March 11, 2009 |
The recession has caused patient volume at cosmetic-surgery facilities to fall by a third, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. With money so tight, it's hard for many people to contemplate spending thousands of dollars on face-lifts or boob jobs. But when I attended an open house at the New Hair Institute in Century City last weekend, I found a waiting room full of guys who were willing to spend as much as $20,000 apiece to restore what nature was taking away.
October 17, 2011
Hair-transplant surgery could become cheaper and more accessible with a new robot that plucks hair follicles from the back and sides of the head so they can be moved to the top and front of a balding pate. It normally takes eight to nine hours to individually harvest, by hand, the 1,000 follicle clusters needed to build a full mane of hair, according to Dr. James Harris, director of the Hair Sciences Center of Colorado in Denver. Since the surgery is tricky and time-consuming, fewer than 10% of hair-restoration surgeons do it. Most simply remove a whole strip of scalp and separate out the follicles under a microscope.
February 15, 2010 |
Should the government force everyone to purchase health insurance? Few topics in the healthcare debate are more controversial than the so-called individual mandate, which would fine citizens without insurance and lies at the heart of the now-stalled healthcare bills in Congress. President Barack Obama has said that a major goal of healthcare reform is to reduce the number of legal residents who are uninsured (currently estimated at 17% of adults). One strategy is for the government to require insurance to be sold at a fixed price regardless of preexisting conditions, but in that case, many people might wait until they get sick before they purchased insurance, which could bankrupt the system.
January 29, 2012 |
Vin Diesel has embraced his baldness. And it's doubtful Michael Stipe spends much time browsing for toupees. But not all of the 40 million American men with follicularly challenged scalps are going quietly into that bald night. They're raging -- with Rogaine, among other things. Men who want to hang on to their hair have many options, including medications and surgical transplants, says Dr. Marc Avram, hair transplant surgeon and clinical professor of dermatology at Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York City.
January 23, 2011 |
A beauty queen with no hair ? that turns expectations upside down. At the 90th Miss America competition in Las Vegas last weekend, Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, was that girl. Martell usually ? but not always ? competes for titles wearing a wig, but far from trying to hide her baldness, she uses her beauty queen status to raise awareness about alopecia areata, the autoimmune disease that caused her to lose her hair as a child. FOR THE RECORD: Women's hair loss: An article in the Image section elsewhere in this edition, about thinning hair in women, identified Dr. Monte O. Harris as being affiliated with Cultura cosmetic medical spa in Washington D.C. Harris is with the Center for Aesthetic Modernism in Chevy Chase, Md. The error was discovered after the section went to press.
July 19, 1997
There are two facts in which I used to take comfort. The Tour de France is one of the world's premier sporting events. And the Los Angeles Times is one of the nation's premier newspapers, serving the extremely diverse Southland population. But what does this add up to? Daily reports on the Tour that take up as much or less space as the advertisements for tires, hair transplants or local strip clubs. While I thoroughly enjoy your comprehensive local sports coverage, I'll continue to wait for the day when you live up to your reputation as an international newspaper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1988
Two former San Diego tax advisers who created a church and made themselves archbishops have been charged with income tax fraud for allegedly using the church as a phony tax shelter, U.S. Atty. Peter Nunez said Friday. The men "ordained" at least 59 ministers who paid them a monthly fee and also set up church bank accounts to receive tax-deductible contributions. The pair then used the accounts to pay for personal expenses, including hair transplants, prosecutors said.
November 30, 2001 |
The most significant cultural event of the year may well be the rise of actor Owen Wilson's nose. Wilson ("Zoolander," "Shanghai Noon" and "Behind Enemy Lines," which opens today) is the most recent blond hunk to come out of Hollywood, the same beauty factory that has churned out Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey, to name but a few. The strange part is that Wilson, while charismatic and sexy, has far more in common with Jimmy Durante than he does with Mel Gibson.
April 19, 1996 |
They say size isn't everything, but "Give 'em an Inch," Jeff Baron's new comic one-act at Theatre Geo, ends up being a little too big for its britches. In what plays like little more than an extended improv skit centered on the waiting room of a penis enlargement clinic, an assortment of insecure males (Barry Pearl, Don Amendolia, Robert Lee Jacobs, Michael McKenzie, and Vincent D'Elia) positively flaunt their various reasons for undergoing this ultimate sacrifice to their own vanity.