Ever since it was founded in 1976, The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has been singularly committed to helping men and women find relief from all forms of hair loss. To this end, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis, along with our entire staff, have worked tirelessly both to refine hair transplantation techniques and to investigate new and advanced non-surgical hair loss treatments. It has been a great year for all of us here at The Griffin Center, and as 2017 draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all that we have accomplished and to thank each and every one of our patients for allowing us to be a part of your lives.
First and foremost, we were excited to learn last October that our own Dr. Ashley Curtis had been named the “Best Women’s Thinning Hair Person” in Best Self Magazine’s “Best of 2017” contest. It is great to hear that the new Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss has had such a positive response. This year, we have also made significant improvements on our already exceptional follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplantation technique by incorporating a revolutionary new punch design that flares outward, like the bell of a trumpet. Because it does not cut straight downward into the scalp and funnels around the hair shaft, this punch has a far lower chance of damaging follicles that grow in different directions. This means that when these grafts are transplanted under the skin, they enjoy a significantly higher survival rate than those obtained with other FUE techniques. We have also added another non-surgical treatment option for hair loss to our arsenal: microneedling with growth factors. Using a tiny cluster of needles that penetrate just a few millimeters into the skin, this treatment stimulates the skin’s natural regenerative abilities and encourages hair follicles to transition into the actively growing state. Microneedling works in a manner similar to platelet rich plasma therapy, but instead of using blood taken from the patient, we inject a customized blend of growth factors into the deeper layers of the skin, where they can directly affect the hair follicles. Finally, to help patients better conceal any existing hair loss that they might already have suffered we are excited to be able to provide a treatment called scalp micro-pigmentation, or SMP. This specialized technique, similar to tattooing, replicates the look of real, shaven hair on the scalp by using tiny dots of pigment. This makes the scalp appear darker and less visible between existing hairs, creating the appearance of denser coverage. This technique can be used to conceal the faint scars from follicular unit grafting (FUG) or follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplantation procedures, as well as to conceal general thinning in patients with no history of hair transplantation surgery. Our Certified Micro-Pigmentation Specialist generally applies the treatment over the course of two to four sessions, spaced ten to fourteen days apart, and the results can last for up to five years before additional minor touch-ups are needed.
It has been an amazing year here at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research and at the Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss and we look forward to helping many more hair loss patients in the years to come. On behalf of Dr. Edmond Griffin, Dr. Ashley Curtis, and the entire staff here at The Griffin Center, we would like to say thank you and wish you a happy, healthy holiday season and a prosperous new year.