Propecia is due to lose patent protection in June of 2013

by Sara Wasserbauer, M.D. Propecia is due to lose patent protection in June of 2013, and many hair loss patients have marked the date on their calendars in anticipation of cheaper prices for this blockbuster drug.  What patients do not realize is that, although a generic may be available even sooner than that, prices may not fall immediately due to the complex laws … [Read more...]

FUE Instrumentation

By Sara Wasserbauer, M.D. One of the important aspects of modern FUE techniques is the instrumentation that has evolved to help the surgeon remove grafts efficiently and intact.  NeoGraft is an example of one of these machines that a doctor can use to help remove individual Follicular Units (FUs) from the scalp.  Using a rotating punch (a tiny little metal tube) that … [Read more...]

Is a Hair Transplant Painful?

Transcript: It is not that painful. You do feel a few pricks. Typically you’ll feel pricks across your forehead and at the back of your head with some tiny, little needles. Those don’t hurt very much and the pain last maybe 5 or 10 seconds. And then the whole top of your head goes numb. It’s something called the ring block. A lot of people mention that “I feel like I’m … [Read more...]

What are the Surgical Options for Female Hair Loss

Transcript: A lot of women think that surgery is not an option for them, which is not correct. It depends on the individual patient. Let’s say a female comes in with advance female pennon hair loss, and this can happen anywhere from a woman who’s young twenties all the way past menopause. If a female patient comes in and they’ve tried things like Rogaine, maybe even … [Read more...]

Female Hair Loss Discussed by Dr. Sara Wasserbauer

Transcript:  Well, the first thing that a patient needs to do in order to figure out what the heck is going on so that they can figure out what the treatment is, is to get a diagnosis. And the best way to get a diagnosis would be to run a series of tests. Usually these are very simple blood tests like checking the thyroid just to make sure that there’s nothing else … [Read more...]

Balding – What you can do to slow it down without a doctor?

When men realize they may be experiencing hair loss, it is an unsettling moment.  Most guys, even though they have the genetics for hair loss in their family, believe that balding will skip them somehow.  Even worse, the relentless progression of hair loss is tough to wrap one’s mind around, so even if you can see evidence of hair loss, most people believe that it will … [Read more...]

Hair Loss Terminology Decoded

Hair Loss Lexicon Alopecia: Hair loss.  This is the diagnostic term that doctors use. Androgenetic Alopecia: Pattern hair loss in either men or women.  Caused by genetics and androgens (hence the name).  Also sometimes termed androgenic alopecia. Scarring Alopecia: Also known as cicatricial alopecias, this is a group of hair loss disorders that is more likely … [Read more...]

New Study Maintains Propecia Safety and Efficacy

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF HAIR RESTORATION SURGERY MAINTAINS SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF PROPECIA (FINASTERIDE 1MG) FOR MALE HAIR LOSS IS BACKED BY PROVEN SCIENTIFIC DATA Task force formed to study reports of sexual dysfunction in some men taking Propecia for hair loss GENEVA, IL. – December 13, 2011. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) – the … [Read more...]