Hair Restoration San Francisco
Performed by Dr. Maas
Hair Restoration in San Francisco by Dr Maas
Hair loss among men and women is not a serious medical problem in most cases, but it can be a psychologically distressing one, prompting many to seek treatment. Hair restoration in San Francisco has improved considerably in recent years, offering natural results with minimal discomfort and downtime.
As many as 60 percent of all men over the age of 60 and 20 percent of all women experience significant hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) occurs as the result of shortening of the hair growth cycle. This causes subsequent growing hairs to become miniaturized, which leads to a noticeable thinning of the hair. This condition ordinarily is progressive throughout adult life for those predisposed to hair loss through genetics or other factors.
Fortunately, many changes and improvements have occurred in the way we can maintain and restore hair for both men and women. From topical and oral medications to surgical procedures, Dr. Maas and the staff at the Maas Clinic can produce a fuller head of hair with safe, effective procedures that will not create a major disruption in our patients’ daily routines. As a member of the prestigious International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Dr. Maas is uniquely qualified to help San Francisco patients achieve a more youthful appearance by restoring hair growth to the scalp.
Hair transplants in the Bay Area are much improved today – no more of the “doll’s hair” or “corn row” appearance that were seen in the past. Special hair transplant techniques known as micrografting can be used to restore hair with much more natural results. Dr. Maas offers micrografting at the Maas Clinic, which provides excellent results in a minimally-invasive surgical procedure.
Micrografting is performed in our office using local anesthesia in most cases. During the procedure, small units of hair follicles are removed from the donor site, usually located at the back of the scalp. The incisions used to remove these units are very small and leave almost no visible scarring afterward.
Once the units are removed, they can be grafted into the area in the front of the scalp using care to ensure all of the hair in the area is growing in the same direction. The grafted area allows for hair to begin growing naturally in the treatment area, requiring cuts and allowing for styling just like the original hair.
Most patients are able to return to their regular activities within a day or two after their procedure, without visible signs they had a hair transplant performed. There may be mild swelling or itching at the donor and grafting sites, which typically subsides within approximately one week. The grafts can often achieve full results in just one procedure session, although patients with significant hair loss may need additional sessions to obtain the full head of hair they are looking for.
Because of the progressive nature of male-pattern baldness, a hair transplant performed on a young man may become surrounded by new bald space over time. Propecia, an oral medication used to treat hair loss, is often very effective in preventing subsequent balding and preserving the aesthetic results of the hair transplant surgery.
According to long-term medical studies of people with male pattern baldness, 83 percent of those who consistently took Propecia after a hair transplant had no further hair loss occurs. This compares to 28 percent of patients that took a placebo after their hair transplant. Additionally, Propecia has been shown to regrow some hair in approximately 66 percent of men who used it continuously, making it a good alternative to hair transplants for some male patients. Propecia is not approved for use in women, although some physicians can prescribe it off-label for female patients when appropriate.
It is important to begin Propecia therapy sooner rather than later, since it is easier to keep the hair on your head than it is to replace it after it is lost. It takes about three months for the medication to begin slowing the hair loss rate and a minimum of six months to see regrowth. This is a long-term medication. It should be used for as long as you wish to keep your hair.
Other Hair Restoration Options
In certain patients, other procedures including scalp reductions and scalp expansions can be helpful hair replacement options. Follicular unit hair transplants may also be recommended in conjunction with facelift procedures when the patient is concerned about hair loss in addition to the signs of aging on the face. In these situations, hair grafts are prepared from the portion of the scalp which is removed and usually discarded in facelift procedures. The grafts then are placed into recipient slots in the bald area.
Dr. Corey Maas and the staff at The Maas Clinic look forward to answering any questions you may have about hair restoration in in San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 567-7000.
Q-How much does hair transplantation cost?
A-In the metropolitan areas and with an expert surgeon it’s somewhere between $5 and $15 sometimes as low $4, $4 to $15 let’s say per hair graft. It’s usually done by the graft and that’s for a simple reason, if the more hair as you do the more efficient it is for the hair transplantation center. We have, in my center three hair cutting stations with microscope magnification and special lighting. I hire the technicians, they’re all expert, they’re working on cutting the hairs into follicular units if you do follicular unit extraction they’re cutting away the unneeded areas of body tissue etcetera to design the perfect graft so the hair that will placed in it in and also separating the thicker hairs from a finer hair, the finer hairs go along the frontal hairline and in the temple area the thicker hair grows more in the crown area and then in the frontal portion of the scalp behind the frontal hairline.
Q-Preparation before Laser Hair Removal or IPL?
A- I talked about that for one reason and that is “If you’re tan, avoid tanning, If you are to have the difference between the color of your hair and the color of your skin as much as you possibly can obviously in some ways you can control that but no tanning before laser hair removal is really important and that includes by the way Spray tanning, so this is everything you do with natural or unnatural pigment. You want your skin to have a great of a contrast between the hair that you’re treating and the skin color as possible. Number 2, is preparation for hair removal. In our clinic, we’ll do this for the patient that they wish but it’s awfully easy, it’s been much easier and even more safer if you shave your own legs, your bikini area, obviously very difficult to shave your own back, we’ll do that for men and women if they have hair in their back which is rare or the face which women often shave their faces.
Q- How often can I use Laser Hair Removal?
A- Well, the answer to that question is based on the science or the physiology of hair growth. Any given time, hair may be in its resting phase which means that there’s no hair in the shaft or near the follicle. In which case that follicle wouldn’t be destroyed. Remember that hair itself is just a protein, it’s not a growing or living cell, the hair itself or the protein is produced by the follicle that’s at the base of the hair and as hair grows, that protein is being produced by the hair follicle. So when we’re targeting the hair, in order to make the hair go away permanently, We’ve got to make sure that there’s actually hair growth that is the target of the laser. When the laser hits that hair the light energy is absorbed, it very rapidly heats the follicle from which the hair is derived and it destroys the follicle and thus the hair is destroyed permanently, there’s no new hair growth.