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Why am I Losing My Hair?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Why am I Losing My Hair?

Both men and women can experience hair loss, but men are more disposed to hair loss than women are. The main cause for male hair loss is male pattern baldness. Different treatment options are available for men and women, depending on the cause and degree of hair loss.

Male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness are a main reason for hair loss and this type of hair loss is the result of a combination of age, hormones and genes. Another main cause of hair loss is heredity and despite what many people say, this trait can be passed down from either side of the family, affecting both men and women.

People can also experience hair loss due to stress. Both physical and emotional stress can cause hair loss. Physical stress is the stress resulting from physical trauma, such as a severe illness or an accident. Physical stress is likely to only cause temporary hair loss. Emotional stress can also cause hair loss in some people, but it is not as likely to as physical stress is. As with physical stress, hair loss related to emotional stress will most likely only be temporary.

A type of physical stress that women can go through that may cause hair loss is pregnancy. Some women will experience hair loss a few months after the birth of their baby, due to hormonal changes. This type of hair loss will generally be temporary and should only last for a few months, or until the woman’s hormone levels are regulated again.

Certain diseases or illnesses may cause someone to have some hair loss as well. Alopecia areata is hair loss that is cause by an auto-immune disease and is the result of having an overactive immune system. Hypothyroidism, lupus and anemia can also cause hair loss for some people.

If you over style your hair, you can also cause hair loss. Excessive heat from straightening, curling and blow drying puts a lot of stress onto your hair. If you use heat constantly, your hair can become dry and brittle and your hair can start to break off. The same goes for using hair dyes on a regular basis. Hair dyes contain harsh chemicals, and they can cause the same type of damage that excessive heat can. This type of hair loss is usually temporary and you can usually fix it by making some changes to your hair styling routine.

If you are deficient in Vitamin B, you may experience some hair loss. Hair loss from this deficiency is very correctable and by simply taking a supplement, you can usually stop the hair loss. Also, there are some people who have too much Vitamin A, and this can also cause hair loss. This is also treatable, and once you adjust the amount that you are taking, your hair loss should stop.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


Can Hair Loss Be Caused By Sleeping on One Side?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Hair Loss Be Caused By Sleeping on One Side?

It is natural to wonder if sleep can cause hair loss, since many people have a preferred side to sleep on and can worry if their hair rubbing on their pillow all night can cause hair loss. Some people worry that they may be reducing the blood circulation on that side, which could potentially deprive that side of their head from blood flow and essential nutrients.

Sleep causing hair loss is a valid concern, and many people notice that this can happen to a newborn. Newborns have extremely fine hair that falls out and get rubbed off at first, especially on areas where their heads are lying for long periods of time. However, adult hair is very different from a baby’s hair and does not experience the same issues.

Your hair follicles are pre-programmed and they will grow and shed in a certain manner. The way in which you choose to sleep does not have an impact on hair loss, whether you sleep on your side, back or stomach. Hair follicles are not affected by the direction in which you sleep, so there is no reason to worry about damaging your hair and causing premature hair loss. Although there are many factors that cause hair loss, sleeping is simply not one of them.

Genetics is the main cause of hair loss and other causes include:

  • Environmental factors
  • Hormonal changes
  • Illness
  • Side effects to medication
  • Stress/anxiety

It is a common misconception that hair loss caused by heredity comes from the maternal grandfather. This is not true and in fact, hair loss can be passed down from either side of the family and can affect both men and women. However, simply because someone in the family is bald does not necessarily mean that the trait will get passed down

Male pattern baldness (also called androgenetic alopecia) affects many men. This type of baldness results from a combination of age, genes and hormones.   Some men have hair follicles that are much more sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone related to hair loss. As you get older, hair that is sensitive to DHT will become thinner and weaker and will ultimately stop growing. Hair affected by this is usually on the top of the head and on the front of the head.

Since we live in a society that is very conscious of appearance, hair loss sufferers will usually try to do something to improve or enhance their appearance. There are different treatment options available, depending on what is causing your hair loss and what degree of hair loss you are experiencing.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding and would like to determine what is causing it, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and can let you know what your options are for treatment.


Can Women Have Pattern Baldness?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Women Have Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness is a term that people have usually heard of, but female pattern baldness can happen as well. Approximately 30 million women in the U.S. alone suffer from hair loss. There are different reasons why women experience hair loss, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medical problems
  • Side effects of birth control pills
  • Stress

There are roughly 30 different medical conditions that can cause hair loss in women as well. Female hair loss is more difficult to predict, since there are so many factors that go into it. In order to determine the cause of the woman’s hair loss, it is best to consult with a hair loss expert who can find the cause and discuss what your treatment options are.

Aging, hormonal changes and heredity are the most common causes of female pattern baldness. Menopause is often times the onset of female pattern baldness for many women who experience it. These women will usually start to have a thinning of all of their hair and they may notice that their center part is widening or they may have some baldness at the crown of their head. A receding hairline will very rarely be experienced and that symptom of baldness is typically the first sign of male pattern baldness.

There are a few different treatment options available for women who experience hair loss. Currently, the only FDA approved hair loss drug for women on the market is Minoxidil (Rogaine). Rogaine is an effective treatment for some people, since it can slow down or stop hair loss. Unfortunately, this treatment does not work for everyone and even if it does work, you need to continue treatment in order to maintain results.

Other treatment options for women include laser therapy and hair transplantation. Like Rogaine, you need to have continuous laser therapy treatment in order to retain results or else you will continue to have hair loss if the therapy stops. Hair transplantation is the only permanent solution for female baldness.

The Ludwig Scale measures female pattern baldness and there are three different stages:

  • Type 1-a thinning on the top of the head
  • Type 2-the scalp can be seen through thinning hair in certain areas
  • Type 3-hair loss on the crown of the head

You can establish what the best treatment is for female pattern baldness by having a proficient hair loss physician determine what is causing your hair loss. If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and can let you know what your options are for treatment.


Can Eating Salty Food Cause Hair Loss?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Eating Salty Food Cause Hair Loss?

In the U.S., the average person will consume 3,435 milligrams of salt per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that sodium intake should be limited to less than 2,300 milligrams a day, or 1,500 mg if you are older than 51 or if you have high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes. If you have too much sodium in your diet, you are at risk for developing certain health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease and even a little bit of hair loss to some extent.

When salt is consumed in massive quantities, it can be toxic to your hair, since deposits will build-up around your hair follicles. This build-up can block important nutrients from entering your hair follicles and these nutrients are very important for your hair’s health. When your hair follicles are deprived of nutrients, it can slowly cause hair loss to occur.

Americans generally have a diet that is sodium rich and sodium is found in so many of the foods that we eat. From fries to chips, soups, canned foods and crackers, the high sodium levels are everywhere. Even foods that may not seem like they would have a lot of sodium can have very high levels, including bread, salad dressings and pizza. It can be incredibly challenging to limit your intake to be below 2,300 mg and 1,500 mg for those who need to.

In order to reduce the amount of sodium you consume, you can try to cook more meals at home and limit your use of salt. Also, when you buy salt, you can look for low sodium salt in order to further reduce your sodium intake. You can also try to avoid buying as many canned and processed foods as possible, or look for items at the grocery store that are labeled “reduced sodium.” Salt is a main seasoning that people use to flavor their food, but you can also season your food with other herbs to give it that boost in flavor.

Sodium levels and potassium levels in your body are directly related in terms of having healthy hair. Potassium is an important mineral that is a facilitator of cellular and electrical body functions. Potassium is essential for hair growth, but your potassium level reduces every time you urinate. High salt intake causes people to urinate more often, thus depleting your body of that much needed potassium. In order to make sure that your body has a sufficient amount of potassium, you can try to increase your intake by eating more bananas, whole grains, or you can take a potassium supplement. You can help to avoid hair loss if you are able to achieve a good balance of sodium and potassium in your diet.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


Do Hair Transplants Hurt?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Do Hair Transplants Hurt?

Hair loss experts are often asked if hair transplants are painful.   A hair transplant involves removing healthy hair from a donor area and grafting it into an area that has thinning hair or no hair. This type of procedure has been around for about 60 years, but the techniques and methods have continued to improve as technology has advanced. These improvements have allowed for the procedure to become less painful and less invasive for patients.

This outpatient procedure will usually take 4-8 hours, depending on how much hair will be transplanted. Even though this is an outpatient procedure that will take less than a day, it is important to remember that it is a surgery, so there will be some minor discomfort afterwards. A local anesthetic will be given prior to the procedure and once the anesthetic starts to numb the skin, it should eliminate the patient from feeling anything throughout the procedure.

Some patients have said that they felt a minor pulling or tugging feeling during the procedure, but the anesthetic makes it so you will not feel any severe pain. Most patients are usually very surprised at the ease of the procedure and appreciate that there is only minor pain associated with it.

The recovery process is usually fairly simple for most patients. Patients can expect to have some redness on their head where the hair was transplanted and their scalp may feel a little tender for a few days. There may also be some mild pain and an anti-inflammatory can be taken to reduce it.

Most patients can go back to their normal activities within 1-2 days. Patients will receive post-procedure instructions from their physician and if they follow that care plan, it will minimize and ease any discomfort from the procedure.

Hair transplants have really progressed and changed and the procedure has become faster and less invasive. The pain from the procedure is minimal and the benefits of the surgery far outweigh any mild discomfort that the patients may experience. Hair transplants are the only permanent solution for hair loss and the results are very real and natural-looking hair.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


Steps to Take to Have Healthy Hair

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Steps to Take to Have Healthy Hair

Having a full head of healthy hair is something that is important to many people, but unfortunately, many men and women will suffer from some degree of hair loss at some point throughout their life. The main factor that determines if you will suffer from hair loss is heredity, but there are other factors as well. If your genetics are what make you prone to hair loss, you cannot do anything to stop the hair loss, but you can treat it and you may be able to make changes to avoid hair loss caused by other factors.

In addition to heredity causing hair loss, other causes include:

  • Chemical damage
  • Environmental factors
  • Excessive heat
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress/anxiety

Men and women can both do things that can slow down/combat hair loss in order to maintain healthy and full looking hair. Drinking water has numerous known benefits, but many people are unaware of the benefits that water has on keeping your hair radiant and strong. Your hair can become very dull, dry and brittle, thus making it more prone to breakage if you are not hydrated properly. Water is the best drink to stay hydrated, since sugary drinks and drinks with caffeine can actually cause you to be more dehydrated.

Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is another way that you can keep your hair strong. There are many different proteins that make up your hair, so eating a balanced diet allows your stay to remain healthy. Eating vegetables, fruits, fish, eggs, nuts and whole grains will help your hair to be healthy. It is also suggested to eat food that is rich in protein and fatty acids.

Exercise is another way that you can help your hair. Something as simple as a brisk walk can improve your circulation, thus increasing the blood flow to your scalp. This increased blood flow also increases the flow of nutrients to your hair follicles, which in return allows your hair to be healthy.

There are so many benefits that a good night of sleep has, and healthy hair is one of them. You can get stressed much more easily if you are not well-rested and stress has a negative effect on your hair growth. When you eliminate stress, your body gets more energy, which allows your body to provide your hair with the nourishment that it needs to grow.

Excessive use of chemicals and heat can also do severe damage to your hair. You should choose hair care products that will be gentle for your hair, and you should try to use hair dryers and hair straighteners sparingly. Excessive heat and overusing chemicals make your hair dry and brittle and more prone to breakage. Using products that are milder and/or doing your best to avoid them altogether will help your hair to stay healthier.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?

As with any type of surgery, not everyone will be a good candidate for having hair restoration surgery. Your hair loss physician will gather information about you and will be looking at several different factors when determining your candidacy. Most people will be eligible to have a hair transplant, but some factors do need to be considered first.

For hair restoration surgery, you will need to have a strong immune system and be in good health. If you are suffering from a serious medical condition, you should first receive treatment and make sure that your condition is fully resolved. If you do not first treat it, you have a higher risk for post-op complications. Any chronic health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, should be discussed with your physician before your procedure, so they can then develop a treatment plan that is specific for you.

You can theoretically have a hair transplant at any age, but certain ages may be better than others for having the procedure. Most hair physicians will recommend waiting until you are at least 18 years old. This is because it is best to be fully mature and to already have well-established hair loss. If you have the procedure when you are too young, you may need to have follow-up procedures down the road to maintain the results, since you are likely to continue hair loss. As a general guideline, patients who are 30 or older are the best candidates since they are more likely to have a well-established hair loss pattern.

Your hair loss physician will also examine the severity of your hair loss and will see how much donor hair you have available. Hair transplants are more successful when they are done while you are in the earlier stages of hair loss and while you have a healthy donor area to harvest hair from. Hair transplants are not a viable treatment option if someone is completely bald. A hair loss physician will be able to tell you what your hair loss classification is and what your hair restoration option are.

Having a healthy lifestyle is also very important if you want to have a hair transplant. In order for the procedure to be successful, you will want to be exercising regularly, eating healthy, and doing everything to reduce or eliminate stress. A good immune system will give you a better chance of having a positive outcome for the procedure by lowering the risk of getting an infection and having a faster recovery time. It is also imperative that you eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and get a good night of sleep every night.

Your commitment to your physician’s aftercare plan is also important. If you want to get the desired results from the procedure, you will need to follow your physician’s aftercare instructions. The aftercare instructions will help you to have a speedier recovery, reduce the risk of developing an infection and help you to have minimal pain. Within a few months of receiving the procedure, you should start to see results and your transplanted hairs will start to grow with the rest of your hair.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


At What Age Do People Start Losing Their Hair?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

At What Age Do People Start Losing Their Hair?

It is a common misconception that only older men and women experience hair loss or baldness. However, men of any age can become afflicted with male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) and women of any age can develop female pattern baldness. Genetics will determine how much hair loss will be experienced by each person.   Some individuals may experience some thinning or balding when they are as young as 15 or 16 years old, but that would be on the extremely early side.

The onset of male and female pattern baldness is very gradual and both conditions are progressive. People with pattern baldness will usually start to experience some thinning hair or have a hairline that is starting to recede. The amount of noticeable hair loss will increase with age, so at age 30, 30% of people will have some hair loss that is visible and by age 60, 60% of people will have some visible hair loss. Alopecia will usually start to affect men and women when they are in their mid to late twenties.

Although male and female baldness are a predominant cause of hair loss, there are other causes of hair loss as well, but many of the other causes are temporary and treatable. Other causes include stress, diet, lack of sleep, pregnancy and side effects to medication. Baldness from any of these causes can start at any age, and this type of hair loss may continue as long as the person is continuing to go through a change in lifestyle, undergoing a new medical treatment or taking a medication.

Going completely bald does not happen overnight, since the onset of hair loss is gradual and you may initially just look like you have patchy hair or you may have diffused hair patterns. On average, people lose 100 hairs a day and the average person has about 100,000 hairs. Each hair will generally stay on the head for about 4 years and will grow about half an inch per month. Hair usually falls out after 4 years and it will be replaced with new hairs within 6 months. However, as men and women get older, their hair does not grow in as thick, which can make hair loss more noticeable. Pattern baldness is more common with men than women and 25% of men will start to bald when they are 30 years old and 66% of men will either be bald or will have a balding pattern by the time they turn 60.

If you are having some more hair loss than usual, or if you are noticing that your hair is thinning more or if you are having bald spots, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


Treatment Options for Overcoming Hair Loss

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Treatment Options for Overcoming Hair Loss

Many people who experience baldness feel completely alone, when in fact about 80 million people worldwide experience some degree of hair loss. While there are many causes and factors that influence hair loss, male pattern baldness is the most prevalent. Did you know 90% of men are inflicted with some type of hair loss by the time they are 50-years-old? You are not alone. Additionally, while many people think of men when they heard ‘bald,’ women also suffer from female pattern baldness.

The technical term for male pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is the primary cause of male hair loss due to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which all men have. Additionally, factors such as diet, sickness, and other environmental factors may impact hair loss. If you suffer from hair loss, there are various treatments and solutions for you, but the only permanent option to restore hair is a hair transplant.

Products

A cosmetic option that is heavily marketed is the use of thickening shampoos and conditioners that can be used for those who suffer from hair loss. Thickening products work by coating the hair, giving a fuller appearance, but they do not actually regrow hair. This may be an acceptable option for those with minor thinning of the hair.

Topical Solution

Two popular topical solutions, Propecia and Rogaine, claim to combat hair loss by slowing down the hair loss process and re-growing hair. While these treatments work for some people, they are not effective solutions for everyone and work best in the earliest stages of hair loss.

Laser Treatment

New laser treatments, such as the LaserComb, combat hair loss with a low-level laser light that generates the regrowth of hair follicles. To use this device, you run the comb through your hair for 20 minutes. There is also a new version of this technology, which is a laser light helmet, which is more effective and less demanding. With the helmet, high concentrations of the laser light are applied to the areas of the scalp affected by hair loss.

With hair loss being a progressive condition, more than likely, any of the above treatments will only be a temporary fix for hair loss. Hair restoration surgery is the only permanent solution for hair loss. Both men and women can have hair restoration surgery and it involves taking healthy hair from a donor area and transplanting the healthy follicles onto the affected areas. Each hair grafts will usually contain 1-4 hairs. Since the hair from the donor area is not prone to balding, it provides exceptional results since it is providing permanent hair to the balding areas. Good candidates for a hair transplant will need to have a healthy donor area. If you are completely bald, this procedure will not be an option for you.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.