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Special Savings on Hair Transplants at The Griffin Center

The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research was founded by leading hair loss specialist and board certified dermatologist Dr. Edmond Griffin, who has devoted his career to improving hair loss treatment, including hair transplant surgery since 1976.  Since then, the staff at The Griffin Center has been on the forefront of the scientific research on the treatment of hair loss.

Special Savings on Hair Transplants at The Griffin CenterFor many, hair loss can feel like the loss of youth and vitality.  Hair loss makes it difficult to approach the world with the same level of youthful confidence and may instead introduce feelings of insecurity and self-doubt.  The added stress can not only cause your health to suffer, but also affect your quality of life.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Those suffering from hair loss now have access to a variety of surgical and non-surgical options in hair replacement.  While The Griffin Center employs different hair restoration techniques, Dr. Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis carefully consult with each patient in order to help them achieve the most natural-looking results possible.  During hair restoration procedures, hair follicles are individually transplanted by hand into tiny, custom sized incisions on bald or thinning areas. We understand the importance of both effective and natural results, and have a team of highly-skilled individuals to help in your journey.

From July 7th until September 30th, we are offering special savings towards your first hair transplant procedure.  Come in and learn more about us and the next steps towards your hair restoration treatment.  If you are interested in hair restoration and taking advantage of our special, please contact us today.  Be sure to also connect with us on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

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Hair Transplants – Past, Present, and Future

From punch grafts to manual extraction techniques and beyond, hair transplantation technology has evolved significantly since the corn rows and doll hair of the 1950’s.  Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research have kept pace with advances in medical technology that have given those suffering from hair loss access to a variety of surgical and non-surgical options in hair replacement.

hair loss atlantaFollicular Unit Grafting (FUG) is a technique where a strip of donor scalp is excised from the back and/or side of the head, from an area that will be covered with the patient’s remaining hair.  This donor strip is then carefully dissected under a microscope into follicular units, each containing from one to four individual hair follicles.  Relying heavily on skill and experience, these follicular units are then transplanted, by hand, into the thinning areas of the scalp with Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis carefully matching the size and shape of the follicular units with the angle of the follicles in the transplant area.  Newer sewing improvements have evolved to leave a minimal scar in the donor area.  If additional sessions are necessary in the future, the same scar is used and easily removed so that at the end only one scar remains even after two or three sessions.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) differs from the process of scalp incision and dissection (FUG) by removing the follicular units, one by one, from the scalp directly.  These released grafts usually need no further dissection under the microscope and can be inserted individually as in the strip technique.  In FUE, an instrument is used to make a small, circular incision in the skin around a follicular unit, separating it from the surrounding tissue. The unit is then extracted directly from the scalp, leaving a small opening.  This process is repeated until Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis has harvested enough follicular units for the planned hair restoration.  The donor wounds, approximately 1-mm or less in size, completely heal over the course of several days, leaving tiny white scars buried in the hair in the back and sides of the scalp.  The areas where the grafts are removed require the hair to be shaved close to the head so this area is visible for at least a week after the procedure, as opposed to the strip which can be covered by the remaining hair.

Originally, follicular unit extraction was performed with a single punch.  However NeoGraft™ can now act as an extension of the surgeon’s hand, using controlled pneumatic pressure to slide out the graft smoothly, without pulling or twisting minimizing damage to the graft prior to transplantation.  Because NeoGraft™ allows Dr. Griffin and Curtis to perform the extractions faster and the device holds the follicular units in a chamber to prevent them from drying out, the grafts remain fresh and vital at the time of implantation, increasing the success of the grafting process.

If you have questions about hair loss causes 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.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014 Blog, Educational, Hair Restoration No Comments

Hair Restoration Using Follicular Unit Extraction with NeoGraft™

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Ashley Curtis of The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research is passionate about hair restoration and enjoys educating patients about hair loss prevention and hair restoration treatments.  To further this end, she discusses various hair loss topics on YouTube as an added resource for those interested in learning more about hair loss.  Recently, Dr. Curtis shared her thoughts on the benefits of using the automated NeoGraft™ device to assist with follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants.

During follicular unit extraction individual follicular units, each containing from one to four hairs, are extracted directly from a donor region at the back of the scalp, leaving small openings, approximately 1-mm in size.  The NeoGraft™ device acts as an extension of our skilled surgeon’s hand, using controlled pneumatic pressure to slide out the graft smoothly, without pulling or twisting which risks damaging the graft prior to hair transplantation.  Because NeoGraft™ holds the follicular units in a chamber to prevent them from drying out the grafts remain fresh and vital at the time of implantation, increasing the success of the grafting process.

Check out Dr. Curtis’ video below to learn more about the benefits of NeoGraft™.

If you have questions about hair loss causes 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.

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Monday, June 9th, 2014 Blog, Educational, Hair Restoration No Comments

The Many Faces of Alopecia

Alopecia is the partial or complete loss of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows.  Simply put it is the medical term for baldness.  However there are many different types of alopecia, each with its own cause.  So in order for a doctor to begin to understand and address an individual patient’s hair loss, it is vital that they understand exactly what form of alopecia they are dealing with.  As Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis of The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research always say: “Every alopecia must have a diagnosis.”

the griffin center of hair loss and restorationThe most common form of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia.  Known as pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia  is now understood to affect both men and women.  In men and in some women, androgenetic alopecia is due to a hereditary predisposition to the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the hair follicles.  Over time, this by-product of the natural break-down of testosterone in the body causes the growth cycle of the hair follicles to become shorter and shorter.  The hair follicles sprout hairs that are thinner than normal.  Over time, the hairs become thinner and thinner, and eventually the follicles wither away and stop producing hair altogether.  The hair thins and sheds along a progressive and predictable pattern, which varies between men and women.

Alopecia areata causes complete hair loss in either smooth, circular patches or in a diffuse pattern on the scalp, eyebrows, beard, or other hair bearing areas on the body.  In many cases, these patches are small or randomly distributed, but in some cases (alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis), the “patch” essentially becomes the complete loss of all hair on the scalp or the entire body.  Alopecia areata occurs when the body forms antibodies against its own hair follicles and is genetic in nature.  There is a lot of research being conducted to identify possible triggers for alopecia areata.  Patients can gain more insight into this type of hair loss by visiting www.naaf.org (The National Alopecia Areata Foundation).

Traction alopecia is an easily remedied condition caused by excessive, ongoing tension placed on the scalp by tight hairstyles such as braids, weaves, and ponytails.  These hairstyles can eventually pull hair out and permanently scar the scalp.  This form of hair loss is rarely permanent and treatment simply involves the immediate removal of the traction on the hair and the temporary alteration of the facilitating hair care practices.  Long-standing tension on the hair and failure to discontinue traction-producing hairstyles can lead to irreversible hair loss.

Finally cicatricial alopecia (also known as scarring alopecia) results from the destruction of hair follicles caused by the chronic inflammation of the scalp which can result from any of several serious medical conditions including discoid lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, and neoplastic disease.  Initially, it presents as either localized or wide-spread patchy hair loss.  In some cases it progresses gradually, without noticeable symptoms, and may go unnoticed for some time, while in other instances the hair loss is associated with severe itching, burning, and pain and is rapidly progressive.  The edges of the bald patches look distinctively more ragged than in alopecia areata, but the affected areas may be smooth and clean or may have redness, scaling, increased or decreased pigmentation, or may have raised blisters with fluids or pus coming from the affected area.  Due to the wide variety of possible presentations, any hint of scarring alopecia should prompt a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.  It is very difficult to regrow hair in areas of scar, and therefore, our number one goal is to halt the progression of the scarring alopecia.

If you have questions about hair loss causes 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.

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Friday, June 6th, 2014 Blog, Educational, Hair Loss No Comments

Which Hair Loss Treatment is Right for You?

Patients confronting the reality of hair loss can struggle with a number of different issues.  Not only is the prospect of losing one’s hair stressful in and of itself, but the constant media barrage of fad treatments and gimmicks makes it difficult to tease out the real, viable options.  As an expert in the field of hair loss since 1976, Dr. Edmond Griffin of The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has had the opportunity to study a number of different treatments for hair loss over the years, but believes that there are viable surgical and non-surgical hair restoration options that have been scientifically substantiated.  Deciding the best treatment for you is best done during a consultation with Dr. Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis who have many years of experience in the identification and treatment of hair loss, however there are a few essential facts that may allow you to make an informed decision.

Hair Restoration Surgery

Topical Minoxidil (Rogaine®)

What is it? Hair restoration surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure. Including microscopic follicular unit grafting and NeoGraft™ with follicular unit extraction, donor hair is harvested from a pre-determined non-balding area (usually the side or back of the head) and then implanted into thinning areas. Minoxidil, originally used to treat high blood pressure, increases the size of shrunken hair follicles and can keep them in the growth phase longer. This slows the progression of hair loss and in some cases regrowth can occur. However, since it has no effect on the underlying hormonal process of hair loss, its effects can be temporary.
How does it work? In microscopic follicular unit grafting, each follicular unit is individually grafted by hand into the thinning areas of the patient’s scalp. NeoGraft™ is a state of the art automated process that removes individual follicular bundles from donor areas prior to regrafting in the thinning areas. Rogaine® comes in regular (2% minoxidil) and extra-strength (5% minoxidil) concentrations.  The topical solution is applied to the scalp once or twice a day. The most significant results are seen with those who are just beginning to lose their hair, as it slows down the balding process.
What are the results?

The results of this surgery are highly dependent on the surgeon’s skill.  With skill and expertise, this option can yield excellent coverage and an extremely natural appearance. Results are generally visible within 3-4 months, but may take longer for full regrowth.

 

An estimated 30-60% of men see decreased hair loss or some amount of regrowth. If regrowth does occur, it takes at least 6 months and up to 2 years of consistently using the minoxidil solution.
     
     
 

Oral Finasteride (Propecia®)

Laser Regrowth Treatments

What is it? Finasteride is a medication that inhibits the production of an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), reducing DHT levels by as much as 60%. Since DHT shrinks the hair follicles, leading to baldness, blocking its production helps slow the balding process. Red Light Therapy exposes the patient’s scalp to focused, red-spectrum light which increases the energy production around the hair follicles, waking cells from dormancy into an active growth phase. Red Light Therapy has also been shown to inhibit inflammation and speeds recovery by increasing the metabolic activity within the skin cells of the scalp.
How does it work? Finasteride is available in two concentrations, Propecia® (a 1mg daily dose) and Proscar® (a 5mg dose).  A single one-milligram dose is generally taken daily by men to stop the balding process and many times can also regrow some hair.  Finasteride is used off-label at another dose in some women with hair loss. There are two forms of Red Light Therapy, a hood type device (similar to commercial hair dryers) or the LaserCap™ that can be worn under an ordinary baseball cap.  In either case, treatments last 15-30 minutes, two to four times per week.
What are the results? In clinical trials, finasteride stopped the progression of hair loss in 86% of men, and 65% had a “substantial” increase in hair growth. It may take anywhere from 3-12 months to see significant results. Red light treatment is used to maintain the hair on the head and prevent further thinning, however many patients see regrowth as well.  The initial course of exposure usually takes 4-6 months to show results. Additional “maintenance” sessions 1-2 times a week for the next 6-12 months are strongly recommended for maximum benefit.  In many cases this is used indefinitely as an adjunct therapy to the topical and oral medications.

 

Each patient’s hair loss treatment is unique and should be approached with realistic expectations.  Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis work tirelessly with patients to provide the most effective and natural hair restoration results possible.  If you are interested in discussing your hair loss treatment plan, please contact us today.  Be sure to follow The Griffin Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for all the latest hair loss news and updates.

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