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WAW! It’s been 6 months.

Posted on 13 Aug, 2018
WAW! It’s been 6 months.
At the Knudsen Clinic we perform hair restoration procedures with either the FUT or FUE techniques. In recent years, the popularity of FUE procedures has increased significantly. The presence of ‘dot-like’ scars (as opposed to a linear scar) across the donor area is more appealing to certain patients.

FUE vs FUT. A race to the top?

Posted on 17 Jul, 2018
FUE vs FUT. A race to the top?
At the Knudsen Clinic we perform both FUT and FUE surgeries and from experience I have found that it isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The outcome with regards to the recipient area should be the same with both FUE and FUT. The only difference is how the grafts are harvested in the first place.

Review of The 6th AAHRS, Beijing

Posted on 05 Jun, 2018
Review of The 6th AAHRS, Beijing
Dr Knudsen and I recently returned from a Hair Restoration Surgeons meeting in Beijing, China covering a variety of topics ranging from advances in medical therapy for hair loss to more technical aspects with relation to FUT and FUE surgery. Read more...

Who Is Performing Your Hair Transplant?

Posted on 07 Mar, 2017

In recent years there has been an explosion of “low cost” hair transplant clinics offering large procedures at very low cost. This is partly the result of “cosmetic medical tourism” in low-cost countries but also due to unscrupulous business people entering the field and minimising, if not eliminating, the role of the doctor.

Stories abound of people travelling overseas and only briefly seeing the doctor for the administration of the local anaesthetic prior to the procedure. The doctor is then never seen again!

What this means is that the whole procedure is carried out by “surgical assistants” whose training or qualifications are never stated. Indeed, most of these assistants have no nursing background and may be performing illegal actions by cutting the patient’s skin. In addition, to save cost, there are clinics that have multiple patients being operated on in the same room! This is highly unsafe as cross contamination is highly likely. As well, some of the results coming from these clinics are very poor in both design and execution.

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (www.ishrs.org) has taken the lead role in publicising the dangers posed by this non-medical model of rogue clinics and the authorities are starting to act in some jurisdictions with criminal charges being brought against clinic owners allowing illegal performance of hair transplantation by non-medical personnel in their clinics.

The ideal model, which is practised in the Knudsen Clinics, is to have both the consultation and the surgical procedure performed by the doctor. Only the doctor is allowed to cut the skin. Only the doctor is allowed to make the surgical plan. The assistants are there to assist the doctor. Even the ARTAS robot is controlled by the doctor in our Sydney Clinic.

One of the reasons the cosmetic tourist model exists is because patients confuse the difference between a product (the hair transplant) and the service (the performance of the hair transplant). The result is going to depend upon the skill of the doctor (and his assistants). Make sure a doctor is going to be the person performing the hair transplant.

Hair Loss Treatment with Generics?

Posted on 03 Mar, 2015

Are generic prescription drugs as effective for the treatment of hair loss as the original ones?

 

In recent years generic versions of finasteride and minoxidil have come into the marketplace. Generics appear when the patent period (typically 15 years) expires for the original company that process/markets a new drug. They are often made in the same facility as the original drug but are generally made by a respected manufacturer in a certified facility. It is worth noting that purchasing generics from overseas manufacturers does not always offer this protection.

 

The attractive feature of generics is their price as it is usually significantly lower. This reflects the fact that they did not do the original research which is very expensive. Generally speaking, the generics are well produced with equivalent effectiveness compared to the original. Compounding chemists also make variations on original products but the addition of other ingredients is not necessarily helpful.

 

Many minoxidil hair loss treatment lotions add ingredients such as azelaic acid and retinoic acid. There is NO evidence this increases the effectiveness of minoxidil. Indeed, there is NO evidence that any strength of minoxidil greater than 5% adds to effectiveness.

Hair Loss Treatment Confusion

Posted on 10 Nov, 2014

Much confusion surrounds the difference between topical hair loss products (applied directly to the scalp) and internal products (taken by mouth). They both can be effective in managing hair loss but are NOT equivalent when trying to block the male hormone DHT.

 

DHT is produced in both hair follicle and the liver. If a topical product is aimed at the scalp hair follicle it will likely be less effective than oral blocking as the liver supplies DHT directly to the follicle via the blood. This is why finasteride needs to be taken orally to give the best effect.

 

In men with male pattern balding the oral use of blockers (e.g. finasteride) has proven to be far superior to the use of topical stimulants (e.g. minoxidil or laser). That said they can be successfully used together to produce even better results as they act in different areas.

 

For male pattern balding, effective therapy begins with a medical doctor

Dr Knudsen receives Manfred Lucas Award

Posted on 29 Oct, 2014

Hair Transplant Surgeon ASHRS Awards

Dr Knudsen has been honoured to receive The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) highest privilege, The Manfred Lucas Award.
Dr Knudsen has been recognised for distinction in the field of hair restoration surgery and sharing his skills and knowledge on hair loss and for his commitment to the highest ethical standards throughout his career as a hair transplant surgeon. Read more.