Am I A Good Candidate For A Hair Transplant?

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Am I A Good Candidate For A Hair Transplant?

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Chances are, if you’re visiting our website dedicated entirely to hair loss and hair restoration, you’ve probably experienced some of the devastating effects that hair loss can have on a person – a loss of confidence, being treated unfairly because of the way you look or simply not feeling like yourself.

If this is the case, it is absolutely appropriate to schedule a consultation with a hair loss specialist like Drs. Lieberman & Parikh, to see if you are a good candidate for a hair transplant. And, if not, what other procedures and hair-growth options could be available to you.

Have You Considered Nonsurgical Options?

At Lieberman & Parikh Center for Hair Restoration, we make sure our patients are aware of all nonsurgical options available. Topical products such as Finasteride and Minoxidil, along with nutraceutical supplements and PRP therapy can provide robust results for some patients. Because of the efficacy of the nonsurgical hair growth products, we usually recommend them to our patients who go forward with a hair transplant.

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Age and the stage of hair loss are the next most important factors physicians consider when assessing potential hair transplant patients. Before a person reaches 18 years old, it is very hard to know if their hair pattern has fully developed or if they have immature hair loss that will eventually grow in. A hair transplant could cause awkward hair patterns as their growth matures.

On the flip side, if a person’s hair loss has progressed so far that they are bald or almost bald, the patient probably does not have enough donor hair to harvest for an effective hair transplant. This is the case with Dr. Lieberman who lost all of his hair before the latest hair restoration techniques, including NeoGraft, were invented. When a man has progressed to Class 6 on the Norwood Scale or a woman to Class 3 on the Ludwig scale, it is probably too late for a hair transplant.

Men and women over the age of 30, who have experienced thinning hair or pattern baldness for about five years, tend to be the best hair transplant patients. By this age, if they are not already bald, the loss pattern has been established and a specialist can harvest enough grafts to provide a long-lasting and natural-looking transplant.

Is Your Hair Healthy Enough for A Hair Transplant?

Since a hair transplant involves harvesting hair from existing hair follicles, it is important to look at the health and density of a patient’s existing hair. The best person for a hair transplant procedure has a lot of thick hair in the occipital area with patches of thinning on the crown or hairline.

When the hair loss is consistent across the entire scalp, as is the case with patients who have Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA), the patient won’t have enough hair density in the donor area to warrant a transplant. A hair transplant procedure could be potentially dangerous and will definitely be a waste of time and money.

Similarly, if a person has very fine, straight hair, the appearance of baldness will be more difficult to conceal. Thick hair, especially thick, curly hair, provides better blockage and doesn’t require as many grafts to conceal thinning areas.

Are Your Expectations Realistic?

Finally, having a realistic expectation about how much density you can expect from one hair transplant is key. Every person has a finite amount of donor hair and only so many of these follicles can be safely harvested for transplantation. In addition, the hair loss pattern in the recipient area will also dictate how much coverage the donor follicles can provide.

Hopefully, your hair loss specialist will use a simulation tool to show you exactly how he or she will use your existing hair follicles to mask areas of the scalp. But remember these are just tools and while highly-advanced, they cannot be fully relied upon to show an accurate portrayal of the expected result.

Your best bet is to find out if you are a good candidate for a hair restoration procedure, is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified hair specialist.

At our practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, we offer free consultations to men and women interested in learning more about hair loss options.

Disclaimer: The content within this site is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or specific medical advice. The products and claims made about specific products and treatments through this article have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please consult with a NeoGraft Certified Physician or other healthcare professionals regarding any medical or health-related diagnosis.

How To Stop Hair Thinning Non-Surgically

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Drs. Lieberman and Parikh NeoGraft’s September Spotlight

As the September Doctor Spotlight for NeoGraft, we were asked to give advice to people who want to stop hair thinning non-surgically.

We see a lot of men and women in our practice who want to know all of the options for nonsurgical hair replacement therapies. While there are many options on the market, only a few of them are FDA-approved and effective.

In our practice, we’ve found the best nonsurgical treatment for hair thinning is a combination of multiple nonsurgical treatments, carefully customize for each patient. Check out our article on nonsurgical options for hair thinning on the NeoGraft website. And if you have any questions about finding a multi-pronged approach to your hair thinning, we’d be happy to give your personalized advise.

Schedule your hair thinning consultation with Drs. Lieberman and Parikh by calling our practice at (650) 327-3232 or send us an email.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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