Michael Shares His Story

I am convinced that you are the best hair transplant surgeon in the world.

I was overwhelmed by the staffs courtesy and hospitality. All my needs were attended to promptly and patiently. I required another procedure and I came back on 11/12/2007. I will also recommend Dr. Mejia to anyone who may be seeking hair loss treatment. Having hair transplant surgery at Jupiter Hair Restoration has been a great experience for me.

First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to all the staff that performed my surgery. Second, I have seen great team-work at this clinic. For me, each of them are great! Finally, I know that my result will be successful. I received 2267 grafts on 9/13/06 and 1892 on 11/12/07. I can not begin to tell you how comfortable Dr. Mejia and his staff made me feel fantastic. His presence alone and the way he speaks to you makes you feel like you are in the hands of a person who cares about his patients.

I have been in the marketing and sales markets for 12 years and I deal with people from all over the world. You don’t find people who truly love their profession and are genuine. I have called him several times on his cell phone and I couldn’t believe that on the post operation papers he even provides you with his direct number.

“I have to tell you this…………yesterday I got a haircut from a stylist who I had never been to before. Normally I would have such anxiety over someone new cutting my hair as I was always worried that they would cut too much or not do it just right to cover all the bald spots. I never told the stylist that I had a hair transplant. It is growing so natural looking that no one……not even the hair stylist….would ever know.”

I chose Dr. Mejia on the basis of his surgery expertise and his confidence in being able to effect repairs to give my transplanted hairline a much more natural look. You can also benefit like I have. Call his office and schedule an appointment. You will not be disappointed.

Michael, Florida

JH Shares Why He Chose Dr. Mejia

After 24 years in the hair-loss industry (non-surgical) and hair styling I have seen a lot of BAD HT’s out there and I even have covered up thousands of dollars of HT’s with non-surgical HP’s. I took my own decision very seriously and considered all of my options with finding the right Dr. for me. I considered going to the Burger King’s of HT’s but not personal enough for me.

But hey people this if very personal and with you for life so take is seriously. A sales guy at the BIG BOX companies will push you through and not care about you as a person or the results. These companies have to pay for all of those commercials you see everywhere and guess who pays (you)! That’s what keeps the giant wheel rolling with those places.

Think about it you are picking a person and their skill to cut open the back of your scalp and punch thousands of holes or slices and move lots of hair to the front and attempt to make it look awesome as it can be! They need to be an artist people! My clients look at me all day with my work, so Dr. Mejia did his job and took control and I wanted him to do what he thought would represent his work best on me.

That’s what should happen even when going to just get a haircut at the stylist. His chair-side manner was it for me and I knew he would be the ONE who would be doing and or supervising my whole day in the chair (10) hours for a fact. I was given a very though handout explaining the pre and post-op procedures and I followed them to a t.

I was most worried about the bumpy scarring that could occur and that I’ve seen on some of my own clients in the front and wide scar in the back and how my own body would heal. When I finally made the decision to go for it I had to feel comfortable and confident with my Doctor. Dr. Mejia did the whole consultation thoroughly and concisely. I told Dr. Mejia do it the best you can and if you see me out at dinner somewhere I want you to be able to be proud of what you did for me and say that’s one of my pieces of art! That’s how I feel about my own clients.

At this point in the process and considering the time, pain, and money I would totally do this all over again without a problem picking Dr. Mejia! Dr. Mejia also takes care of all of my own 5 employee’s regular skin treatments and we all love him and his staff!


Dennis Shares A Testimonial

I would like to take this time to express my utmost respect and appreciation for Dr. Ricardo Mejia and his staff at Jupiter Dermatology and Hair Restoration.
I recently have had a second hair restoration procedure done and this experience from beginning with making the call to the office, to the consultation, to the actual procedure was absolutely amazing. I am positively thrilled with the results and extremely happy that I decided to go with Dr. Mejia and his staff oppose t o the surgeon who performed the first procedure I had done 12 years ago.

When I first called to inquire about the procedure, Dr. Mejia’s staff was extremely easy to talk to. They were very kind, very professional and above all, very knowledgeable. They answered every one of my many questions before I decided to schedule the actual consultation with Dr. Mejia.

When I met Dr. Mejia, I felt at ease right away. He was very very kind and very very thorough during the consultation. He answered every question and concern that I had. I knew right away that he was the surgeon that I wanted to have the surgery performed by.
On the day of my surgery, I noticed so many different things, one being the respect that Dr. Mejia and his staff had for one another.

In this day and age when patient and customer service standards have all but diminished, not only was so much kindness extended towards me, but seeing them work together as a team so harmoniously was wonderful.

I believe I was scheduled to have two thousand graphs done that day but because of Dr. Mejia and his staff’s hard work, determination and dedication to their craft, I was given almost a thousand more graphs extra graphs. The procedure took much longer due to that and everyone was amazing. In fact, it was actually fun.

While Dr. Mejia and his staff remained very focuses with such precise hard work, I got to lie there and talk to them about music, movies, actors and all kinds of entertainment. It was great. It would have been very uncomfortable to lie there all that time with silence.

As for the results, I love it! There graphs have been growing in beautifully! I am so happy with the work that Dr. Mejia and his staff did. It’s absolutely amazing! I cannot get over how quickly the graphs started growing in. Everyone around me has been noticing. I am so happy I had it done. I just wish I did not wait as long as I did to continue with hair restoration.

I would have a ton of hair with all the graphs Dr. Mejia did but because I did not go sooner, I will need to go back to have other areas made thicker. And after the fantastic experience I had with Dr. Mejia and his staff, there is no other surgeon or office that I would go to.

I personally would like to thank Dr. Mejia and his entire staff for the utmost kindness and professionalism and I recommend them without hesitation as I am convinced that he is the best surgeon for this procedure.

Sincerely and respectfully, Dennis
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Hair Transplant – Steve’s Story

Steve documented his hair transplant on this blog: http://www.steveshairstory.blogspot.com/. Below are the details of the post:

On my 40th birthday, Laurie, Jamie and Nikki took me to a salon to be fitted for my first hairpiece. The evolution of my hair systems over the past 14 years could be a story on it’s own but that’s for another time. After moving to Florida and finding a new stylist to maintain my look, Jerry, my stylist ended up having a hair transplant for himself. I saw the results at my regularly scheduled appointment, ten days after his procedure and was pretty impressed. Fast forward one year and Jerry’s hair looks great. Laurie came with me to see Jerry’s hair and we decided it was time for me to have a new look. The photo below is one of the last shots of my old look.

The advantages for me would be a lot less maintenance, the color would always be right (mine) and it would gray naturally. The disadvantage is that the result is not “instant.” Transplanted hair takes time to grow out, so my look would be radically different for a few months. I figured I’d had the same look for 14 years so I could use the change.

We scheduled my procedure to take place as soon as we returned from visiting Jamie, Howie and Nikki after Yom Kippur. That way I would have my familiar look when we visited with our old northern friends and we could talk about their and our lives without hair dominating the conversation.

Now, for the procedure itself.

Dr. Mejia checked his notes from our initial consultation. We made some adjustments to our previous plan and he drew on my forehead where my new hairline would be, where we would fill in the back and to fill in an area on the side which suffered hair loss as a result of a previous hair system.

When the doctor tried to take the before pictures, his camera had a dead battery. But guess who happened to have a camera with a charged battery? He took plenty of pictures with my camera. Before the procedure I asked what was under the donor area which was being removed. When you feel the back of your head, it feels like the skull is not too far away. The answer is: Epidermis, dermis, then fat. Maybe that’s where the term “fat head” is from.

I was face down on a table like a massage table, completely numbed locally. Dr. Mejia taped some existing hair up and out of the way, clipped the donor site and made his incision below the taped up hair which would later cover the incision.

When reviewing the photos at home that evening, much to my surprise, he took pictures during the donor area removal. Let’s just say the Bodies exhibit was mild by comparison. Some photos must be distributed with the warning “Viewer discretion is advised.” If you ever want to know what’s going on inside my head, I can show you a picture.

If you’re into gore and like horror movies and don’t mind seeing a person without all their skin intact and if you really want to see what goes on inside my head, then click on the link below. Viewer Discretion Strongly Advised. You’ve been warned.

Go here to get grossed out: http://understeveshead.blogspot.com/

The incision runs from above the front of one ear to above the front of the other, across the back of my head. I was surprised it was so long, but that also distributes the “stretch” when the incision is closed over a wider area. What you see here is donor area all closed up. I was not in a position to take more photos.

After a brief “pit stop” I was ushered into a different room sitting up in what was a very comfortable chair. If I had brought a van, I’d have tried to take the chair home with me because I was able to sit for hours without any discomfort.

Next, a hair-splitting team of assistants literally split the “donor” strip into individual hair grafts as well as doubles, triples and quads. The singles are destined for my front hairline while the larger grafts will fill in the back and sides where they will be less visible at the scalp.

Next step, Dr. Mejia made holes in my head into which these grafts will be inserted. He determines the angle at which the grafted hair will grow so I will have a more natural look. I’m not sure why but I heard a crunching sound each time he made a new hole. He used a different size tool for each size graft. I was not able to watch this going on but it didn’t feel like 3000 holes were being punched. If I began to feel anything along the way, like pin pricks, I just had to say the word and they numbed me more. One of the technicians told me she thought I could feel it a little because I bled a little more. Three technicians worked on inserting the grafts, one on each side and one in the back. Dr. Mejia gave them each an occasional “break” so he could inspect their work and pop in a few on his own. I was surprised that the holes he made earlier didn’t close up by the time they got to them all with grafts. I also thought it must be tough to see all those holes. They said it wasn’t difficult at all. They do this every day.

This goes on for over I guess 9 hours. I had a relaxing and familiar image in front of me all day which reminded me of my upcoming sail from Curacao to Tortola. We took a short break for lunch, they ordered in ribs. Then it was back to work until the last hair was in place.

I regret that not all of my team is pictured as some had to leave earlier in the day. I’ll try to post some of my “recovery” stories in a few days. So far things are looking good and I finally got a haircut to mostly even things out. I had the “haircut from hell” for a few days while I was between worlds. All I can do now is wait for everything to grow in so i can style it. My hair hasn’t been this short since the early 1960’s, and it probably was a little longer then.

That’s Jerry at my side and he disclaims any responsibility for this haircut. He did the best he could with what he had to work with: Short spots courtesy of the doctor, a long incision to keep covered and a client who wouldn’t let him buzz the top all the way down to make it even. I had told the doctor to do whatever he needed to do to make his job easier. I’m in this for the long haul. Jerry went through what I just did over a year ago. Hair grows at 1cm to 1.5cm a month so we have a chance to experiment with my style along the way.

Let me know if you enjoyed this blog and I hope I didn’t gross you out. It really was a painless procedure. I look forward to the wind blowing through my hair some day and a low maintenance head.

Preparation for my procedure began three weeks ahead of time when I was supposed to stop eating nuts or taking any vitamin E products. I had to bend the rules slightly when Jamie and Howie bought me Halo Farms Peanut Butter Ripple ice cream which rivaled my favorite flavor from the now defunct Goodnoes in Newtown, Pa. Some would argue that peanut butter had at one time been a nut but I didn’t see any shells and I figured it had been transformed into an ice cream product prior to 21 days ago and was therefore permitted. It happened to be delicious and I heartily recommend it.

Two weeks prior, no natural herbs, 10 days prior, no aspirin. Three days prior, no heavy exercise including pleasant physical exertion if you catch my drift. I had to bend this rule too, and took a very nice bike ride with Nikki along the Hudson in NYC. We biked 18 miles but chose a level path. The weather was spectacular and I wasn’t about to miss that ride for anything. The purpose of no exercise turns out to be to keep endorphins and adrenalin low but I still had a day and a half to relax before my big day.