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ISHRS "Operation Restore" Pro-Bono Program--restores more than just hair

"Operation Restore" is the volunteer Pro-Bono program, sponsored by the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) that provides hair transplant procedures for patients who have had hair loss due to disease or trauma. The program matches prospective hair loss patients with volunteer ISHRS physicians to obtain hair restoration treatments, services or procedures to help restore the physical and emotional wellness of the individual. For more information on the ISHRS pro-bono program, visit

Eleven year-old patient, Chris, was born with a small bald spot that went unnoticed by schoolmates until recently. Teasing and taunting led him and his mother to seek cosmetic camouflage options temporarily, while looking into whether hair transplantation could fill the area with living and growing hair.

Coverage was restored to the area using a new, minimally-invasive hair transplant device called NeoGraft, which is performed comfortably while the patient is awake. Living and growing hair follicles were harvested without using a scalpel or stitches in the 'donor' area, then transplanted one at a time into the bare area.

For a video and 'behind the scenes' photos of Chris' procedure, see below.