The respected International Society of Hair Restoration (ISHRS) has awarded this year's prestigious Golden Follicle award to Dr. Bernard Nusbaum of the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami.
This coveted, peer-voted hair loss industry award is given annually to an individual considered to have made 'outstanding and 'significant clinical contributions related to the field of hair restoration surgery'.
Following a previous win by his colleague, Dr. Paul Rose, the American clinic is the first in the world to have two Golden Follicle Award winners in its employ.
According to a press release issued by the clinic, the award-winning pair recently worked together to develop and launch the new 'Mosaic' hair transplant method.
Standard methods such as FUE and FUT generally tend to transplant hair taken from the donor area in pre-designated shapes which each comprise 2-3 follicular units.
Drs Nusbaum and Rose discovered that harvesting donor hair in individually specified patterns tailored to each client's specific hair pattern, as per the example pictured, was more effective. This formed the basis of their Mosaic™ Hair Restoration procedure which is claimed to better mimic the individual's hair growth patterns in order to provide a more natural looking result.
"We have observed that follicular units naturally occur in an arrangement consisting of unique percentages of one, two, and three hair follicular units," explains Dr. Nusbaum. "In other words, a unique pattern for each individual. Our novel procedure consists of designing the recipient area in this individualized manner, different for each patient, mimicking their unique follicular unit arrangement pattern."
This Mosaic method is just one of a number of significant developments in hair transplant techniques to have been made recently.
India's Hairline International Research and Treatment Centre has launched two new concepts in hair restoration surgery. The first being a new 'vertical harvesting' technique for donor hair which is similar to FUT strip surgery but, whereas normally the strip of donor hair would be taken horizontally, the hair is removed vertically. This is believed to help minimise scarring.
The centre has also developed a 'hair multiplication transplant' whereby donor hair is taken by plucking instead of being surgically removed. This method also involves Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy in addition to regular hair transplant surgery to embed the new grafts.
As with many hair loss treatments, the future of surgical transplants may also lie in stem cells. Researchers from California’s Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute managed to grow new hair in mice by successfully transplanting dermal papilla cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) into test mice, who then started to grow human hair. Although the timeframe during which these cells are sufficiently active to be used in restoration surgery is currently prohibitively short, research is on-going and human trials may hopefully turn up some positive results.
Whilst most people associate hair transplant with cases of Male Pattern Hair Loss, in some instances they can also help people with Scarring Alopecia. In cases where the scarring is caused by inflammation or injuries such as burns, surgery can help to restore lost hair but is decided on a case-by-case basis. Where an autoimmune condition such as Lupus is responsible, surgery is not recommended.
As hair transplant methodology modernises and becomes more advanced, so too do hair loss treatments. With two MHRA- and FDA-approved male hair loss treatments available, as well as a range of hair growth boosters, there are more effective options than ever.
Personalised regrowth programmes often produce such promising results that those contemplating surgery decide it is no longer necessary, however, surgeons recommend following these treatment plans both before and after a hair transplant. This is to stabilise shedding ahead of any operation, making the hair easier to work with, and as an on-going maintenance programme to prevent further thinning around the transplanted area. For more information on this, please speak to a hair loss specialist who can advise you of all the various options for getting your hair back.
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