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December 23, 2010 @ 11:44 am

Tips and Techniques to Determine a Patients’ Risk for Hereditary Hair Loss


Founder and Chief Surgeon at Leonard Hair Transplant Associates Dr. Robert Leonard joins the show. He discusses how to know if hair loss is a temporary hair loss or if it is due to heredity, tips or techniques to determine a patients’ risk for hereditary hair loss and new advances in hair loss treatment.

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With more than 24 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Robert Leonard serves as New England's foremost authority on hair restoration, providing an honest, realistic medical evaluation of each individual patients hair loss problem.

As founder and chief surgeon of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, Dr. Leonard is medically educated, trained and licensed to perform hair restoration procedures for men and women, to treat thinning hair, partial, and significant baldness.  He also performs eyebrow hair transplantation, restoration for aesthetic reasons or for correction after injury, and hair restoration of sideburns in men or women who have had facial cosmetic procedures.

Raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Dr. Leonard received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of New Hampshire and earned his medical degree at the University of New England. He interned in Pinellas Park, Florida, followed by a residency in Toledo, Ohio, and completed his preceptorship in hair transplant surgery under the late Dr. C.P. Chambers at the Chambers Hair Institute.

In 1989, Dr. Leonard became board certified and was licensed to practice medicine in several states including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida. Dr. Leonard has hospital privileges at Roger Williams Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, as well as surgical privileges in hair restoration surgery at South County Hospital.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the Hair Loss Expert for Johnson and Johnson.

Dr. Leonard has served on a number of boards, including the State of Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, and he has held leadership positions in several societies, including President of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), Chairman of the ISHRS's Bylaws and Ethics Committee, Chairman of the ISHRS's Media Committee, Trustee of the University of New England, Trustee of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, and was recently appointed to the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Advisory Council.

An avid traveler, Dr. Leonard enjoys visiting the cities and countries where he lectures on hair loss treatment and hair transplant procedures throughout the world. He is an active outdoorsman in water sports and alpine skiing, and lives in Narragansett, RI with his wife and children.

To view Dr. Leonard's CURRICULUM VITAE, click here.

Dr. Leonard maintains offices in Cranston, Rhode Island; Boston, Worcester, Hyannis, Braintree, Newton Centre, Massachusetts; and Nashua, New Hampshire.


Partial Transcript of Interview with Dr. Robert Leonard

Eric Michaels: How do you know if hair loss is temporary hair loss or if it is due to heredity?

Dr. Leonard: Well we typically lose in hair, in hereditary hair loss between 50 and 100 hairs a day. But if there is a consistent loss of more than 150 hairs that's considered medically significant and that's typically with hereditary hair loss. There is a difference however between hereditary hair loss which is the most common type of hair loss and  temporary hair loss which can occur as a result of hormones or thyroid conditions or pregnancy or certain medications or having general anesthesia. The temporary hair loss is one that will resolve on its own - genetic hair loss does not.

Eric Michaels: Can you share any tips or techniques to determine a patients’ risk for Hereditary Hair Loss?

Dr. Leonard: Male or female pattern hair loss or hereditary hair loss accounts for 95% of all hair so it is the most common reason. In more than 60% of Americans actually incorrectly thinks that hair loss only comes from one side of the family so if there is hair loss on the mothers side it could be genetic, if there is hair loss on the fathers side it could be genetic but most commonly it comes from both sides of the family. That is the important thing to realize that we always used to blame the mothers side for hair loss and now we know through genetic studies that hair loss can occur from either side - mothers or fathers.

Eric Michaels: Please tell me a bit about the new advances in hair loss treatment.

Dr. Leonard: Well we do have wonderfully new advances in hair loss in regards to surgical hair restoration and the newest one of all is the Neograft surgical device which is a partially automated procedure where I actually remove individual follicle units, individual grafts in the back of ones head and transplant those into the areas that are thin or bald...


Want the entire audio version of this eHealth Radio Episode?

Dr. Robert Leonard discusses & answers:

- What are other effective treatments for hair loss?

- Can ROGAINE® be used for men and women?

- Conclusion Tip: Locating a specialist is the best way to learn which treatment options will work best for you. Consumers can find unbiased information through a variety of organizations including The American Academy of Dermatology ( and hair transplantation organizations like the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (

Contact Information:

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Toll Free: (800) 543-0660

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