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Boca surgeon puts live surgery online, viewers tweet questions and chat

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FUE-Palooza Hair Transplant Observation and Training Aug 4-5

The six of us will be dividing our time between my HSC offices and a second clinical site here in metro Denver. The 60 participants will be divided into two groups so that each can optimize the powered-FUE surgical instruction. This is a bit of a different format for ISHRS workshops; my HSC team and I are most excited to help launch it.



It has been difficult for hair transplant surgeons to learn the FUE follicular unit extraction hair transplant technique. New events like FUE-Palooza, FUECON, Live Hair Transplant Surgery Webcasts and other live surgery workshops go a long way to helping doctors get exposed to new hair transplant instruments and techniques for FUE. I would expect to see ARTAS FUE Robot, NeoGraft and SAFE-Scribe demonstrated at FUE-Palooza. Dr. Ken Williams of California is scheduled to be lecturing and demonstrating FUE with NeoGraft at FUE-Palooza. I hope that interested physicians learning more about FUE will take their education further than a simple weekend course and seek out the training they need from those of us in the field who have extensive experience with FUE. --Dr. Alan J. Bauman

Boca Raton surgeon performs operation live online - South Florida

Lights, camera ... scalpel? The TV monitors and video production crew had all the feel of a movie set, but the blood was real — an unvarnished detail in an unflinching 12-hour hair transplant procedure filmed not for Hollywood entertainment but to educate a public watching by computer. Click here to sign-up for our free health report More than 74,000 viewers around the world tuned in to see Boca Raton surgeon Alan Bauman give radio personality Kevin Rolston a new hairline, embracing what industry insiders say is a novel use of the latest broadcasting technology. In the medical field, webcasting — streaming live video over the Internet — has caught on as a way for doctors to train medical students or other physicians in surgical techniques. But Bauman is believed to be among the first to use the technology to webcast an operation to a new market: the patient. "He is one of the unique people who gets webcasting and gets that there's an audience, that it's profitable and marketable, that it's not just for fun anymore. It's vital," said David Waters, a broadcast TV veteran and webcasting pioneer whose Melbourne-based company consults on and facilitates livestreamed productions, including Bauman's. "This can show other doctors that it's not just something you do on the side, it's not just something you do for social media, it's patient education." The bonus of showing the procedure live vs. on tape: Viewers can call in by Skype or write in via an online chat room and have their questions answered on the spot, which they did in droves during Rolston's July 11 transplant. Bauman said he and Rolston — who was awake the whole time under local anesthesia, texting, tweeting and talking away — fielded more than 1,000 queries throughout the half-day procedure. "This was an unpromoted, unmarketed event," said Waters, pointing out that most webcasts do well to get a couple hundred viewers. "So the fact that one doctor doing one procedure landed thousands of viewers, that's pretty remarkable." Bauman sees it as a way to help patients overcome their anxieties and misconceptions, especially about hair transplants, which have come a long way since the days when scalpels, stitches and plugs were required. "I think patients in general, when it comes to surgery, they're fearful. What this does is put the patient in the procedure room, in the position of the patient," Bauman said. "I think this technology is the wave of the future for patient education. It gives them unique insight." Rolston's hair transplant was Bauman's fourth live surgery in three years — allowing him to reach more than 215,000 people combined, he said. Each time, his patient — like Rolston, the popular co-star of the West Palm Beach-based Wild 95.5 morning show — has been a media celebrity, which helps Bauman attract a wider Web audience, more social media followers and new patients. Each webcast event has brought even more viewers than the one before, with Rolston's transplant landing the biggest numbers yet. "Very interesting watching @kevinrolston get a hair transplant live online," said Bobbi Jo Morton, via Twitter. "It looks painful but he says it is not." Rolston responded quickly with this tweet: "Swear it is not bad at all!" then, "Just fell asleep and started snoring during #livehairtransplant!" Though U.S. viewers made up the biggest audience of those who watched 79,000 minutes of Rolston getting his follicles plucked and replanted, people from as far away as India, England and Canada held their own in the viewership tallies, according to the numbers compiled by Waters' company, In all, viewers from 22 countries tuned in. One from Trinidad followed up with a video consultation with Bauman and booked a hair transplant for next month. "A lot of people wanted to know if it hurt. That was the No. 1 question, no doubt," said Rolston, 39, adding that the patient education element was one of the reasons he was enthusiastic about opening his scalp to the world. "People get information in so many ways, and every way a patient could get information, [Bauman's team] covered it," Rolston said. "Videostreaming is so big today, especially on multiple platforms." In addition to streaming the surgery live on a dedicated online channel — — the procedure was beamed over Wild 95.5's website and picked up by the nationally syndicated Bald Truth radio show, which called into the operating room via Skype and had its own listeners tossing out questions. Then there was the live chat room and constant Twitter chatter. It was no small undertaking. Unlike the first couple of live surgeries Bauman performed with the aid of a few webcams mounted on the operating room walls, Rolston's marathon event was captured by a full production crew with video cameras and tripods. Bauman's production costs: "Well over $100,000." Of course, such a rich investment is not necessary when a webcam or two can do the trick at minimal cost. But whatever the hit, Bauman said it's worth it to reach out to patients on their own turf and give them a sense of comfort about an often-scary venture, much like reality TV has. "Patients tell me, 'I already feel like I know you. I already feel like I've been to your procedure,' and that's powerful," Bauman said. "I'm here to educate the patient on what they're getting into. Helping them make informed decisions."


Nicole, Thank you for providing this information on Kevin Rolston's Live Hair Transplant Surgery to your readers. It will certainly go a long way to help people understand the newest, minimally-invasive style of hair transplant surgery. Regards, Dr. Alan Bauman

Kevin Rolston's Live Hair Transplant - The Bald Truth segment

Kevin Rolston's Live celebrity hair transplant draws global audience via social media

Radio Personality Kevin Rolston’s Live Web Broadcast Hair Transplant Procedure by Dr. Alan J. Bauman Draws Global Audience and is Digital Multi-Media Platform and Social Media Sensation

Over 74,000 viewers tune-in for Live Hair Transplant Surgery in High-Definition.

Boca Raton, Florida July 23, 2012 -- He’d been going bald for 13 years and finally decided to do something about it, but not before talking about it for years on his radio show. And, being the completely transparent radio host regarding his personal life for one of Clear Channel’s leading radio station’s, WILD 95.5, West Palm Beach, Kevin Rolston, the upfront, out-front ring leader of the “Kevin, Virginia & Jason,” a top rated drive-time morning show, not only had his hair transplant procedure, but he did it live, and not just for his listening audience, but to a global viewership via the internet.

Performing his fourth internet web broadcast of a medical procedure, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, one of the nation’s leading hair transplant surgeons performed Rolston’s hair transplant procedure that was broadcast via Livestream’s high-definition webcast platform. Promoted heavily on air and via social media four weeks in advance of the procedure to the station’s listeners, the feed was streamed direct to the radio station’s website where listeners were able to watch their engaging, fun-loving, balding, morning show hero get, as Rolston said on the show, his “follicle intervention.”

Says Rolston, “it was great fun not just for me, but this was a first in the radio industry with the live video simulcast of a procedure of this kind, it was a tremendous success on many levels, and a great opportunity to educate our audience about the incredible breakthroughs in technology in performing this remarkable medical procedure.” According to Wild 95.5 officials, the station’s website received an “impressive amount of traffic” throughout the live hair transplant event.

“As far as listener engagement,” says Rolston, “this event and the model we created to truly involve our listeners for this project was the first of its kind and extraordinarily successful using all digital and media assets, it’s the wave of the future.”

Direct from Dr. Bauman’s web-enabled operating room in Boca Raton, Florida, cameras were set up, a live switcher and director were on hand and in place in the operatory (similar to a CNN broadcast), even a monitor was manned by a Social Media Moderator who was fielding questions from Twitter and chat room audience comprised of more than 23 countries who tuned into Dr. Bauman’s high-definition channel on

At noon, a second feed went to The Bald Truth, a Los Angeles based web-radio show hosted by best-selling author Spencer Kobren, dedicated to “the medical community, hair transplants and people interested in hair transplant procedures.” Exponentially reaching the live Internet audience, Kobren and his co-host, Andrew Zarian of Guys From Queens network in New York, hosted a live one-hour call-in Question and Answer Segment. “At one time,” says Dr. Bauman, “the show was being seen and streamed live by multiple entities to a global audience – Clear Channel’s listeners tuned in to the radio station’s website to see Kevin’s hair transplant, our patients and colleagues watched and interacted on our Livestream channel, and others watched it on Spencer Kobren’s widely syndicated “The Bald Truth” via Andrew Zarain’s “Guys From Queens” network, both of whom were talking about it live and split screen while we were all streaming it to our viewing audiences.” In case you missed it, you can watch the replay or download the itunes podcast of The Bald Truth Q&A segment. Dr. Bauman adds, it was the quintessential digital multi-media event.


Huge Social Media Involvement: Twitter, Facebook Live All Day

But wait, there’s more. “Social media played a huge role in the event,” adds Dr. Bauman. During the entire hair transplant process, using two different social media handles, Kevin was tweeting every step of the way. Using the twitter handles @KevinRolston or @DrAlanBauman and the #livehairtransplant hashtag, viewers were chatting live, interacting with each other and asking questions all day long. “This not only increased our consumer interest and engagement,” says Dr. Bauman, “but it also shows exactly how easy the procedure is, that Kevin was up, aware, cognizant and funny as always all while undergoing his hair transplant procedure.”

“By inviting hair loss sufferers into the operating room, and showing them exactly what happens during a modern hair transplant procedure, they can not only see first-hand how sophisticated the minimally-invasive microsurgical FUE/NeoGraft hair transplant harvesting process has become, but also how easy it is for patients,” said Dr. Bauman, a board-certified hair restoration physician. “Our main goal with these live media events is to show people that hair transplantation can be safe, virtually pain-free and completely undetectable. The days of painful ‘hair plugs’ are long gone and ‘strip-scar’ surgery is fading fast. Those who watched were able to see that Kevin and I were talking all day, he was tweeting all day long, and we were both answering questions to a live, real-time global audience all while my staff and I performed the procedure, it was amazing.”


Dr. Bauman, A Leader in Medical Procedure Webcasts

Dr. Bauman’s previous webcasts attracted larger than expected crowds, proving the appeal of “behind the scenes” medical videos. Bauman streamed YouTube “Weblebrity” Kevin “Nalts” Nalty’s transplant in 2009, and their videos documenting the event have been viewed more than 250,000 times. The same year, Bauman also participated in a live broadcast with Greg Benson, actor and director with MediocreFilms, which became the most-watched live hair transplant procedure in history, amid a flurry of emails, blog-posts and ‘tweets.’ And most recently, he performed a second live hair transplant with Nalts, which attracted a record-breaking 70,000 viewers in November of 2011 in the first ever live hair transplant broadcast on YouTube/Live the web giant’s live streaming video platform.


See Still Images and Video of Kevin’s Hair Transplant on his Blog Page

A host of images, before-and-after pictures, Kevin’s late night confessions about his hair loss and his conflicted drama about the procedure, along with incredible still photos of the actual hair transplant, and even video can be seen on the radio station’s website. Kevin’s personal blog page set up on WILD 95.5 is devoted exclusively to Kevin’s hair transplant procedure: or


About Kevin Rolston & Clear Channel Radio

Kevin is the main host of the KVJ Show, which has been entertaining listeners on their drive to work for over 11 years. Kevin tried out radio in his early 20s saying that he would "stay in the biz until he got fired" never dreaming that one day he would be the No. 1 morning show in the West Palm Beach Market. Affectionately known as "the diet pansy" Kevin is seen as the more mature, health conscious, responsible one of the trio. Originally from Ohio, Kevin has found a home in South Florida where he lives with his wife Kim and their three children. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, with its 237 million monthly U.S. listeners, is the leading media company in America with a greater reach than any radio, digital or television outlet.


About Dr. Alan J. Bauman (http//

Dr. Alan J. Bauman is a surgically trained M.D. and one of only approximately 100 board-certified hair restoration physicians in the world. He is a Diplomate of the esteemed American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and is one of only 50 doctors worldwide who is recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. He has built an international practice, treated nearly 15,000 hair loss patients since 1997, and has been extensively featured in the world’s leading media in print, radio and television as a medical expert and successful early-adopter of the most advanced technologies in the treatment of hair loss. Appearances, interviews and profiles include the Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Extra, Access Hollywood and Dateline NBC among other TV appearances. Newspaper and Magazine articles and feature stories include The New York Times, Newsweek, Cosmo, Vogue, Allure, and Men’s Health among others.

No stranger to live hair transplant surgery webcasts, in 2009 Dr. Alan J. Bauman performed the first Live Hair Transplant using the NeoGraft/FUE device and also the first Live Hair Transplant on YouTube/Live, the online on-demand video giant’s live web-streaming platform which drew over 70,000 viewers.


Hair Apparent: Steve's Restorative Treatments Are Working - Palm Beach Post

Hair apparent: Restorative treatments are working!

Author: Steve Dorfman (Palm Beach Post)

After less than three months, effects are already visible

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This was Steve’s hairline just a few weeks into treatment.
Hair apparent: Restorative treatments are working! photo
This is Steve’s hairline after a little more than two months of restorative treatment.

By Steve Dorfman

I admit it: I was skeptical (partly by nature, partly by profession).

When I wrote in May about beginning a non-invasive hair-restoration program under the (pro bono) care of Boca Raton hair-restoration specialist Dr. Alan Bauman (, I wasn’t expecting much.

Sure, the good doctor had knowingly remarked at the end of my evaluation, “I think you’ll eventually be very pleased with the results” — after putting me on a protocol that included topical application of his uniquely compounded form of Minoxidil-82M, combined with the daily ingestion of hair-growth supplements and thrice-weekly laser-light therapy with LaserCap.

But, at most, I figured that a few wispy new strands might start popping up four, five, six months down the road in the severely thinning areas — at the hairline, and along the temples.

Certainly, though, nothing to get excited about — and definitely not anytime soon.

I must say: I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier to be so wrong.

Noticeable difference

As Dr. Bauman had explained to me, the first goal in any hair-growth restoration treatment is “to preserve the hair you already have.”

Even though I’ve yet to visit Dr. Bauman’s office yet for my three-month progress report (during which my hair volume and growth rate will be measured via state-of-the-art technology), this much I feel secure in reporting:

Just like the Russian Army at Stalingrad, my previously thinning, receding hairline has finally stopped retreating.

Even better — and to extend the World War II analogy —they’ve gone on the attack!

Yes, those tiny follicular soldiers have definitely taken a stand, responding to treatment by regrouping, literally and figuratively. The indisputable proof is in these photos.

Not only is the hairline (and surrounding area) looking thicker, but the increased density also makes the color appear darker.

When friends and colleagues had learned of my restoration efforts, all had remarked that my hair loss hadn’t appeared noticeable to them.

However, that’s exactly why, if hair retention is important to you, the time to start a restoration program is at the first sign of any deterioration.

While the old-school side of me wanted to shrug off caring about my thinning dome, I’m glad I allowed my more metrosexual tendencies to guide me on this one.

And, it turns out I’m not alone: Last week, The Los Angeles Times reported that men’s grooming products make up the fastest-growing segment in the beauty/cosmetics industry (one rule, though: Nothing targeted at men can be called “makeup”).

I doubt I’ll ever spend much (read: any) time or money adopting a skin-care regimen — but, then again, there was a time I would’ve said the same thing about hair restoration.


"Steve's response to treatment is not unexpected.  Taking early action, before his follicles were 'dead and gone' was the correct step.  Using non-invasive treatments like Minoxidil-82M, LaserCap, nutritonals, etc. we were able to improve his hair quality: thicker, healthier, longer, darker, etc. in the area of treatment. He will likely NEVER need a hair transplant if he continues treatment." --Dr. Alan J. Bauman, M.D.  Diplomate, American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. 

Calm Down: Propecia Probably Isn't Causing Your Erectile Dysfunction

Calm Down: Propecia Probably Isn't Causing Your Erectile Dysfunction

By Lindsay Abrams (The Atlantic)


Jul 13 2012, 3:22 PM ET 19

Last night's news was all about sexual dysfunction caused by the widely used hair loss drug, but the evidence is still thin. The small number of research subjects were recruited from a forum for people experiencing side effects. 


If you tuned in to Brian Williams or Diane Sawyer last night, you probably caught the report claiming the mental and sexual side effects of Propecia, the most commonly used hair loss remedy for men, might be permanent. As MSNBC Nightly News concluded, "Now men... must decide if a full head of hair is worth the risk of sexual dysfunction."

Indeed, a dilemma.

Kevin Malley, who was featured on both programs, has found that he cannot possibly overstate the problems that his discontinued use of Propecia continues to cause him. He told ABC news, "Before, I would get up at eight in the morning, go to work, go to school, go to the gym, come home, have sex with my girlfriend. I had a lot of ambition, I had career goals," he said. "Now basically I just sit in my room all day and don't talk to anyone."

It's not that the study is the work of a hack. On the contraty, it's legitimate work coming out of George Washington University, and the researcher himself has openly acknowledged its limitations. But let's step back and take a look at what those limitations actually are. 

First of all, only 54 men were surveyed, an extremely small population as compared to the millions of American men who are prescribed Propecia. Then there's the issue of how the subjects were recruited. According to the published journal article, most of the subjects were found through a site called, a forum for men who, like Malley, have taken the drug and claim to be experiencing side effects. Specifically those significant enough to take to the web with often dramatic first-person narratives of how "Post-Finasteride Syndrome" has destroyed their lives. 

For a study like this to truly be conclusive, thousands of men, both on and off the drug, would need to be followed in a controlled, randomized, long-term study. Which should absolutely be done. Previous clinical trials have concluded that two percent of men experience some degree of sexual side effects from the drug. But for people who started taking the drug with that known risk, it's tough to say that this new report should change their reasoning.

It would seem that such risks, regardless of how small they might be, would not be worth the primarily cosmetic purposes of Propecia. But, not to be outdone by the anti-finasteride fanatics, the American Hair Loss Association reminds us, "Hair loss affects every aspect of the hair loss sufferer's life. It affects interpersonal relationships as well as the professional lives of those suffering."

If the millions of men who used Propecia became impotent, we'd have a serious crisis on our hands. But until stronger evidence is in, it's important to remember that stress can accelerate hair loss. So, worrying too much about this small report may just make things worse. While we wait for further studies, remember that there are many known, treatable causes of impotence that remain much more common than Propecia, so don't be too quick to chalk it up to the pill.


"Patients and the media need to realize that erectile dysfunction is surprisingly common in the general population who do not take Propecia. In addition, in the over 8,000 of my patients I've prescribed Propecia to over the past 15 years as a hair transplant surgeon, I have never once encountered medically-documented side effects that did not resolve soon after changing the timing of the dose (e.g. morning to evening), modulating the frequency/amount of dose, or discontinuing the medication. Millions of men have been helped by Propecia all around the world. If you have a question about your Propecia prescription or alternatives to oral hair loss treatments like transplants, topicals, laser therapy, nutritionals, etc., I advise you to call Bauman Medical Group directly to discuss your concerns."  

           --Alan J. Bauman, M.D. - Diplomate American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery

Kevin Rolston's Live Hair Transplant lights up twitter!

Live On-Air Hair Transplant Webcast for Radio Personality, Kevin Rolston - FUE Hair Transplant Network

Live On-Air Hair Transplant for Radio Personality


It’s one of Clear Channel’s top-rated morning radio shows in the country, that zany circus known as the “Kevin, Virginia, Jason Show” that runs morning-drive (6:00 AM to 10:00 AM) every day Monday to Friday on WILD 95.5FM in South Florida, but this Wednesday, July 11th, is going to be extra special.  The front man for West Palm Beach’s most listened-to radio station, Kevin Rolston, has been talking about his hair loss for years, but this week he’s finally doing something about it.

Visit on July 11th starting at 7am EDT to see Live Hair Transplant Surgery on Kevin Rolston then at 12noon EDT on for the live call-in segment.