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Kimberly Cockerham, MD, FACS: Facing Facial Hair Loss Together

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When we hear the term “hair restoration,” the first thought that comes to mind is the hair on our head. Hair loss in men and women has been a long-standing source of loss of self-esteem, and treatments for thinning hair are abundant. Hair loss can also affect eyebrows and eyelashes, and that loss can be just as devastating, especially in women.

“Our eyes are crucial to our appearance and the way we communicate; eyelash and eyebrow loss can be devastating to self-esteem,” noted Dr. Kimberly Cockerham. “Loss of eyelashes and eyebrows can occur due to hormonal changes such as menopause or thyroid imbalance, due to over plucking or simply with age. Thinning hair, a receding forehead or loss of eyelashes and eyebrows can make those affected feel like they’ve lost a part of what makes them young and attractive. In cases of cancer, burns and trauma, the loss can result in facial disfigurement that limits employment options.”

Introducing SmartGraft™
Dr. Cockerham, a board-certified ophthalmologist with fellowship training in oculofacial plastics, is introducing a minimally invasive advanced technology to the Central Valley. Through her team effort with Dr. Theodore Staahl, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, hair restoration for eyelashes, eyebrows, beard and scalp is now available at the North California Hair Restoration Center for both women and men. “SmartGraft™ is the new natural and permanent hair restoration option; it’s minimally invasive with little discomfort,” Dr. Cockerham affirmed.

The SmartGraft procedure simplifies hair transplantation and eliminates the need for surgery. Classic hair restoration required a large strip of hair to be surgically removed from the back of the head and resulted in a permanent, often visible, scar. Now, single hairs are harvested from the back of the head, temple region or unwanted sideburns via an amazing patented technology that transports the hair in a physiologic solution to a safe, temperature-controlled chamber prior to transplantation to the area of need. As a result, there is no trauma to the hair follicle when it’s removed, making it more viable than with previous treatment options.

In only a few hours, the SmartGraft procedure can correct missing eyebrows, add fullness to thinning brows, reshape or fill in bare spots in the brows and other areas. After the procedure, return to work is possible in a day or two and sports activities can be resumed within a week. “Eyebrows can be restored naturally and permanently even over tattooed brows,” Dr. Cockerham elaborated.

Let’s Face It Together Foundation
As a decorated Army veteran, Dr. Cockerham has committed her professional career to helping people from all walks of life with facial disfigurement rebuild their lives “face first.” Hair restoration will also be offered through the Let’s Face it Together foundation for our under-insured neighbors in need suffering from hair loss due to cancer, burns and other tragedies.

“Our hair restoration team will offer a personalized approach. Working with Dr. Marie Cottman and the Pacific Compounding Pharmacy, your hormonal balance will be optimized, nutritional deficits will be addressed and a personalized regimen of over-the-counter topicals and nutritional supplements will be created just for you,” she explained. “Depending on your needs, growth factors stimulation with platelet rich plasma, stem cells injection and hair transplantation may play a role in your hair restoration.

“The face and eyes are crucial to the way we express our emotions both personally and professionally,” stated Dr. Cockerham. “Our team looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals.” ■

Learn more at cockerhammd.com. To apply for foundation support, visit lfitfoundation.org. Consultations are available in Lodi, Modesto and Stockton; please call (209) 952-3705.