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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.

FUE Services at Yates Hair Science Group

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Dr Yates

FUE Services at Yates Hair Science Group

Yates Hair Science Group in Chicago, led by hair transplant surgeon Dr. William Yates, provides a number of options for dealing with hair loss. Yates Hair Science Group services include follicular unit extraction (FUE).

FUE is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat hair loss. Dr. Yates has so much faith in the FUE process that he performs no other hair restoration procedures.

The FUE procedure begins with the administration of a localized anesthetic followed by the harvesting of individual hair follicles from the back of the scalp. The procedure is further enhanced through the use of ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System support. ARTAS allows hair transplant surgeons to use computerized, handheld devices to carefully punch out and preserve each hair follicle.

The FUE process is often favorably compared to the traditional method of strip harvesting, which painfully removes a strip of skin and hair, even taking weakened follicles that cannot be effectively transplanted. To learn more about FUE and other transplant options, visit Yates Hair Science Group online at

Fight Hair Loss With Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Fight Hair Loss With Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

More and more people, even celebrities, are taking advantage of the benefits of state of the art hair transplant procedures like FUE. If you are seeking relief from your hair loss, look to an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates for information! Dr. Yates will take the time to understand your individual problems and point you toward new methods of hair transplantation which can provide you with a great- and natural-looking full head of hair without the risk of large, painful cuts or ugly scarring.

What is FUE?

Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is a procedure in which individual follicular units are harvested or punched from the back of the scalp and transplanted back into the problematic balding areas of the head. Current technology allows hair loss physicians to choose only the most viable follicles for extraction, so they can avoid making a painful cut and transplanting entire strips of hair.

Dr. Yates has mastered the artistic ability to create natural-looking hairlines and achieve ideal levels of hair density. The key is using micro-incisions to create sites to place each individual follicular unit, which will grow into a natural, undetectable pattern over the year following the procedure.

There are several instruments for your physician to choose from when performing FUE. He will make that decision based on the state of an individual’s hair loss and its actual causes in order to achieve optimal results. Dr. Yates has been performing FUE exclusively for over 6 years and is considered one of the best FUE surgeons in the nation. Current technology allows the hair restoration surgeon to choose only the most viable follicles for extraction. This eliminates the traditional cut, pain and large linear scar associated with older methods.

Will I Be A Good Candidate?

Though hair transplants are an elective procedure, there are some basic criteria a patient should meet to ensure that they will be a good candidate for a surgical solution like FUE.
Some of These Criteria Include:

  • A diagnosis of androgenetic alopecia or another condition that will respond well to a hair transplant

Can Children Experience Hair Loss?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Can Children Experience Hair Loss?

It is a fact that most men and women will experience some degree of hair loss at some point in their life, but when children start to experience severe hair loss, it is a sign that something is not quite right. Usually, if a child is experiencing hair loss it is either a symptom of a medical condition or it can be an indication that the child is experiencing some emotional strain. Below are the most common causes of hair loss in children:
Tinea capitis

Tinea capitis is the most common cause of hair loss for children. It is a type of ringworm that attacks the hair and it also causes lesions to develop on the scalp. This is a highly contagious fungal infection that children can contract. The treatment for tinea capitis will be determined by a doctor and will depend on the species of the fungus, the degree of inflammation and for some patients, by the immunologic and nutritional status of the patient.

Unfortunately, some children can suffer from severe emotional strain, which can cause them to start pulling out their hair as a form of self-abuse. Whether they are experiencing hardships at home or at school, some children use hair pulling as a way to deal with the problems. If your child is suffering from hair loss, you should look to see where the thinning areas are on the head. If they are mostly on the child’s dominant side, it may be an indication that they are pulling the hair out themselves. You may also want to stop and think about any major stresses that your child may be dealing with and see if there are any ways to alleviate those stresses.
Alopecia areata

The belief is that alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition, which means the immune system in the body will start to attack itself. This can cause hair follicles to fall out. It is usually noticeable if the hair loss is caused by alopecia areata because the hair loss will happen suddenly and the hair loss will be in round or oval patches which are usually very smooth.
Although alopecia areata cannot be cured, patients can manage the condition with a few different treatment options. If your child is suffering from alopecia areata, you should speak to a hair loss physician to see what your best options are for treatment.
Telogen effluvium

The scientific name for when your hair is in its resting phase of the hair growth cycle is telogen. Telogen effluvium is a condition in which more of your hair roots are pushed prematurely into the resting phase. For most children, only 10-15% of hair will be in the resting phase at any given time, but children who suffer from this condition may have all of their hairs in the resting phase at once. This can cause a time where they will be completely bald. Telogen effluvium is usually caused by a stressful event and once the stress is over, full hair growth will generally occur between 6 months to one year.

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.

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.

Hair Thickening Products That Really Work!

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Hair Thickening Products That Really Work!

No matter your gender, you will likely encounter the problem of thinning hair or hair loss at some point in your life. There are several factors that cause hair loss, ranging from heredity to environmental influence to autoimmune disorders.

Many companies have begun designing hair growth products to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles to encourage hair growth, make hair appear fuller, and guard against further hair loss. Some of these products can be effective, but there are several factors that will affect their success.

  • The quality of the product. It’s no surprise that some of these products work better than others. Of course you can find things like hair thickening spray at your local drug store, but chances are that you’ll come across far more short-term, cosmetic solutions than high-quality, well-tested products. Seeking hair growth products especially designed by hair loss physicians will be your best bet.
  • The state of the user’s hair loss and the factors causing it. These products will be most effective for people experiencing the beginning stages of hair loss, depending on the root cause. It is always a good idea to consult a hair loss physician before beginning to use one of these products to avoid wasting money and time.
  • Keeping to a strict regimen. Many of these products need a while to bring about noticeable results, so following the instructions that come with the product or recommendations of an experienced hair loss physician is crucial.
  • Practicing other habits that are linked to improving health and hair growth, like eating well and drinking plenty of water.

Dr. Yates has developed a product line to help meet the needs of patients with hair loss. His Hair Fiber Thickener is applied by shaking the fibers gently over affected areas, which allows for even distribution.

With a few shakes, Dr. Yates Hair Enhancer‘s natural keratin filaments attach themselves to your real hair to create a radiant and realistic look. This product can help even those with significant hair loss because the protein fibers attach themselves to the smallest hairs, the ones that you might not even see! The fibers can be used to thicken eyebrows and facial hair as well.

Dr. Yates Hair Enhancer is completely natural and remains on the surface of the scalp, so it causes no damage and can be easily washed out by shampooing. Since this product attaches directly to the existing hair, it will stay in place all day, even in strong winds and rain or through a tough workout. It is available in 8 different colors and affordably priced, making the results impressively natural looking without breaking the bank.

Real Hair Loss Treatment Options For Women

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Real Hair Loss Treatment Options For Women

Though a lot of us typically think about hair loss as being a problem for older men, but the truth is that it can affect just about anybody. More than 35% of women experience hair loss and thinning at some point in their lives. There can be a severe psychological impact that comes along with hair thinning and loss.

This impact can be exacerbated by the fact that many who are affected aren’t aware that their situation is normal and that they have real options. Dr. Yates understands this painful issue and is committed to providing good medical and surgical options for hair restoration in women.
There are a number of things that can cause hair loss or thinning in women, such as physical or emotional stress, pregnancy, hormone imbalances, autoimmune disorders or medical treatments such as chemotherapy. Women also experience hereditary balding.

To address your hair loss problems, the best plan of action is to seek the care of an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates for a medical evaluation and diagnosis. They will assess your symptoms to determine which treatment option will be best for you.

Surgical Hair Transplantation

For women looking for a permanent solution, hair transplantation is a great option. Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is a procedure in which individual follicular units are harvested or punched from the back of the scalp and transplanted back into the problematic balding areas of the head. Current technology allows hair loss physicians to choose only the most viable follicles for extraction so they can avoid making a painful cuts and transplanting entire strips of hair.


Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a procedure during which the patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. The platelets are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles. This process stimulates the body’s own growth factors and stem cells to slow hair loss, reverse miniaturized hair to get follicles to produce a strong, visible hair again, and if used at the time of a hair transplant, it encourages faster graft growth.

Low-level Laser Light Therapy

Low-level laser light therapy is a treatment option for people suffering from androgenetic alopecia who may not be eligible for surgical hair restoration and for those who have undergone transplantation as a supplemental treatment. This kind of therapy directly stimulates the patient’s hair follicles to strengthen them and promote hair growth.

Hair Growth Products

Depending on the severity of hair loss, it may be sensible to rely on well-designed hair growth products. Many companies have begun designing hair growth products to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles to encourage hair growth, make hair appear fuller, and guard against further hair loss. Dr. Yates has harnessed his knowledge and expertise to develop a product line to help meet the needs of patients with hair loss. You can find more information here.

Choosing the Right Doctor to Treat Your Hair Loss

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Choosing the Right Doctor to Treat Your Hair Loss

The majority of people will experience some degree of hair loss at some point. The causes and severity vary from person to person, but for many, hair loss is noticeable and more or less unavoidable.
Without treatment, hair loss sufferers may begin feeling self-conscious about the way they look without a full head of hair. Some will begin wearing hats to hide their head while others try out product after product. In the end, the most permanent and effective solution is without a doubt consulting a hair loss expert for effective medical treatment of their hair loss problem.

Once you’ve made the decision to consult a doctor for treatment, it’ll be important to really do your homework. Sorting through all the options on the internet can be time consuming, but there are several qualities you should be looking for:

Overall Expertise

When searching for a doctor, take a look at the schools they attended, the medical associations they belong to, and patient testimonials to get a good idea of who they are and how they rank.
There are a number of effective hair restoration procedures, but few doctors truly specialize in all of them. Right off the bat, avoid any doctors who offer an outdated, invasive, and painful stripping or FUT procedure. Look for high success rates and praise from patients who have received minimally invasive procedures like FUE hair transplants or scalp-micropigmentation.

Passion & Understanding

Your hair loss physician should truly understand the pain associated with losing your and believe in the difference hair restoration can make for improving one’s appearance and self-confidence. This passion will make an incredible difference throughout your entire experience.

Board Certification + History

If a doctor is really serious about hair restoration, they should be board certified in surgery and hair restoration. These board certification will ensure that a physician has undergone specialized training to identify the root causes of an individual patient’s hair loss and perform the most effective procedures based on their individual circumstances.

Overall, patients seeking treatment for their hair loss should take note of a physician’s experience and credentials, the number of successful treatments they have performed, which treatments they offer, and positive testimonials from their patients. Each of these things signify a physician’s extensive knowledge and specialized skills. If you’re serious about reversing your hair loss, why go to anyone else?

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.


Bachelorette 2014 Contestant Nick Sutter Gets Hair Transplant from Dr. Yates

Posted on: January 11th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Bachelorette 2014 Contestant Nick Sutter Gets Hair Transplant from Dr. Yates

Those of you who are fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, will remember Andi Dorfman, the tenth bachelorette. You will also be likely to remember contestant, Nick Sutter, from Barrington, who is a professional golfer and a golf clothes model. If you have him pictured in your mind from the show, you are most likely remembering a guy who had very closely cropped hair and a receding hairline. That is exactly what Nick’s hair looked like when he was on the show.


If you have seen current pictures of Nick, you will be pleasantly surprised to see the amazing transformation he has had in regards to his hair. On the Men Tell All episode of The Bachelorette, Nick showed off his full head of hair and he let everyone know that he had a hair transplant before the 2014 Bachelorette began filming.   At the time the show was filmed, his hair was not completely filled in yet from the procedure.


Nick is one of the thousands of people who has turned to the highly qualified and experienced Dr. Yates, to perform his hair transplant. Dr. Yates is a true leader in hair restoration and he is one of the only surgeons in the United States that truly focuses his practice in every technique available for hair restoration. Nick recognized the unparalleled expertise and experience that Dr. Yates has and chose him to perform his hair restoration procedure. The results of his procedure are incredible and Nick is beyond thrilled with the results.


“Before I was on the show The Bachelorette, my hair looked like yours. But then I went to see Dr. Yates and now I look like this,” Nick Sutter proudly boasts. The full commercial can be viewed here

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive hair restoration procedure that uses precise surgical technology. Hair restoration technology has a long way and is extremely advanced now. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia and during it, the hair or follicular units are individually harvested or punched from the back of the scalp or donor area. Dr. Yates utilizes the most advanced ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant system or various manual, hand-held instruments to delicately punch out each individual hair follicle.


With this technique, patients are not subjected to any painful cuts or stitches and there is no linear scar that you will need to hide for the rest of your life. Additionally, micro-incisions will be used to create sites to place each individual follicular unit, which will then grow into a natural and undetectable pattern over the course of a year. The results are extraordinary, natural and permanent hair that can be worn in any style of your choosing.


If you are thinking about having a hair transplant, you are not alone. Hair transplants have become incredibly popular and Dr. Yates has performed thousands of FUE procedures. Dr. Yates is one of the most proficient hair restoration physicians in not only the Chicagoland area, but across the nation. Contact Dr. Yates today and set up your free consultation to learn more about hair transplants.