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FUE Services at Yates Hair Science Group

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Dr Yates

FUE Services at Yates Hair Science Group

Yates Hair Science Group in Chicago, led by hair transplant surgeon Dr. William Yates, provides a number of options for dealing with hair loss. Yates Hair Science Group services include follicular unit extraction (FUE).

FUE is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat hair loss. Dr. Yates has so much faith in the FUE process that he performs no other hair restoration procedures.

The FUE procedure begins with the administration of a localized anesthetic followed by the harvesting of individual hair follicles from the back of the scalp. The procedure is further enhanced through the use of ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System support. ARTAS allows hair transplant surgeons to use computerized, handheld devices to carefully punch out and preserve each hair follicle.

The FUE process is often favorably compared to the traditional method of strip harvesting, which painfully removes a strip of skin and hair, even taking weakened follicles that cannot be effectively transplanted. To learn more about FUE and other transplant options, visit Yates Hair Science Group online at dryateshairscience.com.


Fight Hair Loss With Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Fight Hair Loss With Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

More and more people, even celebrities, are taking advantage of the benefits of state of the art hair transplant procedures like FUE. If you are seeking relief from your hair loss, look to an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates for information! Dr. Yates will take the time to understand your individual problems and point you toward new methods of hair transplantation which can provide you with a great- and natural-looking full head of hair without the risk of large, painful cuts or ugly scarring.
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What is FUE?

Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is a procedure in which individual follicular units are harvested or punched from the back of the scalp and transplanted back into the problematic balding areas of the head. Current technology allows hair loss physicians to choose only the most viable follicles for extraction, so they can avoid making a painful cut and transplanting entire strips of hair.

Dr. Yates has mastered the artistic ability to create natural-looking hairlines and achieve ideal levels of hair density. The key is using micro-incisions to create sites to place each individual follicular unit, which will grow into a natural, undetectable pattern over the year following the procedure.

There are several instruments for your physician to choose from when performing FUE. He will make that decision based on the state of an individual’s hair loss and its actual causes in order to achieve optimal results. Dr. Yates has been performing FUE exclusively for over 6 years and is considered one of the best FUE surgeons in the nation. Current technology allows the hair restoration surgeon to choose only the most viable follicles for extraction. This eliminates the traditional cut, pain and large linear scar associated with older methods.

Will I Be A Good Candidate?

Though hair transplants are an elective procedure, there are some basic criteria a patient should meet to ensure that they will be a good candidate for a surgical solution like FUE.
Some of These Criteria Include:

  • A diagnosis of androgenetic alopecia or another condition that will respond well to a hair transplant

Can Children Experience Hair Loss?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 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.


Can Scarring From A Bad Hair Transplant Be Removed?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Can Scarring From A Bad Hair Transplant Be Removed?

If you have undergone hair transplant surgery that utilized outdated methods like plugs or mini-grafts, you may be experiencing long-term problems like unsightly scars. A repair may be needed if improper techniques were used, if the procedure was not planned well or if the patient was not a good candidate for a hair transplant.
Dr. Yates can use one of several methods to correct the appearance of a poor scar depending on your individual circumstances. He can help give you the results you wanted the first time around.

Follicular Unit Transplantation

The outdated method of hair transplantation surgery, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), involved removing part of the patient’s scalp from the back of their head, given to technicians who manually dissect each individual follicular unit, and the units would then be transplanted back into the scalp.
This procedure was very invasive and the process required the patient to have stitches or staples to close the wound properly. Recovery time for this surgery would generally take a few weeks and patients were likely to experience numbness, scalp tightness and persistent pain. They also were at risk of having an obvious linear scar on their head. If a patient developed these scars after undergoing FUT, the scars could be seen if they chose to wear their hair closely cropped or cut.

Follicular Unit Extraction

Luckily, a new method of hair transplantation has been developed, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). This procedure is much less invasive than FUT because follicular units are individually harvested from the donor site. The Physician has several instruments to choose from and will make that decision based on the patient’s individual circumstances with achieving optimal results in mind.
With FUE, the physician has the ability to choose only the most viable follicles for extraction, so they can avoid making a painful cut and transplanting entire strips of hair. This procedure eliminates the need for stitches and the risk of scarring.

How does Dr. Yates fix scars?

If you have already received a hair transplant that has resulted in scarring, Dr. Yates can provide a number of solutions. He can use the FUE technique to transplant hair into the scar area. He has experienced successful graft survival and given patients dramatic results to improve their appearance. He will occasionally recommend scalp tattooing or permanent pigmentation in combination with FUE to further conceal the appearance of a scar. Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) could also be an option.

What About Other Issues Related to a Bad Procedure?

There are many problems you may be experiencing if your initial transplant was not performed properly. Thankfully, Dr. Yates can perform a number of different hair transplant repair procedures to resolve each one. He can remove large plugs and transplant individual follicular units back onto the scalp in a way that will give them a more natural look. Cortisone injections may also be an option for those who have a raised scar.


What is the Recovery Time for Scalp Micropigmentation?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

What is the Recovery Time for Scalp Micropigmentation?

The most exciting part of getting a hair loss treatment is being able to see results and getting back to your daily routine. How long you will need to wait will depend on which type of hair loss procedure you decided on. There are some treatments that will take four months or longer in order to start to see signs of the treatment’s success. Scalp micropigmentation, however, offers patients one of the quickest recovery periods and very fast results.

Scalp micropigmentation was derived from the art of tattooing, a crude procedure that was used years ago. Technology has dramatically improved this procedure, and the enhancements have helped to develop this new technical procedure that is very precise in its implementation. Scalp micropigmentation is different from the old tattoo treatment and is no longer just considered to be a work of art. Scalp micropigmentation is a camouflaging agent that gives the appearance of having hair and is a viable option even for those who are completely bald.

Scalp micropigmentation allows for patients to be treated for their hair loss in a relaxed and comfortable manner and is an excellent hair loss solution. Before getting treated, any existing hair will need to be shaved off so the hair loss physician will have an unobstructed view of the scalp. Different pigments will then be layered on the scalp to provide the most natural looking results. The patient may experience some minor discomfort throughout the procedure, but many patients said they became used to the sensation during treatment.

Each scalp micropigmentation treatment session will take about three hours and most patients will need at least two sessions in order to obtain the desired results. A week after treatment, patients will be asked to come back in order to be checked. A week will allow for the pigments to settle and fade and will provide a more accurate depiction of the results. The physician will also be able to determine how they should layer the next set of pigments on the patient’s scalp.The wounds also have time to heal when a week is left in between treatment sessions. The pigments are injected directly into the scalp, which will cause small perforations on the surface. This is usually painless, or only mildly uncomfortable, but scabs will form on the scalp. This is a good indication that the inks have been able to penetrate deep enough under the epidermis.

An entire week is allocated for patients to recover and protocol says that the full week should be given for patients to experience a full recovery. However, the redness should subside within 2-3 days and the scabs will usually come off on the fifth or sixth day. The pigments will look pretty dark right after treatment, but they should lighten up by the end of the week. The hair pattern that is then seen may not be exactly what was expected, but this will be corrected in the next treatment session. The initial design will come into effect by the end of treatment and once the pigments have held up for a month after the last treatment, final approval will be given.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about scalp micropigmentation, 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 Eating Certain Foods Combat Hair Loss?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Can Eating Certain Foods Combat Hair Loss?

It is very likely that you will experience hair loss at some point in your life because hair loss is experienced by most men and women. Nobody wants to lose their hair, which is why the hair loss solution market has so many different products available that promise to slow down the hair loss process and make your hair appear thicker. However, these products are not the best solution for everybody and there may be an easier and cheaper way to fight hair loss.
When women lose their hair, it is most likely due to stress, hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiency and changing your diet may be able to help with hair loss due to these reasons. Below are foods that may help you avoid losing your hair.

Spinach

Spinach is good for you for many reasons, since it is rich in vitamins and minerals, and helps to promote a healthy digestive tract. It is also good for avoiding hair loss, since having an iron deficiency is one of the biggest causes of hair loss. Eating food that is rich in iron, such as spinach, helps to keep your hair in-tact and your follicles healthy. Other iron-rich foods are red meat and broccoli.

Fish

Eating fish has many health benefits, since it is a low-fat protein. In order for our hair to grow and remain healthy, we need to have magnesium, which is a nutrient found in many different kinds of fish, such as halibut. If you do not have enough magnesium in your diet, it can cause your hair to fall out. If you eat a diet that is rich in fish, you may be able to avoid hair loss.

Nuts

We are often told that nuts are good for us, since they are full of good fats and they release energy at a slow rate, which helps you to feel full for longer. They also contain a lot of oil, which is a great benefit for your hair. If you do not have enough oil in your diet, your hair can become dry and brittle and will be more prone to breakage. The oils in nuts help to build up the elastin in your hair and promotes healthy hair growth.

Eggs/Yogurt

Vitamin D is important for keeping your hair healthy, and eggs and yogurt are a great source of it. Vitamin D helps to reduce stress and depression, and since stress is related to hair loss, this is a great way to help your hair. Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is an excellent source of vitamin D and vitamin B5, which helps to keep your hair strong and healthy, and less likely to fall out.

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.


Prevent Hair Loss with These Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Prevent Hair Loss with These Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Your hair can be a great source of pride and an essential part of feeling self-confident about your appearance. Unfortunately, most men and women will suffer from some degree of hair loss at some point in their life, making them feel less confident. Those who are worried about the appearance of their hair may turn to certain shampoos or conditioners that boast added vitamins and minerals in order to give hair a healthy boost in growth.
However, the best way to make sure these products are effective, you should already have the appropriate levels of these vitamins and minerals in your body. The best way to do this is to have a healthy and well-balanced diet that contains a variety of vitamin and mineral-rich foods. If you find that there are certain vitamins or minerals that you are lacking in your diet, there are numerous multi-vitamin supplements on the market that you can take.

The following six vitamins and minerals have been shown to help keep your hair healthy and aid in the prevention of hair loss:

Biotin

Biotin has become increasingly recognized for supplementing hair growth and is infused into many different hair products. Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin, which means your body cannot store it. This means you need to ingest it daily in order to reap its benefits. Many different foods contain biotin, including chicken, cheese, almonds, yogurt, liver, meat and oily fish such as salmon and tuna.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are water-soluble vitamins that can help to prevent hair loss. Like biotin, its water-solubility means you need to ingest it every day in order to reap its benefits. Foods rich in vitamin B include salmon, dark green leafy vegetables and seaweed.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient that is found in certain foods. It has a role in supplying our scalp with oxygen-infused blood that promotes hair growth and is also critical to iron absorption. It also boosts collagen, which is a protein that fights off the free radicals that have an adverse effect on the growth of hair as well as its thickness and texture.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has many health benefits, including promoting healthy growth in hair follicles. Many people are able to get vitamin D from the sun, but there are also supplements you can take. Eating eggs, fortified cereal, and oily fish can also help.

Iron

Iron is a very important mineral for promoting hair growth. Foods rich in iron should be incorporated into your diet including red meat, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, dark chocolate, sun dried tomatoes and whole wheat pasta. Drinking a glass of orange juice with these foods will help to facilitate the absorption of the iron into your system.

Omega Oils

Omega oils help alleviate dry scalps, increase your hair’s elasticity, and promote hair growth. They are essential fatty acids, but our bodies do not naturally produce them so it is important to incorporate them into our diet by eating oily fish, whole grain cereals and fresh seeds.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding and 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 let you know what your options are for treatment.


How Can Stem Cell Therapy Bring Back My Hair?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

How Can Stem Cell Therapy Bring Back My Hair?

Hair loss is a problem for about 80 million people around the world. Men are more likely to experience hair loss than women (around 90% are afflicted with some type of hair loss by the time they are 50 years old), but women are by no means unaffected by the problem. There are several causes and factors that influence hair loss, ranging from heredity to environmental influence to autoimmune disorders.

Stem cell therapy is used to treat and prevent many different diseases and ailments. Stem cells are unspecialized cells which can be altered to become specific types of cells with directed functions. They can be harvested from many different types of tissue, but in adults they are found in the largest concentrations in the bone marrow and fat tissue (adipose). Fat tissue holds many more stem cells than bone marrow and harvesting from it involves the least risk of doing so with any type of stem cell.

In the past several years, researchers and physicians have developed incredible new methods of using stem cells to treat hair loss in their patients. During the process, an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates harvests stem cells from the patient’s fat tissue and places them into a centrifuge system to concentrate and purify them. They then combine the cells with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and inject them directly into the patient’s scalp to stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss. This treatment provides even more benefits than PRP alone by replacing the lost layer of subcutaneous fat in the scalp where the hair follicle thrives.

Certain types of baldness will cause the scalp not to respond well to this type of therapy because follicle stem cells need a signal from the skin in order to grow hair, but an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates will be able to determine what type of treatment is right for you.


How Can Stem Cell Therapy Bring Back My Hair?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

How Can Stem Cell Therapy Bring Back My Hair?

Hair loss is a problem for about 80 million people around the world. Men are more likely to experience hair loss than women (around 90% are afflicted with some type of hair loss by the time they are 50 years old), but women are by no means unaffected by the problem. There are several causes and factors that influence hair loss, ranging from heredity to environmental influence to autoimmune disorders.

Stem cell therapy is used to treat and prevent many different diseases and ailments. Stem cells are unspecialized cells which can be altered to become specific types of cells with directed functions. They can be harvested from many different types of tissue, but in adults they are found in the largest concentrations in the bone marrow and fat tissue (adipose). Fat tissue holds many more stem cells than bone marrow and harvesting from it involves the least risk of doing so with any type of stem cell.

In the past several years, researchers and physicians have developed incredible new methods of using stem cells to treat hair loss in their patients. During the process, an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates harvests stem cells from the patient’s fat tissue and places them into a centrifuge system to concentrate and purify them. They then combine the cells with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and inject them directly into the patient’s scalp to stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss. This treatment provides even more benefits than PRP alone by replacing the lost layer of subcutaneous fat in the scalp where the hair follicle thrives.

Certain types of baldness will cause the scalp not to respond well to this type of therapy because follicle stem cells need a signal from the skin in order to grow hair, but an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates will be able to determine what type of treatment is right for you.


The Benefits of Shaving Your Head

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

The Benefits of Shaving Your Head

As men get older, they seem to spend more and more time thinking about hair loss. When men start to get thinning hair, they can work hard to keep it a secret. They might wear hats more oftenwhen they are not at work and they may be trying all different kinds of hair thickening and hair loss products. However, when they look in the mirror, they realize the hair thinning is not stopping and it’s only a matter of time before they are completely bald.

Obsession about trying to stop hair loss can happen for some men and they may begin spending a lot of money on different products to avoid further hair loss. It’s important to remember that you are not alone if you are suffering from hair loss! 25% of men will have hair loss by the time they are 30 and 60% will have hair loss in their 60’s.

There is no need to be embarrassed by hair loss and men should actually consider embracing it. Shaving your head just might be a good solution for you, especially if you are considering getting scalp micropigmentation, which works best for patients who have a closely-shaven scalp. Scalp micropigmentation is a medical hairline tattoo that is a great hair loss solution for men who are completely bald.

The thought of shaving your head can be scary and you may be worried about what others will think of you. Since hair loss is a progressive condition, many think it is better to just let the hair loss happen gradually, but some brave men decide to take the plunge and shave it all off. People are going to notice, but probably not in the way you would expect. You will probably notice men staring at your newly bald head, but it is most likely because they are dealing with hair loss too and you are giving them the confidence to follow suit. A shaved head can actually restore your self-confidence and make you happy with your appearance since you no longer have the worry of hiding your thinning hair.

You will also be giving yourself the gift of time if you shave your head. You no longer have to spend so much time every day applying hair thickening products and trying to find new remedies. You are no longer spending time going to the store or spending time researching the ingredients and trying to find the best products. The gift of time is truly a great gift and you no longer need to waste any time fighting your hair loss.

Money will go right back into your pocket if you shave your head because you are no longer dishing it out on hair loss shampoos, gels, lotions and topical solutions. You are no longer going to the doctor to get your prescription for Propecia. You are no longer buying new hats to wear on the weekends to cover your thinning hair. The only cost of shaving your head is the cost of a razor and a little foam.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding and you would like to learn more about scalp micropigmentation, 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.