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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!

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Posted on: November 10th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Under the direction of hair restoration surgeon Dr. William Yates, the Yates Hair Science Group offers a range of surgical and nonsurgical options for the treatment of hair loss. In addition to treating men, Dr. Yates is committed to meeting the unique medical, emotional, and aesthetic needs of women who experience hair loss.

Although hereditary hair loss is more common and typically more pronounced among men, many women also face this genetic condition, known in the scientific community as androgenetic alopecia. Other causes of women’s hair loss are specific to the female gender. Telogen effluvium, for example, commonly occurs after pregnancy, causing women to shed significant amounts of hair on a daily basis. This condition also can occur after major surgery, extreme weight loss, and periods of intense stress.

Because they face higher risks from certain diseases, such as lupus and thyroid disease, women more frequently experience the hair loss that often accompanies these diseases. Hair loss also can occur as a result of common female health issues such as iron deficiency and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Hair Loss in Women

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Led by Dr. William Yates, Yates Hair Science Group, is located in Chicago. Serving the Midwest as a comprehensive resource for the treatment of hair loss, Yates Hair Science Group uses the most advanced techniques to perform ARTAS hair restoration, follicular unit extraction (FUE), and hair transplant procedures. Dr. Yates performs hair transplants for men and women.

For women, hair loss can be a triple threat, as it impacts them medically, emotionally, and cosmetically. Women lose confidence in their attractiveness when the hair begins to thin or fall out in patches. Finding the root of the hair loss issue is the beginning of treatment.

Hair loss in women can be attributed to one of four causes. Androgenetic alopecia is a thinning of the hair all over the scalp due to an excess of androgens. Telogen effluvium is caused by trauma, like major surgery or childbirth. The telogen phase of hair shedding is activated by the trauma and hair falls out by the handful. Anagen effluvium is the result of chemotherapy. Hair is impacted at the cellular level and the result can be a loss of 90 percent of the hair during this period of treatment. The fourth cause of hair loss is traction alopecia, caused by tightly braided hair, cornrows, and pony tails. The hair is traumatized by the tight constrictions and falls out.

Contraceptives Can Cause Hair Loss in Women

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Yates Hair Science Group provides state-of-the-art procedures for the treatment of hair loss. Guided by Dr. William Yates, Yates Hair Science Group offers treatment for both men and women.

Women who have a predisposition to hormonal changes can undergo hair loss while taking birth control pills, and for several months after ceasing to take the pill. If there is a history of hair loss genetically in the family, birth control pills can trigger hair loss. The American Hair Loss Association recommends that women with hair loss tendencies use low-androgen birth control pills.

There are other products that release hormones for birth control purposes other than birth control pills. These can also create hair loss for women. Progestin implants such as Norplant, hormone injections like Depo-Provera, skin patches like Ortho Evra, and the vagina ring (NuvaRing) all release hormones into the blood stream that can cause hair loss. Women who are sensitive to hormones or who are predisposed to hair loss, may consider non-hormonal forms of birth control.

It is noted that any drug or treatment that changes the hormones in a woman’s body can induce hair loss.

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

Women’s Hair Loss Treatment

Posted on: June 9th, 2016 by Dr Yates

With locations in Vernon Hills and Chicago, Yates Hair Science Group strives to make a positive impact on the self-confidence of patients who are losing their hair. Dr. William Yates uses only the best methods, technologies, and products to promote hair regrowth and replacement. Although hair restoration is often associated with men’s hair loss, Yates Hair Science Group also provides women with top surgical and medical hair restoration options.

Hair loss in women occurs for many reasons, including stress, traction alopecia, autoimmune disorders, heredity, and medical treatments. Many women experiencing hair loss resort to wigs or other methods to hide the condition. Both follicular unit extraction and follicular unit transplantation are effective treatments for women with these issues.

Depending on the results of a medical evaluation and diagnosis, other non-surgical treatments are sometimes preferable. One such treatment is platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which involves taking PRP from the patient’s own blood to stimulate hair growth.

Yates Hair Science Group Offers Hair Restoration for Women

Posted on: May 31st, 2016 by Dr Yates

A hair restoration practice based in Chicago, Yates Hair Science Group offers a full range of hair solutions for women experiencing hair loss. Female hair loss can occur for any number of reasons, from medication and diet to stress and thyroid irregularities. Yates Hair Science Group regularly performs non-surgical hair loss procedures such as stem cell treatment, scalp micro pigmentation, and platelet rich plasma therapy. If necessary, patients may benefit from surgical hair restoration procedures such as follicular unit extraction and scar repair.

Yates Hair Science Group is led by Dr. Yates, a prominent hair restoration surgeon and one of the foremost Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) surgeons in the United States. He received his BA and MD from Northwestern University, later going on to complete a surgical internship at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. Outside of his practice in Chicago, Dr. Yates teaches other surgeons how to use techniques such as the ARTAS robotic hair transplant system.