Hair Transplants (Scalp) Questions and Answers Archive

Dec
2001

Q&A: Is hair transplant a good option for a person losing hair?

Question:

I am losing my hair. Will hair implant work for me? What area the goods and bads about hair implantation?

- Julie

Answer:

 Amy Taub, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

I am not a big fan of hair transplants, although there are many people who are happy with them. As a female you would want to seek out somebody who could do very small or single hair transplants. The main disadvantage of transplants is that they are costly and you have to keep having more, becuase you will keep losing more hair. If you have some and then you stop, your scalp will look very strange as it won't be a natural hair pattern of loss. So once you do it, you can't go back and you will need continual transplants. If your hair is that thin, you could consider a hairpiece. They have some human hair ones that are very real looking. Also, I would recommend seeing a dermatologist to determine the cause of the hair loss. It may be partially reversible if due to a medical condition.

-- Amy Taub, M.D.
Lincolnshire, Illinois



Nov
2001

Q&A: What should I do if I am a woman and I have hair loss?

Question:

I WOULD LIKE TO FOUND A DOCTOR IN MY AREA THAT DOES HAIR IMPLANT I LOSS MY HAIR ABOUT 3 YRS. AGO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE INFORMATION ON THE SURGERY, SO I KNOW WHAT SHOULD I DO

- HELEN

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Helen, If you still have some hair left, hair transplantation can be performed. I would suggest that you visit with a large company that specializes in such procedures such as the Bosley group. They have a web site and, likely, a physician near you who can tell you if they can be of help with your problem.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Aug
2001

Q&A: Is hair loss a side effect of BOTOX® injections?

Question:

Is hair loss a side effect of botox injections? I've had just one appt. two weeks ago and my hair loss is alarming.

- Kat

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Kat, I cannot imagine any theoretical or real relationship between the two and I have never read anything associating the two.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Apr
2001

Q&A: I am a 21 year old African American women who has abnormal growth of facial hair. What can I do?

Question:

I am a 21 year old African American women who as of late has had abnormal growth of facial hair. At first I thought that I might have polycystic ovaries or it could be attributed to the 85 lbs I have gained these past four years at college. Others say that the hair is so thin that they can't see it. Nonetheless, I am very self-conscious about it. Is laser hair removal a safe alternative for me? I am not 'fair-skinned' and in my research I've found that the surgery is recommended for people with very dark hair, which I have, and light complexions. I have also heard that hormone replacements might do the trick. I believe that I have solicited this hair growth by removing hair when there was very little growth ( i.e. waxing, shaving, etc). Much to my dismay the hairs have grown back thicker. Which lasers would be best used on me? What is the scar risk? Alternatives? How much would the surger cost?

- BH

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear BH, You are looking into this at a very opportune time since third generation hair removal lasers have just become FDA approved in the US. These lasers will remove the unwanted hair with very little risk (when used by the right laser surgeon) and give very good results after 3 to 5 treatments of an area. I would not suggest hormone replacements since they have far more universal effects on your body. Weight loss always helps since hormones are altered by fat in the peripheral tissue. The best lasers to use are long-pulsed YAG lasers of which there are several, the most effective, likely, being the LYRA laser by Laserscope. I would suggest that you find a laser surgeon in your area with this laser. Treatment costs vary across the country. My office charges $50 per square inch of facial skin treated per treatment. Scarring almost never occurs.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Jan
2001

Q&A: Are there side effects with the use of Lupron and Gonal F, and how long have they been in use?

Question:

How long have Lupron and Gonal F been available and in use? Are there any illnesses or side-effects associated with the use of Lupron or Gonal F (such as hair loss)?

- Franca

Answer:

SCOTT ROSEFF, MD, FACOG, Director - LocateADoc.com

Hi Franca, Lupron has been used an an adjunct for assisted reproduction since at least some time in the early 1990's. Gonal-f received US marketing approval in 1997 (although it was used before that in Europe). There are potential side effects with both of these drugs, and this is not the appropriate forum to go into all of those possible issues. EVERY reproductive endocrinologist should discuss the possible side-effects with their patients BEFORE giving you prescriptions for these meds. It takes me between 10-20 minutes to discuss the possible risks/implications of these meds in a face-to-face discussion with my patients. If you would like to come here and discuss these meds in depth, please feel free to let me know. Thanks for your questions! Dr. Roseff, Director W.E. C.A.R.E. Visit us on the web at: http://www.reproendo.com =================================================== Since I don't know your entire history and haven't examined you, any medical information given to you may be incomplete or inaccurate. Therefore, Dr. Roseff and the W.E. C.A.R.E. staff can not be responsible for any actions taken or not due to the information contained within these communications. These communications are for educational and informational purposes only, and should never be used to replace the information and care rendered by your own doctor. ===================================================

--SCOTT ROSEFF, MD, FACOG, Director
West Orange, New Jersey



Aug
2000

Q&A: What can I do to start a family (ie get pregnant) if I have a lot of health issues?

Question:

I'm a 33 year old female. I had mild endometriosis 3 years ago. I had pre-cancer on my cervix 5 years ago. My periods in the last year have gotten heavier, longer, lots of blood clots, terrible fatigue, weight gain, loss of libido, worse PMS, thinning hair, high cholesterol, cant sleep, headaches. What's going on with me? I would like to start a family and am concerned. The pill makes my fibrocystic breasts worse and my heart hurt. Theres heart and breast problems in the family. I tried natural progesterone cream for the last two weeks of my recent cycle and the PMS improved greatly but the bleeding is now worse. Any tips? Thanks alot.

- Gina

Answer:

SCOTT ROSEFF, MD, FACOG, Director - LocateADoc.com

Hi, The best tip I can give you, considering your problems with endometriosis and cervical problems, is to see a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. If you need help finding one in your area, please let me know.

--SCOTT ROSEFF, MD, FACOG, Director
West Orange, New Jersey