Meet DR. DAVID JULIAN SEAGER, MBBS, ABHRS

Dr. David Seager Background

Dr. David Julian Seager Hair Transplant SpecialistDr. David Julian Seager was born in London, England in 1945. Both his father and grandfather were physicians so from an early age Dr Seager knew he wanted to follow in their footsteps. In 1967 he received his medical degree from King’s College Hospital at London University. Three years later in 1970, Dr. Seager immigrated to Markham, Ontario, Canada, just outside of Toronto. He practised family medicine there for 21 years and he was also in the medical direction of palliative care at Centenary Hospital in Scarborough, Ontario for four of those years. Dr. Seager had many hobbies and interests such as art, astronomy, tropical fish, parrots, travel, tennis, antique clocks and electronic gadgets. Dr. Seager passed away on December 7, 2006

Dr. Seager had lost most of his hair by age 18, he visited many hair loss surgeons at the time however they all told him he was not an ideal candidate for the surgery. Nonetheless, his interest in the hair restoration field was stirred. In 1989 he visited Dr Pierre Bedard at his clinic in Montreal, Quebec for three months to observe his hair transplant techniques before he established the Seager Hair Transplant Centre at the Centenary Hospital in Scarborough, Ontario that same year. Then in 1992, Dr Seager visited the Norwood Hair Transplant Centre in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to observe Dr O’Tar Norwood and the Centro Medico Para El Trasplante De Pelo S.A. DE C.V. in Guadalajara, Mexico to observe Dr Arturo Sandoval Camarena.

The next year, 1993, the Seager Hair Transplant Centre was visited for one week by Dr Norwood, who gave his professional instructions and comments to Dr Seager.

Then he made the trip to the Marzola School of Hair Surgery International and Restoration Clinics of Australia with Dr Mario Marzola to work on a course in Hair Surgery, including Punch Grafting, Minigrafting, Micrografting, Scalp Reductions and Scalp Lifts.

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Recipient of Prestigious The Golden Follicle Award


In 1993, Dr Seager became a member of the American Hair Loss Council, in 1994 he became a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) as well as a member of the Academy of Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery and in 1998 he became a board-certified American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery member.

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and Faculty awarded Dr. Seager the Golden Follicle Award at the 9th Annual Meeting in Moderator Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for his work with the ‘One pass-One session’ technique.

In 2002, Dr Seager became a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), the American Society of Lipo-Suction Surgery (ASLSS) and the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ASHRS). On October 9th, 2002 he spoke at the Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA and on October 11th, 2002 he was voted to the board of governors for the ISHRS.

Ground Breaking Technique

Dr Seager is considered one of the principal specialists in the field of hair restoration surgery and is renowned globally for his signature 3000-graft densely packed ‘One area-One session’ and ‘All Follicular Unit Micrograft Hair Transplant’ procedures. Dr Seager along with his staff have regularly performed mega-sessions of 3,000 to 3,500 follicular unit micrografts, or up to estimated 6,900 and 8,050 hairs, transplanted in one session since 1996, the record number is 4,345 follicular units.

First In The World To Move Away From Punch Grafts

Dr Seager was one of the first surgeons in the world to stop using punch grafts and instead used minigraft hair transplantation. He felt this produced denser, natural-looking results and was a more efficient way to do hair transplant surgery. In the mid-1990s Dr Seager was the first to perform what would later become his signature surgery, the ‘One Pass’ sessions.

This meant high density (minimum 3,000 grafts at a time) sessions at one time. The ‘One Pass’ technique produces sufficient, natural looking, reasonable density with extremely few patients requesting further grafts to increase density in the same area. Today, Doctors at the Seager Medical Clinic still practice and performs his techniques. Dr. Seager also perfected the “Ultra Refined Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation” in which he would place 3,000 grafts densely packed over one area where tiny needle incisions had been made (or ‘one area- one session’) and immediately place the grafts into the incision points, this was later termed the ‘stick and place’ technique.

Greater Hair Transplant Density

When implant pens were introduced to the market, stick and place technique hair transplants became much more popular as it made it more graft simple placement technique.

Traditionally hairs are removed from the donor zone and then put on the scalp using small incisions or recipient sites, one by one. The ‘stick and place’ technique is much more efficient as it places the follicular unit into the recipient site immediately after the incision is made. Incisions tend to shrink over time, so by immediately placing the follicular unit after the incision, incisions can be slightly smaller and less conspicuous.

It also means less bleeding for the patient and physician to deal with and denser appearing hair. Dr. Seager also liked to use ‘chubbier’ grafts or telogen grafts as he felt he could more densely pack these to make the hair appear thicker.

He conducted a study in 1997 showing that chubby grafts have a higher regrowth rate over skinny grafts during a period of 6 months. His reputation as a truly innovative hair transplant pioneer is well known within the hair restoration world.

Present Day

Dr. Seager coveted techniques are still in use today at the Seager Medical Centre in Scarborough, Ontario. The Seager Hair Transplant Centre has been renowned as a world leader in the field of medical hair restoration due to Dr. Seager hard work and it is our mission to continue the trend.

DR SEAGERS PUBLICATIONS

Seager DJ., Simmons C. Local anaesthesia in hair transplantation. Dermatology Surgery. 2002 Apr;28(4):320-8.

Seager DJ. Advantages and disadvantages of graft preparation using the binocular stereoscopic dissecting microscope. International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. 1998;6(1):27-31.

Seager DJ. Micrograft size and subsequent survival. Dermatology Surgery. 1997 Sep;23(9):757-61; discussion 762.

Stough DB. Hair Replacement: Surgical and Medical. Chapter: Anaesthesia, Sedation, Pain Control and Management of the Post-Operative Period. 1996.

Seager DJ. Painless hair transplantation. International Journal or Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery. 1995;3(2):154-157.

Bernstein RM, Rassman WR, Seager D, Shapiro R, Cooley JE, Norwood OT, Stough DB, Beehner M, Arnold J, Limmer BL, Avram MR, McClellan RE, Rose PT, Blugerman G, Gandelman M, Cotterill PC, Haber R, Jones R, Vogel JE, Moy RL, Unger WP. Standardizing the classification and description of follicular unit transplantation and mini-micrografting techniques. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Dermatology Surgery. 1998 Sep;24(9):957-63.

Whitworth JM, Stough DB, Limmer B, Limmer B, Seager D, Boudjema P, Barrera A, Choi YC, Mangubat A. A comparison of graft implantation techniques for hair transplantation. Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. 1999 Jun;18(2):177-83.

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