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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!

At What Age Do People Start Losing Their Hair?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

At What Age Do People Start Losing Their Hair?

It is a common misconception that only older men and women experience hair loss or baldness. However, men of any age can become afflicted with male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) and women of any age can develop female pattern baldness. Genetics will determine how much hair loss will be experienced by each person.   Some individuals may experience some thinning or balding when they are as young as 15 or 16 years old, but that would be on the extremely early side.

The onset of male and female pattern baldness is very gradual and both conditions are progressive. People with pattern baldness will usually start to experience some thinning hair or have a hairline that is starting to recede. The amount of noticeable hair loss will increase with age, so at age 30, 30% of people will have some hair loss that is visible and by age 60, 60% of people will have some visible hair loss. Alopecia will usually start to affect men and women when they are in their mid to late twenties.

Although male and female baldness are a predominant cause of hair loss, there are other causes of hair loss as well, but many of the other causes are temporary and treatable. Other causes include stress, diet, lack of sleep, pregnancy and side effects to medication. Baldness from any of these causes can start at any age, and this type of hair loss may continue as long as the person is continuing to go through a change in lifestyle, undergoing a new medical treatment or taking a medication.

Going completely bald does not happen overnight, since the onset of hair loss is gradual and you may initially just look like you have patchy hair or you may have diffused hair patterns. On average, people lose 100 hairs a day and the average person has about 100,000 hairs. Each hair will generally stay on the head for about 4 years and will grow about half an inch per month. Hair usually falls out after 4 years and it will be replaced with new hairs within 6 months. However, as men and women get older, their hair does not grow in as thick, which can make hair loss more noticeable. Pattern baldness is more common with men than women and 25% of men will start to bald when they are 30 years old and 66% of men will either be bald or will have a balding pattern by the time they turn 60.

If you are having some more hair loss than usual, or if you are noticing that your hair is thinning more or if you are having bald spots, 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.


Combining FUE with Scalp Micropigmentation

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by Dr Yates

There are many men who choose to combine different hair loss treatments to get the look that they desire. Some are able to treat male pattern baldness initially with just a hair loss shampoo, but eventually as the baldness progresses, a more aggressive treatment is usually utilized. After trying a hair loss shampoo, some will turn to a prescription or a topical solution.   Eventually, many men will need to use a more aggressive treatment and some men decide to have a hair transplant surgery, while others are opting to have a treatment of scalp micropigmentation. Another popular choice is to have a combination of both of these treatments.

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Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, can be treated very effectively with hair transplant surgery. However, a man will need to be at a certain stage of baldness in order for the treatment to be effective. A hair transplant surgery is best to use when the man’s balding has reached its middle stage. If the man has reached the later phases of baldness, a hair transplant may not be the best option. In order to have a successful hair transplant, there needs to be a donor area that has healthy hair follicles, and in the later stages of balding, there usually not enough healthy hair follicles.

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For men who experience male pattern baldness, their hair will start to recede on the sides and front of their head. Male pattern baldness comes on gradually and may not be noticeable for quite some time. Most men will notice that their hair is becoming thinner and they will have slight balding at first. Over time, the hair loss will increase slowly until they eventually have hair loss on the top of their head, usually in a horseshoe-like formation. The only hair that will be left will be on the back of their head and the sides of their head. Those areas of hair can then be utilized as donor areas for a hair transplant.

Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is a method in which male pattern baldness is treated. In this method, the hair or follicular units are individually harvested or punched from the back of the scalp or donor area. With the traditional strip method for hair transplantation, not only do you have to take all hairs, but the patient also has to endure a painful cut, stitches and scar that they will have to deal with and try to hide. This method is best used for those with a receding hairline and those who have experienced only minor hair loss. Some people are able to reap the benefits of this treatment if they have balding in larger areas, but that would generally require having more than one transplant and they will mostly likely have pretty noticeable scarring. This scarring may be concealed if they combine their hair transplant with Scalp Micropigmentation.

Dealing with scarring is a very normal part of having a hair transplant. Many people will be able to hide scarring when their own hair starts to grow back out. It can be further camouflaged though with Scalp Micropigmentation, since Scalp Micropigmentation will blend in the scars from the FUE treatment. This is especially good for when men want to wear their hair shorter, which could otherwise expose the scarring.

FUE and Scalp Micropigmentation are two hair loss treatments that work very well together to effectively combat hair loss and give very natural looking results. Either treatment can be used on its own, but many are seeing the benefit of combining the two treatments. In order to determine which treatment is going to work best for your particular case and stage of hair loss, you should schedule a consultation so the hair loss physician can determine what will work best for you.