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Dr. Donovan is a US and Canadian board - certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. His office is based in Vancouver.
Canadian Society for Dermatologic Surgery (CSDS)
Consultation Cost: $ 650
Awards & Recognition
Canadian Skin Patient Alliance "Dermatologist of the Year" 2016
Canadian Skin Patient Alliance "Pro - Patient" Dermatologist Award, 2010 - 2015
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Grant Awardee, 2012
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 2012
Annual Meeting, 1st place, Poster Presentation, 2012, 2011
Outstanding Lecturer in Dermatology, Undergraduate Medical Education 2012
Undergraduate & Medical SchoolMedical: MD, University of Ottawa, 2004
Graduate: PhD, University of Toronto
Post-Medical School TrainingResidency: Dermatology, University of Toronto
Hair Immunology, New York at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Hair Loss, University of California, San Francisco
Hair Transplantation, University of Toronto
Treatments offered at Donovan Medical
Blog Posts and Articles
What Are Omega 3s? Omega 3 fatty acids are called 'essential' fatty acids because we, as humans, can't synthesize them ourselves. We need to get them from our diet. While research in the role of these essential fatty acids in hair biology is still in it's early stages, and we don't really understand if they help or not, it's well known that these omega 3s have a variety of beneficial effects for human health. Evidence suggests that omega 3s have benefits such as lowering...
The word ‘forever’ has a fairly clear meaning and isn’t really open to much in the way of interpretation. Forever means continually. Forever means for always. Forever means forever. For those with genetic hair loss (sometimes called androgenetic alopecia), treatments must be used forever. If treatments are stopped, any benefits that a patient achieved will be lost. Surprisingly, when you pick up a bottle of a typical medication or treatment for genetic hair loss, the word...
The Modern Treatment Hair Loss: Logical. Ordered. Structured.There are over 100 reasons for hair loss. Each of the causes has different treatment. In my mind, for every patient I see, there is one or two “best’ treatments, and then the third best treatment. If that treatment does not help, I have a next (fourth) treatment in mind. However, the choice of treatment is not random.Just like in a game of chess, there is logic to planning each phase of treatment. There is order. There is...
Scalp redness has many causes. Here, I briefly review the top 12 causes of scalp redness.1) Seborrheic dermatitis.Seborrheic dermatitis (SD) is an inflammatory condition of the scalp that affects about 3-5 % of adults. Males are more commonly affected than females. SD occurs on body sites where the skin is oily such as the scalp, eyebrows, sides of nose, eyelids and chest. Individuals with SD of the scalp develop red, flaky skin that is often itchy. The scales can be yellow, white or...
Hair regrowth is variableHair growth starts about 3 months after the surgery. But keep in mind it's highly variable - for some it's 2 months and some it's 5. But regrowth time also depends on the type of surgery. We see some delay in patients with scarring alopecias (cicatricial alopecia), compared to those with genetic hair loss. But overall, three months is a safe bet.
Most popular answers from Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
This is undoubtedly a good sign. Sometimes hairs don't always elongate after transplantation and simply "fall out"No study has ever been done but I do... READ MORE
Minoxidil tablets are rarely used for hair loss nowadays. However "topical" minoxidil solution or foam is widely used. Studies show that minoxidil... READ MORE
Minoxidil takes 4-6 months before an individual should assess whether or not it helps. Minoxidil is FDA approved for genetic hair loss - it does not... READ MORE
Current research suggests spironolactone helps 30% of women "improve" their hair density and helps 30% of women "prevent" further loss. Spironolactone... READ MORE
I have used both extensively and both have distinct benefits and distinct risks. Minoxidil is FDA approved for women with female androgenetic alopecia... READ MORE
It is critical to understand what normally happens during the weeks following a hair transplant. By doing so, you'll realize that what you are... READ MORE
There would be no particular problem with using Revivogen post transplant but be sure to discuss with your hair transplant surgeon. READ MORE
Minoxidil is not necessary post transplant but helps the grafts come in sooner. Instead of seeing your results start around 4 months you might see it... READ MORE
It is important to know that the 5% Rogaine is not formally FDA approved for women. Women can use the 5% as an off label use and it is commonly used... READ MORE
I'm 26 and started noticing hair thinning 2 yrs go. Using Rogaine for last month, and have been seeing extreme shedding.
Both Rogaine and Accutane can trigger shedding at the sides. You can buy a medicine dropper at the pharmacy and many pharmacists will give out free.... READ MORE
Before and After Photos by Dr. Donovan
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Videos by Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD has shared 10 videos.
Dr. Jeff Donovan explains the hair shedding condition known as chronic telogen effluvium or CTE and discusses why treatment is challenging. WATCH VIDEO
Dr. Jeff Donovan explains how he consider scarring alopecia as the main diagnosis in black women with hair loss in the center of the scalp, particularly the condition known as central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia or CCCA. WATCH VIDEO
Dr. Jeff Donovan discusses the negative impact smoking has on a hair transplant and why all patients are encouraged to stop prior to surgery WATCH VIDEO
Dr. Jeff Donovan discusses why loss of a graft is usually not a major concern in the days following a transplant WATCH VIDEO
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