Why didn’t the balding man speak to his hair? They had a falling out! Today in the Hudson Valley, people come from miles around to see Dr. Peter C. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., FAAD of The Skin Center Dermatology Group about hair regrowth.
“There have been big breakthroughs in hair loss. A new class of medication called JAK inhibitors, now approved for alopecia areata, greatly improves the outcome of this difficult-to-treat patchy hair loss, or in combination with other treatments. Low-dose oral minoxidil (the oral form of Rogaine) has become one of the most widely used treatments not just for pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) but for other hair loss types as well. It is remarkably effective and — if used correctly — a very safe medication.”
Dr. Friedman is an Instructor in Clinical Dermatology at the Department of Dermatology, Columbia University-New York Presbyterian. ”HairMetrix is a computer-connected tricoscope, using AI-driven software. The device is placed on the examined areas of the scan and collects images, which are analyzed. The result is a quantitative analysis of hair density and hair thickness. The collected data can help to classify hair loss types and also improves our ability to determine the effectiveness of hair growth treatments.”
Amanda Conti, PA, works closely with Dr. Friedman and is in demand for skin conditions, especially acne, warts, eczema, and psoriasis. ”We have been pioneering cold atmospheric plasma treatments for various skin conditions for several years. For example, we have published data on using this painless device treatment for warts and molluscum in children and sun-induced keratoses in adults. We are currently enrolling patients in these trials,” said Dr. Friedman.
Another new technology is Reflectance Confocal Microscopy, a complex device using infrared light to diagnose certain skin lesions and other skin conditions without the need for a skin biopsy. It is sometimes also referred to as “knifeless biopsy.” Dr. Friedman is a member of the Cutaneous Imaging Expert Resource Group of the American Academy of Dermatology, and he is an early adopter of this diagnostic method, making his office one of the small number of places where Reflectance Confocal Microscopy is available in the United States.
If you are experiencing hair loss or any dermatological condition, Dr. Friedman is the physician to call. He has authored over 40 research and clinical articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and as an inventor, has patented technologies for skin disease and hair loss treatments.
“The Skin Center Dermatology Group handles every aspect of a patient visit with great efficiency, offering state-of-the-art comprehensive dermatological care to everyone. We diagnose, treat, and manage all types of dermatological problems and skin conditions. We place great emphasis on offering the best technology that science has to offer. We use the latest phototherapy, laser equipment and full-body photography systems. Please feel free to contact our warm and caring office staff with any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you,” said Dr. Friedman.
Hair loss is an all-too-common problem, which can influence self-esteem, and emotional well-being. There are many different types of hair loss with different causes and treatments. Only an in-depth evaluation, which often involves laboratory tests, can accurately determine the best course of action. Dr. Friedman has been involved in laboratory and clinical hair-loss research since 1997. He participated in determining the genetic basis of inherited forms of hair loss, conducted groundbreaking research targeting gene expression to modify hair growth, and induce hair growth by sub-organ level implants in human skin. Currently, Dr. Friedman is conducting a non-industry-sponsored clinical trial for a novel, non-invasive modality to treat hair loss.
At The Skin Center ongoing monitoring of the scalp takes place. “We offer Artificial Intelligence-driven, trischoscopic hair analysis (Hair Metrix), Reflectance Confocal Microscopy, complex medical treatment, and Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) as some of the treatment options,” said Dr. Friedman.
You can go to his websites at >www.rocklandhair.com or >www.skincenterderm.com or call The Skin Center Dermatology Group for an appointment at 845-352-0005, located at 200 East Ekerson Road in New City.
Photos by Dr. Friedman