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What are Neuromodulators?

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Neuromodulators are injections that once applied, serve as a wrinkle-relaxing. The key ingredient is Botulin Toxin (read more about it here), a small amount of the neuromodulator is injected directly into the underlying muscle, triggering a gradual relaxation and smooth appearance of the area injected.

At Dr. Yates LifeStyle Med, we have two types of Neuromodulators available. Botox and Dysport. Cosmetically, these are used to treat wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet and other areas where crevices have formed.

BOTOX
-Made by Allergan
-Minimally Invasive
-FULL results can be seen within two weeks
-FDA approved
-Results typically last about 3 months

DYSPORT
-Made by Galderma
-Minimally Invasive
-Results can be seen 24 to 48 hours
-FDA approved
-Results can last between 3-4 months

To learn more about Botox (click here)

Dysport has a different process formula than Botox but they target wrinkles in the same way. With both products the results are temporary, however an experienced Injector can maintain positive results with regular treatments approximately every 3 to 6 months.

To make the best decision about which Neuromodulator would work best for you, a consult with the Injector based on each person’s different needs will help you make the choice.

You can read more about our Nurse Injector Carol here.

Hair Loss Awareness Month. Symptoms and What To Do?

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Hair Loss Awareness Month

On our previous post, we talked about the Who and the Why for Hair Loss, as a continuation, this week we bring you more information.

What are the symptoms of Hair Loss?
When it comes to Head Hair Loss, the thinning appears gradually on top of the head. In men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead, Women in the other hand, retain the forehead line as the part in their hair starts broadening.
Patchy and circular bald spots, are not very frequent but can happen and be very itchy and bothersome.

By the time most patients see a Hair Transplant Surgeon, they have already lost about 50% of hair at an area.

What to do about Hair Loss?
Non-Surgical Options: These options are to help retain hair, improve the quality of the hair you are holding and potential regrowth.
-Minoxidil (Rogaine), this is an over-the-counter treatment that will increase blood flow as well as oxygen and nutrient delivery to the follicle.
-Finasteride (Propecia), this is the only FDA approved oral medication for male pattern baldness. This products works best when used to treat patients with male pattern baldness and has been shown to provide about 30% improvement when used for at least 6 months.
-Laser Devices are the only FDA approved devices to help with Hair Loss treatment. Low Level Laser Light Therapy promotes tissue repair while helping with regeneration to stimulate cellular activity. This type of therapy has proven highly effective to treat Hair Loss as well as wound healing, nerve regeneration, joint pain relief, and other conditions.
Low Level Light Therapy, can be used at the Surgeon’s office for treatments that last between 30 to 45 minutes. There are also LLLT devices like the Laser Cap or Capillus Laser that can be bought and used in the comfort of your home.
-PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), this procedure is performed at the Doctor’s office where blood is taken from the patient, the blood is then placed on a centrifuge where the blood is separated from the platelets.
Platelets are high in proteins that accelerate wound healing and regeneration, the Platelet Rich Plasma stimulates the hair follicle to boost up the follicles and helping hair grow longer and thicker.
-Follicular Micro Pigmentation (Scalp Micro Pigmentation), is an advanced method of cosmetic pigmentation (similar to tattooing). FMP is done by highly specialized equipment, techniques and an experienced professional to inject pigment into the epidermal level of the scalp in order to replicate the natural appearance of real hair and can be used alone or in conjuction with other treatments.

Surgical Options:
-Hair Transplant is a surgical technique that moves hair follicles from one part of the scalp “donor site” to the area in need of hair “recipient site”. Although primarily used to treat male pattern baldness, it is now also used to treat females and the transgender community to achieve the hair line goals they desire.

Types of Hair Transplant:
-Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is the old fashion “Strip” surgery where a linear strip of hair gets removed from the donor area and then the follicles get extracted to be implanted into the recipient site. This type of Hair Transplant, leaves behind a noticeable scar and while you get more hair follicles, not all of them are the best quality for transplant.
-Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a technique where the surgeon removes follicular units containing 1 to 4 hairs using tiny punches of between 0.6mm to 1.0mm in diameter. The surgeon then uses fine needles to puncture the receiving sites and placing them in a customized density and pattern to promote a realistic hair pattern. FUE gives a great result while looking natural and scar free.
FUE can be done manually by a highly experienced surgeon or by robotic means such as ARTAS or Neograft, however, these have a downside when it comes to the punch size being relatively large when compared to other manual extraction.

Stay tuned for our next post about Prevention and Products!

Botox, what is it and how does it work?

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Botulinum Toxic type A is a neurotoxin protein approved by the FDA to use for temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe facial frown lines and also for other medical uses.

In 1987 a medical practice split between a Dermatologist and an eye Doctor, noticed that the BOTOX injected near the eyes to treat blepharospasm (uncontrollable eye twitching) was also diminishing the patients’ frown lines, some patients were even asking for it even if the eye twitching wasn’t present. It took a few years for the FDA to approve BOTOX for cosmetic use, but since then, it has become the number 1 non-surgical cosmetic procedure and although providers were targeting mostly females, BOTOX has rapidly become the number 1 cosmetic procedure for males as well.

Botox is cosmetically used for treatment of wrinkles, most often the wrinkles on forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines. When a wrinkle is injected with BOTOX, the muscle cannot contract, hence softening/disappearing the appearance of the wrinkles.

How is the BOTOX applied? How soon will I see results?
BOTOX should only be applied by a Medical Doctor or Registered Nurse, certified and knowledgeable of facial anatomy and neuro-muscular dynamic. All BOTOX applications should be done in a medical setting.

BOTOX treatments vary in length depending on the areas to be treated, but it is mostly a rapid procedure. The MD or RN will assess your face and ask you to gesture and wrinkle in order to determine where the injections will be best administered at, then they will clean the area to be treated and inject.
Results are typically seen 24-72 hours and full results within two weeks, the results last between 3 to 4 months depending on the area treated.

What not to do after?
Although you can go back to your daily activities, it is advised that you avoid laying down for the next 4 hours and that you don’t touch the treated areas.

Dr. William Yates is a Board Certified Surgeon, owner of Dr. Yates LifeStyle Med, we thrive in providing our patients with the utmost care and satisfaction. Our team of experts are all medically trained, Allergan trained and our Nurse is a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses and The Illinois Medspa Association.

Call us today, to schedule your free consultation!

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.


Hair Solutions for Transgender Men and Women

Posted on: June 13th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Hair Solutions for Transgender Men and Women

Many transgender persons who decide to undergo surgery during their transition elect to have hair transplants in addition to other procedures and therapies. There are a lot of things to consider when performing transplants on trans individuals, so finding a doctor with experience working with their unique needs is vital.

Patients undergoing a male-to-female (MTF) transition and those undergoing a female-to-male (FTM) transition both present specific challenges with respect to hair restoration. For both groups, significant alteration to hairlines are often necessary to provide desired results. Variations in directional flow of hair and potential for future hair loss should always be taken into account

MTF transgender patients are typically looking to achieve a more feminine hairline and/or combat naturally occurring male pattern baldness. Feminine hairlines are lower, flatter, and rounder than masculine ones, but the most important factor is fitting the hairline to the patient’s face in a natural and complimentary way. Hairpieces and wigs can help for certain patients, but most who have the means would prefer to have their own hair they can grow and style.

FTM patients often get hair transplants to appear more masculine. In many cases, this includes transplantation of facial and chest hair in addition to alteration of the natural hairline. FTM patients are often prescribed a hormone regimen which promotes facial hair growth, but the density is not always ideal. These hormones can also cause trans men to begin experiencing male pattern baldness, so thickening of hair on the scalp may still be necessary.

Dr. Yates uses the same procedures for trans individuals as he does for his cisgender patients, but has worked with a number of transgender patients. He knows what it takes to achieve optimal results and believes that experience and understanding are key to providing his transgender patients with everything they might need.


Skin Protection. Sunscreen types.

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

Summer is almost here! Better weather means you need great sun protection to prevent a number of unsightly skin conditions.

There are so many options on the market today, it can be a bit confusing. When it comes to taking preventative skin care measures into your own hands, sunscreen is up high on the list.

Here is a break down so you can choose what you feel is best for your skincare needs!

 

The main two types of sun protection are physical and chemical.

 

Chemical sunscreens are what you see most often on your shelves at your local stores, beaches and pool decks. They most often come in lotions or sprays. They are easily absorbed, hydrating to the skin and need about 20 minutes of curing time before sun exposure. These are designed to prevent sunburns but not to prevent tanning. They absorb the UV rays and then transform them into heat which is why it sill causes tanning, freckling, age spots and melasma.

 

Physical Sunscreen act differently creating a barrier on the skins surface that shields and reflects the UV rays. This type is best for problematic skin and works immediately when applied. The downside is it often leaves a white residue on the skins surface and is more easily rubbed off.

 

If your looking for the strongest preventative measure, in my opinion, physical sunscreen is the best option with proper usage in conjunction with internal and external antioxidants! We offer this powerful combination for you at Dr Yates Lifestyle Med Office for you to take home. Start your summer off with this new healthy habit!

Lupus, how does it affect your hair?

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. The inflammation caused by lupus may affect many different body systems, including your hair and skin.

Lupus attacks your immune system and healthy tissue. There is no known cause for lupus but genetics and environment can be potential triggers.

Discoid lupus is a chronic kind of lupus that directly attacks skin (including scalp). The lesions caused by discoid lupus develop as a red, inflamed patch with scaling and sometimes crusty appearance, in the scalp it causes the same combined with itchiness and flakiness.

Dealing with a lupus diagnosis can be hard and upsetting when dealing with physical appearance changes. Lupus doesn’t directly cause hair loss but the inflammation and irritation caused to skin can trigger hair loss, also the stress of dealing with lupus can cause hair thinning or loss.

Discoid lupus, is one of the top causes of alopecia but if caught and treated early, the outcome can be positive. While not two cases of lupus are the same, only a doctor can recommend what would be the best course of treatment for each patient. When treating patients we strive for:

  1. Hair Retention
  2. Improve quality of hair
  3. Potential regrowth

In order to retain hair, we use:

– PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment. Blood is taken from the patient and put in a centrifuge machine to separate the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells, the platelet rich plasma is then injected in the scalp (previously numbed) to allow for natural cell regeneration. PRP increases development of blood vessels, which in turn promote hair retention and in some patients growth.

– Propecia. This is recommended for male patients experiencing genetic male pattern balding.

– Laser Therapy. Low level laser light is used to stimulate hair follicles, in this process photons are irradiated into the scalp to be absorbed by weak cells, this in turn improves blood circulation and energizes the cells within the follicles which allows for the follicles to work more efficiently and effectively in producing hair.

To treat hair and scalp, Dr. Yates has a haircare line dedicated to scalp health and to help with hair health. Our Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo is the best course of action to detox your scalp, this helps remove build up of products and resets the PH levels of the hair. Using our Thickening Shampoo and our Thickening Serum make the hair strong and healthy.

We have a whole line of products that are dedicated to heal, detox and nourish your hair and scalp.

We also have options to potentially re-grow hair, these therapies are recommended on an individual basis after Dr. Yates assesses your scalp. The results vary patient to patient and are only performed upon carefully determining if the patient is a candidate.

– Hair Transplant. Doctor Yates uses the Follicular Unit Extraction method (FUE), this state of the art technology in hair transplantation method leaves minimal scaring and natural results.

– Scalp Micro Pigmentation. This is medical grade hairline pigmentation of the scalp where organic pigments are applied at the epidermal level of the scalp to give the illusion of real hair follicles or in some cases the illusion of hair density.

At Dr. Yates LifeStyle Med, our commitment is to give each patient the best quality of care while providing support through all the stages of lupus. While there is no known cure, there are available treatments to prevent further hair loss. We are located in Chicago and have patients traveling to us from all over the world to receive the highest standard of care. Give us a call at 312-261-0872 or visit us at http://dryateshairscience.com

The 411 on Hair Loss and Treatment Options

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

The 411 on Hair Loss and Treatment Options

Hair loss is a problem for millions of men and women throughout the world. Men and women experience different degrees of hair loss and their hair loss can be caused by many different reasons. The most common type of hair loss is male pattern baldness, and an estimated 90% of men will experience it by the time they are 50 years old.

 

So what causes hair loss? As previously stated, male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss that men suffer from. When men have male pattern baldness, they have a genetic sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and the hair follicles that are sensitive to it begin to shrink, which shortens their lifespan dramatically. Over time, the follicles that were affected will stop growing new hair completely.

 

Other causes of hair loss include diet, environmental factors, symptoms of illnesses or hormonal changes. The only permanent solution for hair loss is hair transplantation surgery, since that is the only hair loss solution that can completely restore a full head of hair and give you back your hairline.

 

There are some misunderstandings that people have about hair loss and many believe that hair loss comes from the mother’s side of the family. This is not true. Baldness is inherited, but it comes from both your mother and your father’s genes. Another misconception is that hair loss will stop eventually as you get older. The truth is that hair loss will not stop, but will actually get worse as you get older, since it is a progressive condition.

 

Luckily for those afflicted with hair loss, there are different treatment options available, depending on the extent and cause of hair loss. There are treatments that have been shown to slow down the hair loss process and some treatments even help to regrow hair that has been lost. Both Propecia and Rogaine are commonly used as a non-surgical treatment, since they can be effective in slowing down hair loss and helping men and women to regrow some hair. However, in order for these treatments to be successful, you have to be at a mild to moderate stage of hair loss.

There are also laser treatments available to help the hair follicles to regenerate. This is a great option for some people since it is not as intensive. However, this is a treatment that will need to be kept up with in order to maintain results.

 

Since male pattern baldness is genetic, there is no way to prevent it. All you can do is slow down the extent of the hair loss, but it cannot be reversed. If you are in an advanced stage of hair loss, the only permanent solution would be to have hair restoration surgery. A hair loss expert will be able to determine if this would be the best course of treatment for you.

 

Hair restoration has become increasingly popular for both men and women. In this procedure, healthy hair will be taken from a donor area and will be transplanted to areas that have thinning hair or areas that have no hair. These hair grafts will each have 1-4 hairs in them. In order to be a candidate for this treatment, you will need to have sufficient healthy hair in a donor area. The results from this procedure are natural looking hair that are permanent.

 

A hair loss expert will help determine what has caused your hair loss and will be able to discuss your hair loss treatment options. If you are considering treatment for your hair loss, contact a hair loss expert in order to get the most accurate and best information possible to help you make your decision.


How Often Should You Really Shampoo Your Hair?

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

How Often Should You Really Shampoo Your Hair?

 

The “no-poo” movement is in full swing. It seems like just about everyone is raving about the benefits of cutting shampoo out of their regimen. But is there really any science to back it up? Is it something that can benefit everybody?

 

First off, while everyone’s hair is different and requires different care, no one should need to wash their hair every single day. Washing too often can actually do more harm than good because it can dry out your scalp causing it to produce excess oil.
There are several factors which will affect how oily your hair will get whether or not you’re washing with shampoo:

  • Skin type: If your skin and hair are normal to dry (think about which moisturizer you use), you probably only need to wash it a couple times a week. If you have a greasy scalp, you likely need to wash your hair more often.
  • Hair texture: Texture affects how quickly sebum coats your hair. Coarse or curly hair slows down the spread of oil, so if you have hair like this you may only need to shampoo once a week. On the other hand, people with fine, straight hair will likely need to shampoo twice a week or more.
  • Styling: Another thing to consider is amount of styling and treating your hair goes through. Processed or damaged hair doesn’t need to be washed as often.
  • Age: As we grow older, our hair changes and makes care a little more complicated. Grey or curly hair need moisture. Oily hair, doesn’t need much. Thinning hair can be caused by clogged pores, so washing becomes more necessary to prevent further loss.

 

It may also be the case that you prefer your hair when it’s freshly washed or has a few days to thicken up. Since the optimal system will be different for everybody, the best practice is to try out different washing routines or check with a haircare specialist to settle on one that’s right for you.