Time turns so fast that it might seem like you were born yesterday. Since your inception, you may have fallen in love, gone through many different jobs, and even had your own family.
Everyone has a unique path and goes through life at a different rate. Similarly, everyone experiences hair loss at a different pace. Has your hair loss gotten so bad that it’s painful to look in the mirror?
If you answered, “yes” the hair restoration specialists at Hair Doc, located in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, are here to improve your hairline for the ultimate confidence boost. Here, we discuss the age hair loss occurs and how we can help you restore it.
What age to expect it
You probably noticed your hair recede at your temples, and the top of your head started to thin. 95% of men experience hair loss in this pattern thanks to a hereditary condition called androgenic alopecia.
The cause of androgenic alopecia can be tied back to a genetic sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Hair follicles sensitive to DHT tend to shrink and get smaller, leading to a shorter life span and thinner hair. The hair follicles soon stop sprouting hair altogether, leaving you with embarrassing bald spots.
Androgenic alopecia happens at different rates, but according to the American Hair Loss Association:
- 25% of men start losing hair before the age of 21
- 66% of men experience hair loss before 33
- 85% of men have noticeably thinner hair by 50
Hair loss is a normal part of aging and is linked to genetics, hormonal changes, and certain medications. While men experience it at a greater rate, women deal with hair loss, too.
Hair loss in women
Men experience an m-shaped receding hairline, but hair loss shows up differently in women. Most women notice their part starting to widen or experience gradual thinning of hair all over.
Women generally experience hair loss later in life than men — 55% of women experience hair loss by the age of 70. This is linked to lower levels of hormones that are more common after a woman has experienced menopause.
Hair restoration — get a full head of hair
Are you looking for a dramatic and permanent treatment for hair loss? Hair restoration treatments continue to advance with natural, healthy, and real hair growth.
Results can turn back nearly a decade on your appearance as it stimulates hair growth and prevents future hair loss. Your family and co-workers will notice a natural but younger-looking you.
The first step in treatment is meeting with Peter Panagotacos, MD, to assess your health history, degree of hair loss, and goal of treatment. He may suggest:
Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
A follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a highly advanced and specialized surgical procedure that involves moving hair follicles from healthy hair growth to places you’ve experienced balding.
Dr. Panagotacos extracts follicular grafts with a punch-like tool, usually from the back of your head. Next, he makes small incisions on the areas you’ve experienced hair loss and places the follicular units into them. Dr. Panagotacos uses the ARTAS® iX, an intricate robotic planning system, to ensure precise placements and the most successful hair grafts.
FUE transplants 500-1800 grafts of hair in a single treatment. Results are revealed over the next 4-5 months as healthy hair growth develops. You’ll notice a significant improvement in your hairline after one procedure, but depending on the hair loss, you might need 2-3 treatments.
Promote hair growth with platelet-rich plasma therapy
Patients who don’t want to undergo surgery may consider plasma-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Did you know your blood contains powerful healing properties that enrich dormant hair follicles to improve hair growth?
PRP involves taking a blood sample and spinning it on a centrifuge to separate its components. Dr. Panagotacos draws the PRP sample into a syringe and administers it into places you’ve experienced balding, like the crown of the head and temples.
The platelet-concentrated sample nourishes the damaged hair follicles with growth factors to promote new hair growth and improve hair density. You’ll notice an improvement in your hairline after two weeks, but it may take 3-6 to reveal the full results. Most of our patients need 2-6 treatments to get hair they can run their fingers through.
Laser cap — safe, easy, and noninvasive
A laser cap looks just like a baseball cap but contains hundreds of diodes emitting red, low-level laser therapy. But how does it work?
The red laser light is absorbed by cells deep in dormant hair follicles and offers energy to encourage cellular respiration and new hair growth. The treatment is natural, safe, and easy — just wear the laser cap for 15-30 minutes three to four times a week. Our patients report noticeable hair growth in 2-4 months with consistent treatment.
No matter what age you see hair loss, we have a treatment that works for you. Call 415-907-7354 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Panagotacos or book online.