Top 10 Hair Loss Misconceptions

January 15th, 2016

More than half of the male population aged 50 and above suffers from some form of hair loss. There are many products and treatments available to combat this problem. Unfortunately, many of the hair loss solutions available today are not as effective as they claim to be. It can be quite difficult to determine which products are the best options for hair loss.

Much like the treatments out there, there is also a lot of information and misinformation about hair loss itself. Patients can’t differentiate between the myths and facts. Here are some of the most common misconceptions people have regarding hair loss.

1. You will suffer from hair loss if one of your parents did

While it is true that hair loss is genetic, you can’t expect it simply because one of your parents has this problem. Like most inherited traits, hair loss is brought about by the genes of your immediate and extended relatives from both sides of your family. There are several other factors that contribute to hair loss aside from your genes. These factors include hormonal imbalance, systemic diseases, poor nutrition and certain medications.

2. The hair loss gene comes from your mother’s side

Hair loss is not necessarily inherited from the mother’s side. Inheritance is stronger on the maternal side but hair loss can be inherited from the paternal side as well. If the condition is present on either side, you’re still at risk for it but not as much as when it runs on both sides of your family.

3. Hair loss only occurs in older people

Hair loss is commonly seen in older people but that doesn’t mean that the younger ones won’t suffer the same fate. No one is too young for hair loss especially if you’re genetically predisposed to it. Hair loss can hit as early as the teenage years. If you notice that your hair is not as thick and full as it used to be, it might be a sign of hair loss. Hair thinning is progressive and often the first step to hair loss. The best thing to do is have it checked by a specialist because the sooner it is treated, the better the treatment options.

4. Hair fall is the first sign of hair loss

Contrary to popular belief, hair loss is not synonymous to hair fall. It isn’t the first sign either. You don’t become bald because of the hundred or so hair strands that fall off your head on a daily basis. Hair loss is brought about by your hair being replaced by thinner hairs. This process is known as “miniaturization.” Hair fall is actually a normal thing. But if large amounts of hair are falling off, there may be some underlying problem and it is advised that you see your doctor right away.

5. Pulling hairs can cause hair loss

The repeated pulling out of hairs can lead to what doctors call traction alopecia. This type of hair loss is caused by repeated trauma to the hair follicle which then leads to scarring to the point that the follicle can no longer produce hair. This follows the same reasoning as plucking your eyebrows. Plucking hairs on a regular basis can get rid of them for good. However, occasional pulling out of some grey hairs when needed should not cause any serious problems at all.

6. Stress leads to hair loss

Stress can lead to many things but hair loss isn’t one of them. Just think about it: If everyday stress can cause hair loss then we’d all be bald! Hair loss and stress are often associated with each other because people tend to lose some hair due to extreme stress. Hair loss that is caused by extreme psychological distress is known as telogen effivum where the hair follicles are driven to their shedding phase way too early. According to the American Hair Loss Association, this type of hair loss is most often seen during childbirth.

7.  Wearing caps and hats will make you go bald

Wearing caps and hats does not cause hair loss. They would have to be tight enough to the point that they pull a lot of hair off your head for them to cause some hair loss. It is also a complete myth that caps and hats prevent hair follicles from getting oxygen. The oxygen supply of hair follicles is derived from the bloodstream and not from the air.

8. Frequent use of shampoo causes hair loss

People think frequent shampooing causes hair loss because they notice some hair falling out when they shampoo. Again, hair loss and hair fall are not the same thing. There is no evidence that connects hair loss to the number of times you shampoo your hair per week. In fact, shampooing less often can be bad for your hair. Shampoo cleans oil off the scalp and prevents dandruff. Be sure to shampoo your hair regularly and remember that it is normal to lose a few strands during the process.

9. Supplements can help hair grow back

Although some supplements are good for your hair, there isn’t a pill that can induce hair regrowth.

10. Hair loss can be prevented

Hair loss is caused by miniaturization and, so far, there is nothing that can be done to stop this process. There is no preventive measure for hair loss but there is early intervention. Once hair loss takes place, there are a few things that can address the problem. For men, certain medications and hair transplant surgery can help turn the hair clock back a couple of years.

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The Curious Case of Tom Brady’s Hairline

December 30th, 2015

Anyone looking at Tom Brady’s life from the outside would think he is leading a charmed life. It seems that he has everything a man could wish for including good looks, a stellar career, a legion of fans and the gorgeous Gisele Bundchen as his wife.

It’s said that nobody is perfect and Tom Brady is no exception. It has been speculated that the future NFL Hall-of-Famer has been having some problems with a receding hairline. It’s also been whispered that he (ALLEGEDLY) underwent a hair transplant. While there has been no confirmation about this from Tom or his wife, evidence circulating on the Internet tells a different story. We’ve gathered a couple of pieces of evidence to try and determine if the famous quarterback is indeed fighting a battle with hair loss.

  1. He almost always wears a cap in public:

Tom is almost always seen wearing a cap wherever he goes. While this could be nothing more than a fashion statement, people are quick to assume that the cap is his way of hiding a receding hairline.

  1. He went to a hair transplant clinic:

There are reports claiming Tom visited hair restoration clinics on two separate occasions. The first visit was in Manhattan in 2008 while the other was in 2010. In the 2010 incident, Tom’s car was seen parked outside a hair transplant clinic in Rhode Island. While only the car was seen and not Tom himself, celebrity watchers speculate that he went there to seek consultation and treatment for his alleged hair loss problem. There’s no hard evidence to prove this fact. He might have just been giving a friend a lift to the clinic.

  1. He has had many different hairstyles:

Tom has sported many different hairstyles over the years. He even sported a Justin Bieber haircut at one time in his life. There was also a time when he sported a shaggy hairstyle that might have been an attempt to hide his thinning hair.

  1. His wife suggested using hair plugs:

When supermodel Gisele Bundchen married Tom, they promised to be with each other through “thick and thin.” She probably didn’t expect the “thin” part to be his hair. According to reports, Gisele encouraged her hubby to get hair plugs. This isn’t the first time she meddled with his hair issues. Many people think that Tom’s long hairstyle was actually suggested by his wife. The lovely supermodel seems very determined to prevent her husband’s impending “bald-death sentence.”

  1. His father suffered from the same problem:

Tom’s father is bald so experts assume that he will suffer the same fate. After all, hair loss is genetic. Furthermore, the doctor of the hair loss clinic where he was allegedly seen was quoted as saying that Tom’s father must have passed the hair loss genes to his son.  The good doctor even said that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the proverbial baldness tree.”

As compelling as these pieces of evidence might seem, all of these theories are mere speculation. Until Tom Brady confirms publicly that he is indeed suffering from hair loss, the public might never know the real story.

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How Are Eyebrow Hair Transplants Performed?

December 15th, 2015

Eyebrows play an important role in face symmetry. They make the very first impression about the face. Sometimes, due to injuries, burns or an incident at the time of birth, the eyebrows lose their symmetry and medical help is necessary to make them more symmetrical. The method used for permanent restoration of the hair on eyebrows is known by the name eyebrow restoration or eyebrow hair transplant.

Eyebrows can lose their symmetry due to an over-plucking of hair on the eyebrows as well as injuries and burns. Autoimmune diseases also affect the eyebrows. Some people lose their eyebrows due to old age orthyroid diseases that affect the symmetry of the eyebrow as well as make the eyebrows thin.

Eyebrow Hair TransplantThe procedure for a hair transplant in the eyebrows depends on if the hair loss is full or partial. Anywhere from 50 to 500 follicles of hair can be transplanted during the hair transplant procedure. Hairs from the scalp are used for the restoration of eyebrow symmetry. The harvested hairs from the scalp are restored in the eyebrows just like it is done in scalp hair restoration. However, the surgeon should be trained to perform such a precise procedure as eyebrow hair restoration.

Transplanting hairs in the eyebrow is a normal outpatient procedure. It can take 4 to 5 hours under local anesthesia. First, the shapes of the eyebrows are marked by pencil so that hairs can be transplanted to the marked shape decided on by the doctor and the patient before the procedure.

A single hair follicle unit with a very small diameter is used for transplantation. Automated follicular unit extraction method with neograft is the best-known method used in eyebrow transplants. This method can be performed easily and requires less time for healing. In previous methods of eyebrow transplants, a strip method was used that could cause scars. A hair follicle is chosen that closely resemble the eyebrow hairs. The single hair graft can be placed precisely and the shape of the eyebrows can be made accurately. Very small incisions are made to place the hair follicles at the eyebrows.

Dried crusts from the eyebrows should be removed gently before washing the face after the procedure. After every face wash, antibiotic ointments are applied to prevent any infections. Bruising is a common side effect of the procedure. Patience is required after the procedure as it takes time for the final results to become visible.

Some advantages of the automated follicular unit extraction method with neograft include:

  1. It is easy to perform.
  2. It doesn’t leave any scars.
  3. Sutures are not used in this method.
  4. Recovery time is not very long.

The eyebrow hair growth becomes slower over the course of time. The transplanted hairs start appearing like the previous hair. The procedure is followed by two or three sessions that help in shaping the eyebrows and the final look on the patient will be seen after nine or ten months.

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You Can Have a Transplant Just Like a Celebrity!

November 18th, 2015

Hair transplant procedures are desired by a good number of people even though they don’t go ahead and have a procedure.  Why do so many people put off having a hair transplant? The main reason is they simply don’t want others to know they have had a procedure. One group of people this is especially true for is celebrities. They are constantly in the public eye and don’t want the press (or their fans) to know the truth about their hairline (or lack of one).  Luckily for celebrities and non-celebrities alike, there is a procedure that can help them maintain their privacy and it is called non-shaven FUE hair transplant.

Celebrity FUE Hair TransplantCelebrity FUE hair transplant is also known as a non-shaven hair transplant.  It is a hair restoration procedure where the surgeon doesn’t have to shave any of the hair on the donor area in order to harvest hair. The non-shaved hair lessens the chance of others detecting any kind of procedure performed on the patient. In turn, this allows the patient to enjoy a faster recovery time as well as maintain their normal hairstyle.  The final bonus is the ability to return to work almost immediately after the procedure. Also, there is minimal swelling and no disfigurement after the procedure.

Why was non-shaven FUE created? It was invented to allow celebrities to have a hair restoration procedure without needing to experience any downtime or visible signs of the procedure. Also, most celebrities try to prevent any hair loss issues before they become too prominent. This means that less donor hair is required to perform the procedure.

There are some important things to remember about the procedure:

  • Celebrity FUE is not limited solely to celebrities. It is available to any and all patients who meet the medical requirements of the procedure.
  • Celebrity FUE doesn’t necessarily give patients an overall better result in terms of more coverage or a higher density of hair. Just because the procedure is more expensive doesn’t mean it automatically gives better quality results relative to the number of grafts received.
  • The average cost of the procedure is more than the cost of a regular FUE procedure. For example, the average procedure cost in the city of Los Angeles is $10,000. Please note that the final price can vary depending on the total number of grafts.
  • The recovery time is lower thanks to the smaller number of grafts transplanted on the patient, the non-shaven area and the smaller size of the procedure.

Celebrity FUE is currently only performed using manual FUE extraction techniques. Since it is a non-shaven procedure, robotic techniques can’t detect and see grafts like they normally do in regular FUE procedures. However, if the grafts are correctly selected and placed, the patient’s hair transplant should be a permanent solution since the transplanted grafts are taken from the permanent zone. This minimally invasive procedure has very effective results. In addition to the effective results, it opens up the availability of hair transplants to a group of patients who might not have undergone a procedure earlier due to concerns about the procedure being detected by others. While there are still some celebrities that maintain a shaved head, there is no need for them to keep that look thanks to Celebrity FUE.

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Can Studies On Mice Help Human Hair Growth?

November 3rd, 2015

In the battle against hair loss, some people resort to toupees and combovers to try and hide their hair loss. Whether it is vanity, not wanting to be “discovered” as having a hair transplant or a fear of the unknown, many people avoid having a hair transplant. However, science continues to work on new solutions for hair loss. One of the most recent hair loss treatment discoveriesHuman hair loss solution might come from a study on mice involves blocking certain enzymes. A new study shows that bald mice underwent these enzyme blocking treatments and proceeded to show new hair growth within 10 days of the treatment.

Columbia University Medical Center researchers spent last year searching for new treatments for alopecia areata. One of the studies involved seeing how well certain drugs worked to inhibit a family of enzymes (Janus Kinase or JAK) located in hair follicles. Their research showed them that these drugs turned off a signal that triggered autoimmune attacks and also raised the possibility of restoring hair growth when applied orally to some subjects and also when it was applied to the skin. The researchers determined that the findings indicated the JAK drugs were having direct interaction with the hair follicles as well as disabling the autoimmune attacks. In other words, the JAK inhibitors brought the hair follicles out of their resting phase as opposed to putting them into the resting phase.

By suppressing its normal activity, the drugs helped the hair that was in the sleeping phase to return to the active cycle. The research on the bald mice involved the JAK drugs being put on their skin for five days. In turn, the mice started to grow new hair within a ten day period. Another group of untreated bald mice remain unchanged while the treated mice regrew almost all of their hair within three weeks.

Past similar studies on mice that have focused on growth cycle manipulation have limited themselves to hair cycles and have not focused on changing the course of miniaturized hairs going through the balding process. Affecting human body hair that has a longer resting and shorter growth phase would be a step forward in helping people possibly have more body hair (if a person wants more body hair). Human scalp hair is in the growth phase 95% of the time anyway. Making the growth phase longer would help a person grow their scalp hair for a longer period of time.  However, if the person has follicles that fall out as a result of male patterned baldness, they won’t be affected as much in the end.

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A Hairy Issue for Republicans and Democrats

October 28th, 2015

On the surface, Donald Trump and Joe Biden don’t seem to have much in common. One has devoted his life to public service while the other has devoted his life to the business world. What they do have in common is their current prominence in the world of politics. Biden recently revealed that he will not be running for president in 2016. Trump is still active on the campaign trail as he tries to get the Republican nomination to be their candidate for the 2016 election. One other thing they have in common? They are both victims of inferior hair transplants.

Joe Biden's HairJoe Biden is a prime example of the fact that a hair transplant surgeon needs to design a hairline that take the passage of time into account. Biden has an almost juvenile hairline while also having a good amount of thin hair on the top of his head. In fact, Biden’s hair transplant troubles include (but are not limited to) poor initial designing, poor long term planning, too low of a hairline and a hairline that is too broad for his current stage of hair loss. To help create a natural look on a patient, the hairline needs to be kept higher as well as having the appearance of a corner recession to help create a more natural look. Methods to help combat hairline problems like Joe Biden’s include FUE and Beard to Scalp Hair Transplant.

Donald Trump's HairLet’s take a look at the other candidate, Donald Trump. “The Donald” is well known for his hairstyle. In fact, most people think of his hair when they think of Trump. There are many hair experts who believe that Trump had a plug surgery many years ago that did not turn out quite as well as he hoped. If this is true then why hasn’t a guy with the money and resources of Trump fixed the results of his transplant? There are actually some simple reasons for why he has maintained the same hairstyle for years. He could be afraid to undergo another transplant after seeing the results of his first procedure. He might not have enough donor hair to use as a resource for a second transplant. Finally, he might simply be unaware that there is help available to him.

One of the main lessons that can be taken away from these two public figures is that (in many ways) they are just like everyone else. They have a good amount of money and resources yet they still need to follow the first main step that everyone should do before having any kind of surgical procedure. Patients should meet with an experienced and skilled doctor who has expert knowledge about hair transplant methods. The patient and the doctor should discuss the procedure beforehand and arrive at a mutual decision about what they are trying to accomplish. It doesn’t matter if a person has all the money in the world at their disposal. They still need to take the time to plan and discuss their goals before they waste a lot of time and an even larger amount of money.

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PRP for Hair Restoration

October 20th, 2015

Androgenic alopecia, more commonly known as male-pattern hair loss, is a very common problem experienced by both men and women. The condition produces a significant psychological distress to the patient and is often associated with depression and low self-esteem. However, managing hair loss has never been easier thanks to a variety of treatment options. One of the newest options is called PRP. According to reports, PRP can effectively combat hair loss by stimulating growth of thicker, stronger hair strands. It should be noted that there is no solid evidence yet but patients who have tried it seem satisfied with their results.

PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma, is a concentrated form of plasma loaded with thousands of small wound-healing cells called platelets. It is derived from the patient’s own blood and processed to get a clear yellowish plasma fluid. PRP contains huge amounts of growth factors that can promote hair growth by stimulating the stem cells of the hair follicles.

The mechanism through which PRP works has prompted experts to study its application in different areas of medicine. Some of its potential uses include skin rejuvenation, lowering risk of infection, rapid healing and reduced chances of ugly scar formation and (of course) hair loss treatment.

What’s interesting about PRP as a hair loss treatment is that there are no clinical studies or hard evidence that proves its effectiveness. Doctors use it because they believe it can work (in theory). Despite this lack of evidence, there are still a lot of individuals who want to try PRP as a hair loss treatment because most patients who have already tried it claim that it works. At present, there are multiple types of PRP available but no one is sure which one is the most effective.

The various applications of PRP in medicine primarily stem from its wound healing properties. These properties are brought about by growth factors. Growth factors are substances that promote cell proliferation and tissue formation. But what does wound healing have to do with treating hair loss? The growth factors that promote wound healing are the same ones that can drive the hair cycle and that is the basis of scientists using PRP for hair restoration. In wound healing, the growth factors cause the blood vessels and skin cells to multiply. In the hair cycle, these substances result in the elongation of the hair shaft.

PRP is a simple and somewhat cost-effective treatment for hair loss. Although there’s really not much clinical evidence to prove the effectiveness of PRP, patients still find the prospect of the treatment a promising solution to their hair loss problems. It will still be some time before doctors have a clearer idea of how effective PRP can actually be in combating hair loss. Until hard evidence and clear results are available for everyone to see, PRP remains somewhat of a mystery in the field of hair loss treatment.

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Hair Replacement Recovery Tips

October 1st, 2015

When it comes to hair replacement, most people only focus on the actual act of replacement itself.  Between researching transplant procedures and visiting doctors to determine which option is best for your type of hair loss, it’s no wonder that the focus is squarely on the hair replacement procedure.  It is very important to feel confident about the procedure as well as being certain that you are making the correct decision in having transplant surgery. Once you’re sure that you are choosing a procedure that will give you the results you desire, it’s equally important to focus on the recovery process.

Hair Replacement RecoveryThe level of pain felt after a procedure usually depends on the amount of work done on the patient. Pain medication can keep almost any aching feelings at bay. Contact your surgeon if you need any pain medication prescribed. Bandages might be a necessity after the procedure. They can normally be removed a day after the surgery which means you can start (gently) washing your hair within two or three days following the procedure.

You’ll have to take it easy for a bit after you undergo a transplant surgery. Why? Too much activity can make blood flow to the scalp and, in turn, cause the transplants to start bleeding. The type of surgery you undergo, as well how complex the surgery is, will determine how quickly you can resume normal activities.

One thing that most post-replacement patients have in common is their new hair falling out a few months after the procedure.  Don’t panic! This is a normal occurrence and is a temporary effect of the surgery.

Your doctor will go over the exact post-op procedures you need to follow once you return home from surgery. For more insight into recovery from hair replacement surgery, as well as follow-up procedures, here’s a link to an informative article that can help answer many questions on the topic.

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What to Gain from Using Rogaine?

September 15th, 2015

Hair loss is a pretty embarrassing topic for a good number of men. For many years, the only solution to this problem was a hair transplant. However, with the arrival of topical medications that increase hair growth, dealing with hair loss has become much easier. One of the most popular hair medications today is Rogaine.

RogaineRogaine is otherwise known by its generic name minoxidil. Minoxidil is a blood pressure medication for patients with severe hypertension. One of its major side effects is hair growth. Rogaine works by reversing the process called miniaturization which causes the hair to grow thinner. The drug makes each hair shaft grown longer and thicker while making the hair look much fuller.

In order to maximize the effects of Rogaine, a 2% solution must be applied to the balding areas at least once or twice per day. Up to 5% solution may be used although later studies have shown the 2% solution is just as effective as the 5% solution. Patients must apply Rogaine at bedtime and leave it on overnight. This drug may be used in combination with another hair loss drug called Propecia (Finasteride).

It should be noted that Rogaine can cause headaches, dizziness and lowered blood pressure. If the solution contains propylene glycol, it may also lead to scalp irritation. Rogaine does not cause any sexual problems unlike other hair loss medications.

Results can be seen as soon as 2-3 months after starting to use Rogaine. Initially, the patient will start to notice some hair loss as the drug causes hair shedding before initiating a new growth cycle. Shedding actually means that Rogaine is working. Complete results can be seen after a year of use. Patients need to continue using Rogaine for as long as they can because stopping the medication causes its effects to stop.

Rogaine is one of the most popular hair loss treatment drugs currently on the market. It may be used alone or in combination with other hair loss treatments.  Even more information about Rogaine for male pattern baldness is available in this informative article by Dr. Robert Bernstein.

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The Psychological Effect of Hair Loss on Women

May 27th, 2015

Hair loss doesn’t discriminate between men and women.  While much has been written about the psychological effect of hair loss on the male psyche, not as much time has been devoted to exploring the emotional impact of hair loss on women.

A Powerful Visual Statement

Women's Hair LossA headful of hair is an important visual statement to a woman.  It’s a vital part of “their look” as a healthy head of hair helps them to feel beautiful and attractive to others. Having a full head of hair is also important to their self-esteem.

Women are constantly being reminded of the emphasis on beauty by a variety of media.  Movies, TV shows, magazine ads and commercials bombard them daily with tips and stories about fashion and hair.  The mention of hairstyles for women normally evokes images of long, flowing hair. When a woman begins to experience hair loss, it can be a big blow to her self-worth.

Why Is It Harder For Women To Accept Hair Loss?

Male hair loss usually follows a general pattern and is viewed by society as a natural part of life for men.  Hair loss in women is often diffuse (all over the head).  The thinning of hair, as well any subsequent hair loss, might not be noticed until there is a significant amount of hair falling from the head.

Even a modest amount of thinning hair, and hair loss, can have a significant psychological impact on women.  The hair loss, combined with wrinkles and other signs of aging, can cause a loss of self-esteem as well as depression.  Many people are under the false assumption that it’s uncommon for women to lose their hair.  In turn, this false information makes hair loss socially difficult for women.

The latest hair styles and trends are always being spotlighted on TV and in magazines.  Many women get frustrated by their inability to copy a current hair style due to their hair loss.  In fact, many female hair loss sufferers are frustrated by the amount of time and energy it takes to hide their thinning hair.  The fact they can’t style their hair as they would choose can also lead to       self-esteem issues and depression.

What Can Be Done To Help Combat Female Hair Loss?

In a society that views baldness as a sign of old age and a lack of desirability to others, the loss of hair for women is particularly devastating on a psychological level.  The feeling of not looking their best and the world viewing them differently is tough on the self-image of women.

Our staff is here to guide you through the process of hair restoration as well the journey of how you view yourself.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

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