Among the six treatments for hair loss recommended in the Today.com story are compounded minoxidil (rogaine alternatives), nutritionals like Viviscal Pro, laser therapy with LaserCap, PRP Platelet Rich Plasma. Other therapies used by full time hair restoration physicians include no-scalpel, no-stitch Hair Transplantation with NeoGraft or using the the ARTAS robotic system.
For women, the most common triggers are hormonal (pregnancy, menopause, thyroid disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome) or hereditary, but autoimmune conditions and nutritional deficiencies can also be to blame. And unlike men, we tend to lose hair gradually and all over the head, so it can take longer to detect. "Many of my patients notice a change in the shape of their face as the temples recede, a widening of their part line or that their ponytail is smaller in diameter," says hair restoration specialist Dr. Alan Bauman, who heads the Bauman Medical Group in Boca Raton, Florida.
Luckily, there's a lot that can be done, from lasers to lotions and everything in between. And you'll be rewarded for treating it early. "I liken it to sun damage — it's never too late to address the problem, but it will get worse with time if you don't slow the progression," says Bauman. Here, the best, doctor-approved treatments from easy-peasy to full-on offense.
Check out at-home lasers.
Discreet enough to fit under a cute cloche, the Laser Cap is a powerful (but pricey) way to increase hair mass. "We've had excellent results using laser therapy in-office for several years, but now most patients are treating themselves out of the office," says Bauman. "The device emits low-level laser light treatment proven to enhance growth while you go about your day. It's painless, chemical-free, has no side effects and you see results in 90 days." (And it's a great excuse to expand your hat collection.)
Ready for the big guns? "Platelet-rich plasma is the newest frontier," says Bauman. "It allows us to exploit your body's own pharmacy of growth factors. It isn't an overnight cure, but we can clinically measure improvements in several weeks, and they're noticeable to the naked eye after six months." Here's how it works: A small sample of the patient's blood is processed to separate out the platelets and stem-cell-rich plasma. In some cases, additional "bioscaffolding" — sometimes placental tissue from screened donors — is blended in to improve the effects. Then, the custom cocktail is shallowly injected under the scalp under local anesthesia. Sounds intense, but "it's comfortable, takes less than an hour and there is no recovery phase," promises Bauman.
The key is accurate diagnosis, effective prescription treatments and proper routine follow-up HairCheck measurements. For more info about board certified hair restoration physician, Dr. Alan Bauman, visit http://www.baumanmedical.com
Every day I get questions about #PRP Platelet Rich Plasma and it's amazing potential for hair regrowth in men and women because the word is spreading about its potential benefits for those with thinning hair.
Unfortunately, we see that more and more docs are offering this treatment without adequate diagnosis, without careful patient-selection, without quality equipment, NO measuring of platelet concentrates, not to mention careless, uncomfortable and improper application of the PRP, and especially... lack of tracking of results. It is frustrating.
After performing thousands of PRP procedures for scalp and hair in my practice, I can honestly say all of the above (and more) need to be addressed with care and consideration if we are to adequately help patients.
Sure, results can vary but as in any field uneducated patients and untrained docs are a high-risk recipe for disappointing results. The good news is that this National Hair Loss Awareness Month #NHLAM and in honor of #FollicleFriday we are getting the word out about what patients are good candidates for PRP hair regrowth and what physicians are qualified to perform these treatments and continuing our hand-on HairCoach training classes for doctors and other professionals who want to provide these treatments using best practices.
NEW: FORMULA 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution for Hair Loss - FAQs
What is Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution - Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution is a compounded prescription solution containing the FDA-approved hair growth medications finasteride 0.25% and minoxidil 5%, as well as retinoic acid for enhanced penetration of minoxidil and sebum reduction, a mild low-dose anti-inflammatory, oleanolic acid— a mild anti-androgen, and other beneficial ingredients such as algae extracts without any propylene glycol (a common irritant) at a neutral pH.
Who should use Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution offers the powerful DHT-reducing effect of finasteride along with a deeply penetrating minoxidil formulation in a non-greasy, user-friendly, hairstyle friendly, compounded prescription formula that may be appropriate for men and some postmenopausal women in the medical management of hair loss.
What can the average person expect to achieve with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Twice daily minoxidil has been shown to regrow hair in up to 85% of men and 60% of women. Finasteride was FDA-approved as an oral prescription hair regrowth pill for men in 1998. While 90% effective orally, concerns about systemic side effects led researchers to explore the benefits of a topical compounded preparation of finasteride. Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution offers the synergistic approach of the only two medications FDA approved for hair regrowth.
How is Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution applied? - Dr. Bauman recommends that 30 drops of Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution should initially be applied as directed—twice daily to the entire scalp that is “at risk” and focusing primarily in the areas of hair thinning.Formula 82F should be distributed evenly and allowed to absorb for at least three hours before showering, swimming or participating in heavy physical or other activity that may cause sweating. The special droptainer bottle allows for the accurate application of medication directly where you need it... on the scalp, not on your hair.
How does Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution work? - It is well accepted that minoxidil is a potent hair growth stimulator, causing resting follicles to produce hair, and weak follicles to produce longer thicker and more pigmented hair over time with consistent use. Oral finasteride is used to reduce dihydrotesterone (DHT), a known trigger for hair loss, in order to enhance hair growth. New research suggests that topical finasteride can be an effective treatment for hair loss and may reduce the chance of side effects that may occur with oral treatment.
What areas are normally treated with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution typically works to protect and enhance hair growth wherever there are weakened hair follicles or areas “at-risk.” Common treatment areas include the crown/vertex area, top of the scalp, as well as the frontal/temple areas.
What are the typical side effects of Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution compared to other treatments? - In patients with a light complexion and skin tone, the scalp may appear slightly more pink than usual due to increased blood flow from the treatment. Redness, dryness, flaking, inflammation and discomfort at the scalp can occur but are rare with with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution because it has anti-inflammatory properties and contains absolutely NO propylene glycol (found in over-the-counter minoxidil solutions). For patients concerned about the risk of sexual side effects from oral finasteride, research suggests that Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution may significantly reduce those risks. Discontinue therapy and notify Dr. Bauman immediately if you experience any side effects from a treatment.
Will Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution leave my hair greasy? - No. The sophisticated proprietary process used to create Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution allows it to be absorbed more quickly and leave no sticky residue common with over-the-counter minoxidil or other prescription solutions. Applied correctly, there should be little to no impact on your hairstyle.
When will I see results with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Increases in hair growth can be seen as early as ten weeks using a video scalp microscope or HairCheck measurements. Cosmetic benefits may take six to twelve months to be noticeable in the mirror or photos.
How do I get started with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - A one-on-one consultation with board-certified hair restoration physician, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, M.D., is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution. Routine medical tracking is recommended in order to achieve the best possible results with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution or any hair restoration regimen.
Who should NOT use Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Women of childbearing age should NOT use or come into contact with Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution or areas topically treated with the medication for at least three hours due to a risk of birth defects in a developing male fetus. Like all medications, keep Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution safely out of reach of children. Please refer to the pharmacy product insert for further information.
Where can I buy Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution? - Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution is only available with a prescription from Bauman Medical Hair Transplant and Hair Loss Treatment Center in Boca Raton, Florida. After your private one-on-one long-distance or in-person consultation, Dr. Bauman may prescribe and recommend Formula 82F Topical Finasteride + Minoxidil Solution.For more information, visit https://baumanmedical.com/product/topical-finasteride/
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Medical Grade Hair and Scalp Prosthetic Made with 3D-Printing for Dr. Alan J. Bauman’s Hair Transplant Patient Unveiled at CARF Alopecia Conference
Top hair loss doctors, researchers and over 150 patients met and spoke with Cicatricial Alopecia patient ‘Ivory’ who underwent an innovative hair restoration method by Dr. Bauman combining the latest permanent FUE/FUT hair transplantation procedure with a custom 3D-printed hair and scalp prosthetic device.
Internationally recognized hair loss expert, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, recently teamed up with the Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation or CARF to raise awareness on scarring alopecia as well as educate patients, researchers and physicians on some of the new options available for this currently incurable condition.
"This year's conference was a huge success, and allowed us to further CARF's mission to provide education and patient support, raise public awareness, and advance and promote research. It truly was a collaborative team effort, and we are so thankful to have the support from Dr. Bauman, and others in the hair restoration community, who are helping to improve the care of patients with scarring alopecia," said Nicole Rogers, MD, FAAD and Conference Chair. Dr. Bauman was invited by Dr. Rogers and CARF to be a featured speaker at their 7th International Patient-Doctor Conference, June 3-5, in New Orleans, #CARF2016. His presentation, “The Best of All Worlds,” was focused on the combined use of a medical grade 3D printed hair and scalp prosthetic along with hair transplantation in a patient with traction alopecia and central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. Dr. Bauman and his patient, “Ivory,” were in attendance at the conference to discuss her experience with cicatricial alopecia and her treatment, which included hair transplantation and a custom CRLab CNC hair replacement system made in Bologna, Italy.
“Cicatricial alopecia affected my self-confidence and has been self-limiting for me. I refused to see a new hair stylist, as I was afraid they would be shocked or ask numerous questions. I was afraid and ashamed to seek help. I also avoided activities, such as swimming or simply riding in a convertible,” said Dr. Bauman’s patient Ivory. “Now, my results are permanent and I feel 100% more confident. Dr. Bauman and my new CNC system have given me a new outlook for managing and coping with my hair loss.”
Some of the experts who were in attendance to present and participate in the panel discussions along with Dr. Alan Bauman include Dr. Antonella Tosti, Dr. Yolanda Lenzy, Dr. Melissa Piliang, Dr. Lady Dy, Dr. Lynne Goldberg, Dr. Erin Boh, Dr. Marc Avram, Dr. Patricia Farris, Dr. Kate Holcomb, Dr. Wilma Bergfeld, Dr. Maria Hordinsky, Dr. Fonda Farah, Ms. Rita Wanser, Ms. Elayne Kuehler, Ms. Debbie Guastella and Dr. Jeff Donovan. This event was sponsored in part by Procter & Gamble, Lifes2Good (makers of Viviscal) and Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories (makers of the CRLab CNC Hair Replacement System).
“CARF is a truly unique organization that has really grown into a valuable resource for both patients and physicians,” Dr. Bauman commented. To learn more about this condition and request Dr. Bauman’s presentation from the conference visit http://www.alopecia.md To learn more about CARF - the Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation, or to make a donation, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/cictricalalopeciares If you or someone you know has hair loss or scalp concerns, schedule either a long-distance phone consultation or an in-person, in-office consultation with Dr. Bauman online at http://www.baumanmedical.com or by calling toll-free 844-GET-HAIR or +1-561-394-0024.
About Dr. Alan J. Bauman: Alan J. Bauman, M.D. is a full-time hair transplant surgeon who has treated over 17,000 patients and performed over 7,000 hair transplant procedures since starting his hair loss practice, Bauman Medical, in 1997 located in Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Bauman received his M.D. degree from New York Medical College and surgical residency training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Bauman is one of approximately 100 physicians worldwide to achieve board certification from the esteemed American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and is an active participant and lecturer at numerous Annual Scientific Meetings and Live Surgery Workshops. Dr. Alan Bauman has appeared 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, O – The Oprah Magazine and Men’s Health among others. To learn more about treatment options for cicatricial alopecia visit http://www.BaumanMedical.com
PRP with BioD Extracellular Matrix (ECM) for Hair Growth: Is your doctor performing it correctly?
When it comes to combating hair thinning and hair loss, the latest non-invasive treatment is PRP, platelet rich plasma. But not every doctor is preparing and applying #PRP the same way. We may not know exactly why ECMs like #ACell and #BioD make the PRP work stronger and longer, but early studies support this observation. How is PRP performed by board-certified Hair Restoration Physician, Dr. Alan Bauman at +Bauman Medical Group Hair Transplant & Hair Loss Treatment Center? How often does it need to be repeated? How do we measure PRP results? What can you expect when PRP is performed with ECM Extracellular Matrix like ACell or BioD? What benefit does PRP have for hair transplant patients? Can PRP be used in conjunction with laser therapy or compounded minoxidil 82M?
Is shedding normal after PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Regrowth treatment using BioD Extracellular Matrix ECM?
In a word, YES. Because of the natural cycling of hair follicles (on and off, essentially) when you stimulate the hair follicle using a strong hair regrowth treatment like PRP, LaserCap or Capillus laser therapy, compounded minoxidil Formula 82M, etc. it is verycommon to see a short term shedding phase.
When does shedding after PRP+BioD ECM typically start? Post-PRP shedding typically starts 6 weeks after treatment.
How long does shedding last after PRP+BioD ECM treatment? Post-PRP shedding could last 8-10 weeks.
Shedding can often be concerning for those experiencing hair loss and it is common for patients to call or email their hair doctor or HairCoach during this time describing shedding amounts that are more than double their normal rate per day.
The good news is that when you compare treatment zone HMI (Hair Mass Index) measured with the HairCheck Trichometer at 90 days after the treatment and compare those with the baseline measurements done prior to the treatment, you will nearly ALWAYS see some significant improvement... provided you had PRP with BioD or ACell Extracellular Matrix.
Hair growth improvements as measured with HMI in the treatment area will typically continue to improve for about 9-12 months with PRP+BioD and the plateau may last up to two years. [Bauman AJ - Novel Use of Cryopreserved Amniotic Tissue with PRP for Hair Regrowth - ISHRS Scientific Meeting Chicago Sep 2011] Visually, the area will begin to improve in about 6 months and full results from the treatment will be seen at around 12 months.
Here is my old blog post regarding strong hair regrowth treatments and temporary shedding due to stimulated hair follicle cycling:
Shedding on Minoxidil, Propecia/Finasteride or Laser Therapy
Are you seeing excessive shedding after just beginning hair loss treatment with minoxidil (formula 82m or rogaine), laser therapy (lasercap or other)? You might be having the "Dread Shed!" But don't worry, keep up with the treatment... here's why:
Keep in mind that any regimen (medication or laser therapy) that stimulates follicles to switch into a growth phase can cause shedding. Because all hair follicles cycle-on and cycle-off over the course of your life, shedding is a VERY poor barometer for the measurement of hair loss or hair growth. Regardless of treatment, the more hair follicles you have, the more shedding you will have. "Resting" follicles may still contain a hair-shaft. When you apply minoxidil, for example, and the follicle "switches on" and the newly growing hair pushes out the old, resting hairshaft. The result: a shed. It is my feeling that any hair that is shed from starting a particular therapy wasn't in an anagen/growth phase anyway.
Remember that minoxidil/rogaine is a proven 'anagen-stimulator' which shifts restingfollicles into growing follicles. Female pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) is characterized by miniaturizing follicles and a shortening of the natural growth-phases of the follicles.
Shedding when starting minoxidil, laser, or propecia (if it is noticeable) typically occurs within the first two to eight weeks of therapy. Keep in mind that it normally takes 10-20 weeks for microscopic hair density to peak with minoxidil AND six to twelve months to see visible results of the growth with minoxidil.
"Top Six Reasons Why Your Hair Regrowth Treatments Aren’t Working"
by Alan J. Bauman, M.D. / Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
Deciding to undergo treatment for hair loss isn’t always easy. Particularly for women, there is often a lot of embarrassment and confusion that goes along with this condition. Admitting to yourself that you have female- or male-pattern hair loss is sometimes a tough pill to swallow, but coupled with this is the nagging fear that the treatments won't work.
This is why it’s so important for patients to feel confident about the effective treatment options that are available and what time and effort is needed to achieve results.
By the time hair loss becomes visible to the naked eye, over 50% of your hair may have already been lost. So, getting started early on treatments and sticking to your doctor’s medical plan and follow-up appointments are critical to reversing hair loss.
While occasionally men and women may feel like the treatments “aren’t working,” it’s important to get a clear perspective on why this may - or may not - be the case. Having realistic expectations about what these treatments will do and how long they will take is also critical. After all, the main reason why treatments fail is that patients give up too soon… long before the results are visible to the naked eye. Good things come to those who are consistent and “wait.” Treating hair loss is a marathon, not a sprint.
Since August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, I thought it an important time to address this common question among hair loss sufferers.
Here are six reasons why your hair loss treatment may not be working:
1) "You Think It’s Not Working, But It Is."
First off, let’s address the obvious. In many cases, patients don’t “feel” like their treatment program is working, when in reality it is. The problem is that hair growth rates are slow (about 1/4-inch per month) — therefore most treatments take at least six months before subtle results are visible to the naked eye, and even with an advanced hair transplant procedure it takes a year or more for the full result to grow in.
I would recommend that hair loss patients always keep in touch with their doctors, because he/she can take scientific measurements and use microscopic analysis of the follicles to determine if the regrowth is taking place as it should. For example, patients undergoing a non-invasive treatment regimen can use baseline and tracking measurements like HairCheck/HairCam evaluations performed by their doctor or a certified HairCoach™ to support or discontinue their treatments.
Also remember that symptoms may be misleading. A temporary increase in shedding may be a sign your new treatment is working so push onward through to that 90-day follow-up visit to find out what’s really happening at the scalp.
2) "You’re Doing It Wrong."
Sometimes, ‘user error’ is the reason why a treatment takes longer than it should to show results. For example, sloppy or inconsistent application of a prescription topical medication like Compounded Minoxidil Formula 82M may mean the difference between fair results and great results. But you may also simply be using the wrong treatment. Expecting medical-grade results from an over-the-counter treatment (i.e. Rogaine) or a cheap and weak consumer laser (like some of the ones seen in popular in-flight magazines) vs. physician-only/prescribed laser device simply doesn't make logical sense.
3) "Wrong Diagnosis."
Some rare medical hair loss conditions mimic more common ones, meaning you might be on the wrong treatment regimen. See the right physician. A missed diagnosis of a scarring alopecia for example could spell disaster for your hair in a hurry if left untreated.
3) "Hair Loss Risk Factors Are Inhibiting Your Results."
In a perfect healthy world, treatments for hereditary hair loss work for everyone, but in real life hair loss risk factors like stress, poor diet, medications, toxins like smoking and alcohol intake, poor sleep cycles, hormone imbalance, acute and chronic illnesses and more can overwhelm even the best medical hair regrowth regimen. If your doctor glosses over these risks, or worse, adds to the problem like prescribing testosterone while you are at risk for hereditary hair loss, for example, your hair regrowth may suffer.
4) "Too Late."
Many patients have gone from “bare to hair,” so while it’s never really “too late” to start a hair restoration regimen, sometimes an area of scalp is simply “too far gone” to be helped with traditional non-invasive therapies alone. Meaning, if there is a severe depletion of hair follicles, you will likely need some degree of hair transplantation to reach your goals in that area.
5) Wrong Doctor.
Your primary doctor, ob/gyn, plastic surgeon or even your dermatologist may not be the best source of advice for the most advanced hair loss evaluations, measurements or treatments. While it is true that dermatologists do study hair loss amongst skin diseases during their schooling, the courses are generally brief and not “all encompassing” as compared to a physician specialist solely focusing on hair and hair loss and is staying abreast of the latest research and the newest treatment options.
After all, while your basic car mechanic may know a bit about your transmission and transmission problems, a transmission specialist is where I’d take my car!
Bottom line: Seek a doctor with expertise specializing specifically in hair loss and its treatment.
For more information about Dr. Alan J. Bauman or hair loss evaluations, diagnosis, treatments and procedures performed at Bauman Medical Hair Transplant & Hair Loss Treatment Center in Boca Raton, FL please visit http://www.baumanmedical.com
Find a Certified HairCoach who can measure your hair loss and hair regrowth using a scientific HairCheck device.
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Vanessa Florez's top rated website for "everything" cosmetic, including professionals, practices, companies, products, procedures--including hair loss treatments and hair transplant surgery, Aesthetic Everything is a also wealth of information for consumers seeking access to this often confusing industry and medical field.
According to CEO Vanessa Florez, "it is a concept that is dedicated to bringing together the entire industry in an effort to work together... the first and only global network of aesthetic professionals."
One of only a handful of physicians in Aesthetic Everything that specializes exclusively in the treatment of hair loss, Boca Raton-based Medical Director of Bauman Medical, industry consultant and board-certified hair transplant surgeon Dr. Alan J. Bauman is proud to be a part of this valuable network of professionals.
Both men and women have utilized many resources to combat baldness, but now a former NASA scientist is using lasers to regrow hair. Dr. Tamim Hamid is the CEO and inventor of Theradome, a helmet that he said “uses 80 cold lasers to promote hair growth by stimulating the base of the hair follicle.”
He based his helmet off the findings of Endre Mester, a Hungarian physician who accidentally discovered that lasers can grow hair in mice in 1965.
“This has been sitting dormant for many, many years until about 2009. We discovered that the same wavelength of 678 nanometers was able to stimulate hair on humans as well,” Hamid told FoxNews.com.
To further explain how light grows hair Hamid said, “the laser light stimulates the mitochondria at the base of the hair follicle, which is where the stem cells that grow hair are located. Once the hair follicle is reactivated using light energy, the hair reverses the miniaturization process which was induced by the hormone DHT.”
The challenge that Hamid faced was putting this technology into something that was wearable and easy to use.
Using non-chemical, side-effect free low level laser therapy for hair regrowth is not "new" science at Bauman Medical Group, where board-certified Hair Restoration Physician, Dr. Alan J. Bauman has been using in-office laser devices for his hair loss patients since 1999. But what has changed are the delivery devices themselves... from large stationary in-office hoods, to portable yet comparatively weak combs and brushes, to the latest in hands-free Laser Therapy helmets, discreet and powerful LaserCaps and other devices yet to be made public, the laser hair growth devices have changed and will continue to change quickly over the years.
What's important for hair loss sufferers to know is that devices vary in cost typically depending on the number of diodes and ease-of-use. Some devices are used in the office and require multiple visits per week, some devices are hand-held and must be directed over the scalp during each session, other devices are head worn and are hands free. Head worn units vary in power, wavelength, number of true laser diodes, size and power source (corded AC power vs. cordless battery pack).
The Theradome laser device for hair growth has 80 diodes at 670nm wavelength about four times the number of the iGrow device which has about 20 lasers and an assortment of non-laser diodes. LaserCap has 224 diodes in their cordless device which fits under a standard ballcap.
The requirement for significant improvement in hair regrowth using laser therapy is the presence of a weak follicle. If hair follicles are "dead and gone"--which can easily be determined by a microscopic HairCam evaluation, laser therapy and other non-invasive treatments are not likely to have an effect and NeoGraft FUE hair transplantation will be needed.
Because hair growth rates are consistently about 0.5 inches per month, it takes 90 days to measure hair regrowth with HairCheck trichometry and 6-12 months to see a difference in standardized photos.
If you are experiencing hair loss, it is important to have a complete medical evaluation and hair loss evaluation by a hair loss specialist.
For more information about low level laser therapy for hair loss or a complete evaluation by full-time board-certified Hair Restoration Physician, Dr. Alan Bauman visit http://www.baumanmedical.com
Nice to see some of the new hair loss treatments for women gain some attention from the New York Times. They covered therapies like stem cells, PRP, minoxidil, laser therapy and hair transplantation.
When it comes to PRP and other hair regrowth treatments, not all physicians are performing the same "recipe" or preparation. Instead of multiple, monthly injections the addition of extracellular matrix products, like ACell or BioD, seems to help results from Platelet Rich Plasma last longer and be stronger.
New pharmacy-compounded minoxidil preparations like Formula 82M reduce side effects of the over-the-counter Rogaine and generic versions. Less greasy and irritating, Formula 82M minoxidil is a strong hair growth treatment which contains ingredients which improve the penetration and efficacy of the minoxidil.
The number of laser therapy devices available for patients have certainly increased dramatically over the years since we started with in-office laser therapy at Bauman Medical Group in 1999. FDA-cleared laser hoods, clinical units, combs, hats, helmets and caps vary in cost, power and convenience. Savvy consumers will seek out powerful laser devices that are hands-free which sit underneath standard ball caps, hats, scarves or other headwear.
Minimally-invasive hair transplant procedures, like NeoGraft FUE, are appropriate for women who want to lower their hairline, add density to their temple areas or frontal zones without the downtime, discomfort and restrictions of old-style linear harvesting requiring a scalpel, stitches or staples.
For more information about the latest advancements in hair loss diagnosis, hair loss treatments and hair transplants for women, visit www.baumanmedical.com