Its Not Just Men Who Get Hair Transplants

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Its Not Just Men Who Get Hair Transplants

Lieberman & Parikh

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

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

Lieberman & Parikh

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

Celebrating The Launch – $750 Off Your Hair Transplant

Lieberman & Parikh

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In honor of the launch of our new, content-rich hair transplant website, we are offering $750 off your NeoGraft hair transplant when you book your consultation before August 31, 2016. Please use the promo code – For The Hair Launch – and plan to feel more confident with a fuller head of hair.

To book your hair consultation, please call us at (650) 327-3232

Alopecia – Hair Loss 101

Lieberman & Parikh

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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.

Please explore our brand new site, let us know what you think and should you have any further questions, please get in touch with us here.

Welcome to the Lieberman & Parikh Center for Hair Restoration

Lieberman & Parikh

Lieberman & Parikh Facial Plastic Surgery and Center for Hair Restoration offers cutting-edge techniques and technologies to help men and women suffering from hair loss, including follicular unit extraction (FUE) with NeoGraft®, in Campbell, Palo Alto, San Jose, and all of the San Francisco Bay Area. Drs. Lieberman and Parikh focus exclusively on reconstruction and rejuvenation for the face, for the hair and for the skin.