The most common question Dr. Farhan Contractor hears is “does hair restoration actually work?”

Luckily, Dr. Contractor is more than qualified to answer. As one of the few physicians in the US who specializes in hair restoration techniques like manual Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Dr. Contractor has successfully performed over 2,000 hair restoration procedures.

As the Medical Director of Keeps Hair Restoration, Dr. Contractor not only helps patients restore their hair growth—he supports them in reclaiming a sense of themselves. Read on to learn a bit more about Dr. Contractor and his path to Keeps Hair Restoration.

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your educational background?

I am a physician with expertise in manual Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), an advanced hair restoration technique in which the entire procedure is performed by hand. I’ve wanted to be a hair restoration surgeon since medical school. To reach this goal, I paved a path that allowed me to study under top surgeons in the field.

I’ve performed thousands of hair restoration procedures over nearly a decade. My experience performing FUE at some of the most prestigious hair restoration centers in the country has allowed me to become a leader in the field.

I also enjoy teaching and have helped train physicians ranging from plastic surgeons to dermatologists in hair loss medicine and surgery. I find tremendous gratification in teaching others and helping improve the lives of patients.

I have a lovely wife and two small children, Zayn and Layla, who are my reason for wanting to be the best at everything. When I am not busy performing surgery, I enjoy working out, racing cars, traveling, and smoking briskets.

2. What inspired you to get into treating hair loss?

I have always had a fascination with hair. When I was younger I’d spend countless hours styling my hair to get it just perfect. As I got older, I noticed my hairline recede, and I needed to adapt my hairstyle to maximize coverage and volume. While I’m fortunate to have only experienced mild hair loss, I empathize with those who have experienced more extensive hair loss.

Naturally, I began to study the entire spectrum of what could be done to prevent further hair loss, while also learning how to help those who have suffered from more severe cases of male pattern baldness. Fast forward more than a decade, and now I spend my days trying to help others prevent hair loss and reclaim their hair through hair restoration.

3. What do you like most about treating people for hair loss?

I take great pride in giving folks a new lease on life. Hair restoration with FUE is consistently a homerun and there’s no better feeling than seeing a patient achieve awesome results. While people seek my services for hair restoration, what truly makes me happy is seeing how happy and satisfied men are with their results. It can be life changing.

4. What’s your favorite fun fact about hair or hair loss?

Hair loss is treatable and optional for most men. While many guys believe that hair loss is inevitable, that fortunately doesn’t need to be the case. The vast majority of hair loss is preventable and even those with more severe hair loss have great options ranging from prescription hair loss treatments to hair restoration with FUE.

5. What’s the most common question you get from patients? How do you answer it?

“Does hair restoration actually work and do the results appear natural?”

The answer from my experience is — yes! In fact, if you’ve seen someone famous who used to be bald but now has hair, they probably had a hair restoration procedure. The reason folks have trouble figuring this out is because the process is gradual and results are so natural.

One of the funniest moments in my career happened while I was performing surgery. The patient was watching a Netflix special during the procedure and commented on how the comedian’s hair used to be “so thin.” They asked if I thought he had a procedure and I said, “I think so.” The truth is, I knew he had a procedure because I was the one who did it.

6. What is a hair loss myth you’ve come across often?

A myth I hear a lot is that wearing hats causes hair loss. This is simply not true. It is more likely that people who are losing hair tend to wear hats to conceal their hair loss—and thus the correlation.

7. What advice do you have for someone who wants to know if a hair restoration procedure is right for them?

The best way to know if hair restoration is right for you is to consult with a physician or practice that specializes exclusively in hair restoration. Most practices that perform hair restoration should be able to help you understand your chances for success.

It’s also important to have reasonable expectations, as even the most talented surgeon can’t make Terry Bradshaw look like Fabio. However, the beautiful thing about hair restoration by FUE is that the vast majority of patients who have the procedure by an experienced hair restoration surgeon do exceedingly well. It’s incredible how nervous some patients are about the procedure, when in reality, hair restoration by FUE is one of the lowest-risk medical procedures and consistently produces some of the best results.