Monday, August 15, 2016

Sleep-induced wrinkles resist treatment

People who sleep on their side or stomach exert compression, shear and stress force factors on their faces that result in distortion and, ultimately, wrinkles, according to a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Fillers and neuromodulators are ineffective or short-lived in sleep-induced wrinkles, says study leader and plastic surgeon Goesel Anson, but radiofrequency and ultrasound devices or microneedling might be options, according to American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery President Daniel Mills.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ailesbury SMART® Hair Transplant technique Dr. Patrick J. Treacy, Medical Director of Ailesbury Clinics

Ailesbury SMART® Hair Transplant is an award-winning multi procedure hair restoration technique that combines PRP stem cell technology, motorised micropunch extraction, anabolic nutrition and LLLT red light phototherapy to shorten the time required for complete hair growth and increase follicular graft survival. It represents a major advance on methods of hair implant technology currently available by concentrating on a shortened recovery time, increased graft survival and reduced risk of complications. 
Ailesbury has been testing the use of platelet – rich plasma (PRP) in hair transplant surgery since 2009 when Carlos Uebel from Brazil and Joseph Greco from Florida  reported improved healing and graft survival with use of this method. Platelets, key players in the body’s wound healing mechanism are activated to release various hair growth factors that stimulate the healing process. These factors stimulate new blood vessels to form (angiogenesis) and collagen to be produced. Cells are stimulated to divide and go into action surrounding the wound. PRP reduces infection and offers a minimally invasive surgical procedure that benefits from a shortened recovery time, increased graft survival and reduced risk of complications. 
The AHI SMART® Hair Implant surgeon uses a small punch(a sort of a special needle) (0,72 mm diameter) with a motorised drill to remove individual follicular units, eliminating the need for excision of skin from the back of the head. Punch gauges can vary. Typical ranges are .75mm to 1.0mm. Small punches are great for minimizing scarring but are not really suitable for larger 2,3 and 4-hair grafts. Using a .75mm punch to extract a triple-hair graft could result in partial or full transection of the graft. Something like a .9mm gauge would be more suited. Respectively, using a larger gauge can preserve yield levels but also create scars larger than desired and damage surrounding follicles. One size does not fit all. 
Hair is made from nutrients in the body, and nutritional deficiencies can cause hair damage and hair loss. For example, biotin deficiencies have been linked to hair loss and skin disorders,and sufficient levels of the B vitamins are necessary for hair health and growth. Many Western diets are lacking in nutrients, and a poor diet may contribute to early onset of hair loss symptoms in people genetically prone to hair loss. Ailesbury Clinic uses Help Hair™ Shake which contains nutrients and herbs specifically selected for their positive effects on hair, including Niacin (vitamin B‐3), Folate, Vitamin B‐12, Biotin, Zinc, Manganese, Fo‐ti Root (Ho Shou Wu or Polygonum multiflorum) ‐ a popular Chinese herb traditionally used to darken pre‐mature gray hair, Kudzo Root ‐ Chinese herb, Pumpkin Seed to help regulate testosterone levels. PABA, Chlorophyll to remove sebum, which carries DHT. As part of an overall hair loss program, Ailesbury Clinics put patients on a low anabolic profile by telling them to consider eliminating or reducing certain supplements in their diet. This includes using the SHAPIRO Chart and montioring the use of anabolic steroids, creatine, Growth Hormone, Androstenedione, HCG diet or Whey Protein Isolate often found in body building additives. 
The technique uses wavelengths with red light therapy in the range of 630 to 670 nanometers (nm) immediately post FUE procedure. Visible red light is capable of being absorbed by the molecules of the hair follicle and can stimulate the growth or re-growth of the hair following a natural biological reaction. Red light is absorbed is because of an intracellular enzyme called cytochrome c, which is responsible for stimulating the hair follicle by sending it certain signals. Those signals promote gene activity and lower apoptosis (cell death regulated by the genes) as well as other reactions. This has been known since 1967 when it was accidentally discovered by a Hungarian scientist who noticed that exposed, shaved mice experience faster hair re-growth. 
Follicular Transfer is a modern hair restoration technique where hairs are transplanted in groups of 1-4 hairs - exactly as they grow in nature. It is a major advance over the older hair transplantation procedures that used larger grafts and often produced a pluggy, unnatural look. FT technique is actually a two-step procedure. where the aesthetic results mimic the way hair grows in nature and will be undetectable as a hair transplant.  During the first step, also called FUE (Follicullar Unit Extraction), direct extraction of selected individual follicular units from the patient's donor area is performed. allowing the surgeon to control the potential problem of visibly lower donor area density after the procedure. The Second part of the procedure is the Follicular Implantation where the surgeon implants the grafts with a  predetermined density, pattern and angle in a realistic hair pattern. 
Dr. Patrick Treacy is Chairman of the Irish Association of Cosmetic Doctors and is Irish Regional Representative of the British Association of Cosmetic and Honorary Board Member of the World Medical Trichologist Association. Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of Arts. (London). Honorary Ambassador to the Michael Jackson Legacy Foundation and the Haiti Leadership Foundation, which opened orphanages in both Haiti and Liberia the past year.
Dr. Treacy holds Honors Degrees in Molecular Biology as well as Medicine. He is the recipient of the Norman Rae Gold medal from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. He has also received many national and international academic awards. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles in medical and scientific journals and published many peer-reviewed papers within these disciplines, including a sentinel study on the rising incidence of cutaneous malignant melanoma for the Mayo Clinic, Rochester in 1990. 
He pioneered facial implant techniques for HIV related facial lipodystrophy and early radiosurgery venous thermocoagulation. He is an advanced aesthetic trainer and has trained over 800 doctors and nurses from around the world.
He is a renowned international guest speaker and features regularly on national television and radio programmes. He has featured on the Today Show, Ireland AM, CNN, Dr. Drew, RTE, TV3, Sky News, BBC and Newsweek.
 Dr Patrick Treacy won the MyFaceMyBook innovation London award in 2013 for the Ailesbury SMART® Hair Transplant technique