Over the years, great strides have been made in hair rejuvenation but transplants are still the gold standard. Local 2′s Andy Cerota, who’s been fighting for years to keep his receding hairline at bay, recently experienced first-hand what the procedure is all about. Andy Cerota reports.
Patient CB – 37 year old female, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and required chemotherapy treatment. Although the treatment was successful she was left with significant permanent hair loss more than 4 years later.
She is an artist, musician/singer and was referred to Dr. McGrath by a friend. In her consult form she wrote in that she felt “ugly, ugly” Hate always wearing scarves and wigs. Her first transplant procedure was in April 2011. Her follow up photos were taken immediately post op and 8 months later.
ACell + PRP Hair Regrowth Injection Therapy has shown to be an exciting new hair loss regrowth treatment for both men and women. Dr. McGrath has been a leading innovator in the application and demonstrates and discusses the procedure on MY FOX TV in Houston, TX.
Just over one year ago Austin Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr. Dan McGrath performed a live hair transplant on Fitness Icon Monica Brant on TheBaldTuth.com hosted by Spencer Kobren. Now a year latter Monica comes in for her follow up and to show off her results.
Below is a recap of the live broadcast of Monica’s procedure.
HOUSTON (KTRK) — For people experiencing hair loss, there’s a new treatment on the market called stem cell therapy. It’s less invasive than hair transplant procedures, and could someday be the gold standard.
The idea that this procedure could spark new hair growth has breathed new life into the race to clone hair. And that may just be the beginning.
Arlene Johnson has been losing hair for years now, and she’s hoping to turn back the clock. (Continued below before and after pictures of ACell + PRP)
“It was taking me like 20, 30 minutes to comb my hair, and with products to make it look like I had more hair, and that is aggravating,” Johnson said.
Her weapon of choice? What could be the future of cosmetic treatments: stem cell therapy.
Hair loss specialist Dr. Daniel McGrath is hoping to jumpstart the stem cells in Johnson’s hair follicles.
“Typically with female patients they have female pattern hair loss — thinning they can’t do anything about — and it gives them thickening and regeneration of their hair, that’s huge,” Dr. McGrath said.
Here’s how it works: A small amount of the patient’s blood is taken, and the platelet-rich plasma is separated out. Then it’s mixed with a wound-healing powder called “a-cell”, and injected back into the scalp. Johnson’s head has been numbed, so she doesn’t feel a thing. Finally, the doctor using some massage and small needles to create tiny wounds, which will help trigger a healing response.
“The results we’ve seen thus far, not only in my practice but my colleagues I’m close with across the country, has been better than 80 percent re-growth of hair or regeneration of hair across the board with our patients,” Dr. McGrath said.
This sort of therapy is being tested for a host of cosmetic uses, from plumping lips, to firming sagging skin — even breast enhancement.
As for Johnson…
“I don’t want to look 60 or 50 or 40. I just want to look as good as I can for my age,” she said.
It costs about $3,500 for a treatment, but Johnson says it’ll be money well spent, if it works. We’ll check back in 6 months to see her results.
Above is a 40 year old male patient with Class 3 hair loss, dark wavy hair with good to average density. Below view video of Dr. McGrath combing through the patient’s transplanted hair. 1 session, 2200 hair grafts, 1 year after surgery.
Male patient Class 4 Hair loss, before (L) and 4 months after (R) ACell Hair Regrowth Injection Therapy
Female patient with diffuse alopecia throughout the top of the scalp and 6 months after injection therapy. The patient’s hair has thickened significantly.
At McGrath Medical we have been reviewing the research and conferring with colleagues regarding ACell, a wound healing compound, combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). The combination treatment has shown hair regrowth in patients, often referred to hair cloning, because ACell replicates healthy tissue in wound healing. In early 2012 Dr. McGrath began treating select patients with a combination of ACell plus Platelet Rich Plasma. The results have been very encouraging and we are expanding treatment in combination with hair transplant surgery. Read more…
The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) recently reviewed advertisements and other marketing materials directed at dermatologists, plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, family practitioners, gynecologists, otolaryngologists, and other physicians encouraging them to incorporate hair restoration surgery into their practice via a proposed “turnkey” technology. The ISHRS is concerned that the marketing materials jeopardize patient safety and place physicians at risk.
The marketing materials offer to sell automated hair transplant devices which enables technicians to perform hair restoration surgery with minimal input from a physician.
Hair restoration surgery is a complex cosmetic procedure requiring attention to detail and proper long term treatment planning to ensure patient safety and achieve optimal results. While allowing non-physician personnel/technicians to perform hair restoration surgery may have economic benefits for a practice, doing so may jeopardize patient safety and create legal liability for physicians. In many if not all states, the harvesting of scalp tissue is considered surgery and/or the practice of medicine. In those jurisdictions, such action by non-physician personnel may constitute the unlicensed practice of medicine, potentially subjecting said personnel, the responsible physician(s), and the practice to civil and/or criminal liability. Furthermore, physicians utilizing non-physician personnel to perform procedures, who fail to notify their professional liability insurance carriers of the same, may jeopardize their coverage in the event of a claim.
If you are aware of similar marketing in your community, theISHRS encourages that you report the activity to your state medical board. You may simply provide a copy of the subject marketing piece along with this Physician Practice Alert.Click to find contact information to assist you in this task. If you choose to state more information in your submission to your state medical board, you should consult with an attorney.
The issue is not the technology but the expertise of the individuals performing the surgery and the encouragement by device manufacturers for “turnkey” hair restoration solutions for physicians without proper training.
The ISHRS is a nonprofit corporation, exempt from federal income tax pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). The ISHRS seeks to advance the art and science of hair restoration by licensed, experienced physicians; educate and increase the level of knowledge of physicians and their assistants regarding hair restoration techniques, procedures, and related issues; encourage and facilitate the free interchange of ideas, knowledge, and experience among physicians and assistants providing hair restoration; and encourage professional excellence and patient safety in connection with hair restoration surgery.