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The AGE Defiers

Dr. Durante on Age Defying Hair Restoration Improving one’s self image

What’s the most rewarding part of your job? The satisfaction of improving someone’s self-image. The connection between the physical appearance and self-image can be vital. This underscores the psychological aspect of this profession, which is often over looked. I have seen patients come into my office and be flat-out depressed. These are people who look in the mirror and are unhappy with themselves, and I’m able to help.

Hair Transplant Specialist

What made you choose your area of specialty? I’ve always had a passion for the finer details of things. After I finished my general surgical residency, I moved out to Seattle in the late ’80s and completed a two-year microvascular fellowship at the prestigious Hope Heart Institute,working under the world-renowned Dr. Lester Sauvage. The move into hair restoration and hair transplantation was natural for me. My hair transplant procedures are where microsurgery meets technology, the two loves of my medical career. What is the biggest misconception that people have about your area of specialty? That balding is only a concern of men. Female hair loss and thinning is extremely common; my practice is split between men and women at about 60 and 40 percent respectively, and I believe the need for follicular unit-grafting in women is even higher. In your expert opinion what are some of the pros and cons? The pros of my follicular unit-grafting technique include; no cutting or inci-

“When you look good, you feel good, and it shows, and vice versa. A healthy lifestyle consists of more than being physically fit; it has a lot to do with being emotionally fit as well.” sions, resulting in no scarring; minimal down time; and a significant decrease in the possibility of post-op complications such as bleeding or infection. Also, by removing the grafts individually, we handle them less than with “tradition strip method” procedures, resulting in a higher rate of graft success and preservation of the donor site. The only con I can really think of would be the preparation of the donor site. It requires a bit of planning in order to cosmetically mask the donor site, which needs to be shaved, the removed hair is unnoticeable to the naked eye. Tell us about some age-defying procedures you offer. There are so many, but one of my favorite is eyebrow restoration. People take for granted the impact the eyebrow can have on a youthful appearance. Thick, full eyebrows signify youth and vitality. Eyebrows thin with age, and we lose an important contrast element of the face, along with loss of luster of the eyes and even definition of the cheekbones. What’s the best advice you can offer patients in terms of preventative measures they can take to keep themselves looking or feeling younger? 118 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MARCH 2014

When you look good, you feel good, and it shows, and vice versa. A healthy lifestyle consists of more than being physically fit; it has a lot to do with being emotionally fit as well. It is important to feel confident and happy. If you weren’t in your current profession, in what other field could you see yourself and why? I honestly cannot imagine myself doing anything else; even when I’m not working I’m operating. In my spare time I travel to remote parts of Africa and donate my services as a general and vascular surgeon. It is simply who I am.

DR. KEITH R. DURANTE, MD. FACS 786 Montauk Hwy West Islip, NY 11795 T: 631.669.3700/631.620.2020 E: longislandneograft@gmail.com W: Longislandneograft.com

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Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...

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Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...

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