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!
A novel strategy for stimulating hair growth using WAY-316606, an SFRP1 Antagonist via Wnt signaling pathway...
Fig3: Inhibiting SFRP1 activity with WAY-316606 enhances human hair growth, increases K85 protein expression, and inhibits spontaneous catagen ex vivo.
Recently touted in this popular news story entitled "Shampoo containing brittle bones drug allegedly triggers hair growth" http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/05/09/shampoo-containing-brittle-bones-drug-allegedly-triggers-hair-growth.html, the scientific research behind this story and WAY-316606 is true and not "fake news," but the title is VERY misleading. This potentially hair-growing compound is NOT contained in a shampoo or gel in the ex-vivo studies (the studies were done in a petri dish, not on a scalp), and an over-the-counter remedy based on this technology is very, very far off--and may never come to fruition. Here is an excerpt from the original study below... --Dr. Alan Bauman, MD, ABHRS, IAHRS, FISHRS
Identifying novel strategies for treating human hair loss disorders: Cyclosporine A suppresses the Wnt inhibitor, SFRP1, in the dermal papilla of human scalp hair follicles
Nathan J. Hawkshaw, Jonathan A. Hardman, Iain S. Haslam, Asim Shahmalak, Amos Gilhar, Xinhong Lim, Ralf Paus
Published: May 8, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2003705
Hair growth disorders often carry a major psychological burden. Therefore, more effective human hair growth–modulatory agents urgently need to be developed. Here, we used the hypertrichosis-inducing immunosuppressant, Cyclosporine A (CsA), as a lead compound to identify new hair growth–promoting molecular targets. Through microarray analysis we identified the Wnt inhibitor, secreted frizzled related protein 1 (SFRP1), as being down-regulated in the dermal papilla (DP) of CsA-treated human scalp hair follicles (HFs) ex vivo. Therefore, we further investigated the function of SFRP1 using a pharmacological approach and found that SFRP1 regulates intrafollicular canonical Wnt/β-catenin activity through inhibition of Wnt ligands in the human hair bulb. Conversely, inhibiting SFRP1 activity through the SFRP1 antagonist, WAY-316606, enhanced hair shaft production, hair shaft keratin expression, and inhibited spontaneous HF regression (catagen) ex vivo. Collectively, these data (a) identify Wnt signalling as a novel, non–immune-inhibitory CsA target; (b) introduce SFRP1 as a physiologically important regulator of canonical β-catenin activity in a human (mini-)organ; and (c) demonstrate WAY-316606 to be a promising new promoter of human hair growth. Since inhibiting SFRP1 only facilitates Wnt signalling through ligands that are already present, this ‘ligand-limited’ therapeutic strategy for promoting human hair growth may circumvent potential oncological risks associated with chronic Wnt over-activation.
Hair loss is a common disorder and can lead to psychological distress. Cyclosporine A, a fungal metabolite commonly used as an immunosuppressant, can potently induce hair growth in humans. However, it cannot be effectively used to restore hair growth because of its toxic profile. In this study, we used Cyclosporine A as a lead compound to identify novel therapeutic targets that can aid the development of new hair growth–promoting agents. Through microarray analysis, we found that the level of the secreted Wnt inhibitor, SFRP1, was significantly reduced by Cyclosporine A. This inspired us to design a new pharmacological approach that uses WAY-316606, a reportedly well-tolerated and specific antagonist of SFRP1, to prolong the growth phase of the hair cycle. We show that WAY-316606 enhances human hair growth ex vivo, suggesting that it is a more targeted hair growth promoter with the potential to treat human hair loss disorders.
At Bauman Medical, we are closely monitoring these types of research studies which may give rise to safe, therapeutic treatments for hair loss for our patients in the future. Stay tuned for further updates at https://www.baumanmedical.com Hair loss suffers may request a private Virtual Consultation (Skype or FaceTime) or In-Person Consultation with #1 Top Hair Restoration Surgeon, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, MD, ABHRS, IAHRS, FISHRS.
Alan Bauman, MD, Adds SmartGraft® To Treatment Portfolio, Producing Natural-Looking FUE Hair Transplant Results From His Florida Practice
Revolutionary Technology Restores Hairlines For Men And Women
Boca Raton, Florida – May 2, 2018 --Internationally Renowned Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr. Alan J. Bauman, MD bringsSmartGraft®, a minimally invasive and permanent hair restoration treatment for both men and women, to his state of the art practice in Boca Raton, Florida which serves Miami, Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and beyond.
Dr. Bauman is one of only 200 physicians globally to achieve certification from the American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS), be an accepted member of the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons (IAHRS) and also recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. In addition, he has attained the coveted Fellow status within the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (FISHRS).
Hair is Dr. Bauman’s passion; he is an Advisory Board Member for the World Trichology Society and is also the author of numerous articles and textbook chapters on the science of hair care and hair transplantation, including eyelash transplant surgery. He is a successful early-adopter and pioneer of some of the most advanced technologies in the effective treatment of hair loss including no-linear-scar FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction, which is why SmartGraft appealed to Dr. Bauman.
“As an FUE hair transplant pioneer who has used numerous manual, mechanical and robotic devices over more than 15 years and after extensive internal device testing and research, I can say with great confidence that SmartGraft is a dramatic improvement over previous manual mechanical FUE tools currently on the market,” states Dr. Bauman. “Innovations like the unique closed, climate-controlled internal graft storage and hydration system, programmable microprocessor control, and on-board LED lighting system on the handpiece are improving accuracy, efficiency and, most importantly, our patients’ results.” He details that minimally invasive FUE harvesting of individual follicular units for transplantation with SmartGraft allows patients a faster, more comfortable, less restricted recovery phase compared to old-style linear “strip” harvesting.
Since no wide-shave of the donor area is required, handheld FUE devices such as SmartGraft empower Dr. Bauman and his team to execute traditional transplants for male pattern hair loss, as well as specialty transplants like female hairline lowering, female pattern hair loss, female temple restoration, eyebrow transplantation, beard and body hair harvesting, as well as smaller “no shave” FUE procedures from the scalp for male and female hair loss patients. “With SmartGraft, all patients maintain the benefits of leaving behind absolutely NO telltale linear scar,” adds Dr. Bauman.
SmartGraft makes hair replacement a more accessible, effective and realistic option than ever before for both men and women with hair loss, delivering natural-looking outcomes with little downtime. When expertly performed, the treatment is quick, comfortable and permanent.
About Alan J. Bauman, MD, IAHRS, FISHRS, ABHRS:
Alan J. Bauman, M.D. is a full-time board-certified hair restoration physician who has treated over 17,000 patients and performed over 8,000 hair transplant procedures since starting his medical hair loss practice, Bauman Medical, in 1997. Currently located in Boca Raton, Florida, 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 only 200 physicians worldwide to achieve the certification from the esteemed American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS), is an accepted member of the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons (IAHRS), and is also recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. Dr. Bauman has achieved the coveted Fellow status within the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and is a frequently invited faculty member at numerous international scientific meetings and live surgery workshops. Dr. Bauman was an early pioneer of no-linear-scar FUE Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplant procedures, designing the first commercially available instrument specifically for FUE called the Bauman MINDEX. He has performed FUE procedures for over 15 years, transplanting nearly three million FUE grafts for his patients over that time.
This past year, Dr. Bauman was named both a “Top 5 Transformational CEO” and one of “10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America” in Forbes, as well as voted North America’s “#1 Top Hair Restoration Surgeon” by Aesthetic Everything. He is a Trustee member and recipient of the Small Business Leader of the Year Award from the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Bauman has been featured in hundreds of national and international media stories. Personal appearances, interviews and profiles include the Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Extra, Access Hollywood, The Howard Stern Show, The Doctors, Spencer Kobren’s The Bald Truth, CNN, Dateline NBC and more. Newspaper and magazine articles and feature stories include The New York Times, Newsweek, Cosmo, Elle, Vogue, The CEO Forum, Allure, O – The Oprah Magazine and Men’s Health, among others.
In addition to teaching and lecturing internationally, Dr. Bauman sees patients personally and performs procedures at his state-of-the-art facility in Boca Raton, FL. In-person or Virtual consultations with Dr. Alan Bauman can be requested at https://www.baumanmedical.com/schedule-consultation
About FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is the least invasive hair transplant graft harvesting technique that leaves absolutely NO telltale linear scar in the donor area and with a more comfortable and less restricted recovery than traditional “Strip Harvest” techniques. Grafts as small as a single hair can be harvested from the Donor Area and when implanted with artistry and precision by an expert surgeon, create an undetectably natural restoration of living and growing hair.
Vision Medical, Inc. is a leading USA manufacturer that develops and markets medical and aesthetic technology products for the medical and aesthetic markets for worldwide distribution. Vision Medical’s first commercial product, the SmartGraft® Hair Restoration System, uses minimally-invasive vacuum assisted FUE technology for men and women. SmartGraft keeps the newly harvested grafts chilled, hydrated & robust without any exposure to outside air for optimal graft preservation. To learn more about SmartGraft and its technology, visit www.SmartGraft.com.
Erivedge or visomodegib capsule is a prescription oral chemotherapy medication for adults with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer that has spread to other parts of the body or that has come back after surgery or cannot be treated with surgery or radiation. At Bauman Medical, chemo hair loss expert Dr. Alan Bauman has examined, evaluated and successfully treated patients who have experienced hair loss, baldness, hair thinning and-or alopecia from Erivedge (vismodegib).
What is the Mechanism of Erivedge – vismodegib?
Vismodegib is a Hedgehog Pathway Inhibitor. By disrupting the hedgehog pathway signal which drives cancer cell growth, Erivedge prevents the cancer from growing. Hedgehog pathways may also be responsible for many of the side effects of Erivedge. For example, Sonic Hedgehog signaling is required for hair follicle development in a fetus and for regulating hair follicle growth and cycling in the adult.
What are some known side effects of Erivedge visomodegib?
In addition to loss of taste, muscle pain, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, birth defects, fetal death, diarrhea and fatigue, Hair Loss, alopecia, and-or thinning of scalp and body hair is a known side effect of Erivedge visomodegib. Your hair may become thin, brittle, or may fall out when taking Erivedge. This means that hair breakage, shedding and changes in texture of your hair are possible side effects. In addition to scalp hair loss, Erivedge can cause loss of any body hair, including pubic, underarm, legs/arms, eyelashes, eyebrows and nose hairs. It is assumed that interruption of the Hedgehog pathway is a possible cause of changes in hair follicle function and hair fiber production in those taking the cancer drug Erivedge visomodegib.
Hair Loss and Erivedge Medication for Cancer
Hair Loss is the second side effect listed in the FDA-approved label for Erivedge and seems to be one of the more common side effects of this chemotherapy drug.
Is vismodegib hair loss permanent?
All of the details of hair loss due to Erivedge vismodegib are not known. Hair usually starts to regrow after the treatment is completed, but could take months or longer to fully regrow. Accounts of incomplete or partial hair regrowth have been reported.
What can be done about temporary hair loss or alopecia with Erivedge?
If vismodegib is causing temporary alopecia or hair loss, the use of a 3D-Printed Cranial Prosthesis or non-surgical medical-grade hair replacement system may be an excellent option. A CNC hair prosthesis functions beyond a typical medical wig or hair replacement system.
What should I do if I have hair loss related to Erivedge?
First, notify your prescribing doctor immediately of any side effects with Erivedge. If hair loss side effects occur, seek out a qualified, credentialed (ABHRS, FISHRS, IAHRS) and experienced Hair Restoration Physician. Seek out an MD who has the ability to scientifically evaluate, measure and monitor your hair loss and hair regrowth and has access to the best treatments available. Bottom line, ask an expert. You may ask Dr. Alan Bauman a question about Erivedge hair loss and receive information about what to do if you experience hair loss with Erivedge vismodegib.
What kind of treatments will help hair regrowth after Erivedge vismodegib?
As long as hair follicles remain viable and not permanently damaged, treatments such as laser therapy (LaserCap 224 or CapillusRX), PRP Platelet Rich Plasma, Topical Formula 82M Minoxidil as well as nutritionals/supplements for hair support (Viviscal Pro, Nutrafol) may be good options. If some hair follicles are irreversibly damaged in small areas, FUE hair transplantation with SmartGraft, NeoGraft or ARTAS robotic-system may be required to restore coverage. If large numbers of hair follicles over a large area of scalp are damaged and do not respond to therapy, non-surgical hair replacement with CNC 3D-printed hair prosthesis may be an option.
What is SmartGraft device for FUE hair transplantation?
SmartGraft™ is the fastest, most advanced hand-held device for minimally-invasive FUE Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplant procedures we have ever used at Bauman Medical, allowing for the individual harvesting of follicular unit grafts directly from the Donor Area of the scalp without leaving a linear scar or “zipper” appearance. Shorter FUE procedure times means reduced risks of graft failure and poor growth quality, as well as enhanced patient comfort. SmartGraft, by Vision Medical, also has a complete microprocessor controlled graft extraction and storage system which reduces the risk of damage to the fragile FUE grafts.
Many, including North America's #1 Top Hair Restoration Surgeon (Aesthetic Everything), Dr. Alan J. Bauman MD, believe that SmartGraft is simply a better or maybe “smarter!” way to perform a hair transplant. SmartGraft is a breakthrough device that helps hair transplant surgeons and their specialized teams perform FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplantation. Less invasive than traditional linear "strip" harvesting, Follicular Unit Extraction uses no scalpel, no stitches, no staples in the donor area--allowing for faster healing and less discomfort after transplantation.
What is FUE Follicular Unit Extraction?
Hair transplantation is the redistribution of permanent, living and growing hair follicles from the “Donor” Area into a thinning or balding “Recipient” area of the scalp. FUE is a harvesting technique which is less invasive than traditional strip or linear harvesting which requires no scalpel or stitches in the Donor Area. Recovery from FUE procedures is more comfortable and less restrictive than with linear or strip harvesting. The vast majority of patients require absolutely NO strong pain medications during their recovery and can return to non-impact athletic physical activity in just several days.
Dating back prior to 2002, renowned hair loss expert and ABHRS-certified Hair Restoration Surgeon, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, MD, ABHRS was amongst a handful of surgeons worldwide who helped develop instruments for, as well as pioneer, research, teach and train doctors on the minimally-invasive techniques of FUE. Dr. Bauman was the very first board-certified hair transplant surgeon in North America to routinely use Neograft, a motorized hair transplant system for no-linear-scar hair follicle harvesting, starting in 2007. He was also one of the first physicians to use the FDA-approved ARTAS robotic-assisted FUE system. Since 2002, Dr. Bauman and his surgical team have transplanted more than 2,500,000 follicular units using the FUE technique–making Dr. Bauman one of the most experienced FUE surgeons in the world. FUE is the least invasive hair transplant procedure and leaves absolutely NO linear scar. It has less downtime and less discomfort than traditional “linear” or “strip-harvest” procedures.
Will SmartGraft FUE Hair Transplant Look Natural?
The final naturalness and undetectability of a hair transplant relies primarily on the minimally-invasive FUE harvesting method of grafts as small as a single follicle and the artistic ability of the surgeon who creates the sites where the follicles will be implanted. Your surgeon must understand the bounds of naturalness of the hairline design, as well as the relationship of each and every angle, orientation and position of the transplanted hair so that the end result looks natural, and not transplanted. Dr. Bauman is renowned for his artistic approach to hairline design and meticulous execution in his hair transplant procedures. Read patient reviews and ratings as well as see Dr. Bauman's artistic hairline and other transplant results at BaumanMedical.com.
For more information about SmartGraft for FUE procedures or to see if you are a candidate for this type of hair transplant procedure, ask a question at www.BaumanMedical.com/ask-a-question
Forbes Features Hair Transplant Specialist Dr. Alan Bauman among 10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America
Forbes.com article input from Dr. Bauman included among healthcare leaders from Cleveland Clinic, AARP, Universal Health Services and Boston Children’s Hospital
BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 30, 2018-- Dr. Alan J. Bauman, MD of Boca Raton, FL (Bauman Medical, www.baumanmedical.com) is a featured participant in a Forbes article titled, “10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America.” He joins a select group of key opinion healthcare leaders from across the country providing their personal perspectives, contributions and philosophies with regard to the rapid transition in healthcare and the challenges posed by the growing needs of an aging and more demanding population.
Dr. Bauman is the leader in hair restoration—a healthcare segment that impacts upwards of 80 million Americans and has direct correlations to physical and mental well-being. He has led the industry as a pioneer in technologies including robotic-assisted hair transplant surgery and runs the largest, most comprehensive treatment center in America where his Bauman Medical team has treated over 20,000 patients. Dr. Bauman is credited for bringing hair restoration to mainstream America.
“Specifically, Bauman Medical is helping transform healthcare in America through the blending of game-changing technology with experience and artistry. Through the use of robotic technologies and advanced medicine, that includes such procedures as stem cell therapies and PRP, we are operating in the hair restoration and hair transplant sectors on a platform similar to the most advanced medical practices being conducted anywhere in the country,” said Dr. Bauman. “We are transforming healthcare by consistently offering our patients the most innovative, effective and comprehensive options they could find coupled with the most highly trained, customer-focused experience they could want. Everyone who walks in our door is special and we tailor our efforts to their specific needs whether they are with us for a basic scalp assessment or treatment up to and through our 'Hair Like a Boss' concierge experience that caters to a patient’s every need.”
Bauman Medical is leading its sector’s transformation of healthcare by advancing the science and art in the field of hair restoration and hair transplantation. Through the integration of advanced procedures and technologies the team has helped pioneer and champion such minimally invasive techniques as minimally-invasive FUE hair transplantation, PRP Platelet Rich Plasma for hair growth using the EnrichedPRP system from MasterPharm (NY) and Emcyte (FL), 3D-printed Italian medical grade hair replacement prosthesis from Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories (Bologna), the Viviscal Hair Growth Program from Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) and many others.
Dr. Bauman and the others featured in the Forbes article were recently recognized for their leadership in The CEO Forum magazine. The CEO Forum is a bi-monthly publication written and delivered in hardcopy to the top 10,000 CEOs in America and digitally to a broader community of 9,800 CEOs. At its core is driving and expressing through its participating CEOs the timeless principles that define personal leadership success and demonstrating business model success. Founded by Robert Reiss who as CEO of the publication and Host of a weekly radio show broadcast on twenty-five AM radio stations with over 600,000 weekly listeners, the property has become a highly useful and informative tool for CEOs and c-suite members, and was cited in 2016 as the #1 podcast for CEOs in America. www.ceoforum.ceo
About Bauman Medical
Bauman Medical was founded in 1997 with a single mission… to improve the physical appearance and in doing so the mental health of its patients through optimum hair health and hair restoration. Dr. Alan J. Bauman, MD, ABHRS, is among a very selected group of physicians worldwide to earn Board Certification from the prestigious American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS) and accepted by the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons (IAHRS). He has achieved Fellow status with the esteemed International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (FISHRS). Under the doctor’s leadership, Bauman Medical delivers exceptional and consistent results. In total, Bauman Medical has treated over 20,000 hair loss patients while conducting more than 8,000 surgical procedures since its inception. Through his 501(c)(3) non-profit Bauman Philanthropic Foundation, Dr. Bauman and his team provide pro-bono hair restoration, surgical hair transplant and medical treatment to patients in need. Dr. Bauman was recently voted North America’s #1 Top Hair Restoration Surgeon by Aesthetic Everything. Dr. Bauman is a frequent guest expert and faculty member at many major international medical conferences. In addition to teaching and consulting worldwide, he personally sees patients and performs procedures at Bauman Medical Hair Transplant and Hair Loss Treatment Center — an 11,000 sq. ft. stand-alone medical facility located in downtown Boca Raton, one of the largest facilities of its kind in the country.
A: Thank you for your thoughtful questions regarding my PRP protocols for hair regrowth and the results you can expect.
I am assuming you are asking for yourself as a male patient…?
From my experience, PRP with ECM or Extracellular Matrix in our hands at Bauman Medical appears to stimulate better hair growth from the follicles that are weak/miniaturize, while at the same time protecting those follicles that are at risk for a certain period of time.
When it comes to genetic male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia, there are many stages and speeds of progression in patients. While 90% of patients receive a positive response from our treatment, the “results” of PRP are most visible and measurable in areas when applied into an area where there is a large number of weak follicles. Therefore, it most common that some areas of the scalp may improve more than others.
As an example, areas that are severely depleted of hair, i.e., low density, don’t respond as well because there are fewer follicles in the area that can improve. This is especially true of a receded hairline for example. Areas that have yet to be affected by male pattern hair loss are protected, but they won’t appear much different after the treatment--just the same, which is a good thing!
The most important things to know about all non-invasive treatments (minoxidil, finasteride, laser therapy, PRP, etc.) are that they do NOT create new hair follicles, they need to be continued over time to maintain results, and results should be routinely measured in the office with a scientific device like a HairCheck trichometer to determine how and where you are responding to the treatment.
Whether or not PRP should be used as a stand-alone therapy as an alternative to, or in combination with other treatments would be something we would discuss at the time of the consultation. Through a formal consultation, I would have a better understanding of your hair loss status and goals.
I hope this information helps and I look forward to assisting you with your hair restoration goals. Let me know if you have any additional questions. Would you be interested in proceeding with an in-person or virtual consultation? If so, start here: http://www.baumanmedical.com/schedule-consultation
For some, the idea of laser beams conjure up images of epic SciFi battle scenes. For others, lasers in medicine mean skin resurfacing or perhaps even hair removal. Today we see “lasers for hair regrowth” advertised in magazines, on TV and in our Facebook newsfeeds. Are these treatments for hair loss for real or is it just a gimmick… another bogus ‘snake oil’ treatment? How can lasers affect hair follicles or other parts of the body? Who is a candidate for laser hair therapy? Are there any side effects? What are the limitations of laser treatments for hair loss? How do I choose the best laser? How can I measure laser therapy results?
Low Level Lasers Explained
Far below the power required to blast away cancer cells, kill hair follicles – or evil aliens, for that matter – “Low Level Laser Therapy” is the use of non-cutting, non-burning or ‘cold’ lasers that impart energy to living cells without damaging them. Since their discovery in the 1960’s, low-level lasers have been proven to be an effective drug-free way to help heal wounds, relieve pain, increase circulation, decrease inflammation and provide a host of benefits to the human body and now we know why.
How Do Lasers Help Prevent Baldness?
First, it’s important to realize that all hair loss is not the same. “Alopecia,” the broad medical term for hair loss, can mean a huge variety of different medical conditions that decrease or eliminate hair follicle function causing everything from increased shedding to extensive baldness. When hair follicles, the mini-organs under the skin that produce your visible hair fibers, “fail,” there could be a wide range of causes which require accurate diagnosis and treatment by a hair loss specialist. If hair follicles are weakening, producing thinner, shorter and wispier hair, laser therapy may be an excellent non-drug, no side-effect option to improve hair growth. When low level laser energy is consistently applied with the correct power and regimen, improvements in hair growth can be easily measured and eventually felt and seen.
What Laser Device is Right for Me?
Today, laser hair therapy devices come in all shapes, sizes and costs. There are large, in-office devices, at-home portable caps, helmet and dome-shaped devices as well as the consumer laser brushes, combs and “band” lasers. Each device may have different types or a combinations of light sources (laser and non-laser), numbers of laser diodes, types of laser diodes, areas of coverage, treatment times as well as other factors that impact use such as comfort, size, weight, cord vs. cordless, etc. With so many laser devices FDA-cleared for hair regrowth in men and women, how can patients choose which device will work best? For our patients at Bauman Medical, we recommend exclusively devices that meet the following criteria:
“Pure” laser - (no LEDs or non-laser light sources)
Over 200 laser diodes for maximum coverage
Cordless, rechargeable for portability and ease of use
FDA-cleared for hair growth in men and women
Hands-free (no movement or readjustment during treatment required)
Discreet (fits under a standard baseball or other cap/hat for easy compliance)
The easiest way to understand the benefit of a “good quality” laser is the difference between watering your front lawn with a watering can versus an automatic sprinkler system… both theoretically can work, but one method requires significantly less time, effort and energy. When searching for laser device, know that like most electronic equipment (TV, stereo, car, etc.) you get what you pay for in terms of power, effectiveness and durability. A quality laser will last you a long time, and because it’s a one-time expense, laser therapy is actually your least costly hair loss treatment over the long-run. Therefore, it’s recommended to “stretch” a little when making this kind of long-term investment in your hair’s health and also make sure you measure and track your results over time with a qualified medical professional.
How Do I Know My Laser Is Working to Help Hair Growth?
Knowing what treatment will work best requires an accurate diagnosis, effective treatment regimen, compliance with the regimen and routine follow-up tracking measurements. This is most easily accomplished with an in-office visit and consultation with board-certified Hair Restoration Surgeon like Dr. Alan J. Bauman, MD, ABHRS. During your initial consultation, scientific HairCheck measurements are obtained from several different areas of the scalp to benchmark your baseline as well as track your progress over time from treatment. At Bauman Medical, after your initial consultation, all follow-up HairCheck measurements are performed as a courtesy to all of our patients at no-charge! Hair loss question? Get answers from Dr. Alan Bauman.
Is Taxotere Linked to Permanent Hair Loss and Baldness?
For more than 20 years, at Bauman Medical we’ve treated men and women who have suffered from hair loss due to hereditary conditions, illness, injury, trauma as well as medications such as chemotherapy. While all these hair loss conditions are different, what they have in common is when someone loses their hair, we know it can have significant effects on their self-esteem, self-confidence and psychological well-being. We all know that hair is important for self-expression. Our hair is a reflection of how we view ourselves and important for how others perceive us. Hair is a sign of beauty, health and youth that is recognizable from across the room. When hair is lost, whether it be a little or a lot, it can have deep and long lasting psychological effects.
Chemotherapy and Hair Loss
The psychological effects of hair loss often surprise many people and may even prevent cancer patients from seeking the proper lifesaving treatment. Recently, well-known Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood declined chemotherapy for his lung cancer, not because he didn’t think it wouldn’t work, but because he didn’t want to lose his hair!
Thankfully for most cancer patients who receive chemotherapy, their hair returns to its normal state after the drug has been withdrawn. For others, changes in texture, color, curl and coverage are lingering problems that can be dealt with in terms of styling, hair replacement, and-or doctor-directed hair regrowth treatment options, if desired. However, when hair growth does not return after chemotherapy, especially when this happens unexpectedly, permanent baldness becomes more of a significant, long-term disfiguring burden to bear.
Breast Cancer, Taxotere and Hair Loss
It has been reported that more than 1,600 breast cancer survivors treated with Taoxtere or docataxel (Sanofi-Aventis) have experienced alopecia or permanent baldness with little to no hair regrowth after stopping the drug. From our Taxotere hair loss patients we’ve learned that this unexpected hair loss situation is a continuous and unwelcome reminder of the disease they worked so hard to defeat. The impact of this type of unexpected long-term hair loss cannot be underestimated and our hearts are heavy whenever these brave survivors seek our help.
Years into their remission, and even though they’re feeling physically well, these survivors are still treated as “sick” by those unfamiliar with their condition. They avoid family photos for years and must answer questions from their kids about why their mom didn’t get her hair back and others with a similar condition did. It can affect their personal life as well as their professional one–where in today’s job market, your professional image and first impression matter.
Should You Be Grateful Chemo Saved Your Life?
The now well-known story of Ami Dodson, a frustrated breast cancer survivor who is now living with chemo-induced alopecia said, “I should not be permanently disfigured.” She goes on to describe that she gets told all the time, “‘Well, you’re not dead. Shouldn’t you be grateful the chemo saved your life?’ No, I should be alive and also have hair. Disfigurement is not something we should accept as something that’s part for the course.” It should be noted that Dodson has gone on to file a lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis regarding her permanent hair loss which she believes is related to her chemotherapy.
And Dodson, now in her 40’s, is not alone in her frustration. Her story is similar to countless others who have turned to Dr. Alan Bauman and Bauman Medical for help. When Dodson was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in 2010 at age 35, doctors used Taxotere (docataxel) to treat her cancer. Later, when her hair did not return or regrow, she was diagnosed with permanent chemo-induced alopecia for which there is currently no known cure.
Taxotere and Chemo-induced Alopecia
At Bauman Medical, we’ve been seeing a significant increase in chemo-induced alopecia cases over the years. These brave survivors are healthy and certainly happy to be in remission. What they are not so happy about is the permanent hair loss that they deal with daily. The traditional wigs and weaves are uncomfortable, itchy and not particularly suited for an active lifestyle–especially here in Florida and across the United States. They also don’t like the idea of having to shave what little hair they have.
The good news is that new hair replacement technology recently brought to the United States from Bologna, Italy is an excellent solution. The new “CNC” Hair Prosthesis by Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories is created with a combination of 3D-printing and old-world craftsmanship. Once the scalp mould and template is sent to Cesare Ragazzi in Bologna, the 39-step / 240+ man-hour process is begun. The breathable, dermato-compatible “second skin” is matched with proper texture and complexion color. Then, up to 100,000 unprocessed human hair strands are meticulously blended and matched to the patient’s specifications. These hair strands are delicately sewn strand-by-strand into the “second skin” of the prosthetic’s medical-grade polymeric base with an incredible attention to artistry and detail–the angle, orientation and position of each hair is designed to be virtually identical to mother nature’s patterns.
When the CNC Hair Prosthesis for chemo is applied to the woman with severe chemotherapy hair loss and styled, the end result is a hair replacement system like no other in terms of naturalness, beauty and durability and unmatched in the freedom of lifestyle provided. Swim, shampoo, shower, dance, curl and style… all as if it was your own natural head of hair.
A: Transplanted hair comes from the back of the scalp or Donor Area, which is relatively immune to the effects of hereditary male pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia (AGA). When these follicles are moved or transplanted to the thinning or balding area, they will "take" and grow in that area with lasting results. Follicles that were in the balding area previously were sensitive to the effects of the body's hormones like Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which caused them to miniaturize and eventually die, whereas the hair follicles from the back of the scalp are NOT sensitive to DHT. In simple "agricultural" analogy, the problem is not with the "soil" or skin in that balding area, but the problem is with the "plants" or follicles that were genetically sensitive to hair loss. The entire field of hair transplantation is based on the well-established "Theory of Donor Dominance" which describes the fact that hair follicles transplanted from the more permanent or "safe" zones in the Donor Area retain their ability to produce hair in a way that is unaffected by DHT--the primary trigger for male pattern hair loss. Even a man who has extensive baldness still typically maintains hair around the sides and back of the scalp. These are the locations from which transplanted hair follicles are harvested.
The most obvious examples of the permanency of hair transplants are easily seen in the old, "pluggy" results from outdated 4mm "punch-graft" hair transplant procedures of yesteryear which contained 20-30 hair follicles. Quite unnatural looking, these tufts of transplanted hair can still be seen growing on people's scalps today if they have not been camouflaged with additional hair transplants. Those old plug-type hair transplants, which are far different from today's "follicular unit" and artistic, single-follicle approach, are often a cause of many misconceptions about modern day hair transplants. Today's hair transplants use techniques in which an artistic surgeon using small follicular-unit grafts can create a 100% natural looking result and ongoing non-surgical, medical treatments will protect the non-transplanted hair that remains at-risk.
Hair transplantation is the only permanent way to restore your own living and growing hair.