Hair Only Where You Want It

Shaving, tweezing, plucking, cutting, waxing, laser, styling, curling, flattening, and highlighting are just a few of the things we do to keep our hair looking good. When the goal is removing unwanted hair, the laser and electrolysis services we offer at The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts, can keep you smooth and sleek.

However, most patients want a full head of hair, and eyebrows that are not overly thinned. Hair restoration can also hide scars on the scalp or face, fill in a beard, and replace hair that you once removed (e.g. from the chest or genital areas) but want back.

Advanced Hair Restoration Techniques

Whether you have overly thin hair or have a receding hairline due to male pattern baldness, The Spiegel Center can help. Not too many years ago, hair restoration had less-than-desirable results. Small tufts (or plugs) of hair, like on a child’s doll, provided some coverage, but it did not look natural, and a wide scar on the back of the head limited hairstyles and slowed down healing. 

Fortunately, this is not true anymore. Using the latest technology and harvesting machines (like Smartgraft™ or Neograft™), The Spiegel Center’s experts remove individual hairs from the back or side of your head and place them one by one where you need them. Imagine carefully removing single blades of grass from your backyard (you’d never miss them) and planting them in the front yard. 

Yes, this follicular unit extraction (or FUE) method requires more focused attention, but we believe the results are worth the effort. Hair restoration is done in the office with just local anesthesia. You’ll sit in one of our comfortable chairs as we remove hairs where you have them in excess and place them where you want them. Bring headphones and your favorite music or podcast.  It’s comfortable, and a little bit boring.

Who Is Losing Their Hair?

We take our full head of hair for granted when we’re young. Then one day, it suddenly seems we have either a bald spot at the back of the crown, or recession at the sides that rises higher and higher. Men seem to lose hair in predictable areas mostly across their frontal and temporal hairlines, and at the top of the head, while women tend to see overall thinning, 
Hair thinning and hair loss are common.  

In fact, about 25% of men start to see hair loss as early as 21, with the percentage increasing to 66% by 35 and almost 85% for those 50 and over (American Hair Loss Association). Women are also not immune, as almost 40% of people who experience hair loss are women, and half experience the problem by the time they reach 50. Women can also become particularly concerned about hair loss in their eyebrows and eyelashes; for men, the problem is more focused on male pattern baldness.

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What Causes Hair Loss In Men And Women?

Research and studies by organizations such as the American Hair Loss Association and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery have identified a wide range of factors that contribute to hair loss.

Heredity and genes

It is estimated that due to DNA, approximately 30 million women and 50 million men experience hair loss.


The presence of a hormone, dihydrotestoserone, or DHT, in the hair follicles can block the growth of new hair. DHT is an androgen that is thought to cause hair follicles to get smaller (miniaturize), and this contributes to baldness in men and women.

Medical conditions 

There are a series of medical conditions that can contribute to hair loss. These include anemia, lupus, and hypothyroidism. Medications such as anabolic steroids, blood thinners, lithium, antidepressants, and beta blockers for high blood pressure also can cause hair loss.


Scientists have also identified a number of issues related to diet that can have an impact on hair loss, including too little protein, vitamin B deficiencies, and too much vitamin A.

Emotional And Physical Stress

Severe stress can trigger telogen effluvium, which results in hair entering a shedding phase. This is usually related to a significant traumatic event such as surgery, car accidents, family tragedies, or severe illness.

Poor Hair Care Practices

Ranging from over-stressing the hair with excessive use of hair dryers, pulling the hair too tight in a ponytail, braids, or cornrows, or using too many hair relaxants and other chemicals to treat the hair.

What Are Some Of The Common Solutions For Hair Restoration?

Depending on the cause of hair loss, there are specific treatments available. The FDA has approved two treatments – one over the counter (Minoxidil) and another by prescription (Finasteride) – to address DHT, which shrinks hair follicles and impedes further growth.

Hair Restoration Before & After

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Rogaine (Minoxidil) 

To fight hair loss, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals released a prescription medication called  minoxidil in 1988 under the trade name Rogaine, with FDA studies finding nearly 40 percent of men saw “moderate to dense hair growth on the crown of the head.” In 1992, a version for women hit the market, and in 1996, both were approved for over-the-counter use. It’s believed minoxidil widens blood vessels and opens potassium channels to allow more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to reach the follicle.

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Propecia (Finasteride)

In 1992, the FDA okayed finasteride for men after a study showed an 83 percent success rate in subjects who continued to use the medication for two years. In 1997, Merck Pharmaceuticals released the drug as a pill under the brand name Propecia, which is shown to help hair growth and maintenance of anterior mid-scalp and crown regions specifically. 

In 2002, dutasteride was brought to market as Avodart, which demonstrated a slowing effect on androgenetic alopecia in men and women. Both drugs are prescription only and act as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, which slow the creation of the hair-loss agent DHT.  There are some topical versions, though these are not as fully tested as the oral medications.  Nonetheless, anecdotal evidence suggests they may be effective with fewer potential side effects.

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Address Your Hair Loss Today

Hair replacement can restore your confidence, keep you looking younger, and project a sense of health and strength to the rest of the world. There’s no reason to wait until tomorrow, schedule a consultation at The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts, today to learn how we can help you.

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