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FREE Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness Expo Miami Sat 2/25

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2012 Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness EXPO

The 2012 Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Expo brings together the most qualified doctors and practitioners.  Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Cosmetic Dentists, Wellness & Anti-Aging Specialists, Hair Loss/Hair Transplant Physicians, Weight Management Physicians, and other specialists will come together to offer trustworthy and honest information as well as valuable advice.  Live demonstrations, Q+A with the experts, giveaways/raffles will occur throughout the day.


Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event!  Our mission is to provide good information to help you make safe, intelligent choices.
Join us Saturday, February 25th 2012 from 10am-6pm at the Miami Convention Center. 

Giveaways, raffles and more. Admission is FREE!


For Baldness, Turning to Leg Hair - NYTimes.com

A new report highlights a novel way for doctors to replace thinning hairlines: transplanting leg hair.

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The advanced FUE approach which is able to harvest and transplant grafts as small as a single hair follicle now allows for the transplantation of body hair or "BHT."  New surgical tools like NeoGraft FUE allows surgeons greater accuracy and efficiency when harvesting these follicles without using a scalpel or stitches.

Body Hair Transplantation (BHT) remains controversial to some degree because the cycling and growth rate of non-scalp follicles may be much slower than those on the head. However Dr. Umar seems to have had some good success with the leg hair in these particular cases. Personally, when performing BHT for baldness, I use beard hair--which seems to grow quite robustly on the scalp--in cases when scalp donor follicles are in short supply.

In fact, beard hair grows so robustly I would not suggest it to be used in the hairline... So perhaps we can use a combination of body hair from different areas like the arms/legs (as Dr. Umar has suggested) as well as the beard or chest to achieve the desired results for some of these special cases. --Dr. Alan Bauman

 

NOTE: Most people who have not had some kind of previous hair transplantation or old-style donor scars will have plenty of scalp hair to transplant to the thinning or balding areas, so Body Hair Transplants would typically be reserved for rare cases.  Finishing off a crown/vertex area or filling in some old scars are some examples of how I would use Body Hair Transplantation for my hair loss patients.


Is hair transplantation the only hairline restoration option?

What are your hairline restoration options?

When it comes to restoring your own living and growing hairline, unfortunately, if you are balding in these areas, options are limited.  Because of the severe depletion of density that has caused your hairline to appear receded, non-invasive  FDA-approved medical treatments like topicals (minoxidil/Rogaine/Formula82M, etc.) and treatments such as laser therapy are unlikely to have a major restorative impact.  In addition, oral prescription FDA-approved hair regrowth medication like Propecia/finasteride and other anti-DHT treatments might help protect the hairline from receding further, but a true restoration is also unlikely. 

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For permanent restoration of a living and growing hairline, hair transplantation is the most successful option.  Today, hair transplants performed with NeoGraft FUE approach use a microsurgical technique to move permanent hair follicles from the back of the scalp and implant them into the thinning, balding or receding areas. 

Highly-trained NeoGraft FUE hair transplant surgeons and their teams are able to harvest literally thousands of hair follicles and follicular-units individually, leaving no telltale linear scar in the ‘donor area’ located in the back of the scalp.  NeoGraft FUE is a new, minimally-invasive approach to hair follicle harvesting, eliminating the old-style “strip harvest” method.  Recovery is faster, more comfortable and with a shorter duration of activity restriction… you can literally be back in the gym in three days because there are no staples or sutures/stitches to injure.

A meticulous, artistic approach is critical in the hairline or ‘recipient area’ in order to assure that each follicle’s angle, orientation and position will deliver a 100% natural and undetectable result when grown in.  Careful planning and execution of the hairline design is important as well as the advanced surgical instruments, lighting and magnification and highly trained staff to help complete the procedure.

It is expected that your surgeon will take quite a bit of pride in showing you artistic and undetectable hairline design work he has accomplished for his hair transplant patients.  For more information about NeoGraft FUE, visit Bauman Medical Group.   Watch a slideshow of before and after photos of Dr. Alan Bauman’s work.   See the healing and hair growth of Dr. Bauman’s NeoGraft FUE procedures.

 

 


Hair Transplant Technologies: What Does the Chairman of the ASHRS Have to Say? - MarketWatch

PORT ORANGE, Fla., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- There are many new technologies available for hair transplant surgeons today. But with so many technologies available and so many hair transplant surgeons claiming they have the best technology, how can one know which one is the best? The new chairman of the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ASHRS), Dr. Marco Barusco, gives his opinion on some of the latest and upcoming technological advances in this field.

HypoThermosol(TM)Perhaps some of the most important technological advances are the ones dealing with tissue preservation. According to Dr. Barusco, once the donor hair is taken from the back of the head the clock starts ticking. "The quicker we re-attach the hair to the scalp the better the chance it will survive", Dr. Barusco said. Traditionally, surgeons have used regular saline solution to preserve the tissue, but HypoThermosol(TM) has been showing to have the best composition. It is easy to work with and preliminary observations suggest that it improves hair survival and overall results.

ACell(TM)ACell(TM) is used for wound healing and hair growth. It is rich in growth factors and collagen. This technology significantly benefits the patient but given its high cost very few surgeons use this material. When a doctor uses ACell(TM) the donor area of the scalp heals better, leaving a smaller and thinner scar, and the transplants grow better.

I agree with Dr. Barusco's comments here... there are a lot of new and exciting breakthroughs in the medical specialty of hair loss, hair restoration and hair transplants. Our experience with advanced graft-storage solutions like Hypothermosol or blood-derived Autologel PRP (platelet rich plasma) have been very encouraging. We currently use Autologel PRP as an adjunctive wound-healing treatment with every FUE NeoGraft hair transplant and are looking forward to being part of the new research to support its use. ACell and other ECM's for wound-healing also have their place, but we are NOT seeing the 'hair cloning' or hair regeneration in the donor area which was originally reported by some hair transplant surgeons who used ACell.
I was a little surprised that Dr. Barusco did not mention the worldwide trend toward FUE follicular-unit extraction--a procedure which has seen a dramatic exponential increase in volume within the past five years.
--Dr. Alan Bauman