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Common Myths and Truths About Hair Loss and Balding Exposed
Common Myths and Truths About Hair Loss and Balding Exposed

Award winning doctor exposes the truth behind some of the most common myths and truths about hair loss and balding


For the millions of people who experience thinning or balding of their hair, it can be devastating. What can be even more devastating is not getting accurate information when it comes to what they can do about it. There are many myths surrounding hair loss and balding, and they can hold people back. Knowing the myths and truths about hair loss and balding can make a world of difference when it comes to addressing it properly, so that the person’s self-esteem is restored along with their hair.

“I’ve worked with enough people who have hair loss to know that it is often a big blow to their confidence level,” says Dr. John Kahen, founder of Beverly Hills Hair Restoration (BHHR). “Being able to navigate through the issue is the best way to be able to come out the other end with hair, as well as feel good about your appearance.”

In a 2016 issue of the journal CME Dermatology, researchers share an article that discusses alopecia (hair loss) in general medicine. They report that the psychological impact of hair loss is often overlooked, yet it causes significant psychological distress. They also report that many sufferers experience feelings of distorted self-image and low self-esteem, and they may also display symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Knowing the truths about hair loss can help give hope to the many people who are experiencing it and the psychological impact that accompanies it. Here are some common myths and truths about hair loss:

  • Myth: Women don’t lose their hair.
    Truth: There are many women who experience hair thinning and loss. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (SHRS), there were over 133,000 people who had hair restoration in the U.S. in 2016, and 39% of them were women. The psychological impact of hair loss may be even more alarming for women than it is for men.
  • Myth: Thinning hair is an issue only for seniors.
    Truth: While most people associate hair loss and balding with older people, it happens to young ones as well. If there are others in the family who have experienced it, then it may not be such a shock. But for those younger people who haven’t seen other family members experience it, the balding at such a young age can cause a lot of psychological stress.
  • Myth: Hats or frequent shampooing make your hair fall out.
    Truth: While hats and shampooing don’t lead to hair loss, it can be a problem if you are wearing hats too tight, or not keeping them clean. Also, some of the things people do to their hair can lead hair to fall out, including pulling the hair too tightly, such as in pigtails, as well as using hot oil treatments, which can lead to the hair follicles becoming inflamed.
  • Myth: Stress is what causes hair loss.
    Truth: Hair loss can happen for a number of reasons. According to the National Institutes of Health some of the reasons can be diabetes, lupus, poor nutrition, thyroid problems, medications, and other health conditions. High stress levels can be a contributing factor to hair loss, but the most common reason is genetics.
  • Myth: Shaving makes the hair grow back thicker.
    Truth: People often don’t observe the amount of hair well before and after. Shaving doesn’t make the hair grow back thicker. If that worked, everyone losing their hair could simply shave it and wait for it to grow back thicker and fuller.
  • Myth: Hair restoration is time-consuming and inconvenient.
    Truth: Hair restoration services are easier and more convenient than ever today. The reality is that the procedure generally takes around an hour, sometimes less. Recent advances including Dr. Kahen’s SmartPRP® can generate results in as little as 30 minutes. Those who need a hair transplant will find it takes up to six hours for the surgery, depending on the extent of the baldness, and does require a longer recovery period.

“Myths abound when it comes to hair loss and treating it,” added Dr. Kahen. “The best rule of thumb is for those with thinning and balding hair to get a consultation. Then they will have the answers of why they are losing their hair and what options there are to do something about it. I have helped thousands of people to restore their hair, along with their self-esteem.”

Dr. Kahen, who is a world-renowned hair restoration surgeon, is a pioneer and the leading expert in using the Platelet Rich Plasma technique, called SmartPRP®. His hair restoration technique uses the body’s own tissue regeneration mechanism to strengthen small hairs and stimulate growth of new follicles. Smart PRP, a 30-minute procedure, can be performed as a standalone treatment or, in some cases, is combined with transplant surgery, which takes all day. Since Smart PRP® is an injection therapy procedure, patients generally return to work the next day. Hair transplants take longer to heal - generally 10 days — as the redness, swelling and scabbing fade. Cost of treatment varies based on the treatment(s) plan.

Dr. Kahen has performed thousands of hair restoration surgeries and has become one of the most sought-after doctors in the world. He has performed surgeries on business executives, physicians, dignitaries, and celebrities, among others. He has invented some of the most advanced restoration technology, including SmartPRP®. Located only 30 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport, BHHR also offers a fly-in program, helping those who may be coming in from other states or countries for the procedure.

Beverly Hills Hair Restoration offers effective options for those with thinning and balding hair. Their services include hair transplants, the Platelet Rich Plasma technique, hairline lowering, facial body hair transplant, eyebrow transplant, female hair loss treatment, textured transplant options, and more. Their award-winning hair transplant services have helped thousands of people achieve life-changing results. For more information, visit their site at: https://www.beverlyhillshr.com.



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