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Hair Restoration San Francisco

Hair loss among men and women can be a psychologically distressing problem, prompting many to seek treatment. Hair restoration treatments in San Francisco are now better than ever before, 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. Corey Maas and the staff at the Maas Clinic can produce a fuller head of hair with safe, effective procedures and treatments 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 patients in San Francisco and beyond achieve a more youthful appearance by restoring hair growth to the scalp.

The Problems of Hair Loss Affects Both Men and Women

Often, hair loss is considered a “male problem”; however, it can impact both men and women’s appearance, self-image and confidence. In men, pattern hair loss is clinically referred to as androgenetic alopecia. The condition occurs when a naturally-occurring enzyme in the body, 5alpha-reductase, converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT and hair loss have a very strong positive correlation. In women, certain illnesses and natural changes in hormone levels can also contribute to hair loss, and one in five women will be seriously impacted by hair loss in their lifetime. Although this process is highly influenced by genetic factors, it can be controlled and reversed through a variety of treatments which will be discussed here. The results of these treatments are a more attractive and youthful hairline which gives patients the confidence they deserve.

Hair Restoration in San Francisco

With so many options available today to treat hair loss, you may almost feel like the biggest problem is which solution to select. Options today include everything from fully manual to fully robotic treatments, along with injectables and topical procedures. You probably have a very good idea about the kind of results you want. So which of these available strategies will best realize your desired outcome?

Manual hair-restoration treatments — when performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon like Dr. Corey Maas of The Maas Clinic — have several distinct advantages. You are most likely to get the outcome you want when your doctor personally performs your procedure; after all, based on your consultation, he will have the most complete understanding of the results you want and see that each graft contributes to that outcome.

Procedures like NeoGraft or SmartGraft, when well-understood and expertly applied by your surgeon, can give patients precise, high-quality results that easily rival or exceed the results that robotic techniques offer, with the added benefit of your doctor’s years of experience and artistic eye. Patients’ before-and-after photos attest to the exceptional results our clients have enjoyed as a result of their personalized procedure.

You Can Have Your Choice of Effective Hair Restoration Options at The Maas Clinic

Men and women have their choice of effective ways to treat and beat hair loss. Among their options are micrografting, which transplants individual hair follicles to optimal locations on the scalp to increase fullness, and medicinals, such as Propecia, which encourage healthy hair growth. In addition, PRP, an injectable treatment, can help promote your hair transplant results by improving wound healing and encouraging grafts to take, enhancing your overall results.

Micrografting

Hair transplants are much improved today, benefiting patients in the Bay Area and around the country. Clients no longer have to worry about living with a “doll’s hair” or “corn row” appearance that were common in the past after having had a hair restoration treatment. Modern hair transplant techniques, known as micrografting, can be used to restore hair with very natural and long-lasting results. Dr. Corey Maas of The Maas Clinic offers hair restoration treatments that use micrografting techniques to provide his patients with a minimally-invasive way to improve the appearance of their hairline with consistently exceptional results.

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, which is 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. Because the incision areas are very small and precise, bleeding is minimal and healing is fast. The grafts are taken in such a way that they have the minimum impact on the donor area, ensuring that after your hair restoration procedure, the donor area, as well as the recipient area, both look full, healthy and vital.

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. As your grafts are placed, great care is taken to protect existing hairs in the area to maximize fullness and safeguard your final results. The grafted area allows for hair to begin growing naturally in the treatment area, allowing you to cut and style your hair in treated areas just as you would in any other area of your scalp. Micrografting techniques give patients the most natural look by using a client’s own hair and seamlessly integrating follicles into the growth pattern of the recipient area, enabling highly-customizable results.

One of the most desirable features of hair restoration techniques which use micrografting is that most patients are able to return to their regular activities within a day or two after their procedure. They will also have no visible signs indicating that they have 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 of their treatment. With micrografting, a client can often achieve his or her 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.

Propecia

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 occur. 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.

PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma) Treatments

Platelet-rich plasma is a natural component of human blood. These particles are extracted, after blood has been drawn from a patient, through the use of a centrifuge here in our offices at The Maas Clinic. PRP is an autologous treatment, one that uses the client’s own body tissues as a part of their procedure, making the technique a safe, natural and effective way to improve treatment.

PRP is frequently used in conjunction with hair transplant procedures and is introduced into the treated areas by injection. PRP has a natural function in the body called hemostasis, a process in which platelets in the plasma adhere to open blood vessels and form a net which helps control bleeding and promote healing. In hair transplants, we believe that it can help your grafts heal more quickly and increase the number of healthy grafts you have after your procedure.

PRP also delivers many natural proteins to healing areas, including growth factors, that can further enhance your results. While more research needs to be completed to understand the ways in which PRP treatments improve the results of hair restoration and other cosmetic treatments more fully, the value of this concurrent treatment is readily apparent in the results men and women have when they include this technique in their rejuvenation plan.

Combine Your Hair Restoration Treatment With Facial Rejuvenation for Enhanced Results

In certain patients, other procedures — including scalp reductions and scalp expansions — can be value-additive 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 the recipient area to restore fullness, rejuvenate the scalp and enhance the entire facial area. Cost of Hair Transplants The cost of your hair restoration procedure will vary depending on the type of procedure you choose, the amount of rejuvenation you want and the quality of your aesthetic medical provider. No two patients have the same needs, and the cost of your treatment can only be truly assessed after having a full examination during an in-person consultation with your hair restoration specialist. That’s why you should call and schedule your appointment with Dr. Corey Maas of The Maas Clinic today.

Your needs will largely determine your costs. A micrografting procedure will by and large cost more than medical options, but medical options alone may not give you the results you want, and therefore may not give you value for your investment. However, for patients with minimal or only early hair loss, a micrografting procedure may bring costs and treatment that simply aren’t necessary based on your symptoms and goals.

However, you will always get the best return on your treatment costs when you select the most highly-trained and experienced surgeon to perform your procedure. The qualifications of your surgeon will impact every aspect of your procedure — from the quality of your initial consultation to the support you receive throughout your recovery. Of course, you will receive the greatest benefit from a procedure that is performed with the utmost safety and the highest regard for your desired results. Hair restoration is a highly complex and nuanced medical treatment and not a transaction where clients are well served by seeking a bargain.

Call Dr. Corey Maas of The Maas Clinic today to schedule your in-person appointment!

If you live in San Francisco or adjacent areas, Dr. Corey Maas and the staff at The Maas Clinic are conveniently located to help you get started on safe, personalized and effective hair loss treatments. We look forward to answering any and all questions you may have about hair restoration or other treatments to help rejuvenate the face and body. A hair restoration treatment performed by Dr. Maas can help revitalize your look, and when paired with other treatments, you can enjoy substantial and long-lasting rejuvenation that can truly bring joy and ease back into your life.

To schedule your exclusive, in-person appointment, please call (415) 567-7000 or contact us by email. Dr. Maas looks forward to putting his ample experience and commitment to your look and wellbeing to work for you. We hope to see you soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does hair transplantation cost?

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.

Preparation before Laser Hair Removal or IPL?

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.

How often can I use Laser Hair Removal?

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.

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