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Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Loss

Hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Ken Williams at Orange County Hair Restoration, evaluates and treats many men and women suffering with hair loss. During his evaluations he finds that many patients have been given misinformation about hair loss and how to treat it. These are some frequently asked questions by patients:

Hair Loss FAQ's


Is Your Hair Restoration Surgeon Board Certified?

Hair restoration surgery is a medical and surgical subspecialty that has matured over the decades since its introduction in the 1960s. By the 1990s, it was clear to leaders in hair restoration surgery that the subspecialty had matured to the point of needing a medical/surgical standards testing for assuring the highest level of knowledge and skill in practitioners of hair restoration surgery. The medical profession has such a protocle in place with the medical specialty board that certifies qualified specialists in their elected specialty or subspecialty. Leaders of hair restoration surgery implemented a medical-board approach to certification, and organized the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS).

Adult Derived Stem Cell Therapy as a Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment

The Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery-Orange County Hair Restoration offers a variety of hair loss treatments for hair loss in men and women. Our office is the first hair restoration facility on the west coast to offer stem cell therapy from cells that are derived from the fat cells of our adult patients. From the Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) of the extraction process, these stem cells are rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors. Our medical director and founding surgeon, Dr. Ken Williams, offers our hair loss patients the most advanced FDA approved stem cell device for obtaining adult stem cells from the fat cells of patients.


Idea Stem Cell UpdateStem Cell Therapy for Hair Restoration Update

The use of Stem Cell Therapy has expanded greatly over the last few years in treating medical disease. As oppose to embryonic cells, the initial stigma of using stem cells has decreased since the discovery of using bone marrow, fat cells, umbilical cord cells, and even skin cells to extract stem cells.

Saints Defeat Lions, But Drew Brees is Losing Fight Against Hair Loss

On Saturday, January 7, 2012 the New Orleans Saints defeated the Detroit Lions with a 45-28 NFC wild-card victory. Drew Brees led an unstoppable offense by throwing for 466 yards, the most yards in a regulation playoff game. “We were pulling out all the stops,” Brees said. “We play aggressive. We’re not going to apologize for that. That gives guys in the huddle a lot of confidence. We’re not going to pull the reins back. It’s pedal to the metal.” That type of aggression has led to many victories for the New Orleans Saints, and if Brees would show that type of aggression with his hair he may have preserved his frontal hairline and overall hair density.


Facial Hair Restoration Surgery

Actor Jon Hamm shows off his sexy scruff this week. A dramatic difference from the always clean-shaven executive Don Draper character Hamm plays in AMC’s Mad Men. Many big name celebs like Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman, Tom Hanks (to name a few) grow facial hair during filming breaks.

Many men, however, are unable to grow facial hair do to trauma, surgery, or genetics. These men report their lack of facial hair weakens their self-esteem and often they desire a more masculine look.


How To Hide Your Receding Hairline

If you are suffering from Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), you can rest assure you are not alone. This is a very common type of hair loss in men; roughly 1 in 3 men over the age of 35 will get it. MPB usually starts with a receding hairline at the front followed by diffuse thinning in the mid scalp.

Receding Hairline OC Hair Restoration Irvine, CA

Male Pattern Baldness does not look good on anyone, even Matthew McConaughey! So what can you do to look and feel better? That’s a million dollar question and often times feels impossible to answer.


Ben Affleck's Bald Spot

Ben Affleck caught the eye of the media and public when recent photos revealed a bald spot on the back of his head, referred to as the Vertex or crown region. While many adoring fans may think Ben’s bald spot is temporary, the truth is this bald spot represents a permanent loss of hair.

Did you know you can shed up to 100 hair follicles per day? Or you may see more hair loss at certain times of the year than others? While there are many causes for hair loss, a common type of hair loss affecting men and women is called “effluvium.” To understand male hair loss, or what Mr. Affleck may be facing, it is important to understand the hair folicle cycle.


Hair Loss In Young Men: Balding Before They're LegalHair Loss Young Men

Hair Loss is commonly thought of as a problem for older men. But when it happens in younger men, even those who are not yet 21 years old, it can be considered an emotionally and medically serious problem requiring anti-anxiety medications.


Capillus Cap for Hair LossCapillus - A cohesive approach for hairloss managed by a physician

Capillus, which in Latin is the plural form used to designate the aggregate of hair on the scalp, is a non-surgical option for both men and women who battle hair loss. We use a combination of hair loss therapies, including the science of photomedicine, which has been used for years in various fields of medicine, for the treatment of hair loss. Our cosmetic device, the Capillus272 aims to trengthen existing hair using low-level laser light to treat the hair on your scalp at home or while out and about.






Scott Caan's Genetic Hair Loss

Like father…. Like son…. Scott Caan not only inherited his dad’s, James Caan, acting talent, he also inherited his receding hairline. Scott needs to act fast if he wants to save his hairline.

Hair Loss Example in Scott Caan

If you’re over the age of 20 and your hair is starting to thin, the culprit is probably hidden in your family tree. Approximately 95% of men and 70% of women with thinning hair is caused by a hereditary condition called androgenetic alopecia, AGA for short. AGA hair loss affects all ethnicities and is inherited from either the mother or father’s side of the family. Since AGA is determined by a number of genetic factors, it may or may not skip generations. In the case of siblings, one brother could experience significant AGA hair loss in his late 20’s and the other brother could keep his hair for most of his adult life.

FUE Hair Transplant: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Hair Fue Before and After Irvine, CAtransplantation surgery has dramatically evolved over the subsequent the last five decades. Throughout the evolution of hair transplant surgery, techniques have come and techniques have discarded. Today, single strip excision with stereomicroscopic dissection of the excised strip remains the most common type of hair transplant surgery performed according to a 2013 ISHRS practice survey. In the last decade, however, a refinement of an outdated punch extraction technique, now referred to Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is becoming more popular, and hair transplant surgery has never been the same.


LeBron James Hair Restoration Surgery: FUE v. STRIPFUT strip method

For many hair restoration patients, like Lebron James, once they have decided to have hair restoration surgery there is a sense of relief and excitement. The knowledge of resolving baldness and finally moving forward in treating hair loss is an exciting feeling.

But after deciding to have hair surgery, the next hurdle for Mr. James is to choose what hair surgical restorative technique to use-Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Linear Strip (FUT). With this article we are hoping to ease your stress and help you choose the proper surgical technique for YOU!

Ariana Grande Weeps Over Hair Loss

Ariana Grande Hair LossAriana Grande, known as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television show Victorious, arrived at the Grammys in tears. The 20 year-old actress and singer had just read a post by a blogger attacking not only her outfit…. but her hair too! Ariana’s new extension filled hairstyle has created quite a debate among her fans. In fact, just a few days ago, she took to Instagram to explain the reasons behind her new look.