• While commercial hair growth products may promise successful results, such promises are usually too good to be true. Photo: Peter J. Panagotacos, MD (2013)

  • A more viable option is to consult a dermatologist, who can give medically sound advice and solutions. Photo: Peter J. Panagotacos, MD (2013)

Dr. Peter Panagotacos is Owner of Peter J. Panagotacos, MD. To reach Dr. Peter Panagotacos call (415) 742-1973 .
Avoiding Hair Growth Scams

SAN FRANCISCO – Hair loss is a problem that has bothered men and women alike for more than 5,000 years. We know this because the first written prescription was for a hair loss treatment, found in a 5,000-year-old hieroglyphic document. The prescription instructs the patient to rub a concoction of alabaster dust, iron oxide and honey onto his scalp before praying to the Sun God.

While the hair treatments that are advertised today don’t include any spiritual elements, many are as specious as that 5,000-year-old prescription. We’ve all heard the radio ads that allege the ability of a particular product to give you thicker, longer and more beautiful hair. Even though the overwhelming majority of these products don’t work, it doesn’t stop the manufacturers from profiting off people’s ignorance. The simple reality is many of the hair treatments you hear or see advertised are scams.

One example from three decades ago is a product called the “Helsinki Formula.” The manufacturer was repeatedly asked by government health agencies to stop its deceptive claim that its product caused hair growth. After being reprimanded several times, the manufacturer was eventually fined $3 million and asked to leave the country. However, even though they paid the fine, they still left with a hefty $36 million profit.

Rather than putting your faith in a dubious hair growth product, consult a dermatologist—they specialize in skin, hair and nails, and they can offer real, medically sound solutions for your hair loss.

Dr. Peter Panagotacos is a 42-year veteran of the dermatology field and owner of Peter J. Panagotacos, MD, a Diamond Certified practice since 2003. He can be reached at (415) 742-1973 or by email.

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