This below question was asked by a member of our Hair Loss Social Community and Discussion Forums and answered by Nicole, the SMP and Micro-Pigmentation Specialist for Coalition hair restoration surgeons Dr. Ron Shapiro and Dr. Paul Shapiro.
I’ve been considering this option but those reports do cause worry. I came across this post from about 2 yrs ago in another forum about the bio-compatible membrane. Here’s the copy/paste of relevant post:
“Surely if the membrane is bio-compatible once the body’s immune system dissolves this membrane then the iron oxides will be exposed to the body. If the body disposes these compounds via the GI tract then they would show up via a feces analysis.”
It’d be great to see confirmation reports or something that says the membrane won’t be broken down while still in the body and that the particles are indeed in the urine/feces
The body will break down iron oxides in the same way it breaks down iron supplements. When iron oxides are introduced into the body in small amounts it will absorb them in the same way. It’s why women who are pregnant are not allowed to get permanent make-up (which is made up of mostly iron oxide pigment) because the body will absorb the iron in the pigment and they will not retain any color. It’s also why patients who have high levels of pigment rejection are asked to get their iron levels checked.
As far as safety of the scalp micropigmentation pigments I use are concerned: Beauty Medical is one of the only companies (if not the only) who has released a full list of ingredients that their pigments are made up of, as well as, the full manufacturing process. You will not get this with any other pigment company. Most will just tell you that their pigments are made of “propriety ingredients”. Beauty Medical pigments are also manufactured in the EU which has much stricter and more highly regulated protocols for ingredients, manufacturing, and labeling of pigments than any other country in the world.
SMP and Micro-Pigmentation Specialist for Shapiro Medical Group
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Here’s an update on the eyebrow restoration on our lady who was in a car wreck and lost the central portion of her right eyebrow. She’s growing some already, will peak in another year, and may yet need extra hair. Like most females (recall I’ve done 3900 facelifts) it’s virtually impossible to get these ladies to come in without makeup. At a year, I’ll make her wash it all off, but today she has “school and kid duties” and won’t wash off her makeup.
The video includes her 3 month update and the video of the entire hair transplant surgery for those who missed it originally.
I have been taking Propecia for 18 months with no side effects. Recently I had a blood test that showed my testosterone was 1141, which is high. I need to stop now for three weeks to repeat the test and I am really concerned my hair will fall out within the three weeks. As soon as I get my results I want to start back at a half dose or maybe even 1mg.
My question is: Will I lose all my hair I gained over the last year in 3 weeks and will the hair stop falling again when I start back?
Taking a 3 week break from Propecia (finasteride) won’t necessarily result in significant and irreversible “catch up” hair loss. But, it’s important to note that there seems to be a lot of variability in the experiences of individual users. Unfortunately, the only way to find out how your body will respond is by stopping the drug.
That being said, I would not be too worried about this short interval.
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the HairMax Lasercomb as a hair loss treatment, controversy as to whether or not laser therapy is effective as a hair loss treatment still exists. The makers of the handheld one diode Hairmax Lasercomb, Lexington International LLC, claim that their product increases the number of thick hairs on the scalp based on their 26-week clinical trials. Yet, despite trials submitted to the FDA for both safety and efficacy, many patients and hair loss doctors alike are skeptics.
As the device’s name suggests, the HairMax Lasercomb combines a low-level laser with a comb. When drawn through the hair, the laser strikes the scalp to promote hair growth, according to the company. The laser comb is sold on the Web for $545. It is the only drug-free hair loss treatment meant for home use in combatting hair loss that’s garnered FDA clearance. Since then, several other laser devices have come on the market, such as the laser cap. The laser cap contains multiple diodes and when placed on the scalp, lasers from all direction target and penetrate the scalp, allegedly stimulating hair regrowth of miniaturizing hair follicles.
According to a press release from Lexington International, the makers of the Hair Max Laser comb –
“For the FDA submission, Lexington conducted an extensive clinical study in four different locations around The United States. The study concluded that 93% of the participants (ages 30-60) using the HairMax LaserComb had an increase in the number of terminal (thick) hairs. The average number of terminal hairs per square centimeter increased by 19 hairs/cm ² over a six-month period. During the study, there were not any reports of serious adverse events. The number and types of adverse events were similar in both the active and placebo groups.
Lexington’s clinical study demonstrating the efficacy of the HairMax LaserComb in females is concluding and we will be submitting the data to the FDA shortly.”
Laser hair therapy is also being offered by many hair restoration clinics. Some hair transplant physicians such as Dr. Alan Bauman, Dr. Scott Williams and Dr. Bob Leonard have been using clinical low light laser devises in their clinics for well over 5 years. They believe that such treatment can accelerate both healing and hair growth after hair transplant surgery. It also provides a treatment option for women with diffuse hair loss who are not candidates for Propecia.
While low level laser therapy may provide marginal benefit to men and women suffering from hair loss, it appears that Propecia and Rogaine 5% (especially the foam) are significantly more effective in regrowing hair. Laser therapy is said to be about as effective as Rogaine 2% (minoxidil) for women.
Laser therapy may have some advantages in accelerating the healing process after hair transplant surgery.
Low light laser therapy has been used for many years in treatments intended to accelerate healing for other aliments.
On MHR’s website it describes laser hair treatment as – “Low level laser therapy (LLLT) works by increasing blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles, encouraging hair growth. The unique laser light penetrates into the scalp tissue where it stimulates the micro-circulation, improves cellular metabolism, and protein synthesis. Furthermore, European studies establish that LLLT increases blood and lymph circulation at the hair roots, decreases inflammation, and energizes follicular cells causing hair to grow thicker and fuller.”
According to Dr. Matt Leavitt “Chief Medical Advisor to Lexington” –
“The HairMax LaserComb is a method of treatment that can be of great help to men of all ages suffering from hair loss. I am impressed with the protocol and results from the clinical trials that Lexington has conducted. With the FDA clearing the HairMax LaserComb as a medical device, it offers an attractive option for hair growth for medical practitioners. We can now deliver a new modality to our patients and achieve strong user satisfaction”.
For years, patients had an opportunity to share their LLLT experiences on our free hair restoration forum. However, very few actual patients have shared success stories. The majority of individuals who had undergone some kind of laser therapy were left wanting and waiting for hair that never regrew.
To view interesting comments about the Hair Max Laser that were posted previously on our discussion forum visit FDA approves HairMax Laser in the Open Hair Loss Topics forum.
Whether or not the the one diode Hair Max Laser hand held comb or the hooded clinical device with over 100 diodes works for the patient, I expect they will work very well at growing revenue for those clinics who market them.
Bill – Managing Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog. To share ideas with other hair loss sufferers visit our Hair Restoration Discussion Forum.
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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) vs Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) for Hair Transplant Strip Scar Repair?
Around six years ago I had a strip hair transplant surgery that left me with very wide scar. I have had two strip procedures: the first as mentioned 6 years ago, the second in December 2015 which has turned out great and has left a thin scar. I would like scalp or body hair placed into both scars and would also like to have some hair into my temple triangles too if possible. My main aim after the procedure would be to be able to wear my hair short with a nice frame to my face, so if future loss occurs I can still crop my hair fairly short, without using concealer on my scar.
I would love people’s advise, or anyone who has had a similar experience who has had follicular unit extraction (FUE) or body hair transplantation (BHT) into a scar and can now wear their hair short.
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