Category Archives: Hair Products

How My Dog Kumo Confirmed My Thinking of How Hair Grows without Abrupt Angle Changes

One of my greatest passions in hair restoration is designing recipient sites. These sites dictate the pattern, direction, and density of transplanted and grafted hairs – something I feature throughout this website. At my annual hair transplant course that I direct and have done so now for 9 years, I always incorporate a lecture that […]

Does Adding Acell to PRP Really Matter?

The “magic sauce” that I talked about in my previous blog involved platelet rich plasma (PRP) and Acell. The question though is whether adding Acell, a porcine bladder matrix, does anything? I know many physicians who only use PRP and think Acell is redundant. Having now done several cases with Acell, I would beg to […]

Bimatoprost (Latisse) for Hair Loss

I try my best to keep up with the latest and greatest in the world of hair restoration. As many of the ladies know Latisse by Allergan Inc., the makers of Botox, has been a runaway success for extending eyelashes and making them thicker and longer. Bimatoprost, the generic name for Latisse, is a prostaglandin […]

New Vibration Device to Decrease Discomfort during a Hair Transplant

Pain control is so very important for every patient. I take that concern to an extreme level. As many of you know for my conventional linear harvesting (standard hair transplant) where discomfort can be greater, we have every patient under what is known as Level 2 conscious sedation, meaning patients do not feel anything. If […]

Dr. Sam Lam Reviews Scalp Micropigmentation as an Adjunct for Hair Restoration

Hair restoration is an art of illusion trying to make a bald man look as if he has a full head of hair. Most of the times surgical hair restoration alone is sufficient to accomplish this task. However, at times other techniques like medical management can help to delay and partly reverse the hair loss […]

Dr. Sam Lam Reviews Nanogen for Topical Camouflage

I have offered almost every patient that has come through my door advice about topical camouflage products that could be helpful in the goal of camouflaging hair loss. I have directed them to the Internet to purchase products, my favorite one being Nanogen, but I have decided to start stocking the product in my office […]

Dr. Sam Lam Reviews Acell and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Transplants

Over a year ago I started incorporating the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and Acell into my hair transplant cases, at first tentatively and now in a robust and standard fashion. I believe this is why it is so important to go to every major hair transplant meeting you can because it can change […]

The ISHRS Fall 2012 Meeting in the Bahamas

Unfortunately, I did not see much sun while I was in the Bahamas for the 2012 Fall ISHRS meeting. Partly because there was little sun to be had (it was raining most days) but also because I was simply enraptured by all the meetings that had a huge learning impact on me. I also was […]

Dr. Sam Lam Reviews Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and LaserCap for Hair Loss

One of the most important developments I got from the 2012 Bahamas International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) meeting was talking with Dr. Michael Rabin of LaserCap. I have been spending the last few years investigating the efficacy of laser technology on hair loss, which is known as low-level laser therapy or LLLT. At […]

Dr. Sam Lam Reviews the Latest Information on Minoxidil

Minoxidil, marketed as Rogaine, is one of the mainstays of treatments for hair loss. It is an over-the-counter medication used to treat hair loss that is both safe and effective. Although we do not know exactly the pathway by which it works, it works in synergy with Finasteride (Propecia) and should be considered in combined […]

Dr. Sam Lam Reviews the Latest Information on Finasteride

Finasteride has unfortunately gotten a bad rap of late in the media due to the release of the article, “Persistent Sexual Side Effects of Finasteride for Male Pattern Hair Loss”, in the Journal of Sexual Medicine (Volume 8, Issue 6, June 2011) written by lead author, Michael S. Irwig MD. Coming back from the 2012 […]

Hair Loss Products: Do They Work?

I just finished a phone consultation with a gentleman from North Carolina that prompted me to write this blog article. He saw a hair clinic chain that sold him a special product that contained minoxidil (Rogaine) along with other vitamins for several hundred dollars. He was also sold a shampoo service for $2000 for which […]

Finasteride and Minoxidil: Playing a Piano with Two Hands

Many patients ask me which is better finasteride (Propecia) or minoxidil (Rogaine)? Or, do I have to take both if I am already on one of them? The answer to the first question is that I personally believe that 70% of the results from medical management comes from finasteride so as a single treatment option […]

Camouflaging Products to Cover Baldness with or without a Hair Transplant Procedure

Many times we tend to forget about the benefit of camouflaging products in the goal to disguise baldness. We focus instead on surgical hair restoration and/or medical management with finasteride (Propecia) and minoxidil (Rogaine). However, products like Nanogen, Toppik, and Dermmatch are excellent ways to cover up baldness using topical powders and creams that reduce […]

Dutasteride (Avodart) and My Current Position Statement on It

Dutasteride (Avodart) is marketed exclusively for benign prostatic hyperplasia, i.e., to reduce an enlarged prostate to improve urinary flow. However, that does not mean that it is unsafe or not recommended for hair loss since the company (GlaxoSmithKline) that manufacturers it has never sought the indication for hair loss from the Food & Drug Administration […]

Latisse for Hair Loss

A recent article in the New York Times featured the use of Latisse (bimatoprost 0.03%) for the treatment of hair loss. As many of you may know, this Allergan-produced product is indicated for use for thinning eyelashes. With the overwhelming response from my staff and patients, the product does work well. I myself just started […]

Follicular Unit Excision (FUE): Yes or No

Over the past few years, there has been ever increasing popularity of harvesting hair without an incision on the back of the head. This technique is known as Follicular Unit Excision, or FUE for short. It also has been called by other abbreviations, FOX, FIT, etc., all meaning the same thing. Although this method has […]

Persistent Sexual Dysfunction with Finasteride: A New Study

What has been making rounds on the Internet this past week is a shocking report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that states that finasteride (marketed as Propecia) for hair loss can cause permanent impotence and related sexual problems. Merck, the manufacturer of the product, has reported between 3 to 8% incidence of sexual side […]

What Hair Loss Products Actually Work?

Fortunately, today there are medical solutions to manage male pattern baldness, which if started earlier can afford better results. The Internet is filled with hawkers of miracle cures, but there are only two FDA-approved products, finasteride (marketed as Propecia) and minoxidil (marketed as Rogaine) that have proven efficacy. First, we must understand how we lose […]

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