Dr. Lam Plastic Surgeon Dallas

Dr Samuel LamDr. Sam Lam graduated as Valedictorian from Cistercian Preparatory School and completed his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, both with distinction. He trained for six years in head and neck surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City and then completed a prestigious fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and hair restoration. He is one of only over a hundred diplomates in the world of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS). He is also board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology serving the specialty of Head and Neck Surgery and maintains current certificates for all three board examinations.

Dr. Lam has written and edited the definitive textbook series on hair transplantation, entitled Hair Transplant 360 (Jaypee Medical Publishers, New Delhi, India). This 4-volume, 2000-page book series achieves many singular accomplishments in the industry: 1) his four books are the first and only hair transplant multi-volume book series (all other books on hair transplant are only a single volume) 2) the series contains the first and only hair transplant book for hair transplant assistants (Volume 2, written by Emina Karamanovski Vance with whom Dr. Lam has now worked for over a decade) 3) the series contains the largest book ever written on the subject of hair transplant (Volume 3, 80 chapters and close to 1000 pages, double in size to the next largest book on the subject) 4) the series contains the first and only major textbook on the subject of follicular unit extraction (FUE). Also, he just doubled in size and extensively revised Volume 1 and assisted Emina Karamanovski Vance to revise and significantly expand Volume 2, both of which are now in their 2nd editions.

Dr. Lam has written over 250 scientific articles and book chapters as well as eight major medical textbooks. He has written numerous scientific articles on hair restoration in distinguished journals like Dermatologic Surgery and has written scientific articles on hair restoration for Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America, Clinics of Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, as well as many book chapters. Dr. Lam’s articles on hair restoration have been translated into French and Spanish, and his textbooks have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. Dr. Lam has contributed both as editor and author to the Hair Transplant Forum International, the main publication of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), and was featured as the Surgeon of the Month in that publication.

He is also on the committee for board recertification for the ABHRS, is currently the website chair for the ABHRS, is on the board of directors for the ABHRS, has written numerous ABHRS examination questions, and is also an oral examiner for the ABHRS on an annual basis. He has achieved the distinguished status as a fellow member of the ISHRS, qualified by his numerous publications, teaching positions, and attendance at annual meetings.

Dr. Lam lectures and directs courses every year both nationally and internationally on hair transplant surgery and has lectured in the United States (Boston, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Orlando, Nashville, New Orleans, and Miami) and internationally (Russia, Germany, Italy, Iran, Norway, Bahamas, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia). He has lectured at the ISHRS annual meeting and has served as the Basics Course Director (2013) and the Workshops Chair (2015) for the ISHRS annual meeting.

Dr. Lam is the founder and national course director since 2009 for the well-reviewed Hair Transplant 360 Course held annually in St. Louis, MO. This course has raised the bar in hair-transplant education and offers extensive hands-on training for the beginner to intermediate hair surgeon and has been recognized as the premier educational course for hands-on beginner training. Dr. Lam is very passionate about bioenhancement and regenerative medicine technology that he believes has transformed the industry of hair restoration and his clinical practice and lectures on this topic frequently. He believes in educating future hair surgeons in an ethical, passionate, compassionate, artistic, and technically precise manner.

Dr. Samuel Lam Is A Hair Transplant Diplomate Of The

  • American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Head & Neck Surgery-Otolaryngology

Dr. Samuel Lam’s Fellow Memberships

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)

Dr. Samuel Lam’s Professional Memberships

  • Texas Medical Association (TMA)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS)

Hair Restoration Diplomate


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Sculpture is a product that is basically polylactic acid. It is a powder that's reconstituted with water and then injected into the skin so that the tissues produce volume. I have done Sculptra over the years on and off. I'm currently in an off mode. In general, I have not been a huge fan of Sculptra in terms of regeneration of tissues. It's for a few reasons, first of all, it's unpredictable. And I think patients, when they pay money, they want predictability. So some people get good outcomes, some people don't. The way that the product works it's predicated upon your collagen and being built. So if your response to the product is that you don't build collagen and after a few weeks, then you are not getting the result that you would pay for. And that's a problem.

The second reason I don't like Sculptra is that as there's a delayed gratification, when I'm doing fillers, people really want to see the result immediately. So it's another reason I'm not a big fan of Sculptra. The other reason I don't like Sculptra is that around the mouth, there's a little higher risk of some nodule formation, which I don't like. And I don't like the fact that it's not reversible if there's something I don't like about it. The other reason unlike Sculptra is that I can't really design it. And so when I do fillers, I really like to be able to design the shape of the face in a way that's very pleasant. So fillers allow me to really get it exactly the amount of shape and size I want. With Sculptra I'm sort of laying it in there and hoping the best shows up.

Another reason I don't like Sculptra is that the crisscross injection method is quite uncomfortable. And my patients really know that I don't like a lot of discomfort. So, these are the reasons I'm not a big fan of Sculptra. I don't think it's a bad product. I think people have gotten great results both in my hands and elsewhere. But currently I don't have a huge role for Sculptra. I did use Sculptra for a year or two in the neck for some improvements in the quality of the skin. I think it can do that. I find that now radio-frequency microneedle and MesoBotox are actually better for that. And also I had a couple incidences of some nodularity in the neck with Sculptra that I had to manage, whereas with Botox and microneedle, I don't really see that. So currently I'm not using Sculptra. I don't think it's a bad product. I think that some doctors have great results with it. In my hands and in my perspective, I'm not a big fan of it, but I just wanted to tell you why.

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