Hair Loss in Males (cont.)

MODERATOR:
What are the barriers to treatment for hair loss in men?

ZIERING:

  • They often don't want to admit they have a problem with hair loss.
  • They are in denial with regard to how advanced their hair loss actually is.
  • They don't believe there's anything out there that will work for them or will look natural.

These are all important because since hair loss is progressive, the sooner that a patient takes action the better the ultimate result. This goes for both medical and surgical intervention.

MODERATOR:
Is there anything designed specifically to help with the bald spot on the back of the head?

ZIERING:
In combination with the medication of minoxidil and finasteride, there is the Ziering Whorl, a classification system and a reconstructive process to surgically restore the hair on the back of the head or bald spot into its natural pattern and direction.

MODERATOR:
So it really looks natural?

ZIERING:
There are certain patterns in the back of the head bald spot which I've classified as either an S-shaped pattern or Z-shaped pattern or a combination of the two, and if you recreate the transplant in this whorl pattern it will give you the most natural appearance with a fuller look.

MEMBER QUESTION:
Can anything be done for hair that is thinning but doesn't have a "bald" area?

ZIERING:
The sooner you begin treatment with medications approved by the FDA, the better the patient's response - this is also true with thinning.

If you start to transplant into those areas, you can replace this hair with strong permanent hair without anyone knowing what you're doing.

MODERATOR:
For what other areas can hair transplantation be helpful?

ZIERING:
Hair transplantation to the scalp for genetic or male pattern hair loss is the most common but not the only area for this treatment process. We can also transplant into areas that were burned or scars from other surgical procedures. Hair transplantation can also be done to restore eyebrows, eyelashes, mustaches, and beards. We are also able to restore sideburns and recreate the temple peaks.

MEMBER QUESTION:
What are the risks associated with this procedure (hair transplant)?

ZIERING:
Hair transplants are a very safe outpatient procedure with minimal risks, similar to having a mole removed from the skin.

There will be a small scar in the back of the head where the hair is removed, however that is covered up easily by existing hair. And really no marks will be seen on the top of the head.

One complication can be that you'll be forced to get rid of most of your hats.

"It's also important for people to know hair restoration works equally well for women as it does for men. They are a growing segment of my patient population."

MEMBER QUESTION:
Will transplanted hair gray with the rest of my hair?

ZIERING:
The hair follows the same pattern and propensity from where it comes. So it will gray over time, but it maintains its genetic instructions from where it came from.

MODERATOR:
Dr. Ziering, we are almost out of time. Before we wrap things up for today, do you have any final comments for us?

ZIERING:
The main reason people don't have hair transplants today is it won't look natural. But with today's state-of-the-art techniques and skilled surgeons, patients owe it to themselves to be evaluated by a hair restoration expert in their area, or to travel to a national expert, because there's no reason to suffer with their hair loss any longer.

We've transplanted patients from as young as 8 years old because of trauma and an 87-year-old patient. It's also important for people to know hair restoration works equally well for women as it does for men. They are a growing segment of my patient population.

If you go to our web site you can do a virtual consultation. You ask the questions and we'll answer them. You can also see before and after pictures and get more information.

MODERATOR:
Our thanks to Craig Ziering, DO, for joining us today. For more information, please visit Dr. Ziering online at www.zieringmedical.com.



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