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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Free Hair Transplant Contest

December 2nd, 2014


banner for free hair transplant
I talk to many different men and women about hair loss, and they always seem to tell me the same thing: that they were afraid to come in for their hair transplant. Likely, this is because of a dearth of information out there, as well as an unflattering stigma against getting “work” done.

To counter this, I am offering a free hair transplant to a patient in need. The only requirement is that he or she lets me document the transplant experience on video. If interested in this opportunity, please upload a video (no longer than five minutes) of yourself telling me why you think you are the right candidate for the free hair transplant, and what this procedure would mean to you. Video submissions will be accepted via my Facebook page until January 16, 2015, and the winner will be announced on January 23, 2015 on our new website.

I’m excited to hear your stories!

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Novel Treatment for Alopecia Universalis

June 24th, 2014

Novel Treatment for Alopecia UniversalisThere is exciting news for patients who suffer from Alopecia Univeralis (UA). A Yale Doctor has prescribed a completely bald man suffering from alopecia universalis a drug called Xeiljanz, which is used to treat autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, in order to treat his hairlessness.

What is Alopecia Universalis?

Alopecia Universalis, a severe variation of Alopecia Areata (AA), is a skin condition that causes rapid hair loss not only on the scalp but in the entire body. It is a rare condition with an incidence of about one in every two hundred thousand people.
This report from Dr. Brett King explains how the 25-Year-Old Hairless patient was able to completely regrow the hair on his scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes in eight months after taking Xeilanz.

What is Xeiljanz?

Xeiljanz is an inhibitor of the enzyme janus kinase 3. That means the medication can interfere with the JAK-STAT signaling pathway, which transmits extracellular information into the cell nucleus, influencing DNA transcription. The final effect of this medication that makes it useful for inflammatory diseases and in this case alopecia universalis is its anti-inflammatory effect.

What does it mean people with common baldness?

Although Xeiljanz treatment seems very promising for patients with alopecia Areata and Universalis, it is not likely to impact the majority of people suffering from Androgenetic Alopeica (male patterned baldness). The experimental treatment of Alopecia Universalis with immunomodulators is not a new concept, and more information is needed from clinical trials to see if the Xeiljanz could be used as a hair
loss treatment for male patterned baldness.

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Businessmen and Their Hair

June 11th, 2014

Businessmen and Their Hair We all know celebrities are well documented hair transplant clients, but what about those of us who aren’t famous? In this series, we will highlight businessmen and women who have been supremely successful, in no small part due to their great hairlines. First up is Rob Marcus, CEO of Time Warner. Rob Marcus has served as Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner since 2014 after serving years as CEO of Time Warner Cable. At 48, Time Warner CEO Rob Marcus shows a very impressive hairline. In this professional portrait, one can see that he has little to no recession at the front or temples. Apart from a few fashionable strands of gray, his hair remains thick and dark. Hair quality is one of the most effective ways of cultivating

a strong and healthy image, which is especially important when your position is to ensure the future of a successful company. Rob Marcus’s touch of grey, however, displays an effort to project both wisdom and vitality; two essential qualities that are most effective when paired together.

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Can Baldness be Treated with Coffee?

June 3rd, 2014


coffee might treat baldness

A new article published in The British Journal of Dermatology focused on treating hair cells in a lab by exposing them to caffeine.  The study, by Fischer et al., reviewed the effects of caffeine on hair follicular cells, and found an increased number of cells in the outer root sheath of hair, which are responsible for the elongation of hair shaft due to the enlargement of the hair matrix (body).  The investigators were reviewing the effect of caffeine studied growth factors involving both male and female hair follicles.

They concluded that caffeine stimulates elongation of hair shafts by increasing the growth phase of hair cells and enhancing proliferation’s of hair matrix cells.

We still don’t know how this report can be applicable in the growth of human hair.  It will be interesting to see if this mechanism can lead to the development of a new treatment option for baldness in the future.

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Facial Hair Transplants and Hipsters

April 28th, 2014

A story from the New York Post has caught fire across the hair transplant community. It seems that facial hair transplants have become the latest phenomenon to attract the attention of Brooklyn’s hipster population:

facial hair transplant“The specific hipster-inspired style — a lumberjack-meets-roadie hybrid — was made popular in neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Bushwick and Park Slope.”

Local NY hair transplant physicians report treating several clients for this procedure every week, when there used to be only a few every year. Though trending with hipsters, this fashion statement has already had an appreciable impact on the general population including many we see here at USHR.

“Doctors said their clients include men who have struggled since adolescence to grow a beard, those undergoing a gender transition from female to male, men with facial scarring and Hasidic Jews who hope to achieve denser payot, or sidelocks.”

The process is very similar to FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction. The hair for beard transplants is typically taken from the patient’s head and then implanted through micro-incisions into the face. The procedure takes eight hours and requires anesthesia.

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Hair Loss Linked to Mortality from Heart Disease

April 22nd, 2014

A recent study by Su et. al. that was published in JAMA Dermatology revealed an important connection between pattered hair loss, cardiovascular disease and the risk of death in patients with heart disease.  This study reviewed 7,252 patients aged 30 to 95 for five years.  The patients were monitored and followed for their incidence of mortality related to heart disease and diabetes.  Among the study participants, patients with male or female patterned hair loss had a significantly higher risk of death form either having a heart disease or diabetes.

The authors concluded that Androgenetic Alopecia or male patterned baldness in men and women is an independent predictor of the death rate from heart disease and diabetes in both sexes.  It could also conclude that men and women with moderate to severe pattered baldness should be screened more closely for the identifications of risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

The relationship between hair restoration and improvements of psychosocial negative impacts of hair loss were previously published. Could hair loss increase the risk of cardiovascular disease through its psychosocial manifestation?  This question should be answered with future studies.


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Prostaglandin D2 to Alternately Help Male Patterned Baldness

March 25th, 2014

Prostaglandin D2 has been in the news within the last few months for its potential reverse effects on male patterned hair loss. A new article which was published in the Experimental Dermatology Journal in February of 2014 reviews the opportunity to develop novel treatments for Androgenetic Alopecia by manipulating Prostaglandin D2 through the enzymes that synthesize it.

The review article discusses current studies surrounding Prostaglandin D2 (PGD2). It also previews the outlook of similar studies that might lead to a new line of treatment for male patterned hair loss.

Prostaglandins are amongst lipids in the skin, which have many activities that are still unknown to us. Among the newest applications of the lipids in the human body, is the role of prostaglandin D2 in baldness. It has been shown that PGD2 is elevated, in the scalp of men, with Androgenetic Alopecia and can potentially decrease hair growth. The manipulation of the enzyme that synthesizes PGD2 or prostaglandin D2 synthase can affect the levels of PGD2. Manipulation of PGD2 can change the growth rate of hair which, could then be used as an alternative treatment for male patterned baldness in the future.

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