Scientists appear to have moved one step closer to a solution for hair loss. For the first time, researchers have been able to grow entirely new hairs on human skin. The new technique would be drastically different than current treatment options available for hair loss, as it would use people’s own cells to generate new hair. In the study, researchers removed cells from the base of human hair follicles and grew them in drops hanging down from the lid of a petri dish. They then injected the cells into hairless human skin that had been grafted onto mice. In five out of the seven grafts, new hair follicles grew. Further tests confirmed that the follicles were human. But baldness hasn’t been solved just yet. The type of hair produced was very small and fine, according to researchers. Only 22% of the genes that normally operate in follicular cells were functioning in the grafted cells. More work needs to be done to see if longer, thicker, better quality hair can be grown, but researchers are optimistic that an effective treatment for baldness can be developed. Current treatments for baldness do not involve producing new hairs. Hair transplants, for example, simply shift hair by moving follicles from the back of the head to the front, leaving scars on the back of the head, which may be a particularly unappealing option for women. Other treatments focus on trying to revitalize existing or dying hair follicles, rather than on growing entirely new follicles. This new technique could theoretically be used in both men and women suffering from hair loss. This news is brought to you courtesy of Dr. Mark Bishara and The Paragon Med Spa (817) 473-2120
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For many people, Lady Gaga is seen as a music icon, an individual, a very creative person and yes, a woman who struggles with hair loss. The 25-year-old has been open about her hair loss and has said that her hair has started to fall out because of the constant hair dyeing. The natural brunette is known for platinum blonde hair and because of it, she’s been open about her hair loss. So what’s a woman to do about hair loss? Rumors have been swirling that Lady Gaga is using Minoxidil (Rogaine®) to combat her hair loss. What is Rogaine? It is the only FDA-approved topical solution to regrow your hair. For women, it enables them to take control of hair loss and start regrowing healthy hair. It is a very good treatment for hereditary hair loss. Initially sold as a prescription product, Rogaine is now sold over the counter and for women, the 2% solution is recommended. One thing to keep in mind, use of minoxidil to abate hair loss or re-grow hair should be viewed as a lifetime commitment if the re-growth is to be maintained. More density to the hair is achieved with continuous use, which allows for easier styling, but bear in mind that it does not replace all of the missing hair and that the response to treatment is individual. Side effects may include an itchy scalp and other minor skin irritations, which occurs in approximately 6% of females, according to Leavitt. There are additional treatments availbalbe to women with hair loss, both non-surgical and surgical. In addition to Minoxidil, there is the Laser Cap (LLLT) as well as Robotic Hair Transplants. Laser Cap- Low Level Laser Technology (LLLT) The LaserCap® using Low Level Laser Technology (LLLT) can help men and women of all ages who suffer from hair loss by emitting pulses of laser light energy to the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles and improve blood circulation in the area, encouraging hair growth once again. Dr. Mark Bishara fully endorses the results of this advanced technology and is proud to offer LLLT in his office through treatment with the LaserCap. During the LLLT procedure, beams of light are absorbed by the scalp to stimulate blood flow and allow more nutrients to flow to the hair follicles. As a result, hair begins to grow again. Many patients experience significant improvement to the amount and quality of their hair after this procedure, and report benefits such as:
Reduction of excessive hair loss
Improvement of hair shaft quality
Repair of damaged hair follicles
Thicker, easier-to-manage hair
Reduction of excess oil production in the scalp
Relief from itchy scalp symptoms
Robotic Hair Transplants FUT performed by Dr. Bishara is a method of hair restoration surgery in which hair is transplanted only as natural, individual follicular units. This ensures that patients will achieve the most natural results and also allows Dr. Bishara to transplant the maximum amount of hair into a small area. These follicular units consist of up to four individual hairs in each follicle. During the FUT procedure, an area of hair is trimmed short and then the scalp is numbed with a local anesthetic before being removed through a vibration distraction technique. The removed follicles are then stripped to their most natural state and then placed in the recipient area. Sutures are placed in the donor area, which are usually hidden by the patient’s hair. The healing process begins immediately after the procedure, and patients are usually able to resume normal hair care after a week. Hair growth typically begins about three months after the FUT procedure. Please contact our office for more information on female hair loss options at (817) 473-2120 for more information.
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HOME 3D VIDEOS Hair loss is commonly thought of as something that occurs only in older men. However, it happens in younger men too. Since hair loss is generally unexpected before age 21 it can be a shock for a young man between the ages of 15-20 to discover he is losing hair. The first sign of losing hair is likely thinning in the temporal area of the frontal hairline, above the eyebrows on either side of the “window’s peak”. This can result in the appearance of a high forehead. The young man may also begin to notice excess shedding when he combs, brushes, showers, or shampoos his hair. This usually occurs if the young man’s father, mother, uncles, or older brothers have pattern hair loss. Its common that the family “baldness trait” has been passed along to him. Hair loss before the age of 21 can very disturbing for any young man, even if he expects it. Loss of hair at this psychologically and emotionally vulnerable time in his life can leave him feeling less attractive socially, disfigured, and hindered in the job market. A good first step in fixing a young man’s hair loss is having a consultation with a physician hair restoration specialist who is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). No recommendations for treatments will be made until the physician hair restoration specialist has determined the cause of the hair loss. Hasty treatment before diagnosis is established may be ineffective and could be counter-productive. The first goal is to educate the young patient with regard to the cause, progression, and long-term ramifications of hair loss as well as any treatment for hair loss. Mark A Bishara, M.D., P.A. Medical Director Get our Free Guide on Robotic Hair Restoration Please also visit our Facebook page at Paragon Plastic Surgery and Medspa ,
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3D Videos Dear Friends, Hair transplantation is universally accepted as a treatment for hair loss. While it was developed and first offered for men with hair loss, women have increasingly found hair transplantation an option to correct the cosmetic deficit of thinning hair. Today many women are being proactive about seeking hair transplantation. Studies have shown that about 80% of women experience some degree of hair loss before menopause. Hair loss has a basis female pattern therefore, a women who has history of hair loss in her family may be especially aware of the possibly that she may also begin to lose hair as she matures. A family history of hair loss in women is an indication that a woman may be genetically predisposed to lose hair. However, a woman’s hair loss is not always genetically predisposed and is not always permanent. Hair loss is common during pregnancy and is usually restores on a normal pattern after pregnancy. Also some hair may be due to a condition such as hypothyroidism that requires treatment before hair transplant can be undertaken. Whether hair transplant is an option for a woman that is experiencing hair loss is a question to be answered by close consultation with a physician hair restoration specialist. Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure associated with some degree of discomfort and small risk for complications. It is a procedure that should be undertaken with great amount of deliberation. Hair restoration is also a procedure with a high success rate of meeting the expectations of patients.
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Dear Friends of BCS & HR, Finesteride has been used for years to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). One additional benefit has been the reactivation of dormant hair follicles and making miniaturized hair shafts more robust. Merck has published side effect data that includes but is not limited to erectile dysfunction, persistent decreased libido, and mastodynia or breast pain. Despite its protective effects against low grade prostate cancer, finesteride has been denied wider indications for its use at the government level. More long term data will be necessary to determine whether the genetics of androgen receptors on the prostate are modified in prostate cancer in patients with high Gleason scores who previously took finesteride. Recently an article was published regarding the side effect profile to finesteride. Not only was it written poorly, it was a biased approach at collecting data from a questionnaire on a biased website. The selection bias and study design was not only non scientific but they can be reduced to a collection of inflammatory statements that belongs in a magazine rack in the grocery store check out line. Respectfully yours, Mark A. Bishara, M.D., P.A., Medical Director For more information regarding hair restoration procedures click and fill out a contact us form: This information is brought to you courtesy of Dr. Mark Bishara and The Paragon Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Mansfield and Southlake, TX Please visit us at our Facebook page at The Paragon Plastic Surgery and MedSpa , , , Tyler