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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!

Can Your Hair Loss Medication Cause you to Feel Faint?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Your Hair Loss Medication Cause you to Feel Faint?

There are many different options of hair loss treatment products and although there can be benefits of these products, there can also be side effects. Rogaine (minoxidil) is one of the most popular over-the-counter treatments that is on the market to treat hair loss and there have been some recent reports of unusual side effects associated with using this product.  Rogaine is sold at either a strength of 2% or 5% minoxidil and the 5% version is labeled as “extra strength.”

One of the reported incidents came in November 2014 when a man went to his doctor where he reported that he was experiencing dizziness and that he had suffered from two incidents of fainting.  This man was healthy and he worked out a few times a week.  His doctor performed some tests to see if there was any problem with his heart or to determine if he was suffering from a hormonal imbalance, but all of the tests came back normal.  The man did have low blood pressure though, and this has been known to cause fainting.

However, after some additional questioning, it came out that the symptoms started at the same time that the man starting using a hair loss product.  He had gone to a specialist hair loss clinic and had been given a prescription for a formulation of 12% minoxidil.  This version was more than double the strength of the “extra strength” over-the-counter version.

Minoxidil was actually created in order to treat high blood pressure and during the clinical trials of the drug, they found that the people who were taking it started to have fuller hair.  This was taken as an oral medication when it was being tested to help with high blood pressure.  Because of this, the topical formula, Rogaine, was created, which is specifically designed to treat hair loss.

When minoxidil was taken as an oral medication to treat high blood pressure, it was known that fainting and dizzy spells were side effects, but it is not likely for these side effects to affect those who are applying the drug topically.

It has been determined by experts that because this man was using such a high concentration of Rogaine in a once-a-day formulation, his body was breaking it all down at once, which was directly affecting his heart.  Since the man worked out, this was causing him to suffer from dehydration, which could have made him even more sensitive to the effects of minoxidil.

Those who are suffering from hair loss may find themselves looking for an over-the-counter product that claims to restore your hair, but you should make sure to do some research on the products before using them and find out what the side effects are.  It is also good to look at topical and oral solutions and discuss which might work best for you with a hair loss physician.  It is also important to remember that a hair transplant is the only permanent solution to hair loss.

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.  He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.