Michael Van Vliet, MD

Michael Van Vliet, M.D.
Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
West Florida Surgical and Non-Invasive Hair Restoration

Sarasota/Manatee based plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Van Vliet has a data driven protocol to treat all stages of hair loss including hair weakening, thinning, shedding, receding hair lines, and baldness.

Choosing the right person for any job can be difficult. Dr. Michael Van Vliet has completed a 6-year residency at the prestigious Ivy League hospital Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and multiple fellowships in Los Angeles at the renowned University of Southern California. Following his training, he has over 8 years of experience as a plastic surgeon. He is attentive to the needs of his patients, believing that understanding and communication is essential to delivering the desired goal.

Successful restoration of the hairlines, scalp or eyebrows is an art. While many people can perform these procedures, having the expertise and experience of a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Van Vliet, enhances the quality of the outcome. Hair restoration is greatly improved when done by someone who understands the unique characteristics of these very visible cosmetic areas.


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Early Stage Hair Restoration

Like most disease processes, hair loss is a process.  Patients will first notice hair thinning, shedding, weakening or changes in texture.  If left untreated, this will progress over time into baldness.  The good news is that the early stages can be treated non-surgically.  Dr. Van Vliet has developed a protocol that can be worked into one’s everyday life to combat these early signs of hair loss.  Treatments in this stage include oral and topical supplements.  These treatments are non-surgical, non-invasive, can be done from the comfort of your home, and are safe and effective.  Fortifying hair at the early stage can slow or even prevent the progression of hair loss.

Adapting to the protocol and following through is essential to maintaining the strength and longevity of one’s hair.  These treatments are preventative and provide long-term results.  If the protocol is done properly, the patient will enjoy stronger, fuller, and healthier hair!

Middle Stage Hair Restoration

Patients in this stage have noticeable thinning and hair loss but not quite enough to justify a surgical intervention.   They have usually begun to see thinning; it is too soon to known exactly where the thinning will stop.  While the goals in the early stage are largely preventative, the goals here are to stimulate the growth and production of dormant hair follicles.  Both oral and topical supplements and laser light therapy can be beneficial to naturally nourish the hair and achieve the desired restoration.

Later Stage Hair Restoration

Patients with loss of hair pattern (receding hair line) or absolute hair loss will need a more aggressive approach.  Dr. Van Vliet uses the latest technology, including the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique, to restore the hair.  The procedure of hair extraction and transplantation has been revolutionized with the most trusted name in the industry, NeoGraft.  NeoGraft allows Dr. Van Vliet to perform a next generation surgical technique to deliver the results his patients deserve with minimal to no scarring or down time.  Although this involves an in-office procedure, discomfort and recovery are minimal and the results are natural and reliable.  Patient satisfaction is of utmost importance.  Dr. Van Vliet may also recommend patients in the later stages of hair loss maintain their results with topical or oral treatments following the procedure.

NeoGraft is a new automated hair transplant system which facilitates the harvesting of follicles during a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant, dramatically improving the accuracy and speed over previously used manual extraction instruments.

NeoGraft uses controlled pneumatic pressure to slide out the graft smoothly, so there is no pulling or twisting that can risk damaging the graft. Your grafts can be re-implanted sooner, keeping them more robust and resulting in a natural looking hairline.

The science behind grafting is simple. Hair follicles are taken from the hair in the back of the head that naturally continues to grow. The follicles that hold your transplanted hair are living tissues that grow cyclically. Once the normal hair follicle has been implanted into the balding area, the grafted hair will stay in place for about two to three weeks before shedding – this is normal and an important part of the new growth process. After shedding, the new growth will begin in 3-4 months and your hair will continue to grow normally. More importantly, your results will look healthy and natural.

“F.U.E.” or “Follicular-Unit Extraction” is an advanced, minimally invasive hair transplant method which allows for the harvesting of individual follicles from the donor area without a scalpel incision or the necessary stitches, and therefore leaves no linear scar.

The highly ergonomic mechanical NeoGraft system works as a natural extension of the surgeons’ hand, allowing for faster and more accurate harvesting of hair follicles. NeoGraft patients now reach their goal with less time in the procedure room or fewer FUE procedures altogether.

Because FUE/NeoGraft is a minimally invasive procedure, it is a viable option for both men and women looking to restore their own living and growing hair with transplantation.

The reasons to use NeoGraft are simple:

  • Is minimally invasive (no stitches or staples required)
  • Is natural-looking (no linear scar)
  • Causes little-to-no discomfort (no scalpel involved)
  • Features quick recovery time (usually just a few days)
  • Allows for flexible financing (our physicians have options to meet your budget).

For Women

Many women suffer from hair loss and are often dismissed by the medical community as hair loss is traditionally thought of as “male problem.”  If you are experiencing thinning or loss of hair, you are not alone.  Millions of women share this affliction.  While male balding is generally localized to the front of the scalp or the crown, hair loss in women tends to be more diffuse.  The good news is that hair restoration is equally possible for both women and men.  A natural, full head of healthy hair is possible!  Dr. Van Vliet would be happy to discuss the therapeutic options in detail and outline a personalized treatment plan.

Eyebrow Restoration

Thin or flat eyebrows are a very common problem.  Restoring a natural arch with the perfect amount of volume requires the expertise of a plastic surgeon.  Dr. Van Vliet’s experience in cosmetic surgery and hair restoration can help achieve your goal of having the perfect natural eyebrow.  The procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia and only lasts a few hours.  The micro hair grafts are meticulously harvested and placed without any suturing or incisions.  The results are permanent, natural and cannot be achieved with makeup or tattooing.

Laser and Light Therapy

There are exciting laser and light technologies available to assist with hair restoration.  The treatments work by enhancing blood flow to the scalp.  This augmented blood flow will strengthen the metabolism in the hair follicles that are currently in the resting stage.  Doing so will convert those hair follicles to the active or growth phase, thereby giving a new vigor to the hair.  While these treatments are safe, effective, painless and scarless, there are many products commercially available.  Dr. Van Vliet can help you navigate through the options, answer all of your questions, and help with incorporating this technology into your treatment plan.



A natural supplement, 100% drug free. (AminoMar complex and a  blend of vitamins (vitamin C and biotin) and fish proteins to help stimulate hair growth).  There is a male and female version.  The product works by fueling the capillaries responsible for stimulating hair growth. Cannot use in patient with fish allergy.  Concern is only 120mcg of biotin.  Some studies suggest 5000mcg per serving is best.


Options for both men and women that cleanse and strengthen hair to prevent breakage and promote a fuller look. Hair La Vie also has a very nice shampoo line.


A natural DHT blocker.


This mushroom has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, where it’s been used as an anti-inflammatory, to treat skin problems, and, most importantly for our purposes, improve circulation. By promoting blood flow to all areas of the body, including the scalp, Reishi helps deliver more of the nutrients your hair follicles need.


This is a protein that actually makes up part of the structure of the hair itself. By supplementing with additional keratin to help fill out the structure of the hair strands, users are supposed to see cleaner, shinier, and smoother hair than ever before.


This is one of the most classic supplements for hair, one that even doctors prescribe. A coenzyme R, it plays a part in the body’s essential processes, and is thought to be important in maintaining hair health and keratin production.


Assists with the growth of new hair and making of thicker hair most commonly found on the crown. The effects are localized and does not manipulate hormones. The product works by stimulating hair growth by vasodilation.


Similar to minoxidil. However, also contains dht blockers and other substances to assist in hair restoration process. Works on crown and hairline, unlike Manoxidil which only works on crown. Also does not have side effects of minoxidil (edema, flushing, increased facial hair, scalp irritation, drowsiness, redness) and is not greasy.


Finasteride is best for reducing hair loss along the crown and hairline. Unlike minoxidil and nonoxidil, which promotes hair growth, Finasteride will prevent hair loss. It blocks conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is what causes male pattern baldness. It can take up to 6 months to see a result. The biggest side effect is loss of libido or erectile dysfunction, which occurs in about 4% of cases. Finasteride may cause increased shedding in the first couple of months. This is normal and should not be cause for discontinuation.


This important mineral isn’t always present in everyone’s diet, and a deficiency in it can lead to hair loss.


Vitamins and minerals aren’t all your hair needs. Healthy hair follicles need essential fatty acids, and the skin can benefit from it too, leading to less dandruff and hair loss.


Vitamin B5 (also called pantothenic acid) is needed to convert nutrients into energy and maintain overall health. Vitamin E is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help maintain cellular health.

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