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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.

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

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.

Easy Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Posted on: April 17th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Easy Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

There are many men and women who will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life. Some of them will fortunately be able to regrow the hair that was lost, but as we continue to get older, the amount of hair that regrows will slow down and will stop altogether at some point. Heredity is a big contributing factor to how much hair can be regrown and for how long that hair will continue to grow.

Hair loss is typically more problematic for men than women and genetics are the biggest determination to how severe the hair loss will be. Losing your hair can happen at any age and there are many different reasons why people experience hair loss, including:


  • Anxiety
  • Environmental factors
  • Excessive use of heat/chemicals
  • Heredity
  • Pollution
  • Stress


Although you cannot actually “cure” baldness, you are able to do things that will keep your hair as healthy as possible for as long as possible. The first easy way to have healthy hair is to eat healthy. Your hair is made up of proteins and a diet that is healthy and well balanced can cause your hair to be healthier. When you eat a healthy combination of fruits, vegetables, eggs, whole grains, nuts and fish, you are giving your hair the best chance at being strong too. It is also recommended that you eat some foods that are rich in protein and fatty acids.


Making sure that you drink enough water is another way to keep your hair strong and shiny. When you are dehydrated, it can cause your hair to become brittle, dull and it will be more prone to breakage. Water really is the best drink for healthy hair and you should try to cut down on the amount of sugar and caffeine that you drink, since both of those cause you to be more dehydrated.

When you apply a great deal of heat and chemicals to your hair, you can cause great harm. Excessive blow drying, straightening, curling and dying of your hair will make your hair brittle and your hair will lose its strength. In addition, you should choose a shampoo and conditioner that will be gentle on your hair and scalp.


There are numerous benefits to getting a good night of sleep, and healthy hair is one of them. When you get a good 8 hours of sleep at night, your body gets more energy, which in turn allows your body to be able to provide nourishment and strength to your hair. Sleep also helps people to get rid of their stress, which is extremely beneficial since stress is a contributing factor to hair loss.

Many people are afraid that they need to incorporate vigorous exercise in order to reap the benefits from it. However, incorporating walks into your daily routine can help your hair to stay healthy and it may actually promote hair growth. Walking helps to increase your blood circulation, including the circulation on your scalp, and this increases the flow of important nutrients to your hair.


Although there is not a way to cure baldness, by incorporating these tips, you can help your hair to stay as healthy as possible.

Fight Hair Loss With Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Fight Hair Loss With Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

More and more people, even celebrities, are taking advantage of the benefits of state of the art hair transplant procedures like FUE. If you are seeking relief from your hair loss, look to an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates for information! Dr. Yates will take the time to understand your individual problems and point you toward new methods of hair transplantation which can provide you with a great- and natural-looking full head of hair without the risk of large, painful cuts or ugly scarring.

What is FUE?

Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is a procedure in which individual follicular units are harvested or punched from the back of the scalp and transplanted back into the problematic balding areas of the head. Current technology allows hair loss physicians to choose only the most viable follicles for extraction, so they can avoid making a painful cut and transplanting entire strips of hair.

Dr. Yates has mastered the artistic ability to create natural-looking hairlines and achieve ideal levels of hair density. The key is using micro-incisions to create sites to place each individual follicular unit, which will grow into a natural, undetectable pattern over the year following the procedure.

There are several instruments for your physician to choose from when performing FUE. He will make that decision based on the state of an individual’s hair loss and its actual causes in order to achieve optimal results. Dr. Yates has been performing FUE exclusively for over 6 years and is considered one of the best FUE surgeons in the nation. Current technology allows the hair restoration surgeon to choose only the most viable follicles for extraction. This eliminates the traditional cut, pain and large linear scar associated with older methods.

Will I Be A Good Candidate?

Though hair transplants are an elective procedure, there are some basic criteria a patient should meet to ensure that they will be a good candidate for a surgical solution like FUE.
Some of These Criteria Include:

  • A diagnosis of androgenetic alopecia or another condition that will respond well to a hair transplant

Can Children Experience Hair Loss?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Can Children Experience Hair Loss?

It is a fact that most men and women will experience some degree of hair loss at some point in their life, but when children start to experience severe hair loss, it is a sign that something is not quite right. Usually, if a child is experiencing hair loss it is either a symptom of a medical condition or it can be an indication that the child is experiencing some emotional strain. Below are the most common causes of hair loss in children:
Tinea capitis

Tinea capitis is the most common cause of hair loss for children. It is a type of ringworm that attacks the hair and it also causes lesions to develop on the scalp. This is a highly contagious fungal infection that children can contract. The treatment for tinea capitis will be determined by a doctor and will depend on the species of the fungus, the degree of inflammation and for some patients, by the immunologic and nutritional status of the patient.

Unfortunately, some children can suffer from severe emotional strain, which can cause them to start pulling out their hair as a form of self-abuse. Whether they are experiencing hardships at home or at school, some children use hair pulling as a way to deal with the problems. If your child is suffering from hair loss, you should look to see where the thinning areas are on the head. If they are mostly on the child’s dominant side, it may be an indication that they are pulling the hair out themselves. You may also want to stop and think about any major stresses that your child may be dealing with and see if there are any ways to alleviate those stresses.
Alopecia areata

The belief is that alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition, which means the immune system in the body will start to attack itself. This can cause hair follicles to fall out. It is usually noticeable if the hair loss is caused by alopecia areata because the hair loss will happen suddenly and the hair loss will be in round or oval patches which are usually very smooth.
Although alopecia areata cannot be cured, patients can manage the condition with a few different treatment options. If your child is suffering from alopecia areata, you should speak to a hair loss physician to see what your best options are for treatment.
Telogen effluvium

The scientific name for when your hair is in its resting phase of the hair growth cycle is telogen. Telogen effluvium is a condition in which more of your hair roots are pushed prematurely into the resting phase. For most children, only 10-15% of hair will be in the resting phase at any given time, but children who suffer from this condition may have all of their hairs in the resting phase at once. This can cause a time where they will be completely bald. Telogen effluvium is usually caused by a stressful event and once the stress is over, full hair growth will generally occur between 6 months to one year.

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.

How Can Stem Cell Therapy Bring Back My Hair?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

How Can Stem Cell Therapy Bring Back My Hair?

Hair loss is a problem for about 80 million people around the world. Men are more likely to experience hair loss than women (around 90% are afflicted with some type of hair loss by the time they are 50 years old), but women are by no means unaffected by the problem. There are several causes and factors that influence hair loss, ranging from heredity to environmental influence to autoimmune disorders.

Stem cell therapy is used to treat and prevent many different diseases and ailments. Stem cells are unspecialized cells which can be altered to become specific types of cells with directed functions. They can be harvested from many different types of tissue, but in adults they are found in the largest concentrations in the bone marrow and fat tissue (adipose). Fat tissue holds many more stem cells than bone marrow and harvesting from it involves the least risk of doing so with any type of stem cell.

In the past several years, researchers and physicians have developed incredible new methods of using stem cells to treat hair loss in their patients. During the process, an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates harvests stem cells from the patient’s fat tissue and places them into a centrifuge system to concentrate and purify them. They then combine the cells with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and inject them directly into the patient’s scalp to stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss. This treatment provides even more benefits than PRP alone by replacing the lost layer of subcutaneous fat in the scalp where the hair follicle thrives.

Certain types of baldness will cause the scalp not to respond well to this type of therapy because follicle stem cells need a signal from the skin in order to grow hair, but an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates will be able to determine what type of treatment is right for you.

Hair Thickening Products That Really Work!

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Hair Thickening Products That Really Work!

No matter your gender, you will likely encounter the problem of thinning hair or hair loss at some point in your life. There are several factors that cause hair loss, ranging from heredity to environmental influence to autoimmune disorders.

Many companies have begun designing hair growth products to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles to encourage hair growth, make hair appear fuller, and guard against further hair loss. Some of these products can be effective, but there are several factors that will affect their success.

  • The quality of the product. It’s no surprise that some of these products work better than others. Of course you can find things like hair thickening spray at your local drug store, but chances are that you’ll come across far more short-term, cosmetic solutions than high-quality, well-tested products. Seeking hair growth products especially designed by hair loss physicians will be your best bet.
  • The state of the user’s hair loss and the factors causing it. These products will be most effective for people experiencing the beginning stages of hair loss, depending on the root cause. It is always a good idea to consult a hair loss physician before beginning to use one of these products to avoid wasting money and time.
  • Keeping to a strict regimen. Many of these products need a while to bring about noticeable results, so following the instructions that come with the product or recommendations of an experienced hair loss physician is crucial.
  • Practicing other habits that are linked to improving health and hair growth, like eating well and drinking plenty of water.

Dr. Yates has developed a product line to help meet the needs of patients with hair loss. His Hair Fiber Thickener is applied by shaking the fibers gently over affected areas, which allows for even distribution.

With a few shakes, Dr. Yates Hair Enhancer‘s natural keratin filaments attach themselves to your real hair to create a radiant and realistic look. This product can help even those with significant hair loss because the protein fibers attach themselves to the smallest hairs, the ones that you might not even see! The fibers can be used to thicken eyebrows and facial hair as well.

Dr. Yates Hair Enhancer is completely natural and remains on the surface of the scalp, so it causes no damage and can be easily washed out by shampooing. Since this product attaches directly to the existing hair, it will stay in place all day, even in strong winds and rain or through a tough workout. It is available in 8 different colors and affordably priced, making the results impressively natural looking without breaking the bank.

Real Hair Loss Treatment Options For Women

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Real Hair Loss Treatment Options For Women

Though a lot of us typically think about hair loss as being a problem for older men, but the truth is that it can affect just about anybody. More than 35% of women experience hair loss and thinning at some point in their lives. There can be a severe psychological impact that comes along with hair thinning and loss.

This impact can be exacerbated by the fact that many who are affected aren’t aware that their situation is normal and that they have real options. Dr. Yates understands this painful issue and is committed to providing good medical and surgical options for hair restoration in women.
There are a number of things that can cause hair loss or thinning in women, such as physical or emotional stress, pregnancy, hormone imbalances, autoimmune disorders or medical treatments such as chemotherapy. Women also experience hereditary balding.

To address your hair loss problems, the best plan of action is to seek the care of an experienced hair loss physician like Dr. Yates for a medical evaluation and diagnosis. They will assess your symptoms to determine which treatment option will be best for you.

Surgical Hair Transplantation

For women looking for a permanent solution, hair transplantation is a great option. Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is a procedure in which individual follicular units are harvested or punched from the back of the scalp and transplanted back into the problematic balding areas of the head. Current technology allows hair loss physicians to choose only the most viable follicles for extraction so they can avoid making a painful cuts and transplanting entire strips of hair.


Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a procedure during which the patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. The platelets are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles. This process stimulates the body’s own growth factors and stem cells to slow hair loss, reverse miniaturized hair to get follicles to produce a strong, visible hair again, and if used at the time of a hair transplant, it encourages faster graft growth.

Low-level Laser Light Therapy

Low-level laser light therapy is a treatment option for people suffering from androgenetic alopecia who may not be eligible for surgical hair restoration and for those who have undergone transplantation as a supplemental treatment. This kind of therapy directly stimulates the patient’s hair follicles to strengthen them and promote hair growth.

Hair Growth Products

Depending on the severity of hair loss, it may be sensible to rely on well-designed hair growth products. Many companies have begun designing hair growth products to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles to encourage hair growth, make hair appear fuller, and guard against further hair loss. Dr. Yates has harnessed his knowledge and expertise to develop a product line to help meet the needs of patients with hair loss. You can find more information here.

Choosing the Right Doctor to Treat Your Hair Loss

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Choosing the Right Doctor to Treat Your Hair Loss

The majority of people will experience some degree of hair loss at some point. The causes and severity vary from person to person, but for many, hair loss is noticeable and more or less unavoidable.
Without treatment, hair loss sufferers may begin feeling self-conscious about the way they look without a full head of hair. Some will begin wearing hats to hide their head while others try out product after product. In the end, the most permanent and effective solution is without a doubt consulting a hair loss expert for effective medical treatment of their hair loss problem.

Once you’ve made the decision to consult a doctor for treatment, it’ll be important to really do your homework. Sorting through all the options on the internet can be time consuming, but there are several qualities you should be looking for:

Overall Expertise

When searching for a doctor, take a look at the schools they attended, the medical associations they belong to, and patient testimonials to get a good idea of who they are and how they rank.
There are a number of effective hair restoration procedures, but few doctors truly specialize in all of them. Right off the bat, avoid any doctors who offer an outdated, invasive, and painful stripping or FUT procedure. Look for high success rates and praise from patients who have received minimally invasive procedures like FUE hair transplants or scalp-micropigmentation.

Passion & Understanding

Your hair loss physician should truly understand the pain associated with losing your and believe in the difference hair restoration can make for improving one’s appearance and self-confidence. This passion will make an incredible difference throughout your entire experience.

Board Certification + History

If a doctor is really serious about hair restoration, they should be board certified in surgery and hair restoration. These board certification will ensure that a physician has undergone specialized training to identify the root causes of an individual patient’s hair loss and perform the most effective procedures based on their individual circumstances.

Overall, patients seeking treatment for their hair loss should take note of a physician’s experience and credentials, the number of successful treatments they have performed, which treatments they offer, and positive testimonials from their patients. Each of these things signify a physician’s extensive knowledge and specialized skills. If you’re serious about reversing your hair loss, why go to anyone else?