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Peter J. Panagotacos, MD

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Peter J. Panagotacos, MD

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Art A.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

1 of 167

Quality 10
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Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Not only is he a brilliant medical practitioner, but he is creative and artistic in his application of his medical skills.

I got treated according to my look, my needs, not a cookie cutter look. I felt he was focused on me and my look. He is at the top of his game.

Eric S.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

2 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would say, it is all good. Go and see him.

He is a no BS type of individual. He just gets to the point.

Jim Y.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

3 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I've been seeing the doctor since 2006, and I would never go anywhere else. I was actually referred by a dermatologist.

I would say, his expertise. He also teaches classes. He's just a great guy and a great doctor.

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Dr. Peter J. Panagotacos, Owner

Peter J. Panagotacos, MD provides surgical and medical hair restoration treatments for clients in San Francisco. In addition to performing follicular unit micrograft hair transplants, Dr. Panagotacos can prescribe numerous pharmaceutical treatments, including prescription-strength Rogaine® and Propecia®.

Dr. Panagotacos started performing hair restoration surgeries in 1969 and opened his own dermatology practice in 1974. Since then, he estimates he’s performed more than 10,000 hair restoration surgeries. “Today’s surgical and medical advancements have significantly changed the industry,” he says. “I believe something can be done about hair loss for nearly everyone.”

Dr. Panagotacos says his decades of experience have taught him to plan for future hair loss and consider how patients will look in several  decades. Dr. Panagotacos is a well-known pioneer in pharmaceutical hair loss treatments—The Wall Street Journal has quoted him as an innovator in prescribing Finasteride and Retin-A. For more information on his services, he invites potential clients to visit www.hairdoc.com.

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Follicular Unit Micrograft Hair Transplants
Prescription-Strength Rogaine
Propecia

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  • Propecia

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Company Profile

Peter J. Panagotacos, MD provides surgical and medical hair restoration treatments for clients in San Francisco. In addition to performing follicular unit micrograft hair transplants, Dr. Panagotacos can prescribe numerous pharmaceutical treatments, including prescription-strength Rogaine® and Propecia®.

Dr. Panagotacos started performing hair restoration surgeries in 1969 and opened his own dermatology practice in 1974. Since then, he estimates he’s performed more than 10,000 hair restoration surgeries. “Today’s surgical and medical advancements have significantly changed the industry,” he says. “I believe something can be done about hair loss for nearly everyone.”

Dr. Panagotacos says his decades of experience have taught him to plan for future hair loss and consider how patients will look in several  decades. Dr. Panagotacos is a well-known pioneer in pharmaceutical hair loss treatments—The Wall Street Journal has quoted him as an innovator in prescribing Finasteride and Retin-A. For more information on his services, he invites potential clients to visit www.hairdoc.com.

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Company Philosophy

"I aim to give my patients full heads of hair by combining my experience and aesthetic sense with the industry's latest techniques and medical advancements. I recommend realistic treatment plans designed to meet both my patients' needs and my personal standards for excellence."

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Comparative Summary

Hair restoration companies are always looking for ways to differentiate themselves from their competition, and those that have earned the prestigious Diamond Certified award are already several steps ahead. In addition to its Diamond Certified status, Peter J. Panagotacos, MD sets itself apart by offering the services of one of the world’s foremost experts in hair restoration. In addition to being a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Panagotacos is head of dermatology at St. Mary’s Medical Center; assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco; and visiting professor of dermatologic surgery at the University of Athens. But despite his myriad credentials and decades of experience, he credits his practice’s success to the meticulous approach he takes to caring for his patients. “My patients look and heal better because I pay attention to details,” he says. “I personally work with them every step of the way, from the initial consultations to the treatment procedures.”

Peter J. Panagotacos, MD has been providing surgical and medical hair restoration treatments for clients throughout San Francisco since 1974. In addition to performing follicular unit micrograft hair transplants, the practice can prescribe numerous pharmaceutical treatments, including prescription-strength Rogaine and Propecia. In fact, Dr. Panagotacos is a well-known pioneer in pharmaceutical hair loss treatments–The Wall Street Journal has quoted him as an innovator in prescribing Finasteride and Retin-A.

Unlike hair restoration companies that perform procedures that promise fast results but carry a substantial risk of immediate hair loss or abnormal appearance 10 to 20 years in the future, Dr. Panagotacos’ practice follows a conservative approach that plans for future hair loss and takes into account how each patient will look in several decades. “Each person has a very limited supply of ‘permanent’ hair follicles,” he explains. “If some of these are lost following a tricky surgical procedure, they’re gone forever. I refuse to do a procedure that, in my opinion, won’t look good far into the future.”

Another distinguishing characteristic of Dr. Panagotacos’ practice is the emphasis it places on patient communication, which includes listening closely to each patient’s expectations and carefully explaining the limits of what can be accomplished. “I take pride in offering realistic treatment plans that are designed to meet both my patients’ needs and my personal standards of excellence,” says Dr. Panagotacos. “With today’s improvements in surgical techniques and advancements in medicine, I believe nearly everyone–male and female, youthful and elderly–can do something about their hair loss.”

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Industry Info

Most hair loss is a normal part of each person’s genetic program, but there are many types of hair loss that are indicative of larger issues. To determine your specific type of hair loss, consider the following information:

Pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
Androgenetic alopecia causes more than 95 percent of all pattern hair loss, including baldness in men and thinning hair in women. Pattern hair loss occurs in somewhat predictable stages and is relentlessly progressive, which means most sufferers will eventually progress from the early stages of loss to the advanced stages.

Patchy hair loss (alopecia areata)
This immune system disorder causes hair follicles to stop producing hairs. Approximately two percent of all people experience an episode of alopecia areata at some point in their lives. Sudden hair loss from small patches on the head is a common symptom. In the vast majority of cases, the condition goes away by itself within six to seven months, and hair growth in the bald patch resumes. About 10 percent of those who have an episode of alopecia areata experience long-term hair loss.

Advanced forms of the disorder include alopecia totalis, where all hair on the head is lost, and alopecia universalis, which results in the absence of all body hair. There is no sure cure for this condition, although some treatments help control the episodes. Because the condition most often goes away by itself, there’s a great deal of confusion about treatment effectiveness. Some “miracle cure” hair loss treatments use subjects with alopecia areata to “prove” the effectiveness of their product. When hair growth resumes, the “treatment” is given credit.

Delayed shedding from stress (telogen effluvium)
This common cause of hair loss is the result of sudden emotional, physical or hormonal stress (the death of a loved one, divorce or a personal relationship break-up, job loss, termination of pregnancy, major surgery). Normally, five to 10 percent of your scalp’s hair follicles are resting at any given time. With telogen effluvium, a stressful event induces a higher proportion of hair follicles to enter the resting stage simultaneously. A few months after the stressful event, all the now-resting follicles begin to shed their hairs at the same time. Because the stressful event happened months ago, most people don’t connect it to their hair loss. It’s a temporary condition, and new hairs should begin growing within a few months.

Broken hairs
Hair shaft breakage is when part of a hair breaks off but the growing end remains in the follicle and continues to grow, which results in thinner hair. This can be caused by excessive styling, chemicals, sun exposure and chlorine (in swimming pools).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does transplanted hair grow like regular hair?

A: Yes. During a transplant, entire hair follicles are moved from dense areas to thin areas. Once the hairs are transplanted, they continue to grow as before.

Q: How much does a hair transplant cost?

A: Our base fee for surgery is $1,500 plus $6 per graft. The number of required grafts varies with each patient. We also have various discount programs in effect at any given time.

Q: Why is there a four- to six-month wait for new hair growth after a transplant or pharmaceutical treatment?

A: It takes about four to six months for new hair to grow because the hair follicles have to shift from a resting stage to a growing stage. The new hairs also have to grow out long enough to be noticeable.

Q: Are hair transplants permanent?

A: Hair transplants last as long as the hair continues to grow in the area from which it was taken. Most of the hairs in the back and sides remain all your life, but they do tend to thin out a little. The ideal treatment is to take Propecia so you don’t thin out more after you have the transplant.

Q: Is there a way to prevent or stop hair loss?

A: Yes, there are a variety of medications that can prevent hair from falling out, but their efficiency is reliant on consistent use, which some people find difficult.

Q: Is there an alternative to Propecia for preventing hair loss?

A: There are other treatments, but they’re not as effective and we generally don’t recommend them. Propecia is still the best oral medication for hair loss. Like all prescription medications, it has some side effects and must be taken under a physician’s care, but its overall safety record is very good.

Q: Is there a link between stress and hair loss?

A: Yes, stress can cause hair loss—it’s a condition called telogen effluvium. But the loss is usually temporary, so the hair will grow back after the stress is relieved.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR ADVICE & TIPS FROM Dr. Peter Panagotacos

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  • Dr. Peter Panagotacos is a 46-year veteran of the dermatology field and owner of Peter J. Panagotacos, MD, a Diamond Certified practice since 2003. He can be reached at (415) 742-1973 or by email.

Dr. Peter Panagotacos: True Growth

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO – Dr. Peter Panagotacos has been performing hair transplants for more than 40 years, during which time he’s gained prominence as a leading authority in his field. Still, even with all his accomplishments, he continues to find fulfillment in the smallest of places. “I get great satisfaction from simple gestures of gratitude from my patients, whether it’s a Christmas card or an out-of-the-blue phone call,” he says. “I worked very hard to get to the top of my field, and I teach around the world, but the thing that keeps me going is the patient who says, ‘Thank you very much, you changed my life.’”

When Peter first entered medical school in the 1960s, the hair replacement industry was still in its infancy. “It was so new that there weren’t any formal training programs in place for dermatology students to learn how to do hair transplants,” he explains. “Fortunately, I had the advantage of working with a fellow who was one of the first people in the United States to perform a hair transplant in the late ’50s.” Following graduation, Peter set up his dermatology practice in San Francisco, where he decided to include hair transplantation as one of his services. It wasn’t long before he was doing more hair transplants than anybody else in San Francisco. Today, Dr. Panagotacos’ patients continue to benefit from his extensive expertise.

A lifetime resident of the City by the Bay, Peter is a San Franciscan in the fullest sense of the word. “This is my home town—I live on the same block I grew up on,” he says. “I was here when San Francisco was still a place where everybody knew each other. It was a completely different atmosphere.” While the setting has since changed, Peter continues to enjoy the things that make San Francisco one of the finest cities in the country. “San Francisco has all the benefits of a large small town, yet it’s still a world-class city. I travel all over the world, but I’m always happy to come home.”

Outside of his profession, Peter enjoys a variety of interests and pastimes, from showing his fleet of vintage Triumph Mayflower cars to retailing his own line of olive oil. One of his principal pursuits is traveling, to which he devotes an average of two months each year. “Some of my more memorable excursions have been a dinosaur dig in Mongolia, where I found a fossilized dinosaur egg, and a two-month trip that began in Uzbekistan and ended in China,” he says. “However, the most exciting place I’ve been by far is the Congo, where I spent some time living among a Pygmy tribe in the early ’70s.”

When asked the first thing he would do if he could retire tomorrow, Peter says he would continue to share the benefits of hair transplantation in one way or another. “I’m always being invited to teach at locations throughout the world, so even if I didn’t come to work in my office, I would probably be teaching and performing hair transplantation somewhere else.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: Pygmy Kitabu by Jean-Pierre Hallet. It’s essentially an anthropological and sociological study of the African Pygmies, and it’s of particular interest to me since I spent some time among a Pygmy tribe.

Q: Who’s the best James Bond?
A: Sean Connery.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: Kokkari Estiatorio in San Francisco.

Q: Do you speak any foreign languages?
A: I speak some Greek.

Q: What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
A: I had some barbecued meat with the Maasai people in northern Kenya. I wasn’t sure what it was; I just smiled and ate it.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Roasted almonds.

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  • Avoiding Hair Growth Scams

    SAN FRANCISCO — Hair loss is a problem that has bothered men and women alike for more than 5,000 years. We know this because the first written prescription was for a hair loss treatment, found in a 5,000-year-old hieroglyphic document. The prescription instructs the patient to rub a concoction of alabaster dust, iron oxide and honey onto his scalp before praying to the Sun God.

    While the hair treatments that are advertised today don’t include any spiritual elements, many are as specious as that 5,000-year-old prescription. We’ve all heard the radio ads that allege the ability of a particular product to give you thicker, longer and more beautiful hair. Even though the overwhelming majority of these products don’t work, it doesn’t stop the manufacturers from profiting off people’s ignorance. The simple reality is many of the hair treatments you hear or see advertised are scams.

    One example from three decades ago is a product called the “Helsinki Formula.” The manufacturer was repeatedly asked by government health agencies to stop its deceptive claim that its product caused hair growth. After being reprimanded several times, the manufacturer was eventually fined $3 million and asked to leave the country. However, even though they paid the fine, they still left with a hefty $36 million profit.

    Rather than putting your faith in a dubious hair growth product, consult a dermatologist—they specialize in skin, hair and nails, and they can offer real, medically sound solutions for your hair loss.

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Video: Steering Clear of Hair Loss Solution Scams

Complete Video Transcription:

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re experiencing hair loss and are looking for a solution, you’ll first need to do some research. Today, we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. Peter Panagotacos to learn about the history of hair loss and how to avoid hair loss solution scams.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dr. Peter Panagotacos: Well, hair loss has been a problem that’s bothered man for over 5,000 years. It probably bothered him long before 5,000 years, but the very first written document we have for a hair treatment was the very first prescription ever known to man, and it was for Queen Sette found in a hieroglyphic 5,000 years ago. You simply rub a little bit of alabaster dust, iron oxide and honey onto your scalp and pray to the Sun God.

Well, today you hear radio ads all the time: If you want thicker hair, longer more beautiful hair, try whatever. Well, 30 years ago, it was Helsinki Formula. And repeatedly, they were asked, you know, don’t claim it grows hair because it doesn’t really do that. And, so, they were reprimanded and reprimanded. And finally, they were fined $3 million and asked to leave the country. But they left – they paid the $3 million happily, but they left $36 million in profit. Well, this happens repeatedly.

And doctors, dermatologists in particular, specialize in hair loss. We specialize in skin, hair and nails. So, if you’re having a hair loss problem, see your dermatologist.

Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Experts Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 167 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i
Peter J. Panagotacos, MD : Average 9.1 out of 10 based on 167 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.

Art A.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

1 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Not only is he a brilliant medical practitioner, but he is creative and artistic in his application of his medical skills.

I got treated according to my look, my needs, not a cookie cutter look. I felt he was focused on me and my look. He is at the top of his game.

Eric S.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

2 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would say, it is all good. Go and see him.

He is a no BS type of individual. He just gets to the point.

Jim Y.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

3 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I've been seeing the doctor since 2006, and I would never go anywhere else. I was actually referred by a dermatologist.

I would say, his expertise. He also teaches classes. He's just a great guy and a great doctor.

Mark B.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

4 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is very committed, thorough, and knowledgeable.

He's very attentive, and bottom line, he does great work.

Michael P.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

5 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He was very thorough, and he is a master at hair transplantation. Everyone who sees my hair can't believe that it looks so natural.

The quality of his work

Mike U.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

6 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is very professional and took his time. He didn't rush the procedure.

His knowledge and the quality of his work

Robert H.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

7 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

If you want to see the best there is in this business, go to see him.

He is just the best and does quality work. He is artistic.

Scott C.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

8 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He changed my life, and he's just the best there is.

The results were outstanding, and he was totally honest about the surgery and recovery. I didn't have to wonder about anything.

Brent M.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

9 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He has produced better than expected results and he has really improved my self-esteem. He is very knowledgeable and honest and competent.

I would give him a '12'. He is a straight shooter and he will tell it to you like it is and I appreciate that. I highly recommend him.

Robert H.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

10 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He wrote the book on hair transplant surgery, so he is the man.

He answers all of your questions and he instills confidence in a patient.

Francis W.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

11 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is good at his work.

He is reasonable, honest and quite professional.

Don D.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

12 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He has very personalized service and he is one of the top people in his field. I cancelled with another doctor because I felt so comfortable with Dr. Penagotacos. He is an expert in his field.

I like the fact that he is a little gruff and a little crabby. He tells it like it is and he is very straightforward.

Lynn R.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

13 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I have told friends that he is difficult to communicate with and he doesn't listen very well, but the work that he does is excellent.

The work that he does

Michael G.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

14 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Very knowledgeable and experienced

I just felt confident that he knew what he was doing.

Michael P.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

15 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is a master of his craft and I spread his name around all the time.

I saw him for hair restoration and he did a great job.

Art A.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

16 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is an expert in his field of dermatology and hair transplants that one can trust with their life.

He is very sincere, honest, and an expert in what he does.

William A.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

17 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

To really listen to what he has to say, he is not only an expert, but a leader in this industry as well. He uses very clear and direct language, which is helpful.

He really lays out the entire plan and the entire road map for you. For example, he will say what will happen one month post surgery and what will happen after that.

James Y.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

18 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I think that he knows what he is doing because I never have to second guess with him.

To me, he is not just a doctor, but also like a friend.

Jose C.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

19 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Go ahead and use him.

The results, and everything went well.

Scott C.

VERIFIED Peter J. Panagotacos, MD CUSTOMER

20 of 167

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He changed my life. He was very honest about everything to expect and everything exceeded my expectations.

His work

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