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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.

Can you Have a Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Dr 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.


 

Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Am I a Good Candidate for Hair Restoration?

As with any type of surgery, not everyone will be a good candidate for having hair restoration surgery. Your hair loss physician will gather information about you and will be looking at several different factors when determining your candidacy. Most people will be eligible to have a hair transplant, but some factors do need to be considered first.

For hair restoration surgery, you will need to have a strong immune system and be in good health. If you are suffering from a serious medical condition, you should first receive treatment and make sure that your condition is fully resolved. If you do not first treat it, you have a higher risk for post-op complications. Any chronic health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, should be discussed with your physician before your procedure, so they can then develop a treatment plan that is specific for you.

You can theoretically have a hair transplant at any age, but certain ages may be better than others for having the procedure. Most hair physicians will recommend waiting until you are at least 18 years old. This is because it is best to be fully mature and to already have well-established hair loss. If you have the procedure when you are too young, you may need to have follow-up procedures down the road to maintain the results, since you are likely to continue hair loss. As a general guideline, patients who are 30 or older are the best candidates since they are more likely to have a well-established hair loss pattern.

Your hair loss physician will also examine the severity of your hair loss and will see how much donor hair you have available. Hair transplants are more successful when they are done while you are in the earlier stages of hair loss and while you have a healthy donor area to harvest hair from. Hair transplants are not a viable treatment option if someone is completely bald. A hair loss physician will be able to tell you what your hair loss classification is and what your hair restoration option are.

Having a healthy lifestyle is also very important if you want to have a hair transplant. In order for the procedure to be successful, you will want to be exercising regularly, eating healthy, and doing everything to reduce or eliminate stress. A good immune system will give you a better chance of having a positive outcome for the procedure by lowering the risk of getting an infection and having a faster recovery time. It is also imperative that you eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and get a good night of sleep every night.

Your commitment to your physician’s aftercare plan is also important. If you want to get the desired results from the procedure, you will need to follow your physician’s aftercare instructions. The aftercare instructions will help you to have a speedier recovery, reduce the risk of developing an infection and help you to have minimal pain. Within a few months of receiving the procedure, you should start to see results and your transplanted hairs will start to grow with the rest of your hair.

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


Who is a Good Candidate for a Hair Transplant?

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Who is a Good Candidate for a Hair Transplant?

There are many men and women who experience hair loss at some point in their life. The good news is that there is advanced technology available that can help eligible patients who are experiencing hair loss and their hair loss can be corrected with hair transplant surgery.

By talking with a hair transplant physician, they will be able to look at all of the factors that will determine if you are a good candidate or not. There are specific traits that your physician will look for before they will recommend the procedure for you, including your health, age, hair loss classification, lifestyle, and how committed you will be to the aftercare.

Your health will be a factor for any type of surgical procedure that you may need to undergo. Physicians will always make sure that you are healthy enough for the surgery and that your immune system is strong enough. If you are suffering from an illness or other medical condition, it will be recommended that you wait until you are treated and healthy enough before undergoing surgery. This will help to reduce any risk of having complications after the surgery. Also, if you have any type of chronic health condition, you should make sure that you let your physician know about this so they can develop a treatment plan specifically for your needs.

Although anyone may be a candidate for a hair transplant, younger people will need to take extra precautions if they are looking to have surgery. Since hair loss is a gradual process, younger people will probably not know exactly what the extent of their hair loss will be and what their hair loss will look like in the future. Also, if a person has a hair transplant surgery too young, they may need to have follow-up procedures in the future in order to ensure that they keep their natural looking results. As a general rule of thumb, patients who are over 30 are usually the best candidates, since their hair loss pattern will be established by that time and they are likely to experience long-term success from the surgery.

A thorough hair loss analysis will be conducted during an initial consultation and the physician will get the necessary information to determine what your hair loss classification is. How severe your hair loss is and how much donor hair you have available are very important factors in determining eligibility for surgery. The classification scale for women is the Ludwig Scale and the classification scale for men is the Norwood Scale.

Your lifestyle also plays a part in determining your candidacy, and your physician will ask you about your diet, sleep habits and exercise habits. What you eat, how much sleep you get and how often you exercise contribute to how strong your immune system is and if you have healthy habits, you are more likely to experience a better surgery with less recovery time and a lower risk of having a complication.

As it is with any surgery, your physician will also want to make sure that you are well aware of what will happen after you have surgery and find out how committed you are to following their aftercare instructions. Following the aftercare plan that your physician tells you will make your recovery period easier, reduce the risk of getting an infection and help your discomfort to a minimum.

Your physician will also make sure that you have enough information about the surgery and that you are setting realistic expectations for the outcome. Make sure that you ask questions and that you feel comfortable and confident about the procedure if you are a candidate and wish to proceed with surgery.