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Can Your Hair Loss Medication Cause you to Feel Faint?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Your Hair Loss Medication Cause you to Feel Faint?

There are many different options of hair loss treatment products and although there can be benefits of these products, there can also be side effects. Rogaine (minoxidil) is one of the most popular over-the-counter treatments that is on the market to treat hair loss and there have been some recent reports of unusual side effects associated with using this product.  Rogaine is sold at either a strength of 2% or 5% minoxidil and the 5% version is labeled as “extra strength.”

One of the reported incidents came in November 2014 when a man went to his doctor where he reported that he was experiencing dizziness and that he had suffered from two incidents of fainting.  This man was healthy and he worked out a few times a week.  His doctor performed some tests to see if there was any problem with his heart or to determine if he was suffering from a hormonal imbalance, but all of the tests came back normal.  The man did have low blood pressure though, and this has been known to cause fainting.

However, after some additional questioning, it came out that the symptoms started at the same time that the man starting using a hair loss product.  He had gone to a specialist hair loss clinic and had been given a prescription for a formulation of 12% minoxidil.  This version was more than double the strength of the “extra strength” over-the-counter version.

Minoxidil was actually created in order to treat high blood pressure and during the clinical trials of the drug, they found that the people who were taking it started to have fuller hair.  This was taken as an oral medication when it was being tested to help with high blood pressure.  Because of this, the topical formula, Rogaine, was created, which is specifically designed to treat hair loss.

When minoxidil was taken as an oral medication to treat high blood pressure, it was known that fainting and dizzy spells were side effects, but it is not likely for these side effects to affect those who are applying the drug topically.

It has been determined by experts that because this man was using such a high concentration of Rogaine in a once-a-day formulation, his body was breaking it all down at once, which was directly affecting his heart.  Since the man worked out, this was causing him to suffer from dehydration, which could have made him even more sensitive to the effects of minoxidil.

Those who are suffering from hair loss may find themselves looking for an over-the-counter product that claims to restore your hair, but you should make sure to do some research on the products before using them and find out what the side effects are.  It is also good to look at topical and oral solutions and discuss which might work best for you with a hair loss physician.  It is also important to remember that a hair transplant is the only permanent solution to hair loss.

If you would like to learn more about what hair loss treatments would be a good solution for you, 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 you Have a Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can you Have a Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Many women and most men will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life and in fact, it is believed that 50% of men will have some degree of androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) by the time they turn 50.  Since there are so many patients who will want to find a solution for their hair loss, there have been great advances in the hair restoration field throughout the years.

One of the treatments that is becoming more and more popular is scalp micropigmentation. Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical hair loss treatment option in which natural pigments are applied at the epidermis level of the scalp in order to replicate the appearance of hair follicles or strands. Scalp Micropigmentation delivers very realistic and natural looking results that replicate the natural patterns of any hair you have remaining by applying several layers of pigment and varying the depth and angle of them.

Scalp Micropigmentation is a very popular treatment option for both men and women because they are able to get instant results, experience very little pain and have little to no downtime.  Even though Scalp Micropigmentation does not actually restore your hair, it is great at hiding any hair loss you are experiencing.

Another option for those suffering from hair loss is a hair transplant, which is a surgical procedure that is the only permanent solution for hair loss.  This procedure will take a few hours and afterwards, there will be a bit of redness, some minor swelling and some scabbing where the hair was transplanted.  This will usually clear up within a week.

Many people are opting to combine these treatments in order to reap the benefits that they each offer.

Getting Scalp Micropigmentation before having a hair transplant surgery

It is normally recommended that young men do not get a hair transplant surgery until they are older, since their hair loss pattern is not very likely to be well established and it is essential that only permanent hair follicles that are not affected by androgenetic alopecia down the road are transplanted.

However, young men can get Scalp Micropigmentation, and this may be an excellent option for young men who are unhappy with their current state of hair loss and are looking for a solution.  If further hair loss occurs, you may need to have another treatment eventually and getting a hair transplant surgery is a viable option since there will not be any damage to your hair follicles or to your scalp.

Getting Scalp Micropigmentation after having a hair transplant surgery

There are some patients who had a hair transplant years ago and are looking to hide the scars from their surgery.  This happens often for men who had the old-fashioned FUT “strip” surgery that left behind long and very apparent scars on the back of their head.  Scalp Micropigmentation allows for these scars to be camouflaged, which can help to restore self-confidence.

Combining Scalp Micropigmentation and a hair transplant

When patients have a hair transplant, there is only a certain amount of follicles that are able to be transplanted and this number can be further reduced if there is only a small donor area.  After the hair transplant, Scalp Micropigmentation can help to enhance the appearance of the hair’s density.

If you would like to learn more about what hair loss treatments would be a good solution for you, 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 Children Experience Hair Loss?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Children Experience Hair Loss?

It is a fact that most men and women will experience some degree of hair loss at some point in their life, but when children start to experience severe hair loss, it is a sign that something is not quite right.  Usually, if a child is experiencing hair loss it is either a symptom of a medical condition or it can be an indication that the child is experiencing some emotional strain.  Below are the most common causes of hair loss in children:

Tinea capitis

Tinea capitis is the most common cause of hair loss for children.  It is a type of ringworm that attacks the hair and it also causes lesions to develop on the scalp.  This is a highly contagious fungal infection that children can contract.  The treatment for tinea capitis will be determined by a doctor and will depend on the species of the fungus, the degree of inflammation and for some patients, by the immunologic and nutritional status of the patient.

Trichotillomania

Unfortunately, some children can suffer from severe emotional strain, which can cause them to start pulling out their hair as a form of self-abuse.  Whether they are experiencing hardships at home or at school, some children use hair pulling as a way to deal with the problems.  If your child is suffering from hair loss, you should look to see where the thinning areas are on the head.  If they are mostly on the child’s dominant side, it may be an indication that they are pulling the hair out themselves.  You may also want to stop and think about any major stresses that your child may be dealing with and see if there are any ways to alleviate those stresses.

Alopecia areata

The belief is that alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition, which means the immune system in the body will start to attack itself.  This can cause hair follicles to fall out.  It is usually noticeable if the hair loss is caused by alopecia areata because the hair loss will happen suddenly and the hair loss will be in round or oval patches which are usually very smooth.

Although alopecia areata cannot be cured, patients can manage the condition with a few different treatment options.  If your child is suffering from alopecia areata, you should speak to a hair loss physician to see what your best options are for treatment.

Telogen effluvium

The scientific name for when your hair is in its resting phase of the hair growth cycle is telogen.  Telogen effluvium is a condition in which more of your hair roots are pushed prematurely into the resting phase.  For most children, only 10-15% of hair will be in the resting phase at any given time, but children who suffer from this condition may have all of their hairs in the resting phase at once.  This can cause a time where they will be completely bald.  Telogen effluvium is usually caused by a stressful event and once the stress is over, full hair growth will generally occur between 6 months to one year.

If you would like to learn more about what hair loss treatments would be a good solution for you, 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.

 


 

What is an Eyebrow Transplant?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Dr Yates

What is an Eyebrow Transplant?

Years ago, the style for eyebrows was to have brows that were very groomed and many people spent a lot of time and money waxing and plucking them.  Unfortunately for some people, as a result, they now suffer from thin and patchy eyebrows that have never fully filled in.  This can cause an unnatural appearance that some consider to be undesirable.  Eyebrow pencils can fill in the areas, but this can rub off or make give the eyebrows an unnatural appearance.  Some people are looking for another solution for their eyebrow dilemma and an eyebrow transplant may just be that solution.

Thousands of women suffer from very thin or over-plucked brows and with the current style being more natural and thicker, this can be problematic.  Some people are looking for a way to return their eyebrows to their natural state.  Previously, the options for correction were limited to drawing them in or waiting the painful amount of time until they grew back on their own.  However, there are other options that can give you instant results that are natural looking and aesthetically pleasing.

Serums

You can find a variety of serums on the market that will claim they can make your eyebrows grow more quickly.  These serums are applied at night and claim they can provide users with thicker and fuller eyebrows in just a few short weeks.  However, there is not much research to back these claims.

Cosmetic tattooing

Permanent makeup allows for people to achieve very natural looking results and this is providing people with solutions that were not available years ago.  However, you need to realize that this option is a permanent solution, so you will need to be sure that the eyebrow still you choose is one you are willing to keep for the rest of your life.  If the style changes again, you will not simply be able to pluck them into the new, desired shape.

Eyebrow transplant

An eyebrow transplant allows for people to have hair follicles transplanted to their eyebrows, just like if they experienced hair loss somewhere else.  Hair will still be transplanted from a donor area to the brow area, which is usually behind the ears.

Patients will be given a local anesthetic for the procedure and there will be very minimal downtime afterwards. The eyebrow hairs are transplanted individually, which allows for there to be no unattractive scarring.  Eyebrow transplants give patients immediate and permanent results.  Once the new hairs begin to grow, you might want to trim them down into the desired shape.

If you would like to learn more about eyebrow transplants or what other hair loss treatments would be a good solution for you, 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.