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Free Eyelash Transplant

I've been asked by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery to participate as a faculty member at their upcoming Regional Live Surgery Workshop in Los Angeles this October.    At the workshop I will be lecturing about my eyelash transplantation techniques and demonstrating the technique I've used over the years for cosmetic and reconstructive eyelash enhancement.   There will be two other doctors on the faculty who will also be lecturing and performing eyelash transplantation.   Well-known eyelash transplant pioneer--and my eyelash mentor, Dr. Marcelo Gandelman (Sao Paulo, Brazil), will be lecturing and demonstrating his 'one step' technique as well as Dr. Jennifer Martinick (Melborne, Australia), who will be describing and demonstrating a novel technque which uses a different approach.   I will be demonstrating my technique, including a 'pairing' technique which doubles the typical number of lashses implanted.  The workshop will be attended by 30-40 physicians from across the world.   I am the only surgeon from North America who has been asked to demonstrate eyelash transplant techniques. 

If you've received my last newsletter, you know that I am still looking for a limited number of qualified applicants who would be interested in receiving a 'free' eyelash transplant in Los Angeles.   I am looking for a patient who is willing to have the eyelash transplant procedure at the Live Surgery Workshop setting in October.    If you or someone you know might be interested, here is the link for the application:

http://www.baumanmedical.com/portals/0/FREE%20Eyelash%20Transplant%20Application_final.pdf

I will be meeting with prospective patients prior to the workshop to select a good candidate for the procedure.   Obviously, as the title of this post tells you, I will be performing the $6,000 procedure for the patient at no-charge--in return for their willingness to have their procedure at the workshop.

If anyone has any questions about eyelash transplantation, you can visit my website to see some video and photos of the results.  http://www.baumanmedical.com/Default.aspx?tabid=35

Interested patients should FAX their application to my office ASAP in order to be considered for the procedure.   Obviously, some restrictions apply.

Sincerely,

Dr. B.


Dr. Ed Lack visits Bauman Medical Group

It was a great pleasure having Dr. Edward Lack visit our facility last week.   Dr. Lack observed a 2200 graft follicular-unit micrografting hair transplantation procedure I performed on Friday.   He made the trip from Chicago specifically for a personal tour of the Bauman Medical offices and to observe our "Multi-Therapy" approach to hair restoration (which includes Propecia, Minoxidil, Laser Therapy, Nutritional Modification and Hair Transplantation).    Dr. Lack is the president-elect of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and is one of the early pioneers of tumescent Liposuction.    He also has extensive experience in the use of Low Level Laser Therapy in scar reduction and Laser-assisted Liposculpture.  Dr. Lack is Board Certified in Dermatologic Cosmetic Surgery by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and he is chairman of the Oral Examinations for the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.   Later on, I'll be posting a photo we took at our facility.


FDA warning re: Bogus Propecia

As a Florida "Dispensing Physician," I offer patients the convenience of direct-dispensing and Autoship for Propecia in my hair restoration practice, which we receive directly from Merck.    And, occasionally, I'm asked by patients, "Why can't I just order the meds off the Internet?  I'm sure I can get Propecia cheaper from Canada..."    Typically, I would mention that there are certainly some significant risks and legal issues regarding ordering medications from pharmacies outside of the United States.   Last week, the FDA made it official...

In a official statement: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01441.html, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use prescription meds from "Canadian" websites, due to the fact that these medications could be counterfeit.    In addition to Propecia (the gold-standard for male pattern hair loss), the FDA warned that that other meds, used to treat high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, breast cancer and others (including Lipitor, Diovan, Actonel, Nexium, Hyzaar, Zetia, Crestor, Celebrex, Armimidex, etc.), were counterfeit.   

This report was a follow-up to the FDA investigation conducted in August 2005, where they found that nearly half of all imported medications from four selected countries were shipped to fill orders from 'canadian' pharmacies.    That operation concluded that 85% of drugs promoted as 'canadian' online actually came from 27 other countries--and that these meds were "of dubious origin, safety and efficacy."

At Bauman Medical, in order to qualify for a direct-dispensing Autoship of the prescription Propecia, each patient is required to have an in-person medical hair loss examination performed by a physician.     Because the benefits of ANY hair restoration regimen can progress slowly, a detailed examination, photos and microscopic density measurements are routinely perfomed (then tracked over time).    For more information on Propecia or the methods used to track its results, visit my website at www.baumanmedical.com and navigate to "hair restoration options--propecia."  Here's the link... http://www.baumanmedical.com/Default.aspx?tabid=37

Sincerely,

Dr. B.


FDA grants approval for Generic Propecia

Recently, I've gotten several emails regarding the FDA and "generic" Propecia.   Below are some of the links that have attracted the attention of hair loss sufferers looking for a generic alternative to Propecia. 

While this seems to be exciting news, we all know that Merck has a patent on the 1mg finasteride (Propecia), so how could the FDA give the 'green-light' to a generic version?    The direct word from Merck is that Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. was the first to 'challenge' their patents.    And, in fact, the FDA has granted Dr. Reddy's Labs approval to begin manufacturing generic Propecia (finasteride 1mg), starting in 2013.    At that time, Dr. Reddy's Labs will have a 180-day exclusivity to sell the generic finasteride 1mg tablets.   

Propecia (1mg finasteride) is considered the standard-of-care for the treatment of male pattern hair loss.   Because of it's effectiveness, Propecia is prescribed with great frequency by doctors specializing in hair loss (www.ishrs.org). 97% of all ISHRS members prescribe Propecia, and 77% of ISHRS members prescribe it 'always' or 'often.'    For a full report of the ISHRS 2005 Survey Statistics visit these links:

Male pattern hair loss is a progressive condition that is passed along through heredity.   Propecia is a prescription medication that works to stop the progression of male pattern hair loss by blocking the creation of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) from Testosterone.    DHT is the hormone responsible for triggering the miniaturization of hair follicles in men.    By lowering DHT levels in the body, hair follilcles that are minaturizing 'reverse' and begin to grow stronger, thicker hair.    Also, hair follicles that would have minaturized are now protected.  90% of men taking the medication look "the same" or "better" after five years.     Most patients can notice 'results' (slowing, stopping or reversing hair loss) between 6-18 months.    Less than 2% of patients have sexual side-effects from the medication (which are temporary and mild, btw). 

For more info on Propecia, visit Merck's website www.propecia.com or my website at http://www.baumanmedical.com/Default.aspx?tabid=37

In the future, I will be posting a more comprehensive article on Propecia, as well as some photos of my patients who take it.   I will also be discussing what your options are if you are having side-effects from the medication and what you can do if Propecia is simply 'not enough' when it comes to your hair restoration goals.   If you are on Propecia and getting good results (or not), let me know.

For now (and until 2013), any 'generic propecia' is to be considered counterfeit.   Also, be wary of 'cheap' Propecia available online from untrusted or overseas sources.

Happy Growing!

Sincerely,

Dr. B.


welcome to my web diary

I am beginning this informal web diary with the purpose of exending my ability to more effectively communicate to an ever-increasing number of patients and colleagues.  I would like to welcome you to "FollicleBlog."  If you are visiting for the first time, and I invite you to add comments, feedback, suggestions and questions--and I promise to do my best to respond.   For more information on my 'results-oriented' approach to Hair Restoration and my medical practice (which is exclusively dedicated to hair restoration), please visit my practice's website: www.baumanmedical.com.