Today the internet is ablaze with news of a new treatment for baldness. A patient with Alopecia Areata, which is an autoimmune disease which causes the body to attack its own hair follicles causing them to fall out, was treated with a medication used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. After a number of months the patient grew back all the hair on his scalp (which he had previously lost because of the alopecia areata). There are many issues to be worked out beginning with the fact that this medication ingested orally can cause a large number of harmful side effects to the body so using it widespread to treat this form of hair loss may be considered dangerous. Also, alopecia areata work by a different mechanism to make hair fall out, so this medication probably would not be effective in typical genetic hair loss which is the most common form of hair loss.
Regardless, this is an exciting development in the treatment of alopecia areata and I would imagine that a topical formulation of this medication could hold significant promise for safe treatment of hair loss secondary to this disease.
I have included a link to the CNN article describing the findings in the original study.
Here is a hair transplant patient of mine describing his experience undergoing the procedure immediately after the procedure and 2 weeks after the procedure. It provides good insight into the initial time frame of the procedure.
Here is a video of a patient of mine who received FUE grafts to the frontal scalp, the crown, and into a previous strip scar (created by another physician) to help conceal the strip scar. The results are shown after 7 months and already look dramatic. The patient will have additional cosmetic coverage over the next 7 months as additional transplanted hair grow in a nd continue to thicken in diameter. I hope you enjoy watching.
Today I want to highlight a new article I just saw on CNN discussing how various organs were engineered in the lab to create new organs for individuals that were missing these specific organs.
This is a huge step forward for organ cloning as the closer we get to being able to clone tissue, the closer we get to being able to clone hair. Once we can clone hair we will no longer need to harvest donor hair from the scalp and every person will have unlimited supply for whatever demand they have for scalp hair. I am not trying to say that we are a few years away from being able to clone hair in practical terms, but I know think that we may see hair cloning in the real world in 10-20 years.
Here is a link to a recent article from the UK press about a woman who underwent an eyebrow and eyelash transplant. Eyebrow transplants have recently become much more common as more people have discovered this procedure exists. Eyelash transplants are much more uncommon. Because the hair is taken from the scalp it will grow longer and need to be trimmed. This poses 2 problems for eyelash transplants. Firstly the hair can grow into the eye, thus scratching the cornea. Secondly, because you will need to trim the eyelash hairs every few weeks there is a high risk of injury to the eye. In addition, because the eyelid is so thin, and has so many muscles and nerves in a small area, there is a very high incidence of complications in eyelash procedures. It is for all these reason that I do not perform eyelash transplant procedures.
On the other hand, Eyebrow transplant procedures in the hands of an experienced eyebrow transplant surgeon can be very successful and I have been performing these procedures for over 10 years. In the patient highlighted in this article, she has a tremendous amount of eyebrow pencil makeup on her eyebrows in the “after” photo, thus not really giving an accurate image of what her transplanted eyebrows really look like.
Please feel free to click through my eyebrow transplant photos or go to my eyebrow transplant website www.EyebrowTransplantMD.com for more information.
Here is a new hair transplant patient testimonial of one of my recent patients. This particular patient is a well known actor and he describes his experience undergoing the procedure both the day of and the subsequent healing period. I also describe my surgical approach to this particular patient.
Typically the information I give patients is that at around the 6 month post hair transplant procedure time period they should see 50-60% of the transplanted hair growing and that by 12 months post procedure they should see most of the growth. From 12-18 months the hair thickens in caliber thus increasing the cosmetic density.
I have recently been seeing patients who are showing more significant growth at 6-7 months post hair transplant than I typically see and I wanted to post these photos for you to see. Nothing specific was changed for these cases so I am assuming they are just fast growers, but I will continue to keep you updated to see if this is a trend that continues.