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…
This past week has been very interesting, working with past and present clients. I helped a past client with an apartment this past Tuesday and he just couldn’t figure out what was different about me since I helped him last fall. I told him that I had a hair restoration procedure done in January and he just about flipped out! He was so excited for me, it was just really cool! That same evening I had been working with a gentle man for a week or so prior and all he had ever seen of me is my picture in my email signature, which of course was a picture that was taken last July when I was bald! He made it into the office and I noticed that he looked at me strange a couple of times, but I didn’t think much of it. After we got done leasing him a GREAT place just of Manor road, we started talking on the way back to the office. He was talking about being bald and that there isn’t really anything you can do about it, he and his wife had looked into all sorts of stuff. I let him finish and told him about how Dr. McGrath had performed my hair restoration and he was absolutely floored!! He said that he was going to say something in the office but didn’t know what to say! He also said that if I hadn’t told him he would never have known because it looked so natural!
I absolutely LOVE telling everyone about my procedure and how it has renewed my confidence and self assurance! I have said it before and I will continue to say it again! Thank you so much Dr. McGrath and your amazing team at McGrath Medical Hair Restoration! If you are even remotely on the fence about having this procedure done, I would recommend you giving McGrath Medical a call and scheduling a consultation with Tedd Dicus and the team. I will promise you that you will absolutely no regrets because the is nothing at all to lose! I will never be able to describe the feeling of having your confidence back I honestly feel like a brand new man! Please feel free to contact me directly if you want any advice or just to ask me questions about my procedure, I am always here to help! Until next time!!