Monthly Archives: October 2012

ISHRS Annual Meeting: Course Faculty


At the annual scientific meeting held in the in the Bahamas, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) held their twentieth year of education, research, and collegiality at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise island.  The event was attended by almost one thousand physicians and associated professionals in the hair restoration field.

The annual meeting included didactical and hands-on courses, live surgery workshops, seminars, scientific sessions, and poster presentations.  The meeting was highlighted by lectures by Dr. Ralf Paus from the University of Manchester who spoke on “emerging therapies and strategies to induce hair growth,” and Dr. Bruce Morgan from Harvard University who discussed hair morphogenesis and follicular regeneration.

A workshop and hands-on course teaching Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) to new physicians was given by hair transplant surgeons teaching both manual and motorized FUE techniques.   The course faculty was composed of international surgeons such as Dr Alex Ginsburg of Israel; Jose Lorenzo of Spain; Jean Devroye of Belgium; and  U.S. trained hair transplant surgeons such as Dr. Ken Williams of Irvine, California; James Harris, of Denver, Colorado; John Cole, of Atlanta, Georgia; William Rassman, of Los Angeles, California; and Sanusi Umer, of Torrance, California.

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PRP STUDY-Female Hair Loss Research Grant Award


The International Hair Research Foundation (IHRF) in partnership with the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), recently announced at the 2012 ISHRS annual scientific conference in the Bahamas, their research grant to advance medical and scientific study in the field of trichology.

The recipients of such award are Dr. Carlos Puig of Houston, Texas; Dr. Ken Williams of Irvine, California; Dr. Robert Reese of Edina, Minnesota; and Dr. Matt Levitt of Maitland, Florida. The research grant is to fund the study the effects of human derived Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) on hair growth in female patients.

The ISHRS Scientific Research, Grants, & Awards Committee awarded the grant based upon: intended goals; hypothesis; relevance and importance of research; other preliminary studies in the hair restoration surgery field; experimental design; academic and professional affiliation.

The title of the clinical research receiving this award is entitled, Pilot Study On The Effect of Autologel Platelet Rich Plasma Injections On Hair Growth In Patients With Female Pattern Hair Loss. The pilot study is prospective, double blinded, and placebo controlled and part of a multi-site study evaluating the effect of PRP upon the growth of the hair follicle in women with Ludwig II Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL).

Dr Ken L. Williams of the Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery-OC Hair Restoration is seeking to enroll female patients that meet certain criteria in this medical study who suffer from hair loss. Hair restoration surgeons in the western United States wishing to enroll their patients are encouraged to inform their patients of such study.

There is no cost to the patient and no reimbursement is available for enrolling in the study. The study potentially benefits all patients enrolled, because if there is a demonstrated significant difference between the placebo and study group, all patients in the placebo group will receive without charge PRP therapy to induce hair growth.

The inclusion criteria are: 1) Female Gender, 2) At least 18 years if age, and 3) Ludwig II FPHL diagnosed by history, physical examination, and either biopsy or strong family history of female pattern hair loss.

PATIENT SURGICAL RESULTS


29 year-old male came into The Irvine Institute of Medicine & Cosmetic Surgery concerned about hair loss in his frontal hairline.  The patient began losing his widows peak at 22 years-old, he began taking Propecia several years later.  Patient desired to recreate his widows peak to restore his youthful looks. 1817 grafts were harvested from the donor site and transplanted to the frontal hairline using Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Linear STRIP technique.  After the transplant procedure patient began using Rogaine 5% foam twice a day in addition to taking Propecia, as recommended by Dr. Ken Williams. The pictures above show the dramatic difference at only 9 months post op, with final surgical results at 12 to 18 months.

Patients Needed for Female Hair Loss Study


Dr Ken L. Williams of the Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery-OC Hair Restoration is seeking to enroll in a medical study female patients suffering from   hair loss. The study is designed to evaluate the effect(s) of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy on patients with Ludwig 2 Female Pattern Hair Loss. The title of the research is Pilot Study On The Effect of Autologel Platelet Rich Plasma Injections On Hair Growth In Patients With Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL).

This study is designed by Baylor University hair surgeon and principal investigator, Dr. Carlos Puig. It has been approved by the Office of Human Research Protections at the  University of Houston. The pilot research is a part of a multi-site  study evaluating the effect of PRP upon the growth of the hair follicle.  The study is prospective, double blinded, and placebo controlled  to reduce physician bias.

There is no cost to the patient and no reimbursement is available  for enrolling in the study. If, however, the study demonstrates a significant difference between the placebo and study group, all patients in the placebo group will receive without charge PRP therapy to induce hair growth.

FPHL is the commonest cause of hair loss and prevalence increases with age. FPHL has also emerged as the preferred term for androgenetic alopecia. Hair loss in women   negatively impacts women more than men with impaired social function, decrease self-esteem, and loss of confidence. In most cases, the diagnosis can be made clinically and the condition treated medically.

The female hair loss study is supported by Cytomedix, the manufacturer of the Autologel system that creates the wound healing and hair stimulating properties from PRP.  In addition to Drs. Puig and Williams, also participating in the multisite study are Dr. Robert Reese from Edina, Minnesota; and Dr.  Matt Leavitt of Maitland, Florida.

The inclusion criteria are: 1) Female Gender, 2) At least 18 years if age, and 3) Ludwig II FPHL diagnosed by history, physical examination, and either biopsy or strong family history of female pattern hair loss as defined by two or more female relatives known to have a familiar Ludwig pattern of hair loss, without known disease.

For female patients interested in being a patient in the study or for further information please contact:

The Irvine Institute of Medicine & Cosmetic Surgery-OC Hair Restoration

15785 Laguna Canyon Road, Suite 390           Irvine, CA. 92618

(949)333-2999       http://www.OCHairRestoration.org