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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

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.