Welcome to Dr. Alan Bauman's Blog, aka BaumanBlog.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.  :-)


Alan J. Bauman, M.D.

Medical Grade Hair and Scalp Prosthetic Made with 3D-Printing for Dr. Alan J. Bauman’s Hair Transplant Patient Unveiled at CARF Alopecia Conference

 Drb_carf_CNC_lecture-presentation_alopeciaMedical Grade Hair and Scalp Prosthetic Made with 3D-Printing for Dr. Alan J. Bauman’s Hair Transplant Patient Unveiled at CARF Alopecia Conference

Top hair loss doctors, researchers and over 150 patients met and spoke with Cicatricial Alopecia patient ‘Ivory’ who underwent an innovative hair restoration method by Dr. Bauman combining the latest permanent FUE/FUT hair transplantation procedure with a custom 3D-printed hair and scalp prosthetic device.



Internationally recognized hair loss expert, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, recently teamed up with the Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation or CARF to raise awareness on scarring alopecia as well as educate patients, researchers and physicians on some of the new options available for this currently incurable condition.

"This year's conference was a huge success, and allowed us to further CARF's mission to provide education and patient support, raise public awareness, and advance and promote research. It truly was a collaborative team effort, and we are so thankful to have the support from Dr. Bauman, and others in the hair restoration community, who are helping to improve the care of patients with scarring alopecia," said Nicole Rogers, MD, FAAD and Conference Chair. Dr. Bauman was invited by Dr. Rogers and CARF to be a featured speaker at their 7th International Patient-Doctor Conference, June 3-5, in New Orleans, #CARF2016. His presentation, “The Best of All Worlds,” was focused on the combined use of a medical grade 3D printed hair and scalp prosthetic along with hair transplantation in a patient with traction alopecia and central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. Dr. Bauman and his patient, “Ivory,” were in attendance at the conference to discuss her experience with cicatricial alopecia and her treatment, which included hair transplantation and a custom CRLab CNC hair replacement system made in Bologna, Italy.


Cicatricial alopecia affected my self-confidence and has been self-limiting for me. I refused to see a new hair stylist, as I was afraid they would be shocked or ask numerous questions. I was afraid and ashamed to seek help. I also avoided activities, such as swimming or simply riding in a convertible,” said Dr. Bauman’s patient Ivory. “Now, my results are permanent and I feel 100% more confident. Dr. Bauman and my new CNC system have given me a new outlook for managing and coping with my hair loss.”


Some of the experts who were in attendance to present and participate in the panel discussions along with Dr. Alan Bauman include Dr. Antonella Tosti, Dr. Yolanda Lenzy, Dr. Melissa Piliang, Dr. Lady Dy, Dr. Lynne Goldberg, Dr. Erin Boh, Dr. Marc Avram, Dr. Patricia Farris, Dr. Kate Holcomb, Dr. Wilma Bergfeld, Dr. Maria Hordinsky, Dr. Fonda Farah, Ms. Rita Wanser, Ms. Elayne Kuehler, Ms. Debbie Guastella and Dr. Jeff Donovan. This event was sponsored in part by Procter & Gamble, Lifes2Good (makers of Viviscal) and Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories (makers of the CRLab CNC Hair Replacement System).

“CARF is a truly unique organization that has really grown into a valuable resource for both patients and physicians,” Dr. Bauman commented.
To learn more about this condition and request Dr. Bauman’s presentation from the conference visit http://www.alopecia.md
To learn more about CARF - the Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation, or to make a donation, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/cictricalalopeciares
If you or someone you know has hair loss or scalp concerns, schedule either a long-distance phone consultation or an in-person, in-office consultation with Dr. Bauman online at http://www.baumanmedical.com or by calling toll-free 844-GET-HAIR or +1-561-394-0024.

About Dr. Alan J. Bauman:
Alan J. Bauman, M.D. is a full-time hair transplant surgeon who has treated over 17,000 patients and performed over 7,000 hair transplant procedures since starting his hair loss practice, Bauman Medical, in 1997 located in Boca Raton, FL.
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 is one of approximately 100 physicians worldwide to achieve board certification from the esteemed American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and is an active participant and lecturer at numerous Annual Scientific Meetings and Live Surgery Workshops.
Dr. Alan 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.
To learn more about treatment options for cicatricial alopecia visit http://www.BaumanMedical.com

Man gets more Tinder matches after hair transplant #firstimpression

We all know that first impressions count whether you are aiming for job interview or a date. 

Richard King, 31, noticed he was getting much more attention from women after undergoing a hair transplant. He and his hair surgeon, Dr. Bessam Farjo, decided to set up two Tinder profiles for Richard – one featuring his new head of hair and the other with his pre-surgery mane. The two were surprised to find that Richard’s new locks increased his Tinder matches by 75 percent, receiving 203 matches compared to the 116 he got on his pre-transplant photos.

Read the story and see his before and after photos at https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/man-gets-75-more-tinder-matches-after-hair-232913338.html

For information on how to improve your first impression with more hair, visit http://www.baumanmedical.com



Japanese Scientists Grow Hair Follicles in Mice from Bioengineered Skin using iPS Stem Cells

Ips stem cell hair growth mice engineered skin

Photo: Hair is seen growing out of skin cells derived from iPS cells and grafted onto the belly of a mouse. | Riken / kyodo

Japanese scientists said Saturday they have bioengineered the skin organ known as the integumentary system in mice using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.

The achievement is likely to lead to further progress in regenerative medicine to treat severe burns, skin diseases and hair loss as the organ contains all the layers of skin tissues and appendages, such as hair follicles and sebaceous glands.

The group, made up of members from the Riken research institute, Tokyo University of Science, Kitasato University, Organ Technologies Inc. and others, cultured iPS cells from mice in vitro for one week and observed the formation of embryoid bodies with epithelial and mesenchymal cells. Next, the team, led by Riken’s Takashi Tsuji, transplanted some 30 such bodies with collagen gel in live mice.

Somewhat similar to the work that's been done at Sanford Burnham in California, Japanese scientists have grown hair follicles from bioengineered skin cells using iPS (induced pluripotent stem cells) in mice. Although there is a long way to go to achieve "unlimited" hair for humans, these research breakthroughs the beginning of stem cell hair loss "cures" which may be helpful for those suffering from various forms of alopecia. Male and female hair loss sufferers often lose self-esteem and self-confidence as coverage of the scalp diminishes due to hereditary (androgenetic alopecia) and other baldness conditions.

At Bauman Medical, we watch these stem cell hair growth breakthroughs with great anticipation and excitement and are looking forward to the day that this kind of therapy will be available for our hair loss patients!  Sincerely, Alan J. Bauman, M.D.  -  Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery



Woman posts warning about allergic reaction to henna hair dye

While allergic reactions to hair dye are much less common with henna than other salon-based color treatments or at-home boxed hair color products, they can still occur. This women posted a youtube video about her visit to an Emergency Room after having a hair dye treatment with henna. According to a report from Yahoo, she had had a previous allergic reaction to hair dye, hence the reason for opting for henna (which is believed to cause fewer problems and allergic reactions). After a small "test" area was treated with henna, she proceeded with the full scalp henna color treatment. Unfortunately, she experienced severe burning sensation of the scalp and progressively worse swelling of her face--leading to an ER visit.

Severe reactions to chemicals or other substances on the scalp can lead to hair loss due to hair follicles being "shut down" by the inflammation that is occurring.  Typically, hair loss from this kind of allergic reaction would begin to be noticed about six weeks after the reaction on the scalp.

Podcast: PRP for Hair Regrowth - Is Your Doctor Performing it Correctly?


PRP with BioD Extracellular Matrix (ECM) for Hair Growth: Is your doctor performing it correctly?

When it comes to combating hair thinning and hair loss, the latest non-invasive treatment is PRP, platelet rich plasma. But not every doctor is preparing and applying #PRP the same way. We may not know exactly why ECMs like #ACell and #BioD make the PRP work stronger and longer, but early studies support this observation. How is PRP performed by board-certified Hair Restoration Physician, Dr. Alan Bauman at +Bauman Medical Group Hair Transplant & Hair Loss Treatment Center? How often does it need to be repeated? How do we measure PRP results? What can you expect when PRP is performed with ECM Extracellular Matrix like ACell or BioD?  What benefit does PRP have for hair transplant patients?  Can PRP be used in conjunction with laser therapy or compounded minoxidil 82M?

Listen to this informative discussion with +Michele Garber, NipTuck Coach and Dr. +Alan Bauman on #deepbody. http://deepbody.ca/podcast-treating-your-bald-spots-with-prp/

#hair #alopecia #PRP #androgenetic #hairloss #ecm #BioD #ACell #Bauman #niptuckradio #haircheck #podcast #interview

Is Trumps Hair Real? The Answers From The Experts May Surprise You!

Is it real?  "Real interesting," they say!  Many speculate on its construction and infrastructure and even the experts cannot agree on exactly what Donald may or may not have done to enhance his hair.  One thing is for sure, regardless of your political persuasion, "Trump's Hair" is a frequent topic of conversation both online and off.  It even has it's own Twitter account @TrumpsHair which proclaims "I'm on top of the man who is on top of the world!"


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Although Mr. Trump is not a patient of mine, I was asked (along with the famous The Bald Truth radio talkshow host Spencer Kobren) to weigh in on the topic. Personally, I suspect that he may have had an outdated invasive surgical flap procedure and perhaps some transplantation years and years ago, which "locks" him into his current style. Today's minimally-invasive procedures like NeoGraft FUE and ARTAS robotic hair transplantation restore hair growth permanently without linear scars or significant downtime--and modern therapies like PRP, laser therapy, Minoxidil 82M and others help keep the hair you have growing strong. Solving the mystery of Donald's Hair may not be easy... but at least the experts have some opinions. Visit Plastic Surgery Portal below for the complete infographic. Sincerely, Dr. Alan J. Bauman M.D. - Bauman Medical Group Hair Transplant & Hair Loss Treatment Center.




Think you know what's going on up there....?  What's your vote?   


3-D printed hair helps cancer survivors have realistic hair - TODAY.com

It's yet to be seen exactly how 3-D printing will change the world, but the technology is already proving to be an asset in the prosthetics industry — in this case, hair.

Danielle Grillo of Transitions Hair Solutions in New Jersey has made dozens of 3-D printed hairpieces for people who suffer from hair loss, many of them cancer survivors. She's worked in the industry for more than two decades, and says the 3-D printed hairpieces, while expensive, "are the closest thing to your natural scalp and hair," Grillo told TODAY.









"3D-Printed Hair" is the latest technology for cancer survivors, alopecia sufferers and those who are not candidates hair transplantation. The Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories Italy CNC Hair and Scalp Prosthetic is a medical device handcrafted in Bologna, Italy now available in the U.S. at salonB in Boca Raton, Florida.
20-year Alopecia sufferer, Claudia Cassia [Above, pictured w/ hair loss expert Dr. Alan J. Bauman, M.D.] from the Alopecia & Co. support group describes her experience with her new CNC as life-changing and highly emotional--free from the hassle of traditional medical wigs or hairpieces. For more info visit http://www.salonbboca.com or email salonb@baumanmedical.com

Bald truth: hair loss down to genes controlling follicle creation, study finds | Science | The Guardian

Baldness in old age may be related to stem cell loss in follicles, research suggests.

Mammals that have longer lifespans are known to lose their hair, but a study published in the journal Science on Thursday attempts to understand why that is so.

Hair follicle stem cells, which generate the sacs or follicles that produce hair, keep hair growth going over time and have even been shown, in mouse studies, to resist ageing.

This new information about the control of hair follicle stem cells is exciting news. The question remains, however, can these failing stem cells be reactivated in some way through our current medical treatments for hair regrowth like Laser Therapy, Minoxidil Formula 82M or even PRP treatments? And, what role do androgens like DHT and anti-DHT treatments like Finasteride FinPlus or Dutasteride have on the expression of these hair loss genes?
For current effective methods of hair loss treatment, including the permanent redistribution of living and growing follicles through no-linear-scar minimally-invasive hair transplantation (like NeoGraft FUE and ARTAS), visit http://www.baumanmedical.com for a long-distance or in-person consultation.

Male Pattern Baldness Linked to Colon Cancer

This is a reprint of a MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Nana Keum, PhD
Department of Nutrition
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Boston, MA

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Dr. Keum: Male pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss in men, is positively associated with androgens as well as IGF-1 and insulin, all of which are implicated in pathogenesis of colorectal neoplasia.  Therefore, it is biologically plausible that male pattern baldness, as a marker of underlying aberration in the regulation of the aforementioned hormones, may be associated with colorectal neoplasia.  In our study that examined the relationship between five male hair pattern at age 45 years (no-baldness, frontal-only-baldness, frontal-plus-mild-vertex-baldness, frontal-plus-moderate-vertex-baldness, and frontal-plus-severe-vertex-baldness) and the risk of colorectal adenoma and cancer, we found that frontal-only-baldness and frontal-plus-mild-vertex-baldness were associated with approximately 30% increased risk of colon cancer relative to no-baldness.  Frontal-only-baldness was also positively associated with colorectal adenoma.


Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Dr. Keum: While the relationship between male pattern baldness and prostate cancer risk has been widely examined, to our knowledge, this study represents the first to report a potential relationship between male pattern baldness and the risk of colorectal neoplasia.  Thus, our findings should be confirmed in other studies before making definite clinical recommendations.  Yet, in the meantime, it may be prudent for males with frontal-only-baldness or frontal-plus-mild-vertex-baldness at age 45 years, although their elevated risk is modest, to consult physicians about colonoscopy screening guidelines.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Keum: To better understand etiologic mechanism linking male pattern baldness to colorectal neoplasia, future studies are warranted to examine the association of sex hormones, IGFs, and insulin in relation to subtypes of male pattern baldness.


Br J Cancer. 2016 Jan 12;114(1):110-7. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2015.438.

Male pattern baldness and risk of colorectal neoplasia.

Keum N1,2, Cao Y1,2, Lee DH1,2, Park SM3, Rosner B4, Fuchs CS5, Wu K1, Giovannucci EL1


Hair is often an important outward sign of internal health and hair loss conditions are often associated, exacerbated or triggered by medical conditions. In this recent study we see the first published correlation between subtypes of hereditary male pattern baldness and the appearance of and increased risk of neoplastic colon polyps or colon cancer. --Dr. Alan Bauman


Bizzare Bald: Hair Loss in Eyebrows, Eyelashes and Beards

Beyond the Scalp, Bizarre Bald

By Dr. Alan. J Bauman, M.D.

When we think of hair loss, we of course think of the hair on our head. This isn’t surprising, especially when you think that over 80 million men and women are suffering from hair loss. But while receding hairlines and bald spots may be the most obvious, hair loss can come in many forms.

There are several bizarre areas where follicles can fail, areas that you probably never think about when talking about hair loss. Hair loss can be experienced in the eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, mustache, and sideburns, for a variety of reasons, ranging from heredity, aging, or scarring. And while these may seem like merely cosmetic problems, like all hair loss, the effects can extend far beyond the physical symptom, including loss of confidence and self-esteem, and in some cases, depression, anxiety, social withdrawal and more. 

But the good news is, hair loss in these areas can be treated and corrected through hair transplantation.

  • Beard/Mustache/Sideburns – Men can see patchy facial hair due to heredity, illness, aging, injury or scars. In addition, sideburns specifically can become sparse following plastic surgery, namely facelifts. The use of artistically-placed follicular units into a beard area can restore or enhance areas of facial hair that are lacking. Particular attention must be paid to the angle, orientation and position of each individual graft to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing result that looks 100 percent natural. Hair transplanted into the beard or mustache areas will need to be trimmed routinely, as the hair continues to live and grow naturally in the new location.
  • Eyelashes – Eyelash transplants are an advanced microsurgical procedure that takes living, growing hairs from the scalp and implants them into the upper eyelids. These transplants can be used to enhance the density and fullness of the eyelashes for purely cosmetic purposes; it is also an effective treatment to restore permanent loss of the lashes due to trauma, burns, chemotherapy and trichotillomania. The newly implanted lashes will continue to grow, just like the hair on the head and require regular maintenance and trimming. http://www.eyelash-transplant.com
  • Eyebrows - Over-plucking the brows can cause follicular damage and permanent brow loss. In addition to over-plucking, hair loss in the eyebrows can be caused by heredity, illness, aging, medications, chemotherapy, radiation, injury, or scarring. An eyebrow transplant can create new living, growing eyebrows; the procedure is also effective to cover scars. Careful, accurate planning and meticulous implantation is required to obtain the correct angle, orientation and position of the transplanted follicles so the resulting growth blends naturally.  The transplanted hair needs to be routinely trimmed.

For the best results, these cutting-edge transplants are performed with NeoGraft FUE: The "Cadillac" of transplants. The minimally-invasive NeoGraft device helps the surgical team extract hair follicles from the donor area of the scalp individually without the need for scalpel or stitches, leaving no linear scar. Less downtime, less pain, quicker recovery, fewer activity restrictions, and absolutely NO linear scar are some of the benefits of NeoGraft FUE approach. When properly performed, artistic hairline design using grafts of single follicles creates hair transplant results that truly defy detection.

Key Benefits of a NeoGraft FUE:

  • Least invasive hair transplant available 
  • No scalpel, no stitches, no staples are used in the donor area
  • No 'tell-tale' linear scar is left in the back of the scalp
  • Shorter, more comfortable recovery 
  • No stitches to be removed 
  • Less activity restrictions after surgery and quicker return to athletic activity
  • Very short haircuts are possible after surgery 
  • Transplants more than twice as many hair grafts in a single surgery as the previous manually-performed FUE surgery in the same amount of time 

At Bauman Medical, many of the patients we see for hair restoration treatments are looking for “cosmetic enhancement,“ however, some of our most rewarding professional opportunities have been treating both children and adults who have suffered with a birth defect or survived physical injuries or traumas (including those caused by fire or accident). In these cases, we have utilized non-invasive therapies and/or surgical hair transplant techniques to restore hair into their hairline or face. This is especially useful in order to camouflage scarring and restore a patient’s natural appearance where they would normally have hair.

If you're worried about hair loss, on your head, or elsewhere, it is important to consult with an experienced hair restoration physician -- someone who specializes exclusively in the medical diagnosis, treatment and tracking of hair loss and its treatment. Only a qualified and experienced hair restoration physician can prescribe the most effective multi-therapy treatment options, and perform the latest advanced surgical procedures necessary to achieve natural-looking results.


http://www.baumanmedical.com - Hair Restoration for Men and Women

http://www.eyelash-transplant.com - eyelash transplant info from Dr. Alan Bauman