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HairCam iPhone Microscope for Hair Loss Diagnosis and Tracking

"iPhone-ography" or perhaps "iPhone-oscopy...?" It seems like everyone these days is talking about what their iPhone can do and "hair doctors" are no different...

HairCam as seen on ABC Good Morning America _2011Video scalp microscopy just got easier with Dr. Alan Bauman's HairCam™. At the time of your in-office consultation or follow-up appointment, Dr. Bauman may use the HairCam™ to look at your hair and scalp using 30-80x magnification combined with a dual-polarized light source. The quality and quantity of hair growing from a given area of scalp can easily be evaluated within minutes. Using the iPhone's on-board eight megapixel camera, high-resolution images can be obtained and transferred to your electronic medical record. At a future date, repeat high-resolution photos can be obtained from the same area of the scalp using a stereotactic scalp-mapping tool.

ABC-GMA_HairCam_Dr. Alan BaumanCan HairCam™ predict hair loss?
No doctor or machine can predict hair loss with absolute certainty. However, in a person who has not begun any hair growth treatment, a high degree of miniaturized hairs in a given area of scalp could mean that hair density is at risk and the progression of hair loss is highly likely.

Can HairCam™ tell if my hair growth treatment is working?
By comparing images taken in the same area of scalp over time, density and hair caliber can be evaluated. When this information is correlated with other information such as Global Photography and HairCheck™ measurements, scientific conclusions can be drawn.

Can I order my own HairCam™?
Actually, yes! Several versions of the HairCam™ are now available from Bauman Medical Group, ranging in price from $49 to $1299. Please contact for more information on the HairCam™.

See HairCam™ in action in the following videos:
HairCam on FOX Miami
HairCam on ABC Good Morning America
Loop Video of HairCam in action

Fully functional hair follicle regeneration through the rearrangement of stem cells: Nature Communications

Fully functional hair follicle regeneration through the rearrangement of stem cells and their niches

Koh-ei Toyoshima, Kyosuke Asakawa, Naoko Ishibashi, Hiroshi Toki, Miho Ogawa, Tomoko Hasegawa, Tarou Irié, Tetsuhiko Tachikawa, Akio Sato, Akira Takeda & Takashi Tsuji

Organ replacement regenerative therapy is purported to enable the replacement of organs damaged by disease, injury or aging in the foreseeable future. Here we demonstrate fully functional hair organ regeneration via the intracutaneous transplantation of a bioengineered pelage and vibrissa follicle germ. The pelage and vibrissae are reconstituted with embryonic skin-derived cells and adult vibrissa stem cell region-derived cells, respectively. The bioengineered hair follicle develops the correct structures and forms proper connections with surrounding host tissues such as the epidermis, arrector pili muscle and nerve fibres. The bioengineered follicles also show restored hair cycles and piloerection through the rearrangement of follicular stem cells and their niches. This study thus reveals the potential applications of adult tissue-derived follicular stem cells as a bioengineered organ replacement therapy..


image from www.nature.com


As mentioned in the article, the researchers do not expect to be able to mutliply large numbers of follicles which would be necessary for those with male pattern baldness, but as technology improves, who knows?? It will be interesting to see where hair cloning research takes us in the future. --Dr. Alan Bauman



Hair Loss in Women Who Undergo Weight Loss Surgery

Nutr Hosp. 2011 Aug;26(4):856-62.

Alopecia in women with severe and morbid obesity who undergo bariatric surgery.

Rojas P, Gosch M, Basfi-Fer K, Carrasco F, Codoceo J, Inostroza J, Valencia A, Adjemian D, Rojas J, Díaz E, Riffo A, Papapietro K, Csendes A, Ruz M.


Departamento de Nutrición, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.


Introduction: Bariatric surgery leads to a significant body weight reduction although it is associated to a higher risk of presenting some nutritional deficiencies. A common complication, little studied and mainly related to zinc deficiency is alopecia. Objectives: To compare the nutritional status of zinc, iron, copper, selenium and protein-visceral in women with different degrees of hair loss at 6 months after gastric bypass or tubular gastrectomy. Methods: The patients were categorized into two groups according to the degree of hair loss: group 1 or mild loss (n = 42) and group 2 or severe hair loss (n = 45). Zinc, iron, copper, and selenium, as well as the indicators of the nutritional status of zinc, iron, copper, and protein visceral were assessed before and after 6 months of the surgery. Results: In both groups there was a significant body weight reduction at 6 months post-surgery (-38.9% ± 16.4%). Patients in group 1 presented a significantly higher intake of zinc (20.6 ± 8.1 vs. 17.1 ± 7.7 mg/d) and iron (39.7 ± 35.9 vs. 23.8 ± 21.3 mg/d.), and lower compromise in the nutritional status of zinc and iron than group 2. However, patients in group 2 had lower compromise in the nutritional status of copper. There were no differences regarding the plasma concentrations of albumin. Conclusions: The patients having lower hair loss at six months after surgery had higher zinc and iron intake and lower compromise of the nutritional status of both minerals.


It is likely that bariatric surgery and crash dieting have quite a bit in common when it comes to the potential for nutritional and metabolic imbalance.  Careful nutritional guidance after bariatric surgery is important for maintaining body-health.  It would have been interesting to see if those women with increased hair loss post-bariatric surgery had an underlying genetic risk for hereditary hair thinning...  That would be a simple cheek swab/DNA test using the HairDX genetic test kit.   At Bauman Medical Group, we treat many hair loss patients who are on weight loss programs and we know that good nutrition is an important factor.  Often an underlying tendency toward female hair loss is revealed by poor nutrition. Unfortunately, correction of the nutritional state does not always allow the hair to return to 'normal.'  Aside from Zinc supplementation in thsese cases, other interventions might include Laser Therapy (LaserCap), Minoxidil (Formula 82M), Viviscal, mega-dose Biotin or hair transplant surgery.

--Alan J. Bauman, M.D.

Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery

Member, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery



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