A Brief History of Hair Restoration

Recently on The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research’s blog, we discussed a study on a new method to trigger hair growth published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the findings still leave little to be known whether the same results would be successful in humans, the method could potentially evolve into a better, more effective way of hair transplantation. As it turns out, finding ways of restoring hair is far from a new subject of study, and may even date back to 50 B.C. According to National Geographic, Julius Caesar’s laurel wreath was simply his version of a toupee.

CSI evidence (hair)While we now know many of the factors that cause hair loss, in 1778, writer Samuel Johnson falsely claimed hair loss was the result of having a “dry” brain among other theories for baldness present in early history. In actuality, research shows the main causes of hair loss include hormones, heredity, and stress.

In the fifties, a New York doctor discovered the early beginnings of hair transplantation when he moved what was essentially hair from the donor area to a bald patch, where he found that it grew normally. Minoxidil, a solution/foam formulated to stop hair loss and stimulate new growth, was approved by the FDA in 1988, which is still sold to produce minimal to moderate improvement in hair loss patients.

Some hair loss patients do not turn to surgical or medical options, and rather choose to cover balding areas with non-surgical options such as toupees and wigs. Others use colored dyes in attempts to disguise balding patches, a practice perhaps introduced by “Hair in a Can” in the nineties. The spray attempted to market to users by claiming that the hair-colored fine powder it emitted was similar to hair. While it is still completely acceptable in practice, most hair loss patients and researchers moved away from the special hair spray when Finasteride, the first FDA-approved prescription balding pill, was introduced.  A camouflage powder is now available which helps hide the baldness so the bright whiteness of the scalp does not shine through.

The Griffin Center has recommended Propecia® (Finasteride) for male pattern baldness patients for over 20 years for hair loss prevention  Through consistent and proper medication usage, finasteride can be a very effective non-surgical hair loss prevention option and can be used both in the oral form and also the topical solution.   Today, many surgical and non-surgical hair restoration options exist, including the latest advancement in follicular unit extraction using  NeoGraft™ and recent research indicating that PRP and skin grafting may be the future of hair restoration.

If you are interested in a hair restoration procedure from The Griffin Center, please contact us. For more on hair loss treatments offered as well as the latest hair restoration news and information, please visit our website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ .