As Austin Hair Graft updates their look through a re-brand, we wanted to give a little taste of where we have been. Below are blogs from our start which show the progression of our practice.
March 15, 2015
LaserCap is a portable, home device, which uses Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to treat male and female pattern hair loss. It is safe and easy to use and fits in any cap. It is currently the most effective home care system of Low Level Laser Light Therapy for hair growth and is the only completely portable, discrete device.
LaserCap has 224 low level laser lights built inside a flexible, hermetically sealed dome shaped membrane that fits comfortably in almost any hat and is powered by a small belt clip battery pack. It delivers 10X more power than the leading devices, provides optimal coverage to the entire scalp, and is as easy to use as wearing a hat. This also makes LaserCap portable and discreet. It is not only good for those losing their hair or with thinning hair, and supports hair transplants to maintain their existing hair. Laser Cap also works well with other hair loss treatments such as medical management with Minoxidil, Propecia, or Organic Regrow.
The Evolution of Hair Transplant Scarring
May 28, 2015
Patients frequently ask me when they come in to consult on hair transplantation about scarring. That is probably the number one concern patients have when it comes to the transplant procedure. While scarring is different person to person, hair transplantation techniques have evolved, and many of those different techniques leave little to no visible scarring!
When patients have concerns about significant, visible scars from hair transplantation they are typically referencing older methods often referred to as “hair plugs” or the “strip method”. To give you a brief history, hair transplantation has been heavily researched and performed using different types of techniques since the early 1930s. These techniques have continued to evolve in order to give patients more natural results with less downtime, potential complications, and scarring. Hair plugs, a well known hair transplant method, really grew in popularity starting in the 1960s-1980s. This technique involved removing a 3-5mm section of donor scalp with healthy hair (usually at the base of the scalp) and transplanting it to thinning areas. The section removed resembled a “plug” of hair, hence the name. Essentially, with this technique, clumps of hair get removed from the donor area and are then added to areas where more hair is needed. The problem with this is that often the result is more unnatural, and because the sections of scalp removed and transplanted are so large, recovery often takes longer and scarring is much more significant. Risk of follicular death after plugs is also more likely to occur as a greater need for blood flow to the transplanted area is required. As hair plug results became more undesirable to patients, an alternative began to emerge and “strip” excisions began to replace the hair plug technique.
Strip Method, or a technique often referred to as FUT, is a method made popular in the 1980s that looked to replace the more antiquated, unnatural plug method. This method removes a strip of follicles from the scalp donor site, harvests them in a saline solution, separates the strip into follicular units, and then transplants these units to the recipient site. While much more successful in health of transplants and healing post operatively, the strip method has its own challenges, primarily with the donor site. Removing such a large strip of the scalp requires stitches or staples, and often leaves a very large, noticeable scar that some patients even require additional surgery to help correct. As a result, many patients continued to look for an evolution in techniques to yield their desired results.
The latest and most advanced technique when it comes to hair transplantation is Micrografting or FUE (follicular unit extraction). This evolved technique removes individual hair follicles from the donor site and transplants those follicles one at a time to the recipient area. Since follicles are removed one at a time, there is no need for a strip of the scalp to be removed for transplantation. As a result, a more natural hair line can be achieved with little to no scarring, and no staples or stitches to the donor site. Never before has there been such a customizable technique as FUE. In fact, many patients are able to return to work within a couple days post procedure.
Hair Loss Wetline Treatments
April 9, 2015
We are very excited to offer patients our new and improved wetline products. For patients experiencing hair loss, it is important to develop a treatment strategy that helps to support hair growth in many different ways. A good wetline system is an important piece of this total strategy. There are 5 products in our wetline all designed to provide specific support for your hair. They are as follows:
- PREP – designed to soften sebum accumulation and break up products used in the hair.
- CLEANSE – this cleanser removes all waxes from other shampoos and products. It also removes DHT and sebum broken up by the PREP solution.
- CONDITION – an optimal product to improve texture and softness of the hair.
- ACTIVATOR – increases blood flow to the scalp. Will help oxygenate the hair follicles.
- PROTECTOR – neutralizes sebum for up to 24 hours. Prevents toxicity to the hair follicles.
Because there are many conditions which contribute to hair loss, we developed a powerful system that will help improve most of those causes. This includes sebum buildup, all types of dandruff and other skin disorders. Our product line even removes the greasiest, oiliest and wax-laden styling products all the way down to the base of the follicle.
Unfortunately, the longer a sick follicle remains dormant, the less likely it is to wake up again. Once baldness has occurred it is irreversible and can only be restored through transplantation of follicles directly to bald areas. That is why it is critical to begin simple treatment options at the onset of thinning hair. The sooner you start a treatment plan the more effective it will be for you.
As soon as you begin to utilize the Austin Hair Graft Rejuvenation System you will notice improvements in the condition and cleanliness of your scalp and hair. Within the first two-six weeks of daily use, you should notice a reduction in the total amount of daily hair breakage and fallout. With continued use, you will see hairs growing in with greater thickness and volume. You can experience significant improvements in hair quality in as little as three to six months.
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery 2013 Conference
March 26, 2014
Recently, I attended the annual ISHRS meeting in San Francisco with experts in the field of hair restoration from all over the world. The topics included what is new on the horizon for regeneration of hair and the best practices in techniques in hair transplantation.
First, there continues to be debate between FUT(follicular unit transplant) proponents and FUE(follicular unit extraction) on which is better. As I have attended the last three meetings I have seen the pendulum swing toward the FUE side. I personally feel that the FUE is the better choice for most patients. The robotic FUE machine is being promoted as the next advancement in the technique but was not a topic of much discussion on the agenda. The machine is expensive and the graft transection rate is not improved versus manual techniques. So, I do not see a revolution of hair transplantation being done with robots.
Another topic that has been a ongoing matter of public and scientific interest is the progress on hair follicle cloning with stem cells and treatments to stimulate the dying hair follicle. An up to date presentation by a basic science researcher revealed that we are still a ways from cloning hair in the human model. Any early success in the animal model has not translated to the human. More promising is the approach to stimulate the human hair follicle cell with growth factors/stem cells. PRP(Platelet Rich Plasma) with or without Extracellular Matrix-Acell has shown clinical evidence to work. Many of the experts in the field related their own experiences with PRP and the consensus was that it works. Now, the challenge is how to measure how much and in what situations will be worth the cost and additional time it will entail. There has been enough time to show that its effects are reproducible and not just antidotal. It can be used to stimulate existing hair follicles and to enhance the survival of transplanted follicles.
Additionally, graft survival whether it be FUT or FUE was discussed as it relates to the solutions used at the time of surgery. There was not a clear answer on what is best. Definitely, minimizing trauma to the grafts, maintaining a moist environment, and reducing transplant time were felt to important.
Overall, the meeting was productive and is great venue for the providers of hair restoration from all over the world to share their unique perspectives. Browse our site for more info on Dr Jeffrey Hall’s hair restoration procedures in Austin, Texas.
iGrow Laser Hair Restoration in Austin
March 6, 2014
I am excited to announce in my practice the addition of the latest technology for laser hair restorationin Austin: the iGrow® Laser. For many years I have been a big fan of laser hair restoration therapy for patients who need hair loss solutions for their balding/thinning hair yet may not be appropriate candidates for hair transplantation, as well as for patients who have undergone a hair transplant and need preventative long term options for hair maintenance. The iGrow® Laser and Laser Cap are both fantastic options to fit the needs of these patients.
The iGrow® Laser combines highly effective red laser and LED light diodes to stimulate and energize cellular activity causing an uptake in the natural function of the hair follicle. Red light delivered by a laser or LED is absorbed by the mitochondria of cells in the hair follicle and activates transcription factors leading to stimulation of the anagen phase of the hair cycle. In more simple terms, the laser stimulates hair follicles and helps remove DHT to allow the hair follicles to become stronger and grow faster.
My favorite aspect of the iGrow® device is its ease of use. Not only is it effective and advanced technology, but it’s transportable design allows you to use it anywhere. You can even plug in your phone or tablet to watch a movie, listen to music, or play video games while stimulating your hair follicles. In fact, my staff often finds me in my office, wearing the cap and listening to U2 while responding to emails. It’s that simple and easy.