging, changes in hormones, and/or a family history of baldness. Baldness is not caused by poor circulation to the scalp, vitamin deficiencies, dandruff, or excessive hat wearing, despite some of the myths you may read or hear. Other myths that are not true are that hair loss can be determined by looking at your maternal grandfather or that if you have a full head of hair by age 40, you’ll never lose it. It is true that the earlier the hair loss begins, the more severe the baldness will become.

Why choose Dr. Thompson for your hair loss treatment?

As a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and with fellowship training in hair restoration surgery, Dr. Thompson specializes in helping patients achieve natural fullness and restoration through individualized treatments plans that incorporate the most advanced cutting-edge technology available today. Dr. Thompson is one of few in the state to offer Neograft, a permanent hair solution that involves no scalpel, no sutures, and no linear scar.

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As a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and with fellowship training in hair restoration surgery, Dr. Thompson specializes in helping patients achieve natural fullness and restoration through individualized treatment plans that incorporate the most advanced cutting-edge technology available today.

As a fellowship trained hair restoration specialist in Utah, Dr. Thompson is known for incredibly natural results. Patients appreciate that others notice improvement but cannot tell they’ve had a hair restoration procedure because the hair grafts have been placed to the thinning area in a way that is completely natural. Following hair transplant surgery, patients report greater confidence and self assurance and are astounded at how simple and painless the process is.

Dr. Thompson’s background in the fine arts enhances his ability to balance the technical and creative aspects of his specialty and assists him in his goal of achieving natural surgical results that enhance each individual’s unique features.

Patients also appreciate his genuine concern for their well-being and satisfaction. He is committed to ethical, caring, and honest treatment of his patients and works very hard to earn and maintain their trust. Although patient care is his primary focus, Dr. Thompson’s academic, research, and teaching abilities have been recognized throughout his career with numerous awards as well as several scholarly publications. He recently won Vitals Patient’s Choice Award in 2013 for the numerous positive online reviews from his patients and was also recognized as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors. Only physicians with near perfect overall and bedside manner scores from online reviews are selected for the Compassionate Doctor recognition. Of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians, only 3% were awarded this honor for 2013.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

Dr. Thompson of Utah Hair MD sees many patients concerned with male pattern baldness, which is the most common type of hair loss that occurs. This condition causes minimaturization of the follicles and is due to underlying susceptibility of hair follicles to circulating androgenic hormones. The official term for male pattern baldness is androgenetic alopecia, and the condition affects up to 70 percent of men and 40 percent of women at some point in their lives. For men, hairline recession typically presents at the temples and vertex while women notice thinning at the top of their scalps. In contrast to men, women rarely experience total hair loss.


What Is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

Dr. Thompson understands that hair loss doesn’t effect just men and sees many women for hair restoration in Utah as well. There are many effective solutions for women facing hair loss that double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Thompson offers through and individualized treatment plan.

While more common in men, females often experience the devastating effects of hair loss as well. Both female pattern hair loss and male pattern baldness are medically referred to as androgenic alopecia. While considered the same condition, the pattern in which hair loss is experienced is very different between the two genders.

Men with androgenic alopecia tend to lose hair starting at the temples, vertex, and/or crown of the head. With women, the hair loss pattern spreads across the top of the scalp. The back of the head is least affected. There are varying levels of severity according to the Ludwig Classification. Even in advanced stages of hair loss, the affected area typically does not become completely bald and the hairline remains intact.


What Is Hair Replacement Surgery?

Hair transplantation at Utah Facial Plastics involves removing small pieces of hair-bearing grafts from another area of the head (donor site) and relocating them to the bald or thinning area for a completely natural result. This can be done through a variety of techniques, most commonly Follicular Unit Grafting (strip from the back of the head) and Follicular Unit Extraction (individual grafts) with Neograft. They are both very successful and specific to each individual patient’s needs and concerns.

Patients who decide to undergo hair replacement surgery come in for a consultation with Dr. Thompson to determine the best course of treatment and how many grafts are needed for the desired result. Sometimes prescriptions are given to maximize the results of hair replacement surgery.

What Should I Expect From A Consultation?

Dr. Scott Thompson, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Utah, has extensive experience performing hair transplant surgery. During your consultation, he will discuss your concerns as well as your goals and motivations for surgery. An exam and review of your current and previous health history will also take place.

He will then examine the thinning area of concern and determine how large of an area will need to be harvested to help you achieve your goals. Discussion about different hair replacement surgery options will take place and together you will determine the possible plan for you and your specific needs.

How Is Hair Replacement Surgery Performed?

The two main techniques Dr. Thompson utilizes to perform hair transplant surgery are Follicular Unit Transplant (strip method or FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUT is performed by taking a strip of hair from the back of the head and extracting each follicle that is then transplanted to the thinning areas of the scalp. This method is very common and when the incision is closed properly by an experienced facial plastic surgeon, the incision will fade to a faint line that can be hidden underneath the hair.

Follicular Unit Extraction is a sub-type of FUT as with both techniques, Dr. Thompson artistically places the extracted follicular units into the thinning or bald area in the same natural looking fashion. The difference lies in the way the follicular units are extracted from the scalp. While a strip of hair is taken during an FUT procedure, each follicular unit is harvested one at a time during FUE. When performed manually, FUE can be time-consuming, tedious, with a lower graft survival rate.

The Neograft device eliminates the problems associated with manual FUE hair restoration. Follicular units are suctioned during an automated process for a much simpler, quicker and more effective process than either FUE or FUT for hair restoration.



What is Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)?

Follicular Unit Transplant surgery (FUT or strip method) is a time-tested technique for permanent hair restoration in SLC, Utah. Dr. Thompson, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, uses your own hair to restore thick, healthy hair to balding areas and can recreate your natural hairlines with the most natural results.

FUT involves taking the transplantation of tiny follicular units of hair that are extracted from areas of strong hair growth that are more resistant to balding – typically the back and sides of the scalp – which are then implanted to thinning or bald areas of the head. Dr. Thompson’s extensive experience with hair restoration techniques, medical expertise, and attention to detail produce incredibly natural results for patients concerned with hair loss.

In comparison to older, traditional methods, Dr. Thompson is able to achieve successful outcomes by dissecting the harvested hair into very small sections, called follicular units, and placing them in tiny grafts that are virtually undetectable. These results are in complete contrast to those of hair “plugs” from hair transplant surgery years ago.


What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?

Follicular Unit Extraction for successful hair restoration in Utah is a method of extracting, or harvesting, individual follicular units directly from the donor area, without the need for a linear incision.

FUE is not a completely different procedure from the strip method, follicular unit transplantation, but a sub-type of FUT. In either situation, follicular units are microscopically dissected and transplanted to areas of baldness or thinning. The real difference between FUE and FUT is the way the follicular grafts are obtained. FUT follicular units are obtained prior to dissection from a dense strip of hair while FUE follicular units are extracted one by one. The process in the recipient area is the same with either procedure.

Manual FUE methods involve plucking follicular units one at a time, increasing the chances of damage to the graft. It is also very time consuming, thus making the process very expensive. The Neograft device suctions each unit with an automated device making the process very quick and efficient. With a survival rate of 98%, it’s no surprise that Neograft has a 100% satisfaction rate on RealSelf.

Because no incisions are made, this method for hair restoration has recently gained more momentum with patients and in the media. FUE with Neograft is also particularly helpful for patients who lead active lifestyles and/or typically wear their hair very short where even a well-closed incision (as with FUT) would be noticeable.


What Should I Expect Following Hair Replacement Surgery?

It is completely normal for the hair contained within the follicles to fall out before establishing regrowth. Dr. Thompson sees all of his patients repeatedly for the first month to evaluate the process and for up to a year as regrowth comes in. Some patients decide after sometime that they would like additional grafts for a fuller result while most are beyond satisfied with their initial procedure.

How Much Does Hair Restoration Cost?

Because every patient has a different set of goals and needs varying amounts of grafts for fullness, Utah Facial Plastics does not provide set costs for surgery. A full detailed quote is given during a complimentary consultation with Dr. Thompson in our Layton, Bountiful, and Draper locations or through a Virtual Consultation online.

What Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments Are Available?

There are many non-surgical hair loss treatments advertised today, and those concerned with any level of hair loss have likely tried at least one of them. When it comes to at-home treatments and procedures, it’s important to understand how each of them works and to determine, with the help of Dr. Thompson, which treatment or combination of treatments will be right for you.

Dr. is excited to offer micro-needling with PRP therapy as a non-surgical option for patients experiencing hair loss. Micro-needling creates micro-injuries in the skin that induce the bodies natural repair response to stimulate damaged follicles that have miniaturized, typically due to genetics and/or male sex hormone exposure. PRP contains strong growth factors and proteins that accelerate the bodies response and degree of regeneration of the damaged tissue. This stimulates hair follicles to produce longer, thicker and healthier hair fibers. Treatment is quick with little to no downtime and can be used as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with hair transplant surgery. Learn more about micro-needling with PRP HERE.

Other options include medications, such as Propecia and Rogaine, Low-Light Laser Therapy, Hair Care Products, and lifestyle.


What Is NeoGraft Eyebrow Restoration?

The eyebrows are an important part of facial symmetry and greatly contribute to the aesthetic appearance of men and women. Eyebrows frame the eyes, typically the first facial feature others notice. It’s no wonder over-plucking or waxing can leave many feeling self-conscious about their facial appearance, despite their best efforts to draw or tattoo eyebrows on. The results of such techniques are typically unnatural and/0r short-lasting.

Dr. Thompson is excited to offer NeoGraft for eyebrow restoration in Utah, the game-changing automated hair transplant system. The NeoGraft procedure offers a safe and permanent solution with incredibly natural results.


What If I Live Out-of-Town?

Dr. Thompson offers complimentary virtual consultations for patients that live long-distance or who are short on time. Simply enter your information and upload 3-5 photos through our Virtual Consultation page and we will contact you within 24-48 business hours. We will provide you with a detailed quote and schedule an online consultation with Dr. Thompson if you would like.

Following your consultation, Jessica – Dr. Thompson’s Patient Care Coordinator – will provide you with additional procedure details, available dates, and information on local accommodations.



“I am very happy with my results. Dr. Thompson really cares about his patients and I like that about him. I think it’s great to have more confidence and am a true believer in success as attitude. If you have the right attitude, then you’re going to be successful. It’s going to draw people to you and it’s not a vanity thing. Life’s about choices…you have to change things yourself.” Gary

“Dr. Thompson spent quite a bit of time answering questions and making recommendations based on the look I wanted to achieve. After consulting with several plastic surgeons I chose Dr. Thompson because of his professionalism and obvious attention to detail.”

“Dr.Thompson made me feel safe and confident in his skills. He was very professional. Not pushy and answered all my questions. He was very caring and I appreciated him giving his cell phone number in case of an emergency.”

“After about a year of national plastic surgeon research and interviews our journey directed us to Dr. Scott Thompson. Within minutes of my meeting Dr. Thompson, I knew he was the surgeon for me. He was humble, yet self-confident."

“I enjoyed my experience with Dr. Thompson and his staff, they are all such great and kind people. I was extremely nervous to have surgery but everything went very smoothly, even the healing time was pretty easy. I could not have asked to be with a better Dr. and his staff.”

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