The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss
The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has been a leading resource for hair loss treatment for nearly forty years. Through decades of working with hair restoration patients, Dr. Edmond I. Griffin and Dr. Ashley R. Curtis have developed an in-depth understanding of the differences between male and female hair loss. The causes of male hair loss are often very different than the causes of the same symptoms in a woman, and female hair loss tends to progress in a different way than male hair loss does. To help every patient receive the highly specialized care they need, Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis have now opened a new specialty center dedicated exclusively to treating hair loss in women.
For nearly 40 years, The Griffin Center’s founder Dr. Edmond Griffin has specialized in hair loss treatment and hair restoration, devoting time and resources to the continued contribution to hair loss research and hair transplant advancements. He is a board-certified dermatologist by the American Board of Dermatology who has dedicated his expansive career to practicing and improving his specialty. Dr. Griffin completed his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Georgia, subsequently earning his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia before completing his residency in dermatology at the Mary Hitchcock Hospital at Dartmouth College.
Dr. Griffin is an active member of many organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and the American Society of Laser and Medicine. Notably, Dr. Griffin is a member of the prestigious International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, indicative of his leadership and expertise in the hair restoration field.
Dr. Ashley Curtis is a board-certified dermatologist who is passionate about hair restoration and educating patients about hair loss prevention and hair restoration treatments. Dr. Curtis completed her B.S. in Industrial Engineering with honors at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and then followed her passion for dermatology by getting her doctorate at Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Curtis spent time at Wake Forest University Department of Dermatology as Chief Resident, where she volunteered time performing skin cancer screenings at community care clinics. She is an active member of numerous societies, including the American Academy of Dermatology, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Women’s Dermatologic Society, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Curtis has a special interest in women’s hair restoration, providing complete care for existing conditions and prevention for future conditions. She works extensively with Dr. Griffin to provide the best hair loss prevention plan for patients.
While the symptoms of male and female hair loss may look similar, they can be quite different and require specialized and unique treatments. For as many as 95% of male hair loss patients, the symptoms are caused by genetic male pattern baldness. Women, on the other hand, are more likely than men to be experiencing hair loss due to other underlying factors, like hormonal changes, physical or emotional stress, illness, scarring, rapid weight loss, or certain medications. For this reason, it is important for women to have the causes of their hair loss accurately diagnosed so that they can be treated in the most effective and successful way.
There are many different approaches to hair restoration for women, depending on the underlying causes of your symptoms as well as your other needs. Our highly-skilled dermatologists, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis, specialize in hair restoration and can help you create a treatment plan which best meets your needs. Your course of treatment may include one or more of the following components:
While there is an unfortunately large selection of ineffective hair loss creams, some topical medications are effective when used as instructed by a physician who understands your needs. Rogaine®, or minoxidil, is applied to the scalp in order to increase the size of shrinking hair follicles and to keep the follicles in the “hair growth phase” longer. It is most effective for slowing the progression of hair loss in women who are in the earlier stages of their symptoms. Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis may also prescribe customized topical compounds that are designed for your specific needs.
Propecia® (or finasteride) slows the hair loss process by helping to control certain enzymes in the body. These enzymes cause hormonal reactions which shrink the hair follicles, limiting these follicles’ ability to grow hair. Another option is an oral supplement called Viviscal® Professional. This blend of nutrients like vitamins and amino acids helps to restore follicle health from within, allowing for thicker, fuller, stronger hair growth.
Red Light Therapy
For many patients, red light therapy is an effective way to slow the progression of hair loss. The patient wears either a hood-type device (looking similar to the hair dryers you’ll find at a hair salon), or a smaller device called the LaserCap®. Both of these treatments deliver precise red-spectrum light to the skin of the scalp, stimulating the hair follicles into a “hair growth phase.”
Why is it important to diagnose the cause of hair loss before treating it?
Especially in women, hair loss can be the result of an underlying health condition or of a current medication. Finding the cause of your symptoms allows The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss to understand how to approach your treatments and how to stop the hair loss from continuing, if possible.
Why should women’s hair loss be treated differently than men’s?
Simply put, male and female hair loss often have different causes and the symptoms can manifest themselves in a different way. By dedicating our specialty center exclusively to treating hair loss in women, we are able to give female hair restoration patients the focused and customized care they need.
How can I get started with my hair loss treatments?
The first step toward treating hair loss is a consultation and exam at The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss. During this meeting, we will be able to discuss your individual needs and begin working toward identifying the cause of your hair loss and developing a customized treatment plan. To get started, contact The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss to schedule a consultation.