Hair Replacement

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.

Debunking Hair Transplant Myths

Posted on June 20, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — In recent years, many patients have been asking about “scar-less,” “pain-free” and/or “non-surgical” hair transplant procedures. Typically, what they’re referring to is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), an innovative procedure that has steadily gained popularity since its development. However, while this technologically advanced procedure has its benefits, the notion that it’s scar-less, pain-free or non-surgical is merely a myth.

Before going any further, let’s briefly outline the two major methods of hair transplantation in use today. The more traditional method is called Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT); in this procedure, a long, thin strip of tissue is removed from the back of the scalp, from which individual hair follicles are harvested via stereo-microscopic dissection. Read more

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Avoiding Hair Growth Scams

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

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, Read more

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