Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LaserCap Now FDA Cleared


LaserCap's LCPRO model just received FDA clearance as a treatment for female hair loss. 

This is great news for all of my patients as it's further validation of the product's efficacy. 

I've been using the LaserCap in my practice for several years, and it's the most effective low-level laser therapy (LLLT) wearable unit I have encountered.

The LaserCap is a lightweight, dome-shaped, portable device that is worn on the head and easily concealed under a hat. It offers 224 laser diodes, providing global coverage of the scalp. This is a highly effective treatment for women, as well as men, who are experiencing thinning hair. Although LLLT can't regrow follicles once they're dead and gone, it is proven effective at 'restarting' follicles that have begun to miniaturize. 

Bauman Medical Group is currently in the midst of a clinical trial study of the LaserCap, so stay tuned for more information!

Monday, August 3, 2015

New Drug for Hair Loss?

Will a new treatment for hair loss be on the market soon?

The US Patent & Trademark Office awarded a patent this June to a University of Arkansas chemistry professor for inventing a new pharmaceutical protein called BMD-2341. 

So far, it appears the protein has only been tested on mice, but it seems to have a mitigating effect on hair loss. 

A company called BiologicsMD is now in the process of developing a line of "protein therapeutics" to utilize this drug as a new treatment for hair loss.

At Bauman Medical Group, we're often the first to evaluate new hair loss treatments entering the market, so we'll be sure to find out more information as soon as it becomes available. Stay tuned for more information later on.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Close-Up: Jon Cryer's Hair Loss

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Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer has been noticeably balding for years, often concealing it on set and at big events with what appear to be hair pieces and possibly also camouflage agents. 

Cryer is a great example of someone who would benefit tremendously from a multi-therapy treatment approach, combining hair transplantation and supportive medical therapies. 

As can be seen in the photos below, when Cryer is without any hair piece, his hair loss is quite extensive throughout the crown:

At the same time, however, the crown still has many surviving follicles, and a surgical procedure could rebuild density throughout those areas:

As extensive as Cryer's hair loss is, it's still treatable with a combination of NeoGraft FUE (most certainly multiple sessions), plus compounded finasteride FinPlus, Formula 82M, Viviscal Pro, etc. He could vastly improve his hairline, rebuilding most of it, were he to undergo proper treatment with a qualified, board-certified hair restoration surgeon.

Often, hair loss patients make the mistake of thinking that their condition is "too bad" to be fixed. While waiting to seek treatment certainly doesn't help, in many cases even extreme cases can be fixed with the proper treatment plan.

Hopefully Cryer will seek out a hair restoration physician at some point. It would be a shame to see him go fully bald when he doesn't have to.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Is Armpit Hair Trend Fizzling Out, or Growing?

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Not long after Miley Cyrus became the face of the pro-body hair trend among female celebs, she's apparently changed her mind and decided to have it removed. 

Does that mean the armpit hair movement is at an end? Fear not, there are still plenty of celebs to choose from: slideshow.

And apparently the trend is going even further. Body hair tinting is becoming a thing, with a growing number of women opting for tinted hair on their heads, pits and even 'down there.'

Regardless of what you think about body hair, allowing it to grow is certainly a healthier option than waxing and laser removal - particularly in the genital regions. Removing pubic hair can expose those areas of the body to a greater risk of infection, including STDs.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Is Hair Stitching Bad for Your Follices?

The success of fantasy and historically themed shows like Game of Thrones, Vikings, Once Upon a Time and Outlander is leading to a new hair styling trend in Hollywood: hair stitching.

But will it harm your hair?

While many common styling practices like braids, extensions, even pony-tails, can cause physical damage to the follicles if they're over-used, in extreme cases leading to traction alopecia (see Naomi Campbell's bald spots), hair stitching does not appear to pose any significant risks. The stitch itself is just woven through the existing hair, so the only issue would maybe be the anchored braids if they were too tight over time. However, in most cases, hair stitching is likely to be limited to special occasions, not a "daily 'do," so the impact would be minimal.

Bottom line: hair stitching is not a risk to the long-term health of your hair, so throny up!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Is Armpit Hair Now in Vogue?

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Miley Cyrus. Maddona. Jemima Kirke. All three of these female celebrities are daring to go where few have dared to (publicly) go before - they're growing out their armpit hair!

No doubt there will be many who cringe at this new style, and we'll have to wait to see how far this new trend actually goes in Hollywood. But it's worth asking: why is it socially unacceptable for women to have hair there

It's certainly a unique counter-trend at a time when both women and men are trying to remove hair from various parts of the body. From a medical standpoint, there's no real benefit or risk for either letting your body hair grow out, or deciding to remove it (as long as you use safe products under sanitary conditions) - but with one exception. Pubic hair is one area of the body where removing the hair can actually put you at a higher risk of infection, STDs, etc. Here's what I had to say about that back in 2012.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hair Extensions for Jennifer Lawrence?

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It's hard to find someone in Hollywood who isn't using hair extensions - and Jennifer Lawrence is certainly no different. She was recently spotted in New York where her extensions were evident as she went apartment hunting.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again: extensions are extremely bad for the hair! The extra weight and pulling effect can physically damage the hair follicles, resulting in permanent hair loss (i.e., traction alopecia). A number of celebrities, from Naomi Campbell to Kim Kardashian, appear to be suffering the after-effects of these products.

Female hair loss is often caused by genetic factors, but there are a number of other ways you can damage your hair - physical damage from extensions, wigs, braids, pony-tails, etc. is something every woman needs to be aware of. It's ok to do so every once in a while, but if it is done regularly it will likely lead to irreversible damage to the follicles.