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New Research Suggests Glaucoma Drug May Be Effective In Treating Male Hair Loss

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.  hair loss atlanta ga

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.


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Monday, February 18th, 2013 Blog, Educational, Hair Loss, Hair Restoration No Comments

Online Prescription Refills Will Soon Be Available at The Griffin Center

online-prescription-refillFor over 20 years, the providers of The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research have been prescribing medications proven effective against hair loss, including specially compounded topical treatments such as Finasteride solution. With the increase of individualized medicines to meet the needs of a wide range of patients, we will no longer be offering these topical medications in-office.

The Griffin Center will have prescription ordering available on our website by February 2013 and your medications will be delivered to your door by mail. Through this service, we will be able to offer a more extensive variety of hair growing options to our patients. For current patients, we will be able to preserve their exact formulas and will continue to offer these without interruption. As with all medications from a Dermatology Associate of Atlanta provider, a valid prescription is required to place an order.

Patients who currently call our office to place a topical solution ordermay continue to do so if they choose. Since these products are no longer available for pick-up in our office, we will gladly fax your order to a pharmacy for home delivery. The Griffin Center appreciates your continued support and remains committed to providing you the best hair loss care and hair restoration options for your needs.

If you are interested in finding more information about hair loss treatments, please call our office to schedule an appointment. Connect with us on Facebook and Google+ for the latest hair loss news and information.

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Friday, January 18th, 2013 Blog, In the news, Whats New No Comments

Multicultural Hair Loss and Treatments

Hair loss is universal, although men are much more likely to suffer from hair loss, it can also occur in women and children. People from many cultures experience hair loss due to age and genetics. Dr.  Edmond Griffin is committed to using the most advanced surgical techniques to provide optimal results for patients. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Griffin is highly skilled in performing hair restoration surgery for a wide-range of patients and has perfected specific techniques for African-American with very curly hair and for women hair loss.  Recently, Dr. Ashley Curtis joined Dr. Griffin and shares his high goals for hair loss patients.


Generally, the hair of African- Americans provides good coverage. African- Americans with substantial hair loss may be candidates for hair restoration surgery, because fewer donor hairs are needed to create a fuller look. While increased hair density is an advantage to African-American hair transplant surgery, the curly hair texture of most African-American patients slows the dissection process. It’s important to note that hair restoration surgery should only be trusted to experienced surgeons skilled in working with specific hair types.

Hair transplant for women is specialized due to the unique pattern in which most women bald; fairly evenly from the front toward the crown. Special care is taken to avoid injuring the remaining follicles since women rarely go completely bald like men do. The angles of the hair follicles have to be meticulously followed so the hair will appear natural.

While surgical hair replacement is an option for some patients, other medical hair loss treatments can also prove effective. Non-surgical treatments that have beensuccessful include oral and topical prescription medications and red light therapy.

If you would like to learn more about your hair loss options, please call our office today to schedule an appointment. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest hair restoration and skincare news.

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 Blog, Educational, Hair Loss No Comments

Crazy Hair Loss Myths Debunked

Premature hair loss can severely impact self-confidence. Nearly two out of every three men will begin balding by the time they’re 60 and women are also affected as they grow older. As men and women’s hair begins to fall out they frequently search for advice and tips to stop, or at least slow, this process with hair loss prevention treatments. There are many myths out there about hair loss prevention. Especially with the endless information available online, it can be difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction about hair loss.  Here is some of the more popular hair loss myths.

Wearing hats causes hair loss. No, wearing hats does NOT cause hair loss.  For this to be true, the hat would have to so tight that it cuts off circulation to the follicles.

Hair loss genes come from your mother’s side of the family.  Inheritance has now been tied to a particular gene which could have been passed from either the mother or father. Heredity is the cause of hair loss in most patients, male or female.

Using blow dryers leads to hair loss.  Overusing a blow dryer can cause heat damage and produce brittle hair which leads to breakage but does NOT cause permanent hair loss.  In general most hair products today do not cause permanent loss either.

Cleaning your scalp of sebum (the semi-fluid secretion from glands attached to the follicle) with astringents will unclog follicles and allow hair to grow.  Hair is not trapped and doesn’t need to be released. The oil may have traces of male hormones which some doctors claim may increase shedding. Most doctors agree that regular shampooing is good for the scalp and hair. Even if hair loss is occurring, do not stop shampooing on a regular basis.

When suffering from hair loss, a person may try countless “miracle cures” that do not work.  Hair loss is a complicated condition with multiple causes. Determining the cause of your hair loss is important in devising an effective treatment plan. With proper diagnosis, The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research can discuss with you the medical and surgical options available to achieve your desired results.  Contact our office for more information or to schedule your consultation. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google + for the latest hair loss and restoration information and news.

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 Blog, Educational, Hair Loss No Comments

Too Much of a Good Thing: Too Much Selenium May Cause Hair Loss

The mineral selenium can be found naturally in some meats and seafood, nuts, and grains. Essential to a healthy immune system, our bodies do not require large amounts of selenium. The average adult requires around 60 micrograms (mcg) of selenium a day, and one ounce of Brazil nuts contains 544mcg while three ounces of tuna is about a day’s worth of the mineral. However, a new review of selenium research by Margaret Rayman, a professor of nutritional medicine at the University of Surrey in England, shows that too much selenium may cause hair loss in some individuals.

The review showed that most Americans take in a larger amount of selenium than is usually recommended which may be due to our tendency to take more supplements than those in other parts of the world. Duffy MacKay, Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, says there’s a U-shaped curve to the benefits of selenium meaning it’s a helpful mineral in the right amounts. Too much or too little selenium can have negative effects, though. The review showed that those “with the highest levels of selenium intake may have a greater risk of type 2 diabetes, non-melanoma skin cancers, hair loss and skin rashes,” according to an article on

Selenium helps the body create antioxidant enzymes—proteins that protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Too much leads the body to attack its own hair, similar to the effects of alopecia areata. It’s important to seek guidance from a hair restoration specialist like Dr. Griffin to determine the cause of your hair loss because each person’s situation is different.

Pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men and women, though other factors can also cause hair thinning including medications, trauma, scarring, and chemotherapy. To determine the cause of your hair loss and which hair loss treatments may benefit your situation, contact The Griffin Center. You can also connect with us and stay up to date on the latest hair loss and restoration news through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012 Blog, Educational, Hair Loss No Comments

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