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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.


Can Eating Certain Foods Combat Hair Loss?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Can Eating Certain Foods Combat Hair Loss?

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

Spinach

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

Fish

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

Nuts

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

Eggs/Yogurt

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

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


The Benefits of Shaving Your Head

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

The Benefits of Shaving Your Head

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

How Can Keratin Filaments Reduce the Appearance of My Thinning Hair?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

How Can Keratin Filaments Reduce the Appearance of My Thinning Hair?

Hair loss affects most people at some point in their lives, but it the symptoms and severity will vary between individuals because it can occur for a number of different reasons. For some its due to genetic predisposition or environmental influence, but for others hair loss may be a result of an autoimmune disorder or lifestyle.

When hair begins to thin, many turn to hair thickening or growth products as a solution. Depending on the product, they can be very effective for stimulating hair growth, making hair appear fuller, and guarding against further hair loss.

There are a number of different types of hair thickening products on the market, one of which is a hair thickening powder. Dr. Yates has developed one such product which uses keratin filaments to give hair an immediately thicker and fuller appearance.

Keratin is the protein that makes up your hair, your nails, and a large component of your skin. This is why it works so well to combat the appearance of hair loss. The amount of keratin in your hair can be depleted by things like damage to hair and environmental factors. When this happens, your hair actually becomes more susceptible to further damage.

In powder form, keratin filaments like the ones in Dr. Yates’ hair thickener will attach themselves to your existing hair, no matter how thin it is. Because they are natural and very similar to the fibers which naturally occur in human hair, they are perfect for thickening hair in a way that looks incredibly natural.

Because the filaments are attached directly to existing hair, they stay in place throughout the day, even in strong winds and rain or through a tough workout. This product causes no damage and washes out easily with regular shampoo. Dr. Yates’ hair thickener is available in 8 different colors and affordably priced, making the results impressively natural looking without breaking the bank.

This solution will work best for those in the beginning stages of hair thinning and loss. If your circumstances have progressed further, it is best to consult a hair loss expert like Dr. Yates to learn about your treatment options for more severe loss.


Hair Loss – Causes

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by Dr Yates

At the Yates Hair Science Group, patients undergo effective treatments that seek to restore hair loss. In fact, the Yates Hair Science Group offers surgical and non-surgical therapies tailored to the individual needs of men and women.

Hair follicles are the tissues responsible for growing and maintaining hair. It’s normal for people to lose up to 100 hairs per day, and in most cases, the follicles produce new hairs to replace those that fall out. However, in people with hair loss, the cycle is interrupted because hair follicles are damaged or fail to function properly.

When people present with hair loss, the cause most often is because of a genetic condition called female or male pattern baldness. In women, the condition results in progressive thinning of the hair, and in men, it causes the hairline to recede and bald areas to manifest.

Beyond genetics, several illnesses result in hair loss symptoms. For example, thyroid disease gives rise to hair loss, as does anemia. In both cases, treatment can halt and reverse the problem.

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.

Yates Hair Science Group – FUE Hair Transplants Explained

Posted on: June 9th, 2016 by Dr Yates

A board-certified hair restoration surgeon, Dr. William Yates owns and operates Yates Hair Science Group in Illinois. Patients from around the world seek revolutionary treatments at the state-of-the-art facility. Although Dr. Yates has experience with every surgical hair restoration technique, he only performs follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants at Yates Hair Science Group.

With the FUE method, the surgeon extracts donor hair from the back of the scalp or another donor area to harvest hair follicles. Before extracting the follicles, the surgeon makes tiny, needle-point recipient sites with a special instrument in the scalp’s balding area. After harvesting enough follicles, the units are then grafted onto the recipient sites, where they can grow into healthy hair follicles.

The procedure requires local anesthesia and robotics tools or special hand-held instruments. The instrument used depends on the best choice to give each individual patient the best results.

Can Your Hair Loss Medication Cause you to Feel Faint?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Your Hair Loss Medication Cause you to Feel Faint?

There are many different options of hair loss treatment products and although there can be benefits of these products, there can also be side effects. Rogaine (minoxidil) is one of the most popular over-the-counter treatments that is on the market to treat hair loss and there have been some recent reports of unusual side effects associated with using this product.  Rogaine is sold at either a strength of 2% or 5% minoxidil and the 5% version is labeled as “extra strength.”

One of the reported incidents came in November 2014 when a man went to his doctor where he reported that he was experiencing dizziness and that he had suffered from two incidents of fainting.  This man was healthy and he worked out a few times a week.  His doctor performed some tests to see if there was any problem with his heart or to determine if he was suffering from a hormonal imbalance, but all of the tests came back normal.  The man did have low blood pressure though, and this has been known to cause fainting.

However, after some additional questioning, it came out that the symptoms started at the same time that the man starting using a hair loss product.  He had gone to a specialist hair loss clinic and had been given a prescription for a formulation of 12% minoxidil.  This version was more than double the strength of the “extra strength” over-the-counter version.

Minoxidil was actually created in order to treat high blood pressure and during the clinical trials of the drug, they found that the people who were taking it started to have fuller hair.  This was taken as an oral medication when it was being tested to help with high blood pressure.  Because of this, the topical formula, Rogaine, was created, which is specifically designed to treat hair loss.

When minoxidil was taken as an oral medication to treat high blood pressure, it was known that fainting and dizzy spells were side effects, but it is not likely for these side effects to affect those who are applying the drug topically.

It has been determined by experts that because this man was using such a high concentration of Rogaine in a once-a-day formulation, his body was breaking it all down at once, which was directly affecting his heart.  Since the man worked out, this was causing him to suffer from dehydration, which could have made him even more sensitive to the effects of minoxidil.

Those who are suffering from hair loss may find themselves looking for an over-the-counter product that claims to restore your hair, but you should make sure to do some research on the products before using them and find out what the side effects are.  It is also good to look at topical and oral solutions and discuss which might work best for you with a hair loss physician.  It is also important to remember that a hair transplant is the only permanent solution to hair loss.

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.