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Hair Loss Awareness Month. Who gets it and why does it happen?

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

The American Hair Loss Association estimates that around 80 million people in the US alone, are experiencing some type of thinning or hair loss. Due to the amount of people suffering from Hair Loss, the American Academy of Dermatology has designated August as National Hair Loss Awareness Month.

At Dr. Yates Hair Science, we take our commitment to Hair Restoration very seriously and that’s why we’ve put together a series of posts to explain to you the reasons behind hair loss, all the possible lines of treatment and prevention. Stay tuned for weekly updates during this month to support Hair Loss Awareness Month.

Who suffers from Hair Loss?
There are approximately 35 million men and 21 million women suffering hair loss around the world.
40% of people experience hair loss by age 35
65% of men experience it by age 60 vs. 80% of women by the same age
Hair Loss also affects children of all ages.

Why does Hair Loss Happen?
-Male Pattern baldness / Female Pattern Thinning (Androgenetic Alopecia): These two account as the number one cause for Hair Loss, the cause of it is genetics/family history. Hair grows in cycles, for sufferers of this type of hair loss, the hair growth cycle begins to slow down and weakens as the hair follicle shrinks, resulting in thinner hair and shorter strands of hair. With time, the cycle of growth fully stops and no new hairs grow.
-Traction Alopecia: This form of hair loss is primarily caused by constant tension being applied to the hair, although it’s most common in females, males and children can also suffer from it.
-Scarring Alopecia: This can result in permanent hair loss in the scarred areas. The most common conditions are some forms of lupus and sarcoidosis. For unknown reasons, the body starts forming scar tissue.
-Alopecia Areata: This is also known as “patchy hair loss” and it’s caused by the body’s autoimmune system attacking hair follicles typically leaving a circular pattern bald spot.
-Hormonal changes, stress: These changes tend to be temporary. Hair loss due to hormonal imbalances (like pregnancy, hormone therapy, thyroid problems) can be solved by targeting the culprit.
-Infections: Fungal infections, like Tinea Capitis (Ringworm), are to blame for hair loss (mostly in children), this condition can easily be diagnosed and solved by a Primary Care Provider.
-Cancer: Cancer treatments can cause people to have hair loss by attacking all cells in the body, hence making the growth cycle of hair break down. This type of hair loss, is not permanent, once the treatments stop, hair generally grows back.

Come back and find out about what you can do to stop hair loss, prevention, treatment and more, all happening during Hair Loss Awareness Month.

Hair Loss Awareness Month

Hair Loss Myths: Fact or Fiction?

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Hair Loss Myths: Fact or Fiction?

With so many people telling you different things, it can be hard to know what is true and what is false in terms of the causes of hair loss. There are a lot of old wives’ tales and you should make sure to know what the truth is so you do not purposefully avoid something you don’t need to.
A question that people commonly ask is if blow drying your hair can cause you to experience hair loss. The people who believe this may actually avoid drying their hair, but this is actually a myth. You cannot get hair loss by blow drying your hair, but if you blow dry your hair on a daily basis, you can dry out your hair which can cause damage and breakage. However, only the shaft of your hair is impacted when you dry your hair and not the actual hair follicles. You can absolutely still dry your hair, but may want to avoid using the highest heat setting.

Some people worry that if they wear a hat, they will cause hair loss. There are many reasons that people wear hats, whether it be a fashion statement or to cover up any thinning or balding hair. Unless you are wearing a hat that is too tight and is actually causing a loss of blood circulation to your scalp, you will not be causing any further hair loss. Hats can be worn as often as you like and you do not need to worry that it is causing any hair loss.

Another common question that people ask if is shampooing your hair every day will cause your hair loss to speedup. This is also a myth. The hair loss process will not be accelerated by using too much shampoo, but you can damage your hair shaft. Your hair can become greasy very quickly if you use too much shampoo. It is often advised that people should only wash their hair every other day to keep it healthy, but this will depend on the person.

Stress is known to have a lot of negative effects on our health and most likely you have heard that it can cause hair loss. This is actually true. However, hair loss that is associated with stress is usually only temporary and once the stress is assuaged, the hair growth will return to its normal rate.

Genetics and hair loss are said to be connected and many people want to know if heredity is causing their hair loss. This absolutely is a cause of hair loss for some people. Although not all cases of hair loss will be caused by genetics, this is a very common cause of hair loss for both men and women. Hair loss can be inherited from both your mother and father’s side of the family.

Hair loss can be an emotional and traumatic experience for both men and women. The good news is that there are many different hair loss treatments available. If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding 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.


Change Your Attitude, Keep Your Hair?

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Change Your Attitude, Keep Your Hair?

It has often been said that stress can cause your hair to turn gray, and although there is not necessarily hard proof of that, stress definitely is a main reason why so many people suffer from hair loss. There seems to be more and more stress on men and women these days and these growing levels of anxiety are causing more people to seek treatment for their hair loss.

So how exactly does stress cause hair loss? Fortunately, if you are only experiencing low levels of stress, you are not going to lose your hair because of it. Hair loss caused by stress comes from a larger stressful experience or incident.

There is also not just one factor of why stress can cause hair loss, but is actually a combination or several factors. When you are under a great deal of stress, your body produces more adrenaline and any excess adrenaline that your body does not use is converted into cholesterol. When you have raised levels of cholesterol, it increases your level of testosterone. For people with a sensitivity to testosterone, it can negatively impact their hair follicles.

Your immune system can suffer if you are feeling stress or anxiety, and this makes you more susceptible to getting an illness or an infection. This can impact your hair’s growth cycle, since the average person has 90% of their hair in the growing cycle, which will usually last a few years before it goes into a resting stage and then falls out. On average, people lose 100 hairs each day, but if your hair’s growing cycle is disrupted, it can cause more hairs than usual to go into the resting phase, and can also cause a lot of hair to fall out all at once. This will usually happen around 2 months after a stressful event or an illness.

Most people who suffer from this type of hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, only experience temporary hair loss and their hair will usually resume its normal growth cycle once they alleviate the cause of their stress. Once you have gotten rid of your stress, you should notice significant improvements in your overall health, in addition to your hair growth.

If you have already started to notice thinning hair or bald spots, if you continue to look at your hair in the mirror to check if it has gotten worse, you will only be adding to your stress. There are excellent hair loss treatments available that can restore your confidence, such as scalp micropigmentation.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding 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.


Can you Have a Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Can you Have a Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Many women and most men will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life and in fact, it is believed that 50% of men will have some degree of androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) by the time they turn 50. Since there are so many patients who will want to find a solution for their hair loss, there have been great advances in the hair restoration field throughout the years.

One of the treatments that is becoming more and more popular is scalp micropigmentation. Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical hair loss treatment option in which natural pigments are applied at the epidermis level of the scalp in order to replicate the appearance of hair follicles or strands. Scalp micropigmentation delivers very realistic and natural looking results that replicate the natural patterns of any hair you have remaining by applying several layers of pigment and varying the depth and angle of them.

Scalp micropigmentation is a very popular treatment option for both men and women because they are able to get instant results, experience very little pain and have little to no downtime. Even though scalp micropigmentation does not actually restore your hair, it is great at hiding any hair loss you are experiencing.

Another option for those suffering from hair loss is a hair transplant, which is a surgical procedure that is the only permanent solution for hair loss. This procedure will take a few hours and afterwards, there will be a bit of redness, some minor swelling and some scabbing where the hair was transplanted. This will usually clear up within a week.

Many people are opting to combine these treatments in order to reap the benefits that they each offer.

Getting Scalp Micropigmentation Before Having a Hair Transplant Surgery

It is normally recommended that young men do not get a hair transplant surgery until they are older, since their hair loss pattern is not very likely to be well established and it is essential that only permanent hair follicles that are not affected by androgenetic alopecia down the road are transplanted.

However, young men can get scalp micropigmentation and this may be an excellent option for young men who are unhappy with their current state of hair loss and are looking for a solution. If further hair loss occurs, you may need to have another treatment eventually and getting a hair transplant surgery is a viable option since there will not be any damage to your hair follicles or to your scalp.

Getting Scalp Micropigmentation After Having a Hair Transplant Surgery

There are some patients who had a hair transplant years ago and are looking to hide the scars from their surgery. This happens often for men who had the old-fashioned FUT “strip” surgery that left behind long and very apparent scars on the back of their head. Scalp micropigmentation allows for these scars to be camouflaged, which can help to restore self-confidence.

Combining Scalp Micropigmentation and a Hair Transplant

When patients have a hair transplant, there is only a certain amount of follicles that are able to be transplanted and this number can be further reduced if there is only a small donor area. After the hair transplant, scalp micropigmentation can help to enhance the appearance of the hair’s density.

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.


Yates Hair Science Group features ARTAS robotics

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Yates Hair Science Group is owned and managed by Dr. William Yates, MD, hair loss expert and board-certified hair restoration surgeon. Apart from well-known treatments like Rogaine and Propecia, Yates Hair Science Group also offers non-surgical treatments like laser light and platelet-rich plasma therapy.

 

Yates Hair Science Group focuses solely on hair restoration, scalp micro-pigmentation, and hair styling for thinning hair. Yates Hair Science Group is also one of the few select centers in the world that uses the ARTAS robotic hair transplant system, a machine that uses an algorithm to target robust hairs in their growing stage for extraction and implantation. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia.

 

The hair or follicular units are harvested individually or punched from the back of the scalp. The hairs are then stored in Hypothermosol and ATPv to ensure protection and survival of the grafts until they can be transplanted to the balding area.

 

Yates Hair Science Group is recognized as an ARTAS Center of Clinical Excellence and is frequently sought out by patients from all over the globe. For those who want access to the services of the group, a travel concierge makes the necessary arrangements to make sure patients’ trips, procedures and follow-up care are taken care of.

Alopecia Areata and Your Health

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by Dr. William 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.