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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 97-102

Patient satisfaction and adverse effects following the use of topical hair fiber fillers

1 Department of Dermatology, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California; Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, Arizona, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California, USA
3 Department of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Natasha Atanaskova Mesinkovska
843 Health Sciences Road, Suite 1001, Irvine, California
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijt.ijt_129_21

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Introduction: Alopecia (hair loss) commonly affects patients and can severely affect one's confidence and self-esteem. In addition to medical therapy, hair filler fibers can improve the gross appearance of thinning hair in a targeted manner by making hair appear fuller and thicker. The objective of this study is to assess patient use, satisfaction, and adverse effects following the application of a commercially available hair fiber filler product. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted at an academic tertiary dermatology center. Alopecia patients were supplied a keratin hair fiber filler, which best matched their natural hair color. Following 90 days of application, patients were asked to complete questionnaires to assess patient satisfaction and record patient-reported adverse events. Results: Twenty women and 20 men with hair loss participated. Patients reported improved hair volume and increased perceptions of confidence and attractiveness after applying fiber. Most subjects (92.5%) reported a high level of satisfaction with the fiber's ability to match hair color and provide sufficient coverage. No serious adverse effects were reported. Conclusion: Alopecia has a negative impact on quality of life and several psychological domains. Topical hair filler fiber can serve as an effective and safe camouflage for patients with alopecia with high user satisfaction.

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