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Cosmetic Surgery Tourism: A Warning

Posted on 26 May, 2015

Botched cosmetic surgery operations overseas prompting doctors here to issue a grim warning about the dangers of having plastic surgery procedures, including hair transplant surgery, overseas.

Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr Knudsen talks about some important issues to be aware of if you are investigating cheap hair loss treatments outside Australia.

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.

Treating Hair Loss with LaserCap™

Posted on 08 Sep, 2014

There are many causes of hair loss, everything from genetics to diet have been identified as contributors. For anyone who realises they are suffering, one of the first reactions can be to run out and grab as many over the counter shampoos and conditioners that are marketed to us these days. These however do not offer much help for male or female hair loss at all. When they don’t see any improvement, the next step is to investigate the more clinical kinds of treatment available, such as various chemical treatments, hair transplant surgery and Low-Level Laser Therapy, also known as LLLT. Laser hair treatment is becoming more popular due to being non-invasive and the lack of adverse side effects, which can be an issue with many of the chemical treatments available. It is also cost effective as an ongoing treatment.

 

Lasercap™ for Hair Loss Treatment

Lasercap™ for Hair Loss Treatment

However, many laser hair treatments require the user to comb the laser through their hair for a quarter of an hour or more per session, at least 3 times a week. The problem here is that it is a little too random in terms of application for continued success. It also tends to become a burden on the user as 15 minutes combing through their hair quickly becomes a tedious process, discouraging continued treatment.

 

An alternative to these kinds of laser treatment is the innovative LaserCap™, a portable device that can be worn under a hat, and is therefore better able to regulate the proper amount of laser treatment for a given condition. In the case of thinning hair, especially in its early stages where the LaserCap™ performs best, the amount of laser treatment applied is critical, with 30 minute sessions 3 times a week proving to be the most effective. The nature of the LaserCap™ makes this, unlike other kinds of applicators, easy for the user to accomplish. Because the cap itself means that the treatment can be better controlled, the LaserCap™ is the most powerful Laser treatment tool on the market, whilst being one of the easiest to use. With no side effects there is no need to worry when deciding to give LaserCap™ treatment a try.

 

LLLT in general and the LaserCap™ in particular are particularly beneficial to the end user as they are clean and painless. In addition, the LaserCap™ takes up relatively little time, with no adverse effects and can prove to be significantly more economical than other forms of hair loss treatment, and represents an avenue of hair loss treatment well worth investigating.

 

Myth: washing your hair creates hair loss.

Posted on 18 Aug, 2014

Not true. At the end of the hairs growing cycle, the follicle separates from the skin and waits for something to tug it out. Usually this is either washing or brushing the hair.

People suffering from thinning hair and hair shedding often assume it is linked to washing and brushing and reduce the frequency of washing /brushing. This reduction can paradoxically appear to increase shedding as you can actually save up to a few days of normal hair shedding (50 – 100 hairs per day on average). My advice is to continue washing and brushing 2 – 3 times a week.

Hair Stem Cell Research Update

Posted on 10 Mar, 2014

Recently published research from the University of Pennsylvania regarding conversion of adult cells into stem cells that regrew human skin cells, hair follicles and hair shafts has given new hope to those hoping for progress in this field. There have been many disappointments in this area of research as promising results in mice have failed to be reproduced in human studies.

 

It is important to understand how complex the hair follicle is as a structure and that the research is therefore difficult and time consuming. This recent progress still only addresses one of the main areas of research (epithelial cells which form the outer part of the follicle). No progress has been made in generating the dermal papilla cells (the “root” of the hair). Until we can generate these dermal papilla cells from stem cells then the dream of regenerating hair will remain that -  a distant dream.