With 2009 already upon us, I am excited about the promise of a new year. New innovations and new treatment options are on the horizon for men and women suffering from hair loss. I also find myself looking back on the progress made in hair restoration over the past few decades as I celebrate the 20th anniversary of my practice this spring. Here is what’s on my mind as we get into the swing of 2009:
Interesting trends to watch.
I expect to see a jump in the number of women seeking hair transplant surgery in 2009, as well as an increase in older patients seeking hair transplants to better compete with young men and women in today’s competitive job market. I’m also anticipating a large number of patients interested in LATISSE™, a new prescription treatment developed to increase the growth of eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. This first-ever FDA approved topical treatment is applied once daily, and patients are expected to see results in as little as eight weeks! Please call my office if this exciting new treatment is of interest to you.
Traveling and staying up to date.
Hair restoration meetings and conferences have afforded me the opportunity to teach, learn, and discuss present and future hair restoration treatments. This year will be no different. I have already planned to lecture at the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association conference in February, speak and perform a live surgery at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) Live Surgery Workshop in Orlando in April, and speak at the ISHRS Annual Scientific Meeting in Amsterdam in July. I hope to add more to my traveling agenda and plan to report back on the hair restoration trends and innovations discussed in my blog.
Still battling the misconceptions of plugs!
Although the field of hair restoration surgery has been practiced in the United States since 1959, there remains a tremendous amount of misunderstanding about it by both the medical and lay communities. Long gone are the infamous “plugs” of yesteryear; though, many Americans still believe we perform that archaic technique. In fact, today’s transplants are undetectable. I suppose we’ll still be battling this misconception in the future, but I hope to continue spreading awareness about modern hair restoration treatments.
Thankful for the past 20 years.
When I think back on the past 20 years of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, I realize how thankful I am for the people who have been by my side all along. From my supportive wife and family, to my mentor in medical school, to my peers from the ISHRS, to my great staff and amazing patients, I am humbled to have had the support of such wonderful people throughout my career. I’ve also been able to learn and share knowledge all over the world through conferences, bringing the latest and most sophisticated treatments to my New England patients. It’s been an amazing 20 years, and I hope to celebrate many more!
Amy, I hope you agree that 2009 will certainly be an exciting year. As always, if you or someone you know is suffering from hair loss please contact me to schedule a free, confidential consultation to explore the many hair restoration options available. Call 1-800-543-0660 or visit www.hairdr.com.
Dr. Robert Leonard
Founder and Chief Surgeon
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