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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.

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
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.

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.


Change Your Attitude, Keep Your Hair?

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 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.


Why am I Losing My Hair?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Why am I Losing My Hair?

Both men and women can experience hair loss, but men are more disposed to hair loss than women are. The main cause for male hair loss is male pattern baldness. Different treatment options are available for men and women, depending on the cause and degree of hair loss.

Male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness are a main reason for hair loss and this type of hair loss is the result of a combination of age, hormones and genes. Another main cause of hair loss is heredity and despite what many people say, this trait can be passed down from either side of the family, affecting both men and women.

People can also experience hair loss due to stress. Both physical and emotional stress can cause hair loss. Physical stress is the stress resulting from physical trauma, such as a severe illness or an accident. Physical stress is likely to only cause temporary hair loss. Emotional stress can also cause hair loss in some people, but it is not as likely to as physical stress is. As with physical stress, hair loss related to emotional stress will most likely only be temporary.

A type of physical stress that women can go through that may cause hair loss is pregnancy. Some women will experience hair loss a few months after the birth of their baby, due to hormonal changes. This type of hair loss will generally be temporary and should only last for a few months, or until the woman’s hormone levels are regulated again.

Certain diseases or illnesses may cause someone to have some hair loss as well. Alopecia areata is hair loss that is cause by an auto-immune disease and is the result of having an overactive immune system. Hypothyroidism, lupus and anemia can also cause hair loss for some people.

If you over style your hair, you can also cause hair loss. Excessive heat from straightening, curling and blow drying puts a lot of stress onto your hair. If you use heat constantly, your hair can become dry and brittle and your hair can start to break off. The same goes for using hair dyes on a regular basis. Hair dyes contain harsh chemicals, and they can cause the same type of damage that excessive heat can. This type of hair loss is usually temporary and you can usually fix it by making some changes to your hair styling routine.

If you are deficient in Vitamin B, you may experience some hair loss. Hair loss from this deficiency is very correctable and by simply taking a supplement, you can usually stop the hair loss. Also, there are some people who have too much Vitamin A, and this can also cause hair loss. This is also treatable, and once you adjust the amount that you are taking, your hair loss should stop.

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.

Can Hair Loss Be Caused By Sleeping on One Side?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Hair Loss Be Caused By Sleeping on One Side?

It is natural to wonder if sleep can cause hair loss, since many people have a preferred side to sleep on and can worry if their hair rubbing on their pillow all night can cause hair loss. Some people worry that they may be reducing the blood circulation on that side, which could potentially deprive that side of their head from blood flow and essential nutrients.

Sleep causing hair loss is a valid concern, and many people notice that this can happen to a newborn. Newborns have extremely fine hair that falls out and get rubbed off at first, especially on areas where their heads are lying for long periods of time. However, adult hair is very different from a baby’s hair and does not experience the same issues.

Your hair follicles are pre-programmed and they will grow and shed in a certain manner. The way in which you choose to sleep does not have an impact on hair loss, whether you sleep on your side, back or stomach. Hair follicles are not affected by the direction in which you sleep, so there is no reason to worry about damaging your hair and causing premature hair loss. Although there are many factors that cause hair loss, sleeping is simply not one of them.

Genetics is the main cause of hair loss and other causes include:

  • Environmental factors
  • Hormonal changes
  • Illness
  • Side effects to medication
  • Stress/anxiety

It is a common misconception that hair loss caused by heredity comes from the maternal grandfather. This is not true and in fact, hair loss can be passed down from either side of the family and can affect both men and women. However, simply because someone in the family is bald does not necessarily mean that the trait will get passed down

Male pattern baldness (also called androgenetic alopecia) affects many men. This type of baldness results from a combination of age, genes and hormones.   Some men have hair follicles that are much more sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone related to hair loss. As you get older, hair that is sensitive to DHT will become thinner and weaker and will ultimately stop growing. Hair affected by this is usually on the top of the head and on the front of the head.

Since we live in a society that is very conscious of appearance, hair loss sufferers will usually try to do something to improve or enhance their appearance. There are different treatment options available, depending on what is causing your hair loss and what degree of hair loss you are experiencing.

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

Can Women Have Pattern Baldness?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Women Have Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness is a term that people have usually heard of, but female pattern baldness can happen as well. Approximately 30 million women in the U.S. alone suffer from hair loss. There are different reasons why women experience hair loss, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medical problems
  • Side effects of birth control pills
  • Stress

There are roughly 30 different medical conditions that can cause hair loss in women as well. Female hair loss is more difficult to predict, since there are so many factors that go into it. In order to determine the cause of the woman’s hair loss, it is best to consult with a hair loss expert who can find the cause and discuss what your treatment options are.

Aging, hormonal changes and heredity are the most common causes of female pattern baldness. Menopause is often times the onset of female pattern baldness for many women who experience it. These women will usually start to have a thinning of all of their hair and they may notice that their center part is widening or they may have some baldness at the crown of their head. A receding hairline will very rarely be experienced and that symptom of baldness is typically the first sign of male pattern baldness.

There are a few different treatment options available for women who experience hair loss. Currently, the only FDA approved hair loss drug for women on the market is Minoxidil (Rogaine). Rogaine is an effective treatment for some people, since it can slow down or stop hair loss. Unfortunately, this treatment does not work for everyone and even if it does work, you need to continue treatment in order to maintain results.

Other treatment options for women include laser therapy and hair transplantation. Like Rogaine, you need to have continuous laser therapy treatment in order to retain results or else you will continue to have hair loss if the therapy stops. Hair transplantation is the only permanent solution for female baldness.

The Ludwig Scale measures female pattern baldness and there are three different stages:

  • Type 1-a thinning on the top of the head
  • Type 2-the scalp can be seen through thinning hair in certain areas
  • Type 3-hair loss on the crown of the head

You can establish what the best treatment is for female pattern baldness by having a proficient hair loss physician determine what is causing your hair loss. If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and can let you know what your options are for treatment.

Can Eating Salty Food Cause Hair Loss?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Eating Salty Food Cause Hair Loss?

In the U.S., the average person will consume 3,435 milligrams of salt per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that sodium intake should be limited to less than 2,300 milligrams a day, or 1,500 mg if you are older than 51 or if you have high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes. If you have too much sodium in your diet, you are at risk for developing certain health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease and even a little bit of hair loss to some extent.

When salt is consumed in massive quantities, it can be toxic to your hair, since deposits will build-up around your hair follicles. This build-up can block important nutrients from entering your hair follicles and these nutrients are very important for your hair’s health. When your hair follicles are deprived of nutrients, it can slowly cause hair loss to occur.

Americans generally have a diet that is sodium rich and sodium is found in so many of the foods that we eat. From fries to chips, soups, canned foods and crackers, the high sodium levels are everywhere. Even foods that may not seem like they would have a lot of sodium can have very high levels, including bread, salad dressings and pizza. It can be incredibly challenging to limit your intake to be below 2,300 mg and 1,500 mg for those who need to.

In order to reduce the amount of sodium you consume, you can try to cook more meals at home and limit your use of salt. Also, when you buy salt, you can look for low sodium salt in order to further reduce your sodium intake. You can also try to avoid buying as many canned and processed foods as possible, or look for items at the grocery store that are labeled “reduced sodium.” Salt is a main seasoning that people use to flavor their food, but you can also season your food with other herbs to give it that boost in flavor.

Sodium levels and potassium levels in your body are directly related in terms of having healthy hair. Potassium is an important mineral that is a facilitator of cellular and electrical body functions. Potassium is essential for hair growth, but your potassium level reduces every time you urinate. High salt intake causes people to urinate more often, thus depleting your body of that much needed potassium. In order to make sure that your body has a sufficient amount of potassium, you can try to increase your intake by eating more bananas, whole grains, or you can take a potassium supplement. You can help to avoid hair loss if you are able to achieve a good balance of sodium and potassium in your diet.

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.

Steps to Take to Have Healthy Hair

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Steps to Take to Have Healthy Hair

Having a full head of healthy hair is something that is important to many people, but unfortunately, many men and women will suffer from some degree of hair loss at some point throughout their life. The main factor that determines if you will suffer from hair loss is heredity, but there are other factors as well. If your genetics are what make you prone to hair loss, you cannot do anything to stop the hair loss, but you can treat it and you may be able to make changes to avoid hair loss caused by other factors.

In addition to heredity causing hair loss, other causes include:

  • Chemical damage
  • Environmental factors
  • Excessive heat
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress/anxiety

Men and women can both do things that can slow down/combat hair loss in order to maintain healthy and full looking hair. Drinking water has numerous known benefits, but many people are unaware of the benefits that water has on keeping your hair radiant and strong. Your hair can become very dull, dry and brittle, thus making it more prone to breakage if you are not hydrated properly. Water is the best drink to stay hydrated, since sugary drinks and drinks with caffeine can actually cause you to be more dehydrated.

Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is another way that you can keep your hair strong. There are many different proteins that make up your hair, so eating a balanced diet allows your stay to remain healthy. Eating vegetables, fruits, fish, eggs, nuts and whole grains will help your hair to be healthy. It is also suggested to eat food that is rich in protein and fatty acids.

Exercise is another way that you can help your hair. Something as simple as a brisk walk can improve your circulation, thus increasing the blood flow to your scalp. This increased blood flow also increases the flow of nutrients to your hair follicles, which in return allows your hair to be healthy.

There are so many benefits that a good night of sleep has, and healthy hair is one of them. You can get stressed much more easily if you are not well-rested and stress has a negative effect on your hair growth. When you eliminate stress, your body gets more energy, which allows your body to provide your hair with the nourishment that it needs to grow.

Excessive use of chemicals and heat can also do severe damage to your hair. You should choose hair care products that will be gentle for your hair, and you should try to use hair dryers and hair straighteners sparingly. Excessive heat and overusing chemicals make your hair dry and brittle and more prone to breakage. Using products that are milder and/or doing your best to avoid them altogether will help your hair to stay healthier.

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.

At What Age Do People Start Losing Their Hair?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

At What Age Do People Start Losing Their Hair?

It is a common misconception that only older men and women experience hair loss or baldness. However, men of any age can become afflicted with male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) and women of any age can develop female pattern baldness. Genetics will determine how much hair loss will be experienced by each person.   Some individuals may experience some thinning or balding when they are as young as 15 or 16 years old, but that would be on the extremely early side.

The onset of male and female pattern baldness is very gradual and both conditions are progressive. People with pattern baldness will usually start to experience some thinning hair or have a hairline that is starting to recede. The amount of noticeable hair loss will increase with age, so at age 30, 30% of people will have some hair loss that is visible and by age 60, 60% of people will have some visible hair loss. Alopecia will usually start to affect men and women when they are in their mid to late twenties.

Although male and female baldness are a predominant cause of hair loss, there are other causes of hair loss as well, but many of the other causes are temporary and treatable. Other causes include stress, diet, lack of sleep, pregnancy and side effects to medication. Baldness from any of these causes can start at any age, and this type of hair loss may continue as long as the person is continuing to go through a change in lifestyle, undergoing a new medical treatment or taking a medication.

Going completely bald does not happen overnight, since the onset of hair loss is gradual and you may initially just look like you have patchy hair or you may have diffused hair patterns. On average, people lose 100 hairs a day and the average person has about 100,000 hairs. Each hair will generally stay on the head for about 4 years and will grow about half an inch per month. Hair usually falls out after 4 years and it will be replaced with new hairs within 6 months. However, as men and women get older, their hair does not grow in as thick, which can make hair loss more noticeable. Pattern baldness is more common with men than women and 25% of men will start to bald when they are 30 years old and 66% of men will either be bald or will have a balding pattern by the time they turn 60.

If you are having some more hair loss than usual, or if you are noticing that your hair is thinning more or if you are having bald spots, 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.