New genetic tests can alert concerned consumers to the need for effective preventative treatments, and exciting advances in minimally-invasive hair transplants can help to restore hair if it's already gone.
Boca Raton FL (PRWEB) August 11, 2009
August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month and it's an important time for men and women to talk to their doctors about the newest tests and treatments available to help them enhance, maintain and restore their own living and growing hair, according to board-certified hair restoration physician, Alan J. Bauman, M.D.
Established by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), this year marks the 9th year for National Hair Loss Awareness month, dedicated to raise awareness of the condition from which an estimated 60 million men and 40 million women in America suffer. Despite the pervasiveness of the condition and availability of effective medical treatments, there still remain many myths and misconceptions about it, and few physicians who specialize in helping those who suffer from hair loss--a condition which, for some, may have detrimental effects both socially and professionally.
"Hereditary hair loss can cause significant distress in women as well as men, so it's important for patients to get accurate information about this medically-treatable condition from a board-certified hair restoration physician before 'panic' sets in," Dr. Bauman said. "New genetic tests can alert concerned consumers to the need for effective preventative treatments, and exciting advances in minimally-invasive hair transplants can help to restore hair if it's already gone."
According to Dr. Bauman, here are the top four newest treatments and tests available for those with hair loss concerns:
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplants using the NeoGraft™ device - Unlike outdated 'hair plugs,' a new machine-assisted minimally-invasive hair transplant procedure allows both men and women to permanently and undetectably restore lost hair with less recovery time and less discomfort than traditional procedures. The NeoGraft™ device allows surgeons to efficiently harvest follicles individually from the back of the scalp, leaving no linear scar.
- Latisse™ for Eyelash Growth - Allergan's Latisse™, containing the prostaglandin analog bimatoprost, recently made history by becoming the first FDA-approved medication for eyelash growth. It is an ideal treatment for any woman who wants longer, thicker, darker lashes made famous by the Hollywood set. According to experts, prostaglandin-analog treatments may also hold some future benefit for men and women with traditional pattern hair loss on the scalp as well as in the eyebrow area.
- Genetic Test for Hair Loss - The first genetic test to predict future hair loss is now available for men and women from hair restoration physicians. Created by HairDX, a simple, non-invasive cheek-swab can accurately predict an individual's risk for significant baldness before signs and symptoms are severe, which also happens to be the best time to initiate therapy.
- Genetic Test for Finasteride Response - HairDX is also behind the first-ever genetic test for finasteride response. Also, a non-invasive cheek-swab, the Finasteride Response Test can accurately predict how well a man will respond to treatment with finasteride (the active ingredient in Merck's Propecia™) to prevent hair loss.
For more information about these hair loss treatments and tests, visit Dr. Bauman's website at http://www.baumanmedical.com.
About Dr. Alan Bauman/Bauman Medical Group:
Alan J. Bauman, M.D. is one of only approximately 100 board-certified Diplomates of the American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery worldwide. Recent lectures and scientific abstracts presented by Dr. Bauman at the 2009 International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery's Annual Scientific Meeting in Amsterdam included Eyelash Transplantation, Bimatoprost for Eyelash Growth, Low Level Laser Therapy and Follicular-Unit Extraction.
Dr. Bauman has performed, lectured on, and demonstrated minimally-invasive FUE-type hair transplant procedures at Live Surgery Workshops sponsored by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery dating back to 2002 and designed the first commercially-available, manual device for FUE (the 'Bauman-MINDEX') around that same time.
Bauman Medical Group, in Boca Raton, Florida, is a state-of-the-art cosmetic clinic for men and women. The 5,000 square foot clinic includes the latest advanced technologies in hair restoration and non-invasive body-contouring, with four comfortable procedure rooms. Recently renovated and expanded, the clinic offers separate entrances for new patients, surgical patients and VIPs to ensure the utmost of discretion and privacy. BMG was first in Florida to receive the Erchonia LipoLASER™ and offer the non-invasive Zerona™ body-slimming laser procedure. It is also the first clinic to offer a separate, unique "Hair Spa" devoted specifically to non-invasive hair treatments like laser therapy. http://www.baumanmedical.com