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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 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.


Protect Your Scalp This Summer

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Protect Your Scalp This Summer

As we get into August, we are entering what is usually the hottest month of the summer and many people look to spend as much time outside as possible to soak up those rays and top off their tans. Although it is good and healthy to get your dose of Vitamin D and spend time outside, you need to make sure that you are protecting your skin.

One of the worst feelings is a burn and a bad sun burn can leave you feeling pain all over your body, including on your scalp. Most people are good at remembering to slather their body with SPF before going outside to make sure that their face and body does not get burned, but for those with thinning or balding hair, it is easy to forget to protect your scalp too. Getting a sun burn on your scalp can be extremely painful and you should take care to avoid this.

If you are experiencing thinning or balding hair, it is incredibly important that you put SPF on your scalp, since hair loss leaves your scalp more exposed and is therefore, an easy target for getting burned. In addition to being extremely painful, excessive sunburns can lead to skin cancer. Clinical professor Dr. Paul McAndrews of the USC School of Medicine believes that skin cancer is becoming more and more common for those both men and women who have thinning hair, since more of the scalp is exposed than for those who have thicker hair.

Sun exposure has been known to lead to two different types of skin cancer. Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and Melanoma is the deadliest type. Melanoma usually presents itself in unusual or suspicious looking moles. If you are prone to developing moles, it is especially important that you wear a higher SPF when outside. If you are planning a day outside, you can avoid the most harmful rays if you are outside before 10 am and after 4pm. The most intense heat will be avoided, along with the deadliest rays.

It may seem a little strange to rub suntan lotion right onto your hair. You may want to take some lotion and combine it with a little water and then spray it onto your hair once it has dissolved. They also make spray suntan lotions, although there have been complaints that these are not as effective and do not last as long. If you want to protect yourself without using SPF, you can simply wear a hat.

There is no reason to avoid the rest of the summer and enjoy the nice, warm weather. Just take simple precautions of protecting your skin and scalp to avoid getting a sunburn.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, 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.


Do Hair Transplants Hurt?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Do Hair Transplants Hurt?

Hair loss experts are often asked if hair transplants are painful.   A hair transplant involves removing healthy hair from a donor area and grafting it into an area that has thinning hair or no hair. This type of procedure has been around for about 60 years, but the techniques and methods have continued to improve as technology has advanced. These improvements have allowed for the procedure to become less painful and less invasive for patients.

This outpatient procedure will usually take 4-8 hours, depending on how much hair will be transplanted. Even though this is an outpatient procedure that will take less than a day, it is important to remember that it is a surgery, so there will be some minor discomfort afterwards. A local anesthetic will be given prior to the procedure and once the anesthetic starts to numb the skin, it should eliminate the patient from feeling anything throughout the procedure.

Some patients have said that they felt a minor pulling or tugging feeling during the procedure, but the anesthetic makes it so you will not feel any severe pain. Most patients are usually very surprised at the ease of the procedure and appreciate that there is only minor pain associated with it.

The recovery process is usually fairly simple for most patients. Patients can expect to have some redness on their head where the hair was transplanted and their scalp may feel a little tender for a few days. There may also be some mild pain and an anti-inflammatory can be taken to reduce it.

Most patients can go back to their normal activities within 1-2 days. Patients will receive post-procedure instructions from their physician and if they follow that care plan, it will minimize and ease any discomfort from the procedure.

Hair transplants have really progressed and changed and the procedure has become faster and less invasive. The pain from the procedure is minimal and the benefits of the surgery far outweigh any mild discomfort that the patients may experience. Hair transplants are the only permanent solution for hair loss and the results are very real and natural-looking hair.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, 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.


Steps to Take to Have Healthy Hair

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Steps to Take to Have Healthy Hair

Having a full head of healthy hair is something that is important to many people, but unfortunately, many men and women will suffer from some degree of hair loss at some point throughout their life. The main factor that determines if you will suffer from hair loss is heredity, but there are other factors as well. If your genetics are what make you prone to hair loss, you cannot do anything to stop the hair loss, but you can treat it and you may be able to make changes to avoid hair loss caused by other factors.

In addition to heredity causing hair loss, other causes include:

  • Chemical damage
  • Environmental factors
  • Excessive heat
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress/anxiety

Men and women can both do things that can slow down/combat hair loss in order to maintain healthy and full looking hair. Drinking water has numerous known benefits, but many people are unaware of the benefits that water has on keeping your hair radiant and strong. Your hair can become very dull, dry and brittle, thus making it more prone to breakage if you are not hydrated properly. Water is the best drink to stay hydrated, since sugary drinks and drinks with caffeine can actually cause you to be more dehydrated.

Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is another way that you can keep your hair strong. There are many different proteins that make up your hair, so eating a balanced diet allows your stay to remain healthy. Eating vegetables, fruits, fish, eggs, nuts and whole grains will help your hair to be healthy. It is also suggested to eat food that is rich in protein and fatty acids.

Exercise is another way that you can help your hair. Something as simple as a brisk walk can improve your circulation, thus increasing the blood flow to your scalp. This increased blood flow also increases the flow of nutrients to your hair follicles, which in return allows your hair to be healthy.

There are so many benefits that a good night of sleep has, and healthy hair is one of them. You can get stressed much more easily if you are not well-rested and stress has a negative effect on your hair growth. When you eliminate stress, your body gets more energy, which allows your body to provide your hair with the nourishment that it needs to grow.

Excessive use of chemicals and heat can also do severe damage to your hair. You should choose hair care products that will be gentle for your hair, and you should try to use hair dryers and hair straighteners sparingly. Excessive heat and overusing chemicals make your hair dry and brittle and more prone to breakage. Using products that are milder and/or doing your best to avoid them altogether will help your hair to stay healthier.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, 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.