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Confidence Is Having the Look and Hair on Your Scalp-New Rogaine face Bill Rancic


rogain01MensHealth.com interviewed Bill Rancic about being the new ambassador for Rogaine, and how your appearance can make or break your career.

You’ve checked your resume six times. You know why you’re a good fit for the position. But are you armed with confidence? Bill Rancic, the very first candidate Donald Trump hired eight years ago on The Apprentice , has gone on as a successful entrepreneur, reality TV star, and motivational speaker. His main theme is making an impression goes beyond what you look like on paper. “Confidence is critical,” the 41-year old says. “When you’re confident enough to be yourself, that’s when you’ll get the job.”

Wear confidence—literally 
Is your interview outfit something you feel comfortable and powerful in? Or is it the same suit you wore when you were fresh out of school and about 70 trips to Wendy’s thinner? “Whether you want to admit it or not, people begin to judge you the minute you walk in the door,” says Rancic, who has a hands-on role in the hiring process of his various ventures. “When I’m interviewing someone, I want to make sure that he thought enough to take care of himself—to dress appropriately and to groom himself properly. If he wasn’t willing to do that for the interview, how will he act when he’s working for me?”

Make good grooming a habit
When you sit across from the boss at a table, he’ll be looking at you from the neck up, so make sure you’re feeling assured. Rancic’s secret weapon? Rogaine. “When you lose your hair, it has an impact on confidence and your overall self-esteem whether it affects your career or your love life,” he says. He’s been a Rogaine consumer for years and admits he was shocked with his hair loss comparing before and after photos.

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One in four men suffer from hereditary hair loss, so Rancic knows he’s not alone. In his latest role as Rogaine’s “Growth Coach,” he’ll offer advice to men through social media outlets on how to take control of hair loss. Whether you’re hitting the gym to keep your belly in check or loading up on anti-aging products to delay wrinkles, tackle the issue head on instead of running from it. “No one even needs to know what you’re doing,” he says, adding that he’s not the least bit embarrassed to use Men’s Rogaine Unscented Foam. “It’s like a styling mousse. You use it once in the morning and once at night, and it becomes a habit like brushing your teeth.”

Be open to change
In his transient life—he and his wife, Giuliana of E! News, live in Chicago and LA to suit both of their careers.  “Since getting married, it (life) has changed significantly,” he says, laughing. “Oh my God, I was not a good dresser. I’d wear flip-flops and jeans. I guess that’s not cool.” Giuliani helped him with the little things—like introducing him to pocket squares for a simple way to upgrade a smart outfit and wearing proper footwear. (She’s right—flip-flops away from the beach really aren’t cool.) And Giuliana isn’t the only one who thinks change is a good thing. She also has him hooked on after-shave balm (“It tightens up my skin.”), blow-drying his hair (“My hair used to be really flat. It takes like two extra minutes.”), and anti-aging serum. Rancic doesn’t look like a guy who spends too much time grooming—he just looks good.

“I shouldn’t be saying this,” he says. “My buddies in Chicago are going to read this and I’m going to lose my ‘Man Card.’” See that full head of hair, though? Man card is intact.

The Costs, Pros & Cons To Hair Loss Treatments


Hair-Loss-in-menAndrogenetic alopecia (AGA), or male pattern baldness, is the most common form of hair loss. It’s inherited from either one or both parents and is caused by the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which shuts down hair follicle growth. Men with this pattern baldness tend to have the classic “horseshoe” appearance of the scalp; women usually have thinning hair concentrated on the center part or diffuse loss on their entire scalp.

There are many causes for hair loss such as medical illness (diabetes, lupus, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism), medications (antidepressant, beta-blocker, and cholesterol reducer), physical/emotional stress, chemical dyes, and even wearing tight braids/ponytails (Traction Alopecia),and over-styling of the hair.

Here are a few pros and cons of FDA approved hair loss treatments:

Finasteride-DHT Inhibitor

According to clinical studies, this medication, sold as Propecia, was most successful with patients. It’s primarily prescribed for men because it can cause serious birth defects in women.  Women of child bearing years may be prescribed Propecia, but special precautions must be implemented to prevent pregnancy because of teratogenic side effects in male infants. The cost is around $60 to 80 per month depending on the pharmacy.

imagesPros: In clinical trials in which men with pattern baldness took 1 milligram per day for two years, new hair grew in 66 percent of patients. In 83 percent, hair loss was stopped.

images copyCons: Side effects are infrequent but may include decreased libido, impotence and depression. These symptoms typically disappear if the medicine is stopped. Patients should commit to it for at least six (6) months of therapy before evaluating treatment effectiveness. If the patient stops taking the medication   any hair gained or maintained through the therapy will be lost.

Minoxidil

This topical product is manufactured in strengths of 2% (the only version approved for women) and 5%, which also comes in a foam. Sold under the brand name Rogaine or generically, versions sell for as little as $10 per month. Minoxidil works best on patients whose hair loss is recent.

imagesPros: In a study cited in the journal ACP Medicine, even the 2 percent solution was shown to produce visible hair growth in about one-third of patients and fine-hair growth in another third.

images copyCons: In the same study, minoxidil was ineffective in one-third of patients. Results might not be visible for 4 to 12 months, and like Finasteride (Propecia) any benefits are lost when you stop applying the product. Side effects include dry, itchy, or irritated scalp and increased facial hair.

Hair Transplant Surgery & Costs

If you want to regain a natural youthful hairline and medical therapy does not work,  or your hair loss is too advance, you will most likely require hair restoration surgery.  Modern hair surgery uses your own natural hair grafts which are moved from the back of the scalp, to the top or front part of your head. There are two surgery techniques used in hair surgery- FUE and Strip. The average cost per graft for the  STRIP technique is $4-8,  and $ 8- 12 for FUE.  The average hair transplant requires 1500 to 2,000 grafts for mild hair loss. Depending on the severity of the hair loss, multiple procedures may be required with over 6000 to 8000 grafts harvested necessary to achieve the proper cosmetic outcome.

imagesPros: If you find a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon, and the transplant is successful, you will end up with a youthful appearance of your hair.

images copyCons: Rarely does a surgical hair transplant fail in the hands of an experienced hair surgeon. Make sure the surgeon is an active member of the ISHRS and that they actually perform the hair surgery. Some doctors lack the training and skills to perform FUE surgery. So what these doctors do is to hire hair technicians do perform the surgery, and shake your hand and leave the operating room. Not ethical or legal behavior.

pic-patient-testimonial-6mo-postHair transplant surgeon at OC Hair Restoration of Irvine, California , Dr. Ken Williams, specializes in FUE hair restoration technique. He also not only helps patients struggling with hair loss, but he also speaks to his patients from personal experience. Dr Williams is an advocate for a daily treatment program to treat hair loss.

Williams states, “Daily treatment is key.  The use of a DHT blocker, like Propecia, and topical application of minoxidil will stop further loss and maintain current hair density.” He adds, “I use Rogaine 5% foam in the morning when I am in a hurry to get to work because it acts like a muse and holds the hair in place in the morning. For the evening dose,  I use the liquid Minoxidil from Costco because it is four ($4) dollars a bottle. I take a DHT inhibitor once a day, and I use the Laser Cap (low-level laser therapy) every other day. I have an aggressive approach to a daily treatment program because I had FUE hair restoration surgery, and I don’t want to be bald ever again.”

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PRP Female Hair Loss Study-Enrolling Patients


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PRP Female Hair Loss Study-Enrolling Patients

Dr Ken L. Williams of the Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery-OC Hair Restoration is enrolling female patients suffering from hair loss in a medical research study. The study is designed to evaluate the effect(s) of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy on women with Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL). The medical study is university based and privately financially supported by the International Society Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and medical partners.

WHAT IS FPHL?

The term, FPHL, has emerged as the preferred medical term for hair loss in women. As opposed to the primary male hair loss diagnosis-Androgenetic Alopecia, FPHL is caused by multiple etiologies, and treatment options are considered more complicated. Hair loss in women negatively impacts women more than men with impaired social function, decrease self-esteem, and loss of confidence. In many cases, a accurate clinical diagnosis can be made and the hair loss condition treated medically or surgically.

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INCLUSION CRITERIA

The eligibility criteria are: 1) Female gender, 2) At least 18 years old, 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.

UNIVERSITY SPONSORED HAIR LOSS STUDY

The study has been approved by the Office of Human Research Protections at the University of Houston to evaluate the effect of PRP upon the growth of the hair follicle. It is financially supported by a small grant from the ISHRS and is designed by Baylor University hair surgeon and principal investigator, Dr. Carlos Puig. 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.

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HAIR LOSS INDUSTRY PARTNERS

This 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. The research is a multi-site study consisting of hair loss specialists located in the northeast, south, and western regions of the United States. The study is prospective, double blinded, and placebo controlled to increase scientific validity and reduce physician bias. The official 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.

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COST TO PATIENT

There is no cost to eligible patients and no reimbursement is available for enrolling in the study. If 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.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

If you are interested in participating in this medical study, and if you have been under the care of a dermatologist or hair loss specialist, you may be eligible to participate in this hair loss study. Your contact is Jackie Kusinsky at Jackie@iimcs.org or call (949) 333-2999.

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NFL Football Great Wes Welker Talks FUE Hair Surgery


Walker footballNFL great and wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, Wes Welker, went public today helping  his hair surgeon, Dr. Robert Leonard, promote public awareness of hair loss surgical restoration.

The story began almost a year ago when Walker underwent hair transplant surgery in New England with a procedure called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUE is a surgical hair procedure that is a relatively newer surgical technique compared to the traditional Strip method of hair transplantation that leaves a donor linear scar. Using this surgical technique, patients are able to use their own natural hair and transplant it to areas of baldness in men and women.

The surgical procedure is an advance surgical procedure that requires excellent hand-eye skills and much patience.

How FUE worksHOW DOES FUE WORK?

Using the FUE surgical technique, individual hair follicles are removed “one-by-one” from the back of the scalp, and relocated to balding areas of the scalp. The procedure is performed under local anesthetic with optional light sedation if requested. The entire procedure for a large 2000 graft case typically takes 12 hours to perform. Hair survival rates approach 90-95%, and after waiting nine to twelve months, patient experience their own hair follicles emerging on previous bald areas of the  scalp.

FUE Hair Surgeons-BUYER BEWARE!

There are only a handful of surgeons that actually perform FUE hair surgery. There is a growing concern among veteran hair transplant surgeons in the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), that new physicians entering the hair restoration field are hiring non-physicians to perform the entire hair transplant surgery. With little or no experience, physicians are allowing technicians to perform surgery.

Irvine hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Ken Williams, expresses his concerns, ” Technicians are not trained to monitor patients under sedation, give anesthesia, remove human tissue, or create the hair design.” Williams adds, “there are many surgeons who have purchased a FUE device, called NeoGraft, and are not following standard hair transplant practices. They allow technicians to perform the entire surgery and they are hurting patients.”

OC Hair Restoration Center is located in Irvine, California. The principle hair surgeon is Dr. Ken Williams, a leading FUE surgeon in the Western United States and whose hair surgical practice is primarily FUE based. He enthusiastically promotes FUE  “as a great procedure for younger men and athletes who want a shorter post-operative down time and who want to wear their hair short.  There is no donor linear scar with the procedure.”

For a consultation call (949) 333-2999 or visit our website at www.iimcs.org

Michelle Williams’ New Hair Cut: How To Grow Your Hair Out


rs_300x300-130410110511-600.MichelleWilliams.mh.041013While promoting her new movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, Michelle Williams admitted she was going to grow out her infamous pixie cut locks, “I think I’m ready. It’s on its way slowly but surely.  Her hairstylist, Chris McMillan, explained how he keeps Michelle looking gorgeous while she grows out her hair. “It’s getting long,” he said. “It’s growing out. We’re just cutting the underneath. It’s called an undercut haircut. That underneath hair is kept short and the top is growing longer so you can really see the extreme difference between the two. That is one way of growing a short pixie haircut out,” McMillan said. “You cut the underneath layers and keep the top longer.”

It is easy to get frustrated and discourage when attempting to grow out your hair.  Our society tends to be driven by instant gratification and growing out your hair can take months or even years…. enter hair extensions.  The problem with hair extensions though, is they cause even more damage and prolong the growing out process.  Many women even experience traction alopecia caused by the excess weight and pulling of the extensions.

The first thing you need to know is what influences healthy hair growth. There are many factors which influence healthy hair growth; these encompass a whole range of medical, emotional and lifestyle conditions which can prevent the body from effectively absorbing the essential nutrients it needs to support healthy hair.

  • Tppic131AGE– With aging nearly everyone has some hair loss with aging. The rate of hair growth begins to slow as we age. Hair strands become smaller and have less pigment. So the thick, coarse hair of a young adult eventually becomes thin, fine, light-colored hair. Many hair follicles stop producing new hairs.
  • STRESS– Believe it or not, the cliché about stress leading to hair problems is actually true. In extreme stress, the adrenal gland goes into overdrive, and the resultant increase in adrenaline sometimes leads to a consequent increase in the production of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which, without enough estrogen to counterbalance it, can lead to hair not being as healthy as it should be. For some people being stressed can seriously affect the condition of their hair and it can turn into a vicious circle: Stress affects the hair cycle and the impact of this can cause more stress for the sufferer. It can be difficult to pinpoint a specific stress episode as the reason hair becomes unhealthy but it is often acute and chronic stress that will bring on conditions such as telogen effuvium (hair shedding).
  • MEDICATION– In some instances medicine may have side effects which impact on healthy hair growth; they include cholesterol lowering agents, ulcer healing agents, anti-diabetic drugs, blood pressure medication and birth control pills.
  • POOR DIET– A diet rich in protein, vitamins and minerals is essential for healthy hair and hair growth. A diet low in protein is often the reason someone will experience hair loss, as a poor diet affects new growth. The hair follicle is a nonessential tissue and, therefore, one of the last tissues to receive nutritional substances, therefore any long-term deficiencies may lead to premature hair loss.
  • HORMONAL CHANGES– Hormonal changes associated with menopause can affect the healthy hair growth cycle. While this menopausal side effect is relatively rare, it has been known to occur in some cases. Other hormonal changes in the body– notably thyroid issues and hormonal responses to changes in the autoimmune system have been known to affect hair thinning and loss in some women. Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can experience problems with their hair due to a hormone imbalance and increased sensitivity to the male hormones we all have.
  • POST PREGNANCY– While a beautiful and natural process, it is nonetheless a stressful process on the body. Consequently, it’s common for post-partum hair thinning or even bald patches to occur as the bodies’ hormone levels normalize. This is usually a temporary condition, however, and should reverse itself soon. If hair health is still an issue a few months after the pregnancy is over, chances are that the hair condition is attributed to something other than the pregnancy.
  • SMOKING– Smoking affects healthy hair growth. Cigarette smoking has been shown to cause poor circulation, which can affect the amount of blood flow available to the hair follicles of the scalp.
  • OVER-STYLING– Aerosol sprays, hair dyes, hair irons, and curlers might seem to be essential to hair beauty in the short term, but do keep in mind that excessive use of any of these items may result in damaging hair in the long run. Women who find their healthy hair is being affected may also want to consider what they’re putting into their hair and scalp on a daily basis and consider other nutritional supplements and cosmetic methods.

Now that we have identified the problem, lets talk about the solutions.  “There are non-prescription products available over the counter to help stimulate healthy hair growth,” says  Dr Ken Williams, a hair restoration physician at OC Hair Restoration Center in Irvine, CA., ” I like to recommend a nutritional supplement  called Viviscal, and always my favorite is Rogaine 5% foam to the scalp twice a day.”  For his patients that wish to be more pro-active with treatment Dr Williams offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Low Level Laser Therapy to stimulate healthy hair growth.

A.J. From Backstreet Boys Gets Hair Restoration Surgery


 

rs_560x415-130405092249-1024.AJMclean.mh.040513“Some Girls get there boobs done some guys get abb implants all to make them happy!  This was the one thing I did and I couldn’t be happier thank u dr G!!!!” McLean, 35, wrote as the cation to an Instagram pic he posted showing the before and after results of his hair restoration surgery.

 

The Difference Between Male & Female Hair Loss


male-female2-300x227Many people believe female pattern hair loss is the same disease as male pattern hair loss, and  the hair loss pattern just looks different in women. In the last decades, though, the discussion between hair restoration surgeons in the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) has focused on the reality these two separate diseases or problems exists. Today many ISHRS physicians hypothesize  there are two different disease entities because their natural history (epidemiology) is so different.Many hair restoration surgery specialists think Female Androgenetic Alopecia is a misnomer and prefer the term Congenital Female Pattern Hair

PROMOTING PUBLIC AWARENESS-CARLOS PUIG

Promoting public awareness of female hair loss to the lay pubic and medical doctors is no easy matter. One particular physician, though, leading the effort is Carlos Puig , of Houston, Texas.  His tireless efforts to bring public attention to this medical condition is applauded and deeply appreciated. He is the founding member and current President of the ISHRS.  He is a world-renowned hair  restoration surgeon and probably the most knowledgeable hair specialist on female hair loss.

On a regular basis he leads an international effort to teach physicians about female hair loss and surgical restoration.  His hair restoration course, “Cowgirl Hair Loss Workshop,”  is an excellent compilation of his knowledge as well as featured hair surgeons from around the globe.   His below referenced chart comparison illustrates the differences between hair loss in men and women. We commend Dr. Puig for his efforts to bring hair surgical and medical restoration options to female hair loss suffers.

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**Chart adopted from Dr. Puig’s web site: www.hairrestorationhouston.com

HORMONE, STRESS, GENETICS ?

In some women with a genetic predisposition to hair loss, a group of hormones called androgens interferes with the growth cycle of the hair. These androgen hormones-testosterone, Androsteinedione, and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)- are dominant hormones in men, but are present in women to a much lesser degree. In some women, hair loss may be due to the action of androgens on the hair follicles.

Hair grows at one-half inch per month and the growth phase can lasts two to six years. With yet-to-be discovered physiologic signals, the hair goes into a resting phase for a period of time, then the hair follicle falls out and a new follicle starts the process all over again.

In women who are genetically susceptible, when the testosterone comes in contact with enzymes residing in the hair cell, it is converted into the more potent androgen DHT, which then binds with receptors deep within the hair follicle. Over time, DHT in the hair follicle alters the natural resting and growth phases of the hair. Some of the hair follicles eventually die, while others stop continuing healthy hair growth.

webmd_rf_photo_of_hair_loss_chartThe term ‘androgenic alopecia’ in women is often referred to “female pattern hair loss.” It is a broader term that encompasses many possible causes of hair loss in women. Androgenic alopecia is caused by factors related to the actions of hormones, e.g., ovarian cysts, use of high androgen index birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause. Just like in men, DHT and heredity plays a role in this disease.

In men, the pattern of hair loss is distinct whereas, women have a diffuse thinning of their hair. Female pattern balding affects circumferentially the whole top of the head with preservation of the frontal hairline. Men rarely have diffuse thinning and the frontal hair line is usually  loss to balding.

The science of female balding remains not entirely  understood.  Genetic codes and other factors plays a role in hair loss in women and remains a challenge to doctors and patients alike.