HAIR LOSS IN MEN
Male pattern hair loss also called androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in men. It is caused by increased sensitivity to male sex hormones (androgens), specifically DHT, in certain parts of the scalp, and is passed on from generation to generation.
Some men have areas on the scalp that are very sensitive to the male sex hormones that circulate in men’s blood. The hormones make the hair follicles – from which hair grows – shrink. Eventually, they become so small that they cannot replace lost hairs. The follicles are still alive, but are no longer able to perform their task.
The condition usually starts in men aged 20 to 30 and follows a typical pattern. First, a receding hairline develops, and gradually the hair on top of the head also begins to thin. Eventually, the two balding areas meet to form a typical U-shape around the back and sides of the head. The hair that remains is often finer, and does not grow as quickly as it used to, until it falls out and ceases to grow at all.
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ABOUT FEMALE HAIR LOSS – HAIR TRANSPLANTS FOR WOMEN
Unlike hair loss in men, female hair loss may commonly begin at any age through 50 or later, may or may not have any obvious hereditary association, and may not occur in a recognizable “female-pattern alopecia” of diffuse thinning over the top of the scalp. A woman who notices the beginning of hair loss may not be sure if the loss is going to be temporary or permanent. For example, there are many events such as pregnancy or illness that may be associated with temporary hair thinning.
In women as in men, the most likely cause of scalp hair loss is androgenetic alopecia—an inherited sensitivity to the effects of androgens (male hormones) on scalp hair follicles. However, women with hair loss due to this cause usually do not develop true baldness in the patterns that occur in men.
Patterns of female androgenetic alopecia can vary considerably in appearance. Patterns may include:
- Diffuse thinning of hair over the entire scalp, often with more noticeable thinning toward the back of the scalp.
- Diffuse thinning over the entire scalp, with more noticeable thinning toward the front of the scalp but not involving the frontal hairline.
- Diffuse thinning over the entire scalp, with more noticeable thinning toward the front of the scalp, involving and sometimes breaching the frontal hairline.
Hair loss in women may also be due to scarring from previous cosmetic or reconstructive procedures. Hair loss from these causes may be corrected with Follicular Unit Hair Restoration.
Some women with high hairlines may just desire a lower hairline to complement their facial characteristics. This can be also be accomplished with Follicular Unit Hair Restoration and the results are completely natural in appearance.
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HAIR LOSS FROM SCARS
Hair loss from scars, scarring hair loss, may occur for a variety of reasons. It can occur after many different plastic surgery procedures including, facelifts, browlifts, necklifts, etc. It can also occur after a traumatic laceration that involves a wound closure, or after burns, skin grafting, or cranial surgery. Because there is so much vascularity in the scalp, we can transplant Follicular Units of hair into the areas of scarring and they demonstrate good growth. Typically an old scar can be significantly concealed after 1 or 2 procedures of Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation. The donor hair is harvested in the same manner as done in standard cases, either by the “Strip Method” or Follicular Unit Extraction.
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ABOUT OUR HAIR TRANSPLANT PRACTICE
In my practice I deal exclusively with hair restoration. We always do what’s best for the patient. That may include a serious of just medical treatments or medical treatments combined with surgical interventions. Hair naturally grows in single hair follicular units, 2 hair follicular units and 3 hair follicular units. We take those naturally occurring follicular units and move them to where ever they are needed. This creates completely natural results. I restore hairlines, eyebrows, facial hair, body hair. I can cover surgical scars. At the end of the day, it’s all exclusively hair restoration. This field allows me to utilize my artistic eye in designing people’s hairlines, people’s eyebrows. It’s incredibly satisfying to give people back their hair. This is my passion and my goals are my patients goals.
AREAS OF HAIR RESTORATION
I approach female patients very differently from male patients as they respond differently in the course of hair restoration procedures, and usually the cause of female hair loss is different than in males. I take particular pride in eyebrow restoration as I was one of the first physicians to perform this procedure. Eyebrow transplantation can be very useful in patients that have over plucked their eyebrows, those who have surgical scars in their eyebrows, or those who have genetically weak eyebrows. We have to be very careful in transplanting the eyebrows to orient the hairs exactly as they naturally grow in the eyebrow. This means following the angle and direction of the eyebrow hairs as they move from medial to lateral, because the eyebrow hairs change directions in different parts of the eyebrow. All these factors are taken into an account to create a completely natural appearance. Other areas of hair restoration I commonly perform are body hair transplants, hair transplants to cover surgical scars caused by burns, traumatic injuries, other plastic surgical procedures. These scars can be completely covered with hair transplants.
What attracted me to hair restoration surgery? Well I started to loose my own hair in my 20’s and this was extremely distressing to me. I went through all the research out there and looked into hair restoration surgery. When I finally saw the results that were possible, I knew the field of hair transplant surgery was for me. At that time, I was training in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA Medical Center and I knew I wanted to do something in the field of cosmetic surgery. Once I found hair restoration I knew that it was for me. I’ve always had an artistic eye. I’m an artist, I’m a musician, and this field always allows me to utilize my artistic eye in designing people’s hairlines and eyebrows. After going through the process on my own, I feel like I can relate to my patients on a personal level and this really helps me in giving patients the best possible care.
APPROVED HAIR RESTORATION TREATMENTS
There really three approved treatments for male pattern hair loss. Propecia which is Finaseride and its a pill that you take once a day. Rogaine which is a foam or liquid that you apply to your head twice a day and hair restoration surgery. There are many other treatments out there claiming to regrow hair, but those are the only three medical or surgical FDA approved treatments. I’m often asked by patient’s, “How many sessions will it take to achieve my goal.”? Today we are able to transplant more follicular units in one session then ever before. However, continuing treatments over time are necessary to keep up with the rate of continuing hair loss. The hair that we transplant will never fall out because it’s genetically immune hair that will not respond to DHT, which makes men’s hair fall out. However, the native hair surrounding the transplanted hair will continue to slowly fall out over time, so periodic treatments are required down the line to keep up with this continuing loss.
CONVENIENCE AND COMFORT
I’m often asked what kind of maintenance is needed for my transplanted hair? The answer is none. Once your new hair is transplanted, you can cut it, style it, or color it. It’s yours and it’s yours for a lifetime. Our office is set up to provide maximum comfort for the patient. We have a large TV in the procedure room with direct tv and netflix. We serve lunch in the middle of the day. We try to provide whatever is necessary to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.G+