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The 411 on Follicular Unit Extraction

July 20, 2012 10:06 am

Both men and women can suffer from hair loss and many search for hair restoration options. Hair transplantation can help restore hair loss and confidence to individuals who suffer from hair loss from a variety of reasons. Both scarring and non-scarring hair loss patients can benefit from hair transplantation.

Founded by Dr. Edmond Griffin, the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research offers two types of hair transplantation surgery- follicular unit extraction (FUE): one follicular unit extracted at a time and follicular grafting: removal of the follicles by the strip method. Both are effective procedures and each is ideal depending on the candidate’s unique evaluation. Follicular unit extraction is a minimally invasive procedure that removes naturally occurring groups of hairs, called follicular units, usually between 1-4 hairs, from the back and sides of the scalp and transplants them in areas of hair loss. Follicular grafting uses a strip technique that involves removing a donor strip of hair bearing skin from the back of the head, dissecting individual follicular units, and subsequently transplanting them into balding areas.

The FUE treatment leaves no linear scars in the donor area and can be good for those who wish to wear their hair short or for those who tend to scar easily. This procedure is ideal for individuals with tighter scalps and those with donor scars from previous procedures that cannot be removed. Obtaining large numbers of grafts are more difficult with this technique which is also more time consuming and therefore more costly.

More recently an automated method for FUE, called NeoGraft has received widespread fame for its novel way of extracting each follicular bundle. This is an automated hair transplant device that utilizes one small punch at a time using the FUE technique. One of the main benefits of this method is that it has the potential to decrease mechanical injury to the grafts because it doesn’t require forceps during extraction unlike all the other forms of FUE. A patented suction for removing each unit as it is cut is utilized for the extraction. There is no harsh pulling or compression of the delicate follicles. The individual follicle bundle must then be placed into the bald scalp like the ones collected by the strip technique.

Each hair restoration option offers patients great results, however, candidates need to be evaluated to see which technique is best suited for their needs. If you would like to discuss hair restoration options or have other hair loss questions please contact our office today. Stay connected with all the hair loss news and information by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

Crazy Hair Loss Myths Debunked

July 3, 2012 11:39 am

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.

Fact or Fiction? Setting the Record Straight on the Biggest Male Hair Loss Misconceptions

April 3, 2012 11:17 am

the griffin centerMany patients believe that thinning hair is a part of life that cannot be treated. “It’s just something I’ll have to live with,” is a common refrain among men who begin to notice signs of hair loss. The biggest myth surrounding hair loss is that nothing can be done. However, this is not the case. Drs. Edmond Griffin and Ashley Curtis explain the truth behind this and some of the other big hair loss and hair restoration myths in this blog.

MYTH: Frequent use of hats or helmets cause or speed up hair loss.
This notion is merely folklore. Wearing a hat or helmet will not speed up or cause hair loss.

MYTH: Male pattern baldness is inherited from the maternal grandfather.
TRUTH: This is both true and false. Just like with any genetic trait, pattern baldness can be inherited from both the mother’s and the father’s side of the family. Though there are tests to determine the presence of the balding gene, these tests don’t confirm which side of the family gave you the gene or even whether the gene will be expressed in the future. Just because you have the gene doesn’t mean you’ll lose hair more than normal, though it does greatly increase your chances.

MYTH: Using conditioner can prevent baldness.
TRUTH: Because the hair is not a living structure, conditioners merely coat the dead hair shaft making it less prone to breakage. Conditioners have no influence on balding, though. If enough breakage occurs the hair looks thinner.

MYTH:  Shampooing daily causes increased shedding.

TRUTH: In general, shampoos clean the hair and do not affect hair growth or loss. To some degree, daily shampooing has been found to show slightly less hair loss by total count than shampooing once weekly. Research shows that shampoos that contains anti-yeast medications seem to slow total monthly hair loss even more (example: Nizoral and DHS with Zinc).

MYTH: Undergoing hair transplant surgery means I no longer need to take preventative measures.
TRUTH: Transplanted hair comes from a donor area that is not affected by genetic hair loss symptoms. This means that it is not affected by the cause of pattern baldness (dihydrotestosterone) and remains in place permanently (pending other factors like chemotherapy and trauma) after transplantation. However, the hair in the balding area that was there before the transplant is still susceptible to pattern baldness. Therefore, preventative measures still need to be taken to maintain those follicles which were not transplanted and are genetically programmed to be lost at some time in the future.

Hair loss is a complicated condition. While pattern baldness is most often the cause of hair loss in men, there are many factors that could be the reason for your thinning. If you suspect your hair may be thinning, visit a dermatologist specializing in hair loss and restoration like those at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research to determine the cause of your hair loss. With a proper diagnosis, our providers can help you find the best methods of treatment for your situation.

Contact our office for more information or to schedule your consultation. You can also follow us on Facebook  and Twitter  for the latest hair loss and restoration information and news.

Have you seen the Griffin Center featured in the December Men’s Book?

November 30, 2011 2:48 pm

The Griffin Center for Hair Restoration and Research was recently featured in Men’s Book Atlanta magazine’s December issue to answer your frequently asked questions about men’s hair loss misconceptions and causes, as well as hair restoration surgery options. Make sure to get your copy today and check it out!

To keep up with the latest in hair loss and restoration news and updates, follow the Griffin Center on Facebook and Twitter!


The Stages of the Hair Growth Cycle Explained

November 16, 2011 11:35 am

Losing hair is a natural part of the hair growth cycle. We lose hair so that new hair can replace it. However, when hair does not grow back as it should, we start to notice thinning hair and a more visible scalp through the hair. In order to understand hair loss, one must understand normal hair growth and shedding cycles.

The hair growth cycle is ongoing, and on an average day, 90% of your hair is in the resting phase while the other 10% is either growing or shedding. Balding occurs when the hair sheds, and no hair re-grows to replace it. Hair is made of keratin, the same material that makes up your nails and the outer layer of your skin. Hair is really a dead structure while the follicular bulb is the growing center.  Because the actual strand of hair is not alive, hot curlers, chemical processing, hard plastic combs can cause damage and lead to split ends and fracturing of the shafts.

The hair growth cycle begins with the anagen or growth phase. During this phase cells in the root of the hair divide to add to the hair shaft. Depending on your genetics, the growth phase can last anywhere from 2 to 6 years. As the anagen phase comes to an end, an unknown signal tells the hair to enter the next stage. The hair grows about a fourth of an inch each month, and though it is technically dead, a healthy hair care regimen can keep it looking beautiful while it’s in the anagen phase.

The catagen stage follows the anagen phase and is made up of a 2-3 week transitional period in which the hair is no longer growing. During this stage, a club hair is formed. A club hair occurs when the section of the hair follicle attaches to the hair shaft, cutting the follicle off from its blood supply and the cells that produce new hair. This club hair leads to the next stage of the hair growth and shedding cycle.

The final stage of the hair growth and shedding cycle is the telogen or resting phase. During this two to four month phase, the hair begins to shed at normal levels, and the anagen phase begins again producing new hair.

The average person sheds around 100 telogen-stage hairs a day between brushing the hair, showering, and other activities. High-stress and trauma like high fevers, nutritional deficiencies, pneumonia, and accidents can cause hair to shed in higher than normal amounts. Patterned baldness (androgenetic alopecia) occurs when hair production slows and beings to produce weak, shorter hairs, eventually ceasing to grow completely in some areas.

Men and women often lose hair for different reasons and should be properly diagnosed before beginning any hair restoration treatment. Depending on the cause of your hair loss, there are both surgical and non-surgical treatment options including hair restoration surgery and medications like Propecia®, Rogaine®, and Proscar®.

For more information on hair loss causes and hair restoration, contact the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter for more hair regrowth news and updates.

Do Women Lose More Hair During the Autumn Months?

November 10, 2011 1:39 pm

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A study published in the journal Dermatology shows that women lose more hair during autumn than they do in other seasons. Swedish researchers gathered a sample of 823 women and tracked their hair growth and shedding cycles.

Each person goes through the hair growth and shedding cycle. In the anagen phase also known as the growth phase of the hair follicle, new hair cells are produced. The catagen phase is where the hair is no longer growing but the follicle is shrinking. The final stage, the telogen phase, occurs when the hair is in a resting state, no longer growing, but on the verge of shedding. The hair stays in this resting state for about three months when it begins to shed, and the anagen phase begins gradually. Therefore, the average patient loses about 100 hairs per day. At the end of the telogen phase, the hair cycle of growth begins again, and if you could watch the follicular opening you would see a new hair emerge in a couple of weeks.

Though each individual’s hair growth and shedding cycle schedules will vary slightly, the researchers found that the women studied had the highest percentage of hair in the telogen stage at the end of summer. This means that after a period of time, these women will have some hair loss since the resting phase is always followed by a shedding. During this time, the patient may feel that his or her hair is thinning with the natural loss of hair that is occurring. The same sort of hair-loss phasing happens, though with a lower percentage of hair, in the spring as well. Researchers speculate that this extra amount of lost hair may be brought about by evolution, since the body seems to hold on to hair during the warmer months to protect the scalp from the summer sun.

For those people who experience hair loss with no growth to follow it, The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research offers both non-surgical and surgical treatment and prevention options for women’s hair loss. Most commonly this hair loss is the result of female patterned hair loss, and the minuturization of hairs which eventually do not return.  This process can be slowed and even in some cases reversed with treatment.

Contact us for more information on hair loss or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edmond Griffin, hair restoration specialist. You can also connect with us on Twitter and Facebook for daily news and updates.

Join Us for Skin Medics Medical Spa’s Spooktacular Cosmetic Day

October 25, 2011 10:46 am

You’re invited to what’s sure to be one of the most exciting Halloween events around! Dermatology Associates of Atlanta‘s Skin Medics Medical Spa is hosting a Spooktacular Cosmetic Day on Monday, October 31, 2011.

Our specials on facial fillers, dermal injectables, spa products, and cosmetic laser treatments are sure to be a scream! You must take advantage of these offers on Monday, October 31 or schedule your treatment on that day to receive the special prices, so make sure to mark your calendar!

Connect with us on Facebook and  Twitter for updates on more specials and events like our Cosmetic Day Spooktacular!

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Why Do More Men Have Hair Transplant Surgery Than Women? What Impedes Women With Hair Loss from Having a Hair Transplant, if Anything?

October 14, 2011 4:08 pm

If you keep up with my blog, you know women’s hair loss is a very complex topic, and women’s hair transplant surgery is no less complex. However, hair transplantation for women is more than possible. In fact, I have performed hundreds of hair restoration surgeries on women. When I began transplant surgery in the 70s only 2% of my patients were women; this number has increased fivefold.

To answer your first question—While there are many causes for hair loss in men besides genetics, a majority of men facing hair loss have male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). Just as with women’s hair loss, men can also lose hair because of hormones, stress, and certain medications, among other causes. Men with pattern baldness are usually optimal candidates for hair restoration surgery because they have an adequate donor region for harvesting follicular grafts. Women’s expectations are generally much higher than men’s. Men approach hair transplant surgery wanting more hair, while women usually want a return to full thickness. Thinning hair is not acceptable for them, and oftentimes more than one session may be necessary.

Another reason you hear about more men undergoing hair restoration surgery is that there is a stronger social stigma tied to women discussing hair loss conditions. Remember the attention placed on Lady Gaga when she discussed using Rogaine® in interviews? While the pop superstar took advantage of topic treatments, it is becoming more acceptable for women to seek medical hair loss treatments beyond Rogaine®.

Also, women’s hair restoration surgery is more complex than men’s, and doctors are even sometimes reluctant to perform surgery on women because of the frequency of temporary hair loss amongst female patients. When female patients consider hair transplant surgery, the surgeon must diagnose the reason for loss making sure that it is not just a temporary loss where the hair will regrow with other medical treatments. For example, if hair loss is caused by scarring related to trauma or surgery, the transplanted hair may not grow in its new home.

I have been researching hair loss and hair restoration for 35 years.  Therefore, after a thorough consultation which may include a scalp biopsy to confirm diagnosis, I am usually able to pinpoint the cause of a patient’s hair loss and suggest a suitable treatment plan, which may include surgery, hair loss prevention medication, or other therapies to regrow hair.

Now, for the second question—There are multiple variables that could prevent both men and women from having hair transplant surgery.  In addition to an inadequate donor region or a larger than normal recipient area, hair loss caused by high fevers, trauma, or hormone fluctuation, such as women who lose hair during pregnancy, is often temporary. Likewise, men and women who lose their hair because of certain medications, especially after chemotherapy, can experience temporary hair loss. Usually once medications are discontinued the hair loss stops and hair recovers. Patients with temporary hair loss are not candidates for hair transplant surgery. However, these patients often need to seek the care of a hair restoration specialist to determine the cause of hair loss.

I have performed hundreds of hair restorations on women, and they have been equally as successful and grow as well as my male hair transplant procedures, as you can see in my women’s hair restoration before and after gallery. The “pattern” of female pattern hair loss is different from male pattern hair loss. Women, luckily, do not go totally bald like men.  Men bald from the front backwards and lose hair in the temporal regions (around and above the ears) whereas only 12% of women lose hair near the ears. Women are most likely to begin balding near the front of the head and on the crown, leaving a rim of good hair around the head. Because men and women bald differently, I use specialized techniques to separate the donor and treatment regions during female hair transplant surgery to accommodate the distinct challenges presented by this procedure.

If you are a women experiencing hair loss and considering hair restoration, you need to first determine the cause of your hair loss. Schedule a consultation to learn more and to find out if you might be a candidate for surgery. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook.