Hair Restoration After Cancer Treatment – New Victory for Survivors

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Hair Restoration After Cancer Treatment – New Victory for Survivors

As we observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October, we recognize the diagnosis of any type of cancer results in treatment that may consist of surgery,  chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of them. Patients experience an upheaval in their life and a drastic change in self-image from a healthy person to one suddenly engaged in their greatest battle. The hair loss that typically accompanies treatment may or may not be temporary, but studies show that it a is major concern for patients.


Fortunately, more people than ever now survive these diseases, many achieving complete cure after surgery and/or treatment. In the recovery process, hair restoration is increasingly being considered an important step, as it helps restore confidence and sense of well-being. Our team at Tempus Hair Restoration, led by Dr. Marco Barusco, feels privileged to help these patients reclaim their life.


For women, especially, hair loss is a dreaded side-effect of chemo and/or radiation therapy, and can be as traumatic as dealing with the disease itself. What may seem to be a vanity issue really isn’t. We have a certain way we’re used to seeing ourselves, and when your hair is gone, it’s a very different face you see in the mirror. It’s the most visible, public aspect of cancer treatment, and a constant reminder that can be emotionally difficult to deal with.


Dr Barusco Specializes in Post-Cancer Hair Restoration

As a board-certified surgeon with more than 20 years dedicated exclusively to hair restoration, Dr. Barusco has a depth of medical knowledge and experience not found with many other hair restoration specialists. Combined with the advanced hair replacement procedures and non-surgical treatments he utilizes (and in some cases, pioneered), Dr. Barusco is recognized as a leader in providing specialized care to post-cancer patients, and sees patients who were referred to him from the best cancer centers in the nation, such as MDAnderson, the Mayo Clinic, Florida Hospital and others.

Dr Barusco, Tempus Hair Restoration Florida, Florida Hair Doctor

 This specialized care begins with a surgeon’s understanding of the very different effects that chemotherapy and radiation therapy have on hair follicles. Chemotherapy consists of a combination of different cancer-fighting medications – which vary depending upon many factors. It is most often given intravenously. Because chemotherapy works systemically (throughout the body) by slowing the growth of rapidly dividing cancer cells, it also inhibits the division of healthy cells that are intended to grow rapidly – which includes hair follicle cells. Hair loss is caused by the hair follicles’ inability to continue a normal growth cycle during the course of chemotherapy.


Unlike chemo, radiation therapy targets a specific area, and uses high-energy particles or waves to destroy cancer cells. It may be used in conjunction with chemotherapy, or alone. Radiation therapy can burn the skin over the treated area, which may kill hair follicles. Higher doses of radiation can cause permanent hair loss.


Modern technology such as new chemotherapy drugs that are more specific and less damaging to hair follicles, targeted radiation, which minimized damage to surrounding tissues, including hair, and more tissue-sparing procedures have helped patients tremendously in their cancer treatment. Also, their scalp and hair follicles are more preserved, leading to less hair loss and more limited hair damage.


Hair loss from chemo often also affects the eyebrows and eyelashes. Hair typically begins to grow back after a resting period of approximately three months after treatment is completed. The hair may grow back differently than it was before treatment. For example, color or texture (curly or straight) may be different, or areas of regrowth may be irregular. While in many cases growth resumes after treatment, occasionally, as a result of extremely high doses of certain drug combinations, the loss will be permanent.


Dr. Barusco is a strong proponent of scalp cooling devices, which are used in certain chemotherapy centers to gradually cool the scalp during treatment, in order to limit the blood flow to the area and therefore preserve hairs from the harmful effects of the chemotherapy agent(s). These devices are becoming more and more popular, and if you are currently undergoing or will face chemotherapy, you should ask about their availability.


Because each patient is unique, evaluation of when hair restoration treatment can begin varies. If celebrating a cancer-free declaration by your oncologist means making plans to get your hair back to a full, healthy appearance, you should learn as much as possible about your options. It’s important to know that the experience and skill of the hair restoration doctor you select will make a significant difference in the results you can expect.


Hair Transplant Procedures Offered by Dr. Barusco

Dr. Barusco offers a full variety of the latest hair treatments, including stem cell/PRP applications to promote hair recovery and procedures to cover bald areas caused by burns, radiation therapy and surgeries to the scalp and face. You many learn the details of each of the following on our website’s page, Chemotherapy Hair Regrowth, which also covers post-radiation hair restoration:

  • Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)
  • No-Shave Follicular Unit Excision
  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
  • Medical Treatments (includes prescription-strength hair restoration medications such as Propecia, Rogaine and other solutions)


Tempus Hair Restoration maintains the highest standards of disinfection and environmental services (EVS) in the operating room to ensure infection control – far above the measures taken by some other hair restoration practices. This is especially imperative for patients with a weakened immune system, which often occur from chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. Your safety is always our foremost priority.


“I take the treatment of post-cancer patients very personally,” says Dr. Barusco. “I have family members who fought this battle and know how stressful and difficult it can be. Patients who come to see me are looking for hope and for a solution, and we try to make this process as easy as possible. Every person in my team is very caring, nurturing and concerned with each patient, and that is extremely important to me. I want everyone to feel like they have an entire team on their side, working together to achieve our goals.”


Some of the common questions patients ask when consulting with Dr. Barusco are: “Is my hair going to grow back like it was before?” “How long will it take for it to grow back?” “Are hairs going to grow once we transplant into these areas that are now bald and/or scarred from surgery and radiation?” “Are the treatments painful?” All of these questions must be asked, and if the patient does not ask them, Dr. Barusco and the Tempus Hair team always explain everything to each patient during their consultation. Once an individual plan is designed and its execution starts, Dr. Barusco and his team will monitor your progress very closely, and all patients have direct access to Dr. Barusco via his personal cell phone, so they can always reach him if needed.


Hair Transplant Success Stories

As your hair growth is monitored during follow-up visits, you’ll find that you’ve become part of our Tempus Hair Restoration family. We do not take this word lightly. Our post-cancer patients share their joys, celebrations and personal milestones with us, and we cheer them on and continue to provide support.

One survivor of brain cancer wanted his hair back for his wedding day, and was proud to walk down the aisle to embark upon married life with his self-image restored.


Another moving story is of Mary P., a patient who had a brain tumor when she was a teenager. After surgery and radiation therapy, she was left with no hair on the back and sides of her head. Luckily, the hair on the top of her head was not damaged, so she could hide the bald areas. But she would never go swimming, and never wore her hair up, because of the visible hair loss. Now in her 40s and after a procedure with Tempus Hair, she has her hair back, and enjoys it every day.


Although one month has been designated to raise awareness of one type of cancer, all types of this disease will, unfortunately, continue to strike women, men and children throughout the year. But the medical weapons against it are becoming more effective, and more people are winning this battle.


Contact Tempus Hair Restoration of Florida

If you are going to face this battle, visit us for a consultation before you start treatment, so we can give you advice that may help protect your hair and minimize damage during treatment. If you have emerged victorious and are ready to take the next step, we are here to help you achieve the results you want. You may schedule a free, no obligation consultation with Dr. Barusco at one of our 14 locations throughout Florida, or by video conference, to learn your options. We look forward to meeting you, and helping you get the most from your new, cancer-free life!

Too Young to be Bald – New Hope for Early Hair Loss Patients

Too Young to be Bald – New Hope for Early Hair Loss Patients

The beginning of young adulthood is a time that should be spent enjoying the experience of learning, socializing and finding one’s own way in the world. Yet some embarking upon this vital stage of life are suffering with premature hair loss, and its resulting negative impact on self-image and self-confidence. Until recently, there was little that hair restoration science had to offer to stop the process and promote healthy growth. But now, renowned hair transplant surgeon Dr. Marco Barusco – Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Tempus Hair Restoration – reports that many cases of hair loss in adolescents and young adults can be successfully treated thanks to a combination of breakthrough stem cell therapy and medical treatment.

Not so long ago, says Dr. Barusco, the only course was to consult with the patient – and his or her parents, if a minor – then treat with prescription-strength topical medications, sometimes combined with oral medications and lasers, and monitor the progression of hair loss over time. Unlike the average age of 30 for male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) to begin, younger patients are poor candidates for hair transplant surgery because areas needing hair could drastically enlarge as hair loss progresses over time, while the limited available number of donor (permanent) hairs that could be used for transplants would diminish as more were taken to keep filling the advancing hair loss.

“I see many young men and women in consultation for hair loss during their high school and early college years,” Dr. Barusco says. “Invariably, they are greatly affected by their hair loss and have expressed their concerns to their parents, who then take the initiative to look for a solution.”

Stem cell therapy provides new hope for many young patients dealing with the aesthetic, emotional and social consequences of early hair loss. Administering this therapy allows Dr. Barusco to provide a proactive approach aimed at slowing down the progression of loss, rather than waiting for loss to stabilize before performing transplantation surgery. Simply stated, stem cell and PRP therapy relies on the patient’s own natural supply of growth factors and stem cells, obtained from blood and fat tissue. The stem cells and growth factors are processed and concentrated, then injected into the scalp to help hair grow stronger and fuller.

However, it’s important to know that not all stem cell therapies are of equal quality and effectiveness. Tempus Hair Restoration is the first dedicated hair restoration practice in Florida to offer stem cell hair loss therapy using a combination of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stromal Stem Cells (SVF). This is the most advanced technique for processing stem cells and growth factors, and is fully regulated by the FDA. The strict protocols and sterilization procedures followed by Dr. Barusco and his staff ensure the safest, highest quality concentrate of PRP/SVF stem cells available.

Says Dr. Barusco, “One of the most interesting and effective treatment options we have now is the PRP/stem cells procedure, which is safe and effective in slowing down hair loss and makes thinning hair stronger, while not causing any permanent change in the patient’s appearance like a hair transplant would.”

In addition to promoting growth, stem cell therapy is especially suitable for adolescents and young adults because the in-office procedure involves no downtime. Regular activities such as attending school or sports participation can be resumed immediately after treatment. It’s also equally effective and convenient for young women experiencing thinning hair or non-pattern baldness. While more rare than early balding in males, female hair loss in the teen years and early 20’s is even more likely to be emotionally devastating.

In addition to the PRP/Stem Cells treatment, Dr. Barusco advocates the use of long-term treatment with medication. Depending upon the patient and his or her situation, the prescription treatment may consist of Finasteride (brand name Propecia), Minoxidil (brand name Rogaine), and/or the nutritional supplement Viviscal® Pro, which contains special marine extracts and a silica compound that has been scientifically studied and shown to have a positive effect in stimulating hair growth and assisting in the reversal/prevention of hair loss. The wear-anywhere Capillus RX 312® laser therapy cap may also be recommended.

The length of treatment also depends upon each individual. “There is no set timeline,” Dr. Barusco says. “We want to put young patients on as many proven and safe treatments as we can in order to increase our chance of success in slowing down their hair loss. Young women should not be treated with Finasteride, so for them we have other medications that are effective and safe. These treatments work synergistically, so they complement each other.”

Dr. Barusco’s commitment to leadership in stem cell treatment continues. He is a member of the research team for the STRAAND clinical trial. This FDA-regulated study aims at documenting the effectiveness of the PRP/Stem Cells treatment so that it can be standardized. Dr. Barusco is one of only four hair restoration surgeons nationwide on the team – and the only one based in Florida.

If early hair loss is affecting you or a family member, schedule a free, non-obligation consultation with Dr. Barusco. Whether you visit one of Tempus Hair Restoration’s 14 locations in Florida, or have a video conference, you will be evaluated and diagnosed personally by Dr. Barusco – never an assistant or a non-medical person. The sooner that treatment begins, the more successful the outcome. You have a future filled with great opportunities. Make the most of them with confidence!


Why Do Hair Transplants Go Wrong?

Why Do Hair Transplants Go Wrong?

Hair plays a major role in one’s self-esteem. During various periods throughout history, elaborate wigs were signs of status and wealth – for obvious reasons. Today, instead of covering hair loss with a full or partial hairpiece, hair transplant surgery is readily available and within the economic reach of many. However, such availability comes at a high price for those who make the wrong choice in the doctor who performs the procedure, ranging from severe scarring to unnatural growth patterns of new hair.

Many factors can contribute to bad hair transplants. The following are the most prevalent.

Inexperienced Surgeons Can Cause Errors

The main reason for an unsuccessful hair transplant is selecting an unqualified doctor. Many are not certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. Such patients face the risks of surgical complications, scarring and infections. Many patients choose a doctor based on their advertising campaign, extravagant promises of results or low cost (or any or all of these). Also, at many clinics, the doctor (who may not even be on the premises at the time of surgery) allows technicians to harvest grafts or perform other procedures for which they have no medical qualifications.

Dr. Marco Barusco – founder and Chief Medical Officer of Tempus Hair Restoration – is a board-certified surgeon who is internationally recognized as a leader in hair restoration. His many credentials include: Diplomate and Past President (2017) of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery; Assistant Professor of Surgery – University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). He most recently received American Registry’s America’s Most Honored Professionals 2018 award and was recognized as being in the top one-percent of this distinguished group.

One of the most important stages of a hair restoration process is graft placement, as it determines the outcome of the final appearance of the patient. If this stage does not take place properly, the procedure will fail. It is easier for inexperienced doctors to make mistakes when trying to determine the safe donor site located on the back of the patient’s head, where the healthy follicles are extracted. Overharvesting could cause significant damage in the donor zone and result in a catastrophic outcome.

Hair Loss Types

Not knowing which hair transplant procedure is best for your type of hair loss could lead to disaster. Topics such as surgical treatments and post-operative stages are important to discuss with your surgeon prior to undergoing treatment. A surgeon with limited experience may only perform the procedure he is familiar with, assembly line-style, whether or not it is right for you. In addition, less experienced surgeons are often not up-to-date with newer (yet clinically proven) technologies and surgical procedures that could achieve superior results.

Sometimes, the degree of hair loss may not be enough for the patient to be an appropriate candidate for hair transplant surgery, yet recommended for the procedure. When asked about consulting young patients (early 20s) suffering from hair loss, Dr. Barusco explained: “They’re usually not the best candidates for surgery because of the potential for progression of hair loss. My approach with the young patients is to delay surgery, bring force to medical therapy, keep following them over a year, two, five, ten years until I think they’re ready for the procedure.” Timing is crucial. If you don’t seek the procedure at the right stage of your hair loss, it could result in a very odd-looking appearance.

Causes of Hair Loss

Another factor in determining the need for hair restoration surgery is medical condition. Hair loss may be due to many non-hereditary elements, such as stress, weight loss or hormonal imbalance. In such cases, hair loss is usually temporary. A poorly qualified doctor or unqualified clinician may misdiagnose a non-hereditary cause and perform a transplant. An unethical doctor may recognize the cause, but perform the procedure anyway.

Can a Bad Hair Transplant Be Fixed?

Every patient who undergoes any type of medical treatment is unique, and may have different results. Dr. Barusco has met several patients who have dealt with poor outcomes. When asked about how he approaches this situation, he said: “Sometimes I can help them, but sometimes I can’t. A bad liposuction or a bad breast surgery can at least be hidden from view. A bad hair transplant cannot. And what is even worse, is that these patients are coming to me not only with poor results on their hairline, but also terrible scarring and thinning in their donor hair (the limited supply of permanent hair we use for transplants) caused by taking too many hair incisions that are larger than they should be.”

At Tempus Hair Restoration, Dr. Barusco performs every procedure himself. Our team pays great attention to your emotional well-being and follows up with every step of the procedure to ensure you are well-informed and directed in the right path. Our consultation is free. Dr. Barusco will discuss the different treatments available and will recommend the one that will work best for you. Depending on the cause of your hair loss, a non-surgical treatment course could be successful.

The pain, scarring, emotional distress and considerable additional expense of a bad hair transplant can be avoided by performing due diligence in the process of selecting a surgeon. Check credentials with professional accreditation organizations, such as those listed in the fourth paragraph of this article. Don’t hesitate to ask questions during the consultation – and make sure your consultation is with the surgeon, not a salesperson. ISHRS provides an excellent list of questions to bring up, including: Who will be involved in performing my surgery, what role will they play, and what is their education, training, licensure, and experience performing hair restoration surgery?

Choose your surgeon carefully based on experience, results and integrity. Dr. Barusco’s long list of accomplishments, his notable artistic ability and his successful surgical team make Tempus Hair Restoration a renowned practice. Dr. Barusco also conducts virtual consultations for those who can’t travel to one of our 14 Florida locations, and our office will arrange travel and accommodations for out-of-area patients. We invite you to learn more about our procedures, then contact us to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Barusco. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your options.

What You Need to Know About the Combined FUE and FUT Hair Transplantation Procedure

Just as in other fields of medical science, advancements are constantly being made in hair transplantation surgical procedures. Since the late 1930s, techniques have continued to evolve, becoming more refined to give those with advanced hair loss better, more natural-looking results. The well-known and proven Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) procedures each can be the best surgical solution for an individual patient. However, combining the two procedures has great advantages. Tempus Hair Restoration offers this combined FUE and FUT procedure, which Dr. Marco Barusco has performed on an ongoing basis over the years – and also teaches to hair restoration surgeons throughout the world.

The FUE and FUT combined technique has the potential of providing the most donor hair at once, and can be a good option in such situations as the following:

  • When a very large number of grafts are needed. Combining both techniques can provide the desired number of grafts in one procedure, versus having to do multiple ones as it is the case in most practices.
  • When the goal is to improve a bad scar from a previous FUT procedure while harvesting grafts.

The advantages are twofold. In addition to achieving the maximum amount of coverage possible, the combined FUE and FUT technique allows the patient to have the entire procedure performed in a single surgery. Typically, patients with more advanced hair loss must undergo several hair transplant procedures, having to wait one year or more between.

Most practices – especially those that just offer FUE – can transplant only a certain number of grafts during one procedure. By using the combined FUE and FUT technique, we are able to cover large areas of baldness at one time. This allows patients to achieve their goal much sooner, without repeated periods of healing between multiple procedures. Depending upon the patient’s type of hair loss, Dr. Barusco may also customize treatment to include stem cells therapy and PRP/ACell.

While the combined FUE and FUT procedure is gaining an increasing amount of “buzz” in the national media, it should only be performed by a surgeon with an excellent track record of minimal scarring and considerable experience and expertise in hair transplants. Relatively few are qualified to perform it, and for its perfect execution, it also requires an experienced team of assistants. Dr. Barusco – founder and Chief Medical Officer of Tempus Hair Restoration – is a board-certified surgeon who is internationally recognized as a leader in hair restoration. In addition, the nursing staff at Tempus Hair Restoration has been working with Dr. Barusco for over 15 years, and are some of the most experienced in the world.

Dr. Barusco’s many credentials include: Diplomate and Past President (2017) of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery; Assistant Professor of Surgery – University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). He most recently received American Registry’s America’s Most Honored Professionals 2018 award and was recognized as being in the top one-percent of this distinguished group.

Unlike the staff structure at most other practices, Dr. Barusco performs every surgery himself – never utilizing an assistant or technician to perform this exacting procedure – focusing on one patient at a time. However, technical expertise in and of itself doesn’t necessarily produce an aesthetically pleasing result. Dr. Barusco brings an exceptional sense of artistry to each procedure to achieve the effect of healthy, naturally growing hair. He is Chief Editor (Hair Restoration section) of the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) and Adjunct Faculty for the AACS’ Fellowship Training Program in Facial and General Cosmetic Surgery, attesting to his outstanding credentials in the area of aesthetic surgery.

We invite you to access Dr. Barusco’s Curriculum Vitae on our website, and be assured that you will be in the care of the foremost surgeon in the hair restoration field. Dr. Barusco conducts all consultations (both in-office and virtually) and performs all hair transplantation procedures. Should you be reading this article outside of the areas served by our 14 offices throughout Florida, we can help you by offering a virtual consultation with Dr. Barusco and by making travel and accommodation arrangements for your procedure. For your convenience, consultations are offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn if the combined FUE and FUT procedure is the right treatment for your type of hair loss. We are here to help you obtain the best results so that you can enjoy the level of self-confidence you deserve.

Non-surgical Treatments for Hair Restoration

Everyday stress, poor nutrition, heredity and age are all factors that can lead to hair loss in both men and women. Having a full head of healthy hair can boost your self-esteem and reflect positively on your emotional well-being, while battling hair loss may result in low self-esteem and trigger anxiety, depression and other emotional issues.

When faced with hair loss, many people think that surgery is their only option. Fortunately, progress in the medical field has offered a variety of non-surgical treatments as an alternative to surgical procedures. Consulting a doctor – such as Dr. Marco Barusco – to diagnose the cause of your hair loss and recommend a treatment plan will save you time and money, as well as prevent further hair loss. Non-surgical treatments can consist of medication, supplements or devices. Some have proven to be effective for patients, some have only worked when combined with other methods and some need to be taken regularly in order to see results.

Here are the most common FDA-approved non-surgical treatments for hair loss. You can find these products at our Tempus Hair Restoration office locations.

Finasteride (Brand Name Propecia)

This is a prescription tablet used to block DHT (the male hormone responsible for hair loss) and treat pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) for men. A 1 mg dose of finasteride can lower DHT levels by 60% if taken daily, and slows down hair loss as long as it is taken continuously. The American Hair Loss Association recommends finasteride as the leading non-surgical hair loss treatment for men only. Most Propecia users have reported improvement in hair thickness over time and have noticed positive results.

Minoxidil (Brand Name Rogaine)

This is a medication used for male pattern baldness treatments and hair growth in women with thinning hair. By widening the blood vessels, minoxidil allows more blood and oxygen to reach the follicles, causing those in the telogen phase (the resting phase of the hair growth cycle), to shed. They are replaced by thicker hairs in the new anagen phase (the active growth phase of hair follicles). Dr. Barusco typically recommends the foam option, which must be done at a 5% concentration in order to assist in blocking the DHT.

Rogaine has medically proven benefits and is FDA-approved. In order for this medication to keep supporting hair growth, it should be used continuously.

Viviscal Professional Strength

Viviscal is a dietary supplement containing marine complex, plus a mixture of nutrients that nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth. Viviscal supplies the nutrients needed for hair follicles to prolong the anagen (growing) phase of your hair growth cycle, promoting the growth of existing hair. This supplement has been tested worldwide and is safe for both men and women. After conducting clinical studies, an average of 75% of patients reported a significant decrease in hair loss after using this product, noting that the greatest change in hair growth and hair quality occurred during the initial two months.

Home Laser Therapy Devices
Low-level light therapy (or LLLT) is clinically proven to treat hair loss and grow thicker, fuller hair for both men and women. This device is also very comfortable to use and doesn’t interrupt your daily routine. In the last few years, laser therapy has gained mass acceptance by physicians in the field of hair restoration, including leaders and members of prestigious industry organizations such as the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. This device has no known side effects and has been considered safe for use by the FDA. At Tempus Hair Restoration, we offer the new Capillus Rx 312 laser cap therapy device, which has 40 more diodes than older models, and is only sold in doctors offices.

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

This treatment involves drawing blood from the patient and putting it into a machine called a centrifuge, which separates the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma, rich in platelets, is then injected directly into the scalp of the patient where hair thinning occurred. The high concentrate of platelets in the plasma will help stimulate hair growth.

Tempus Hair Restoration does not currently offer this treatment. Due to insufficient scientific data and evidence regarding this treatment’s benefits and results, we advise our patients to be cautious when choosing PRP therapy. However, Dr. Barusco is one of the first hair restoration surgeons to bring a combination of PRP and Stromal Stem Cell (SVF) therapy to treat patients with hair loss – a method that has been proven to have positive outcomes and satisfying results.

At Tempus Hair Restoration, we offer a free consultation with Dr. Barusco, who dedicates the time to inform each patient about the underlying cause of their hair loss. He will also discuss in depth all the treatment methods that are suitable for your condition. Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn your options.

No More Pencils – Your Guide to Eyebrow Transplants

Full, well-shaped eyebrows are highly desired among women today. The “Instagram brow” popularized on social media by such celebrities as Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner has achieved aspirational status, setting an aesthetic standard that many attempt to achieve through cosmetic means. With so much emphasis on eyebrows, an increasing number of people – including men – consider them important to self-esteem. For those experiencing thinning brows for such reasons as over plucking or genetics, an eyebrow transplant is a solution that can provide permanent, natural-looking results.

Eyebrow Transplants vs. Tattoos, Tweezing, Topicals

Ironically, beauty standards of previous decades favored a narrower brow line, resulting in overly tweezed eyebrows – which eventually shows up as thinning areas and bald spots. Corrections such as cosmetics or “permanent makeup” tattoos have drawbacks. Eyebrow pencils, powders and gels must be applied at least once daily, and their results largely depend upon the user’s artistic talent. Bad brow days are perhaps even more prevalent than bad hair days. Tattoos do not replicate the look of individual brow hairs, and eventually fade, creating a blotchy, even more artificial effect. Eyebrow transplantation offers a pleasing, natural-appearing restoration that signals youthfulness.

Increasing awareness of eyebrow transplantation has, in turn, led to the need to educate potential candidates about the procedure – and the credentials to look for when selecting a surgeon.

The Eyebrow Transplantation Procedure

At Tempus Hair Restoration, the extent of restoration depends upon the patient’s goals – whether to conceal a scar or achieve full restoration of both brows. In the case of a complete restoration, Dr. Marco Barusco – founder and Chief Medical Officer at Tempus Hair Restoration –  works with the patient to recreate the eyebrow in a natural contour, outlining the eyebrow area to complement the natural symmetry of the face.

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During the consultation, Dr. Barusco determines what transplantation method is better for the patient based on the patient’s hair type. Donor hairs are typically removed from toward the neck – where the hair quality is more compatible to facial hair. Grafts are carefully selected to achieve the appearance of natural eyebrow hair once transplanted. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, after which the patient can resume normal activities apart from post-surgical instructions regarding care of the donor and recipient sites. New growth typically becomes more dense than the hair in the original transplant grafts.

Experience Makes the Difference

Because eyebrow transplantation is a relatively new procedure, those considering it need to perform their due diligence. Research the qualifications and experience of those you contact for a consultation. The precision necessary to achieve the best possible aesthetic results depends upon the experience and skill of the surgeon (who should be performing the procedure, rather than an assistant or technician). The disclaimer “under the medical direction of” used by many clinics should be a red flag to potential patients that someone other than a surgeon will be performing this exacting procedure.

Dr. Barusco is a board-certified surgeon who is internationally recognized as a leader in hair restoration. His many other credentials include: Diplomate and Past President (2017) of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery; Assistant Professor of Surgery – University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). Dr. Barusco conducts all consultations (both in-office and virtually – via Skype chat) and performs all hair transplantation procedures.

At Tempus Hair Restoration, we offer the most advanced technology and the highest level of artistry in our hair restoration treatments. We invite you to schedule a free consultation to discuss your goals and learn about the options we can provide.

Hair Restoration Scams: Beware of 21st Century Snake Oil

Unfortunately, bogus hair loss “remedies” are more popular than ever.

The battle against baldness is almost as long as history itself. The Ebers Papyrus – a medical text from 1550 B.C.E. – offers a number of recommended cures for ancient Egyptians suffering from hair loss. Suggestions include a mixture of fats from a hippopotamus, crocodile, tomcat, snake and ibex. While such a concoction now strikes us as obviously ineffective, all too many people are still willing to put their faith – and money – into modern-day “snake oil” hair restoration remedies that range from useless to harmful. With proven, effective treatments – both surgical and non-surgical – readily available, Dr. Marco Barusco and our team at Tempus Hair Restoration want consumers to recognize bogus products and dubious procedures.

Hair Loss Scams

Just as is the case with many other medical conditions, bogus products claiming to prevent baldness or restore hair aggressively market to susceptible people through online advertising, multi-level marketing (MLM) companies, radio ads, late-night infomercials and other media. Such products either use medical-sounding language or sell themselves as a “natural” remedy.

Hair loss restoration researchers have concluded that the leading cause of baldness for men is the male sex hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This hormone has been linked to hair loss in women, as well. DHT prevents the follicles in the scalp from promoting hair growth by attaching itself to the follicles’ receptor cells and inhibiting any proteins, vitamins and minerals needed for their survival.

Those who have a genetic tendency for hair loss are more sensitive to the effects of DHT. The only way to prevent or restore hair loss is to block this hormone. Scam marketers often dance around the subject by mentioning DHT, but refrain from stating clearly that their product efficiently blocks this hormone. The FDA-approved prescription medications that actually are effective in blocking DHT will be covered later in this post.

To avoid regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), marketers of these bogus products identify them as food or nutritional supplements, carefully choosing their words to avoid making an outright claim of medical results. These deceptive marketers often use phony testimonials and product reviews, all of which are impossible to verify.

Consumers are often confused by such slick sales methods, not only wasting money, but valuable time. The longer that hair loss goes untreated, the chances for success diminish.

How to Know When it’s a Hoax

One big red flag signaling a scam product is overselling and/or guaranteeing hair growth. If it promises “amazing” and “quick” results, be suspicious. Legitimate non-surgical treatments produce gradual results, depending upon the individual. Again, consulting with a hair restoration specialist should set realistic expectations about the results that a particular treatment can achieve for you.

What Does Work?

Medical hair growth treatments help stabilize hair loss and maintain hairs that would otherwise be lost. The following are FDA-approved medications proven to be effective.

Minoxidil – Minoxidil (brand name Rogaine) is a medication used for male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) treatments and hair growth in women with thinning hair.

 It is in a class of drugs known as vasodilators. By widening the blood vessels, minoxidil  allows more blood and oxygen to reach the follicles, causing those in the telogen phase (the resting phase of the hair growth cycle), to shed. They are replaced by thicker hairs in the new anagen phase (the active growth phase of hair follicles). Rogaine is available over-the-counter. Dr. Barusco typically recommends the foam option, which must be done at a 5% concentration in order to assist in blocking DHT. In order for this medication to keep supporting hair growth, it should be used continuously.


Finasteride (brand name Propecia) – This is a prescription tablet used to block DHT and treat hair loss for men only. A 1 mg dose of finasteride can lower DHT levels by 60% if taken daily, and slows down hair loss as long as it is taken continuously. The American Hair Loss Association recognizes finasteride as the leading non-surgical hair loss treatment for men.

Inform Yourself

Knowledge is power. Being an informed consumer will allow you to tell the difference between science and pseudo-science, and seek legitimate treatment for your hair loss before it’s too late to reverse or restore. Choose your surgeon carefully based on experience, results and professional integrity.

Dr. Barusco is a board-certified surgeon who is internationally recognized as a leader in hair restoration. His many other credentials include: Diplomate and Past President (2017) of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery; Assistant Professor of Surgery – University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). Dr. Barusco conducts all consultations (both in-office and virtually) and performs all hair transplantation procedures.

Our team pays great attention to your emotional being and follows up with every step of the procedure to ensure that you are well-informed and directed in the right path. Our consultation is free. Dr. Barusco will discuss the treatments available and recommend the one most appropriate for your type of hair loss. Contact us to learn your options.

Stem Cell Hair Restoration Treatment – The Growth of a Breakthrough Medical Technology

Stem Cell Hair Restoration Treatment – The Growth of a Breakthrough Medical Technology

Americans spend between one and four billion dollars a year on hair loss treatments. This problem affects around 56 million people in the United States. The causes for hair loss are many: illness, reaction to certain medications, stress and – of course – heredity. Whether you are a man looking for an effective cure for baldness, or a woman embarrassed by the thinning of your hair, stem cell hair restoration treatment could be the ideal solution.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can transform into specialized cells and divide to produce more stem cells.

They are distinguished from other cell types by two important characteristics.

  • First, they are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through cell division, sometimes after long periods of inactivity.
  • Second, under certain physiologic or experimental conditions, they can be induced to become tissue- or organ-specific cells with special functions.

In some organs, such as the gut and bone marrow, stem cells regularly divide to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues. In other organs, however, such as the pancreas and the heart, stem cells only divide under special conditions. In the hair follicle, stem cells are responsible for hair cycling (rest and growth periods). With genetic hair loss, there is a marked decrease in the population of stem cells in the hair follicle, which causes hairs to thin and miniaturize.

Stem cells have been used to treat numerous diseases for over a decade. The stem cell therapy used in hair restoration treatments is not to be confused with the use of human embryonic stem cells. The therapy used by Dr. Marco Barusco at Tempus Hair Restoration utilizes cells harvested through very small cannulas from the patient’s own fatty tissue. Fat tissue from the abdomen, love handles and/or saddle bags are rich in “mesenchymal stem cells,” which can be used to treat many conditions – including hair loss.

How Does the Treatment Work?

After obtaining the stem cells from the patient’s fat tissues and mixing them with growth factors from the patient’s blood, injecting them in the scalp will help stimulate the cellular mechanisms that are responsible for human hair growth. This procedure has been successfully employed by Tempus, with positive results for patients. It is an easy, out-patient procedure, done with local anesthesia and with a quick recovery, with no downtime.

What are the Benefits of This Treatment?

Stem cell hair restoration treatment can be beneficial on many levels. The process itself is relatively fast, with very little discomfort and with no downtime. It is also natural, relying on the patient’s own supply of stem cells that are injected in the patient’s scalp, eliminating the possibility of rejection.

Many of our patients ask how long they will have to wait until they start to see the outcome of this treatment. Normally, it takes up to three to four months to start seeing results, and 12 months for the full benefit.

Like any other medical treatment, there are no guarantees when it comes to stem cell hair restoration procedures, and the results can vary from patient to patient. We track results with measurements of the hair caliber and pictures at each visit, giving objective data on results.

Stem cell therapy has been used to treat many medical disorders. Although this method is relatively new to hair restoration therapy, current research data suggests that most patients respond positively from this treatment and report fuller, thicker hair a few months after. At Tempus, we offer the most advanced technology for the processing of stem cells. Our main focus is hair restoration, as we understand the importance of this issue in personal self-esteem, confidence and overall quality of life.

Our procedures are carried out using FDA-approved and registered equipment, under strict sterile conditions. 

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Barusco and get one step closer to restoring your hair to a natural, healthy state. We are here to help you obtain the best results possible.


Juvenile Hair Loss, And What You Can Do

Hair loss can be a huge blow to the confidence of anyone, but especially adolescents. It may seem like something that would only affect older people, but in reality about 1 in 1,000 children suffer from alopecia areata, (bald spots). So why might a child experience hair loss?

The Cause

Alopecia, (hair loss), can occur in adolescents for a few reasons. Be it diet, hormones, or strenuous hair treatments, it could be something your child or teen doesn’t even know they’re doing. With those kinds of cases, sometimes it is only temporary and can be treated. Seeing a doctor could point you in the direction of the issue. Stress is a huge factor of teen hair loss, and can often lead to subconscious plucking of hair, or the hair to fall out on its own. If this is the case, speaking with your teen about anything that is troubling them could help. But remember, you won’t see improvements over night. It could still take 6 months to a year to regrow the hair they had.

If this is a case of paternal or maternal pattern hair loss, then it could be your child is just the next in line for a hereditary trait. You can try natural growth stimulants like coconut, or green tea oil, to slow the hair loss down, but it is unlikely to see that hair return on its own.

What to say to your child

The most important thing to reinforce to your child is that what’s happening isn’t their fault. They didn’t do anything to contract this issue, it is just commonly a symptom of an underlying health issue. Making sure they know this, and that there are still options for them, will be important in keeping up their self-esteem. Negatively impacting their mental state can make the issue worse.

Why you should see Dr. Barusco

It is important to remember to seek a doctor’s opinion as soon as possible, since the sooner you treat hair loss, the better. A doctor that specializes in hair loss such as Dr. Barusco can guide you in the right direction, recommending the best treatment for your specific situation.

Treatment may include medications, laser therapy, and/or procedures such as a hair transplant or our PRP/Stem Cell procedures. Most of the times, hair transplantation is not recommended for your persons, but in cases of scalp scars or areas where the hair was lost to the trauma, transplantation can be helpful.

Here at Tempus, Dr. Barusco offers his own, special stem cell hair restoration. The treatment relies on the patient’s natural supply of growth factors and stem cells. While the industry standard only supplies enough to cover very small areas, we use enough to cover the patient’s entire scalp. Partnering a more platelet rich solution than the standard, and actual stem cells extracted from the fat of the patient, this simple in-and-out procedure can help return the hair your child has lost.

Before you start spending money on products and shampoos that may not be effective, schedule a free consultation with us, at Tempus Hair Restoration. We will help guide you to the right choice for your child.



No Distance is Too Far To Select The Most Experienced Specialists in Hair Restoration

No matter where in the world you live, you’re only a call away from Dr. Barusco and his experienced team of hair restoration specialists. We have become known worldwide for accommodating international patients who have traveled great lengths to reach our surgery center located in Port Orange, Florida.

There is no distance too far when it comes to achieving the best results!

At Tempus Hair Restoration, we make access to expert advice easy for those seeking the award-winning, industry-leading solutions. Our online video consultation connects you virtually with Dr. Marco Barusco via Skype, Facetime, or WhatsApp.

During your video consult, Dr. Barusco provides you with a comprehensive diagnosis, treatment plan, and surgical recommendations unique to your situation. His trained eye and keen ability to identify your specifics needs by sight is proven with the continued return of patients spanning the globe. If you want a consult with one of the international leaders of hair restoration, look no further!

International Patient Specialists are here to help!

We understand there is time and planning involved with traveling for your hair restoration procedure and want to make it as seamless as possible for you. We help plan and cover your travel expenses. We offer a complimentary two-night hotel stay just one mile from our surgical center.

Discover the world’s finest destination for hair restoration. Contact one of our International Patient Specialists for your free consultation, today!