27 Mar 2014

Hair Transplants Increase 85% Worldwide

Hair Transplants Increase 85 WorldwideAccording to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), hair transplant surgery has increased approximately 85% since 2004 (i). Over a quarter million transplants were performed during the year 2012 alone, amounting to 310,624 worldwide.

The hair transplant surgeons and staff at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami are pleased to provide this special report.

Hair Transplants on the Rise

This new trend has at least 2 exciting implications for men and women who suffer with hair loss. First, it signals greater awareness for the prevalence and seriousness of hair loss. An estimated 2/3rds of all adult men and 20-30 million females suffer with hair loss, often feeling a compromised sense of self confidence that ultimately causes personal and professional life to suffer. Climbing rates of hair transplant surgery indicate that more men and women are taking action, restoring hairlines and self image in a way that betters overall quality of life.

Most excitingly, the near doubling of hair transplant surgeries between 2004 and 2012 indicates that refined transplant methods are giving way to authentic results that are better than ever. In fact, 2012 and 2013 saw increasing numbers of celebrities speaking up to the public about their hair transplant surgeries. Manchester United star Wayne Rooney publicly discussed his successful follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedures with British media throughout 212, telling his Twitter Followers “Just to confirm… I have had a hair transplant. I was going bald at 25, why not. I’m delighted with the result,” (ii).

In the United States, former New England Patriot Wes Welker likewise went public with news of his hair transplant procedure. Welker followed up with a televised commercial, during which he praised the procedure and his surgeon on regional television.

The Future of Hair Transplant

The future of surgical hair restoration (transplant) looks bright. Fueled by new technologies and increasing celebrity endorsement, hair transplant surgery is poised to become even more popular among men and women who suffer with hair loss.

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami welcomes men and women to visit our website to learn more about hair loss and specific restoration options. To speak with our Institute about hair loss evaluation or consultation, please contact us online or call directly at 305-925-0222.

 

18 Mar 2014

Do Hair Transplants Work?

do-hair-transplants-workDo hair transplants really work? Increasingly, men and women are seeking treatment for thinning or balding hair. Hair restoration, both surgical and non-surgical, is becoming more widely recognized as a safe and effective way to develop a full, natural, and beautiful head of hair.

But do they work? Are patients satisfied? And if so, which hair transplant procedures are best?

How Do Hair Transplants Work?

How it works. Before anything, the patient must realize they are losing hair. For men, hair loss usually follows a pattern. Using the Norwood Classification, men can learn more about their stage of pattern baldness while also seeing how things might progress.

For women, detecting hair loss is a bit more complicated. Hair loss occurs in a more diffuse manner, making it difficult to see. Moreover, women are predisposed to experiencing temporary hair loss due to stress, hormonal fluctuations, and even pregnancy.

Learn More: Visit our free Infographic on female hair loss prevention.

Hair Transplant Evaluation. Once the patient recognizes hair loss, he or she must consult a licensed doctor for a professional diagnosis and treatment recommendation. Since hair loss is first and foremost a condition of the skin, it is wise for patients to consult a dermatologist. Dermatology is the only medical specialty with specific field of study in hair transplant surgery. This makes hair transplant surgeons the only professionals who specialize in skin/ hair conditions as well as corrective surgical procedures.

Choosing Transplant. If surgical hair transplant is recommended, your surgeon will plan the procedure and explain how everything works, including detailed instructions for pre-procedure and post-procedure follow up and care.

There are a few different types of hair transplant procedures that work. First is traditional strip donor procedure. Next is follicular unit extraction, or FUE. The newest procedure available is robotic FUE, during which the surgeon uses advanced robotics equipment to identify and extract ideal donor hair for transplant.

To learn more, visit this patient guide titled The Hair Transplant Procedure: What to Expect.

Is Hair Transplant Effective?

In many cases, hair transplant surgery works. It is a highly effective means of producing a full head of natural hair in both men and women—assuming, of course, your physician feels you are a candidate for transplant. For individuals who are not candidates for hair transplant, additional hair restoration options that work include:

  • Minoxidil topical foam
  • Finasteride prescription hair loss medication
  • Low level laser therapy (LLLT) for hair

Additionally, men and women who suffer with thinning or shedding often see results by making simple lifestyle changes. Proactively adjusting to a healthy hair diet to include more vitamins, minerals, and other important macronutrients is a vital first step. In addition to dietary changes, daily stress management can help to keep the hair, skin, and total body at peak physical health.

Schedule Your Hair Transplant Evaluation

If you suffer with thinning, shedding, or balding, rest assured you are not alone. Hair loss affects nearly 2/3rds of all adult men and more than 20 million adult women. For many, hair loss profoundly impairs personal, social, and professional life. But it does not have to be that way.

To see if you are a candidate for hair transplant or other non-surgical hair loss treatment, contact our Institute at 305-925-0222.

14 Mar 2014

New Method of Producing Stem Cells Falls Short

New Method of Producing Stem Cells Proves WrongEarlier this year, a team of Japanese scientists released studies that amazed the scientific community with a new method of producing stem cells. The new method claimed to have transformed ordinary cells into adult stem cells— cells capable of undergoing further transformation into any cell in the body. Researchers remained skeptical, however, as the new process involving a straight forward acid bath seemed overly simplistic and inherently flawed.

The study was originally published by a team of researchers from Boston and Japan in the scientific journal Nature. Following publication, however, leaders in the scientific community took issue with the images used as evidence in the study. Soon thereafter, specific elements of the Methods section of the papers received intense scrutiny, with many critics alleging issues of plagiarism.

Too Good to Be True: Scientists Withdraw Recent Stem Cell Findings

In a statement issued during a press conference with The Japan News, researcher Teruhiko Wakayama said, “I’m no longer sure that the articles are correct.” Mr. Wakayama is one of the first researchers to ever clone a mouse, making his endorsement-turned-retraction a shock to many. Elaborating on the study, Mr. Wakayama explained to news agency NHK World that he felt the experiments were correct, however the credibility of the data used as preconditions for the experiment had come into question.

Moreover, it’s important to note that the original studies involved cells from animal subjects, specifically mice. Even if successful, scientists face significant challenges when using the same methodology to achieve the same results in humans.

Proven Hair Loss Treatments

In the wake of these now compromised study results, it appears science is not any closer to a stem cell hair loss treatment. Fortunately, there are a number of hair loss treatment protocols that have been proven effective for men and women.

Non-surgical Hair Restoration

Non-surgical methods of hair restoration with a proven track record of success include:

Surgical Hair Restoration

Learn More About Hair Restoration in Miami

To learn more about the surgical and non-surgical methods of hair restoration available in Miami, contact the Hair Transplant Institute at (305) 925-0222.

18 Feb 2014

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Proves Successful in Reversing Hair Loss

Low-Level-Laser-Therapy-(LLLT)-Proves-Successful-in-Reversing-Hair-LossLow Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has long been thought to trigger new hair growth by stimulating hair follicles by way of phototherapy. In essence, hair transplant professionals and researchers have reasoned that LLLT devices could induce change through specific wavelengths of light that cause change on the cellular level.

Through these adaptive changes, researchers believed dormant hair follicles could experience an awakening. According to their speculation, LLLT technology had the potential to induce the specific chemical reactions that stimulate natural hair growth. Until recently, the hypotheses that tried to make sense of the results that hair loss patients experienced from LLLT treatments were not backed by actual study. Until now.

Recent studies now prove LLLT for hair loss to be effective in growing new hair where once was only balding scalp. The discovery is exciting news for millions of American men and women who suffer with thinning, shedding, or balding.

LLLT Devices Demonstrate Ability to Regrow Hair

The past few years have seen many exciting developments in hair loss treatment. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) has risen as a highly refined and effective surgery for producing an authentic head of hair, and 2013 saw the emergence of robotic FUE technologies designed to perform FUE with greater accuracy and precision than ever before. In the world of non-surgical hair restoration, a new study delivers equally exciting news for the millions of Americans who suffer with the social, personal, and professional side effects of hair loss.

In a study of 334 men and women, a popular LLLT comb device was found to stimulate all-natural hair growth after just 26 weeks of use. The test group consisted of 146 men and 188 women, but the results were not gender-specific. Both men and women experienced natural hair growth as a result of the LLLT treatment.

On average, participants saw just over 20 new hairs per squared centimeter of scalp following ongoing treatment from the FDA-approved LLLT device. Researchers believe the study shows LLLT effective in stimulating growth of new hair via phototherapy.

Candidates for LLLT Hair Loss Treatment

Who are primary candidates for LLLT hair loss treatment? In general, any man or women who wishes to treat thinning, shedding, or balding with a non-surgical hair restoration procedure is a candidate for LLLT*. Hair loss specialists may also recommend the use of LLLT in the following circumstances:

  1. LLLT is recommended for both men and women who are not viable candidates for a surgical transplant procedure.
  2. LLLT devices are useful for women who wish to treat thinning, shedding, or balding. Since pattern baldness appears in a more evenly distributed and diffused manner among female patients, popular at-home “laser hat” therapies are most popular because they discretely and conveniently cover the entire top and sides of the scalp.
  3. Under the supervision of a hair loss professional, LLLT devices can be used in conjunction with hair loss medications (Propecia, Rogaine, and others) as well as surgical hair transplant procedures. In these cases, LLLT exposure nurtures cellular proliferation via phototherapy to maximize natural results.

LLLT Hair Loss Treatment in Miami

To learn more about LLLT hair loss treatment at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, visit our page on the Capillus 272 mobile laser device for hair loss. Readers are also invited to call our Institute directly at 305-925-0222.

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*Always consult a physician prior to using LLLT devices to treat hair loss.

13 Feb 2014

Dr. Rose Appointed to ISHRS Ad Hoc Committee on FUE Issues

Dr.-Rose-Appointed-to-ISHRS-Ad-Hoc-Committee-on-FUE-IssuesThe Hair Transplant Institute congratulates Dr. Paul Rose on his recent appointment to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) Ad Hoc Committee for FUE Issues! Dr. Rose is lead hair transplant surgeon at our Institute, working closely with Dr. Bernard Nusbaum to provide evaluation, diagnosis, and surgical restoration for men and women who suffer with various types of hair loss.

Meet Dr. Rose. With more than 20 years experience in the field of hair loss research, diagnosis, and restoration, Dr. Rose is recognized worldwide for providing exceptional care and delivering authentic results. Dr. Rose is an active professional in the medical community. He is passionate about research, ongoing education, and attending international seminars on hair loss treatment and restoration. Along with Dr. Nusbaum, Dr. Rose’s research and expert medical opinion were recently published in the August 2013 edition of The Clinics, discussing new hair loss treatment technologies like low level laser therapy (LLLT), Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) injections, and robotic FUE hair transplant.

About FUE Transplant

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a highly refined method of surgical hair restoration. Using a small punch instrument measuring just 1-2mm in diameter, the surgeon carefully removes individual clusters of donor hair follicles. Because a punch instrument is used in lieu of “strip” harvesting, FUE does not leave a linear scar and generally causes less trauma to the scalp.

Robotic FUE technologies are now available to make the extraction phase of the hair transplant faster and more comfortable for the patient. Using high resolution digital imagery and advanced robotics equipment that makes measurements with micron-level precision, these “hair transplant robots” identify and carefully extract the fittest hair follicles for transplant. Following robotic extraction, the surgeon transplants each follicular unit by hand to recreate the appearance of a natural head of hair.

Hair Loss Evaluation

If you or a loved one suffers with hair loss, rest assured you are not alone. Statistics gathered by the American Hair Loss Association show that 2/3rds of men and nearly 30 million women likewise suffer with thinning, shedding or balding.

Take action. Get to the root of your hair loss at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Schedule an appointment online or call our Institute directly at 305-925-0222.

29 Jan 2014

Phil Tufnell Becomes Another Celebrity Endorsement for Hair Transplant

Phil Tufnell Becomes Another Celebrity Endorsement for Hair Transplant Hair transplant surgery continues to rise in popularity among British men and women, fueled partially by scores of celebrities, athletes, and other public figures who have gone public with hair loss struggles. Manchester United star Wayne Rooney candidly discussed his battle with pattern baldness in early 2013, admitting to several hair transplant surgeries to correct the problem. Former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo commented on the procedure, first jesting that Rooney looked “a little bit ugly” before, but now “with hair, he’s quite beautiful.”

This month, it’s former cricket star Phil Tufnell who has made his struggle with hair loss known. In an interview published on The Mirror, Tufnell said the transplant procedure was “no big deal” and thinks that more men will seek cosmetic surgeries as time passes. Tufnell told reporters he was not worried about being mocked for having a transplant performed. To the contrary, the former cricket star is proud of his new head of hair and has been posting pictures of his new locks to his Twitter account.

Learn More About Hair Transplant Surgery

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we proudly represent South Florida’s top hair surgeons and technologies. We hold your pursuit of a fuller, more natural head of hair in the highest regard. To learn more about hair transplant surgery, contact our Institute at 305-925-0222.

Image Source: Image courtesy of Daily Mail article, Phil Tufnell Says his hair transplant is ‘no big deal’

23 Jan 2014

Does Finasteride Cause Cancer?

Does Finasteride Cause CancerFinasteride (brand name Propecia®) is known among male hair loss sufferers as a powerful prescription medication capable of ceasing hair loss. Like all prescription medicines, Propecia is not without side effects. Most know that the medication may cause sexual side effects for the men who take it regularly. But are men also at risk of developing breast cancer?

Physicians have long prescribed Finasteride, and in some cases Dutasteride, to treat symptoms of enlarged prostate in men, or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). As a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, the medicine also helped to cease hair loss in subjects by warding off the chemical reaction that researchers believe causes hair follicles to stop producing hair. However, post-marketing data demonstrated some risk. Specifically, rare reports indicated that male breast cancer were a side effect of Finasteride treatment. For this reason, among others, Finasteride was considered dangerous to prescribe to women. Today, most hair transplant surgeons still steer women clear of Finasteride medication, recommending alternative surgical and non-surgical treatments for hair loss.

Despite rare reports of male breast cancer in men who took the popular BPH/ hair loss drug, the FDA approved Finasteride as a treatment for male pattern baldness in 1997. Now, nearly 15 years later, a study published in the Journal of Urology indicates that there is no link between Finasteride and breast cancer in men.

Study Finds No Link Between Finasteride and Breast Cancer

A new study published in the May 2013 Journal of Urology has men who take Finasteride breathing a long anticipated sigh of relief. According to the study, there appears to be no link between the onset of breast cancer and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, like Finasteride (Propecia®).

The finding is the result of over 10 years of study, during which researchers identified 339 men ages 40-85 who had breast cancer. Approximately 20 controls were identified per subject, amounting to more than 6,500 total. Using those controls, researchers were able to calculate the rate ratio for male breast cancer during regular exposure to 5-alpha reductase inhibitors using conditional logistic regression.

Summarizing the results of the landmark study, researchers report, “No statistically significant associations were observed between 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and breast cancer.”

Side Effects of Finasteride

Finasteride still has side effects, however. Clinical trials indicate that men who take Finasteride might suffer from a number of sexual side effects, including:

  • Loss of sex drive/ decreased libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased ejaculate volume

Notably, Finasteride side effects tend to fade and disappear entirely once the drug is no longer taken. In a 2012 study, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that the negative side effects of Finasteride might persist long after use is discontinued. That study was conducted with Propecia®, specifically, and it is important to note that the sample size was very small, consisting of fewer than 100 subjects. Follow-up studies are needed to assess the danger of long-term side effects.

For more information, readers are invited to visit our What is Finasteride reference.

14 Jan 2014

Miami Hair Surgeons Published in “The Clinics”

Miami-Hair-Surgeons-Published-in-The-ClinicsOur Institute saw many exciting developments in 2013, one of is the publication of medical papers by our lead surgeons, Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose. Both surgeons have been published in the August 2013 edition of The Clinics, a leading source for in-depth review and analysis of current technologies and treatments for surgeons, medical professionals, and prospective patients. It is an honor to be published, and we are excited to share the coverage on the Miami Hair Blog.

Among the many hair loss treatments reviewed by hair transplant surgeons Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose, most popular topics include:

  • Low level laser therapy (LLLT) for hair
  • Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) hair loss treatment
  • Robotic follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants

Read the full press release. We invite readers to learn more about these cutting-edge hair loss treatments by downloading the press release at the following URL: Miami Hair Surgeons Publish Clinics Review Articles

Have questions? Share your thoughts on the Comments section below!

7 Jan 2014

What is Finasteride?

A professional review of Finasteride side effects

What is FinasterideWe’re excited to announce that Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose have been published in the August 2013 edition of the Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America Hair Restoration review. We congratulate our lead surgeons, and welcome Miami residents to get a brief look at one of the topics they covered in great detail: Treating hair loss with Finasteride, also known by the brand name Propecia®.

More on this publication. Published quarterly, “The Clinics” gathers reviews and testimony from the nation’s leading cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons on a variety of medical and surgical disciplines. Disciplines are many and varied, spanning 59 unique areas including Veterinary, Dental, and Nursing.

The Clinics is widely recognized as a leading reference for surgical professionals and residents/ prospective cosmetic surgery patients who desire current information on new treatment protocols. Published by surgeons, the reviews are widely recognized for providing in-depth coverage, unparalleled detail, and expert insight.

About Finasteride

Finasteride is a leading non-surgical option for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Most patients recognize Finasteride by the brand name Propecia®.

When comparing different treatment methods, the claim-to-fame of Finasteride is that it helps patients maintain existing hair. In studies, it has been shown that about 82% of men who begin taking Finasteride maintain their original follicle count. A smaller but sizable number of men (64%) experienced re-growth of hair after about 2 years of continued use.

One of the primary causes of male pattern baldness is DHT, a synthesized version of testosterone that becomes more prevalent in males as they age. Over time, DHT causes a phenomenon known as hair miniaturization, which eventually causes baldness to progress.

How it works. Finasteride inhibits a critical enzyme needed to convert testosterone to DHT. With continued Finasteride dosage, DHT production is halted and baldness stops. Continued use of Finasteride may have side effects, however, as detailed below.

Side Effects of Finasteride

Finasteride has undergone clinical evaluations for both safety and effectiveness. And while some experience success when using it to treat pattern baldness, others experience Finasteride side effects. Most commonly, side effects of this hair loss pill include:

  • Decreased libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased ejaculate volume

Can Women Use Finasteride to Treat Hair Loss?

At this time, women cannot use Finasteride. Women who want to treat hair loss have the following options available, some of which are surgical procedures:

Non-surgical procedures:

  • Minoxidil (Rogaine®)
  • Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), though this treatment is most effective when used in conjunction with a surgical hair transplant.

Surgical procedures:

  • Strip Donor Hair Transplant
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) / Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT) Transplant
  • Robotic Hair Restoration with the ARTAS®

Finasteride Reviews

A professional review of Finasteride reveals that the hair loss medication has clinical trials to support its effectiveness in treating symptoms of male pattern baldness. For additional reviews and information, visit this page on Finasteride reviews.

Please Note: The above links to Drugs.com, a third party website on which the opinions shared do not necessarily reflect those of our Institute. Always consult a licensed medical professional prior to starting, stopping, or changing your prescription medications.

Learn More About Finasteride at the Miami Hair Institute

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we offer numerous non-surgical hair loss treatment options including Propecia® (Finasteride), Rogaine® (Minoxidil), and exciting new Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) designed to stimulate follicular activity and hair growth.

To learn more about these clinically proven hair loss treatments, schedule a hair loss evaluation online or call our Institute directly at 1-877-443-9070.

Sources:

(i) Nusbaum, Bernard M.D., Rose, Paul M.D. Side Effects of Finasteride. Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America. 2013 August; 337-338.

18 Dec 2013

To Cure Baldness, Turn-on Your Hair Follicles

To Cure Baldness, Turn-on Your Hair FolliclesA new study indicates that hair follicles might have turn-ons and turn-offs, just like the men and women. Unlike men and women, the recently discovered on/off switches have nothing to do with preference for the personality, physical features, or proximity of a potential mate. Instead, these turn-ons involve stem cells and a special pathway that delivers a protein referred to as Wnt.

The study was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. There, a team of scientists has discovered that “turning on” a special pathway known to regulate adult stem cells can trigger the release of Wnt proteins and cause even dormant (hairless) follicles to grow new strands of hair. On the other hand, scientists believe the pathway can also be “turned off” to prevent Wnt proteins from causing hair to grow.

Stem Cells, Wnt Protein, and Hair Growth

The discovery that hair follicles might be able to be “turned on” or “turned off” via manipulating a specific pathway has become a topic of much discussion this winter. Reporting to the journal Cell Stem Cell, Sarah Millar explains:

While more research is needed to improve our understanding of this pathway, our results suggest that therapeutics capable of decreasing levels of [Wnt action] in the skin could potentially be used to block growth of unwanted hair[…] Conversely, agents that activate Wnt signaling might be used to promote hair growth.

Nourishing the Hair Follicle

Hair follicle health is essential for the growth of full and beautiful hair. Follicles support the growth of each strand, serving as a foundation through which oxygen, protein, and other vital nutrients are delivered. When follicle health suffers, hair can become brittle, fine, and can stop growing altogether.

For these reasons, scientists have become fixated on the study and improvement of hair follicle health. The discoveries made by the research team at the University of Pennsylvania noted above are just one example. Around the globe, other research institutions and scientists are studying additional ways to improve the health of hair follicles. Ultimately, the goal is to find a way to wake dormant follicles and nourish them until they can support a normal hair growth cycle. In doing so, scientists believe a cure for baldness will be achieved.

Low Level Laser Therapy

One way scientists believe hair follicles can be nourished is through Low Level Laser Therapy, or LLLT. This special treatment exposes areas of bald scalp to FDA-approved lasers that are designed to stimulate blood flow to dormant hair follicles. The lasers are cool to the touch and safe to use in conjunction with other hair loss treatments, like hair transplant surgery, Rogaine®, or Propecia®.

Low Level Laser Therapy at Our Institute

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is pleased to offer the Capillus 272, a new and completely portable form of LLLT treatment that fits underneath your favorite baseball cap or hat. Patients who use the Capillus 272 enjoy a comfortable, convenient, and personalized treatment at home, in the office, on a morning run, or even on the golf course.

To learn more about this new and exciting treatment for hair loss, watch the video below.

The Capillus 272 is designed for men and women who want to reenergize their hair with safe, FDA-approved laser therapy. The Capillus may deliver exceptional results when used in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, Rogaine®, Propecia®, or stand-alone.

Hair Loss Evaluation. To learn more about hair loss evaluations at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, call our office directly at 305-925-0222.