Can Laser Light Treat Pattern Hair Loss?

February 19, 2015 9:49 am

While most of our patients at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research come to us seeking full hair restoration surgery to restore lost thickness and fullness to thinning areas of the scalp, we also realize that a surgical option is not necessarily the best option for everyone.  Many patients, particularly those just beginning to lose their hair, can often benefit more from prescription hair loss medications such as Finasteride (Propecia®) or over the counter treatments like Minoxidil (Rogaine®), which can be particularly effective in slowing hair loss or, in some cases, even re-growing some hair.  However, some cases of alopecia may present special challenges that require even more innovative solutions.  For example, some women may not be optimal candidates for hair restoration surgery, as the more diffuse pattern of women’s hair loss may leave them with insufficient density to provide adequate donor follicles.  In these cases, scientifically advanced hair restoration treatments like Red Light Therapy may be part of the solution.

hair-replacement-atlanta-gaNearly fifty years ago, while conducting experiments on rats to determine the potential carcinogenic effects of laser exposure, doctors found that hair regrew significantly faster on the shaved rats that had been exposed to laser light than on those that had not been exposed.  Eventually, it was determined that a highly specific wavelength of red light (approximately 655 nanometers) could help those recovering from traumatic injury by reducing inflammation and accelerating tissue regeneration.  This same wavelength of light, applied directly to the scalp, was found to increase the energy production around the unhealthy follicle cells, stimulating them from dormancy into an active growth phase while increasing the production of fuller, thicker, and healthier hair.  Finally, a 2014 study published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine concluded that this non-invasive low level laser therapy (LLLT) improved hair counts by an average of 37% higher than the control group in women with genetic pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, a rate similar to that observed in males using the same parameters.

Red Light Therapy does require an extensive course of treatment in order to be most effective.  The initial course of exposure usually takes 4-6 months to show results, and additional “maintenance” sessions 1-2 times a week are strongly recommended for maximum results.  In most cases, Red Light Therapy is used indefinitely as an adjunct to topical and oral medications.  At the Griffin Center, low level laser therapy can be administered with a hood type device (similar to the commercial hair dryers you might find at a hair salon), with the portable, in-home iGrow® hair growth system, or with the LaserCap®, a discreet, portable device that can be worn underneath an ordinary baseball cap.

If you have questions about Red Light Therapy or any of the other hair restoration treatments we offer, please contact The Griffin Center to schedule a consultation.  Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Understanding the Causes of Childrens Hair Loss

February 9, 2015 2:47 am

Although hair loss in children is a relatively uncommon phenomenon, it does account for an estimated 3% of all pediatric office visits in the United States.  A great deal of this hair loss, or alopecia, stems not from medical conditions, but from simple habits that can usually be easily remedied.  For example, tightly binding hair styles, like elaborate braids or pigtails, can place stress on developing hair shafts and follicles.  Over time, this stress can result in a condition called traction alopecia, where the hair comes out by the roots, leaving behind areas of obvious thinning, usually along the front and sides of the scalp.  Traction alopecia is most often seen after the hair has been twisted into tight braids for months at a time.  While it can affect women and men of all ages, children are particularly susceptible.

childrens hair loss (large)Similar patchy hair loss can also be the result of a psychological condition known as Trichotillomania.  Children suffering from this condition habitually pull, pluck, twist, or rub their hair, causing uneven patchy hair loss characterized by broken hairs of varying length, with patches most prevalent on the side of the child’s dominant hand.  Trichotillomania is believed to be triggered by an emotional stressor or excessive anxiety.  While scolding or punishment generally does little to curtail the compulsion, counseling to help the child deal with the source of their stress or anxiety may help stop it.

The most common cause of children’s hair loss, however, is a persistent condition known as tinea capitis.  Although it is also known as ringworm of the scalp, this superficial fungal infection of the skin can also affect the eyebrows and eyelashes.  Tinea capitis usually causes severe itching along with hair loss in round or oval patches.  Broken-off hairs are generally visible as dark colored dots just above the surface of the scalp and, in some cases, gray flakes or scales can be seen on the skin itself.

The fungi that cause tinea capitis grow well in warm, moist areas and are more likely to occur in patients that have minor skin or scalp injuries, do not bathe or wash their hair often, or who have wet skin for prolonged periods of time.  Tinea capitis can spread easily, usually through direct contact with an infected area on someone else’s body, by sharing combs, hats, or clothing that have been used by someone with the condition, or even by pets, particularly cats.  While it can occur at any age, it most often affects small children and remains one of the most common causes of hair loss in children worldwide.

Tinea capitis is most commonly treated with anti-fungal medications.  Early identification and treatment can prevent permanent hair loss that can result from scarring on the scalp.  While it may be difficult to get rid of tinea capitis, and the problem may come back even after it has been treated, in many cases it gets better on its own after puberty.

If you have questions about caring for your children’s hair or any of the treatments we offer, please contact The Griffin Center to schedule a consultation.  Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ .

Understanding and Avoiding Winter Hair Loss

February 5, 2015 4:50 am

During the winter months, many of our patients come to us concerned that they are losing hair more rapidly than usual.   Fortunately this is very rarely the case. While it is common for hair from a healthy scalp to shed somewhere between 50 to 125 hairs a day as a part of hair’s natural growth process, the idea that this shedding somehow increases during the winter is completely false. In fact, one six-year study from the University Hospital of Zurich shows that people actually lose the least amount of hair when the weather is cold. Research suggests this might be a leftover evolutionary adaptation, with the body shifting to increased hair growth as a natural response to dropping temperatures. Melatonin production, which increases in darker winter months, actually helps regulate hair cycles, spurring longer, and warmer winter coats in all mammals, including humans. However, even though hair growth may be stimulated during the winter, other environmental factors often contribute to excessive drying and breakage, which can make it seem as though you are suffering from rapid hair loss. Some of those environmental factors include:

Understanding-and-Avoiding-Winter-Hair-Loss-700x1049Long Hot Showers: A long, hot shower might feel great on a cold day, but long exposure to hot water can strip moisture and essential oils from hair and skin, leaving the scalp and hair dry and brittle. Stick to warm or lukewarm water for 10 minutes or less to keep your hair healthy. Commercially available deep-conditioning treatments, often fortified with vitamin E, are designed to replace your hair’s natural oils, while products with higher alcohol contents can often contribute to excessive drying.

Sun Exposure: Even though the damage caused by ultraviolet light can be just as significant on a snowy ski slope as it is on the beach, people seldom take the same precautions to protect their hair in the winter that they normally would take in the summer. The effects of the sun combined with a blustery wind that can snarl hair or snow and rain that can make hair brittle and dry can cause significant damage to your hair. Simply keeping your hair covered from the wind, rain and snow with a hat or scarf can make a world of difference.

Heating: Dry, heated air from a furnace or central heating unit can cause as much damage to your hair as spending an entire afternoon under a hair dryer. Excessive drying caused by damaging hair care products can also make hair brittle and easily broken. Any friction, like pulling on and off a too-tight hat, can snap or uproot brittle hair altogether. Using a simple humidifier and dimethicone containing serums on the hair shafts while you have the heat on can spare your hair a great deal of damage.

If you have questions about caring for your hair or any of the treatments we offer, please contact The Griffin Center to schedule a consultation. Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

The (Un)Common Causes of Hair Loss

February 4, 2015 9:03 pm

At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we have always believed that every case of hair loss is unique, and that proper treatment requires a case-specific diagnosis.  While it is true that the vast majority, more than 90%, of men and women suffering from hair loss are experiencing a genetically linked form of pattern hair loss known as androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness, our dermatologists also see many people with other forms of alopecia.

Three of the most common of these lesser known forms of alopecia include:  telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and scarring alopecia. The-UnCommon-Causes-of-Hair-LossWhile relatively uncommon, telogen effluvium (or TE), is probably the second most common form of hair loss dermatologists see.  It happens when there is a change in the number of hair follicles in the growth phase versus the resting phase. Internal or external factors on the body lead to stress on the hair follicles causing an abnormal number of them to shift prematurely into the resting or telogen phase. The result is shedding, or TE hair loss.  This condition can be triggered by a number of different physical stressors, ranging from the natural hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy or menopause to a system-wide shock caused by crash dieting or physical trauma.  A related, but distinctly different condition called anagen effluvium is most frequently seen in people taking cytotoxic drugs for cancer or those who have accidentally ingested toxic products.

Alopecia areata (AA) ranks as the third most common form of hair loss that dermatologists see, after androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium.  Alopecia areata appears to be an autoimmune disease that functions similarly to rheumatoid arthritis, but with the individual’s own immune system attacking hair follicles instead of bone joints.  If the resulting hair loss spreads to cover the entire scalp, the condition is called alopecia totalis, and if it spreads over the entire body, affecting scalp, eyebrows, lashes, beard, pubic hair, and everything else, then it is called alopecia universalis.  The lifetime risk for AA is nearly 2%, meaning that two in every 100 people will get AA at some point in their lives.

Scarring alopecia, also known as cicatricial alopecia, refers to a collection of hair loss disorders that occur in up to 3% of hair loss patients, affecting otherwise healthy men and women of all ages, worldwide.  While there are many different forms of scarring alopecia, the common theme is a potentially permanent and irreversible destruction of hair follicles and their replacement with scar tissue.  Most forms of scarring alopecia first occur as small patches of hair loss that may expand with time. In some cases the hair loss is gradual, without noticeable symptoms, and may go unnoticed for a long time, while in others, the hair loss can be rapidly progressive and is associated with severe itching, burning, and pain.

If you have questions about these conditions or any of the treatments we offer at The Griffin Center, please contact Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis to schedule a consultation.  Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Understanding Telogen Effluvium

January 15, 2015 9:36 pm

While genetically linked pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is by far the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women, it is certainly not the only one.  Many patients who suffer from sudden and apparently inexplicable hair loss are actually experiencing a less common condition known as telogen effluvium.  In order to understand how telogen effluvium functions, it is necessary to understand hair’s natural growth process and how that process can be disrupted.

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Hair follicles on the scalp do not continuously produce hair.  Instead, they progress through a regular growth cycle consisting of three stages: anagen (growth phase), catagen (transition phase), and telogen (resting phase).  During the anagen phase, which can last up to two years, new hair is formed and gradually grows from the follicle.  At any given time, anywhere from 80% to 90% of the hair follicles in a healthy scalp are in this stage.  Eventually, the hair moves to the transitional catagen phase and growth stops.  From there, the hair finally progresses into the telogen stage, when the hair loosens in the follicle and subsequently falls out over the course of 3 to 5 months.  Because approximately 15% of the hair follicles are in the telogen stage at any given time, a healthy scalp sheds anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs each day.  However this loss is typically replaced by newly growing hair and so generally goes unnoticed.

Telogen effluvium occurs when external factors disrupt this natural cycle.  During extremely stressful situations, the body can trigger a disproportionately large number of hairs to move into the telogen phase all at once.  About 3 months later, this hair begins to fall out as it would normally during this point in the telogen phase, but in significantly larger amounts than usual, causing diffuse thinning over the entire scalp.  To someone experiencing this sudden hair loss, it can seem as though hair is falling out in clumps for no particular reason whatsoever, but it is, in fact, just a result of a physiological stress that may have occurred months earlier.  Anything that can cause some form of shock to the body can potentially cause telogen effluvium, from physical trauma, such as being in a car crash or undergoing major surgery, to crash dieting that starves the body of necessary proteins.  Even significant emotional stress, like the death of a loved one or a divorce, can prompt changes in eating and sleep patterns that the body can interpret as dangerous stress, resulting in the same symptoms.  A similar condition can occur when a woman has a newborn child.  In this case, temporary hair loss may reach its peak at six months, but will typically regrow over the next year.

Fortunately, the hair loss from telogen effluvium is usually temporary.  The hair follicles are not permanently or irreversibly damaged; there are just more hair follicles in a resting state than there should normally be.  If the particular external cause that triggered the condition is short lived, the hair follicles should return to their growing state and start producing new hair fibers within six months.  In cases where a specific causal factor cannot be identified, Extra-Strength Rogaine® (5% minoxidil) or one of our custom formulated topical prescription compounds can be prescribed to minimize further hair loss and help stimulate new hair growth until the underlying trigger can be addressed.  Unfortunately, there are cases when, despite all treatment, it still takes a long time for the scalp to completely recover all the hair that was lost.  Red LED Laser Treatment with the LaserCap”¢ may be an additional way to help stimulate new hair growth.

If you have questions about the causes of hair loss and treatments offered by The Griffin Center, please visit our website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ .  If you are interested in discussing hair loss or hair restoration options, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Getting to the Root of Hair Loss Myths

January 5, 2015 4:17 am

Despite the fact that more than eighty million men and woman in America are currently experiencing some form of hair loss, many misconceptions still exist about how this medical condition actually works.  At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we believe that understanding the underlying causes of hair loss is the essential first step to treating it.  So here are several of the most common myths about hair loss, along with explanations of the truth behind them.

Myth: Genes for hair loss come only from the mother’s side of the family.
For generations people believed that you could tell whether or not you were going to lose your hair simply by looking at the scalp of your mother’s father.  However, today we understand that the causes of hair loss are a great deal more complicated.  There are approximately 200 different genes that regulate hair growth, and genes from both sides of the family can play a role in its loss.  Although the inheritance from the mother’s side is slightly stronger, androgenetic hair loss (or common pattern baldness) can be inherited from the mother’s side of the family, the father’s side, or both.

Myth: Genetic hair loss is an old man’s problem.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, genetic pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, affects more than 40% of women, causing them to experience significant thinning throughout their lifetimes.  Although it occurs much more commonly as we age, hair loss frequently affects men and women in their 20’s and 30’s, and can even strike teenagers.  The earlier hair loss begins, the more severe it will likely become.

Myth: Men who are bald have high levels of testosterone.
While this may be a comforting thing for men to believe, it is unfortunately not the case.  Genetic pattern hair loss occurs when the hair follicles in some parts of the scalp have a greater than normal sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, a byproduct of testosterone breakdown that causes the hair follicles to shrink and eventually disappear.  Both men and women with this genetic sensitivity can eventually experience pattern hair loss even with low testosterone levels.

Myth: Frequent shampooing causes hair to fall out.
Healthy hair follicles are continually shedding old hairs and regrowing new ones, so that, on average, we lose approximately 50 to 100 hairs each day to the hair’s natural growth cycle.  Most commonly, these hairs are shed when the scalp is rubbed vigorously, prompting many to think that shampooing causes hair loss.  In fact, hereditary baldness is the result of shrinking hair follicles producing progressively finer, thinner hairs, not natural shedding.  Failure to wash the hair regularly can leave dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the scalp longer, actually accelerating the process of hair thinning.  While excessive washing of hair that is already dry may result in breakage, washing the hair in and of itself does not cause hair loss.  In one study where patients who shampooed daily were compared to those who shampooed only twice per week, the ones who lost the fewest number of hairs at the end of 4 weeks were the ones who shampooed daily.

If you have questions about caring for your hair or any of the treatments we offer, please contact The Griffin Center to schedule a consultation.  Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ .

Happy New Year from The Griffin Center!

January 2, 2015 8:57 am

Happy New Year!  It has been an extremely exciting year at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research.  While we have been committed to bringing our patients the most advanced and effective hair loss treatment options for almost forty years, never before has there been such a wide variety of promising approaches available.  Thrilling new innovations in hair restoration have given Dr. Edmond Griffin, Dr. Ashley Curtis, and our experienced and dedicated staff the opportunity to help men and women from around the world avert the effects of many forms of hair loss.  Remember your topical or preventative programs which work in 95% of patients to STOP hair loss.  If you do feel that despite your regular preventative program that your hair loss is progressive, please promptly make an appointment for a reevaluation.

happy new yearWe are all excited to have had the opportunity to offer exciting new innovations in hair restoration, such as the use of extracellular matrices and platelet rich plasma therapy, as well as to further refine our surgical hair restoration techniques here at our office.  Being able to offer patients the choice of our established follicular unit grafting technique alongside follicular unit extraction with NeoGraft® has made it possible to more closely accommodate each individual patient’s style to achieve personal, natural looking hair restoration results.

So all of us at The Griffin Center would like to say thank you to all of our patients and their families for supporting The Griffin Center’s team throughout the year!  We are grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know our patients and look forward to meeting many more.  Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news on hair restoration.  We are so thankful for each one of you and wish you a spectacular New Year!

Using the Extracellular Matrix in Hair Restoration

December 30, 2014 4:08 pm

Here at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we are interested in pursuing all the latest, most technologically advanced treatments for hair loss. One of the most exciting and innovative potential advancements in hair restoration surgery involves the use of the human body’s natural healing factors to stimulate transplanted hair growth through the harvesting and application of an extracellular matrix.

hair loss atlanta gaThe extracellular matrix, or ECM, is a sort of flexible scaffolding that fills the spaces between the cells that make up the various tissues of the body.  It is made up of proteins that interlink to form ground substances like collagen, the padding between tissues, along with a wide range of the tissue growth factors.  These growth factors play a vital role in the production of new cells, allowing the extracellular matrix to act as a foundation for cells that eventually grow into specialized tissues like kidneys, intestine, heart, or skin.  ECM is found in all animal tissue and causes no allergy or other immunologic response when transferred from one species to another, allowing ECM harvested from other animals to be used in the treatment of human wounds and surgical incisions.

It is the healing applications of ECM that make it so potentially advantageous in hair restoration surgery.   When ECM is applied to injuries, it not only significantly increases the healing rate, but also prevents or mitigates the formation of scar tissue at the surgical site.  Originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in cardiovascular surgery, ECM was quickly adopted for use in other situations, including the treatment of injuries sustained in military combat.  Eventually, ACell MatriStem®, a commercial version of ECM derived from the urinary bladders of pigs, was FDA approved for the management of topical wounds, including surgical incisions, war injuries and other traumatic injuries.  When hair follicles are surgically removed from the scalp as a prelude to transplant, ECM can be used to aid healing at the donor areas, either by injecting it along the scar line left by the strip grafting technique or placing it into each of the holes left by follicular unit extraction.  We feel that this helps leave a softer, smaller scar and speed the healing of all sites.

Any form of hair restoration surgery, whether accomplished through follicular unit grafting for follicular unit extraction with NeoGraft®, requires that hair follicles removed from the scalp for transplantation spend some time in transit before they are placed into a recipient area.  During this in-transit time, they may be exposed to any number of damaging conditions, including lack of moisture, lack of nutrient supply, and temperature variation.  Despite the fact that our experienced hair restoration specialists take every precaution to limit this in-transit damage, any one of these conditions can potentially affect the viability of the follicles and inhibit their ability to thrive and produce new hair at the recipient site.  However, preliminary studies suggest that coating the in-transit follicles with ACell Matristem® significantly improves the survival rate and ultimate viability of the hair follicles, allowing more complete and efficient coverage from a single transplantation procedure.

If you have questions about this or any of the other treatments we offer at The Griffin Center, please contact Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis to schedule a consultation.  Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

What to Expect from Hair Restoration Surgery?

December 22, 2014 7:49 am

For nearly forty years, Dr. Edmond Griffin and the specialized team at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research have helped both men and women obtain healthy, natural-looking hair growth by using a wide array of the latest hair restoration techniques, including microscopic follicular unit grafting and follicular unit extraction (FUE).  Understanding what to expect before, during, and after these procedures can help you establish realistic expectations and minimize the risk of any complications that may arise.  Luckily, risks are minimal with all hair restorations today, and being a patient can be easy and safe if you are in the right hands.

dos_close_upThe first steps to achieving optimal hair restoration results happen during the initial pre-surgery consultations.  After reviewing your available treatment options, Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis will propose a hair replacement plan specifically designed to meet your individual needs.  It is extremely important to ask questions at this stage and make sure you understand and are comfortable with the treatment plan that has been chosen.  Discuss your hair restoration surgery expectations and post surgical plans with us in detail in order to make sure that you understand what is being done.  At this time we can discuss potential problems and explore the best ways to avoid them. Experience of the doctors is the key to an uncomplicated surgery and excellent outcome.

With all the preliminary work taken care of beforehand, you have nothing to do on the day of the surgery except come in and relax.  Your scalp will be numbed with a local anesthetic as you lay on a comfortable bed listening to music, sleeping, or even enjoying an occasional juice or snack. After the removal of the donor follicles, which is completed either through the traditional €œsingle strip harvesting€ method or with the automated NeoGraft® system, our experienced technicians will carefully dissect them under a microscope into individual follicular units in order to keep as many of the follicles intact as possible.  Then your doctor will carefully inspect the grafts, selecting for implantation only those that pass the test for 100% take. Custom incisions will be made into the scalp by hand, all specifically angled and sized for your individual grafts.  Then each follicular unit will be individually placed into the correctly sized opening, ensuring full and natural looking coverage.  This procedure is time consuming, so the numbing will be repeated as required in order to alleviate any possible discomfort, and a long-lasting local anesthetic will be administered at the end of the procedure to keep you comfortable at home.

After the procedure, our nursing staff will carefully review your post-operative care plan with your caregiver  and provide you with an assortment of aftercare products to help with your hair transplant recovery.  The next day, you will return for your first post-operative appointment and, during this visit, your hair will be shampooed and you will be examined by one of our doctors, usually your surgeon.  They will also review all after-care instructions with you.  Most of our patients can return to work within two to four days.  If forehead swelling occurs, it will be within 3 to 5 days after your surgery, but will usually resolve within 48 hours.   One week later, we’ll remove the staples/sutures from the donor site and answer any questions that you might have regarding post-operative care or the re-growth of your new hair.

Be prepared to be patient.  Hair transplant surgery places healthy, fully functioning follicles into the balding region, but the grafted hairs in those follicles may shed following the procedure.  New hair begins to grow back within two to four months.  Because hair grows in cycles, all the new grafts will not all start growing at the same time and it may take as up to eight to twelve months before all the new grafts are showing new hair growth.  Once the hair grows out, the new hair follicles look completely natural even under careful examination.  If you have questions about the causes of hair loss and treatments offered by The Griffin Center, please visit our website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

If you are interested in discussing hair loss or hair restoration options, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Hair Restoration Treatments that Work

December 1, 2014 3:50 pm

Many hair care products claim to be able to give you thicker and fuller hair, implying that their new topical solutions are some sort of hitherto undiscovered cure for hair loss.  Unfortunately, they seldom live up to their claims.  While some of these products may, in some cases, be able to create the appearance of thicker hair, they can seldom do anything to address the underlying causes of hair loss and can frequently even dry-out or damage the hair to such a degree that breakage and thinning become worse.

hair_restorationWhile many different factors and conditions can contribute to hair loss, the vast majority of cases, as many as 95%, can be attributed to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, a natural by-product that occurs in the body when the enzyme 5 alpha reductase combines with the hormone testosterone. In patients who are genetically sensitive to DHT, rising DHT levels in the scalp can cause hair follicles to begin to fall out faster and regrow as small miniaturized hairs. The result is gradually thinning of the hair shafts and eventual hair loss. Contrary to widespread opinion, this process can occur in both men and women, causing the condition known as androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness.

There are, to date, only two non-surgical remedies that have been clinically proven to treat androgenetic alopecia and reduce hair loss or regrow hair: finasteride, the active ingredient in Propecia®, and minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine®. Propecia® works by inhibiting the enzyme 5 alpha reductase to decrease DHT production, while Rogaine® seems to swell the follicle’s tiny microvascular structures, counteracting the shrinking that DHT can cause.  Other cosmetic, over-the-counter treatments without these ingredients can provide, at best, temporary relief of the most superficial symptoms.  For example, concealers, whether in powder, spray, or sprinkle form, work by coloring the skin of the scalp to match your hair color, camouflaging balding areas.  The most effective also add chemicals that bond to the hair shaft, making the hair appear thicker and fuller.  Several commercial shampoos and conditioners also use these same thickening compounds to achieve a similar effect, but these products do not address the underlying problem occurring in the hair follicle underneath the surface of the scalp.  Moreover, many of these hair care products can damage hair, as the complex silicones and polymers used to coat the hair can strip the hair of its natural oils and lipids, leaving it dull, dry, and prone to substantial breakage.

The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research is constantly exploring the latest developments in the field of hair restoration so that we can pass along the most effective treatments to our patients.  We have achieved a great deal of early success with recent innovations like LaserCap”¢ Red Light Therapy, or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments with and without Acell, and offer the most advanced options in hair transplant surgery as well.

If you have questions about the causes of hair loss and treatments offered by The Griffin Center, please visit our website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ . If you are interested in discussing hair loss or hair restoration options, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.