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What makes today's hair transplants different from "hair plugs" of the past?

Q:  What makes today's hair transplants different from "hair plugs" of the past?

A:  In the old days, hair transplants looked fake and 'pluggy' and patients were left with scars to hide.  Today, thanks to scientific advancements, the procedure is now less invasive, completely undetectable to the naked eye and available for both men and women. A key breakthrough in this field has been the NeoGraft FUE device - a machine that helps doctors to harvest hair follicles efficiently and accurately without having to remove a strip of skin from the scalp.

At Bauman Medical Group, Dr. Alan J. Bauman uses the FDA-approved NeoGraft FUE device to extract individual hair follicles directly from the donor area at the back of the patient’s scalp – which are then implanted into the bald areas of the scalp. This less invasive “FUE” approach means that no scalpels, sutures, or staples are used in the donor area and it leaves absolutely no linear scar. There is less trauma to the skin, so the recovery more comfortable.  Also, because there’s no removal of a strip or stitches/staples to close the defect, moderate to heavy physical activity can resume in just several days instead of weeks--DON'T try that with stitches!

Of course, experience, artistry and precision is still required on the part of the surgeon for the appropriate angle, orientation and position of each hair follicle to ensure a natural result.  Seek out a Hair Restoration Physician, a specialist who performs hair transplant procedures using NeoGraft/FUE every day.  Look for more information on hair loss and hair restoration treatments and procedures like NeoGraft FUE, FDA approved medications and Low Level Laser Therapy on NBC Today Show.


"The Future of Hair Loss... topical treatments and beyond" article

The American Hair Loss Council encompasses both Hair Replacement Industry (hairpieces, extensions, wigs and weaves) as well as the medical community (hair transplant surgery and hair growth medications). "The Link" is their publication. It was an honor to contribute to the October 2011 - Premier Issue of "The Link" and discuss the latest in the medical treatment of hair loss.

Topics mentioned in the article ("The Future of Hair Loss," p.8 of The Link) include no scalpel/no stitch NeoGraft FUE Hair Transplants, Formula 82M compounded minoxidil, Latisse/Bimatoprost, Dr. Cohen's "HairCheck" Trichometer, HairDX genetic hair loss testing, LaserCap laser therapy, PRP and future therapies like gene therapy and hair cloning/hair multiplication. --Dr. Alan J. Bauman, Bauman Medical Group


American Hair Loss Council TheLink OCT-2011

Patients 'Tired' of Laser Combing for hair loss -

“You think you’re not doing a good job unless you’re using those devices,” said Ms. Salzman, 57, the owner of a clothing company in Seattle.


NY Times: Dr. S. Benham says patients are getting "tired" of LaserCombing for hair loss... Perhaps they should try LaserCap,, for a hands-free, cordless, portable, at-home laser therapy option...? --Dr. B.

Complete Guide to Going Bald | Primer

It’s happening. Maybe it was a picture from your high school graduation that made you realize how much your appearance has changed. Maybe it was something your dad said in passing or in jest while gesturing at his own head: “A glimpse into the future, son.” Either way, you’re starting to notice it. In the mirror—your hairline receding, your hair beginning to grow finer and shorter.

Could I really be going bald?

A big "thank you" goes out to Jack Busch for his comprehensive article on hair loss. Nicely done! --Dr. B.

Botulinum toxin (Botox) gel may ease crow's feet - - DermatologyTimes

New York — A new botulinum toxin-based gel has the potential to help smooth crow’s feet without the need for needles, HealthDay News reports.

In part of a new phase 2 trial, 90 patients with moderate-to-severe crow’s feet were randomly assigned to be treated either with a placebo gel or the botulinum toxin gel. Almost 90 percent of the latter had a clinically meaningful reduction in wrinkles, compared with 28 percent of those receiving placebo.

In a second study involving 180 adults with crow’s feet, about 40 percent of those treated with the botulinum toxin gel responded favorably, researchers said.

As we wait for "Botox-Gel," for those who don't like needles, ask your doctor for Botox using the "Ouchless(TM) Needle" by BellaNovus... no messy creams, etc. We've been using it for our hair transplant patients for a few months now with rave reviews... very comfortable! --Dr. Bauman