Can you stimulate the scalp to grow hair with Lasers? One hair restoration site was promoting hair growth with Lasers used for women’s hair loss.

The following is just my personal opinion. In my practice I have offered lasers and have carried out limited trials on various lasers offered. I got these lasers free so I tested them on my patients and did not charge them for these treatments. I saw no consistent benefits from the lasers in most of the patients who had the treatment. Some patients have reported subjective benefits and they have been happy. But I have not seen the benefit on a measurable scale so I do not promote it in my practice.

Low Level Laser Light Therapy (LLLT) is pushed by many doctors because they sell these lasers as laser combs, Laser Hats and other Laser delivery systems under the premise that they bring blood to the balding area and the hair growth therefore improves or there is some direct impact of the LLLT therapy on the hair. There has been no clinical demonstration that these lasers actually help grow hair. If in fact it did bring blood to the area (which I doubt), bringing blood to the area cannot make hair appears where it has died from genetic hair loss. As hair is being lost, it is often impacted by miniaturization (a transition period leading to full hair loss in some people) and the Lasers have not been shown to be effective in these conditions either. Hair won’t suddenly appear, but your wallet will get lighter. Some doctors make a killing selling lasers for as much as $3,000 each.

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before_SMP_1 Before SMP

This patient talks about how others were upset that he was visiting a hair transplant clinic when he had so much hair! They didn’t know he had SMP.

I’m gonna have a hair transplant in 2 months, In the meanwhile I wear a contact skin bonding foil system applied by glue on the scalp. Can this damage my existing hair or handicap my hair transplant success? I’m removing the contact skin on a weekly basis for washing my scalp.

At the moment there’s no single sign of irritation on my scalp, everything looks fine.

The glues can cause damage to existing hair, but it shouldn’t cause problems with a hair transplant surgery as long as you don’t continue to use it after the procedure. Ask your doctor what they recommend in terms of your preparation and post-surgery concerns, as every doctor is different.

Tags: hair transplant, bonding glue, hairloss, hair loss

Snippet from the article:

SmartWigMost large tech companies are either making wearable devices, or at least showing an interest in them. Sony’s got a smartwatch, sure, but it’s bored of such “in-the-box” thinking. Either that, or someone at Sony’s been hitting the pipe, as the company’s trying to patent what it calls a “SmartWig” (yeah, seriously).

The application describes a standard wig that could “be made from horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair or any kind of synthetic material,” with a circuit board hidden among those luscious locks. That board can talk to a “second computing device” wirelessly — such as a phone or even a pair of smartglasses — and actuators embedded in the hairpiece could “provide tactile feedback to the user.”

Read the rest — Sony’s SmartWig patent is a real head-scratcher

I love creativity and innovation. We’ll see where this ends up in the marketplace (if it ever does). You can check out the patent at the USPTO.

Tags: sony, smartwig, wig

I have a couple questions. Do you recommend a daily multivitamin or anything like b-6 or zinc?

I have an ugly head…if I see nothing works and I decide to go with a semi permanent toupe, would you recommend something like cyberhair, which can be glued on a month at a time? The pics look so good but I couldnt glue it on or make it match. Or do you think this is the worst thing a person can do?

Multivitamins are always good. No problem with using them, but they aren’t going to make your hair regrow.

People who have abnormal shaped heads love hair transplants, as a good hair transplant with long hair covers most skull abnormalities. Wigs also work, but that choice is clearly yours to make. Obviously, the biggest difference is that the surgical method is permanent and doesn’t require the same maintenance or financial costs that a wig does in order to look real.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, hair transplant, vitamins

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Hold onto your ponytails: A new report alleges that Locks of Love — a well-known charity that makes wigs for children suffering from medical hair loss — has disclosure inadequacies that could total up to $6 million annually.

Locks of Love reportedly receives around 104,000 hair donations per year to make “hair prosthetics,” according to the report by Nonprofit Investor, an organization that evaluates charities. That should be enough to produce around 2,080 hairpieces, taking into account that 80% of donated hair can’t be used (too short, gray, or bleached), and that it takes six to 10 donations to make a Locks of Love wig.

But in 2011, Locks of Love made just 317 of its custom-fitted wigs, according to Nonprofit Investor.

Read the rest — REPORT: $6 Million Worth Of Hair Donations To Locks Of Love Have Gone Missing

Tags: locks of love, charity, wigs, hairloss, hair loss

Hello.

I am 18 years old and by looking at my family history, I’ll start losing my hair between 20-22.

I have decided not to take propecia (I know the percentage of side effects is rather small, but I dont wanna risk any sexual side effects, and definitely not any brain fogs, as my brain is my main asset). I’ve contacted and visited a guy here in London, who’s wearing a hair system, and its actually not visible, even if you put your eyes like 2cm from the hairline. And you wear it 24/7, usually for a week.

Now, I would imagine wearing a hair system till like 30, so till in 12 years, and then go for an intelligent combination of treatments (hair cloning -replicel,aderans etc + body hair transplantation + several GHO sessions) to turn my NW6 to NW2.

THE QUESTION i’m asking is if like 6-7 years of wearing wigs, which include like putting glue on your scalp and cleaning it off with alcohol and putting it back on weekly, will damage my scalp skin and thus make a hair transplantation difficult.

Thanks. Please answer. Bye

You are getting way ahead of yourself here. You need to first get a diagnosis from a physician and then discuss your options in a Master Plan for treatment. If you are scared to take a medication due to potential side effects, that is up to you and your doctors to decide.

Finally, wearing hair systems long term can cause scalp irritation, scarring, and localized hair loss from traction alopecia. Many wig wearers have balding areas at points of attachment. Not to mention the expense of maintaining the hairpiece, which is something many people don’t consider.

Tags: hairpiece, wig, hairloss, hair loss

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A judge has awarded damages to a man suffering hair loss who had gone to a clinic in Dublin to undergo a hair restoration procedure.

Judge Raymond Groarke held it would have been ridiculous for garage worker Jeremy Keogh to have believed that having a wig or membrane glued to his head would cause his hair to regrow.

He said Mr Keogh (29), St Killian’s Crescent, Staplestown Road, Co Carlow, had succeeded however in convincing the court he had not been provided with what he thought he had purchased at Advanced Hair Studios, Dublin, in March 2009.

Read the rest — Man wins court case over anti-balding treatment

Tags: wig, hairpiece

DogGood Morning Balding Blog,

I got an article to share with you today: 7 Most Extravagant Wigs in the World

p.s: check make sure you check out Andy Warhol’s wig which cost $10,000!

That’s a fun look at some funky wigs. It’s too bad this dog didn’t make the list, as it’s a pretty extravagant wig (for a dog).

Tags: wigs, toupee, hair piece

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Farrell Hair Replacement, a world leader in ultra custom, non-surgical hair replacement, announced today the release of a new video interview with film and television star Jason Alexander.

Most of us are familiar with the character of George Louis Costanza in the American television sitcom ‘Seinfeld’, and know that George was constantly trying to find a miracle cure for his baldness. The character of George was played by Jason Alexander who embodied the 1980s bald look. The amazing thing is that now, despite the fact he is in his 50s, Jason looks more youthful than he looked in his 30s while playing George.

Jason AlexanderRead the rest Jason Alexander Reveals The Company Behind His Custom Hair System

I’ve written about actor Jason Alexander’s new look before. He clearly wanted to change his image. I am certain that it’s the man in the mirror that drove him to use a hairpiece. Take a look at successful men in Hollywood (Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin) and political candidates (Romney, Santorum). It takes hair to create an image. Granted, Jason Alexander had success as a bald sidekick to Jerry Seinfeld… but he was likely limited in the roles he was offered. For the aspiring actors or job seekers, the men with a good head of hair will have a better shot at success than their bald counterparts. That is a fact, even if you don’t like the message.

Jason Alexander has the money to go the toupee route, which can get pretty costly with maintenance required to keep it looking good. I’ve written about this before here.

Tags: actor, celebrity, hollywood, seinfeld, wig, toupee, hairloss, hair loss

Why would Elton John and William Shatner wear toupees when hair restoration is easily available?

Elton JohnSurgery is a personal decision, so I can’t speak for everyone… but I can make an educated guess. Hair restoration or hair transplant surgery is in essence about moving your existing hairs around. If you don’t have lots to move around you cannot cover a huge area of balding or achieve the look of a 16 year old fullness.

Moreover, many older celebrities with their financial success have had a hair transplant surgery 10, 20, 30 years ago when hair transplant surgery results were not the best. So with their fortune they depleted their donor hair supply and do not have enough donor to fix the problem. As a result, their only option is a wig and or toupee.

Tags: celebrities, hairloss, hair loss, wigs, toupee, hollywood

I saw the below advertisement on BoingBoing, and it apparently ran in a UK newspaper in the early 70s.

Would you rent some hair?

Hair rental ad 1973
Tags: hair rental, old ad, 1970s

Hi Dr. Rassman,
Thanks for writing such an informative and entertaining blog. Keep up the great work. I have some questions:

(1) Everyday the grafts fall out from the head with the follicle on one end, is it possible to collect these grafts and preserve them in a certain condition for future surgeries? If possible, how? And for how long can they live?

(2)If I use tapes to attach a toupee 5 hours every month, will it hurt the scalp which will house the grafts of future transplants?

Thanks!

The hairs that naturally fall out of your scalp are those that have gone through the normal cycling of hair (telogen, catagen, and anagen) and there is nothing on them that is ‘alive’. We all cycle our hair and when the hair falls out, its root goes into a resting stage and then re-grows a new hair 2-6 months later. Since the hairs that fall out are not alive, there is no chance that it will ever grow again, as dead is dead.

The tapes used on the scalp for attaching wigs can still cause traction alopecia (hair loss where the tapes are attached), even if the adhesive is kept on for long periods of time. Traction alopecia occurs in these areas, as I have seen in my exposure to such patients. The tape should not harm the skin or prevent future transplants into the area.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, hair transplant, wigs, toupee

Can i use the real hair to do the knotting as cyber hair? Is there a safe hair extension method in the market?

I am not an expert in hair extensions, so I cannot comment if one is safer or better than the other. In general, if there is a constant pulling on your native hair (which you will feel), it may cause traction alopecia over a period of time. The extensions that are fixed in place have more traction alopecia than those that you place and move around by yourself.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, hair extensions

I had the idea of combining SMP with the occasional use of hairpieces to basically give me the hair style options of any non balding man (at a much higher price of course.) This way, each would get rid of suspicion of the other; being able to grow hair and being able to shave it. My question is, would the glue used to bond the hairpiece to the head ever damage the SMP? I’d never excessively use hair pieces- just now and then for special occasions.

Wearing a hair piece or hair system will not damage the Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) pigment. If the glue does not damage your skin it should not damage the micropigment under your skin.

Tags: smp, pigment, damage, hairpiece, hair system