Genetic Hair Loss - Dr. Anil Shah
WHAT IS GENETIC HAIR LOSS?
Often called androgenic alopecia in medical contexts, genetic hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss among both men and women. While it's not a specific condition itself, a combination of genetic factors can lead to what is known as hereditary-pattern baldness, which can noticeably affect up to 40% of adults. Hereditary-pattern hair loss can be especially concerning because, for some (especially men), the end result is typically full baldness. Thankfully, modern medicine has advanced to the point of being able to offer people a wide range of effective treatment options that produce natural-looking results.
At Aesthetic Scalp, our team of hair restoration specialists use the most advanced technology and techniques in the field to help individuals regain their confidence, as well as the quantity and quality of their hair. Both of our doctors have a high level of compassion for our patients since they dealt with their own hair loss struggles in the past. Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anil Shah and board-certified physician Dr. Sameea Chughtai are pleased to see women and men of all ages to identify the underlying cause of their hair thinning. Contact our team in Chicago at your earliest convenience and learn about your options for hair restoration.
Genetic Hair Loss Reviews
"If you want to pay extra and be a number.... for an Artas hair restoration process - check out all the expensive billboards in and around the city (you know their patients are paying for that star power, right?). If you are looking for the premier Artas boutique in Chicago - managed by TWO doctors - look no further. My experience and results were amazing!! If I wanted a recommendation on peanuts or beer I’d trust a famous Chicago celeb. Since I wanted the best, hands down, plastic surgeon to handle my hairline (using better technology and beyond amazing assistants/staff) I trusted Dr. Shah’s office and - am thrilled. Thanks Dr. Shah. You and your office is - simply put - a gem!!"- J. / Google / Jun 06, 2019
"A friend recommended Dr. Shah for a hair transplant. Probably one of the best decisions I ever made. A year ago, I was pretty bummed about how I looked with my hair. I'm in my late 30s but my hair loss made me look like I was 50. And I hated the way I looked with my head shaved. I flew in from California to see Dr. Shah and his team and right off the bat I felt like I can trust this team with my hair. Procedure was pretty painless. I was napping most of the time. And that robot? Color me impressed. I've heard that doctors estimate a high number of grafts needed and the low number of usable grafts actually transplanted. From what I understand, hair follicles can be cut while extracting and that makes them unusable. With Dr. Shah, they estimated 800 grafts needed for the transplant and actually had 798 used. Only two follicles weren't usable! That's just amazing! Anyway, a year later and a follow-up, I actually look and feel my age. This was such a boost to my confidence. Thank you Dr. Shah and his hair team!"- H.B. / Google / Mar 06, 2020
"I underwent a hair transplant procedure with Dr. Shah 8 months ago. The procedure utilized the Artas Robotic transplant system. Additionally, it included a PRP, or platelet rich plasma treatment that helps rejuvenate my thinning hair on my crown and help with growth of the donor and transplant sites. The procedures themselves and the staff was outstanding. Once the transplanted hair started growing I was absolutely amazed at the results. The best part is my hair continues to get thicker! I cut my hair from the donor site in back of my head a few months ago down to a clipper size 2 and you cant see any remnant of the procedure. I would highly recommend this procedure with Dr. Shah and his talented staff to anyone considering this."- D.S. / Google / Jun 06, 2019
"Hair Restoration - I have had a very positive experience with Dr. Anil Shah doing a hair restoration using the Artas Robot. Excellent experience with the staff from front desk, to taking blood for PRP, to the day procedure as everything went exactly as they had told me. I had no pain and the recovery was very fast as I was back to work the next day. Results have been very positive. I highly recommend Dr. Anil Shah and the Artas robit."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 14, 2019
"Treating Alopecia Areata (sudden hair loss) - One morning I noticed a large bald spot just behind my hairline — I’ve never experienced hair loss before. Since I’m healthy with no genetic history of Alphesia Areata I was very confused and terrified with this sudden hair loss. I did some research and found out that severe stress can trigger Alephesia Areata. Last month I did experience a traumatic event, and so I believe this is what caused my symptoms to progress. I needed the most effective treatment because my hair wouldn’t stop falling that week, even when brushing my fingers through it. I made an appointment at Aesthetic Scalp with Dr. Chughtai. She recommended Kenalog injections and PRP treatments, to help reactivate the hair follicles. I’m confident that my scalp and hair will get better in time with Dr. Chughtai & Dr. Shah’s help."- C. / RealSelf / Aug 04, 2019
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF GENETIC HAIR LOSS?
Hereditary-pattern hair loss presents differently among men and women. Many men will begin to notice their hair thinning or falling out in their 20s and 30s, while women may not notice a change to their hairline until after menopause. The location of hair loss also varies between men and women. Typically, men with androgenic alopecia may notice hair loss or thinning at the temples and crown, which progresses until only the lower strip of hair is left. Meanwhile, hair loss for women tends to spread wider throughout the scalp but is often concealed better than male-pattern baldness. Unlike men, women suffering from genetic hair loss won't usually notice a change in their hairline. Women who have a complete absence of hair at any location throughout the head may be experiencing a different issue altogether, like alopecia areata.
DIAGNOSIS OF HEREDITARY-PATTERN HAIR LOSS
To diagnose genetic hair loss, you will meet with one of our board-certified doctors who will assess the condition of your scalp, the quantity of hair lost, and the quality of the remaining hair. During your consultation, we will also ask about your medical history and any medications you may be taking to rule out illness or prescription drugs as a cause of your hair loss. Oftentimes, hereditary-pattern is quickly diagnosable through a physical examination and an overview of your medical and family histories.
Male Hair Loss Treatment Procedure - Dr. Anil Shah
METHODS FOR PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
Even though genetic hair loss affects a large portion of the population and can cause adults of a variety of ages to lose their confidence and feel frustrated, there are a number of treatment options available to improve your situation. Patients whose conditions are diagnosed early may receive preventive care in the form of oral or topical medication, such as minoxidil or finasteride. While finasteride is taken orally and is often exclusively for men, minoxidil is a topical solution that is applied to the scalp and can work for both women and men.
Patients whose conditions are too far progressed for preventive measures may instead benefit from a range of other treatments we offer, including:
- Surgical hair restoration, or FUE (follicular unit extraction)
- Forehead reduction
- PRP therapy
- Low-level light therapy
- Exosomes therapy
At our Chicago, IL office, we typically offer FUE alongside a regenerative treatment (such as PRP therapy) and use the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant system. To craft your personalized treatment plan, you will meet with one of our board-certified hair specialists who will assess the state of your scalp and your degree of hair loss. From there, we will go over all of your options with you in detail.
Male Hair Loss Treatment Procedure - Dr. Anil Shah
YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, WE HAVE ANSWERS
Our Chicago practice helps thousands of patients suffering from hair loss every year with an advanced range of surgical and nonsurgical treatments. To address genetic hair loss in both men and women, patients will attend a consultation with one of our highly trained doctors at Aesthetic Scalp. If you've noticed some early signs of hereditary-pattern baldness, including hair thinning or patches of hair loss, contact our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Anil Shah or Dr. Sameea Chungtai.
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