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Hair Loss Myths: Fact or Fiction?

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Hair Loss Myths: Fact or Fiction?

With so many people telling you different things, it can be hard to know what is true and what is false in terms of the causes of hair loss. There are a lot of old wives’ tales and you should make sure to know what the truth is so you do not purposefully avoid something you don’t need to.
A question that people commonly ask is if blow drying your hair can cause you to experience hair loss. The people who believe this may actually avoid drying their hair, but this is actually a myth. You cannot get hair loss by blow drying your hair, but if you blow dry your hair on a daily basis, you can dry out your hair which can cause damage and breakage. However, only the shaft of your hair is impacted when you dry your hair and not the actual hair follicles. You can absolutely still dry your hair, but may want to avoid using the highest heat setting.

Some people worry that if they wear a hat, they will cause hair loss. There are many reasons that people wear hats, whether it be a fashion statement or to cover up any thinning or balding hair. Unless you are wearing a hat that is too tight and is actually causing a loss of blood circulation to your scalp, you will not be causing any further hair loss. Hats can be worn as often as you like and you do not need to worry that it is causing any hair loss.

Another common question that people ask if is shampooing your hair every day will cause your hair loss to speedup. This is also a myth. The hair loss process will not be accelerated by using too much shampoo, but you can damage your hair shaft. Your hair can become greasy very quickly if you use too much shampoo. It is often advised that people should only wash their hair every other day to keep it healthy, but this will depend on the person.

Stress is known to have a lot of negative effects on our health and most likely you have heard that it can cause hair loss. This is actually true. However, hair loss that is associated with stress is usually only temporary and once the stress is assuaged, the hair growth will return to its normal rate.

Genetics and hair loss are said to be connected and many people want to know if heredity is causing their hair loss. This absolutely is a cause of hair loss for some people. Although not all cases of hair loss will be caused by genetics, this is a very common cause of hair loss for both men and women. Hair loss can be inherited from both your mother and father’s side of the family.

Hair loss can be an emotional and traumatic experience for both men and women. The good news is that there are many different hair loss treatments available. If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding 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.


Change Your Attitude, Keep Your Hair?

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Change Your Attitude, Keep Your Hair?

It has often been said that stress can cause your hair to turn gray, and although there is not necessarily hard proof of that, stress definitely is a main reason why so many people suffer from hair loss. There seems to be more and more stress on men and women these days and these growing levels of anxiety are causing more people to seek treatment for their hair loss.

So how exactly does stress cause hair loss? Fortunately, if you are only experiencing low levels of stress, you are not going to lose your hair because of it. Hair loss caused by stress comes from a larger stressful experience or incident.

There is also not just one factor of why stress can cause hair loss, but is actually a combination or several factors. When you are under a great deal of stress, your body produces more adrenaline and any excess adrenaline that your body does not use is converted into cholesterol. When you have raised levels of cholesterol, it increases your level of testosterone. For people with a sensitivity to testosterone, it can negatively impact their hair follicles.

Your immune system can suffer if you are feeling stress or anxiety, and this makes you more susceptible to getting an illness or an infection. This can impact your hair’s growth cycle, since the average person has 90% of their hair in the growing cycle, which will usually last a few years before it goes into a resting stage and then falls out. On average, people lose 100 hairs each day, but if your hair’s growing cycle is disrupted, it can cause more hairs than usual to go into the resting phase, and can also cause a lot of hair to fall out all at once. This will usually happen around 2 months after a stressful event or an illness.

Most people who suffer from this type of hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, only experience temporary hair loss and their hair will usually resume its normal growth cycle once they alleviate the cause of their stress. Once you have gotten rid of your stress, you should notice significant improvements in your overall health, in addition to your hair growth.

If you have already started to notice thinning hair or bald spots, if you continue to look at your hair in the mirror to check if it has gotten worse, you will only be adding to your stress. There are excellent hair loss treatments available that can restore your confidence, such as scalp micropigmentation.

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 you Have a Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by Dr. William 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.


Lupus, how does it affect your hair?

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. The inflammation caused by lupus may affect many different body systems, including your hair and skin.

Lupus attacks your immune system and healthy tissue. There is no known cause for lupus but genetics and environment can be potential triggers.

Discoid lupus is a chronic kind of lupus that directly attacks skin (including scalp). The lesions caused by discoid lupus develop as a red, inflamed patch with scaling and sometimes crusty appearance, in the scalp it causes the same combined with itchiness and flakiness.

Dealing with a lupus diagnosis can be hard and upsetting when dealing with physical appearance changes. Lupus doesn’t directly cause hair loss but the inflammation and irritation caused to skin can trigger hair loss, also the stress of dealing with lupus can cause hair thinning or loss.

Discoid lupus, is one of the top causes of alopecia but if caught and treated early, the outcome can be positive. While not two cases of lupus are the same, only a doctor can recommend what would be the best course of treatment for each patient. When treating patients we strive for:

  1. Hair Retention
  2. Improve quality of hair
  3. Potential regrowth

In order to retain hair, we use:

– PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment. Blood is taken from the patient and put in a centrifuge machine to separate the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells, the platelet rich plasma is then injected in the scalp (previously numbed) to allow for natural cell regeneration. PRP increases development of blood vessels, which in turn promote hair retention and in some patients growth.

– Propecia. This is recommended for male patients experiencing genetic male pattern balding.

– Laser Therapy. Low level laser light is used to stimulate hair follicles, in this process photons are irradiated into the scalp to be absorbed by weak cells, this in turn improves blood circulation and energizes the cells within the follicles which allows for the follicles to work more efficiently and effectively in producing hair.

To treat hair and scalp, Dr. Yates has a haircare line dedicated to scalp health and to help with hair health. Our Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo is the best course of action to detox your scalp, this helps remove build up of products and resets the PH levels of the hair. Using our Thickening Shampoo and our Thickening Serum make the hair strong and healthy.

We have a whole line of products that are dedicated to heal, detox and nourish your hair and scalp.

We also have options to potentially re-grow hair, these therapies are recommended on an individual basis after Dr. Yates assesses your scalp. The results vary patient to patient and are only performed upon carefully determining if the patient is a candidate.

– Hair Transplant. Doctor Yates uses the Follicular Unit Extraction method (FUE), this state of the art technology in hair transplantation method leaves minimal scaring and natural results.

– Scalp Micro Pigmentation. This is medical grade hairline pigmentation of the scalp where organic pigments are applied at the epidermal level of the scalp to give the illusion of real hair follicles or in some cases the illusion of hair density.

At Dr. Yates LifeStyle Med, our commitment is to give each patient the best quality of care while providing support through all the stages of lupus. While there is no known cure, there are available treatments to prevent further hair loss. We are located in Chicago and have patients traveling to us from all over the world to receive the highest standard of care. Give us a call at 312-261-0872 or visit us at http://dryateshairscience.com

The 411 on Hair Loss and Treatment Options

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

The 411 on Hair Loss and Treatment Options

Hair loss is a problem for millions of men and women throughout the world. Men and women experience different degrees of hair loss and their hair loss can be caused by many different reasons. The most common type of hair loss is male pattern baldness, and an estimated 90% of men will experience it by the time they are 50 years old.

 

So what causes hair loss? As previously stated, male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss that men suffer from. When men have male pattern baldness, they have a genetic sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and the hair follicles that are sensitive to it begin to shrink, which shortens their lifespan dramatically. Over time, the follicles that were affected will stop growing new hair completely.

 

Other causes of hair loss include diet, environmental factors, symptoms of illnesses or hormonal changes. The only permanent solution for hair loss is hair transplantation surgery, since that is the only hair loss solution that can completely restore a full head of hair and give you back your hairline.

 

There are some misunderstandings that people have about hair loss and many believe that hair loss comes from the mother’s side of the family. This is not true. Baldness is inherited, but it comes from both your mother and your father’s genes. Another misconception is that hair loss will stop eventually as you get older. The truth is that hair loss will not stop, but will actually get worse as you get older, since it is a progressive condition.

 

Luckily for those afflicted with hair loss, there are different treatment options available, depending on the extent and cause of hair loss. There are treatments that have been shown to slow down the hair loss process and some treatments even help to regrow hair that has been lost. Both Propecia and Rogaine are commonly used as a non-surgical treatment, since they can be effective in slowing down hair loss and helping men and women to regrow some hair. However, in order for these treatments to be successful, you have to be at a mild to moderate stage of hair loss.

There are also laser treatments available to help the hair follicles to regenerate. This is a great option for some people since it is not as intensive. However, this is a treatment that will need to be kept up with in order to maintain results.

 

Since male pattern baldness is genetic, there is no way to prevent it. All you can do is slow down the extent of the hair loss, but it cannot be reversed. If you are in an advanced stage of hair loss, the only permanent solution would be to have hair restoration surgery. A hair loss expert will be able to determine if this would be the best course of treatment for you.

 

Hair restoration has become increasingly popular for both men and women. In this procedure, healthy hair will be taken from a donor area and will be transplanted to areas that have thinning hair or areas that have no hair. These hair grafts will each have 1-4 hairs in them. In order to be a candidate for this treatment, you will need to have sufficient healthy hair in a donor area. The results from this procedure are natural looking hair that are permanent.

 

A hair loss expert will help determine what has caused your hair loss and will be able to discuss your hair loss treatment options. If you are considering treatment for your hair loss, contact a hair loss expert in order to get the most accurate and best information possible to help you make your decision.


How Often Should You Really Shampoo Your Hair?

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

How Often Should You Really Shampoo Your Hair?

 

The “no-poo” movement is in full swing. It seems like just about everyone is raving about the benefits of cutting shampoo out of their regimen. But is there really any science to back it up? Is it something that can benefit everybody?

 

First off, while everyone’s hair is different and requires different care, no one should need to wash their hair every single day. Washing too often can actually do more harm than good because it can dry out your scalp causing it to produce excess oil.
There are several factors which will affect how oily your hair will get whether or not you’re washing with shampoo:

  • Skin type: If your skin and hair are normal to dry (think about which moisturizer you use), you probably only need to wash it a couple times a week. If you have a greasy scalp, you likely need to wash your hair more often.
  • Hair texture: Texture affects how quickly sebum coats your hair. Coarse or curly hair slows down the spread of oil, so if you have hair like this you may only need to shampoo once a week. On the other hand, people with fine, straight hair will likely need to shampoo twice a week or more.
  • Styling: Another thing to consider is amount of styling and treating your hair goes through. Processed or damaged hair doesn’t need to be washed as often.
  • Age: As we grow older, our hair changes and makes care a little more complicated. Grey or curly hair need moisture. Oily hair, doesn’t need much. Thinning hair can be caused by clogged pores, so washing becomes more necessary to prevent further loss.

 

It may also be the case that you prefer your hair when it’s freshly washed or has a few days to thicken up. Since the optimal system will be different for everybody, the best practice is to try out different washing routines or check with a haircare specialist to settle on one that’s right for you.


Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Hairline?

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Hairline?

 

There are many things that have been linked to having healthy hair, including diet, exercise, caffeine intake, not smoking, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, avoiding excessive heat and harsh chemicals and choosing gentle hair care products. The latest thing that has been linked to healthy hair is your oral health.

 

New research is suggesting that you may be able to fight hair loss just by having a good and regular oral care routine. That’s right; new research shows that you may be able to fight losing your hair just by brushing your teeth on a regular basis.

 

There has been new research conducted by the US National Institute of Health in Maryland and they carried out a study in which it was found that dental cavities are caused by mutations in keratin, which is a protein that is a main structural constituent of hair. Since keratin is a structural protein, it is essential and is a building block for making the outer layer of the skin and is an essential structural component of our hair.

 

Dr. Oliver Duverger led this study and the research that was conducted found a link between the keratin mutations in the enamel in your teeth that causes cavities to have a similar ‘abnormal structure’ to those that cause hair to become weak. In other words, Dr. Duverger’s research found that the breakdown that is found in your hair and tooth decay is caused by the same mutations in the keratin proteins.

 

The Daily Express featured an article in which Dr. Duverger said, “Functional analyses revealed that mutations in hair keratins result in altered enamel structure and reduced enamel micro-hardness.”

 

So how exactly does this happen? The hair shaft on human hair is mainly comprised of keratin protein, which is also what is found in tooth enamel. The study that Dr. Duverger conducted studied both humans and mice and he first was looking at the presence and function of a specific set of hair keratins that are in the enamel. His research showed that the keratins were missing the ‘DLX3 chemical,’ which is in charge of regulating the way the protein is synthesized and modified in the body.

 

The research that was conducted also made a connection between the epithelium keratin that is in hair with the same that is in tooth enamel. What this means is that the keratins that are in our hair are also essential building components of enamel in our teeth. If you are suffering from a keratin mutation that is causing tooth decay, it can also cause you to have hair weakness, and eventually, hair loss.

 

If you have good oral hygiene, you may just postpone or prevent hair loss for a little longer. It is important that you are brushing your teeth and flossing every day. Not only will you have a brighter smile, but you may have better hair too.

 

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.


Yates Hair Science Group features ARTAS robotics

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Yates Hair Science Group is owned and managed by Dr. William Yates, MD, hair loss expert and board-certified hair restoration surgeon. Apart from well-known treatments like Rogaine and Propecia, Yates Hair Science Group also offers non-surgical treatments like laser light and platelet-rich plasma therapy.

 

Yates Hair Science Group focuses solely on hair restoration, scalp micro-pigmentation, and hair styling for thinning hair. Yates Hair Science Group is also one of the few select centers in the world that uses the ARTAS robotic hair transplant system, a machine that uses an algorithm to target robust hairs in their growing stage for extraction and implantation. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia.

 

The hair or follicular units are harvested individually or punched from the back of the scalp. The hairs are then stored in Hypothermosol and ATPv to ensure protection and survival of the grafts until they can be transplanted to the balding area.

 

Yates Hair Science Group is recognized as an ARTAS Center of Clinical Excellence and is frequently sought out by patients from all over the globe. For those who want access to the services of the group, a travel concierge makes the necessary arrangements to make sure patients’ trips, procedures and follow-up care are taken care of.

Alopecia Areata and Your Health

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Alopecia Areata and Your Health

Alopecia areata is a common disease which targets hair follicles, usually causing hair to fall out in small, smooth, round quarter-sized patches. It affects over four million people in America. The amount of hair loss experienced depends on the person, and the disease rarely leads to complete hair loss on the affected area, generally on the head, face, or body.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease which can affect anyone and often reveals itself in childhood. Because autoimmune diseases prevent the body from shielding itself from infection and disease, the immune system begins to attack even the healthy parts of the body. In the case of alopecia, the immune system attacks a person’s hair follicles.

 

There is no way to prevent alopecia from occurring, but there are ways to manage the condition, which you will find below:

 

Alopecia Areata and Your Health

If you have alopecia areata, it is best to make an appointment with your dermatologist to properly diagnose your problem and discuss treatment options. Here is some general information about the disease to consider before seeing your doctor.

 

This disease is not contagious and those affected with alopecia are generally in good health in many other ways. Alopecia areata will not cause you to feel pain, it does not make you feel ill, and it does not prevent you from living a perfectly normal life.

 

However, dealing with hair loss can present its challenges in terms of self-image and confidence. Understanding the disease and reaching out to others with alopecia for support and advice will help you cope with the hair loss while you learn to value yourself and your life regardless of having alopecia areata.

 

Will My Hair Grow Back?

While your hair may grow back, there is also a chance of losing it again. Some people lose more hair than others and some people may never see hair growth, while others have total hair growth over time. Symptoms really vary case-by-case. While there is no cure for this disease, there are medically approved and effective treatments that may help the hair grow back.
Certain medical treatments stimulate hair growth, though they cannot prevent further hair loss or cure the disease. You can contact a hair loss specialist to discuss therapies, such as steroid injections or creams.

 

Coping With Alopecia Areata

There are also some things within your control to reduce discomforts or dangers of hair loss, such as using protective sunscreen on your scalp, face, and other exposed skin, wearing sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun and dust, and wearing hats or scarves to protect your head.

 

What About the Emotional Outcomes of Alopecia?

This disease affects everyone differently, in terms of physical, mental, and emotional impacts. Those affected with alopecia areata can feel completely alone, even isolating close family and friends, leaving everyone feeling helpless and frustrated.

 

Commonly, alopecia areata patients respond to the disease in some of the following ways:
Feeling alone and isolated
Feeling of loss and grief
Guilt, blame, or embarrassment
Worry that others will find out about their disease
Sadness or depression
Hopelessness
Discomfort in having to wear a wig, scarf, or hat
You can cope with the feelings of shame and anger about the disease by understanding that you are not alone. You can learn about the disease and reach out to others for a supportive network.
If that is not enough, many alopecia areata patients find comfort through counseling where they learn to work through their feelings and develop coping skills. You can contact your physician for a referral to a mental health professional.

Easy Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Posted on: April 17th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Easy Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

There are many men and women who will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life. Some of them will fortunately be able to regrow the hair that was lost, but as we continue to get older, the amount of hair that regrows will slow down and will stop altogether at some point. Heredity is a big contributing factor to how much hair can be regrown and for how long that hair will continue to grow.

Hair loss is typically more problematic for men than women and genetics are the biggest determination to how severe the hair loss will be. Losing your hair can happen at any age and there are many different reasons why people experience hair loss, including:

 

  • Anxiety
  • Environmental factors
  • Excessive use of heat/chemicals
  • Heredity
  • Pollution
  • Stress

 

Although you cannot actually “cure” baldness, you are able to do things that will keep your hair as healthy as possible for as long as possible. The first easy way to have healthy hair is to eat healthy. Your hair is made up of proteins and a diet that is healthy and well balanced can cause your hair to be healthier. When you eat a healthy combination of fruits, vegetables, eggs, whole grains, nuts and fish, you are giving your hair the best chance at being strong too. It is also recommended that you eat some foods that are rich in protein and fatty acids.

 

Making sure that you drink enough water is another way to keep your hair strong and shiny. When you are dehydrated, it can cause your hair to become brittle, dull and it will be more prone to breakage. Water really is the best drink for healthy hair and you should try to cut down on the amount of sugar and caffeine that you drink, since both of those cause you to be more dehydrated.

When you apply a great deal of heat and chemicals to your hair, you can cause great harm. Excessive blow drying, straightening, curling and dying of your hair will make your hair brittle and your hair will lose its strength. In addition, you should choose a shampoo and conditioner that will be gentle on your hair and scalp.

 

There are numerous benefits to getting a good night of sleep, and healthy hair is one of them. When you get a good 8 hours of sleep at night, your body gets more energy, which in turn allows your body to be able to provide nourishment and strength to your hair. Sleep also helps people to get rid of their stress, which is extremely beneficial since stress is a contributing factor to hair loss.

Many people are afraid that they need to incorporate vigorous exercise in order to reap the benefits from it. However, incorporating walks into your daily routine can help your hair to stay healthy and it may actually promote hair growth. Walking helps to increase your blood circulation, including the circulation on your scalp, and this increases the flow of important nutrients to your hair.

 

Although there is not a way to cure baldness, by incorporating these tips, you can help your hair to stay as healthy as possible.