You are probably familiar with the popular boy-band from the nineties, the Backstreet Boys. Although they have not been in the news for the past few years, band member A.J. McLean recently made headline news with his hair transplant surgery results. McLean debuted his new hair on Instagram, a popular social photo sharing site. Despite only being 35 years old, he is a great example of how hair loss can occur at any age and the earlier you begin prevention programs to treat your hair loss, the better the results you can expect. Luckily, the results achieved by McLean are not unique and everyone with balding both male and female should be pleased with their results. You do not have to be a star to qualify for a procedure nor have sold a gold record, regular folks have transplants every day of the month.
A.J. McLean posted pre-surgery photos that depict male-pattern baldness and post-procedure photos. Dr. Griffin has been specializing in hair restoration techniques for over 30 years and frequently sees patients looking for both non-surgical and surgical hair loss options. Like with A.J.’s results, hair restoration technology and techniques have evolved since the earlier years of hair transplant surgery, providing patients with more subtle, natural looking results. Dr. Griffin uses the most advanced hair restoration technology available including NeoGraft for assistance with follicular unit extraction. The strip technique is still favored but with many new modifications and additions including PRP and ECM. During an in-person consultation, Dr. Griffin will examine your hair and discuss your options to determine which technique will provide optimal results.
If you are interested in learning more about the non-surgical hair restoration options including red light therapy or hair transplant surgery, please call our office at 404-256-4369 to schedule an appointment. Also, connect with the Griffin Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest hair loss news and information.
As a leader in hair restoration, Dr. Edmond Griffin and his hair transplant team are committed to educating patients and others about the most advanced hair restoration techniques and treatment options. As a contributor to the advancement of hair restoration, Dr. Griffin is highly interested in hair loss research to provide his patients with the most knowledgeable advice available.
The scientific journal, FASEB reported this fall that the FDA- approved glaucoma drug, bimatoprost, can cause hair to re-grow. Bimatoprost, also known as Latisse®, is already FDA-approved to enhance eyelashes and has shown great results for individuals with inadequate or short lashes. Now the data in the FASEB Journal article shows that this medication may be able to grow hair from the scalp as well. One of the researchers from the University of Bradford, U.K. acknowledges that further research is necessary to determine new therapeutic approaches for treating hair loss.
The researchers conducted three sets of experiments, two involving human cells and the other with mice. The human cell tests reviewed hair follicles growing in organ cultures as well as follicles taken from the scalp. The researchers found that bimatoprost led to hair growth on human organ cultures. During the mice experiment, bimatoprost was directly applied to a bald spot on the mouse and results also showed hair re-growth.
It’s important to note that this was one study’s results and additional research will be necessary to determine the effectiveness of bimatoprost for hair loss on the scalp. Traditionally, bimatoprost treatment has been reserved for the eyelashes because of the need for continual, daily application and the expense of the current drug; however, the study’s scientists are optimistic about their findings and the implications for further drug development.
If you are interested in learning more about your hair loss options, please call our office to schedule a consultation. Connect with The Griffin Center on Facebook and Twitter for the latest hair restoration news and information.
You have probably seen or at least heard of the hit television series “Mad Men.” Actress January Jones, who portrays a character from the TV show, recently stated her hair is falling out. 35 year old Jones has dyed her hair throughout her career changing back and forth from blonde, brunette and redhead. She suggests that excessive coloring may be the cause of her hair loss. While it may seem to be the coloring that is causing the lost, few studies have been done to prove this with the improved coloring techniques of today. In fact it may be the repeated bleaching of the hair which damages the hair and luckily rarely damages the follicular bulbs. Years ago some dyes were implicated in permanent hair loss, but all those were withdrawn from the American markets and are not seen at the present. She is not the first female celebrity to experience this type of hair loss, as you may have read our blog about Lady Gaga’s hair loss due to repeated chemical dye application.
At the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, our board certified dermatologists specializing in hair loss, always first identify the cause of hair loss to accurately determine a treatment strategy for our patients. For women, hair loss can be caused by the over-treatment or dying of hair, however, this is usually only temporary if hair coloring is stopped. Women who also wear certain hairstyles such as tight braids and weaves may observe hair loss called traction alopecia which can result in permanent hair loss with prolonged tension on the scalp. The most common cause of women’s hair loss is female pattern baldness(genetic predisposition), but other causes include the aforementioned over treatment and styling of hair as well as hormonal changes, stress, illness, certain medications, childbirth and surgery.
For women experiencing hair loss, there are both non-surgical and surgical options for hair restoration. Topical Minoxidil, more commonly known as Rogaine®, can help prevent further hair loss. Our board certified dermatologists specializing in hair restoration, Drs. Griffin and Curtis, may also suggest other treatments including red light therapy, including LaserCap™ our newest laser hair treatment and certain compound prescriptions or shampoos depending on your unique case. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is also receiving much press regarding its ability to heal scalp inflammation in addition to treating females with patterned loss. For women with severe hair loss, hair restoration surgery may be an option if there is an adequate donor region.
For more information about women’s hair loss or to schedule a consultation, please call our office. Connect with the Griffin Center on Facebook and Twitter for the latest hair restoration news and information.
Hair loss can affect a person’s self-image and confidence, but with the advanced hair loss treatments available today, both self-esteem and hair can be restored. Frequently mentioned in Griffin Center blogs, non-surgical hair loss options such as prescription medications including Finasteride and Minoxidil can be very effective treatments.
With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Edmond Griffin has seen throughout the years these medicines consistently provide effective results for patients. Dedicated to providing his patients with the best care and treatment plan for their unique needs, he stresses the importance of follow-ups to discuss progress and concerns.
Often time patients view Rogaine® and Propecia® as a quick fix, but re-growth is a slow process and consistent and proper medication usage is necessary to maximize results. That’s why Dr. Griffin reviews your hair loss prevention progress, reexamines your prescription needs, and addresses any other concerns you may have during follow-up appointments. With this follow-up consultation, patients have the opportunity to discuss their hair loss treatments with Dr. Griffin. During this appointment, Dr. Griffin can also reevaluate and revise your treatment plan as needed.
If you are interested in learning more about your hair loss options, please call the Griffin Center today to schedule an appointment. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest hair restoration news and information.
Hair loss is very common among individuals as it affects 75% of men and 10% of women. As a board certified dermatologist specializing in hair restoration for over 30 years, Dr. Edmond Griffin continually stresses to his patients that identifying the cause of hair loss is the first and most important step for evaluating and devising an effective treatment plan.
First, Dr. Griffin thoroughly discusses the patient’s hair loss history and family history. Further evaluation may be completed through a blood test, hair pull test, hair count diary, and scalp biopsy. A device known as a cross-section trichometer may also be used to determine hair quantity, hair loss, and hair growth. This mechanical device measures a cross-sectional area of a bundle of hair that is growing within a specific area of the scalp. These hair measuring methods determine hair quantity by measuring the hair’s density and diameter. Hair density is the total number of hairs per square centimeter in any given area of the scalp.
When identifying hair loss, it’s also important to note the difference between hair shedding and thinning. Shedding occurs when hairs of normal diameter fall out. Although shedding is common, we shed between 50-100 hairs a day, pathological states of effluvium and alopecia areata are examples of significant shedding or hair loss. Hair thinning is gradual miniaturization of the length and diameter of individual scalp hairs. Unlike shedding that is evenly distributed across the scalp, thinning usually appears in a pattern at the top of the scalp, leaving hair around the posterior and sides of the lower scalp. After identifying the cause and severity of hair loss, Dr. Griffin can recommend non-surgical and surgical options tailored to your individual case.
Patients who are experiencing hair loss and would like to set-up a consultation, please call our office today. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest hair loss news and information.