Dr. Thomas D. Griffin
Dr. Thomas D. Griffin, M.D., FAAD, FACP
Address: 2200 Arch Street, Suite 120, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 561-9100
Address: 744 Lancaster Avenue, Suite 100, Wayne, PA 19087
Phone: (610) 688-9100
Dr. Thomas Griffin is an extremely skilled medical practitioner and a leading figure in the field of hair restoration. He possesses more than twenty-five years of hands-on experience in treating hair loss and providing innovative answers for hair growth.
Dr. Griffin has two state-of-the-art offices located in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (main office) as well as in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Q: Tell us about yourself and some of your achievements?
Dr. Griffin: I have received board certifications in three different areas - pathology, dermatology, and dermatopathology.
My passion and field of specialization is human hair growth and treating hair loss through both surgical and non-surgical means. As we know, hair loss is a sore subject for many people and it can affect a personís self-esteem making them feel very self-conscious about their baldness. It was for this reason that I founded the Griffin Hair Restoration Centre of Philadelphia which is a premier center dedicated to the treatment and restoration of human hair. At the Center, we seek to provide a wide array of solutions to the problem of hair loss and baldness for men and women of all ages.
Q: What kinds of hair transplants do you perform?
Dr. Griffin: We perform all kinds of hair transplants - from the most common male and female scalp hair to the finer hair types such as eyebrows. And, in recent times beards have come into fashion as a symbol of masculinity, so we perform hair transplant for facial hair, as well.
We also perform hair transplants for different ethnicities. This is an advanced field that requires substantial amount of skills since each ethnic group has specific types of hair patterns and even textures. Thus, transplanting hair in such a manner that it looks natural and normal is not something that can be done by a doctor without proper skill and knowledge of the various ethnic groups.
Q: What non-surgical hair treatments do you offer?
Dr. Griffin: Well, there is one treatment we offer which is called the platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection. Platelets are cells which play a major role in healing wounds and contain certain growth factors. This is why they are now being used for the purpose of hair regeneration.
This process works by drawing blood containing platelets from the arms and then subsequently injecting the blood into the scalp. Moreover, the procedure is normally performed alongside surgical hair restoration in order to better facilitate hair growth.
Additionally, it is also used as a standalone non-surgical treatment, but this method of treatment does not work for everyone. It only works in some patients and, not to mention, it is a very lengthy process before results can be seen. Generally, it takes a few treatments which are spanned a few months apart and the effects will only be seen after six to nine months. This is why it is not used as much as the surgical methods.
Q: What would you say sets you apart from other medical professionals in your field?
Dr. Griffin: If I were to select one thing, I would say it is my usage of the ARTAS robotic hair transplant system. Robotic hair transplantation is the latest cutting edge technology in the hair restoration field and I am the first medical doctor to perform hair transplants using this system in the entire Philadelphia region.
The ARTAS system is the latest in Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure. Follicular unit extraction works by removing individual hair follicles from the sides and back of the head and then transplanting them into the scalp directly. Now, the thing about ARTAS is that the extraction and transplantation both are done by a robot, so it is fast and efficient and prevents any errors that may be caused by human fatigue.
A major benefit of using this system is that the transplantation is done without leaving scars on the head. Moreover, once the initial holes where the follicle was implanted has healed, you can then shave your head or cut your hair short without worrying about any unsightly scars being visible on your head.
Q: What other option is there besides this ARTAS method?
Dr. Griffin: The other famous and widely accepted method is called strip harvesting.
This is also a permanent solution for baldness and it works by removing a strip of hair from the back or sides of the head. From these stripped hair, the follicles are harvested and then transplanted into the scalp. This is the oldest method of hair transplantation which is why you may find that most physicians offer this procedure.
Even though this procedure undoubtedly delivers results, the only downside of strip harvesting is that it can leave some small scars. These scars need at least half an inch of hair to conceal. So, if you plan on keeping long hair or even short hair that is at least longer than half an inch, then this procedure will suit your needs.
On the other hand, if you plan on having closely cropped hair like a buzz cut and you are concerned about the scars showing in public, then you should opt for the ARTAS hair transplantation technique instead.
Q: If patients want to contact you to book a consultation, how can they do so?
Dr. Griffin: They can schedule a consultation online directly from my website. Alternatively, as mentioned earlier, they can visit either of my two offices in Wayne or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or give us a call.