Tips For Preventing Hair Loss During The Holidays

Even in the best of years, the holiday season can be a busy and stressful time. And 2020 has been far from the best of years. All the running around we usually do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s now comes with worries about COVID and the wrench thrown into our traditions as we may not be able to be with loved ones as we usually would. All of these stressors can have adverse effects on our health. This includes hair loss.

Increased hair shedding is one of the season’s unwanted gifts for many people. And it’s not just stress that’s to blame.  As autumn turns to winter, the cooler, dryer air that comes with the change in the seasons can also lead to hair loss.

Here are three big culprits behind hair loss during the holidays and tips for how you can keep it from becoming a problem as you deck the halls this winter:

Manage Your Holiday Stress

Holiday stress now seems as much a part of the holiday season as Santa and jingle bells. While we may not be going to parties and big family gatherings this season, we certainly aren’t lacking for stress, and haven’t been all year. All of that accumulated stress can be a huge contributor to hair loss. Stress-induced hair loss, also known as telogen effluvium (TE), usually appears a few months following a highly stressful period or event. 2020 certainly counts as a highly stressful period or event.

Finding effective ways to reduce stress is important throughout the year for a whole host of health reasons beyond hair loss. While it may take more of an effort to make time for stress relief during the busyness of the holidays, try to take regular breaks from the madness to take care of yourself. Keep your regular exercise regimen, set aside short periods for meditation, quiet time, or reading, and turn off your gadgets from time to time. All of these simple adjustments can help lower your holiday stress levels and combat TE.

Curb Your Holiday Eating and Drinking

What we eat and drink impacts our health and well-being in countless ways, including the strength of our hair follicles. During the holiday season, our diets change, not just in terms of overindulging but also in the kinds of foods we eat or beverages we drink (whether alcoholic or not).

When your body lacks the nutrients necessary to function properly, certain of those functions shut down. This can include hair growth and regeneration. As you fill yourself with turkey and ham or munch on those holiday cookies, try to ensure that your body is getting enough of these nutrients, vitamins, and minerals necessary for hair growth and overall good health.

Fight Dryness

Even in South Florida, winter can bring drier air, both outside as well as indoors. To keep your hair clean and provide it with the moisture it needs, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo that exfoliates and cleanses your scalp. Follow that up with an ultra-light moisturizing conditioner which can nourish your follicles and soften the brittleness that often comes with dry hair.

Winter is A Great Time to Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation

Hair loss can be a problem no matter what the season. If you are ready to do something about your thinning hair, there is no time like now. At the Miami Hair Institute, our skilled hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases through the most advanced hair transplant surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Medications That Can Cause Hair Loss

If you’ve ever seen a television ad for a new drug or game-changing medication, you know that about half the ad’s time is taken up by someone reading a seemingly endless list of potential side effects. That’s the way it is for almost any medication – all the good they do also comes with some bad. For many vital and life-sustaining drugs and treatments, one of those side effects can be hair loss.

Drug-induced hair loss can be just as troubling as pattern baldness or any other type of hair loss. The good news, however, is that most hair loss caused by medication is temporary, with hair growing back after you stop taking the drug.

What’s Behind Drug-Induced Hair Loss?

Medications can cause hair loss by interfering with hair’s normal growth cycle. Hair grows during the anagen phase, which usually lasts between two to seven years. Hair then rests during the telogen phase, which is about three months long. At the end of each telogen phase, hair falls out and is quickly replaced by new hair.

Medications can disrupt one or both of these cycles. Telogen effluvium,  the most common form of medication-related hair loss, usually appears two to four months after starting a drug. Telogen effluvium causes hair follicles to go into their resting phase and fall out earlier than they should. People with telogen effluvium usually shed between 30 percent to 70 percent more hairs than the typical 100 and 150 hairs per day.

Drug-induced hair loss that occurs during the anagen phase of the hair cycle is called anagen effluvium. This condition prevents the matrix cells, which produce new hairs, from dividing as they usually would. This type of hair loss usually occurs within a few days to weeks after taking a medication and is a common phenomenon for patients taking chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment.

What Medications Are Associated With Hair Loss?

In addition to chemotherapy medications, plenty of other common prescription drugs list hair loss as a potential side effect, including:

  • Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
  • Antibiotics and antifungal medications
  • Steroids
  • Thyroid medications
  • Weight loss drugs
  • Birth control pills
  • Anticlotting drugs
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system
  • Drugs that treat breast cancer and other cancers
  • Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
  • High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Parkinson’s disease drugs

As noted, medication-related hair loss is almost always reversible. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about your prescription, and never discontinue a medication because of hair loss without first discussing it with your physician.

No Matter The Reason Behind Your Hair Loss, The Miami Hair Institute Can Help

At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases no matter what the underlying cause. Through advanced hair restoration surgical techniques, technology, and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients suffering from hair loss regain their hair and self-confidence.

To receive your personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Another Reason to Stop Smoking: Hair Loss

You don’t need us to tell you how bad smoking is for your health. You already know that it causes lung cancer, heart disease, and a whole range of other serious ailments. But even if the risk of such chronic health problems isn’t enough to convince you to quit, perhaps the knowledge that smoking can contribute to hair loss will do the trick.

Research has established a significant connection between the harmful chemicals and other materials in cigarette smoke and hair loss in men and women. Here are some of the ways that smoking can kill your otherwise healthy head of hair.

Damaged Hair Follicles

Tobacco smoke contains a grabbag full of substances that are just awful for the human body, including nicotine, caffeine, acetone, aluminum, ammonia, arsenic, benzene, butane, cadmium, tellurium, carbon monoxide, goroside, and cyanide. Of these, nicotine is the biggest villain in terms of hair loss, as it damages hair follicles, making them weaker and more prone to falling out.

Reduced Blood Flow

Smoking limits the flow of blood in your body and reduces the amount of essential nutrients that make their way to your hair follicles. Without an adequate supply of those nutrients, your follicles will grow weak instead of just growing, and will ultimately fall out.  

Increased DHT Levels

DHT is an androgen that helps to give men male traits. Typically, due to genetics or other hormonal changes, hair follicles develop a sensitivity to DHT and begin to miniaturize. As a result, the hair growth cycle is shortened, and eventually, new hair stops growing. As such, individuals with higher DHT levels may be more prone to hair loss. Since cigarettes increase the production of DHT, smoking can make hair loss and a receding hairline more likely.

Increased Oil Secretion

The nicotine in tobacco can accelerate the body’s secretion of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that promotes the production of adrenaline. In turn, the increase in adrenaline can cause more oil to be secreted on the scalp. Too much oil can block hair follicles’ ability to get the nutrients they need and make them more prone to falling out. 

Schedule Your Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

Of course, smoking is hardly the only factor that contributes to hair loss. At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration surgeons use the most advanced hair transplant techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments to help patients restore their hair and self-confidence.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

More Women Are Opening Up About Their Hair Loss Issues

Unfair and wrong as it is, society treats hair loss differently in women than it does in men. No one bats an eye when they see a bald man or one with thinning or receding hair walking down the street. But women who suffer from hair loss often experience a different level of embarrassment and even shame because of societal expectations about feminine appearance. Finally, however, women with hair loss issues are speaking out about what is a very common phenomenon, trying to remove the stigma and change perspectives about female hair loss.

Earlier in 2020, Rep. Ayanna Presley made headlines by speaking openly and proudly about her struggles with alopecia. More recently, a series of TikTok videos have gone viral in which a young woman from Oklahoma discusses her hair loss journey.

What Makes Hair Loss In Women Different

The emotional and psychological impact of hair loss in women and the way it is viewed by society at large are not the only things that distinguish male and female hair loss. Many hair loss cases in women share the same cause as most cases of hair loss in men: androgenetic alopecia. But the way women typically lose hair – in a diffuse pattern throughout the scalp rather than in distinct patches – is different than for men. And women also shed hair for reasons specific to their gender, including the hormonal fluctuations that accompany pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.

Diffuse Hair Loss Patterns In Women

Androgenetic alopecia in men follows a familiar and predictable pattern. It begins with shedding in the front that causes gradual receding of the hairline. This progresses to more noticeable hair loss across the top of the head, and finally toward the crown. Hair remains relatively robust in the back and sides of the head of most men who have pattern baldness.

In women, androgenetic alopecia usually progresses differently. Instead of losing hair in isolated areas, women tend to experience hair loss throughout the scalp. This diffuse pattern of hair loss in women makes it a challenge to safely extract the donor hair necessary for a transplant. In women, potential donor hairs share space with thinning areas. That means these hairs also share the same problems that caused neighboring hairs to fall out. That also means the follicles won’t likely survive and thrive if transplanted to a recipient area.

Female Hair Transplant Candidates

While a relatively small percentage of women are good candidates for hair transplant surgery, the procedure can help restore hair in women with certain types of hair loss issues. Specifically, women with the following conditions should discuss the possibility of a hair transplant with their hair restoration surgeon:

  • Women who have suffered hair loss due to traction alopecia.
  • Women who have had previous cosmetic surgery and are concerned about hair loss around the incision sites.
  • Women who have pattern baldness that manifests itself similarly to how it does in men and have a donor area unaffected by androgenetic alopecia.
  • Women who experience hair loss due to trauma.
  • Women with alopecia marginalis, a condition that appears very similar to traction alopecia.

There Is No Shame In Hair Loss. But If You Want To Do Something About It, Call The Miami Hair Institute Today

We are glad to see that female hair loss issues are emerging from the shadows and that women are opening up about their struggles. While there is no shame in hair loss, many women want to find ways to address it.

For men and women alike, the first step towards addressing hair loss is arranging for a comprehensive evaluation as soon as possible. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment provide the best chance of restoring your hair — and regaining your confidence.

Schedule an appointment with the Miami Hair Institute today by calling 305.925.0222. We look forward to assisting you.

Postpartum Hair Loss Is An Unwelcome, But Very Common, Phenomenon

Being a new mom isn’t easy. The dramatic changes in responsibilities and routines, chronic sleep deprivation, and other new challenges can be overwhelming. However, for many women, the weeks and months after giving birth also come with another unwanted and unexpected sight: hair loss. 

Recently, a former contestant on The Bachelor and Married At First Sight, Jamie Otis, shared her experiences and struggles with postpartum hair loss. Also called postpartum alopecia – the phenomenon affects up to 90 percent of new mothers who have some degree of hair loss three to five months after giving birth. For many women like Otis, the hair loss includes excessive shedding, even hair falling out in clumps, during that time. The good news for moms is that this hair loss is almost always temporary and hair growth returns to normal in plenty of time for the child’s first birthday party.

Hormonal Whiplash

Pregnancy causes wild fluctuations in hormones, as every mom knows. But these hormonal upheavals don’t end after delivery. The months that follow childbirth also see dramatic changes in hormone levels as the body works its way back to its normal state. This hormonal whiplash can take a toll on hair as well.  

Many women notice that their hair seems thicker and fuller during pregnancy than it did beforehand. This is because of elevated estrogen levels that increase the percentage of hairs in the growth cycle, while simultaneously freezing hair that is in the resting phase of hair growth. After pregnancy, estrogen levels fall dramatically, and all the hair that was growing so impressively starts to fall out. While we all shed hair regularly, at a rate of around 80 hairs per day, the extent of postpartum shedding can raise that number to closer to 400 hairs a day.

While you may not be able to stop postpartum shedding, changing up your hairstyle and keeping control of your stress levels can help you ride out this temporary condition.  Just as life slowly returns to a new normal as the months go by after having a baby, so too will your hair.

Call the Miami Hair Institute Today If You Have Postpartum Hair Loss Questions

While most postpartum hair loss is temporary, not all hair loss problems are. If you are concerned about or are experiencing hair loss and want to know what you can do about it, please contact the Miami Hair Institute. Our world-renowned physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Exparel: Post-Operative Pain Control For An Even Better Patient Experience

At the Miami Hair Institute, patient comfort throughout the entire hair transplant journey is a top priority. If you have been apprehensive about hair transplant surgery because of concerns about pain either during the procedure or in the hours and days that follow, anesthetic advancements have made the post-operative recovery period a largely pain-free experience.

Two Days Of Non-Opioid Pain Relief

Most of our patients experience minimal discomfort and only need pain medication during the first 24 hours after transplant surgery.

We have now added Exparel to many of our patients’ post-op pain management program. Exparel is a new long-lasting local anesthetic composed of liposomal bupivacaine, which acts in a timed-release manner to control donor area pain for up to 48 hours.

One of the advantages of Exparel is that it is not an opioid or narcotic. In addition to being potentially active or ripe for misuse, opioids can actually slow down your recovery by causing nausea, vomiting, and constipation or making you feel drowsy or confused. Unlike opioids, Exparel only addresses pain in the area where the surgery occurred rather than the whole body.

Because Exparel works over time, patients typically need fewer doses of other medications, including opioids. In fact, Exparel has been shown in clinical trials to help patients use fewer opioids as they start their recovery from surgery.

We have developed a technique that utilizes non-invasive ultrasound techniques to direct where the Exparel is administered. Most patients experience minimal post-operative pain for up to two days.

Call the Miami Hair Institute Today to Learn More About Hair Transplant Surgery

If concerns about pain have kept you from considering hair transplant surgery, we invite you to contact the Miami Hair Institute and arrange a personalized consultation with one of our world-renowned hair restoration physicians. We are confident that once you learn how pain-free the procedure is, you will want to move forward and resolve the hair loss issues that have bothered you for so long. 

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Can Silica Help Fight Hair Loss?

When it comes to fighting hair loss, keeping the hair you already have is easier than replacing it after it falls out. That means doing what you can to keep your follicles strong and resilient. Recent studies have suggested that silica may offer significant benefits to hair health and can play a role in slowing down or stopping hair loss.

You may understandably have no idea what silica is or how you could use it to fight hair loss; it’s not something most folks have incorporated into their health regimens. But that may change as more people learn about its potential upsides.

Helping Deliver More Essential Nutrients To Your Follicles

Silica is shorthand for a trace mineral called silicon dioxide (SiO2) composed of a combination of silicon and oxygen. This compound has been found to facilitate the delivery of essential nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. In turn, the more efficient provision of these nutrients makes hair less prone to breaking and shedding. One study of women with fine hair concluded that their strands gained significant strength after nine months of taking 10mg of silica each day.

Not only can silica play an important role in hair health, but it can also help improve skin tone and texture, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and repair and restore sun-damaged skin by promoting collagen production. Additionally, silica can make for stronger nails as well.

However, many people do not get enough silica as it gets flushed out by the kidneys rather than accumulating in the body. That is why silica supplements and extracts made from bamboo or the horsetail plant are widely available. Incorporating whole grains and leafy greens into your diet can up your silica intake as well.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

While silica may help you strengthen and keep your hair, it may not by itself be able to reverse hair loss or stop it completely in its tracks. At the Miami Hair Institute, our skilled physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases that can’t be reversed at home. We can help patients suffering from hair loss through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

COVID-19 Stress and Hair Loss

All of us who have been stuck in our homes for months, teaching our kids in our kitchens, and suffering through endless Zoom calls understand that the impact of  COVID-19 extends far beyond those who actually contract the virus. The upheaval of so much of our lives caused by the pandemic, coupled with a severe economic downturn, racial unrest, and a contentious election, have dramatically affected our collective mental health. Experts are seeing large increases in anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and, unsurprisingly, chronic stress.

More People Experiencing Stress-Related Hair Loss Due To The Pandemic

All of that stress and mental exhaustion over the course of this year can cause a whole host of physical health problems, including hair loss. As a recent story by NPR summarized it: “a growing catalog of research shows that high levels of stress over an extended period of time can drastically alter physical function and affect nearly every organ system.”

Your hair is not immune from the impact of stress, and the pandemic is increasing the number of people who report experiencing hair loss for the first time in their lives. The NPR story cites a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic who used to see about five patients a week with stress-related hair loss and now sees between 20 to 25. Most of these new patients are women who are “reporting hair coming out in fistfuls.”

How Stress Causes Hair Loss

Whether from COVID or otherwise, stress has a definite connection to hair shedding and loss. Overproduction of stress hormones promotes adrenal fatigue, which occurs from the overproduction of cortisol in the body. The adrenal glands release high amounts of cortisol and underproduce other necessary hormones like aldosterone and androgens, resulting in thinning or balding hair. 

Another reason stress can lead to hair loss is because stress can keep people from sleeping as much as they should. Sufficient sleep is an essential part of overall health. Our bodies expend a great deal of energy each day and need the time to recharge so it can function as it is supposed to. One function is repairing and regenerating hair follicles. Insufficient sleep keeps that from happening. Lack of sleep causes hair to stop growing, weaken, and eventually fall out more than it otherwise would. Even hair that doesn’t fall out will noticeably suffer, losing shine and volume.

If the ongoing pandemic is causing you undue stress, find a stress-reducing outlet.  Exercise, yoga, or meditation can also help relieve some of the mental anguish that stress causes. Do whatever works for you in terms of reducing stress, whether it is being with friends, being alone with a book, walking your dog, or doing nothing at all.

The Miami Hair Institute Remains Committed To Helping Our Patients Through These Difficult Times

These are challenging and unprecedented times for all of us. At the Miami Hair Institute, we know how difficult and stressful things can be as we cope with the uncertainties and disruptions caused by COVID-19. If you are experiencing hair loss, that can make matters even more stressful. During this time, we remain committed to helping our clients address their hair loss issues safely and effectively through our

advanced hair restoration techniques, technology, and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive your personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

5 Foods That Can Help You In The Battle Against Hair Loss

We may not be able to change our genes, but we do have a significant degree of control over our health and how our bodies function. While genetics play an oversized role in whether or not we experience hair loss, it isn’t the only game in town. Many other factors impact the health of our hair and our susceptibility to shedding. This includes the hormones and enzymes involved in hair growth and regeneration. When these aspects of our body chemistry are imbalanced, they can cause hair loss. Fortunately, changes in diet may be able to reduce the production of hair-damaging hormones and slow or prevent further hair loss.

DHT, Testosterone, and Hair Loss

Both hypothyroidism (too few thyroid hormones) and hyperthyroidism (too many) can contribute to hair loss through their impact on the production of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). A synthesized version of testosterone, DHT is a key hormone in sexual development and physical appearance. If the body converts too much testosterone into DHT, it disrupts the natural growth cycle of hair. In turn, this causes the hair follicles to shrink, ultimately resulting in thinning hair and shedding.

As such, decreasing DHT production from testosterone can reduce the damage to hair follicles that leads to hair loss. One way to do so is by blocking an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase which fuels the testosterone-into-DHT process.

Several foods may be able to decrease DHT production by blocking 5-alpha reductase and putting the brakes on the damage DHT does to hair. These include:

  • Green tea.  A plant compound called EGCG, abundant in green tea, may support hair growth by blocking DHT from damaging hair follicles.
  • Coconut oil. Some studies have shown that the lauric acid contained in coconut oil can block DHT production.
  • Onions. Quercetin is an antioxidant found in onions that has been shown to inhibit DHT production from testosterone by blocking the enzyme alpha-5 reductase.
  • Turmeric. In preclinical studies, this widely used herb may reduce DHT from testosterone by blocking alpha-5 reductase.
  • Edamame. These beans contain isoflavones and other compounds that may lower DHT levels and help fight hair loss.

Other foods that can help with hair health and growth include:

  • Nuts
  • Salmon and other fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Spinach and other leafy greens
  • Grapefruit
  • Lentils
  • Avocados
  • Sunflower seeds

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

Of course, dietary improvements alone may not stop hair loss or restore your hair to the fullness it once had. At the Miami Hair Institute, our skilled physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases that can’t be reversed at home. We can help patients suffering from hair loss through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Psoriasis and Hair Loss

When there are problems with your scalp, it can cause problems for your hair. The skin on your scalp is the soil in which your hair follicles grow, so when that skin suffers, your hair will too, up to and including hair shedding and loss. One of the most common scalp conditions that can lead to hair loss is psoriasis.

Affecting around 7.4 million Americans, psoriasis arises when the body’s immune system causes skin cells to grow too rapidly. Those cells then build up into red, scaly patches called plaques. While psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, about half of all cases are on the scalp. The condition

Intense Itchiness Leads To Destructive Scratching

While many scalp psoriasis cases are relatively mild with very light scaling, it can often be severe. The most painful and uncomfortable symptoms of scalp psoriasis, such as dry scalp, burning, soreness, and scaling, can be extremely itchy. The intense impulse to relieve that itchiness by scratching the scalp is the primary reason that psoriasis can lead to hair loss. Additionally, forcefully attempting to remove the scaling to relieve discomfort can also cause hair to fall out.

Since it is the response to psoriasis more than psoriasis itself that leads to hair loss, it is important to treat the condition in a way that is both effective and gentle.  Once scalp psoriasis is resolved with such treatment, any lost hair should grow back.

Hair-Safe Treatment For Psoriasis

To reduce scalp itching and the possibility of hair loss caused by constant scratching, try these approaches:

  • Use a moisturizing conditioner to keep your scalp from drying out.
  • Limit your use of blow dryers and other hot tools when styling your hair.
  • Try hair products containing menthol
  • Press a wet towel or ice pack against the irritated section of your scalp.

Additional treatments can involve the use of medicated shampoos, lotions, creams, gels, oils, foams, soaps, and ointments that contain either salicylic acid or coal tar. While some of these products are available over-the-counter, stronger ones require a prescription. 

Effective Hair Loss Treatments For Psoriasis And All Other Conditions

No matter what is causing your hair loss issues, the world-renowned hair restoration physicians at the Miami Hair Institute can help. Our surgeons, nurses, and staff represent the finest team in Miami and have effectively treated thousands of men and women using the most advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques. If you are ready to finally do something about your hair loss, we invite you to schedule a personalized hair loss evaluation at our South Florida clinic. Please contact us today at 305-925-0222.

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