Hair Loss & Replacement for Dummies (For Dummies Series)

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What are the causes of hair loss? Can you prevent it? Can lost hair be restored? Hair Loss & Replacement For Dummies helps you understand why men and women lose their hair and offers thorough, objective reviews of a wide array of hair replacement options, including hair replacement surgery, prescription and over-the-counter medicinal treatments, hairpieces, natural remedies, and a variety of other options.

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What are the causes of hair loss? Can you prevent it? Can lost hair be restored? Hair Loss & Replacement For Dummies helps you understand why men and women lose their hair and offers thorough, objective reviews of a wide array of hair replacement options, including hair replacement surgery, prescription and over-the-counter medicinal treatments, hairpieces, natural remedies, and a variety of other options.

This authoritative, user-friendly guide explains the pros and cons of hairpieces, fibers, foundations, and hair thickening techniques. You’ll learn about pharmaceutical, laser, and topical treatments, and you’ll find out how to determine whether you’re good candidate for hair transplant surgery. You’ll even find help in assessing costs, controlling expectations, avoiding hair replacement scams, and determining which option truly is best for you. You’ll discover:

  • What you need to know about hair and hair loss
  • How to take better care of your hair
  • Ways to prevent or reduce hair loss
  • Creative techniques for concealing hair loss
  • Shopping tips for hair-replacement systems
  • How finesteride, minoxidil, and other medications might help
  • Advice about low level laser treatments
  • The low-down on hair transplant surgery

Complete with helpful myth-busting information about the causes of hair loss and the benefits of FDA-approved treatments, and helpful comparisons of the advantages of non-surgical and surgical hair replacement, Hair Loss & Replacement For Dummies is the resource to consult before you decide on any hair replacement treatment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470087879
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/3/2008
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,386,711
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Drs. William R. Rassman & Robert M. Bernstein are known worldwide for their undetectable Follicular Unit hair transplant procedures, now the gold standard for the field. With Dr. Pak, they recently innovated minimally invasive hair transplants. They are the most widely published authors on this subject. Dr. Rassman is certified by the American Board of Surgery, and Dr. Bernstein is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Getting to Know Your Hair.

Chapter 1: All About Hair and Hair Loss.

Chapter 2: Splitting Hairs: Growth, Loss, and Change overTime.

Chapter 3: Taking Better Care of Your Hair.

Part II: The Root of Hair Loss: How and Why ItHappens.

Chapter 4: Types of Hair Loss and Pattern Thinning in Men andWomen.

Chapter 5: Diseases that Cause Hair Loss.

Part III: Creative Techniques for Concealing HairLoss.

Chapter 6: Toupee or not Toupee?

Chapter 7: Shopping for Hair Replacement Systems.

Chapter 8: Concealing Hair Loss with Fibers, Sprays, andMore.

Part IV: Pharmaceutical, Laser, and TopicalTherapies.

Chapter 9: Turning to Prescription Medications for HairLoss.

Chapter 10: Supplementing Your Diet to Help Slow Hair Loss.

Chapter 11: Low-Level Laser Therapy.

Part V: Advanced Hair Loss Solutions.

Chapter 12: Hair Restoration Options: Past and Present.

Chapter 13: Hair Transplant Surgery.

Chapter 14: Caring for Your Hair after Surgery.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten (or so) Myths about Hair Loss.

Chapter 16: Ten Pros and Cons of Non-Surgical HairReplacement.

Chapter 17: Ten Reasons to Consider a Hair Transplant.

Chapter 18: Ten Facts about the FDA and Hair Products.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Online Organizations and Resources.

Appendix B: A Psychological Study of Hair Loss.

Appendix C: Glossary.


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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    Extremely well written and informative!

    Apart from the textbooks, written for professionals, there have been many books on hair loss and replacement written for members of the public. I have read at least a dozen of these over the past 30 years and they are all quite informative and, for their time of publication, reasonably accurate and helpful.

    Hair Loss & Replacement is no exception in this but it is a considerable cut above the rest. Firstly it is very up-to-date and contains a vast amount of information all exceedingly well organized in 7 sections containing 18 chapters,

    I- Getting to Know your Hair,
    II- The Root of Hair Loss,
    III- Creative Techniques for Concealing Hair Loss
    IV- Phamaceutical, Laser and Topical Therapies
    V- Advanced Hair Loss Solutions (60 pages about hair transplantation)
    VI- The Part of Tens (10 myths about hair loss, pros and cons for wigs, hair treatments and transplants)
    VII- Appendices- this includes a Glossary of scientific terms used in the book. In addition the reader is provided with the addresses of all the well known hair-loss websites, support organizations and many more. There is also an outstanding Index running to 16 pages.

    Throughout the book important points to remember are clearly marked with an icon in the margin, as are tips and warnings. The reader is even alerted by another icon to technical paragraphs that he can safely skip without losing the thread of the chapter.

    Now a warning. Although this book is designed for those with little prior knowledge about hair, it is certainly not recommended for "dummies". It is a very well written and technical book, authored by two of the acknowledged "gurus" of our field, Bill Rassman and Bob Bernstein. The previous scientific writings of these two men are already at the top of any reading list on hair replacement surgery. Far from being a text for the "everyman" the book would be an ideal primer for any doctor wanting to know more about hair loss and its replacement, before committing many months to a specialized training course in hair replacement surgery.

    Every aspect of hair growth, hair loss and hair replacement is covered concisely in this book in reasonably simple language and I could find few faults within the text. Perhaps even then, they were just minor differences of opinion between experts, rather than faults.

    There is no attempt to "talk down" to the lay reader and in fact the only concession to the layman is that each of the 18 chapters is fairly well self-contained and if he only wants to know about diseases that cause hair loss, hair transplantation or hairpieces, etc. then he can be well informed in a self-contained section.

    Summary: This is a really outstanding book for the beginner who has a considerable degree of education but no place for a true "dummy" to be browsing. Perhaps someone will do a 50-page comic-book version for these individuals who, judging by popular book sales and TV ratings, make up a considerable proportion of our population.

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