Hair Restoration Blog Dallas

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

Published on January 2, 2013 by

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 […]

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

Published on November 25, 2012 by

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 […]

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Dr. Sam Lam Reviews the Latest Information on Minoxidil

Published on November 14, 2012 by

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 […]

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Hair Loss Products: Do They Work?

Published on April 16, 2012 by

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 […]

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Kevin James, Ralph Macchio, Their Hairpieces, and Understanding the Lid Effect

Published on February 11, 2012 by

I was watching the movie Grown Ups the other day and I could not help but stare at Kevin James’ hairpiece. Most likely you did not even notice it. The reason that I see results that look fake and you may not is that I have significant experience with hair restoration and know how to […]

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Finasteride and Minoxidil: Playing a Piano with Two Hands

Published on December 18, 2011 by

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 […]

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Christian Slaters Hair Transplant

Published on December 5, 2011 by

Christian Slater’s Hair Transplant Hair Transplant is as much an art as it is a science. Many times we simply see very bad hair transplant work that scares us into not wanting to have the procedure done. When the procedure is done well, it is seamless. Take Christian Slater’s hair transplant, which I think is […]

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Steve Van Zandt, The Sopranos, and His Hairpiece

Published on November 19, 2011 by

We all know that we can recognize a bad hairpiece or a bad wig when we see one, right? Yes. However, hair systems today can be quite natural in appearance even to the most experienced eyes. Woven, natural hairpieces can escape the detection of many individuals looking at them like John Travolta’s. However, perhaps one […]

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

Published on November 12, 2011 by

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 […]

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Joe Biden: Thoughts About His Hair Transplants

Published on November 5, 2011 by

Obviously, there are many examples of bad hair transplants out there. I thought I would blog briefly about what is going on with Joe Biden’s hair-transplant result. Although his hair transplant was done during the era of “plug” grafts, the reason that his hair transplant does not look truly that bad is that his hairs […]

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Dutasteride (Avodart) and My Current Position Statement on It

Published on October 30, 2011 by

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 […]

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Jude Laws Central Forelock

Published on September 18, 2011 by

Jude Law’s Central Forelock The actor Jude Law has significant hair loss but does not seem that bald in appearance simply because he has a relatively strong retained central forelock. (I believe he has had a hair transplant by the way.) As a reminder, the central forelock is the tuft of hair that sits immediately […]

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Tony Horton from P90X and the Problem of Ongoing Hair Loss in the Temples Combined with a Hairpiece

Published on August 20, 2011 by

First of all, let me get this out of the way, I love Tony Horton; and I love P90X, which I completed in March of this year. Recently, I attended a live training session that he conducted on behalf of his new book, Bring It!, and that confirmed for me that in fact he was […]

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Jamie Foxx: Designing an African-shaped Hairline

Published on July 29, 2011 by

Jamie Foxx’s hair transplant looks natural and appropriate for his ethnicity. When designing hairlines for a person, it is important to consider that individual’s ethnicity and gender. For African-American hairlines, the shape is oftentimes square even despite ongoing aging. Clearly with hair loss, there is a blunting or loss at the fronto-temporal angles like in […]

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Tiger Woods: Designing a New Hairline, Should It Be African or Asian in Design?

Published on July 21, 2011 by

As everyone knows when they watch Tiger Woods play without a baseball cap, he is in serious need of a hair transplant. Perhaps the media attention has focused on other aspects of his life that he seems to be losing control of more than his hairline but for the sake of this blog, let’s focus […]

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Elton John’s Hairpiece

Published on July 1, 2011 by

Hairpieces, wigs, caps, and hair systems come in all shapes, sizes, and quality. Sir Elton is clearly enamored with his hairpiece most likely because his hair loss is extensive enough that a hair transplant would not be able to fix the problem with sufficient cosmetic density for him. Elton John’s Hairpiece Someone with a Norwood […]

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Matt Lauer Would Benefit from Rebuilding His Posterior Lateral Humps

Published on June 19, 2011 by

As a studious observer of celebrity hair transplants, I remember a couple of years ago looking at Matt Lauer conducting an interview in which his bald crown was exposed. The area known as the posterior lateral hump (side temporal hair) has fallen since his previous hair transplant away from his vertex transition zone (the point […]

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Jeremy Piven’s Hair Transplant Donor Scars

Published on June 6, 2011 by

Unfortunately, bad hair transplants make everyone fearful. Bad scars are no exception. This photograph of Jeremy Piven’s scar (the actor from Entourage) has certainly raised quite a bit of attention. It compels me to write about why good harvesting techniques should avoid a scar that looks as bad as his does. Although one cannot shave […]

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Latisse for Hair Loss

Published on May 28, 2011 by

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 […]

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Follicular Unit Excision (FUE): Yes or No

Published on April 20, 2011 by

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 […]

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Persistent Sexual Dysfunction with Finasteride: A New Study

Published on April 17, 2011 by

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 […]

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What Hair Loss Products Actually Work?

Published on March 12, 2011 by

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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