Archive for September, 2016

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.


Hair Restoration – The ARTAS Procedure

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by Dr Yates

At the Yates Hair Science Group, people can access the latest hair restoration treatments, including minimally invasive solutions like the ARTAS procedure. Dr. William Yates, owner of the Yates Hair Science Group, is certified through the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.

For people with hair loss, one effective therapy involves actually replacing damaged or dead hair follicles with healthy follicles transplanted from other parts of the body. In some cases, the procedure entails removing a hair-rich piece of scalp and grafting it to a region of the head. The operation, called a “strip procedure,” is fairly invasive, requires stitches, and may leave scarring.

The ARTAS hair transplantation procedure, on the other hand, relies on a high-tech robot to seek out individual hairs and reposition them to achieve a more natural appearance. ARTAS involves no stitches or scarring, making it a minimally invasive alternative to the strip procedure. In fact, after doctors administer local anesthetic, patents undergoing ARTAS remain awake during the surgery and usually feel little to no pain.

Male and Female Pattern Baldness

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by Dr Yates

Serving patients with hair loss, the Yates Hair Science Group delivers a variety of restoration solutions through its clinic in Vernon Hills, Illinois. In fact, the Yates Hair Science Group offers a variety of treatments ranging from robot-assisted surgeries to non-surgical options like platelet-rich plasma therapy.

In men, the chief cause of hair loss is a condition called “male pattern baldness.” It affects half of men at 50 years of age and older. People with family members that have male pattern baldness are more likely to develop hair loss themselves. Usually, it manifests as men get older, though in some cases it appears in their teens.

Like in men, women can have a genetic predisposition to hair loss. However, the female analog to male pattern baldness is presented differently. In men, hair loss usually occurs in a recognizable pattern. But for women the hair loss tends to occur uniformly, resulting in a gradual thinning of the hair.

For more information about hair loss in men and women and available treatments, visit

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Offers Alternate Treatment for Hair Loss

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by Dr Yates

The head of the Yates Hair Science Group, Dr. William Yates brings both professional and personal experience to hair restoration science. The options offered by the Yates Hair Science Group, and endorsed by Dr. Yates as both a medical practitioner and a patient, include not only variations on traditional medications and surgeries, but also newly developed treatments, like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

Noted for its ability to reduce pain and inflammation while accelerating the healing of damaged tissue, PRP began seeing use roughly 10 years ago as a treatment for athletic injuries. One of the more curious elements of PRP is that doctors are not entirely certain about how it works as well as it does. While not enough clinical trials have been done to prove anything definitively, patient experiences show encouragingly positive results. The process involves taking a small portion of the patient’s own blood, about 30 millimeters, and separating the plasma and platelets from the rest of the blood, for the purpose of reapplying it to the area in need of treatment. As the theory goes, the platelets and their growth-inducing properties help injured tissues recover at an increased rate.

In time, it was realized that PRP can apply to restoration beyond healing injuries. It thus has seen use as a facial filler and hair restorative, working in a manner similar to a stem cell treatment. As a relatively new process, it is often recommended for patients who might not be good candidates for hair transplants, and as a revitalizing procedure, it is most effective in areas where hair is still present, but thinning.

The Developing Science of Hair Transplants

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Dr. William Yates and the Yates Hair Science Group are committed to combating hair loss, a matter that can have a profound impact on an individual’s confidence and emotional well-being. The Yates Hair Science Group offers multiple treatments and therapies, including newer discoveries like platelet-rich plasma therapy, and modern variations on traditional treatments, such as the basic yet effective hair transplant.

The process hair transplant is simple in concept, and can be compared to transplanting a tree or grafting vines together. The follicle–the gland that grows a single strand of hair–is moved from one area of your scalp to another, growing hair in the new location and helping to reduce the appearance of hair loss by evening out the growth. Because the transplanted hair follicles are those immune to the hormones that trigger hair loss in later years, they should continue growing hair for the rest of the patient’s life, regardless of where they are placed.

Follicle transplants have been performed since the 1950s, but were relatively crude procedures, resulting in extreme pain and scarring. Modern techniques are far more refined, and primarily come in two forms. Follicular unit transplant (FUT) removes a thin strip of skin several inches long, sews the scalp closed, divides the strip into hundreds of smaller sections, and implants those back into the scalp.

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is similar, but removes individual hair follicles for relocation. FUE is a more exacting process, but is less invasive. The use of robotic surgical systems, such as the ARTAS system, allows the FUE procedure to be performed with precision unmatched by any doctor.