Hi, I'm Dr. Alan Bauman, board-certified hair restoration physician and the Founder and Medical Director of Bauman Medical Group Hair Transplant and Hair Loss Treatment Center located in Boca Raton Florida. Here, at BaumanBlog.com, you'll find news and information on hair loss diagnosis, medical treatments, and hair transplants that are helpful for those suffering from thinning hair or hair loss. Got a question? Ask it at www.baumanmedical.com!
Welcome to BaumanBlog.com, a place for personal notes, thoughts and updates about my hair loss and hair transplant practice, Bauman Medical Group, located in Boca Raton, Florida. Depending on the day, you'll likely find announcements, news, cutting-edge research, out-of-the-box ideas, or perhaps even controversial theories in the field of hair restoration appearing here first. I look forward to your feedback and comments as the journey toward providing the best medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments for our hair loss patients continues, so feel free to interact and respond. If you think I might be able to help you in any way, just reach out and let me know. :-)
Thanks, Neal. Our JAK program continues to progress as expected with ATI-5001 for oral administration for the treatment of the most severe forms of alopecia areata -- that's alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis -- and ATI-5002 for topical administration, primarily for the patchy forms of alopecia areata.
We are pleased to report that the IND application for ATI-5001 has been submitted to the FDA, and we expect to begin a human pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic -- that's a PK/PD study -- before the end of this year, which is slightly ahead of schedule. For the topical version, the ATI-5002, we are on track to submit an IND application and begin a clinical trial in the first half of 2017, which is consistent with our previous guidance.
In addition to progressing our JAK treatment program for the treatment of alopecia areata and as we reported on our last call, we have initiated preclinical development of additional JAK inhibitors which we are developing for topical use both in vitiligo and androgenetic alopecia, which is also known as male or female pattern baldness. The program includes the development of ATI-5003, which is a covalently binding JAK3-specific inhibitor, and the preclinical and formulation work continue to progress as expected.
At Bauman Medical Group Hair Transplant and Hair Loss Treatment Center in Boca Raton, FL we will be keeping a close eye on this groundbreaking hair loss research as it progresses.
"If a follicle can be encouraged to produce a thicker hair, often pigment will also ramp up," says Alan J. Bauman, MD, of an unexpected—but welcome—side effect of stimulating hair growth. "Using minoxidil can make more pigment deep in the hair fiber. It's not going to reverse completely gray hair, but hair can get thicker and darker."
When a hair follicle is weakened by age, heredity and other risk factors, the fiber diameter, length and pigmentation can diminish. Using treatments like Formula 82M minoxidil, Laser Therapy or PRP can help improve the follicle function and hair regrowth, producing a thicker, longer, more pigmented hair over time. --Dr. Alan Bauman - Bauman Medical Group - Formula 82M Minoxidil
BOCA RATON, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) - Skeptical about all of those hair regrowth products and treatments? You’re not alone. One women was about to give up and buy a wig. Then, she met a doctor who turned everything around with a novel treatment.
Laser therapy is a non-chemical FDA-approved hair regrowth treatment. The keys to success are the right diagnosis and compliance to an effective doctor-supervised treatment regimen. www.baumanmedical.com/lasercap
What is "Master Plan" for Hair Loss & Hair Transplantation?
Often overlooked by patients and novice surgeons, the "Master Plan" for hair transplantation should include the important consideration that hereditary "pattern" hair loss and hair thinning in men and women are chronic and progressive conditions that continue to get worse without treatment. At Bauman Medical, we routinely remind patients, "transplanted hair is permanent, but your other hair is not!" ...and, there's a plan for that!
Therefore the "Master Plan" for any hair loss patient should include not only the size and amount of hair transplant procedures needed to reach a patient's restoration goal, but also a robust Medical Hair Loss Management protocol for treating the at-risk hair and routine follow-up measurements and tracking visits to ensure the prescribed hair regrowth therapies are working as expected.
Unfortunately, many novice surgeons underestimate the amount of grafting needed to accomplish a hair loss patient's goals and underestimate the progression of hair loss--inadvertently or mistakingly thinking that the hair loss is a static condition. From my experience in treating thousands of hair loss in patients over 20 years, I assure you it is NOT! This often results in disappointing results for patients who have spent significant time and resources to undergo a hair transplant procedure, and neglected to address the underlying progression of hair loss.
What goes into making a "Master Plan" for your hair restoration?
An accurate diagnosis of your condition. Is it hereditary hair loss or are there other hair loss or alopecia conditions contributing?
An identification of your major hair loss risk factors, which may include hereditary risk, medical conditions, scalp health, medications and other issues that affect hair growth.
Baseline standardized photography
Baseline measurements of Hair Mass Index with HairCheck and microscopic HairCam evaluations in affected zones compared to areas that are more permanent.
An assessment of your hair loss "momentum" generally based on your age, degree of hair loss and amount of miniaturized hair.
What are your ultimate, realistic hair restoration goals?
It shouldn't be! Listen to Richard describe his ARTAS robotic-assisted hair transplant experience with Dr. Alan Bauman of Bauman Medical Group in Boca Raton. We caught up with Richard in the hallway at Bauman Medical where he was candidly talking about how he felt before, during and after his procedure and asked his permission to share his experience with you. Was he afraid of the discomfort he was going to experience? What was his experience like? How much pain did he have during and after his hair transplant? How is he feeling today?
Richard is four days post-op from his ARTAS robotic hair transplant, so his scabs will be visible for another few days. Once the scabs are gone, all visible signs of the hair transplant will be invisible to the naked eye. Hair growth starts in about 12 weeks, but it takes 6 months to see half of the result. A full-grown result takes one year. Each patient is different, so a consultation is required to determine the estimated amount of grafts needed to reach your goals.
Contact Dr. Alan Bauman, a board-certified Hair Restoration Physician and expert in artistic, minimally invasive FUE hair transplant surgery using NeoGraft and the ARTAS robotic system. www.baumanmedical.com
Top hair loss expert and new treatment pioneer, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, discusses how new hair and scalp cranial prosthetic hair replacements made with 3D-printing are offering new hope to alopecia sufferers.
Boca Raton, Florida – September is National Alopecia Areata Awareness Month and it’s an important opportunity for those suffering from alopecia areata and other less common types of hair loss, like cicatricial alopecia, to get educated about effective new hair restoration options that can help.
According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, over 6.8 million people in the U.S. have, had or will develop alopecia areata at some point in their lives. An autoimmune disease, alopecia areata causes the body’s immune system to attack the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. Depending on the type and severity of the alopecia, sufferers may experience small bald patches on the scalp that spontaneously regrow, or it may progress to full cranial hair loss called alopecia totalis or total body hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia universalis.
“While medical treatments for hair loss have advanced dramatically over the last few decades, there is no true cure for alopecia areata,” explained top hair loss expert and new treatment pioneer, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, founder of Bauman Medical Group in Boca Raton. “For those who suffer from less common hair loss conditions like alopecia areata and cicatricial (scarring) alopecia, traditional medical treatments are not effective, leaving patients with very few options and little hope for a normal life.”
To combat this problem, the hair loss community recently developed advanced “cranial prosthetics” that can conceal patchy or full scalp baldness in cases where it can’t otherwise be treated. A leading product in the cranial prosthetic category is the CRLab CNC Hair Replacement System, which uses 3D-printing to perfectly design and conform the prosthetic to the patient’s exact cranial measurements, skin type and other specifications. According to Dr. Bauman, cranial prosthetics may be covered by some health insurance companies.
Dr. Alan Bauman, Claudia Cassida (Alopecia Areata Totalis patient), Charlie Villanueva--Alopecia Areata Totalis Patient, founder of "AlopeciaApparel” and NBA Basketball Player for the Dallas Mavericks, along with CRLAB Executives from Bologna, Italy at Bauman Medical in Boca Raton, Florida
“For men and women who are not candidates for transplantation and other medical treatments, the CR-Lab CNC Hair Replacement System does an amazing job of restoring a full and natural-looking head of hair,” Dr. Bauman explained.
Dr. Bauman & Claudia, Alopecia Areata Totalis patient before and after photo of CRLAB CNC Hair & Scalp Prosthesis
Claudia first became ill with alopecia areata in 1993, which caused her to lose all of her hair. After seeking treatment for her sudden hair loss, Claudia was informed that because alopecia areata is a genetic and autoimmune disease, there is no cure, and few medical options exist for treating the condition.
After wearing wigs for nearly 20 years, Claudia heard about the CNC Hair Replacement System. “CNC is a fabulous reality for those who want to skip the phase of shock of losing their self-image. Because hair is a very important part of our image,” Claudia explained. “It’s a prosthesis, but its features are way more comfortable than any type of wig.”
Claudia has regained her self-confidence after switching to the CNC Hair Replacement System. “It’s not like wearing any wig, it’s something that fits perfectly. And on me, it fits perfectly, like I was. It’s like I never lost my hair.”
About the ‘CNC’ Hair & Scalp Cranial Prosthetic
CNC (CRLab, Italy) is a customized medical-grade hair replacement system that is approved by the Italian Ministry of Health.
The CNC cranial prosthesis is crafted from beautiful, 100 percent unprocessed human hair meticulously implanted into an ultra-lightweight, breathable, antibacterial, dermato-compatible polymeric base made using 3D-printing technology.
Made with an FDA-cleared components, CNC is a unique hair replacement option for patients who suffer from autoimmune alopecia or extensive scarring alopecia, as well as patients who may not be good candidates for hair transplants.
The CNC can be shampooed and styled with ease and can be exposed to all activities, including swimming, shampooing, hairstyling, and high-impact sports.
Patients say the CNC becomes “a part of them,” never hot, itchy or uncomfortable—providing a previously unattainable level of confidence, freedom and comfort above and beyond traditional medical wigs.
With monthly maintenance and proper care, the prosthesis can last between four to five years, which is far longer than traditional wigs and hairpieces, ultimately saving patients more money in the end.
Later this month, Dr. Bauman will be a featured speaker at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery’s (ISHRS) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 28-October 1, where he will be presenting a scientific abstract on the use of cranial prosthetics in combination with other hair restoration options to improve the quality of life for those patients with otherwise untreatable hair loss disorders. One of Bauman’s patients who has had combination of hair transplantation and CNC cranial prosthesis will be amongst patients examined by his colleagues during the Live Patient Viewing portion of the conference.
To learn more about CNC cranial prosthetics as an option for alopecia, or to request Dr. Bauman’s presentation from the upcoming ISHRS conference, visit www.alopecia.md.
If you or someone you know is suffering from alopecia, schedule a long-distance phone consultation or an in-person, in-office consultation with Dr. Bauman online at www.baumanmedical.com or by calling toll-free 844-GET-HAIR or +1-561-394-0024. To learn more about scalp and hair treatments and CNC hair replacement systems visit www.salonBBoca.com.
About Dr. Alan J. Bauman:
Alan J. Bauman, M.D. is the founder and chief medical officer of Bauman Medical Hair Transplant and Treatment Center in Boca Raton, FL. At more than 11,000 square feet, his clinic is the world’s largest stand-alone treatment center dedicated exclusively to hair loss. Dr. Bauman has been a full-time hair transplant surgeon since 1997, and has treated over 17,000 patients and performed over 7,000 hair transplant procedures.
Dr. Bauman is one of approximately 100 physicians worldwide to achieve board certification from the esteemed American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS). He is a Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), an accepted member of the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons (IAHRS), recommended by the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), a member of the Pantene Hair Research Institute and an active lecturer and physician faculty member for numerous medical organizations.
Dr. Bauman received his M.D. degree from New York Medical College and surgical residency training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Bauman has appeared in print, radio and television as a medical expert and successful early-adopter of the most advanced technologies in the treatment of hair loss. Appearances, interviews and profiles include the Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Extra, Access Hollywood and Dateline NBC among other TV appearances. Newspaper and Magazine articles and feature stories include The New York Times, Newsweek, Cosmo, Vogue, Allure, O – The Oprah Magazine and Men’s Health among others.
About Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories:
Owned by AdviHair, a subsidiary of AdviCorp Plc., Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories is the established market leader and innovator in hair enhancement—combining unique proven technology with customer empathy. Since opening our first private clinic over forty years ago we have treated over a million clients from all over the world. We are proud to be working with respected expert physicians and thought leaders like Dr. Alan Bauman who care so deeply about their hair loss patients. Our scientific haircare and scalp treatment programs along with our advanced medical CNC hair replacement systems change lives for the better. CNC clients have the confidence to enjoy a natural and active lifestyle, feel a positive sense of wellbeing and live life without compromises. For more information visit http://www.cesareragazzi.com or call +39-051-6174267.
Chemotherapy is designed to target fast growing cancer cells in your body. Unfortunately, chemotherapy drugs don’t distinguish between cancer cells and other rapidly growing cells your body such as those found in hair follicles. While every cancer drug is different and has different effects on different people, chemotherapy drugs may cause significant hair loss on your scalp as well as the rest of your body.
Hair follicles that produce your hair contain some of the fastest growing cells in your body. These rapidly growing cells are found in the proliferative matrix of the dermal papilla or root of the hair follicle. Hair loss in the form of sudden significant shedding can occur within a few weeks of starting chemotherapy.
Whether your hair remains “normal” during treatment, gets weaker over time, or sheds out completely depends on the type and dosage of your chemotherapy. Most chemotherapy causes temporary hair loss, but some chemotherapy medications are known to cause more hair loss more quickly and can also have a high likelihood of causing permanent damage to your hair follicles. Some patients report that after chemotherapy has stopped, their hair growth resumes but in a different volume, texture and curl. In some patients, hair regrowth may be significantly delayed or not regrow at all. If you are concerned, ask your oncologist about hair loss associated with the chemotherapy drugs he or she is prescribing and what options there are.
The thought of losing hair can be disturbing. But the good news is that you can absolutely “be prepared” for the worst-case hair loss scenario! For many chemo patients, they are focused on the treatment of their cancer—and rightly so. However, many want to continue to live a ‘normal’ life and not ‘give a face to the disease’—meaning, they want to maintain a healthy appearance to their coworkers, family, friends or others, and not necessarily discuss their health situation. Your health is your business, so you should have the option of discussing it (or not) with whom you choose. Today’s modern hair restoration and hair replacement options like "CNC" 3D-printed cranial prosthetics are significantly different than the medical wigs of the past. Many cranial prosthetics can be totally or partially covered by your insurance.
At SalonB at Bauman Medical Group, our team of professionals, led by hair loss expert Dr. Alan Bauman, can help you determine what is the best course of action to take regarding your chemotherapy hair loss situation. We work closely with many oncologists, cancer teams and social workers from around the country to help patients with chemotherapy-induced hair loss. After treating over 18,000 hair loss sufferers since 1997, we know every single hair loss patient is different, and we are here to offer help and compassionate support.
Do you want to discuss your hair loss situation with a professional, or simply be connected to others who are dealing with a similar hair loss situation from chemotherapy? Contact the experts Bauman Medical Group today at 561-394-0024. www.salonbboca.com
Roughly 80 million men and women in the U.S. suffer from hair loss. This may sound like a daunting figure, but in reality most hair loss cases today are treatable - thanks to several decades of advanced medical research and high-tech treatment development.
However, the most important weapon in the battle against baldness is a relatively simple one - early detection.
By the time hair loss becomes noticeable to the naked eye, science tells us that about 50% of the hair follicles responsible for producing hair have already shut down. The earlier patients can get started on preventive or restorative therapies, the better their odds are for retaining a full and healthy-looking head of hair.
Since August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, it’s a good opportunity for all of us - men and women, old and young - to learn more about the early signs of hair loss and the treatment options available.
Detecting Hair Loss
A common mistake with detecting hair loss is to rely on the “mirror test” before taking action. That is, most people wait until their hair loss becomes readily noticeable - perhaps it’s diffuse thinning up top for men and women, or a receding hairline.
However, relying on this type of visual cue puts you at a disadvantage because as noted above, by the time hair loss is visible half of your hair in that area may be already gone.
Some people think that a better way to check for early signs of hair loss is to examine how much hair is being shed each day. This also can by tricky because a typical healthy head of hair will lose approximately 100 hair strands per day due to natural hair follicle cycling. If you’re noticing an excessive number of hairs on the pillow in the morning, at the bottom of the shower or in the comb, you may be in the active stages of hereditary hair loss.What’s tricky about that?Well, excessive shedding doesn’t always mean you have male or female pattern hair loss--it could be a sign of an underlying health problem or even a scalp issue, which results in temporary shedding of hair called telogen effluvium.
Further, patients put themselves at another disadvantage when they tell themselves that their hair loss has stopped.Studies show us that left untreated, hair loss will always get worse over time even though visually it appears to have stopped.
For these reasons, it is important to schedule a visit with an experienced, board-certified hair restoration physician when these symptoms are observed. He or she will be able to run the proper tests to determine the true cause of your hair loss, and what types of treatments might be needed. A hair restoration physician can also run tests that will help predict the likelihood of future hair loss.
Diagnosing the Problem
Aside from blood work and other traditional tests, Hair restoration physicians have several tools at their disposal to gauge a person’s risk of hair loss, and the rate at which active hair loss is progressing.
Genetic tests - While the results are a little more complicated than a “yes” or “no”, a new genetic test by HairDX can accurately determine a man’s (and woman’s) risk for losing their hair, so they can begin preventive treatments early. The test uses a simple cheek swab and can determine the genetic risk of developing male and female pattern hair loss. There are also genetic tests that can determine how well you are likely to respond to certain medical treatments. For example, the HairDX Genetic Test for androgen sensitivity can help predict your response to certain types of medical treatment (such as finasteride or Propecia). This information helps the physician tailor a treatment regimen specific to the patient’s genetics and therefore patients avoid spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a treatment that may not be effective for them.
Hair density measurements - The HairCheck® device is a highly sensitive hand-held ‘trichometer,’ which measures hair caliber and hair density together, and expresses them as a single number known as the Hair Mass Index (HMI), or "Hair Number.”Doctors can use this number to accurately assess hair loss, growth and breakage on any area of the scalp. By tracking these numbers, a physician can determine the extent and rate of the patient's hair loss and/or breakage, and inform them of any changes over time. This information also helps monitor and track the efficacy of their treatment regimen in case modifications are needed. This type of testingworks for both men and women.
Scalp exams - Newly developed “Trico-Tests” are highly effective at determining if an underlying problem with the scalp is the root cause of a hair disorder. Patients are evaluated with non-invasive, pain-free skin diagnostic tests that check the scalp’s pH, sebum and hydration levels to determine if there are any abnormalities. A magnified videoscopic examination of the scalp is also performed to examine any signs of scalp flaking or dandruff, excess sebum production, identify bacterial or fungal colonies and assess overall hair follicle health and function. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, hair strand cortisol level testing may also be administered (for example: Bauman Medical’s “sTRESS Test”). Scalp testing is available for both men and women.
Effective Treatment Options
Once the cause of the hair loss has been determined, an effective treatment program can be developed. This is likely to include a multi-therapy approach, and certain lifestyle changes may also be recommended.
Today, there are a variety of effective treatment options available for both men and women:
Topical and Oral Treatments: In addition to the over-the-counter minoxidil-containing Rogaine, and Rogaine for Women, topical treatments include compounded topical minoxidil Formula 82M and Latisse/Bimatoprost or other prostaglandin analogs. Currently, there is only one FDA-approved oral medication, (finasteride, brand name Propecia).
Low Level Laser Therapy: In recent years, low-level laser therapy has become a key element of the multi-therapy hair restoration regimen. Thanks to continued device approvals from the FDA specifically for hair regrowth, and a wide array of devices, including in-office laser ‘hoods’, at-home handheld units, hats, and brushes, more patients and doctors are utilizing phototherapy as an effective treatment option.
Nutritionals: Many hair loss patients benefit from the addition of nutritional supplementation in their treatment regimen. Hair vitamins and supplements, like Viviscal Pro and “SuperBiotin” are specially-formulated to nourish thinning hair, while also creating a healthy environment for existing hair and hair follicles.
Scalp Makeover: During a scalp makeover, the patient undergoes a simple skin diagnostic test to see if their sebum, pH, hydration, toxin and cortisol levels are imbalanced, and then depending on the results, a variety of scalp therapies are provided. Treatments for the scalp range from sebum-regulating topical serums (as well as hydration, anti-DHT and blood microcirculation stimulants) to scalp steaming, scalp massage, electrotherapy stimulation, hair boosting dermal patches and laser therapy. A scalp makeover can help overcome common hair problems, including hair thinning, excessive shedding and breakage.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, or PRP: The use of autologous PRP (platelet rich plasma) for wound healing after hair transplants and as a stand-alone treatment for enhancing hair growth has become a promising new treatment for both men and women. The application of PRP to the scalp requires short outpatient visits which can normally be done over a lunch hour.
Hair Transplant Robotics: The first robot designed to perform part of the hair transplant recently became available. Called the ARTAS System, it’s an image-guided robot that harvests up to 1,000 hair grafts in a single hour – which has made hair transplant surgery even more accurate and efficient and leaves no linear scar.
NeoGraft FUE: Less invasive hair transplants allow for the transplantation of hair without the ‘telltale’ signs of old-style hair transplantation such as the linear scar on the back of the head. The NeoGraft device helps the surgeon extracts hair follicles from the donor area of the scalp individually without the need for scalpel or stitches, leaving no linear scar. Recovery is faster, more comfortable and less restrictive. Artistic hairline design and single-follicle transplantation techniques create hair transplant results that truly defy detection.
3D Printed Hair: For male or female hair loss patients suffering from severe or extensive hair loss, or those looking for an alternative to hair transplantation, “3D-Printed Hair” is the latest breakthrough in hair replacement. New non-surgical medical-grade hair and scalp prosthesis, like the CNC Hair Replacement System, offers a customized, natural hair replacement option for a complete return to an active lifestyle, without compromise! The 3D printed hair system can be shampooed, dried and styled as your own hair. With monthly maintenance and proper care, the prosthesis can last up to 4-5 years - much longer than traditional wigs or hairpieces.
Visit http://www.baumanmedical.com for an overview of these treatment options.
Seeing It Through
Treatment programs should be customized for the individual patient, and based on a full examination of the person’s genetic factors, health history, hair loss progression and lifestyle issues. Routine follow-ups are also important in order to determine how well the follicles are responding to the treatments, and to see if changes should be made in the therapy regimen.
One of the hardest parts of treating hair loss is helping the patient understand that it is a long-term investment and process. Just like hair loss, initial changes in hair regrowth take time and can be subtle before they are noticeable to the naked eye.
When one starts to actually treat their hair loss, it is important to keep in mind that it can take more than a year to see the full, final results from treatment. This is longer than many other treatments or procedures that patients have experience with so many patients are tempted to end their hair treatments too soon.Ending treatment prematurely disrupts any progress that had been made. Regular follow-ups should be performed every 90 days as this helps to reconfirm to the patient that they are responding to their treatment regimen and getting the best results possible. If they are not responding, adjustments to treatments can be made expeditiously.
Hair loss is a treatable condition, but the earlier the problem is detected and treatment started, the better your chances are of keeping your hair and re-growing what has been diminished.
Tips on Finding a Hair Restoration Physician
A hair restoration physician is someone who specializes exclusively in the medical diagnosis, treatment and tracking of hair loss and its treatment.
Look for physicians who are board-certified in hair restoration by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, accepted members of the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons and recommended by the American Hair Loss Association.
Due to the limited number of board-certified hair restoration physicians worldwide, prospective patients should be prepared to travel and consult long-distance.
Before choosing your doctor, visit the clinic, read reviews, ask for before-and-after pictures and, most importantly, ask questions.
Medical doctors who do not specialize in hair restoration (general practitioners, dermatologists, etc.) may not be up to date on the latest treatment methods and technologies. This can lead to subpar results and, in some cases, treatment complications.
Visit http://www.baumanmedical.com to start a consultation with hair loss expert and board-certified hair restoration physician, Dr. Alan J. Bauman.
Among the six treatments for hair loss recommended in the Today.com story are compounded minoxidil (rogaine alternatives), nutritionals like Viviscal Pro, laser therapy with LaserCap, PRP Platelet Rich Plasma. Other therapies used by full time hair restoration physicians include no-scalpel, no-stitch Hair Transplantation with NeoGraft or using the the ARTAS robotic system.
For women, the most common triggers are hormonal (pregnancy, menopause, thyroid disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome) or hereditary, but autoimmune conditions and nutritional deficiencies can also be to blame. And unlike men, we tend to lose hair gradually and all over the head, so it can take longer to detect. "Many of my patients notice a change in the shape of their face as the temples recede, a widening of their part line or that their ponytail is smaller in diameter," says hair restoration specialist Dr. Alan Bauman, who heads the Bauman Medical Group in Boca Raton, Florida.
Luckily, there's a lot that can be done, from lasers to lotions and everything in between. And you'll be rewarded for treating it early. "I liken it to sun damage — it's never too late to address the problem, but it will get worse with time if you don't slow the progression," says Bauman. Here, the best, doctor-approved treatments from easy-peasy to full-on offense.
Check out at-home lasers.
Discreet enough to fit under a cute cloche, the Laser Cap is a powerful (but pricey) way to increase hair mass. "We've had excellent results using laser therapy in-office for several years, but now most patients are treating themselves out of the office," says Bauman. "The device emits low-level laser light treatment proven to enhance growth while you go about your day. It's painless, chemical-free, has no side effects and you see results in 90 days." (And it's a great excuse to expand your hat collection.)
Ready for the big guns? "Platelet-rich plasma is the newest frontier," says Bauman. "It allows us to exploit your body's own pharmacy of growth factors. It isn't an overnight cure, but we can clinically measure improvements in several weeks, and they're noticeable to the naked eye after six months." Here's how it works: A small sample of the patient's blood is processed to separate out the platelets and stem-cell-rich plasma. In some cases, additional "bioscaffolding" — sometimes placental tissue from screened donors — is blended in to improve the effects. Then, the custom cocktail is shallowly injected under the scalp under local anesthesia. Sounds intense, but "it's comfortable, takes less than an hour and there is no recovery phase," promises Bauman.
The key is accurate diagnosis, effective prescription treatments and proper routine follow-up HairCheck measurements. For more info about board certified hair restoration physician, Dr. Alan Bauman, visit http://www.baumanmedical.com
Every day I get questions about #PRP Platelet Rich Plasma and it's amazing potential for hair regrowth in men and women because the word is spreading about its potential benefits for those with thinning hair.
Unfortunately, we see that more and more docs are offering this treatment without adequate diagnosis, without careful patient-selection, without quality equipment, NO measuring of platelet concentrates, not to mention careless, uncomfortable and improper application of the PRP, and especially... lack of tracking of results. It is frustrating.
After performing thousands of PRP procedures for scalp and hair in my practice, I can honestly say all of the above (and more) need to be addressed with care and consideration if we are to adequately help patients.
Sure, results can vary but as in any field uneducated patients and untrained docs are a high-risk recipe for disappointing results. The good news is that this National Hair Loss Awareness Month #NHLAM and in honor of #FollicleFriday we are getting the word out about what patients are good candidates for PRP hair regrowth and what physicians are qualified to perform these treatments and continuing our hand-on HairCoach training classes for doctors and other professionals who want to provide these treatments using best practices.