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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!

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

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.