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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.

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.


Do Hair Transplants Hurt?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Do Hair Transplants Hurt?

Hair loss experts are often asked if hair transplants are painful. A hair transplant involves removing healthy hair from a donor area and grafting it into an area that has thinning hair or no hair.

This type of procedure has been around for about 60 years, but the techniques and methods have continued to improve as technology has advanced, allowing it to become less painful and less invasive for patients.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

Do I need Surgical Hair Restoration?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Do I need Surgical Hair Restoration?

Due to the incredible advances in hair restoration technology over the past several decades, more and more people are seeking treatment for their hair loss. We have come a long way from outdated methods of the past like plugs and mini-grafts.

The most important thing to consider before seeking treatment is the fact that different people lose their hair in different amounts for different reasons, so there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. Consulting an experienced hair loss physician is the only sure way to be certain that you are setting out on the best path to hair restoration for your individual circumstances.

Your hair loss physician will take into account a number of specific factors, including your health, age, hair loss classification, lifestyle, and how committed you will be to the aftercare. Each treatment has its own pros & cons including cost and safety.

Non-Surgical Hair Restoration
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.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) uses lasers to stimulate hair follicles with cool laser light that has been shown to improve follicle health, function, and vitality.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) involves a patient’s blood being drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets to a specific concentration. The platelets are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.

Scalp Micro Pigmentation works almost like a tattoo to place 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.

Certain 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.

Surgical Hair Restoration
For some, surgical hair restorationis the best option. Surgical treatments can vary, but they are all elaborate and complex. During the procedure, hair follicles are transplanted into the scalp to facilitate healthy growth. Surgical hair restoration procedures can be costly, but they are effective and permanent.

For this type of procedure, it is extremely important to do your homework and learn about your physician’s experience, authority, and success rates. This is because of the potentially painful and unsightly side effects that can come about if the surgery is performed incorrectly.

Candidacy for Surgical Hair Restoration
Yates-Hair.jpgAlthough anyone may be a candidate for a hair transplant, there may be reasons to decide against it. For instance, because hair loss is a gradual process, younger people may encounter problems because they are unsure of the potential extent of their hair loss and may need follow-up procedures as they age.

During a consultation with a hair loss expert, they will determine your hair loss ‘classification’ by assessing how severe your hair loss is, which factors might have caused it, how much donor hair is available, and how a specific treatment method would align with your lifestyle.

As it is with any surgery, your physician will also want to make sure that you are well aware of all of the potential effects of the surgery and find out how committed you are to following their aftercare instructions. They will make sure you are setting realistic expectations for the outcome.


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.

American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery Offers Certifications

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Having recently relocated to a state-of-the-art facility in Chicago, Illinois, Yates Hair Science Group focuses on hair restoration and uses follicular unit extraction (FUE), a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can utilize robotics. Yates Hair Science Group was founded by Dr. William Yates, who is a board examiner with the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS).

The idea for the ABHRS began in 1995 when a group of speakers at a hair-replacement surgery seminar in Chicago determined there was a need for a certifying board in the field. The following year, the American Hair Loss Council (AHLC) invited physicians who performed restoration surgery to discuss the potential certification process. Out of these discussions, the ABHRS was formed.

In order for physicians to obtain certification, they must pass written and oral examinations, submit references, and provide a physician profile. In addition, they must meet specific criteria, depending upon which certification path they choose. The four paths include:

* Experience
* Fellowship
* Life Achievement
* Added Qualification

The next ABHRS certification process will be held in conjunction with the 25th world congress of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, which will take place on October 3, 2017, in Prague, Czech Republic. Certifications last for 10 years before requiring renewal.

Understanding Hair Loss in Women

Posted on: December 12th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Led by Dr. William Yates, the Yates Hair Science Group offers a full range of therapies at its new downtown Chicago office. The Yates Hair Science Group employs advanced techniques, such as follicular unit transplantation (FUT) in addressing issues of hair thinning and loss.

Affecting women as well as men, hair loss has a number of instigating reasons, including issues with anemia, weight, and thyroid-related hormonal imbalances. Low levels of iron and a poor diet can also result in hair loss, as can extended periods of stress.

Other causes of hair loss for women include childbirth and chemotherapy cancer treatments. The good news is that these types of hair loss are reversible, as the follicle itself is not compromised and can regenerate growth. Maintaining a balanced diet and a properly functioning endocrine system are essential to healthy hair volume.

Another female hair loss condition, androgenetic alopecia (AGA), a genetic predisposition of male hormones in the body, is not reversible. AGA involves gradual thinning over a period of years. Innovative approaches such as FUT allow restoration of volume with an entirely natural appearance.

Connections between American Leadership and a Full Head of Hair

Posted on: October 9th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Yates Hair Science Group is an Illinois company that undertakes a full range of surgical hair implantation procedures, including the leading edge follicular unit extraction approach. The Science Group is led by Dr. William Yates, who authored “Hair Matters: It Always Has and Always Will,” which is being prepared for publication.

For the founding fathers, long hair was the norm, as it conveyed a sense of authoritative leadership, and powdered wigs were worn by leaders such as George Washington. To this day, maintaining a full head of hair is seen as a strong indicator of vitality and fitness for leadership, as attested to by presidents from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. One of the very few exceptions to this rule was Dwight D. Eisenhower, a hero of the Second World War whose reputation for military leadership, rather than his hairline, launched him to the White House.

These observations about American leaders have been borne out by a number of psychological studies, including one measuring children’s perceptions as related to attributes of friendliness, attractiveness, and approachability. Shown pictures of people before and after restoration surgery, virtually every young survey participant selected the “after” picture with abundant hair as the better looking individual.

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Dr Yates

From Dr. William Yates book, “Hair Matters” – at the press now for publication

Hair Matters: It Always Has and Always Will

Of Politics and Presidents
Historical figures like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin wore their hair long to convey an image of leadership and to express their fashion sense. Revolutionary heroes such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton frequently wore powdered white wigs in public, a tradition still practiced by judges and barristers in British Courts, which were designed to portray positions of authority. In the United States today, the success of most politicians running for public office may be dictated by the presence of a candidate’s hair or the lack thereof. Hair framing the face conveys an image of youth, vitality, and strength. Take a look at photographs of Presidents Kennedy, Clinton, and Reagan whose faces were handsomely framed by a full head of hair, a subliminal message conveying growth under their leadership.

According to an article in the Huffington Post on November 6, 2012, only five men who have been follicularly challenged have been elected to serve as president of this great country, much to the chagrin of many bald men who have wanted to be president in the last 200 years. In fact, the last bald man to be elected president was the World War II hero, general Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952. I would venture to say, with some degree of certainty, that one could pick the outcome of any presidential election, assuming all other factors are equal among the candidates, on the quality and quantity of each candidate’s hair. Even those who are not of voting age perceive the importance of hair. In fact, an informal independent group survey was conducted by my staff asking two specific questions of children between the ages of 4 and 10. The survey was performed to ascertain a child’s perception of hair as it relates to a person’s approachability, friendliness, and attractiveness. Children were given before and after photographs of patients who had undergone hair restoration procedures. After reviewing the photographs, the children were asked their opinion regarding whether the patients looked more friendly, attractive, or approach-able before or after the surgery. Almost all the children indicated the patients looked more friendly, attractive, and approachable after a full head of hair had been restored. Clearly, children see hair as adding to a person’s perceived characteristics in terms of his or her appearance, approachability, and friendliness.