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Yates Hair Science Group features ARTAS robotics

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Dr 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 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 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.


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.


Can Hair Loss Be Caused By Sleeping on One Side?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 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 prefer to sleep on a particular side and might worry that their hair rubbing on their pillow all night could lead to hair loss. Some people worry that they may be reducing the blood circulation on that side, which could potentially deprive it from blood flow and essential nutrients.

This is a valid concern, especially because many people notice that it 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, so our go-to sleeping position isn’t something we need to worry about.

Adult hair follicles are pre-programmed to grow and shed in a certain manner. The way you choose to sleep does not have an impact on hair loss, whether you sleep on your side, back, or stomach. Although there are many factors that cause hair loss, sleeping is simply not one of them.
Hair loss is typically genetic, but 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. The truth is that 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 ultimately stop growing. Hair affected by this is usually on the top of the head and on the front of the head.

Because our culture is very focused on appearance, hair loss sufferers will usually try 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.


How Much Hair Will I Lose?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

How Much Hair Will I Lose?

Most people who are not experiencing hair loss shed between 50 to 100 hairs every day. This loss goes mostly unnoticed because the average person has roughly 100,000 hairs on their head. For most adults, though, thinning or significant loss of hair does become a problem at some point in their lives.

Some see their hair start to thin in their early twenties while others are in the clear until much later. The timing and severity really depend on your genetic makeup and the way you care for your hair along with a number of other factors. When many people begin losing their hair, they will likely start to wonder just how much they will lose and what they can do to prevent further loss.

There are a number of reasons people lose their hair and a number of types of hair loss that different people experience. For this reason, it is difficult to determine how much hair you might lose or why your hair is falling out.

Some of the more common hair loss conditions are:

  • Pattern baldness: This condition, for both men and women, is genetic. This type of hair loss is virtually unavoidable, but it typically occurs slowly, taking between 15-25 years to reach full baldness.
  • Effluviums: These are hair loss conditions in which there is a change in the number of hair follicles growing hair. Thre are a couple types of effluvium, which occur over different amounts of time and cause moderate to complete hair loss.
  • Other types of hair loss include Alopecia Areata and Congenital Hypotrichosis, which both cause a complete cessation of hair growth.

In order to determine exactly why you are losing your hair and how much you might lose without treatment, it is important to consult an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates. Your hair loss expert will be able to explain all of your issues and suggest the most effective treatment option for your unique circumstances.

Can Eating Salty Food Cause Hair Loss?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Can Eating Salty Food Cause Hair Loss?

In the United States, the average person will consume 3,435 milligrams of salt every 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.

When salt is consumed in massive quantities, it can be toxic to your hair because salt deposits builds up around your hair follicles. This build-up can block important nutrients from entering your hair follicles. When your hair follicles are deprived of these nutrients, it can slowly cause hair loss to occur.

Americans generally have a diet that is sodium rich because sodium is found in so many of the foods that we eat. From fries to chips, soups, canned foods and crackers, 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 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 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. It 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 and 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.


Simple Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Simple Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Many men and women 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 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 factor in the severity of hair loss. Losing your hair can happen at any age and it can happen as a result of many different factors, 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 keeping up with a healthy and well-balanced diet can make your hair 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 dyeing 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.

Is There A Solution To Male Pattern Baldness?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Is There A Solution To Male Pattern Baldness?

Many men develop male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia (AGA), as they age. This is the most common type of hair loss for men, caused by a genetic sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can cause hair follicles to shrink – shortening their lifespan and eventually causing them to stop growing new hair altogether.

Androgenetic alopecia affects more than half of the entire male population over age 50, and nearly 50% of all women over age 65. It is not restricted to older adults, though, it frequently also affects younger adults as well. Signs and symptoms of this type of baldness include a receding hairline and hair loss on the crown of the head.

There is no real cure for pattern baldness, but there are a number of different treatment options available, depending on the extent and cause of hair loss.

Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatment Options:
Some people are not comfortable with or are not eligible for surgery, makes non-surgical procedures a better choice. There are a wide variety of these types of procedures to choose from:

Topical solutions like Propecia or Rogaine are commonly used to slow down hair loss and helping 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.

Other products like Dr. Yates’ Keratin Protein Hair Fibers work to camouflage thinning hair, stimulating hair growth, making existing hair appear fuller, and guarding against further hair loss.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that involves the use of lasers to stimulate hair follicles with cool laser light. This treatment has been shown to improve follicle health, function, and vitality.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a treatment during which a patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, which are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.

Scalp Micropigmentation is a tattoo-like treatment during which a hair loss physician places pigment on the scalp to create the appearance of real hair follicles. This procedure can be used to supplement other procedures by recreating hairlines, adding the appearance of density to thinning areas, and covering unsightly scars.

Surgical Hair Loss Treatment:
Since male pattern baldness is genetic, there is really no way to prevent it. Without taking surgical measures, you can slow down the extent of the hair loss, but it cannot be reversed. If your hair loss is in an advanced stage, the only permanent solution would be to undergo hair restoration surgery.

The most effective method of hair restoration surgery is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). For this procedure, 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.

In order to be a candidate for this treatment, you will need to have a sufficient amount of healthy hair in a donor area. Surgical hair restoration procedures can be costly, but they are incredibly effective and equally as important – permanent.