Friday, April 18, 2014

Kate Pokes Fun at William's Thinning Hair

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The always charming Duchess of Cambridge made new fans this week after she jokingly poked fun at her husband's bald spot, suggesting he think about an alpaca toupee. 

While this was obviously not a serious suggestion, Prince William does have options when it comes to his balding crown. 

At 31, Prince William has advanced male pattern hair loss for his age - in fact, he's a Norwood Class III-vertex, progressing quickly toward IV and beyond. My suggestion would be to start a multi-therapy approach immediately that combines finasteride (Propecia), minoxidil (Rogaine) and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). Non-invasive FDA-approved therapies can start reversing the miniaturization of the hair follicles immediately. Because hair growth rates are slow, the results will take 3-9 months to become appreciated.

A microsurgical FUE hair transplant with NeoGraft (the "Cadillac of hair transplants") would also do wonders for him. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jermaine Jackson's Bizarre Hair Paint

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Jermaine Jackson's recent spot on Celebrity Wife Swap has left many people wondering what exactly is going on with his hairline. Jackson, 59, appears to be using some bizarre type of hair paint/camouflage to disguise his disappearing hairline. It isn't uncommon for a man of his age to be struggling with hair loss issues, in fact, 60 percent of men in their 60s have some degree of hair loss, but there are certainly better ways to address the issue. 

The look is no doubt unnatural, and unnecessary, considering the technology available to restore your hairline - specifically today's hair transplants.   

NeoGraft FUE, or the "cadillac of transplants," is a machine that allows doctors to perform a hair transplant surgery with remarkable precision and without scalpel or stitches. Thanks to this advanced technology, today's hair transplants are often completely undetectable to the naked eye. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Demi Lovato "Giving Hair a Break"

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    Hair chameleon Devi Lovato announced this week she is "giving her hair a break" and returning to her brunette roots. The young star is known for her dramatic styling choices and can usually be seen sporting colorful locks, but she may not be aware of the potential damage she is causing to her hair.

Many consumers don’t realize that chemicals like bleaches and dyes fundamentally change the structure of your hair, making it weaker and more susceptible to breakage and damage. Overusing these treatments can lead to severe breakage, hair fallout, loss of density and volume and, if bad enough, even traction alopecia. 

    The good news is that in most cases the damage your hair will sustain is only temporary - but it will take a while for the damage strands to grow back. The best advice is to avoid dyeing your hair too frequently - however, you can also try boosting your hair’s health by using low level laser therapy a few times each week or taking nutritional supplements like biotin, marine-derived proteins and polysaccharides.

Postpartum Hair Loss Watch: Elsa Pataky

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Actress Elsa Pataky is looking great just three weeks after giving birth to twins - but now that she's in the postpartum phase, she could start to see some associated hair loss.

Postpartum hair loss is relatively common - but don't worry, it isn't permanent. The medical community believes it could be triggered by the hormonal fluctuations that occur during this period. While pregnant, women see a surge in their estrogen and progesterone levels (which is why women have such great hair when pregnant) - and after the baby is born, these levels return to the pre-pregnancy level. It is this sudden drop-off in hormone levels that causes the hair follicles to go into short-term shock.

As a result, shedding is quite common in the weeks, and months, following the delivery.

Elsa may not experience postpartum hair loss - but if she does, she shouldn't worry. Postpartum hair loss is normal, temporary, and shouldn't be a problem. But if she decides she wants to give her hair a boost during this period, she could try vitamin supplements such as Viviscal or Biotin, and could consider a regimen of low level laser therapy to stimulate healthy hair growth.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Vincent's Kartheiser's Unfortunate Hairline

While many fans are sad to know that the cast of Mad Men is wrapping up filming on the final season, but cast member Vincent Kartheiser probably has at least one good reason to look forward to giving up the role of Pete Campbell - his hairline! 

The actor, 34, has had to shave his hairline to help his character age, and when asked recently about the prospect of getting his hairline back, he simply replied, "It doesn't bother me, one way or the other." And quickly clarified that his real hairline isn't receding, at least not yet! "Most of my friends were like, 'Dude, don't do that, it might never come back in!' But luckily I have a good head of hair."

While 34 might seem young to experience hair loss, 30 percent of men will face some degree of hair loss in the 30s, and the risk increases as they age. Now that Vincent has had a chance to live with a receding hairline, hopefully it inspires him to take good care of his hair and start preventative treatments early! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fools' Day - Don't Be Fooled By These Hair Loss Treatments

As the demand for cosmetic treatments continues to grow, some marketers have fallen for the temptation of presenting certain types of products and treatments as being more than they are. There are a lot of treatments out there that promise much, but don't always deliver.

One of the top offenders: hair loss treatments.
In honor of April Fools' Day, here are four hair loss treatments that consumers should watch out for:
Hair Loss Brushes - One persistent hair loss myth is that stimulating the scalp with magnets, brushes and massagers can improve blood circulation to the hair follicles and therefore reduce hair loss and improve new hair growth. There is no reliable medical evidence to support this claim. While there are real medical treatments to stimulate hair follicles and help improve blood circulation - like minoxidil, low level laser therapy and platelet-rich plasma - this can't effectively be done via a special hair brush or scalp massager. Don't get fooled!
Herbal Supplements - Good nutrition and certain supplements like biotin and marine-derived proteins and polysaccharides can help support hair quality. However, it's important to keep expectations realistic. A vitamin isn't going to stop hereditary hair loss or regrow hair from scalp where follicles are already dead and gone. Only FDA-approved medical treatments like minoxidil and finasteride have been extensively proven to slow, stop and reverse hereditary hair loss. And only surgical hair transplantation can regrow hair where severe depletion of hair follicles has occurred.
Minoxidil - Speaking of minoxidil, this treatment also requires a disclaimer. Although it is FDA-approved and has proven science behind it, the catch is that minoxidil doesn't work for everyone. In fact, over-the-counter minoxidil may only work well in about 38.3 percent of patients. The bottom line for patients is that there's a 65 percent chance that standard over-the-counter minoxidil won't help you. Instead, you may require a prescription for a specially formulated, compounded minoxidil solution for optimal results. 
Hair Transplants - "Hair plugs" are a thing of the past, today's hair transplants still don't always turn out the way they should. The biggest problem is that many unqualified doctors (many of which are not certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery) offer this procedure. The risks for hair transplant patients include surgical complications, infections, scarring, poor density and unnatural looking results. Another problem is that many doctors and large national clinics still mostly perform the traditional type of transplant called the "strip" or "linear" harvest technique instead of the less invasive "follicular-unit extraction" (also called FUE). With a strip-harvest procedure, patients are left with a permanent linear scar.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

eBook: Rejuvenating Hair as Women Age

Forget wrinkles, it could be your hair that betrays your age. While unruly grays are the most known, and most obvious, there are six other signs of aging hair to watch out for—dryness, lackluster color, thinning, breakage, split ends, and frizz. And it doesn’t stop there, more than half of all women over 40 experience age-related hair loss or thinning.

To help women understand how aging effects their hair, Dr. Barry Lycka, author of the eBook series Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today, asked me to offer my expertise for his third installment of the series. Rejuvenating Hair as Women Age discusses the struggles women face as their hair ages and offers tips and advice on how to keep your hair healthy and vibrant. 

Topics discussed in Rejuvenating Hair as Women Age include:
  • Why female age related hair loss patterns are different from men
  • Why and how hair ages
  •  How genetics play a role in hair loss as women age
  • The facts about hormones, menopause and hair loss in women
  •  How stress, inflammation and nutrition affect women’s hair health
  • How to restore damaged hair – straight or curly
  • Why hair transplants for women have become pain, scar free and 90% effective
  • How new techniques are restoring thinning eyebrows and lashes
  • What to expect from a physician when seeking hair loss treatment 
For more information on V3 of Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today, or to download the eBook, visit