Dermatology Associates of Atlanta welcomes our newest board certified dermatologist, Dr. Ashley R. Curtis to our staff! We are thrilled to have Dr. Curtis’ specialized knowledge of dermatology (i.e.- skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc.) as well as female hair-loss to assist our Atlanta patients. Dr. Curtis’ unique medical perspective will further enhance DAA’s dermatologist and provider team currently consisting of Edmond I. Griffin M.D., D. Scott Karempelis, M.D., Stephen J. Kraus, M.D., Joseph R. Payne, M.D., Delmer L. Henderson, PA-C, Mara P. Grosswald, PA-C, Kathryn Filipek MPAS, PA-C, Jan Buckley, and Patti Shaw.
Dr. Curtis joins us from Winston-Salem, N.C. where she held the Chief Resident position at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. When not practicing, Dr. Curtis used her time in North Carolina to write and review articles for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and various publications for dermatology news. She also enjoyed volunteering time at Wake Forest to help with skin cancer screenings and care clinics. We look forward to reading more of Dr. Curtis’ articles and witnessing her exemplary patient care.
Dr. Curtis will begin accepting appointments in April and see patients, beginning June 1st. If you would like to know more about Dr. Ashley Curtis, we invite you to post your questions on DAA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. We’re dedicated to fulfilling your skin care needs- head to toe, and would love to hear from you!
Skin care may seem like a woman’s thing, but Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) has provided head to toe skin care to both women and men since 1976. With eight, in house speciality centers equipped with state of the art technology, our eleven certified providers offer something for everyone. Here are a few frequently asked questions at our center in the new Best Self Atlanta magazine now out on newstands.
When the National Institutes of Health funded a study conducted by UCLA to prevent the negative physical effects of stress on the gastrointestinal system. Instead, these researchers may have stumbled onto a potential remedy for stress and age related hair-loss: astressin-B.
Because the causes of hair loss in men and women are numerous and sometimes unpredictable, Dr. Edmond Griffin likes to educate patients on potential treatments as soon as they present themselves. Hair loss causes can include: heredity (female and male pattern baldness), age, hormonal imbalance, certain medications (anagen effluvium), and extreme stress (alopecia areata). Age and stress are typically two of the most frustrating causes because they are an inevitable part of life. The California researchers found that injecting genetically altered mice (whose bodies contained excess amounts of the stress hormone corticotrophin-emulating a human’s body under chronic stress) with the astressin-B chemical compound caused the mice to re-grow their lost hair despite their elevated levels of stress hormone.
Also exciting about the scientists’ discovery is the peptide compound’s quick, long-lasting hair transplant results. The mice received one injection per day for five days and exhibited increased hair growth for up to four months following the treatment. UCLA adjunct professor, Million Mulugeta summarized the research saying, “Our findings show that a short-duration treatment with this compound causes an astounding long-term hair re-growth in chronically stressed mutant mice.”
Even though we understand that mice do no react the same way that humans do, we find this study especially promising for human hair growth implications. In case you missed our other blog posts on hair growth technology, Dr. Griffin is also currently working on a topical, botanical treatment for women’s hair loss and injections of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) as an aging skin treatment. Be sure to follow Dr. Griffin on Facebook and Twitter for the latest hair restoration news.
Generally used to treat wrinkles, muscle relaxing BOTOX® Cosmetic has a proven variety of other medical uses. Aside from removing wrinkles around the eyes, a couple of BOTOX® injections can also correct the appearance of cross-eyes and uncontrollable blinking. Some doctors also inject BOTOX® to reduce sweating for patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Others use it to treat patients with migraine headaches. In fact, back in 2006, dermatologist Eric Finzi studied treating depression with BOTOX®. His research showed that BOTOX® treatment helped his patients who suffered from depression come off their depression medication. However, the newest use for BOTOX®, and the one I find most interesting is using BOTOX® to stimulate hair growth.
A dermatologist from Beverly Hills, Dr. Simon Ourian, administered BOTOX® injections to help relieve his mother’s chemotherapy-related migraines, and was surprised to find her hair returned around the injection sites. Since then, more research has been conducted on the topic including a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons discussing BOTOX® use in the treatment of male pattern baldness.
The study consisted of fifty male subjects, ranging from 19 to 57 years of age, who were observed over a 60 week period. Each subject received two treatment cycles of 150 injections during the 60 week period. Researchers utilized various methods of determining hair loss rates, like measuring hair count within a fixed 2 cm area and collecting loose hairs from a pillow with a lint roller. None of the subjects experienced adverse effects. The results suggested that BOTOX® appears to reduce hair loss and stimulate hair growth in some men suffering from androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness).
Aside from the study’s results, I’ve found through use with my patients that injecting BOTOX® around donor regions during hair transplant procedures helps hair re-grow around the incision scars. Not only does it help hair grow around scars, I’ve noticed BOTOX® also lessens the redness and thickness of scars. It may not effectively treat all types of hair loss, as hair loss causes are different for different people, but it will be interesting to see if more studies confirm using BOTOX® to treat male patterned baldness.
Men, women and children all experience hair loss for different reasons, but my staff at the Griffin Center and I are here to help. If you are experiencing hair loss and are looking for a hair loss prevention or treatment method, contact us to schedule an appointment today. First, I will determine what’s causing your hair loss, and then, I can devise a treatment plan specific to your condition. For more information, visit my website and keep reading my blog. Also, find me on Facebook and let me know what you’d like to read.