Hi, I'm Dr. Alan Bauman, ABHRS-certified hair restoration physician and the Founder and Medical Director of Bauman Medical Group Hair Transplant and Hair Loss Treatment Center located in Boca Raton Florida. Here, at BaumanBlog.com, you'll find news and information on hair loss diagnosis, medical treatments, and hair transplants that are helpful for those suffering from thinning hair or hair loss. Got a question? Ask it at www.baumanmedical.com!
According to the CDC, more than 99% of sexually active women between the ages of 15 and 44 have used at least one form of birth control. For a little more than 25% of these women, oral contraceptive pill is their method of choice, with 10% using an IUD.
Similar to any medication, birth control can cause unwanted side effects. Many women complain that hair thinning, shedding, receding, as well as other hair loss symptoms and changes in hair quality occur while taking the pill. Others may notice increased hair loss when stopping the pill. For some, hair loss from birth control is a temporary side effect that is not concerning, for others it becomes the “trigger” that reveals an underlying, unwanted, distressing tendency toward thinning/shedding hair, receding hairlines/temples, and-or other hair loss issues that is known to run in the family.
More hair shed in the shower, brush or bedding, loss of hair volume, widening part-lines, receding hairlines, hair breakage, oily/dull/dry/limp/frizzy hair, and-or more scalp shining through the frontal or crown areas are all common hair loss symptoms that can be caused or exacerbated by changes in hormones related to birth control.
At Bauman Medical, each year we see a large number of women seeking evaluation and treatment who are concerned about birth control related hair loss.
If you think your hair loss symptoms might a side effect related to starting or stopping birth control, learn more about your hair loss risks and what can be done about birth control-related hair loss. Birth control pills alter your body’s natural hormone levels and this can become a problem for hair growth in patients who are sensitive to changes in hormones. The use of birth control, stopping birth control, giving birth, peri-menopause, menopause and having a hysterectomy are all associated with changes in hormone levels that may trigger or exacerbate hair loss, shedding and hair thinning in women as well as other hair quality changes.
APPROXIMATELY 80 MILLION MEN AND WOMEN IN THE U.S. SUFFER FROM SOME DEGREE OF HAIR-LOSS. HOWEVER, THANKS TO YEARS OF RESEARCH AND TRIALS, HAIR LOSS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE INEVITABLE, IT’S OPTIONAL!
August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, so let’s shift the focus to what the treatment process looks like:
DOCTOR – Only a qualified and experienced hair restoration physician can prescribe the most effective multi-therapy treatment options, as well as properly track the regrowth progress. Before choosing a physician/surgeon, do your homework: check the doctor’s medical background and qualifications, visit the clinic, read online patient reviews, ask to see before-and-after photographs, and ask questions. A good surgeon will need both technical skill and artistry in order to achieve the most natural looking results for the patient.
DIAGNOSIS – Once you’ve found a doctor, he or she will help you identify risk factors and assess where you are in the hair loss process. Missing the early warning signs of hair loss is one of the biggest mistakes both men and women make when it comes to protecting the health of their hair. New genetic tests, like HairDX, can accurately determine a person’s risk for losing hair, enabling that person to begin preventative treatments early on, when they will be most effective.
TREATMENT OPTIONS– In many cases, the best strategy in treating hair loss is to use a multi-therapy approach with routine follow-ups for tracking both hair loss and regrowth. Medical treatments that will help mitigate hair loss include a specially compounded prescription minoxidil solution, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), prostaglandin analogs, low-level laser therapy, and nutritional supplements. In advanced cases, hair transplantation may be the patient’s best strategy for treating hair loss. New microsurgical “no-scalpel/ no-stitch” harvesting techniques like SmartGraft FUE, NeoGraft FUE or ARTAS Robotic System allow for a minimally invasive “follicle-by-follicle” approach, which eliminates the risk of a linear scar.
MAKE THE COMMITMENT – It is important to keep in mind that it may take more than a year before you will see the full benefits of treatment. Unfortunately, this is often longer than many patients are willing to wait; so many end their treatment early, disrupting any progress that had been made. Hair restoration physicians typically schedule follow-up appointments with their patients every 90 days in order to evaluate their progress, adjust the course of treatment, and measure the rate of hair regrowth. These regular check-ups help to ensure that patients are getting the most out of their treatment plans and are on their way to achieving optimal results.
By DR. ALAN J. BAUMAN, MD, ABHRS Board-Certified Hair Restoration Physician Bauman Medical Group | baumanmedical.com
In a series of experiments with mice, Johns Hopkins investigators have used an experimental compound to successfully reverse hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation linked by previous studies to human diets heavy in fat and cholesterol.
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Hair-loss causesMany factors can contribute to thinning hair, including:Hereditary female-pattern baldness Scalp disease Anemia Crash dieting Thyroid disease Autoimmune disorders, such as alopecia areata Trauma or severe psychological stress Hormonal changes, such as childbirth Medications, such as birth-control pills Cornrows, braids, tight hairstyles
Hair-loss treatments Within five years, doctors hope they will be able to harvest hair stem cells from an adult’s head, put them in areas of hair loss and generate new hair cells. But for the time being, here are some ways Dr. Alan Bauman recommends to treat or camouflage thinning hair: Minoxidil (Formula 82M) Hair transplantation surgery Laser therapy
A #throwback to a nice round up of treatments for hair loss from The Seattle Times! - Dr. Alan Bauman, MD, FISHRS, IAHRS, ABHRS-certified Hair Restoration Physician, CEO & Medical Director of Bauman Medical Hair Transplant & Hair Loss Treatment Center - Miami Boca Raton Ft Lauderdale Florida
Compounded Formula 82m prescription topical hair loss medication from Dr. Alan Bauman, MD / Bauman Medical contains minoxidil, tretinoin, fluocinolone, oleanolic acid, antioxidants and other ingredients, without propylene glycol. Compounded 82M is to be applied to the scalp twice a day for powerful hair regrowth in a solution that penetrates the scalp better, is easier to use and less greasy than rogaine. Formula 82F has the same ingredients but also contains finasteride. Formula 82M/82F are packaged with colored caps by the pharmacy to distinguish them from eye drops. Compounded Formula 82M/82F should NOT be stored anywhere near your eye drops to avoid accidental use in the eye. Of course, these medications like all others should always be kept out of reach of children.
If placed in or around the eye, the ingredients in Formula 82M/82F can be extremely irritating and painful. Avoid rubbing your eyes or eyelids as this may be damaging to the eye. Thankfully, damage or injury from Formula 82M or Formula 82F in the eye has never been reported.
If you accidentally put Formula 82M or Formula 82F in your eye. Don't panic. Do the following:
Immediately flush your eye with water or eye-wash, if available, continuously.
Immediately call and schedule a visit with your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) for an evaluation and follow up.
If your ophthalmologist is not available, go to immediately to your local urgent care facility or ER. Bring the 82M/82F with you.
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About Alan J. Bauman, MD, IAHRS, FISHRS, ABHRS:
Alan J. Bauman, M.D. is a full-time board-certified hair restoration physician who has treated over 17,000 patients and performed over 8,000 hair transplant procedures since starting his medical hair loss practice, Bauman Medical, in 1997. Currently located in Boca Raton, Florida, 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 only 200 physicians worldwide to achieve the certification from the esteemed American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS), is an accepted member of the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons (IAHRS), and is also recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. Dr. Bauman has achieved the coveted Fellow status within the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and is a frequently invited faculty member at numerous international scientific meetings and live surgery workshops.
This past year, Dr. Bauman was named a “Top 5 Transformational CEO” and one of “10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America” in Forbes as well as voted North America’s “#1 Top Hair Restoration Surgeon” by Aesthetic Everything. He is a Trustee member and recipient of the Small Business Leader of the Year Award from the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Bauman has been featured in hundreds of national and international media stories. Personal appearances, interviews and profiles include the Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Extra, Access Hollywood, The Howard Stern Show, The Doctors, Spencer Kobren’s The Bald Truth, CNN, Dateline NBC and more. Newspaper and magazine articles and feature stories include The New York Times, Newsweek, Cosmo, Elle, Vogue, The CEO Forum, Allure, O – The Oprah Magazine and Men’s Health, among others.
Dr. Bauman sees patients personally and performs procedures at his state-of-the-art facility in Boca Raton, FL. Virtual Consultation and In-Person Consultations can be requested at https://www.baumanmedical.com/schedule-consultation
About SmartGraft Vision Medical, Inc. is a leading USA manufacturer that develops and markets medical and aesthetic technology products for the medical and aesthetic markets for worldwide distribution. Vision Medical’s first commercial product, the SmartGraft® Hair Restoration System, uses minimally-invasive vacuum assisted FUE technology for men and women. SmartGraft keeps the newly harvested grafts chilled, hydrated & robust without any exposure to outside air for optimal graft preservation.
A novel strategy for stimulating hair growth using WAY-316606, an SFRP1 Antagonist via Wnt signaling pathway...
Fig3: Inhibiting SFRP1 activity with WAY-316606 enhances human hair growth, increases K85 protein expression, and inhibits spontaneous catagen ex vivo.
Recently touted in this popular news story entitled "Shampoo containing brittle bones drug allegedly triggers hair growth" http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/05/09/shampoo-containing-brittle-bones-drug-allegedly-triggers-hair-growth.html, the scientific research behind this story and WAY-316606 is true and not "fake news," but the title is VERY misleading. This potentially hair-growing compound is NOT contained in a shampoo or gel in the ex-vivo studies (the studies were done in a petri dish, not on a scalp), and an over-the-counter remedy based on this technology is very, very far off--and may never come to fruition. Here is an excerpt from the original study below... --Dr. Alan Bauman, MD, ABHRS, IAHRS, FISHRS
Identifying novel strategies for treating human hair loss disorders: Cyclosporine A suppresses the Wnt inhibitor, SFRP1, in the dermal papilla of human scalp hair follicles
Nathan J. Hawkshaw, Jonathan A. Hardman, Iain S. Haslam, Asim Shahmalak, Amos Gilhar, Xinhong Lim, Ralf Paus
Published: May 8, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2003705
Hair growth disorders often carry a major psychological burden. Therefore, more effective human hair growth–modulatory agents urgently need to be developed. Here, we used the hypertrichosis-inducing immunosuppressant, Cyclosporine A (CsA), as a lead compound to identify new hair growth–promoting molecular targets. Through microarray analysis we identified the Wnt inhibitor, secreted frizzled related protein 1 (SFRP1), as being down-regulated in the dermal papilla (DP) of CsA-treated human scalp hair follicles (HFs) ex vivo. Therefore, we further investigated the function of SFRP1 using a pharmacological approach and found that SFRP1 regulates intrafollicular canonical Wnt/β-catenin activity through inhibition of Wnt ligands in the human hair bulb. Conversely, inhibiting SFRP1 activity through the SFRP1 antagonist, WAY-316606, enhanced hair shaft production, hair shaft keratin expression, and inhibited spontaneous HF regression (catagen) ex vivo. Collectively, these data (a) identify Wnt signalling as a novel, non–immune-inhibitory CsA target; (b) introduce SFRP1 as a physiologically important regulator of canonical β-catenin activity in a human (mini-)organ; and (c) demonstrate WAY-316606 to be a promising new promoter of human hair growth. Since inhibiting SFRP1 only facilitates Wnt signalling through ligands that are already present, this ‘ligand-limited’ therapeutic strategy for promoting human hair growth may circumvent potential oncological risks associated with chronic Wnt over-activation.
Hair loss is a common disorder and can lead to psychological distress. Cyclosporine A, a fungal metabolite commonly used as an immunosuppressant, can potently induce hair growth in humans. However, it cannot be effectively used to restore hair growth because of its toxic profile. In this study, we used Cyclosporine A as a lead compound to identify novel therapeutic targets that can aid the development of new hair growth–promoting agents. Through microarray analysis, we found that the level of the secreted Wnt inhibitor, SFRP1, was significantly reduced by Cyclosporine A. This inspired us to design a new pharmacological approach that uses WAY-316606, a reportedly well-tolerated and specific antagonist of SFRP1, to prolong the growth phase of the hair cycle. We show that WAY-316606 enhances human hair growth ex vivo, suggesting that it is a more targeted hair growth promoter with the potential to treat human hair loss disorders.
At Bauman Medical, we are closely monitoring these types of research studies which may give rise to safe, therapeutic treatments for hair loss for our patients in the future. Stay tuned for further updates at https://www.baumanmedical.com Hair loss suffers may request a private Virtual Consultation (Skype or FaceTime) or In-Person Consultation with #1 Top Hair Restoration Surgeon, Dr. Alan J. Bauman, MD, ABHRS, IAHRS, FISHRS.