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Happy Holidays & Happy New Year from The Griffin Center!

December 23, 2013 8:44 am

It’s been a great year for The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research. We would like to thank you all for your patronage and have enjoyed working with our patients to discuss the best methods for personally customized hair restoration.

happy-holidaysThis year has been a monumental year for hair loss research, as many studies have indicated a bright future for hair restoration methods. Scientists and researchers globally have tirelessly studied many subjects, from minimizing hair loss from cancer radiation therapy to skin grafting for hair growth. We are eager to see what the future holds for our hair loss patients.

Additionally, we are honored to have incorporated follicular unit extraction with NeoGraft™ as a method of hair transplant surgery for many patients this year. Board-certified dermatologists Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis have enjoyed meeting with each patient to thoroughly discuss their goals and expectations to devise the best treatment plan possible.

Thank you so much to our patients and their families for supporting The Griffin Center’s team throughout the year!  We are grateful to have spent the last 35 years getting to know our patients and look forward to many more. Be sure to connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+  for the latest news on hair restoration.  Here’s to another wonderful year in 2014. We are so thankful for each one of you and wish you the happiest of holidays and a spectacular New Year!

Mad Men Star Says Her Hair is Falling Out

February 8, 2013 6:31 am

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  Years ago some dyes were implicated in permanent hair loss, but all those were withdrawn from the American markets and are not seen at the present.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.

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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.

Importance of Follow-Ups after Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments

January 29, 2013 10:53 am

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.

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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.

Online Prescription Refills Will Soon Be Available at The Griffin Center

January 18, 2013 3:40 pm

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.

E-Newsletters for Griffin Center Coming in 2013

January 14, 2013 9:15 pm

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The Griffin Center for Hair Restoration and Research is excited to announce we will soon be sending electronic newsletters to keep our patients up-to-date on the latest hair restoration news and information. If you are already signed up for the monthly Dermatology Associates of Atlanta newsletter, be sure to also sign up for The Griffin Center’s newsletter as we will be sending out information pertaining specifically to hair loss and restoration. Patients will be able to read about the newest hair loss treatments and technologies available at the Griffin Center.
To sign up, please visit our homepage at griffincenter.com to register. Also if you have recently been to the Griffin Center, don’t forget to complete a short post-experience survey to help us continue to improve our ability to serve you in the future. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the latest dermatological news and information
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Multicultural Hair Loss and Treatments

January 9, 2013 9:11 pm

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.

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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.

Is Hair Loss Linked to Heart Disease Risk?

November 16, 2012 10:36 am

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Although many of our patients lose hair when they are young, hair loss is commonly associated with aging.  There are also many other causes for hair loss including hormonal changes  and medication use.  However, if looking older wasn’t discouraging enough, new research suggests baldness and other visible signs of aging may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

Researchers analyzed data on 10,885 men and women over the age of 40 participating in the Copenhagen Heart Study. Throughout the study, medical professionals examined participants and looked for signs of aging including the quantity of gray hair, type and extent of baldness.  7,537 of the participants had receding hair lines while 3,938 had baldness on the top of the crown. In conclusion, over 35 years of follow-up, 3,401 individuals had developed heart disease and 1,708 had heart attacks.  Two common signs of aging, wrinkles and gray hair, were not linked to increased heart risks. Despite these findings, it’s important to note that this research is still preliminary and further review is needed to appropriately suggest these risks.  It is doubtful that prevention of baldness or restoration of hair by transplants will alter this increased risk of heart disease.  Exercise and diet are still the most important life changes which will alter these risks.  Both are under the patients control at least in part.  How much other genetic factors play a role is not easily studied.The study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012 found that individuals with three to four signs of aging such as baldness, receding hairline, earlobe crease, and yellow fatty deposits around the eyelids had a significantly higher risk for heart attack and heart disease.

Dr. Edmond Griffin, as a board certified dermatologist with over 30 years of hair restoration experience, always thoroughly discusses a patient’s overall health and family history to determine the cause of hair loss. If you are interested in hair restoration, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. Be sure to connect with the Griffin Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest hair loss news and information.

Using Body Hair for Hair Transplantation

August 23, 2012 10:57 am

Hair loss can occur in men, women, and children resulting in poor self-esteem, self-consciousness and distress. To help inform and educate patients, hair loss specialist and board certified dermatologist, Dr. Edmond Griffin stays at the forefront of hair transplantation technology and advancements.

As a pioneer in hair transplantation, The Griffin Center of Hair & Research is devoted to researching and improving hair loss techniques. For instance, techniques such as NeoGraft used during a follicular unit extraction procedure can be beneficial for some patients due to the minimal scarring and quick recovery time.  Earlier this year the Archives of Dermatology published an article discussing men’s leg hairs as a new source for hair transplant donor regions. The article suggests transplanting hair from a patient’s leg to their scalp may offer a more natural look.

Several physicians weighed in on the article to consider the advantages and the disadvantages of using hair from other places on the body for hair transplants. This type of transplant could be beneficial for patients with severe hair loss who do not have hair left on their head to harvest for transplant. Since hair is usually thicker towards the middle of the head, using leg hair which is finer and softer may provide a more natural looking hairline for patients. Additionally, it may provide patients who have received hair transplantations using previous techniques such as plugs and mini-grafts with an alternative solution. In one case study, two transplant patients had about 75 to 80 percent of transplanted leg hair flourish on their heads. Furthermore, after three to four years, both patients had experienced little hair loss in the transplant area.

Cost and time considerations are important to note as these procedures are usually spaced out over two sessions each involving three to five days.  Body hair can be different thicknesses and may have more curl than the original hair, which raises the issue of hair mismatch. Although this will depend on the patient, it’s something to consider. Another consideration when using hair from the legs or other parts of the body is the potential for scarring in the harvest areas.

As an educator and researcher, Dr. Griffin works with each patient to devise the best treatment option and plan for their unique needs.  For body hair transplants, Dr. Griffin has had the most success with the hair from the beard. This provides a coarse but sturdy form of hair which can grow as long as scalp hair and show the same “body” scalp hair can show. For eyebrow replacement, underarm or nape of the neck hair tends to be shorter and more delicate than mid scalp hair. One day hair from the eyebrow can be cloned and produce the final results we really are trying to achieve. If you are interested in learning more about hair loss procedures and preventives please call to set up a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for the latest hair restoration techniques.

Crazy Hair Loss Myths Debunked

July 3, 2012 11:39 am

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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.

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

June 22, 2012 3:50 pm

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 HealthDay.com.

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+.