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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Semantics, Terminology, and Standards

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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a procedure that is used to create the illusion of shaved hair, stubble, or greater density in hair-bearing areas that have lost hair or require augmentation. It is becoming more popular around the world, and its value to hair restoration surgeons is demonstrated by the ISHRS including it alongside Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) and Follicular Unit …

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ISHRS 2017 Practice Census Infographic

HAIR RESTORATION SURGERIES JUMPED 60 PERCENT WORLDWIDE New survey reports Asia, Middle East and United States performing the most procedures GENEVA, IL. – September 19, 2017. Hair restoration surgery is having a moment, according to results released today of a new member survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). The worldwide volume of surgical hair restoration …

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UPDATE FROM ISHRS TASK FORCE ON FINASTERIDE ADVERSE EVENT CONTROVERSIES

Finasteride is approved by the U.S. FDA as a safe and effective treatment of hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia. That fact has not changed. However, the concern of possible persistent sexual dysfunction side effects from taking finasteride after the drug has been discontinued has received recent attention. The ISHRS Task Force on Finasteride Adverse Event Controversies continues to seek …

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MEDICAL TOURISM: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

Medical Tourism: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly     With the rise of the internet and globalization, the world is literally at our fingertips. Not only can we easily cross borders for leisure travel and tourism, it is possible to visit nearly any country to conduct business or to purchase goods and services.     In recent years, …

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BEFORE YOU CHOOSE A SURGEON

There’s no such thing as a dumb question… Before you make a final commitment for hair restoration surgery,  it’s a good idea to ask your hair restoration surgeon a lot of questions so you can have confidence in your decision.  If you need a starting point, here are some concerns that go through patients’ minds:   1. How do I …

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ISHRS LEGAL UPDATE: DELEGATION OF SURGERY IN HAIR TRANSPLANTATION

ISHRS LEGAL UPDATE: DELEGATION OF SURGERY IN HAIR TRANSPLANTATION October 2016 The ISHRS shares, from time to time, legal developments on issues potentially affecting members. One such issue is the permissibility of delegating portions of hair restoration procedures to unlicensed personnel. In the United States, a physician’s authority to delegate to unlicensed personnel varies from state to state and depends …

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ASK THE FELLOWS

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Ask Your Hair restoration Doctor: The ISHRS Fellows answer your hair restoration and hair loss questions   Why are more doctors now preferring FUE? David Josephitis, DO, FISHRS        There are many different ways in which to address this observation. Over the past decade, there has been a great rise in the number of FUE procedures performed worldwide. In …

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COOLING CAP FOR CHEMOTHERAPY PATIENTS HELP SAVE HAIR FOLLICLES

  Cooling Cap for Chemotherapy Patients Help Save Hair Follicles   Hair loss is ranked the most troubling side effect of treatment for women. Most patients undergoing chemotherapy, lose some or all of their hair as a side affect to the treatment.   A new device which is a scalp cooling cap is currently in clinical trials. A New York City hospital …

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COMPARISON BETWEEN STRIP HARVESTING & FUE – PART 3

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A comparison between strip harvesting and FUE hair transplants – Part 3 We conclude our three-part series, “Strip Harvesting versus FUE” in discussing a number of remaining issues between the two procedures. In strip harvesting doctors take strips of hair-bearing tissue from part of the head and place them elsewhere, while with FUE – follicular unit excision, doctors take follicular units …

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COMPARISON BETWEEN STRIP HARVESTING & FUE – PART 2

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A comparison between strip harvesting and FUE hair transplants – Part 2 We continue our comparison of the hair restoration surgical procedures of strip harvesting versus FUE. In strip harvesting, doctors take strips of hair-bearing tissue from part of the head, dissect out individual follicular units and place them in the bald or thinning areas of the scalp.  FUE – …

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COMPARISON BETWEEN STRIP HARVESTING & FUE – PART 1

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A comparison between strip harvesting and FUE hair transplants – Part 1 Years ago, experts started advocating a new way of performing hair transplant surgeries. Instead of the traditional strip harvesting– meaning that doctors would take strips of hair-bearing tissue from part of the head and place them elsewhere, the experts started advocating FUE hair transplants. FUE stands for follicular …

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LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY (LLLT) FOR TREATMENT OF PATTERN HAIR LOSS – PART 2

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    Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Devices   Some patients are turning to Low-Level Laser Therapy Devices as a non-surgical hair restoration treatment for pattern hair loss.   These devices, which feature laser light generated by low-powered cold lasers, include hand-held “comb”, “brush” or “cap” laser-fueled devices marketed for use at home. Larger “hood” or “cap” devices are used in …

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FUE INSTRUMENTS AND THEIR USE

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Improvements in instrument technology and technique have now made follicular unit extraction (FUE) a procedure competitive with strip harvesting for obtaining donor hair for transplantation. In FUE, a physician removes one FU – or follicular unit, at a time, targeting those that appear most likely to thrive and produce hair in a recipient site. It requires more skill from the …

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