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Limited Time – 35% Off NeoGraft Hair Transplant

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Before and after NeoGraft hair transplant. Individual results may vary.

For a limited time, we’re offering a NeoGraft Hair Transplant at 35% off!

While summertime appointments last, we’re offering $5.25 / graft instead of the regular price of $8 / graft. Hair consultations with Drs. Lieberman & Parikh are free.

Hair consultations with Drs. Lieberman & Parikh are free, but we do have limited appointments, so give us a call at (650) 327-3232 or email us to reserve your appointment.

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Hereditary Hair Loss & The 7 Most Other Common Causes

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Male and female pattern baldness, also known as hereditary hair loss and androgenic alopecia (AGA) is often assumed to be the only cause of hair loss. AGA causes visible signs of loss, thinning areas, and bald patches and affects some people at a very young age.

Such was the case with Dr. Lieberman who began losing hair during his first year of college at Stanford University. Hereditary hair loss impacts about 70% of all men in the United States, as well as tens of thousands of women.

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As two of the leading providers of NeoGraft Hair Restoration, Drs. Lieberman & Parikh were asked to contribute an article to the website, FUE Doctors. They explain hereditary, male / female pattern hair loss, as well as the seven additional reasons why you may be losing your hair.

Read the full article here.

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Hair Loss After Chemotherapy – Meet Andrew, Real Patient / Real Story

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Real Patient after NeoGraft Hair Transplant by Drs. Lieberman & Parikh

Hair loss after chemotherapy is normal and usually in two to three months after the last treatment, a patient’s hair regrows exactly the way it was. Occasionally, the new hair will temporarily be different in color and or texture. People who had straight, dark hair before chemo might have wavy, grey hair afterwards.

After chemotherapy, our patient Andrew’s curly hair returned but it didn’t come back nearly as full. His hairline receded dramatically and he lost a lot of fullness at the crown. While permanent, hair loss after chemotherapy is rare, hair follicles can get burned after many years of the strong treatment and sometimes some hair follicles never return to the active phase of growth.

Hair loss after chemotherapy and having thinner hair rocked Andrew’s confidence in a way that he never would have expected, but fortunately he found a solution.

Here is his story.

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Beard Transplants In The Bay Area

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Don’t Let Your Beard Make You Feel Weird

Even before Bay Area hipsters in the Mission District made beards, mustaches, sideburns goatees and all other kinds of facial hair well, ‘hip’ again, facial hair has been a sign of manliness, strength and health. So when facial hair never grows in, thins all over or becomes splotchy in areas, it can be a major blow to the self-confidence.

Alopecia Barbae or balding in the beard area is more common that one might think. Thinning or bald patches appear under the chin, on the sides of the neck or cheeks or along the moustache region. And some people who don’t have any bald patches simply want fuller scruff like the Hollywood A-listers Drake, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Jon Hamm to name a few. That’s where beard transplants come in.

How Can I Get A Fuller Beard?

Just like Drs. Lieberman & Parikh restore a person’s head of hair using the NeoGraft hair restoration (FUE), they do a similar procedure for areas of the face. The principal of beard transplants is the same – harvest active hair follicles from one area of the body and transplant them into balding or thinning areas.

Matching a harvest area with a beard transplant area becomes more important than with a head to head transplant because the color and texture of a beard doesn’t always match the color and texture of the hairs on our head. Hair in the occipital area (back of the scalp) is the best area to take active hairs because they have a genetic programming that makes them resistant to hormones and to falling out.

Why I Should See A Board-Certified Hair Transplant Surgeon with a Good Aesthetic Eye?

Another important thing to note about beard transplants is that seeing a board-certified hair transplant specialist with a keen aesthetic eye is even more important when dealing with areas of your face. Facial hair comes in complicated patterns and making the end result look natural is a true art.

  • Beards can re-contour your face. Facial plastic surgeons understand how high or how low to start a beard transplant based on subtle contours of the facial structure.
  • Beard density is often related to ethnicity – Caucasians usually have thicker beards than Asians and black African Americans, although this is not always the case.
  • Take a look at someone with a full beard who hasn’t shaved in a while and you’ll probably notice an uneven border around the cheekbones and neck along with a bunch of stray hairs poking out in random places. Achieving this irregular, haphazard look is key to making a beard transplant look natural.

There’s much more to say about beard transplants, so if you have questions, we have answers. Give us a call at (650) 327-3232 or drop us a line to schedule your free consultation with Drs. Lieberman or Parikh.

 

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March Madness – NeoGraft Special!

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March Madness – NeoGraft Special!

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Lieberman & Parikh has a serious case of March Madness with really good deal on hair transplants! Book your NEOGRAFT hair transplant during March and we’ll offer you $5.25 / graft instead of the standard price, $8 / graft. You must book a minimum 1000 grafts and schedule the procedure before May 1, 2017.

Call (650) 327-3232 to reserve your appointment.
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Using Your Own Blood To Stimulate Hair Growth – PRP Therapy

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man-1181873_1920Losing your hair can be a stressful and embarrassing process. With society strongly associating a full head of hair with youth and vitality, hair loss can be a very difficult transition, especially if it progresses quickly and unexpectedly. PRP therapy can be a viable alternative to hair transplant surgery, and Drs. David Lieberman and Sachin Parikh are committed to educating patients about the non-surgical options for hair restoration in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.

What Is PRP?

PRP, short for platelet-rich plasma, is plasma from the blood that has been enriched with platelets. PRP contains a number of growth factors and small proteins that help stimulate the healing of soft tissue. PRP therapy has been used for years in the fields of orthopedics, dentistry, and dermatology.

PRP therapy for hair restoration involves drawing out a patient’s own blood, processing it down so that a purified version of only the enriched cells (i.e. PRP) is left behind, and injecting this formula into the scalp to stimulate natural hair growth. The use of a patient’s own blood in this form of hair restoration therapy has led to PRP being dubbed the “vampire hair regrowth plan.”

This minimally invasive, non-surgical process of hair restoration can be used on patients suffering from hair loss that may either be premature or early onset, or has occurred due to the aging process. It can be used on patients of any gender – while hair loss or thinning does not commonly result in large patches of baldness in women as it typically does with men, it is much more common than many women might realize or admit.

PRP hair restoration can be a very effective treatment* that works by strengthening existing hair follicles. Part of the issue with thinning hair is that the follicles themselves lose their hair density. While one follicle produces two to three strands of hair on average, follicles in individuals suffering from thinning hair may each produce only a single strand of hair. PRP hair restoration can stimulate the follicles to boost the number of strands each of them grows.

Phases of PRP Therapy

  1. Blood is first withdrawn from the patient, and spun in a centrifuge to separate out all its components. The platelets are collected and stored in order to allow them to multiply. This multiplication process also yields growth factors that will stimulate hair growth in the follicles of the scalp.
  2. The second step involves activating the scalp with a scalp roller to readily receive the growth factors and proteins from the PRP. Sometimes, microneedling may also be used for further activation.
  3. The PRP is then injected into the scalp for the follicles and cells in the scalp to absorb and stimulate hair restoration.

Since there are no additional foreign substances, and the patient’s own genetic material is used, the chances of adverse reactions or rejection in PRP hair restoration is very low.

Find Your Treatment Pathway for Hair Loss

Drs. Lieberman and Parikh note that PRP hair restoration can also be combined with other hair restoration techniques such as microneedling, hair transplant surgery, and medications such as Propecia® and Rogaine® to combat hair loss more effectively.

Depending on the cause of hair loss and the desired treatment goals of the patient, a doctor could also conclude that another hair restoration method may be more appropriate to treat the case. There is no perfect, one-stop cure for hair loss, as the treatment for each is heavily dependent on the cause or causes of hair loss.

Drs. Lieberman and Parikh would be happy to help anyone who wants to learn more about hair loss and hair restoration, and to determine whether PRP and/or other hair restoration treatments may be right for their cause of hair loss.

To schedule a consultation at the Bay Area’s Lieberman & Parikh Center for Hair Restoration, call (650) 327-3232 or email here.

  • Individual patient results may vary.
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Is Your Hair Thinning? Let Us Introduce PRP….

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As we age and go through hormonal shifts, thinning hair happens to everyone, including women. Its unnoticeable at first, but gradually around the temples or crown, hair begins to disappear. Sometimes the center part gets wider and wider or hair just thins all over leaving lush locks suddenly thin and brittle. Women generally don’t get a receding front hairline, like men do, but just because the hair loss isn’t as noticeable, doesn’t mean it doesn’t rock your confidence the same way.

While there’s no way to completely stop your hair loss, some people do have an option for preventing their hair loss by preserving the follicles that remain. Let us introduce Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP.

PRP_011PRP is a high concentration your body’s own plasma. It contains three to five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood which is why it is so effective at revitalizing cells and stimulating hair growth.

After our R.N. draws a sample of blood, she spins it through a centrifuge which separates the good stuff, the plasma, from the red and white blood cells. PRP is then injected directly into the areas of the scalp where hair is thinning.

In our skincare practice, aesthetician, Colleen Shimamoto, uses platelet rich plasma with micropenning, nicknamed “The Vampire Facial”, to treat textural and pigmentation issues on the face.

Both on the face and on the scalp, the micropen with PRP produces dramatic results.

PRP FAQ

  • Results: Patients usually see considerable hair growth in two to six months after the first treatment. It may take up to six treatments to achieve the desired result.*
  • Good candidates: Women and men who are in the early stages of hair loss. MicroPen with PRP will not regrow hair on people who are already bald.
  • Risks: Because it comes from your own body there are no safety concerns. In fact doctors have been using the revitalizing qualities of PRP to treat a variety of conditions since the early 1970s.
  • Pain: With a topical anesthetic, patients generally feel no pain.
  • Treatment Time:  45 minutes – one hour

If you’re concerned about thinning hair and think MicroPen with PRP might help, don’t wait any longer. The sooner hair loss is addressed, the better we can help restore a fuller, healthy head of hair.

If you’re interested in finding out if MicroPen with PRP can help with your hair loss, give us a call to schedule your free consultation with one of our hair specialists – (650) 327-3232

  • * Individual patient results may vary.

 

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What You Need To Know – Planning a NeoGraft Hair Transplant

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Lieberman & Parikh Center for Hair Restoration - crown of headWhile the NeoGraft system is  a semi automated hair transplant system, it is not a machine that just anyone can use. A lot of thought should go into planning a hair transplant and choosing a board-certified surgeon with a keen aesthetic sense will make the difference between an awkward or very natural end result.

 As you can see in the photo above, Drs. Lieberman & Parikh added a few grafts to the crown of this gentleman’s head as it is the most aggressive place of hair loss. However, the majority of grafts were implanted in the patient’s hairline, temples, frontal and mid-scalp regions. Why? The frontal areas frame the face and establishes a healthy hairline. No one speaks to the back of your head.

Lieberman & Parikh - Areas of frontal scalpFor this particular patient, about 2200 grafts were harvested from the back of his scalp and focused mostly in the frontal scalp, frontal mid scalp, temples and hairline. A few grafts were transplanted around the crown to make it slightly less bare. A hair transplant has it’s highest impact when it is transplanted along the front and sides of the hairline and along the temples.  In a few months, this patient will see considerable hair growth in these areas which will make him look a whole lot younger.

Lieberman & Parikh - hairlineConsidering the hairline may be one of the most artistically challenging and rewarding parts of a hair transplant. Everyone has an irregular hairline and the tell-tale sign of a poor transplant (and improper planning) is a straight line around the forehead. The hairline is like a coastline – it’s always jagged near the shore but as you go deeper into the ocean, or further back on your head, everything becomes more uniform. Drs. Lieberman & Parikh take many factors into account and go to great lengths to design a hairline that naturally frames a person’s face in an irregularly, regular and natural-looking pattern.

js-hair-1With proper planning and execution, nobody should be able to tell that you had a hair transplant. You may not end up with a full head of hair like you did at age 12, but like this patient, the hair growth can be considerable and your appearance transformed.

If you think you might be a good candidate for a NeoGraft hair transplant, call to schedule a free consultation with Drs. Lieberman & Parikh – (650) 327-3232

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Eight Common Causes of Hair Loss

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2weeksafterneograftjourneyMale-pattern baldness may be the most talked about and dreaded cause of hair loss, but there are many other reasons why you may be losing your hair (we won’t even get into toddlers and teenagers). Bay Area hair experts Dr. David Lieberman and Dr. Sachin Parikh regularly see patients who suffer from hair loss due to a variety of other causes which is why we emphasize the importance of first figuring out the root of the problem, and only then talking about possible solutions.

Of course, the most complained about cause of hair loss is male pattern baldness, also known as hereditary hair loss and androgenic alopecia. It frequently causes visible signs of loss and impacts about 70 percent of all men in the United States, as well as tens of thousands of women. Here is more information on that condition, as well as seven more to watch for if you’re wondering what is causing your hair loss.

  • androgenic alopecia: This cause is typically identified by its predictable pattern of progression. In men, loss appears as a receding hairline and a bare patch on the back of the head. Women typically experience increasing overall thinning. A hair transplant that gathers healthy grafts from loss-resistant areas of the scalp and fills in areas where too much skin is showing is a common and effective method for combatting this problem.
  • natural, daily loss: Often overlooked as a cause of hair loss, the natural life cycle of a hair ultimately involves each hair falling out at some point to make way for new growth. While the rate of replacement is nowhere near fast enough to account for thinning, it can cause stray strands to appear on pillows, in combs and hairbrushes, in shower drains, and elsewhere. If this is found to be the case, no treatment is recommended or needed.
  • hormonal imbalances: Major fluctuations in body chemistry can trigger hair loss, and many of them have to do with significant life events, such as getting pregnant, giving birth, or entering menopause. While those are all women-focused hormone shifts, men go through a transition known as andropause. Fortunately, a shift may be due to something as simple as diet. Unfortunately, testosterone, estrogen, and other chemicals may be off-kilter due to any of a variety of medical conditions, including thyroid problems.
  • medical conditions: Autoimmune diseases like lupus can account for hair loss, making a medical diagnosis particularly important in many cases. Most hair-loss-causing health conditions, such as diabetes, also have other symptoms, so a doctor should consider the patient as a whole when determining the cause of loss.
  • infections: Ringworm—a fungal infection that doesn’t actually involve worms—can cause hair to fall out if it develops on the scalp, and it’s not the only skin condition that can lead to bald patches. In the case of infections, no hair transplant is needed. A good antibiotic will do the trick.
  • injuries: Anything that damages the skin can temporarily or permanently damage a follicle’s ability to produce hair. Burns, cuts, and scrapes can remove hair and prevent its replacement from growing, and resulting scar tissue can also be an impediment to new growth.
  • medications: Chemotherapy is the most obvious example of this problem, possibly sitting as the second-most discussed (and feared) reason for hair to fall out. As with many other points on this list, no hair transplant or similar procedures are required to restore a full head of hair. Natural growth typically resumes after the treatments resolve, whether they’re regular doses of chemicals to fight cancer or herbal remedies intended to help with pain.
  • traction alopecia: Men who have hair long enough to put into a ponytail or wear a similarly pulled-back style may lose hair to the act of gathering the hair together and tugging it tight into a band.

If you have questions about your hair loss, Drs. Lieberman and Parikh would happy to discuss them with you. Set up an appointment by calling (650) 327-3232 or emailing.

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What Happens After The Hair Transplant?

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day-of-5-days-afterIt’s true that a NeoGraft Hair Transplant with Drs. Lieberman & Parikh will solve your hair loss woes and restore your confidence in the long-term. But, what happens immediately after the hair transplant when insecure feelings about thinning hair only intensify when people realize you had a cosmetic procedure to cover it up? Or maybe you just don’t want to answer questions about such a personal issue.

The first thing to know is that most people return to their normal activities in about three days – photo above shows a patient immediately after surgery and five days post-op.

If you would feel comfortable with a few additional concealing tactics in your back pocket, here are some to consider:

LOOSE FITTING HATS

For the first 24-hours after transplant, you will wear bandages around your head to keep the donor area clean so the follicles start to heal. The second day, the bandages won’t be necessary and you can wear a loose-fitting hat or cap. Toupee, anyone? 

STRATEGIC HAIRCUT

female-6m-hair-up-1Hiding the donor area with a strategic haircut is another way to go. If you already have short hair, consider shaving the back one week prior to the procedure but fade the hair upwards so it’s still longish on the top. After the procedure, the harvested area and redness will be concealed with the short hair regrowing in the back and the longer hair in the front can be combed forward to hide recently implanted grafts.  

If your hair is long, you will most likely be able to hide both the shaved area and the transplant area with other layers of hair and / or styling.

POST-OP SELF CARE

The day after FUE, some redness and scabbing will occur and many patients report that this is the harder part to conceal.

As the site begins to heal, scabs will form around the implanted grafts. The scabs will itch and become hard and crusted over if not washed off frequently. Keeping the scalp moist after surgery will prevent this from happening. Once scabs have formed, day1neograftjourney-500x225they are much harder to get rid of because scrubbing them will also dislodge the grafts. If scabs do form, you’ll have to wait 10 days for the grafts to become permanent before removing the scabs.

If you’ve had a hair transplant, how was your post-op experience? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

To schedule your hair transplant consult with Drs. Lieberman & Parikh, please call our office at (650) 327-3232 or drop us a note here.

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How Long Will My Hair Transplant Last?

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img_0096 This is a really good question for anyone considering a hair transplant.

While a NeoGraft hair transplant with Drs. Lieberman & Parikh will offer you the most effective and natural results currently available, it is impossible to stop the body’s hair loss process. However, knowing the facts about alopecia and the limits of a transplant will help you and your provider set reasonable expectations when deciding on a treatment plan.

  • What stage of the Norwood Scale most accurately reflects your hair loss?

ira-ryan-20150731111515583-20160803130722133If you have a receding hairline or balding around the crown, (Norwood Scale 2 – 4), then in the short term, a hair transplant can be very effective for restoring a full head of hair. However, when or  if the balding process continues, you may begin to lose additional hair in the areas not treated by FUE, resulting in awkward patches of missing hair. At some point you may want to consider an additional procedure to fill in those gaps.

Always discuss your particular balding pattern and the number of procedures potentially needed during your initial hair consultation.

  • What are your goals and expectations for a hair transplant?

Drs. Lieberman & Parikh know that achieving a healthy, natural-result is very important to their patients, but if you begin at a 4 or 5 on the Norwood Scale, your hair loss might be too significant to achieve optimal fullness with one transplant. It’s important to know the limits of a hair transplant and set reasonable expectations.

Continued use of over the counter treatments such as Minoxidil solution or foam can help thinning hair grow in both women and men.

  • How much donor hair do you have?

Considering the amount of donor hair you have and how many grafts will be harvested to achieve your goals is key when considering FUE. Everyone has a finite amount of donor hair that can be taken from from the back of the scalp. Depending on how thick your donor hair is will affect how many grafts can be harvested and transplanted into the thinning areas.

So, how long does a hair transplant last? There is no one answer, as each person has unique goals, expectations and biological factors that affect the duration and success of a hair transplant.

If you’d like to discuss your particular hair loss situation with the hair transplant experts, Drs. Lieberman and Parikh, please contact our office at (650) 327-3232 or email info@fortheface.com

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In Silicon Valley, Hair Transplants Give Tech Execs an Edge Over Competition

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Lieberman & Parikh Facial Plastic Surgery and Center for Hair Restoration has seen a dramatic rise in tech employees wanting a hair trasplant to boost confidence. Read the full article here.

Dr. David Lieberman and Dr. Sachin ParikhPALO ALTO, CA — Sept. 7, 2016 – Drs. David Lieberman & Sachin Parikh, Bay Area leaders of NeoGraft™ hair restoration and facial rejuvenation, have seen a recent increase in the number of tech workers coming to their practice for a boost of self-confidence through a hair transplant.

“There’s a lot of pressure to be the best of the best here is Silicon Valley, more than anywhere else,” said a recent hair restoration patient and CEO of a large tech startup who did not feel comfortable giving his name. “There are sixteen year olds starting up billion dollar companies in Palo Alto so everyone is looking for that slight edge to get them noticed.”

A hair transplant with the NeoGraft™ Automated Hair Transplantation system allows Drs. Lieberman and Parikh to harvest a patient’s own hair from the back of their head and transplant individual follicles into areas of thinning hair. The results from this procedure, known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), are very natural and because there are no stitches involved, the downtime after surgery is only a few days.

Natural-results with a quick recovery is what appealed to this patient who wanted to look his best, and have the most confidence before entering a season with multiple investor meetings.

“When you go into these investor meetings with big companies you analyze everything to help you make the sell. You want the highest degree of self confidence possible, so I wanted to take care of what I didn’t like, which were the thinning spots of hair,” he said.

At first, the patient admits that he was skeptical of the FUE hair transplant because he didn’t know if the technology would really work, The patient during the harvesting phase of a NeoGraft Hair Transplantbut after Drs. Lieberman and Parikh showed him the before and after photos of patients they had previously treated, the patient was convinced to give it a try.

Drs. Parikh and Lieberman say that this patient is not alone. Since launching a content-rich  website dedicated to NeoGraft hair transplant – forthehair.com – three months ago, the practice has since seen a dramatic increase in the number of young tech workers coming to their practice for hair transplant consultations.

“What we find is that in the Silicon Valley workplace there is pretty significant pressure to maintain a youthful appearance,” Dr. Lieberman said. “For many men, and some women, hair loss can be a primary contributor to a more aged appearance. Performing a successful hair restoration procedure with minimal scarring is a very exciting way to reframe a face in a natural, youthful and vibrant way.”

It is too early to see any results of the patients recent hair transplant, but his first investor meeting was five days after his hair transplant and by that time there were no visible signs that he had anything done. Drs. Lieberman and Parikh expect to see more tech workers, like him, looking to have a fuller head of hair to boost confidence as the tech industry continues to boom.

To schedule a complimentary consultation for a hair transplant with Drs. Lieberman or Parikh, please call our office: (650) 327-3223

 

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Its Not Just Men Who Get Hair Transplants

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portrait-1571542_1280When it comes to hair transplants in the San Francisco Bay Area, we see mostly men at our practice, but we know that our patient list does not reflect the full scope of people in the Bay Area and beyond who could benefit from a hair transplant.

About three quarters of the surgical hair transplants reported by American Society of Plastic Surgeons members in 2015 were performed on men. That means, of course, than one quarter of the hair transplant surgeries were performed on women. With about 15,600 total hair transplant procedures reported, the data reveal that more than 4,000 women in the country experienced hair loss that prompted them to seek out a surgical solution.

While those numbers are significant, they do not represent the larger demographic figures related to hair loss. The American Hair Loss Association reports that 40 percent of sufferers are women. Put that together with the ASPS’s stats, and it’s apparent that far more women experience hair loss than seek effective treatment for it.

By digging a little deeper, more specific statistics come to light. Many major media outlets, including the New York Times, have reported that about 30 million women in the United States deal with hereditary hair loss.

IMG_0101-2Just more than .01 percent of women in the United States who struggle with hair loss sought surgical treatment—at least from ASPS surgeons—in 2015.

Note that those numbers don’t include hair loss attributable to other causes, such as hormone fluctuations, stress, or physical damage from pulling hair back into a ponytail. For those conditions, a change in environment, balanced internal chemistry, or even a simple shift behavior may be enough to prompt hair to regrow. Hair loss can also be an indication of an underlying medical problem, so it is especially important to get a diagnosis before deciding on a specific course of action.

For hereditary loss, patients have choices. Solutions include minoxidil used as a topical therapy applied directly to the scalp, and platelet-rich plasma, which involves pulling particularly beneficial elements out of a patient’s own blood and using them to stimulate new growth.

From a surgical standpoint, one of the most common and reliable solutions is a hair transplant.

There have been many hair transplant-related-developments over the years, but the most recent is NeoGraft®, which draws on long-used methods and improves them by eliminating some of the drawbacks historically associated with surgical hair transplant procedures.

NeoGraft® works by collecting thousands of hair grafts from around the head, automating and improving the speed and precision of a process that can also be done by hand. The more modern method reduces the invasiveness of the overall hair transplant procedure, which translates into less scarring on the scalp and a reduced recovery time afterward.

The NeoGraft® system is also unique in that gathers follicles from a variety of places on the head, whereas earlier hair transplant collection methods involved cutting an entire linear strip out of one particular section of the scalp, ultimately leaving a scar in the form of a line. This tactic leaves only a very small mark in the form of a dot wherever a follicle is extracted. These dots are scattered and camouflaged under a patient’s existing hair.

Drs. Lieberman & Parikh both have an artistic eye coupled with the medical knowledge and experience to offer men and women natural-looking results that are indistinguishable from a pre-loss head of hair.

For your consultation, please call our office at (650) 327-3232

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A Vampire Facial For Your Head – PRP Therapy for Hair Restoration

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dracula-1226357_1280 You may have heard about, or evenseen the video of Kim Kardashian’s face covered with her own blood in an attempt to improve her skin tone and beauty. While you shouldn’t believe everything the self-made celebrity promotes, this type of procedure, PRP Therapy or the Vampire Facial, uses your own blood to promote cellular growth and healing, and it actually does work.

At For The Face, we offer Vampire Facials (MicroPen with PRP) to improve a patient’s skin tone, but we also apply the same technique for hair loss sufferers because it turns out your own blood can actually stimulate new hair growth as well as enhance the results of a hair transplant.

What is PRP and How It Works

PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma, is your own blood, put through a centrifuge and condensed to contain the good stuff –  platelets, growth factors, anti-inflammatory molecules, and cellular signaling elements. When this cocktail of plasma is  injected into areas of thinning hair, it activates blood flow and encourages newly implanted hair follicles to return to the active growth phase.

needle-1291172_1920Stand Alone PRP Treatments

Before undergoing a hair transplant, some patients opt for a series of stand-alone PRP treatments because in some cases, the additional platelet rich plasma is all it takes to get hair growing again. However, because the therapy stimulates existing follicles, it will not work for someone like Dr. Lieberman who is bald and who lost his hair many years ago. PRP is a relatively new therapy used only by hair restoration experts like Drs. Lieberman and Parikh, and the results have not been well studied. Some patients need a more aggressive treatment, like a hair transplant.

PRP For Surgical Patients

During hair transplant surgery, PRP helps out in two distinct ways. Because the PRP contains platelets that aid in the formation of new cellular growth, we place the harvested follicular hair grafts into a holding dish before they are reimplanted so they can absorb some of the good nutrients. Once the PRP-enriched grafts have been implanted, we use an Eclipse MicroPen and PRP to accelerate the speed of tissue healing and help the hair grow back faster and thicker.

So, while covering your head in your own blood does sound unappealing, PRP therapy is worth discussing with your doctor if you are looking at options for restoring your full head of hair.

If you have any additional questions on PRP Therapy or hair restoration options, please call our practice at (650) 327-3223

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Alopecia – Hair Loss 101

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With the launch of this new site ForTheHair.com, a content-rich resource for anyone experiencing hair loss, we’ll start with the basics on alopecia, or hair loss – who experiences it, why, and most importantly, what you can do about it.

  • What causes hair loss?

Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors –  genetic, hormonal, environmental – or a combination of all three. But, the most common cause of form of hair loss is Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) which happens when one’s body becomes sensitive to androgens, the family of hormones that includes testosterone. Androgens regulate hair growth, among other things.

  • Wait, I thought my hair loss was my mother’s father’s fault…

It is true that a key gene for baldness is on the X chromosome, which you inherit from your mother, but that is not the only genetic factor in play. Now that we know more about genetics, it has become clear that the gene leading to hair loss can be inherited from either parent.

  • Do women get androgenetic alopecia ?

Yes. Many falsely believe that AGA is the same thing as Male Pattern Baldness, but androgenetic alopecia also affects women. Since females generally have lower levels of testosterone / androgens, they often experience a milder version of this kind of hair loss. By the age of 50, approximately 50% of men and 20 – 53% of women are affected by some type of hair loss.

  • How does hair loss happen?

Each strand of hair sits in a follicle, a tiny hole in the skin. Over time, due to many factors (see above) the follicles shrink, and shorter and finer hairs grow out of them. Eventually the follicles become so small that no new hair growth occurs. But the follicles remain alive, which is why FUE works and is so effective. 

  • When does hair loss happen?

For men, hair loss can occur as early as the onset of puberty and as late as retirement. One of the first signs that AGA is happening is when thick hairs turn into light, thin hairs (vellus hairs). Women generally experience AGA at the onset of menopause.

  • Is androgenetic alopecia a medical condition and who treats it?

If your hair loss occurs in an atypical pattern, happens very fast, begins after you start a new medicine, it may not be related to androgenetic alopecia and you should get in touch with your primary healthcare provider.

But if your hair loss sounds like what we’re talking about and follows this pattern, it can have serious psychological and social effects on a  your life. Most people are unhappy and distressed when they start to lose their hair and would do anything to change it. If you believe you have this kind of hair loss, you should set up a consultation with one of our dual board-certified surgeons, Dr. Lieberman or Dr. Parikh to discuss your personal situation. 

  • What can you do about it?

There are several over-the-counter medications that can stimulate hair growth – Minoxidil (Rogaine) and Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) – but they only work as long as you continue to take or apply the medication.

A more permanent and effective way to treat hair loss is through a NeoGraft hair transplant.

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