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Simply the Best Magazine, November 1999
Why Toupee in Y2K?

Getting rid of the millennium RUG
Alan J. Bauman, M.D.

Other than hats or helmets, artificial hair replacement—in the form of wigs, weaves, or toupees—have long been the only scalp-coverage option for the "hair-impaired." Even Hannibal, the great Carthaginian military leader, was said to have worn a hairpiece into battle in 200 B.C. Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have sought to "cure" hair loss. Preparations for the treatment of the "folliclly challenged" have been found in the earliest medical texts. A 5000-year-old recipe for an ancient salve for hair loss was found on an ancient Egyptian papyrus scroll. It contained, among other things, hippo fat, crocodile fat and goat fat. (No mention is made of its efficacy, however.) Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prepared different ointments (circa 400 BC) to treat baldness, some of which contained such ingredients as pigeon droppings. The long list of attempted lotions, potions, etc. goes on and on through the ages and, in more recent years, on some late-night infomercials. In fact, this year, Hair Club for Men’s artificial "hair systems" in addition to the infamous "Spray-on-Hair" both made Time Magazine’s Top 100 Worst Ideas of the Century list. Fortunately, patients who once might have chosen to cover their hair loss with attached artificial hairpiece "systems" now have truly viable medical and surgical options available to restore and maintain their hair. It is only at the closing moments of this century that medical science has finally been able to provide those with thinning hair safe, proven and effective treatment—finally catapulting us beyond the age of "snake oil" remedies.

Truly effective, medically tested and F.D.A. approved medications in pill and spray form are now available to slow, stop and even reverse hair loss. The dramatically effective new prescription pill, once-a-day Propecia® (Finasteride 1mg) , or twice-a-day Rogaine® (Minoxidil 2% or 5%) the over-the-counter spray, are commonly used alone or in conjunction with state-of-the-art surgical hair restoration procedures. Within the rapidly growing field of cosmetic procedures for men, revolutionary techniques in hair transplant surgery now offer patients a "living and growing" solution to hair loss.

Cutting-edge surgical treatment redistributes your own hair, recreating a permanent natural hairline where before there was only shiny bald skin or thin wispy hair. The new microsurgical techniques have replaced the old-style "plugs," making unsightly "doll’s hair" a thing of the past. Today’s procedures are less costly, more effective, more comfortable and heal faster than ever. Typical surgical hairlines today are artistically created and are designed to be subtle and look completely natural—not to mention that since they are living and growing in your scalp they’re not likely to fall off in the heat of battle.
Bauman Medical Group helps patients worldwide in restoring their own living and growing hair.

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