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What is a Double Centrifuge System for PRP and What are the Benefits?

October 26th, 2017

Q: What is a double centrifuge system for PRP and what are the benefits?

A: The double centrifuge system is a process used in preparing Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) where the whole blood is spun two times to optimize the concentration of the platelets. In the first spin, the red blood cells are separated from the plasma, which contains the platelets. In the second spin, the cellular components in the plasma are further concentrated. The platelets and growth factors that are recovered from the plasma are then injected into the scalp. Additional growth factors are released from the platelets after the injections and it is these proteins that provide the benefit of helping to maintain the hair and to stimulate growth. By using a double centrifuge technique, the ideal concentration of platelets and growth factors are achieved.

  • Read more about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss
  • View a slideshow of how PRP is prepared

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Hair Restoration Answers

Are Topical DHT Blockers as Effective as Oral Finasteride?

September 21st, 2017

Q: What is more important against baldness, decreasing DHT in serum with oral finasteride or decreasing DHT in the scalp with topical finasteride?

A: Decreasing serum DHT with oral finasteride is more effective in combating hair loss, as the decreased blood levels decrease the DHT in follicles and seem to do it better than finasteride applied topically.

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Bernstein Medical News

“I Hated My Hairline, So I Got a New One”

September 20th, 2017

Hair Transplant Racked Article by Bernstein Medical PatientLike many women, Alden Wicker felt self-conscious about her naturally high hairline and burdened with the high-maintenance of trying to keep her bangs perfectly positioned to cover her forehead. Alden discovered an article on Dr. Robert M. Bernstein, founder of Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration and pioneer of Follicular Unit Transplantation, and decided to see if he could fix her hairline. In an article she contributed to Racked, an online magazine published by Vox Media, Ms. Wicker describes her experience with Bernstein Medical and how thrilled she is will the results of her hair transplant.

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Hair Restoration Research

Innovation and Quality in Hair Restoration Surgery

August 31st, 2017

Synopsis: Hair restoration has advanced dramatically in the past 25 years, most recently with the growing popularity of FUE. The challenge of FUE is that the grafts are more fragile compared to the follicular units generated in traditional FUT/strip procedures. Innovations such as the ARTAS Robot and other devices attempt to address this problem. With the increasing participation of ISHRS members – now 1,200 strong – progression in this field should continue at an accelerating pace.

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Hair Restoration Answers

Would A Hair Transplant In Turkey Be Performed Just By Technicians?

August 15th, 2017

Q: I was thinking of having an FUE procedure done in Turkey, but I am concerned that it will be done with just technicians. Any thoughts?

A: I do not have first-hand information on the clinics in Turkey, but there is a recent “Letter to the Editor” in Hair Transplant Forum International, the official publication of the “International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery” that you might find informative. From the article:

“In Turkey, there are 300 FUE clinics in Istanbul alone, but unfortunately at only 20 of them operations are done by doctors. We do not exactly know how many of those 300 clinics have legal permissions, but we know very well that an average of 500-1,000 FUE operations are done per day.”

If you would like to read the entire article, the reference is: A Report from Turkey – the situation in a top FUE destination. Hair Transplant Forum International July/August 2017 p 162.

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Hair Restoration Answers

Do Women Have Less Shock Loss Than Men?

August 14th, 2017

Q: I have heard that shock loss is somewhat common after a hair transplant. Do women experience less shock loss than men?

A: The risk of shock hair loss is generally greater in women than in men since women usually have a more diffuse pattern of thinning. This is because females generally have more miniaturized hair, the hair that is most subject to post-op shedding.

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