Facial Hair Transplant Gives New Hope for Hair Loss Sufferers

July 24th, 2014

With the rise of new and more efficient methods of hair extraction through FUE hair transplantation, more options are becoming available to us for increasing the donor reserve of hair for bald patients.

Although many bald patients have enough permanent hair to last their entire lives, some may not have an adequate number of grafts for their hair transplantation. The lack of sufficient donor hair is most frequently seen in people with larger balding areas such as the ones who have more advanced stages of hair loss.  Although these individuals usually have enough hair to change their hair class and minimize their class of baldness, it is not enough for them to get full coverage by only utilizing hair from the back and sides of their scalp.

Facial hair can now provide a great source for these hair restoration patients by allowing the hair transplant surgeon to harvest about 3000 grafts from under the chin and neck area without making a significant change in the appearance of that person’s facial hair.  This number could be multiplied in men who want to lower the density of their facial hair or get rid of it.  Although facial hair has less hair follicles per graft, the good thickness of the facial hair shafts can provide a better bulk of hair when transplanted to the scalp, which creates the illusion of greater density.

Dr. Parsa Mohebi is very excited about bringing this relatively new technique of hair restoration to his practice so that patients with more limited donor hair can experience results they never thought possible.

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FUE Summer Promotion

July 19th, 2014

Summer Special on FUE

 

The summer promotion is now available to all our patients. You can now receive 18% off of the total coast of your FUE Hair Transplant in our hair restoration offices in Beverly Hills, Encino, and Orange County. FUE is known as Follicular Unit Extraction, which is the method of hair transplantation where we obtain the grafts directly and individually from the patient’s donor area, leaving no linear scar. This promotion can be combined with our 0% interest financing for 18 months with approved credit. For more information about hair transplant costs, including the group discount and travel reimbursements, please visit our website.

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Soccer Team Coach, Jürgen Klinsmann’s Hair Loss

July 12th, 2014

 Jürgen Klinsmann's Hair LossJürgen Klinsmann is a former soccer star that helped bring his German team to a third place finish in the 1990 FIFA World Cup and had the honor of being listed as one of the 125 Greatest Living Football Players, according to FIFA. Acclaimed for his striking ability, he scored consistently in all major soccer tournaments throughout the early to mid nineties. After retiring as an active player, he found continued success as head coach for the German national team, and would lead them to third place in 2006’s World Cup. This past summer, he led a formidable USA team for the first time.

Jürgen Klinsmann hair lossThroughout the years, Klinsmann maintained his good looks well into middle age. One thing he lacks, however, is a solid hairline, as well as a balding patch on his crown. In most pictures, Klinsmann has styled his hair in an apparent effort to disguise his receding hairline and balding crown; however, it has become more noticeable in recent years. One would think that Klinsmann would be a great candidate for a hair transplant procedure, as evidenced by the quality and thickness of his existing hair. Why do you think Jurgen Klinsmann hasn’t received a hair transplant procedure?

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Italian Society of Hair Restoration Meeting

July 3rd, 2014

Dr. Mohebi receives awardI just came back from the meeting of the Italian Society of Hair Restoration in the beautiful city of Syracuse in Sicily, Italy.  I was one of the invited faculties from the U.S. that had the opportunity to present 3 lectures on hair restoration technology.

My first lecture was about the Laxometer and its applications for hair restoration surgery.  My second lecture was on an advanced method for wound closure known as Partial Trichophytic Closure and how it is used to minimize the appearance of strip scars after a hair transplant.  My final lecture was about the latest techniques for improving FUE hair transplant efficiency, all of which we successfully applied at our Southern California hair restoration centers.  My presentation on FUE efficiency was well received and led to an interesting discussion after the meeting.  Several of the leading hair transplant surgeons informed me that they will be using the FUE method I presented exclusively to achieve higher quality FUE grafts.

At the end of the meeting, I received an award for ExcellenDr. Mohebi at the Italian Society of Hair Restoration Meetingce in Hair Restoration. I appreciate Dr. Franco Buttafarro, President of the Italian Society of hair restoration, for organizing the event and dinner party along with Dr. Pietro Lorenzetti, who is due to take over as president of the Italian Society in the coming year.

During this trip, I also had a chance to visit the City of Rome, The Vatican, the ruins of ancient Rome, and the city of Pompeii. I was amazed by the beauties of Italy and the amazing history of The Roman Empire.  I look forward to the future Italian meeting of Hair Restoration and for another chance to meet up with my new friends in this great society.

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Novel Treatment for Alopecia Universalis

June 24th, 2014

Novel Treatment for Alopecia UniversalisThere is exciting news for patients who suffer from Alopecia Univeralis (UA). A Yale Doctor has prescribed a completely bald man suffering from alopecia universalis a drug called Xeiljanz, which is used to treat autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, in order to treat his hairlessness.

What is Alopecia Universalis?

Alopecia Universalis, a severe variation of Alopecia Areata (AA), is a skin condition that causes rapid hair loss not only on the scalp but in the entire body. It is a rare condition with an incidence of about one in every two hundred thousand people.
This report from Dr. Brett King explains how the 25-Year-Old Hairless patient was able to completely regrow the hair on his scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes in eight months after taking Xeilanz.

What is Xeiljanz?

Xeiljanz is an inhibitor of the enzyme janus kinase 3. That means the medication can interfere with the JAK-STAT signaling pathway, which transmits extracellular information into the cell nucleus, influencing DNA transcription. The final effect of this medication that makes it useful for inflammatory diseases and in this case alopecia universalis is its anti-inflammatory effect.

What does it mean people with common baldness?

Although Xeiljanz treatment seems very promising for patients with alopecia Areata and Universalis, it is not likely to impact the majority of people suffering from Androgenetic Alopeica (male patterned baldness). The experimental treatment of Alopecia Universalis with immunomodulators is not a new concept, and more information is needed from clinical trials to see if the Xeiljanz could be used as a hair
loss treatment for male patterned baldness.

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Celebrity FUE Transplant is Gaining Popularity

June 19th, 2014

The Celebrity FUE Hair Transplant is a hair restoration procedure that doesn’t require any shaving, which perfectly fits the life style of celebrities. That is the reason why we decided to name this procedure Celebrity FUE Hair Transplant, however just because the name includes celebrity, it does not need to be limited to celebrities.

Since the introduction of the Celebrity FUE Hair Transplant back in 2012, we have done many of them which led us to have a better understanding of the more efficient ways of doing a FUE hair transplant in the last few years.

The combination of the above two has improved the quality and quantities of FUE grafts that could be transplanted in one session from 500 grafts to over 1000 now.

I am glad to announce that FUE patients who are interested in the Celebrity or non-shaved FUE hair transplant can now receive twice as much grafts as before while they still keep the option of having longer hair.

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Businessmen and Their Hair

June 11th, 2014

Businessmen and Their Hair We all know celebrities are well documented hair transplant clients, but what about those of us who aren’t famous?  In this series, we will highlight businessmen and women who have been supremely successful, in no small part due to their great hairlines.

First up is Rob Marcus, CEO of Time Warner.

Rob Marcus has served as Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner since 2014 after serving years as CEO of Time Warner Cable. At 48, Time Warner CEO Rob Marcus shows a very impressive hairline.  In this professional portrait, one can see that he has little to no recession at the front or temples.  Apart from a few fashionable strands of gray, his hair remains thick and dark. Hair quality is one of the most effective ways of cultivating a strong and healthy image, which is especially important when your position is to ensure the future of a successful company.  Rob Marcus’s touch of grey, however, displays an effort to project both wisdom and vitality; two essential qualities that are most effective when paired together.

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Can Baldness be Treated with Coffee?

June 3rd, 2014

 

coffee might treat baldness

A new article published in The British Journal of Dermatology focused on treating hair cells in a lab by exposing them to caffeine.  The study, by Fischer et al., reviewed the effects of caffeine on hair follicular cells, and found an increased number of cells in the outer root sheath of hair, which are responsible for the elongation of hair shaft due to the enlargement of the hair matrix (body).  The investigators were reviewing the effect of caffeine studied growth factors involving both male and female hair follicles.

They concluded that caffeine stimulates elongation of hair shafts by increasing the growth phase of hair cells and enhancing proliferation’s of hair matrix cells.

We still don’t know how this report can be applicable in the growth of human hair.  It will be interesting to see if this mechanism can lead to the development of a new treatment option for baldness in the future.

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Brazilian Congress of Hair Restoration – May 2014

May 28th, 2014

May 21st to 25th 2014 – Maresias, Sao Sebastiao, Brazil

I had the pleasure and honor of being a part of the invited faculties for the 5th Brazilian Congress of Hair restoration in Maresias, Brazil. Prior to the meeting, I spent a few days in Sao Paulo and visited the offices of two of my good friends, fine Brazilian hair transplant surgeons Dr. Ricardo Lemos and Dr. Antonio Ruston.  I have learned several great things from these doctors that I will use in my day to day practice back in LA.

Parsa MohebiBrazilians are considered the inventors of hair transplantation with long hair. They have surgical techniques which differ from other countries that are favored for a variety of reasons. One of these techniques is the stick and place, the process in which the hair transplant surgeon and hair technician work closely to make sites and place grafts at practically the same time. I enjoyed observing how these two doctors were able to achieve their results using these specialized techniques. It is always insightful to see how other experienced hair transplant surgeon perform their procedures.

The meeting in Maresias has been a great experience. Maresias with its tropical climate is having some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil and South America. My presentation was on my novel method to approach donor closure in FUT procedures through partial trichophytic closure. The technicalities and advantages of this method were reviewed during the meeting. The meeting had other interesting presentations on a variety of hair transplant techniques that were invented and are heavily practiced in Brazil by most Brazilian hair transplant surgeons. Some of these special techniques are not usually performed in America, even though they have
proven to be quite effective treatments. They are:

  1. Long hair transplantation
  2. Stick and place hair transplantation
  3. Performing hair restoration surgery in hospital setting unlike U.S.
  4. Strip popularity vs. FUE transplantation. FUE hair transplant is done very minimally in Brazil for a variety of socio-environmental reasons.

In addition to the general seminar, we had one of our regional meetings of the FUE Research Committee (FRC) of ISHRS where we discussed the progress of our initial FUE research comparing the long term growth rates of FUE and Strip.

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Our Team

May 21st, 2014

Knott's Berry FarmHere at Dr. Mohebi’s office we have a wonderful, passionate team who enjoys helping our patients in every way. Some of our team members have been with us for years and some have joined us recently. Regardless of when they joined us, we are all like family here. On days off, we plan fun activities that we can do together with our families. We have been bowling, and recently went to Knott’s Berry Farm to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In order to give our patients a better opportunity to learn more about each of our team members we have created a page on our website, which describes more about each person. We all have a variety of things that we like to do, some party planners and vacationers, but in the end we all love helping our patients and enjoy seeing their life changing transformations.

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