Destin Plastic Surgery The Grant Building
4485 Furling Lane
Destin, FL 32541
Phone: (850) 654-1194
Monday–Thursday: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m.–2 p.m.

Anti Aging Skincare Clinic The Grant Building
4485 Furling Lane
Destin, FL 32541
Phone: (850) 654-8015
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Hair Transplant Surgery

Destin Plastic surgery offers the innovative, minimally invasive follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant system. Patients from Destin, Pensacola, Panama City, and even Tallahassee come to Dr. Burden, and they have been pleased with the results of this technique. The FUE method does not require the recovery time or scarring of traditional hair transplant surgery. Discomfort is also minimized with this hair restoration system.

Many other clinics are still using outdated surgical techniques as their surgeons are of advanced age and may be unwilling to update their skills and learn the latest advances in hair transplant surgical technique. We achieve outstanding hair restoration results and provide comfort and convenience to our patients. Dr. Burden works with the best technicians in the country to ensure that all hair transplant procedures are excellent and consistent.

It’s time to request a consultationrequest a consultation online to see if FUE hair restoration surgery is right for you, or call our office at (850) 654-1194. Located in Destin, Florida, we provide first-class services for patients choosing hair transplant surgery from surrounding cities like Panama City and Pensacola, as well as neighboring states and international locations.

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Frequently Asked Questions On Hair Loss And Hair Restoration Surgery


What Causes Hair Loss?

The most common cause of hair loss is inheritance. Men and women inherit the gene for hair loss from either or both parents. Men are most commonly affected by the inherited gene as the hormone, testosterone, activates the genetic program causing loss of hair follicles. Currently there is no known method of stopping this type of hair loss. The age of onset, extent, and rate of hair loss vary from person to person. Severe illness, malnutrition, or vitamin deficiency can accelerate this process. When applied incorrectly, permanent hair color and chemical relaxers damage the hair and follicle to the extent that hair loss can be permanent. Causes of hair loss do not include wearing a hat, excessive shampooing, lack of blood flow, or clogged pores.

Do Hair Transplants Really Work?

Yes. In an FUE hair transplant procedure, the transplanted hair is removed from one area of the body (donor site) and transferred to another (recipient site). The transferred tissue is not “rejected” as it is not foreign tissue. The transplanted hair maintains its own characteristics; color, texture, growth rate, and curl, after transplantation and re-growth. The vitality of the grafted follicle is maintained by the rich blood supply to the scalp. Originally, large circular grafts containing 15-20 hairs were transplanted resulting in noticeable and unnatural results.

Over the years, instruments and techniques have been developed that allow us to achieve truly natural results by transplanting small grafts very close together called single follicle hair transplantation. We have found that hair grows from the scalp in groups of 1, 2, and 3 hair follicles. We transfer these groups of follicles after eliminating the excess surrounding fatty tissue. This allows the grafts to be placed closer together resulting in a denser and more natural result.

Dear Dr. Burden,
In November of 2007, you performed this procedure (breast augmentation) on me. They are beautiful. I recently had my gyn. check up with my doctor and I had to tell him of my surgery. He could not believe there were NO incision marks anywhere. Even after I showed him where they were he was amazed because they had healed up so well that you cannot tell I ever had surgery! I took that as a great compliment because he has been in practice for many, many years and he has seen many breast procedures. It actually appears that mine are perfectly grown that way! WOW! Thank you so much. I was 45 years old and married for 25 years before I had it done and it has been such a catalyst for me wanting to take really good care of myself. I walk several miles a day and pay attention to the kinds of food I put into my body. I actually make ME a priority which I always had a hard time doing. Many thanks again to you and your wonderful staff!
Sincerely, L.B. Ozark, AL

Thanks to all for making my surgery a happy experience.*
Regards, V.

you guys are great i have had a cpl of surgeries done with your center and hope to be back for a few more

Dr. Burden,
We want to thank you for all you have done for us...and we hope all your patients feel as special as we do. Wishing you Health, Wealth, Happiness, and Longevity.*

Treated you like family, professional & informative  Everything dr burden told me , happened  My recovery was great

* Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What About Other Hair Loss Treatments?

There are only two products approved by the FDA for hair loss: Propecia® and Rogaine®. Neither Propecia nor Rogaine have been proven to restore hair in the frontal areas. Propecia and Rogaine can slow or even stop hair loss, while hair transplants can restore hair that was lost.

Some shampoos may enhance the appearance of fuller hair. But the hair loss products that claim to “cure” hair loss are not legitimate. There is no cure for hair loss only products that can slow or restore certain areas for hair growth.

As you research hair restoration options, you will likely come across several different terms referring to a few different ways of performing hair transplant surgery:

  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
  • NeoGraft®
  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

For the sake of comparison, it’s important to know that NeoGraft is essentially a branded device that surgeons use in an FUE hair transplant procedure. (Dr. Burden does not use NeoGraft, though.)

Here at Destin Plastic Surgery, Dr. Burden prefers FUE to the FUT method for a few reasons. Chief among them: FUT creates a linear scar along the back of the scalp when removing hair from the donor site. With FUE, the surgeon extracts only a few hairs at a time from your donor site, so there is no visible scar.

In a sense, FUE ultimately gives the patient more versatility, because you can wear your hair very short if you like.

What About Female Hair Loss?

More than 20 million women in the United States alone are suffering from hair loss. A main cause of female hair loss is hormones.

An overactive or under active thyroid gland may cause thinning hair. Hormones can also cause hair loss if female hormones (estrogens and progesterone), are out of balance. However, if the hormone imbalance is corrected, the hair loss should stop. Therefore, hair loss and menopause are commonly linked and result in thinning hair in older women. Before menopause, about 13 percent of women experience hair loss. After menopause, reporting of the problem from women increases to about 37 percent. Additionally, childbirth can result in a dramatic loss of hair following the hormone shift.

Since for some women the causes of their hair loss are much more complex than the classic “male pattern baldness” a proper diagnosis of the underlying cause is vital before any hair loss treatments are attempted.

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Hair loss in females, while often less noticeable than male hair loss, can be far more emotionally damaging. Female hair loss can be treated but treatment options for women are more limited than those available to men.

Hair transplant surgery can be effective for treating female hair loss. Additionally, Rogaine for women (minoxidil) can be used to help regrowth. The drug Propecia and similar DHT blocking drugs should not be taken or even handled by women due to the high risk of birth defects.

Are Hair Transplants Expensive?

Hair transplantation is more expensive than a hair piece or some alternative treatments. However, considering that the results last indefinitely, most people consider it a good investment in their future happiness.

Estimate of costs:

  • Our consultation fee is $75 and this cost will be deducted from your surgery balance when due.
  • $5 a hair graft
  • 1500 grafts for receding hairline (approx.)
  • 2500 grafts entire top of head (approx.)

Includes all surgeons fees, pre and post operative visits but not prescriptions (including sedative and ongoing cost of Propecia and Rogain).

How Many Sessions Will Be Required?

The number of the sessions will depend on the following factors:

  • Area of scalp treated
  • Number and size of grafts used
  • Density of hair that the patient desires
  • Individual characteristics of the patient (e.g. coarse hair will provide a more dense look than fine hair)

The estimate of the number of sessions can be discussed during the consultation with your surgeon.

What Can Be Expected After Hair Restoration Surgery?

The post-operative course will depend on adherence to the instructions given after FUE hair transplant surgery. Small scabs will form on the scalp at the graft sites. Generally speaking, these scabs disappear in 4 to 7 days. Shampooing can be resumed 24 hours after surgery. The suture (stitch) used in the donor area is undetectable as it is completely covered by your existing hair. An appointment will be made for the suture to be removed one week after surgery.

It is advisable to take at least 2 days off work after surgery. A baseball type cap can be worn at any time after surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 5 days after surgery. Typically, the grafted hair will shed in 2 to 4 weeks. New growth will begin in approximately 3 to 4 months and length will increase approximately 1/2 inch per month.

Meet Dr. Burden

Dr. William Burden

Founder, Destin Plastic Surgery

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Burden knows that building a distinguished career doesn't happen overnight. He's been serving the community for more than 2 decades, providing personalized aesthetic care and leading the field with pioneering techniques.

State-of-the-Art, Multi-Specialty Surgical Center

Are Hair Transplants Painful?

Most people are surprised at how little pain there is during the procedure. Some discomfort is to be expected as the anesthetic is injected into the scalp. Once the skin is anesthetized, there is no pain. If the numbing medicine wears off during the course of the procedure, more is injected to re-anesthetize the area.

What Will It Look Like After The Procedure?

The grafts form small scabs in the days after the procedure. If one has enough surrounding hair, these scabs can be camouflaged with creative styling. If not, the small scabs may be visible but do not attract much attention. By keeping the scalp moist, the scabs usually come off in about a week or so.

When Can I Go Back To Work?

Depending on the type of procedure you have done and the type of work you do, it is often possible to go back to work the next day. Your hair restoration surgeon will discuss this with you during the consultation.

Dr. William R. Burden, MD, FACS is known for his experience and dedication to staying in the forefront of leading technology in plastic surgery. Dr. Burden not only treats many patients from Panama City, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Tallahassee, Dothan, Atlanta, and Birmingham but also from around the world. Many people travel from Europe, South America and Asia to Destin to seek out his services.

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