Did you know you have more than 100,000 hair follicles on your head? These hair follicles regulate temperature, protect your head, and receive sensations.
It’s normal to lose 50-100 strands a day. However, this number can increase as you age, leading to hair thinning and balding. Over two-thirds of men will experience hair loss by the time they reach their 35th birthday.
Losing your hair can be tough, but luckily, you can do something about it. Hair Doc, located in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, is your go-to hair restoration center to help improve your appearance through hair transplants, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and more.
If you’ve just started noticing hair loss or have been dealing with it for a while, you probably have a lot of questions. Here, we explain everything you need to know, including what causes hair loss and some of the treatment options available.
Why do I have hair loss?
You see in the the shower drain. On your pillow. And every time you brush. Hair loss can happen suddenly or over years. Once you notice it, it can be hard to forget. You probably wonder why it’s happening to you.
Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition that accounts for 95% of hair loss. The condition is related to your genes, aging, and changes in the testosterone hormone. This type of baldness generally starts with a receding, m-shaped hairline and balding on the crown.
More than 80% of balding men have a father who experienced hair loss. But men aren’t the only ones who experience hair loss. More than half of women will experience noticeable hair loss.
Hair loss can be caused by:
- Certain hairstyles
- Vitamin deficiency
Women and men come into our office every day seeking treatment to help improve their hairline. The sooner you come in for a consultation, the sooner you can enhance your appearance.
Using your blood to regrow hair
Your blood has miraculous healing properties. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy harnesses your body’s natural healing process to strengthen existing hair follicles and regrow dormant follicles. PRP has over three times the amount of growth factors as normal blood, which are responsible for tissue repair, regeneration, and healing.
Peter Panagotacos, MD, does PRP in three steps:
- Blood draw: Dr. Panagotacos draws a small sample (30-60 mL) of blood from your arm.
- Centrifugation: Next, he spins the sample on a centrifuge to separate its components. PRP focuses on using two parts – plasma and platelets. Dr. Panagotacos prepares the PRP and draws it in a syringe.
- Injection: Dr. Panagotacos administers PRP into your scalp in the frontal hairline, temporal regions, and crown to nourish the blood supply.
PRP is an excellent option for people experiencing mild to moderate hair loss. Most patients need 3-6 treatments spaced about a month apart to get noticeable results. PRP is a noninvasive treatment that can be used alone or in conjunction with other hair restoration methods, including medication, laser cap, and hair transplants.
Hair transplants – Natural yet dramatic results
You might consider a hair transplant if you have moderate to severe hair loss. Hair transplants are a permanent and natural solution to restoring your hairline. This involves taking hair from one part of the body (donor area) and administering it to areas you’ve experienced balding.
Hair transplants are generally done in two ways:
- Follicular unit transplant (FUT): Dr. Panagotacos removes a strip of hair from the back or sides of the scalp. Next, he removes circular units containing one to several hairs. Last, he makes tiny incisions in your scalp in areas where you’ve experienced balding and implants the units to improve hair growth.
- Follicular unit extraction (FUE): This method involves extracting individual follicular units from the donor area using a specialized micro-punch tool. Like a FUT, they are placed in balding areas through incisions.
FUT and FUE are similar but different in a few ways. FUT involves a larger strip extraction, which may provide more donor hairs but involves a larger scar. This also allows FUT to be more invasive than an FUE and, as a result, may require a longer recovery period.
The results from an FUE and FUT are generally noticed around 3-4 months, with results peaking around one year. 70% of patients who underwent a hair transplant received the look they wanted after one treatment.
Whether you’re considering PRP, a hair transplant, or a different treatment, we’d love to help. Call 415-907-7354 to schedule your consultation or book online.