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New Research Suggests Glaucoma Drug May Be Effective In Treating Male Hair Loss

February 18, 2013 2:09 pm

As a leader in hair restoration, Dr. Edmond Griffin and his hair transplant team are committed to educating patients and others about the most advanced hair restoration techniques and treatment options. As a contributor to the advancement of hair restoration, Dr. Griffin is highly interested in hair loss research to provide his patients with the most knowledgeable advice available.  hair loss atlanta ga

The scientific journal, FASEB reported this fall that the FDA- approved glaucoma drug, bimatoprost, can cause hair to re-grow. Bimatoprost, also known as Latisse®, is already FDA-approved to enhance eyelashes and has shown great results for individuals with inadequate or short lashes. Now the data in the FASEB Journal article shows that this medication may be able to grow hair from the scalp as well. One of the researchers from the University of Bradford, U.K. acknowledges that further research is necessary to determine new therapeutic approaches for treating hair loss.

The researchers conducted three sets of experiments, two involving human cells and the other with mice. The human cell tests reviewed hair follicles growing in organ cultures as well as follicles taken from the scalp. The researchers found that bimatoprost led to hair growth on human organ cultures. During the mice experiment, bimatoprost was directly applied to a bald spot on the mouse and results also showed hair re-growth.

It’s important to note that this was one study’s results and additional research will be necessary to determine the effectiveness of bimatoprost for hair loss on the scalp. Traditionally, bimatoprost treatment has been reserved for the eyelashes because of the need for continual, daily application and the expense of the current drug; however, the study’s scientists are optimistic about their findings and the implications for further drug development.

If you are interested in learning more about your hair loss options, please call our office to schedule a consultation. Connect with The Griffin Center 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.

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.


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.

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.

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+.

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.

New Tracking Technology Helps Better Quantify Hair Loss

February 27, 2012 11:01 am

the griffin centerTracking hair loss and hair regrowth is a difficult process. It’s easy to see when a patient has lost at least 50% of the hair in one area. However, quantifying hair loss before the balding stage (when patients are just noticing more hair in the shower drain) is not down to a perfect science. Using global photography, dermatologists trained in hair restoration can attempt to measure hair loss, but variables like hair length, changing hair color, and different hair styles can have an impact on results. Other forms of measurement like hair densitometry (measure of density) have limitations including the need to trim the hair to take measurements. The newest measure of hair “thickness” is the HairCheck® developed by a fellow dermatologist, Dr. Bernard Cohen.

In a recent study, hair restoration specialists in Florida tested a newer form of hair loss measurement called hair bundle cross-section trichometry. During the study, 250 patients’ hair loss was quantified using this technique that measured both hair density and the diameter of hair to calculate a figure called Hair Mass Index (HMI) for each patient. These measurements also took hair breakage into account, where other forms of hair loss tracking could not. Not only were the doctors looking to find a new way to help with hair loss diagnosis and treatment, but also to help patients better understand their individual hair loss condition and treatment processes.

Each patient’s hair loss and treatment was measured every 90 days beginning in November 2009 until September 2011. While any new method of calculation or tracking takes time and effort the researchers found that the use of this type of tracking can not only help doctors provide their patients with quick and easy-to-understand information, but they can also better detect and quantify non-visible (early) thinning in male patients. They were also able to differentiate diffuseness with pattern baldness in women. The method also helped track patients with telogen effluvium as well as monitor the effectiveness of topical and oral hair restoration medications and nutritional changes much more quickly and effectively than other tracking methods.

Researchers also noticed a difference in patient response to the measurement efforts. When patients were presented with a graphical representation along with a personal explanation of their hair loss treatment progress, they were more likely to comply with the treatment efforts (take medications regularly, complete medications through prescribed course, etc.). As Dr. Edmond Griffin can attest, patient education is one of the determining factors in a successful hair loss treatment. When patients are aware of their hair loss treatment options they are more likely to follow through with treatment requirements, and therefore, receive better hair restoration results.

Newer technology like the hand-held HairCheck® device helps dermatologists to quickly measure HMI and determine if hair loss, growth, or breakage has occurred on any area of the scalp. This means that patients can know if their medications are working properly and dermatologists can adjust treatment accordingly.

Hair loss is a case-sensitive condition. The causes vary from patient to patient. However, newer technologies and methods in hair loss diagnosis and treatment planning can help hair restoration specialists better accommodate each patient with a tailored treatment plan. Studies like this are important in hair loss research to help both doctors and patients reap the benefits of proper treatment and patient compliance.

For more information on hair loss diagnosis and treatments, visit our website. You can also keep up with the latest hair news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Hair Restoration Results at the Griffin Center described as “Seamless” and “Invisible”

January 27, 2012 9:41 am

For individuals suffering from patterned baldness, hair restoration surgery is a big decision. We encourage patients to thoroughly research hair replacement options after the cause of hair loss has been diagnosed by a hair loss specialist like Dr. Edmond Griffin. One part of the research process is looking at and comparing hair loss surgeons’ hair transplant before and after photos and patient testimonials. Patients who have undergone the procedure you’re researching have honest, real-life perspectives on hair restoration. Check out our video patient testimonial below.

Q: How would you describe your overall experience as compared to the other hair replacement surgeries?

A: You know, I went to one of those infomercial places, and that was my only regret. I would have spent less money and one less procedure if I had just started out here. The overall experience was that really even people that I work with didn’t seem to recognize that I had had anything done. So it was sort of seamless and invisible except for myself and my wife.