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Non-Surgical Options for Hair Loss Treatment

PRP Therapy for Hair LossGiven our name – the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami – it is unsurprising that much of what we do to address hair loss problems involves hair transplant surgery. Our surgeons are world-renowned leaders in hair transplant surgery, have been instrumental in the development of the most effective and widely used techniques, and have used their skills, experience, and artistry to perform thousands of successful procedures. But our name notwithstanding, we offer plenty of robust non-surgical hair restoration options for individuals who may be better served by such alternative treatments.

All of the non-surgical treatments we offer are safe, tested, and effective. Which treatment is right for you will depend on your specific condition and goals, but our hair restoration experts have the knowledge and insights to select the treatment option best suited to your needs.

Some of the most popular non-surgical hair loss treatments we offer at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami are:

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Low-level laser therapy, also called LLLT, is a non-invasive treatment involving the use of specialized combs and caps such as the Capillus272 laser cap, a device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia.

LLLT nourishes hair follicles by sending pulses of energy into inactive follicles. These pulses “spark” the follicles back into a phase of regrowth by promoting proper circulation and cellular respiration.

The Capillus 272 caps we offer have 272 professional-strength lasers to make it the most powerful at-home device for thinning hair. You can wear it throughout the day, going on with your life while your cap goes about the business of strengthening your hair follicles.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

One of the most exciting and promising new treatments for hair loss involves the use of the body’s own natural growth and healing factors to stimulate hair regrowth. PRP therapy takes the body’s natural processes and turbocharges them. A blood sample is taken from the patient and then placed in a centrifuge where the platelets are separated from other elements of the blood. The PRP is then injected into the treatment area, stimulating the work that the body is already doing. 

PRP appears to nurture hair follicles with critical growth factors that take them from a dormant state (in which hair is no longer growing) to an active state (in which a normal hair growth cycle occurs). A 2017 report reviewed numerous studies involving PRP and hair loss and concluded that “the available evidence suggests a promising use for PRP as an alternative treatment for androgenic alopecia.” At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we have seen excellent results when using PRP with other hair restoration procedures.

Stem Cells

Another way we can use the body’s own processes to address hair loss is by re-introducing a patient’s own stem cells to their hair follicles, creating a nourishing environment to foster regrowth and minimize hair loss.

Using a liposuction tool, we take fat cells from the belly, flanks or love handles and extract the stem cells that can foster hair growth. We then inject this concentrated stem cell sample onto the scalp. It is a quick and minimally invasive procedure.

Hair Restoration Drugs

Hair loss medications such as Rogaine® (Minoxidil) and Propecia are extremely popular and effective ways to address hair loss without surgery. Both medications, for the right patients, can stop or slow down hair loss and can stimulate the growth of new hair in some patients.

Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Today to Learn About Your Options

If you are considering surgical or non-surgical options for addressing hair loss, we welcome the opportunity to help you get the full head of hair you want. Schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today by calling 305.925.0222.

Can Stem Cells Treat Hair Loss?

Researchers Succeed in Growing Hair From Embryonic Stem CellsThanks to stem cells, hair follicles are constantly regenerating. When they stop renewing, hair loss ensues. In the effort to target hair loss at the root, research shows that re-introducing a patient’s own stem cells to the follicle creates a nourishing environment to foster regrowth and fight the battle against hair loss.

In addition to hormonal changes associated with androgenetic alopecia, stem cells begin to shrink and deteriorate as we age. Per a recent Japanese study¹, stem cells that help promote hair renewal begin to wear and tear overtime, limiting the potential for follicle restoration. In addition, the follicles face miniaturization or shrinkage, making it difficult for new hair to grow. Aside from getting older, sun damage and chemical exposure can expedite stem cell damage.

Stem Cells for Hair Loss Treatment in Miami

The minimally invasive stem cell procedure involves a mild oral sedative and local anesthesia, making the process quick with little discomfort. Using a liposuction tool, we derive fat cells from the belly, flanks or love handles and extract the stem cells that will later foster hair growth. We then inject this concentrated stem cell sample onto the scalp.

Although stem cell treatment for hair growth is a relatively new procedure, the team at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is optimistic of long-term hair regrowth potential, particularly with ongoing treatment. Stem cell treatment can be used in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, topical treatments or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to increase your odds of success.

To consult with Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose for Miami stem cell treatment, call our office at 305-925-0222 or book your appointment using our online form. For non-Miami residents, we partner with area hotels to minimize lodging costs for our patients. To receive an exclusive Miami hotel discount, contact us after scheduling your procedure for a corporate rate code.

 

¹ http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6273/aad4395

Why We Choose Capillus Over Theradome for Hair Loss Treatment

Why We Choose Capillus Over Theradome for Hair Loss TreatmentLow-level laser therapy, also known as LLLT, is a popular, non-invasive hair restoration treatment for both men and women alike. With a variety of LLLT products on the market, it might be difficult to choose the one right for you. At Miami Hair, we prioritize our patients’ comfort, lifestyle, and results more than anything, which is why we choose Capillus as our provider of LLLT caps.

Low-level laser therapy is used for multiple ailments, including arthritis, chronic neck pain, joint disorders, and osteoarthritis. Perhaps it’s most obvious effects are on the head, where LLLT can help regenerate inactive hair follicles to reverse the signs of thinning and balding.

To better understand LLLT and why Capillus is the clear choice in laser cap manufacturers, it’s pertinent to understand the specifications of Capillus versus other competitors, including Theradome.

Capillus272 Versus Other Devices

Capillus supplies Miami Hair with the most advanced form of at-home LLLT – a discreet, comfortable, and convenient laser cap. The Capillus272 has grown in popularity of the past few years because of it’s effectiveness and ease of use, and we at Miami Hair are proud to offer our patients this revolutionary device as a supplement to their hair restoration surgery or as a standalone treatment.

With so many other LLLT devices, it’s difficult to choose just one. But Capillus comes out as the clear winner when compared to other similar laser caps. Here are some reasons why:

  1. The Capillus272 has more lasers than any other cap on the market, including Theradome, making it the strongest device available today.
  2. Capillus’ innovative design also hits the head further down in the front than Theradome, allowing the lasers to target the upper forehead area for more natural, attractive hair growth.
  3. Losing hair can sometimes cause anxiety and shame, but Capillus patients can rest assured their treatment is discreet. Capillus inserts into virtually any baseball or sun hat, while Theradome and other “laser helmets” are bulkier and obvious looking devices. Unless you’re a fan of Star Wars, Theradome is not an accessory you want to sport outside of the home.
  4. Capillus has FDA-clearance for both Capillus272 and Capillus82, allowing hair loss sufferers to feel safe in the restoration process. Because these are at-home devices, FDA-clearance only furthers the comfort level at which patients feel with operating LLLT caps on a regular basis.
  5. Capillus has been shown to improve hair counts by 51% compared to placebo device. The low-level laser diodes in Capillus devices directly target hair follicles, making it a great option for all hair loss sufferers.

Capillus at Miami Hair

If you’re interested in undergoing low-level laser therapy treatment for your hair loss, we’re happy to examine your condition and determine if you’re a candidate for Capillus. Because it’s such a safe, practical device, most hair loss sufferers are candidates for the Capillus272, regardless of their hair loss cause or stage.

Important Disclaimer: Do not attempt to purchase Capillus272 or other laser therapy caps from online retailers. Licensed medical professionals are the only parties who have the tools required to safely distribute LLLT devices. Contact us to learn more information on low-level laser therapy for hair loss.

Capillus272™ at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami

Capillus272™ at the Hair Transplant Institute of MiamiHave you recently undergone hair transplant surgery or, alternatively, are in the process of prepping for your transplant? If so, you might consider low level laser therapy (LLLT) as a boost that works in conjunction with your impending or recent surgery. Here at Miami Hair, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose are certified to offer the Capillus272™, a professional-strength laser treatment easy enough and portable for at-home use. This unparalleled convenience in hair follicle rejuvenation minimizes the number of office visits – unlike traditional physicians’ office LLLT domes.

How Does LLLT Work?

To fully understand how cold laser therapy works, consider these three facts related to the hair growth and loss process:

Hair Growth is Directly Associated with the Dermal Papilla

The dermal papilla (DP) is widely recognized within the medical community as the area of the hair follicle that drives regular hair growth. But, the cells within the DP can shut down due to a variety of reasons. Most notably, stress, genetics, hormonal fluctuations, and hair miniaturization can lead to ineffective DP.

Cold Lasers Work to Reawaken Dormant Follicles, Where Dermal Papilla Lie

When baldness becomes progressed, the number of non-functioning DP cells increases, creating a causation that allows many hair loss professionals to administer the appropriate restoration method, such as LLLT.

Phototherapy Nourishes Dermal Papilla

Phototherapy delivered through cold lasers allows the DP and hair follicles to rejuvenate themselves and sustain a normal hair growth cycle once again. Energy emitted from the laser diodes on a Capillus272™ cap, for example, targets each dormant DP and hair follicle to spark them back into the normal hair growth cycle.

Capillus272: A Unique and Convenient Approach to LLLT

There are a variety of LLLT devices on the market. But, none offer the convenience, mobility, or power of the Capillus272™. In-office domes, while powerful and effective, require regular physician visits and can’t be administered by individuals without a doctor present. Laser combs don’t encompass nearly the same number of laser diodes as the Capillus272™ cap, which means fewer cold lasers treat inactive follicles at any given time. The Capillus272™ has the largest number of lasers compared to any other cap on the market. Plus, it’s clean, convenient, comfortable, non-invasive, and approved by the FDA for the treatment of androgenic alopecia in both males and females.

Miami Hair and the Capillus272™

If you’re interested in pursuing LLLT as an addition to your current treatment or an individual method for hair regrowth, Miami Hair is a registered provider of Capillus272™ caps.

To get started and learn more about pricing and eligibility, contact Miami Hair toll-free at 877-433-9070. We can schedule a consultation where Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose will review your personal hair loss and provide an honest evaluation of the best treatment method, which may very well include cold laser therapy.

Is Hair Loss a Side Effect of Smoking?

Is Hair Loss a Side Effect of Smoking?Lung cancer is usually the first side effect that comes to mind when considering the harms of smoking cigarettes. But lung cancer isn’t the only problem associated with smoking; stroke, brain damage, tooth decay, cataracts, loss of smell and taste, and other cancers affecting the nose, lip, tongue, and mouth are also potential internal ailments following long-term smoking. Consider also the external side effects of smoking, which include premature aging, skin damage, and hair loss.

The Prevalence of Smoking in America

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco is the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States (i). More than 480,000 deaths are caused by smoking each year in America, with more than 41,000 attributed to the inhalation of secondhand smoke.

Even though it’s been widely advertised as a harmful and potentially deadly habit, 17.8 percent of U.S. adults still smoke cigarettes. About 76% of those, or about 32 million, continue to smoke everyday, significantly increasing their risk for tobacco-related diseases.

Smoking and Hair Loss

Inhaling cigarette smoke exposes the human body to over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known carcinogenic compounds. Nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT are all present in some of the biggest tobacco brands. Given the high exposure to such toxins, the body reacts in a variety of different ways to tobacco inhalation.

Here are the top four reasons smoking causes hair loss:

  1. Smoking reduces circulation to the scalp, which inhibits follicle revitalization and hair growth.
  1. Smoking cigarettes pollutes the blood with toxins that target your body’s natural cycles.
  1. According to the Department of Dermatology at the University Hospital of Zurich in Switzerland, cigarettes may disrupt function of hair follicle (ii).
  1. Oxidative stress caused by cigarette smoking is also tied to hair loss. Free radicals from smoking cause damage at the cellular level, decrease cell motility, and increase cell senescence, which is used to describe a live, but inactive cell that can no longer divide and proliferate. The aforementioned processes are all necessary for hair regrowth, and a lack of oxygen caused by smoking deters them.

Preventing Hair Loss from Smoking

If you are a smoker, quitting will not only help you maintain a full head of hair, but also allow your body to continue its natural biological processes without toxic disruption. You’ll be doing your internal organs, skin, hair follicles, and stress levels a favor by cutting out nicotine and tobacco products before they have the chance to take hold of your health.

Within just 20 minutes of quitting smoking, your blood pressure, pulse rate and temperature return to normal levels. In 48 hours, damaged nerve endings caused by smoking begin to regrow, along with a heightened sense of smell and taste. In one year, your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart attack are less than half of a nonsmoker, and in 20 years you are at the same risk of lung disease and cancers as an individual who has never smoked at all.

Quit Smoking Today

If you want to quit smoking but lack the resources, many advocacy groups like Tobacco Free Florida help residents statewide access the tools to cease their tobacco habits, regardless of socioeconomic status. They offer a toll-free “quitline” at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669), where smokers can speak to a Quit Coach who develops a plan toward your smoke-free lifestyle. You can also receive in-person coaching at one of their locations or speak to a representative online. Tobacco Free Florida’s services are free, allowing everyone willing to take the path toward health the chance to get involved.

Treating Hair Loss from Smoking

Although your internal health greatly improves the longer you’ve been a non-smoker, some side effects don’t reverse back to normal without outside help. If you’re suffering from hair loss as a side effect from long-term tobacco use, consider hair restoration treatment(s).

Topical treatments, prescription medications, hair transplant surgery, and low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices are all viable treatments for smoking-induced hair loss. To receive a personalized plan, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Our expert surgeons can help you diminish hair damage and thinning after smoking, allowing you to feel just as fresh and revitalized on the outside as you do on the inside.

Don’t let your appearance reflect unhealthy choices from the past. Contact Miami Hair at (877) 443-9070 or email drnusbaum@miamihair.com for your personalized treatment program.

Sources:

(i) http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/resources/data/cigarette-smoking-in-united-states.html

(ii) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12673073

How Thyroid Disease May Cause Hair Loss

How Thyroid Disease May Cause Hair LossHair health, fullness, and sheen are often indicators of the body’s internal wellness. Many diseases, conditions, and subsequent treatments trigger hair loss or dull, breaking strands. Two of those conditions are hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism. While they are complete opposite in terms of their issues – one is an overproduction while the other is an underproduction of hormones – they share a common symptom: hair loss.

If you suffer from a thyroid disorder and are currently experiencing hair loss or balding, knowing why and the steps you can take to combat this unfortunate side effect is important.

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a gland that releases a steady amount of hormones in the body. It’s pertinent to proper metabolic functions, growth, and development. The thyroid is located just below your voice box on the front of your neck. It is shaped somewhat like a butterfly with two lobes on each side connected in the center by a thin tissue. The thyroid stores hormones in small droplets within it’s vesicles, or follicles.

What does it do?

The thyroid is responsible for the production of three key hormones: T3 (also known as triiodothyronine), T4 (also known as Tetreaiodothyronine), and Calcitonin. T3 and T4 are both made up mainly of iodine.

Being the main component of two thyroid hormones, the thyroid requires iodine to function properly. Usually, the body absorbs iodine through the intestine and enters the blood stream. Then, it’s transferred to the thyroid gland to build T3 and T4. The body cannot produce iodine on it’s own since it’s a trace element.

One reason for an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, is a lack of iodine. Other potential causes are genetics, age, Hasimoto’s thyroiditis, and various medications. Under-activity usually develops over time, rendering it hard to notice. The symptoms are weight gain, slowed metabolism, loss of energy, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, slow pulse, constipation, and hair loss. Many patients with an underactive thyroid assume their symptoms are part of the aging process, rather than a serious hormonal condition.

Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, occurs from an overproduction of hormones in the thyroid gland. Energy metabolism speeds up and overactive thyroids lead to hot flashes, trembling, insomnia, racing heart, fatigue, diarrhea, weight loss, and hair loss.

Autoimmune diseases, issues with the thyroid axis, or autonomy from the pituitary gland are the three main causes of an overactive thyroid. The pituitary gland is responsible for regulating the amount of thyroid hormone produced, and a lack of communication between the two can cause overproduction.

Why does a dysfunctional thyroid lead to hair loss?

Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss. First, overactive thyroids sometimes lead to an increased development of DHT. DHT influences the development of sexual organs and secondary sexual characteristics, including physical appearance. But too much DHT can cause hair follicle shrinkage or elimination, resulting in shedding or thinning hair. Therefore, when an overactive thyroid impairs the production of DHT from testosterone, balding occurs.

For patients currently prescribed medication for an underactive thyroid, it’s important to note the side effects. One of the most common treatments is levothyroxine sodium, which also goes by the brand names Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, and Unithroid. Sythroid specifically has been shown to cause long-term hair loss in patients.

How to treat thyroid-related hair loss

Whether you’re suffering from hair loss due to a hormonal imbalance from hypothyroidism or your thyroid medication is causing your hair loss, you have options for treatment.

First, many individuals take additional medication to offset the hair loss from their current thyroid medication. Results vary since medication affects every individual differently, but make sure to consult your physician prior to adding or subtracting from your current regimen.

Hair transplant surgery is another treatment option known to deliver consistent results. Given the advances in hair transplants, such as the Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT) developed by Dr. Paul Rose, transplants are more naturally looking than ever. Using FIT, Dr. Rose extracts individual follicles from donor areas and moves them to balding areas with little scarring. Follicular Unit Transplantations (FUT) is a more traditional approach offered by many restoration experts, including the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami.

Many individuals aren’t candidates for additional medication or hair transplant surgery after suffering from thyroid-related hair loss. Low-level laser therapy, or LLLT, uses safe lasers to stimulate hair follicles. At-home laser caps can be worn underneath virtually any hat or covering.

Learn More About Hair Loss Treatment in Miami

If you’re suffering from hair loss related to an underactive or overactive thyroid, the Hair Transplant Institute can help. We offer a variety of treatment options, customized to individual conditions, to revert this unfortunate side effect of thyroid dysfunction. Visit Miami Hair online, or contact our institute at 305-925-0222 to learn more about our personalized approach to hair loss diagnosis and treatment.

Researchers Use Immune System to Trigger New Hair Growth in Mice

As the year comes to an end, yet another hair loss study has rocked the Internet with fascinating results! Just a couple weeks ago, researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre released findings that demonstrate how the immune system can be used to induce changes in the regenerative skin stem cells of laboratory mice. The study was published in PLOS Biology, and while follow up studies are needed, the hair loss community embraces these findings as much-welcomed insight on the potential for a “stem cell” hair loss cure.

Related news: Discovery of New Stem Cells May Hold Future Hair Loss Cure.

Commenting on the study, author Mirna Perez-Moreno explains, “We have discovered that macrophages[…] are also involved in the activation of hair follicle stem cells,” (i).

Macrophages are special immune system cells that play an important role in a process called phagocytosis. To protect the body, macrophages consume inbound pathogens while assisting in cellular repair (e.g. healing wounds). In the study conducted by the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, the macrophages had an additional and shocking effect on the hair follicles of lab mice.

The discovery began, at first, as a simple observation. While administering anti-inflammatory drugs, Perez-Moreno noticed that some mice experienced hair growth shortly after receiving the medication. This led her to hypothesize that the cells of the immune system might play a vital role in communicating with the hair follicle stem cells. To evaluate the hypothesis, the team tested several individual immune system cells to see if they had an effect on hair growth.

As researchers took note, one specific type of immune system cell did appear to play a causal role in activating stem cells within the hair follicle: The macrophages.

Summarizing the findings of the study, authors explain, “Our study underlines the importance of macrophages as modulators in skin regenerative processes, going beyond their primary function.”

Eventually, researchers hope to use findings like this to develop treatments in which stem cells can be “activated” to promote cellular regeneration. Such treatments could provide far-reaching benefits in the fight against terminal illnesses and other serious health conditions. For men and women who suffer with hair loss, stem cell therapy promises to one day “reactivate” hair follicles to reverse pattern baldness without foams, prescription medications, or hair transplant surgery.

Sources

(i) http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287367.php

Laser Hair Restoration

Laser hair restoration has the potential to alleviate the worry and anxiety that comes with thinning or balding hair. Around the world, millions of men and women report issues with their hair. For some, hair loss takes the form of general and spread out thinning. For others, conditions like androgenetic alopecia create pattern baldness that spreads throughout the scalp over time.

Hair restoration with a laser device is becoming an increasingly popular option for many who want a safe and effective means of restoring their natural head of hair. Laser hair restoration has recently won the praise of physicians, researchers, and patients worldwide as clinical evidence just recently proved the treatment protocol to be effective (more details below). And with both in-office and at-home laser hair restorations to choose from, patients of all ages are sure to find an option with which they are comfortable.

Proven Effective: Laser Hair Restoration via LLLT

Until recently, laser hair restoration technologies were met with skepticism from patients. For men and women who had suffered with hair loss for much of their adult lives, it seemed unrealistic that new hair could be grown simply by shining a cool and gentle laser on the scalp.

This year, skeptics were silenced when a new study showed that more than 300 men and women experienced new hair growth after just 26 weeks of using a popular at-home “laser comb” device. About 146 men and 188 women were examined throughout the study, and researchers found there to be an average of 20 new hairs grown per square centimeter of scalp. Read the study abstract here.

How Does Laser Hair Restoration Work?

The primary mechanism of hair growth during laser hair restoration is thought to be phototherapy. This is the common denominator across all low level laser therapy (LLLT) treatment devices; they all contain lasers designed to stimulate phototherapy at the roots of hair follicles. In turn, researchers believe LLLT devices improve hair follicle function and vitality, eventually “awakening” dormant hair follicles. Once awake, hair follicles can begin to sustain a natural and healthy growth cycle.

Whether receiving treatment at a hair loss clinic or using an at-home device, laser hair restoration occurs as follows:

1. After consulting with a hair transplant surgeon or hair loss specialist, you and your physician decide that laser hair restoration is the best choice to treat your specific condition.

2. Following consultation, you and your physician review different in-office and at-home laser treatment options. The difference between these two main options is outlined below.

3. At regular intervals determined by your hair transplant surgeon/hair loss specialist, you will use an in-office or at-home low level laser therapy (LLLT) device to gently bathe the scalp in cool, FDA-approved laser light.

4. Laser light is absorbed into the scalp, where it is thought to reach the hair follicles and stimulate phototherapy.

5. Treatment is continued under the guidance of your physician.

In-Office vs. At-Home Hair Restoration

There are benefits to choosing both in-office and at-home laser hair restoration. It is important to begin your pursuit of a fuller head of hair with a hair loss consultation to ensure the condition and most effective treatment options are accurately outlined by a licensed and trained professional. Following consultation, you may discuss in-office and at-home laser hair restoration treatment options with your doctor.

Benefits of in-office laser hair restoration:

In-office laser hair restoration is typically conducted using a large “dome” device that resembles the hair dryers you may have seen in hair salons. You sit under the device, and the dome delivers even LLLT exposure to the entire scalp. The biggest benefit of in-office treatment is the attention and care you receive from the hair loss clinic each time you visit. The biggest downside is travel time, and the need to make recurring appointments with your hair loss professional.

Benefits of at-home laser hair restoration:

At home, “laser comb” devices are known to be effective. The first clinical evidence for their effectiveness was released earlier this year, as discussed at the top of this article. The original study has also been cited at the end of this article.

The biggest benefit of at-home laser restoration is convenience. Hair restoration can be done at any time, even while comfortably relaxing in bed. When it comes to recurring treatment, however, patients must follow the guidelines provided by their hair loss professional (in terms of duration, frequency, and other special hair care instructions).

New Laser Cap Offers Best of Both Worlds

New “laser cap” devices offer the best of both worlds, giving men and women the freedom and flexibility to experience hair restoration at home using a device that covers the entire scalp. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we offer the Capillus 272, a device that fits discretely under patients’ favorite hat or baseball cap. With the Capillus, hair restoration can be done at home or on-the-go. We’ve even had patients who use it while golfing.

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Laser Hair Restoration in Miami

To learn more about laser hair restoration at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, schedule a hair loss consultation online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

Sources:

John L. Satino and Michael Markou. International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology. August 2003, 5(2): 113-117. doi:10.1089/153082003769591209.

New Method of Producing Stem Cells Falls Short

New Method of Producing Stem Cells Proves WrongEarlier this year, a team of Japanese scientists released studies that amazed the scientific community with a new method of producing stem cells. The new method claimed to have transformed ordinary cells into adult stem cells— cells capable of undergoing further transformation into any cell in the body. Researchers remained skeptical, however, as the new process involving a straight forward acid bath seemed overly simplistic and inherently flawed.

The study was originally published by a team of researchers from Boston and Japan in the scientific journal Nature. Following publication, however, leaders in the scientific community took issue with the images used as evidence in the study. Soon thereafter, specific elements of the Methods section of the papers received intense scrutiny, with many critics alleging issues of plagiarism.

Too Good to Be True: Scientists Withdraw Recent Stem Cell Findings

In a statement issued during a press conference with The Japan News, researcher Teruhiko Wakayama said, “I’m no longer sure that the articles are correct.” Mr. Wakayama is one of the first researchers to ever clone a mouse, making his endorsement-turned-retraction a shock to many. Elaborating on the study, Mr. Wakayama explained to news agency NHK World that he felt the experiments were correct, however the credibility of the data used as preconditions for the experiment had come into question.

Moreover, it’s important to note that the original studies involved cells from animal subjects, specifically mice. Even if successful, scientists face significant challenges when using the same methodology to achieve the same results in humans.

Proven Hair Loss Treatments

In the wake of these now compromised study results, it appears science is not any closer to a stem cell hair loss treatment. Fortunately, there are a number of hair loss treatment protocols that have been proven effective for men and women.

Non-surgical Hair Restoration

Non-surgical methods of hair restoration with a proven track record of success include:

Surgical Hair Restoration

Learn More About Hair Restoration in Miami

To learn more about the surgical and non-surgical methods of hair restoration available in Miami, contact the Hair Transplant Institute at (305) 925-0222.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Proves Successful in Reversing Hair Loss

Low-Level-Laser-Therapy-(LLLT)-Proves-Successful-in-Reversing-Hair-LossLow Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has long been thought to trigger new hair growth by stimulating hair follicles by way of phototherapy. In essence, hair transplant professionals and researchers have reasoned that LLLT devices could induce change through specific wavelengths of light that cause change on the cellular level.

Through these adaptive changes, researchers believed dormant hair follicles could experience an awakening. According to their speculation, LLLT technology had the potential to induce the specific chemical reactions that stimulate natural hair growth. Until recently, the hypotheses that tried to make sense of the results that hair loss patients experienced from LLLT treatments were not backed by actual study. Until now.

Recent studies now prove LLLT for hair loss to be effective in growing new hair where once was only balding scalp. The discovery is exciting news for millions of American men and women who suffer with thinning, shedding, or balding.

LLLT Devices Demonstrate Ability to Regrow Hair

The past few years have seen many exciting developments in hair loss treatment. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) has risen as a highly refined and effective surgery for producing an authentic head of hair, and 2013 saw the emergence of robotic FUE technologies designed to perform FUE with greater accuracy and precision than ever before. In the world of non-surgical hair restoration, a new study delivers equally exciting news for the millions of Americans who suffer with the social, personal, and professional side effects of hair loss.

In a study of 334 men and women, a popular LLLT comb device was found to stimulate all-natural hair growth after just 26 weeks of use. The test group consisted of 146 men and 188 women, but the results were not gender-specific. Both men and women experienced natural hair growth as a result of the LLLT treatment.

On average, participants saw just over 20 new hairs per squared centimeter of scalp following ongoing treatment from the FDA-approved LLLT device. Researchers believe the study shows LLLT effective in stimulating growth of new hair via phototherapy.

Candidates for LLLT Hair Loss Treatment

Who are primary candidates for LLLT hair loss treatment? In general, any man or women who wishes to treat thinning, shedding, or balding with a non-surgical hair restoration procedure is a candidate for LLLT*. Hair loss specialists may also recommend the use of LLLT in the following circumstances:

  1. LLLT is recommended for both men and women who are not viable candidates for a surgical transplant procedure.
  2. LLLT devices are useful for women who wish to treat thinning, shedding, or balding. Since pattern baldness appears in a more evenly distributed and diffused manner among female patients, popular at-home “laser hat” therapies are most popular because they discretely and conveniently cover the entire top and sides of the scalp.
  3. Under the supervision of a hair loss professional, LLLT devices can be used in conjunction with hair loss medications (Propecia, Rogaine, and others) as well as surgical hair transplant procedures. In these cases, LLLT exposure nurtures cellular proliferation via phototherapy to maximize natural results.

LLLT Hair Loss Treatment in Miami

To learn more about LLLT hair loss treatment at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, visit our page on the Capillus 272 mobile laser device for hair loss. Readers are also invited to call our Institute directly at 305-925-0222.

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*Always consult a physician prior to using LLLT devices to treat hair loss.

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