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 […]
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) vs Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) for Hair Transplant Strip Scar Repair?
This question, from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums, was answered by Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Glenn Charles: 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 […]
Highlights from the 2016 ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas
In September of 2016, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) held its annual scientific meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The annual meeting brings together many of the world’s leading hair restoration physicians and hair loss researchers to discuss advancements in medical and hair transplant surgery. Background on the ISHRS The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is the most prominent professional organization for hair restoration in the world. Their primary mission is to educate hair surgeons ranging from the novice to the expert. Their website (http://www.ishrs.org/) provides useful information about hair restoration and profiles and contact information for its hundreds of worldwide physician members. At the meeting, Dr. Ken J. Washenik replaced Dr. Kuniyoshi Yagyu as the acting President of the ISHRS for the coming year. Congratulations to Dr. Washeni for receiving this high honor. Physician Recognition and Awards Congratulations to the following award recipients: Coalitionhair transplant surgeon James E. Vogel was awarded the Golden Follicle Award for his role in developing innovative hair restoration techniques and […]
This question, from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums, was answered by Dr. Blake Bloxham, a staff physician from Feller Medical: What is the maximum density you plant in your “as much as possible” hair transplant procedures? I think you’re referring to the maximum graft number I would transplant in an “AMAP” or “as much as possible” procedure? Again, it really depends on the patient. In a strip procedure, it really comes down to how much I can safely extract from the back as a strip. I probably take a little more time than most in the morning figuring out my margins for the strip. The goal, in my mind, is to maximize the yield without compromising the closure. So once I know the maximum dimensions of the strip, the patient’s density determines how much “AMAP” they will really get. For some, it may be 3,000 or 3,500. For others, it may be up to 5,000 or more. And I know there is some controversy […]
The following response to a question from a member of our Hair Loss Forum and Social Community, was written by forum member “hairthere” who is a scalp micropigmentation practitioner: Just wondering if having scalp psoriasis would preclude somebody from having Scalp Micropigmentation? Also I use a tar based shampoo to control the psoriasis which contains Alcohol & Salicylic Acid which I believe hasten fading. Does anybody know what the suitable shampoos are for people that have undergone SMP? Ideally there could be one that would be good for the psoriasis without fading the SMP? I’ve worked on clients with psoriasis and haven’t had any issues, but the patches are usually small and contained. I know if left untreated the patches can get quite large which could potentially pose issues for SMP. We provide all clients with a specially formulated shampoo post treatment made by Beauty Medical along with a healing serum. The shampoo is designed to raise the level to its normal PH which is slightly acidic. Once the client […]