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Patchy Hair Loss

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

We received an email from one of our overseas patients in regards to his patchy hair loss. He describes that he has experienced these episodes since the age of 12 years. He is now 36 years old. They had attested his patchy hair loss to Alopecia Areata (AA) but his hair loss which was seen all over his body also included swelling, pain and discoloration. Throughout the years he had been prescribed with different types of topical medications as well as a hormonal injection treatment. All of these treatments did not permanently correct his situation but in most cases did give him temporary relief.

Our best assessment is that although he is experiencing patchy hair loss as is seen in Alopecia Areata (AA) this condition is normally painless and skin shape and color remain the same. Other forms of hair loss conditions with similar symptoms as his are more closely related to Alopecia Cicatricial. This skin condition inflames the affected area and causes hair loss in that same affected area. A good dermatologist can best diagnose these types of skin conditions by means of biopsy. After the assessment we can then give you the best plan of attack for future hair restoration.

If you have any similar questions on hair loss and hair restoration, please contact us through our California Hair Restoration website.

Sex Drive and Propecia Use

Thursday, February 19th, 2009


I am 30 now and I have been losing my hair since I was 18. I started taking finasteride last year and seen great result after taking it for only a few months. I think I may have been experiencing some side effects.  The thing is I noticed that it might have affected my erection and it takes me longer to get an erection. I know when you know you are taking a medication that has to do with your male hormone it may automatically affect your sex function negatively. So I do not know whether it is mental or real. I don’t want to stop Propecia if it is safe to continue it.


You have been experiencing erectile dysfunction recently while taking Propecia (finasteride) for a year. Erectile dysfunction has been evaluated in patients who have been taking Propecia.  The incidence of erectile dysfunction is reported to be 1.3% of men who were on Propecia for one year.

The rate of erectile dysfunction was reported 0.7% among the patients who only took placebo. You can test this side effect of Propecia by stopping it for at least two weeks and see if you still have erectile dysfunction. If the erectile dysfunction goes away by discontinuing Propecia after two weeks, your problem might be a real side effect of finasteride. If you still want to continue taking Propecia despite experiencing erectile dysfunction, you may try a lower dose that can still help your hair growth without giving you any negative effects to your sexual function.

California Hair Transplant

Monday, February 9th, 2009

California hair restorationMany of our patients and the readers of our hair transplant blog often ask about celebrity hair transplants, their hair loss problems and hair restoration. California and in particular Los Angeles and Hollywood is the place for celebrities so hearing questions on celebrity hair transplantation is not unusual. We will not be able to reveal the name of the people who had a hair transplant; however gossip never sleeps in Hollywood.

Internet is full of the names of celebrities who many have had a hair transplant or plug surgery in the past. Many male celebrities with hair transplantation has been recognized and revealed by photographers. Many of celebrities had old and bad hair transplants and the others with the changes that were captured in the pictures from before and after hair transplants. Although wigs and hair systems have become very realistic these days, high resolution photography can reveal them at times. Many known celebrities had old technique hair transplants that used to be detectable and easy to distinguish. That is why they are bound to a certain hair style to cover their unnatural hairline. Many others have the problem fixed by doing a repair hair transplant using the follicular unit transplant. The good news is that many patients with unnatural hair line from old hair transplants could improve their appearance if their donor hair was not violated with old techniques of hair restoration or plug surgeries.

Hollywood, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Orange County are among the most concentrated areas in terms of the number of hair transplant surgeons. Keeping a good look in Hollywood world is not only important, but it could be life changing for many people especially if they are one of the people who is constantly followed by curious reporters.

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