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Hair Los

Hair loss is a common problem. By age 50, half of women will experience some hair loss. Average adults loose 50-150 hairs a day. Many myths and misconceptions of what causes hair loss abound. Here Is a review of what . works and what does not work in the World of Hair Loss.

Several patented supplements for hair loss have been investigated in randomized controlled trails funded by the companies that produce these supplements. But there is little evidence to suggest that any supplements benefit patients who do not have deficiencies in iron, zinc or biotin.

  • Iron deficiency is very common especially in pre-menopausal women. There may be a relationship between iron deficiency and hair loss conditions such as excessive shedding, alopecia areata and Female Pattern Hair Loss, (FPHL). Most women with hair loss have FPHL This is a chronic situation and any remedy /treatment must be continued indefinitely in order to maintain benefits.
  • Zinc is an important mineral that has several functions in the hair follicle. Biotin is effective in treating patients with a Biotin deficiency such as alopecia, brittle nails and dermatitis.
  • Biotin deficiency is usually not found in patients consuming a normal diet.

Little research exists to support the practice of treating hair topically with natural products to reverse hair loss. Washing hair more or less often has really no effect on hair loss. Likewise hair brushing has little effect on loss or rate of hair re-growth. But Chemical straightening. dyes, and bleaches, heat/hot rollers and curling irons can damage hair. The amount of damage varies greatly based on the age and type of hair. The Nair shaft becomes less tolerant to heat and chemicals as it ages.

Minoxidil is one of only two FDA approved therapies for the treatment of hair loss, and the only FDA approved therapy for women. Minoxidil is thought to increase hair growth rate and hair follicle diameter. Many patients do not see re-growth until 4-6 months after starting treatment One hair growth cycle js 3 months long and treatment is needed for at least 2-3 growth cycles to see any increase In hair growth. When Minoxidil is used to treat temporary hair loss, patients may be able to safely stop treatment without loosing hair growth

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Xeomin: What is it and Why Would You Choose This Injectable Over Botox?

Botox has reigned supreme for well over a decade, and now we have even more choices in our wrinkle-fighting arsenal. The development of dermal fillers has only increased the popularity of Botox because the two types of products go hand-in-hand to address a wider range of concerns. But what about Xeomin? Why would we consider a Botox alternative when the original is so well-established? Here, we discuss what Xeomin is and why it may be the best choice for some patients.

What Is Xeomin, and What Does It Do?

Like Botox, Xeomin is a neuromodulator drug with botulinum toxin as the key ingredient. The drug is used to affect muscle tissue in a way that smooths overlying skin. It is typically administered into areas of the upper face, around the eyes and on the forehead, to diminish the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles (those that are related to facial expression).

How Xeomin Differs from Botox

It may not make sense to have numerous versions of the same exact product on the market. There are slight differences in formulation between Botox and Xeomin, which may make one product better than the other for some patients. By design, Botox contains the active toxin within a matrix of accessory proteins. Xeomin, on the other hand, has an extra step in the manufacturing process which purifies the botulinum protein a little more. There are no accessory proteins to encapsulate the active ingredient. An easy way to observe Xeomin vs. Botox is that the latter is contained within a shell whereas the former is the core ingredient only. There is no difference in the active protein and therefore the ultimate result is the same. The difference lies in the injection technique used to administer each drug.

When Xeomin is Better

Botox has been around for many years, which means millions of people have been repeatedly treated with the drug. Over time, some people begin to react differently to Botox. It isn’t that the active ingredient no longer works, it’s that the person has likely become immune to the proteins that encase the botulinum protein. In such instances, the logical choice is to use a product like Xeomin, which has no extra additives.

Looking younger is easy with professional care from your trusted dermatologist. To see how Botox or Xeomin could work for you, contact our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167.

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Dr. LoBuono Has Been Featured In An Article!

Dr. Philip LoBuono has been featured in a Zwivel article called “Eczema and Diet: What Is the Link? We Asked the Experts.” In this article, Dr. LoBuono comments on what in your diet could lead to eczema.

Interested in finding out more? You can read the article HERE!