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Are You a Good Candidate for Hair Transplant Surgery?

No matter the reason for your hair loss, there is likely a solution. For many people, that solution could be hair loss medications like Rogaine or Propecia. For others, the right approach may involve low-level laser therapy or platelet-rich plasma therapy. But many patients who come to the Miami Hair Institute want to know whether hair transplant surgery is an available option. That’s understandable, because the cutting-edge hair transplant techniques we have pioneered deliver exceptional results that have restored the hair and confidence of thousands of patients.

But as effective as hair transplant surgery is, it isn’t right for everyone suffering from hair loss. Many factors play a role in determining whether a patient is a good candidate for hair transplant surgery. So how do you know if a transplant is a possibility for your hair restoration journey? The only way to know for sure is after a comprehensive hair loss evaluation performed by an experienced hair restoration physician. Generally, however, here are three characteristics that may mean that hair transplant surgery is a good option for you:

Sufficient Supply of Donor Hair

You can’t transplant what isn’t there. For a hair transplant to work, there actually has to be hair to move to the balding or thinning areas of your scalp. And that hair has to come from you. Unlike organ transplants where another person is the donor, hair transplants involve using your own hair. We typically take hair from areas on the back or sides of your head and transplant it to the treatment area, where it will continue to grow. Both male and female transplant surgery candidates must have a healthy and sufficient amount of hair growth in the donor area at the back of the head for transplant surgery to be a viable hair loss solution.

Permanent Hair Loss

Many hair loss cases are temporary or seasonal, meaning that lost hair should eventually grow back on its own. Surgery is only an appropriate treatment for those suffering from permanent hair loss, such as androgenetic alopecia.

Adults Only

While children and teenagers can experience permanent hair loss, their hair loss pattern may not be fully developed while they are still growing, making it challenging to perform the procedure in a way that will yield optimal results. As such, hair transplant surgery is only recommended as a potential treatment for individuals 18 and older.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

As noted, you will only know whether you are a candidate for hair transplant surgery after consulting with a hair restoration surgeon. At the Miami Hair Institute, we evaluate each hair loss patient using a comprehensive and proven methodology to determine the cause of your hair loss. With this information, we can determine the cause of hair loss and develop an approach best suited to your condition and goals.

To schedule your personalized hair loss evaluation at the Miami Hair Institute, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

The Summer Sun Can Be Brutal on Hair… Here’s How To Protect Yourself

Here in South Florida, we know a little about sunshine. It’s a big part of why we live and work here. But we also know that enjoying those warm, sunny days requires us to protect ourselves against the sun’s harmful rays. Sadly, many people who know better fail to apply sunscreen or take other steps to prevent sunburn or skin damage.

But even those folks who are vigilant about regularly using sunscreen on their face and body often forget about other vulnerable areas. If you’ve ever burned the top of your feet, you know the feeling. One part of the body that is often neglected when it comes to sun protection is, ironically, the part that tends to be closest to the sun: our scalp. And this can have disastrous consequences for our hair and skin health. their scalp.

Sunburn Can Cause Hair Loss

Balding individuals or those with thinning hair are particularly vulnerable to scalp sunburn and skin damage. Skin cancer can develop on any part of the skin, and the scalp is no exception. But if an increased risk of cancer isn’t enough to get you to focus on protecting your scalp, perhaps this will: severe sunburn on the scalp can cause your hair to fall out, at least temporarily. The inflammation that results from a deep scalp sunburn can trigger a short-term hair loss condition called telogen effluvium. And the

Use Scalp Sunscreen and Wear Hats

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a scalp left unprotected and exposed to the summer sun can develop skin damage in only 15 minutes. If you plan on spending time in the sun this summer, no matter where you live, regularly applying scalp sunscreen can be the easiest way to both protect and hydrate your scalp and keep your hair follicles safe from harmful UV rays.

There are numerous sunscreen products specifically formulated for use on the hair and scalp. Look for oils that incorporate UVA/UVB protection so you don’t wind up with greasy strands of hair full of thick, white sunscreen. These products also protect the hair itself from the sun, which can fade color when it oxidizes.

Even the best sunscreen is only as good as the way it is applied. Apply scalp sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure, and again after every two hours you spend outside. If you go for a swim or sweat a lot, make sure to regularly reapply the sunscreen that was diluted or washed away by that moisture. For even more protection, wear a baseball cap or stylish sunhat, which simultaneously protects both your skin and your hair follicles.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to do something about your hair loss issues. If you’re ready to restore your hair to its natural, youthful appearance, we invite you to schedule an appointment at the Miami Hair Institute. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

New Study Sheds Light On Link Between Stress and Hair Loss

Scientists, researchers, and doctors have known for quite some time that chronic stress can lead to hair shedding and loss. Now, researchers from Harvard University have made a key discovery about the biological mechanics that connect stress and hair loss.

Recently published in the journal Nature, the study found that a major stress hormone in mice puts their hair follicle stem cells into an extended resting phase without regenerating the follicle or the hair. Hair follicle stem cells are what fuel that natural cycle between rest and growth. During the hair growth phase, hair follicle stem cells become activated to regenerate the follicle and hair, and hairs grow longer every day. These stem cells are dormant during the resting phase, causing hairs to shed more easily and frequently. That shedding becomes hair loss when the stem cells remain dormant without regenerating new tissue.

The Harvard researchers identified the specific cell type and molecule responsible for relaying the stress signal to the stem cells. They found that the overproduction of certain hormones triggered by stress had a negative effect on hair follicles and their growth cycle.

Corticosterone is a primary stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands in mice. The human equivalent of corticosterone is cortisol, often called the “stress hormone.” The researchers found that giving mice corticosterone reproduced the stress effect on the stem cells, suggesting that elevated stress hormones indeed negatively affect hair follicle stem cells.  

Normally, time and aging slow down hair follicle regeneration over time, and the resting phase lasts longer. But when the researchers took the stress hormones out of the equation, the stem cells’ resting phase in the subject mice became significantly shorter. Their hair follicles constantly entered the growth phase and regenerated hair follicles throughout their life, even when they were much older.

The study confirms that reducing stress, thereby reducing the amount of cortisol we produce, can have a positive effect on hair loss. That is because stress keeps follicle stem cells from entering the growth phase and regenerating new hair follicles.

Of course, hair loss isn’t the only negative effect that too much stress has on our bodies. It can cause a whole host of health problems and diminish the quality of life. That is why self-care, including effective stress management, is so critical to our physical and mental health. Make sure that you identify a stress-reducing outlet that works for you, whether it is hanging out with friends, being alone with a book, walking your dog, or doing nothing at all.

No Matter Why You Are Losing Your Hair, The Miami Hair Institute Can Help

Our world-renowned hair restoration physicians at the Miami Hair Institute 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.

Are Hair Plugs Still a Thing?

You don’t use fax machines anymore, and you don’t rent videos from Blockbuster. And if you have hair transplant surgery, you won’t receive “hair plugs” either. That is because hair plugs are similarly obsolete and relics of the past.

An Early Technique That Technology and Technique Has Passed By

Hair plugs were an early type of hair transplant technique that used plug-grafts to cover thinning and balding areas. During these procedures, surgeons would punch out “plugs” (round sections of skin and hair follicles) from the back of the head and insert them into balding parts of the scalp.

The problem was that these plugs could be so unsightly and evident that the cure was essentially as bad if not worse than the original condition. Hair plugs often produced an unnatural hairline and a doll-like appearance. For a long time, however, hair plugs were the only game in town when it came to hair transplant surgery

Today, the hair restoration techniques we use at the Miami Hair Institute bear little resemblance to what was standard 10 or 20 years ago. Our advanced hair transplant procedures leave virtually no sign that a patient has had surgery and leave our patients with full, robust, and natural-looking looking hair. In fact, a 2010 study by the International Society of Hair Restoration found that 85 percent of Americans were unable to identify a hair transplant patient who had their hair restored using these new methods.

Follicular Unit Extraction Sent Hair Plugs Packing

The Miami Hair Institute’s Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose have been pioneers in developing and using the precise, highly refined hair restoration technique called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive way of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting donor hairs using a circular needle called a “punch.” We remove follicular units from the donor area in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting.

Call the Miami Hair Institute Today to Learn More About Our Groundbreaking Hair Restoration Procedures

If you have been reluctant to consider hair transplant surgery because you’re concerned about hair plugs or unnatural results, your concerns are things of the past. Today, your future with a full head of hair is within reach.

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

Can Olive Oil Stimulate Eyelash Growth?

Lots of people (yes, mostly women) spend lots of time trying to grow thick, lustrous eyelashes. Mascara and other cosmetics can do the trick, at least temporarily. But some very preliminary research (as well as beauty bloggers and YouTubers) suggests that the road to fuller eyelashes doesn’t run through the make-up aisle. Instead, head over to the olive oil section.

While it is important to note that there is no definitive proof that applying olive oil to eyelashes will stimulate eyelash growth, it is an intriguing approach that doesn’t pose any downsides or risks.

Why Would Olive Oil Help Grow Eyelashes?

Olive oil’s potential benefits for eyelash growth come from its abundance of fatty acids, including linoleic acid, oleic acid, and palmitic acid. With potent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, plenty of people around the world swear by olive oil for fatty acids’ alleged benefits to hair and skin.

Here is how olive oil’s fatty acids may help hair growth:

  • Oleic acid helps regulate sebum production, which keeps away bacteria and hydrates the eyelids leading to healthier eyelash follicles.
  • Palmitic acid acts as an emollient that can help soften the skin or eyelashes.
  • Linoleic acid helps keep hair follicles healthy by encouraging skin cell turnover to prevent clogged or dead hair follicles.”

Research On Olive Oil and Eyelash Growth

Some research, including a 2018 study of mice, suggests that safflower oil, which like olive oil, is high in linoleic acid, may also encourage hair growth.

Another study from 2015 concluded that applying oleuropein to the skin of mice helped regulate their hair growth.

But these effects on humans are inconclusive and need further research. Additionally, the processing olives undergo after picking can impact the amount of oleuropein any given bottle of olive oil contains.

How To Use Olive Oil On Your Eyelashes

If you want to give olive oil a go on your eyelashes, here’s how to do it:

  • Before going to bed, lightly dip a clean mascara brush in some olive oil.
  • Lightly coat the top layer of your lashes from root to tip along the lash line.
  • Wash it off when you wake up in the morning.
  • Repeat daily (or as directed by your dermatologist) for several weeks.

The typical eyelash growth cycle lasts between 30 to 60 days, at which point hair rests before falling out. That means you can expect to see results within two to four months. Please note: we do not advocate trying this without consulting a hair loss physician first!

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss using the most effective and cutting-edge approaches. We have helped tens of thousands of patients regain their hair and their confidence through advanced hair restoration surgical 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.

Scientists Claim Extracts from Mangrove Trees Can Prevent Baldness

If you’re looking for mangrove trees in the United States, you need to look to South Florida. Almost all of these coastal trees are down here. They are key components of our ecosystem, but mangroves may also hold the key to preventing baldness, according to some promising new research out of Thailand.

Thai researchers who conducted a small study of 50 individuals with androgenetic alopecia claim that an extract from mangrove trees can both stop hair loss and promote hair growth.

Called Avicennia Marin, the extract contains the active compound Avicequinon-C, which the researchers believe can help reverse hair loss by interfering with enzymes that lead to the elevated hormone levels that can cause baldness. According to the researchers, Avicennia Marin extract also helps build proteins that can promote hair health and growth.

In the study, the participants applied Avicennia Marin to their scalps each day. They showed demonstrable improvement over the course of their treatment, with hair loss slowing and many participants seeing new hair growth.

A private company has purchased a patent for the technology in order to convert it into a commercial product. However, research on Avicennia Marin is still in its early stages, which means more studies and testing – and FDA approval – need to occur before any products containing the compound come on the market. Even if research continues to show promise and confirm the Thai study’s conclusions, a mangrove extract-based medication for hair loss could still be years away.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

While the research into mangrove extract for hair loss is encouraging, individuals suffering from hair loss currently need to look elsewhere for ways to address their hair loss issues. At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss using the most effective and cutting-edge approaches. We have helped tens of thousands of patients regain their hair and their confidence through advanced hair restoration surgical 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.

New Studies: Melatonin Cream Shown to Stimulate Hair Follicles

If you’ve heard of melatonin, it is likely in the context of getting a good night’s sleep. That’s because melatonin is a hormone that plays a critical role in our daily cycle of sleeping and wakefulness. An increasing number of people are taking melatonin supplements to help them if they have chronic insomnia or experience other disruptions to their sleep cycle, such as jet lag or shift work. But recent research suggests that melatonin not only can help you get the rest you need, but it can help you keep the hair you want if you are experiencing hair loss issues.

review recently published in the International Journal of Trichology looked at melatonin’s impact on hair loss. It concluded that topical melatonin solutions might provide effective treatment for hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia, the most common condition that causes hair to fall out.  

The researchers compiled the results of five separate studies of melatonin and hair loss. One of the studies – involving 30 men and women – showed a significant reduction in the degree of severity of androgenetic alopecia after using melatonin for 30 and 90 days. Another study that involved 60 men and women suffering from hair loss found a significant reduction in hair loss among female participants, with less of an impact on men. In yet another study, researchers concluded that a melatonin solution applied to the scalps of 40 women with hair loss increased hair growth significantly compared to participants who were given a placebo.

While it is unclear how exactly melatonin may encourage hair growth, some experts suggest that it may have to do with the same circadian rhythms that govern the sleep-wake cycle. The hair growth cycle in humans is also under circadian control, which may account for the connection.

The authors of the review wrote that “Since safety and tolerability in all of the studies was good, the topical application of a cosmetic melatonin solution can be considered as a treatment option in androgenetic alopecia.”

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

While melatonin may have a role to play in strengthening and keeping hair, research is still preliminary, and 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.

How the Pandemic is Causing Hair Loss

We are a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. We are a year into lockdowns, school closures, social distancing, and endless Zoom meetings. We are a year into the economic fallout caused by the pandemic, and we are a year into constantly worrying about our health and that of our loved ones, many of whom we haven’t seen since this all began. Oh, and during that time, we had months of social unrest, a contentious election, and an attempted insurrection.

That is a lot to deal with over a long, long time – and it is taking its toll. Experts have seen significant increases in anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and, unsurprisingly, chronic stress. In turn, this is causing unwelcome yet predictable consequences, even in people who remain otherwise healthy and manage to steer clear of the virus. One of those consequences is hair loss.

Hair Loss Is A Symptom of COVID-19

For those who get sick with COVID-19, hair loss is a frequent phenomenon. As recently reported in the New York Times, hair loss has become a common symptom of the recovery process, usually occurring three to four months after a patient gets infected but sometimes happening sooner. 

Post-viral inflammation from the coronavirus, and the fever and severe stress it causes the body as it tries to fight back, can cause a temporary hair loss condition called telogen effluvium. This condition pushes more hair follicles than usual into the shedding phase of the hair growth life cycle.

Stress-Related Hair Loss Due To The Pandemic

But even people who don’t get sick from COVID-19 are experiencing telogen effluvium due to the constant stress, anxiety, and pressures caused by the pandemic. As a 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.”

Whether caused by COVID or other factors, stress has a clear connection to hair shedding and loss. Overproduction of stress hormones can promote adrenal fatigue, which occurs when the body produces too much cortisol and underproduces other necessary hormones like aldosterone and androgens, resulting in thinning or balding hair. 

Stress can also lead to hair loss because it often keeps people from sleeping as much as they need to. Insufficient 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 times we live in are causing you undue stress, find a stress-reducing outlet.  Exercise, meditation, or yoga can help relieve some of the mental anguish that stress causes. But do whatever works for you, whether being with friends (safely), being alone with a book, walking your dog, or doing nothing at all.

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

These have been challenging times for all of us. At the Miami Hair Institute, we know how difficult and stressful things can be as we cope with the ongoing uncertainties and disruptions caused by COVID-19. If you are experiencing hair loss, that can make matters even more stressful. We remain committed to helping our clients address their hair loss issues safely and effectively.   To receive your personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

4 Reasons Behind Female Hair Loss

For decades, stand-up comedians have joked about the many differences between men and women. But it’s doubtful that they would get any laughs if they started riffing about female hair loss. While many cases of hair loss in women arise for the same reasons they do in men, such as stress or genetic predisposition, the distinct nature of female biology and life changes are behind a significant proportion of female hair loss problems.

While you will need a professional diagnosis by a hair restoration physician to determine the exact cause of your hair loss, it is likely that if you are noticing an increase in hair shedding or thinning areas on your scalp, it is due to one of these common reasons behind female hair loss:

Menopause

Women going through menopause produce lower levels of estrogen and progesterone – two hormones critical for hair growth and follicle health. As these hormone levels decrease, hair growth slows while follicles become thin, brittle, and more vulnerable to damage.

Making matters worse, the decrease in hair-promoting hormones is accompanied by an increase in androgens – hormones that trigger follicle miniaturization on the scalp. This makes hair more susceptible to falling out.

The hormonal fluctuations of menopause also contribute to other mental and emotional conditions and lifestyle changes, which themselves can cause hair loss. These can include:

  • Stress
  • Emotional decline due to diminished self-confidence
  • Lack of exercise
  • Imbalanced nutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Damaging hairstyles
  • Medication

Pregnancy

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 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.

The good news is that this type of hair loss is almost always temporary, and hair growth will return to normal in short order.

Traction Alopecia

If you apply constant tension to your hair follicles, you will damage, weaken, and ultimately kill them. This is called traction alopecia, and it affects women who wear certain types of hairstyles or engage in other destructive habits.

The five primary causes of traction alopecia are:

  1. Wearing unnecessarily tight ponytails, pigtails, or braids for extended periods.
  2. Trichotillomania, a psychological condition characterized by constant (and often unconscious) hair twisting, pulling, or plucking.
  3. Hairstyles in which hair is tightly wound for a prolonged period.
  4. Hairpieces and weaves that are affixed/clipped to the hair.

Anemia

Anemia involves an insufficient amount of iron in the blood and is one of the most common causes of dietary-related hair loss in women. Low iron levels restrict proper blood flow and reduce the amount of growth-stimulating nutrients that hair follicles need. Changes in diet and iron supplements can help, including eating foods such as spinach, kale, broccoli, and other leafy greens.

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.

Weight Loss and Hair Loss: Is There A Connection?

No good deed goes unpunished, so the saying goes. For many people, the good deed of getting in shape and losing excess weight can come with the unexpected and unwelcome punishment of hair loss. Fortunately, hair loss that is associated with weight loss is neither inevitable nor permanent.

Not All Weight Loss Is Created Equal

Putting aside gradual weight loss that comes from a healthy diet and exercise, rapid weight loss caused by illness, stress, or unhealthy crash diets is clinically associated with hair loss. Stress-induced hair loss, also known as telogen effluvium (TE), often happens in tandem with stress-induced weight loss.

But even controlled, healthy, and intentional weight loss can lead to hair loss if the modified diet adopted to shed pounds lacks the nutrients necessary to prevent hair from shedding.

Many dieters fail to get enough protein when they lose weight. This is a big problem for hair health. Protein and the amino acids they contain are essential for hair growth. But sufficient protein intake is also critical for a host of other crucial bodily functions. When the body doesn’t get enough protein, it essentially has to ration how to distribute the little it has. And it will inevitably decide to direct that protein to functions and organs far more critical to survival than hair follicles. Deprived of needed protein, hair becomes more brittle and susceptible to damage, and therefore more likely to fall out.

Make Sure Your Diet Includes Enough Protein

Losing weight and getting enough protein are not mutually exclusive. There are plenty of healthy diets that incorporate protein-rich foods like eggs, fish, and beef. For those who eat a vegan diet, great plant-based sources of protein include:

  • Quinoa
  • Tofu and soy products
  • Chickpeas
  • Chia seeds
  • Lentils
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Beans

If you notice that you are losing more hair than usual while dieting, the good news is that it is usually a temporary phenomenon. By ensuring that you get the necessary nutrients that can keep your hair healthy, you can lose unwanted weight while keeping your very-much-wanted hair.

Call The Miami Hair Institute Today To Discuss Your Hair Loss Questions and Concerns

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.

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