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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Male and Female Pattern Baldness

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by Dr Yates

Serving patients with hair loss, the Yates Hair Science Group delivers a variety of restoration solutions through its clinic in Vernon Hills, Illinois. In fact, the Yates Hair Science Group offers a variety of treatments ranging from robot-assisted surgeries to non-surgical options like platelet-rich plasma therapy.

In men, the chief cause of hair loss is a condition called “male pattern baldness.” It affects half of men at 50 years of age and older. People with family members that have male pattern baldness are more likely to develop hair loss themselves. Usually, it manifests as men get older, though in some cases it appears in their teens.

Like in men, women can have a genetic predisposition to hair loss. However, the female analog to male pattern baldness is presented differently. In men, hair loss usually occurs in a recognizable pattern. But for women the hair loss tends to occur uniformly, resulting in a gradual thinning of the hair.

For more information about hair loss in men and women and available treatments, visit

The Developing Science of Hair Transplants

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Dr. William Yates and the Yates Hair Science Group are committed to combating hair loss, a matter that can have a profound impact on an individual’s confidence and emotional well-being. The Yates Hair Science Group offers multiple treatments and therapies, including newer discoveries like platelet-rich plasma therapy, and modern variations on traditional treatments, such as the basic yet effective hair transplant.

The process hair transplant is simple in concept, and can be compared to transplanting a tree or grafting vines together. The follicle–the gland that grows a single strand of hair–is moved from one area of your scalp to another, growing hair in the new location and helping to reduce the appearance of hair loss by evening out the growth. Because the transplanted hair follicles are those immune to the hormones that trigger hair loss in later years, they should continue growing hair for the rest of the patient’s life, regardless of where they are placed.

Follicle transplants have been performed since the 1950s, but were relatively crude procedures, resulting in extreme pain and scarring. Modern techniques are far more refined, and primarily come in two forms. Follicular unit transplant (FUT) removes a thin strip of skin several inches long, sews the scalp closed, divides the strip into hundreds of smaller sections, and implants those back into the scalp.

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is similar, but removes individual hair follicles for relocation. FUE is a more exacting process, but is less invasive. The use of robotic surgical systems, such as the ARTAS system, allows the FUE procedure to be performed with precision unmatched by any doctor.

Tips for Post-Hair Transplant Care

Posted on: July 30th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Yates Hair Science Group has been in operation in Vernon Hills, Illinois since 2013. The group is headed by Dr. William Yates, MD, a licensed hair restoration specialist. Yates Hair Science Group and Dr. Yates are known for their state-of-the-art surgical solutions and hair transplantation procedures.

Post-hair transplant care involves simple post-operative instructions. After a week of gentle hair care, the patient can resume normal hair care. Most patients experience very little discomfort after an FUE hair transplant procedure. Sleeping on one pillow at night will help prevent swelling. The incisions for this delicate surgery are so small, that most people note very rapid healing.

With FUE or the Follicular Unit Extraction technique for hair transplant, minimal to no scarring is visible. This is quite different than the traditional “strip” method of hair transplantation where a long, linear cut is made. Stitches, pain and a residual scar remains.

After a hair transplant, the transplanted hair will begin to grow around 2 to 3 months after the procedure and continue for up to a year when you reach your final result. The progress is very gradual so no one will notice you had anything done. The results are natural and permanent.

Hair Loss Treatments – Stem Cell Therapy

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by Dr Yates

A provider of innovative hair loss treatments, the Yates Hair Science Group offers hair restoration solutions through its Stem Cell Treatment Center. As chief executive officer and owner of the Yates Hair Science Group, Dr. William Yates leverages decades of experience to deliver state-of-the-art hair care to his patients.

In 2014, the journal Nature published a major paper in the hair loss treatment field. The study, authored by scientists with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, shows how to transform general stem cells into those capable of replacing damaged hair follicles.

Though doctors have been using stem cells in hair restoration therapies for years now, they have faced difficulties in producing enough epithelial stem cells to attain desired results. The method presented in the Nature study offers a path forward, though the authors warn that their procedure is not yet ready for human use.

In the meantime, hair loss physicians rely on other methods to yield stem cells. For example, doctors can source stem cells from patient fat and bone marrow and combine it with platelet rich plasma to help mitigate hair loss.