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December 21, 2010 @ 10:07 am

Is Your Hair Thinning?


Facial Plastic Surgeon in the North Dallas suburb of Plano Dr. D.J. Verret joins the show. He discusses what are the main causes of hair loss, what are the treatment options and what do hair transplants look like and much more.

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Dr. Daniel Joseph “D.J.” Verret was born and raised in the heart of Cajun country, Lafayette, LA. He attended Tulane University where he earned a degree in biomedical engineering with honors. He went on to attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas for both his medical degree and residency training. For further refinement of his skills, he applied for and was awarded one of only 38 nationwide one year fellowships through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After living in the Dallas Metroplex for nine years, Dr. Verret became enamored with the area and moved back to Plano to open his practice.

Dr. Verret continues to stay abreast of the latest innovations in facial plastic surgery through attendance at various local, national, and international facial plastic surgery meetings. He regularly teaches at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and volunteers at various local civic organizations. He has been invited to speak at national and international facial plastic surgery meetings and he has been rewarded with numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Verret is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery.


Partial Transcript of Interview with Dr. D.J. Verret

Eric Michaels: What are the main causes of hair loss?

Dr. Verret: There are a lot of causes but probably the most common is called androgenic alopecia and most people refer to it as male patterned baldness. This actually effects both men and women. There are other causes though particularly in women would be metabolic causes such as thyroid disorders, diabetes, certain medications especially those for high blood pressure, certain cancers can cause hair loss - skin cancer of the scalp and then there are auto immune conditions where the body actually recognizes the hair as a foreign substance and attacks it and causes the hair to fall out...

Eric Michaels: What are the treatment options for hair loss?

Dr. Verret: In hair loss an ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure. You want to make sure you address the hair loss when you start to notice thinning - once it's gone - generally it's gone and it's not going to come back and that's when you need to talk about surgical options. So what are your options when you notice that your hair is thinning? There are two medications that have been approved by the USFDA that treat hair loss and that's Minoxidil which is known by the trade name as Rogaine. That is an over the counter liquid now generic where you can almost buy this at any drug store in various formulations...or as a foam and that is only available as Rogaine foam and the active ingredient is still Minoxidil. This is available for both men and women...The second option is Finasteride and unfortunately it will be 2013 until that becomes generic but Finasteride...

Eric Michaels: Tell us about hair transplants - are they permanent and what do they look like?

Dr. Verret: It's really important to differentiate what most people think of as a hair transplant from what is being currently done today. You talk hair transplants and people think of hair plugs and that was a technique used in the 1970's and early 1980's and that creates an unnatural look and creates hair that you would see on the head of a barbie doll - so it creates hair lines that don't look natural at all. The techniques that we use now days are...


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Dr. D.J. Verret discusses & answers:

- What should people look for when seeking out a hair transplant surgeon?

- When should an individual be concerned about hair loss in regards to getting medical attention?

- And a Special Tip...

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