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Bernstein Medical News

Dr. Shaver on Causes of Female Hair Loss and Effective Treatments

November 14th, 2019

Dr. Christine Shaver, head of Bernstein Medical’s Manhattan office, has seen complex and varied causes of female hair loss over her career as a dermatologic surgeon. She recently spoke to SheFinds.com about whether women can use minoxidil, a hair loss treatment that is more often recommended for men with genetic thinning. While men and women […]

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New Development in Hair Loss Medications for Women

October 1st, 2019

After a long wait, there is a potential new development in the field of hair loss drug treatments. Kintor Pharmaceuticals, a Chinese drug company, has developed a new androgen receptor targeted drug called KX-826. The medicine is applied in topical form to the scalp and works by reducing the ability of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to attach […]

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Dr. Bernstein Named New York’s Top Doctors for 20th Consecutive Year

June 3rd, 2019

Dr. Bernstein’s dedication of more than 20 years to the advancement and perfection of surgical hair restoration techniques have consistently earned him top awards in the field. Dr. Bernstein has been listed in Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors for the 20th year. This list, published in New York Magazine, identifies the top medical specialists in the United States and organizes them geographically within each specialty. Castle Connolly’s physician-led research team uses an extensive surveying process of over 50,000 American doctors each year to curate this list who are at the very top of their field.

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Long Hair Robotic FUE

May 24th, 2019

Long Hair FUE allows patients to have a Robotic Hair Transplant without needing any immediate cosmetic recovery time. This can only be done in the patient grew the hair on the back and sides of the scalp long enough to cover the harvested area.

In this video, Dr. Bernstein demonstrates the first step of the Long-Hair Robotic FUE technique, clipping a strip of hair in the donor area. Follicular unit grafts are extracted from this area allowing for the hair to be brushed back down to cover any evidence of the procedure.

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Hair Restoration Answers

Is it Safe to Implant 6,000 Grafts in 2 Days Using FUE?

March 5th, 2019

Q: Is it safe to implant 6,000 grafts in 2 days with an FUE procedure? — L.P. ~ Port Washington, N.Y.

A: A 6,000-graft procedure would be a very large hair transplant. Transplanting this many grafts at once would necessitate grafts being placed very close together. In this situation, the blood supply may not be adequate to support the growth of the newly transplanted grafts.

Another reason for concern is that when harvesting, FUE yields about 20 grafts/cm2. A 6,000-graft procedure would require 300 cm2. Since the donor area is about 30 cm long, this would require a donor height of 10 cm, clearly extending beyond the permanent zone of the scalp of most patients.

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Transplanting Hair From One Person to Another

March 5th, 2019

A new research finding out of Seoul, South Korea, shows that it may be possible to escape the limitations of one’s own hair using a friend’s hair follicles. The researchers at Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) discovered a method that allows hair loss patients to receive other people’s healthy hair without taking immunosuppressants. The study, done on mice, proved that new hair can grow using this method.

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Hair Restoration Answers

Can Women That Are Breastfeeding Have A Hair Transplant?

March 5th, 2019

Q: Can a woman who is breastfeeding have a hair transplant? — M.R. ~ Long Beach, N.Y.

A: Since surgical hair restoration is an elective procedure, I would wait until 1 year after delivery and once breastfeeding has completed before considering a hair transplant. Often after pregnancy, there is a post-partum shedding that occurs as the hormones fluctuate and then return back to their normal levels. This active period of shedding can cause a few issues. The first issue is that active shedding can make it difficult for the surgeon to determine where best to place the grafts for the optimal long-term cosmetic result. Additionally, medications may be used during and after the procedure that can potentially appear in breast milk.

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Hims and Keeps: Hair Loss Solutions Explained

December 12th, 2018
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On our Facebook and Instagram feeds, billboards, on the side of buses, and lining the walls of the subway, are ads of young, attractive men with voluptuous locks and titles saying things like “Hair loss is optional” and “Handsome, healthy you.” These are the ads for the millennial men’s wellness brand, Hims. Hims, and fellow start-up Keeps, offer hair loss solutions (that would normally be prescribed in-person, by a doctor) in one simple package to your home.

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Hair Restoration Answers

What is your Opinion of the Companies that Advertise Hair Loss Solutions like Hims and Keeps?

December 11th, 2018

Q: What is your opinion of the companies that advertise hair loss solutions like Hims and Keeps?

In searching the web and riding the subway I’ve seen many ads for a company called Hims that offers hair loss medicine and other medical solutions for men’s problems. What are the medications used for hair loss and how do they compare to Propecia and Rogaine? ? — V.T., Long Island, NY

A: Hims and Keeps are digital wellness companies that are geared toward men. They prescribe the same hair loss products that you can receive from a doctor or from online stores like Amazon, such as minoxidil, finasteride, biotin, salicylic acid shampoos and other topical and oral medications. The patents on the most commonly used prescription medications have expired within the last few years, opening the door for companies to distribute their own generic versions. The online system that Hims uses allows people to get prescriptions without seeing a doctor. Although this might be convenient, receiving an in-person evaluation from an experienced physician is important to ensure that you receive the proper treatment. Medical treatments for hair loss are most effective when started early. Therefore, making sure the diagnosis is correct and that the medications are optimized, will give you the best chance of re-growing your hair and preventing future thinning.

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Hair Restoration Answers

Can Rogaine Cause Miniaturization?

October 23rd, 2018

Q: Can Rogaine Cause Miniaturization?

When I am on Rogaine it seems – to my untrained eye – that I am having hair miniaturization and when I stopped briefly, I had shedding. Does this seem accurate based on what you have seen? Can Rogaine cause miniaturization? Is there a point you would recommend I stop Rogaine or is it something that likely can’t cause a negative impact on hair? — B.T., Brooklyn, NY

A: Minoxidil reverses miniaturization. It does not cause it. Shedding can occur after starting use of Rogaine but this means the medication is working should resolve with continued use. New miniaturized hairs are either from the progression of your genetic male pattern hair loss or newly forming hair that was stimulated by the minoxidil which can mimic miniaturized hair.

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