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Help, My Hair is Thinning! What Should I Do?

Help, My Hair is Thinning! What Should I Do?

It can be a jarring moment that can quickly become an ongoing and serious concern. You start to notice an unusual amount of hair in your shower drain, or on your pillow, or on your hairbrush. Then the same thing happens the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that. You look in the mirror and see the impact in areas of your scalp that have less hair than they used to. You know that it’s normal to lose about 50-100 hairs each day, but this is clearly more than that.

Your hair is thinning, suddenly, and for reasons you can’t figure out. You want to know why this is happening and what you can do about it, starting right now. Instead of wallowing in worry and self-pity, starting taking action to address your hair loss; one way or another, there are almost always things that you and a hair restoration physician can do to fix the problem or at least slow down your hair loss.

Consider taking some or all of these steps after you discover that your hair is thinning:

  • Schedule an evaluation with a hair restoration physician. You can’t fix a problem without first knowing what the problem is. Hair loss can occur for several different reasons, such as genetics, hormone imbalances, diet deficiencies, reactions to medications, or autoimmune conditions. Understanding the why behind your thinning hair is the first step in determining how to remedy the situation. Only a professional can get you the definitive answers you need.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking limits blood flow in your body and reduces the amount of essential nutrients that go to your hair follicles. Without a sufficient supply of those nutrients, your follicles will grow weak instead of just growing and will ultimately fall out.  
  • Get enough sleep. Getting sufficient rest sleep is critical for our health overall, as we expend enormous amounts of energy each day and our bodies need the time to recharge so they can function like they are supposed to. A lack of quality sleep prevents our bodies from repairing and regenerating hair follicles. This 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 volume and shine.
  • Manage your stress. Overproduction of stress hormones contributes to adrenal fatigue, which occurs when the body produces too much cortisol. This excessive production of cortisol leads to a corresponding underproduction of hormones like androgens and aldosterone. Since we need these hormones for healthy hair growth, an insufficient supply will cause thinning or balding hair. Find methods to alleviate day-to-day stress that work best for you.
  • Stop wearing destructive hairstyles. Some hair loss issues are caused by the way we style, treat, and wear our hair. Tight ponytails, braids, or pigtails can lead to a condition called traction alopecia. Constant and severe tension on hair follicles because of such hairstyles will damage and weaken those follicles and eventually kill them, causing them to fall out. Avoid these styling habits and avoid hairstyles that require hair to be tightly wound for a prolonged period or hairpieces and weaves that must be affixed or clipped to the hair.
  • Get more vitamin D. Research suggests that vitamin D, along with the receptors in the skin that bind to the nutrient, plays a significant role in promoting healthy follicles and hair growth. In contrast, a lack of the vitamin may lead directly to hair loss. A 2014 study published in Molecular Endocrinology found that hair regrew in mice two weeks after introducing vitamin D receptors. Other studies also have made the connection between hair loss and vitamin D.
  • Increase your iron intake. As with vitamin D, an insufficient amount of iron is one of the more common causes of dietary-related hair loss. Low iron levels limit proper blood flow – something hair follicles need to receive and absorb growth-stimulating nutrients.
  • Use conditioner. If you don’t regularly use conditioner, your hair can become dehydrated, brittle, and damaged. Try incorporating a lightweight conditioner into your hair care routine to help moisturize your hair and keep it strong.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

As noted, the first thing you should do after noticing thinning hair is to reach out to a physician who can help you determine the cause and develop the solution for your condition. At the Hair Institute of Miami, we evaluate each hair loss patient with a comprehensive and proven methodology, obtaining a detailed medical history, performing an in-depth scalp examination using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and, if indicated, blood tests to detect any underlying imbalances or deficiencies that may be contributing to the hair loss problem. With this information, we can determine the cause of hair loss and the most effective treatment option.

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

Why is My Hair Falling Out?

Why is My Hair Falling Out?

If you start noticing more hair in your shower drain or on your hairbrush, it can be a cause for concern. If you look in the mirror and see a hairline that keeps moving farther back, you may feel upset or worried. If you feel bare patches on your scalp or areas where hairs suddenly seem few and far between, it can be easy to start freaking out and ask yourself in dismay, “Why is my hair falling out???”   

It is not only an understandable question, but an important one. That’s because understanding the “why” behind your hair loss is the first step in doing something about it. At the Miami Hair Institute, every patient’s hair restoration journey begins with determining the reason behind their hair loss through a thorough, holistic evaluation. Knowing the cause of your hair loss allows us to develop and implement a course of treatment best suited to addressing your condition and restoring your hair to its full, robust appearance.

If your hair is thinning or falling out, there is a good chance it is for one of the following common reasons for hair loss:  

Genetics

By an overwhelming margin, androgenetic alopecia – pattern baldness –  is the most common cause of hair loss in men and women alike. This hereditary hair loss condition is the culprit behind over 95 percent of hair loss cases, affecting over 80 million Americans every year. Androgenetic alopecia causes hair miniaturization, a phenomenon in which hair follicles become finer and thinner each time they go through the hair growth cycle. Eventually, those follicles die and fall out.

Immune System Issues

Sometimes, the immune system doesn’t work as it is supposed to and winds up attacking the body’s normal functioning, including the hair growth cycle. Alopecia areata is a hair loss condition that involves just such an assault on hair follicles by the immune system and white blood cells. This attack shrinks the follicles and subsequently slows down hair growth. In turn, this leads to sudden hair loss in quarter-sized patches that can progress across the scalp quickly and unpredictably.

More extreme cases of alopecia areata include alopecia totalis (Complete loss of hair on the scalp) and alopecia universalis (total loss of hair on the scalp and body). Hair follicles are not destroyed by alopecia areata and can typically regrow as soon as the inflammation caused by the condition recedes.

Though not as common as androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata still affects two percent of Americans or roughly 6.8 million people.

Damaging Hairstyles

Your hair follicles may be strong, but they’re not indestructible. If you apply constant tension and stress to them, they will eventually experience damage, weaken, and ultimately die and fall out. This condition is called traction alopecia.

The primary causes of traction alopecia all relate to how hair is styled, treated, or worn and include:

  1. Wearing unnecessarily tight pigtails, ponytails, or braids for extended periods.
  2. Trichotillomania, a psychological disorder characterized by constant (and often unconscious) hair twisting, plucking, or pulling.
  3. Hairstyles that require hair to be tightly wound for a prolonged period.
  4. Hairpieces and weaves that must be affixed/clipped to the hair.
  5. Helmets, particularly compression helmets like those worn while playing football, snowboarding, skiing, horseback riding, etc.

Your Lifestyle

Stress, a traumatic event, or a lack of sufficient sleep cause changes to our body chemistry that can have a range of adverse health effects, including damage to our hair follicles that can lead to thinning or hair loss. Fortunately, such “shock loss” is almost always a temporary phenomenon.

Hormonal Imbalances

Hormone imbalances are a common contributor to hair loss. Several hormones can impact the growth, strength, and health of our hair. The most frequent problems with hormone imbalances that can contribute to hair loss and shedding include thyroid imbalances such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and the dramatic hormonal changes that accompany menopause and pregnancy.

No Matter Why You’re 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 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.

Does Electromagnetic Radiation From Cell Phones Contribute To Hair Loss?

Our cell phones are a constant presence in our lives. We keep them in our pockets and by our sides almost all the time. As cell phones became ubiquitous over the past quarter-century, many people expressed concerns about whether and how the electromagnetic radiation they emit affects our health. While studies have made clear that there is no link between cell phone use and cancer or other serious conditions, some evidence has emerged, suggesting that prolonged cell phone use may contribute to hair loss.

While not definitive, the 2016 study “Hair Loss Due to Electromagnetic Radiation From Overuse of Cell Phone” published in the Journal of Cosmetology and Trichology concluded that “exposure to cell phone radiation can lead to hair loss” through three different impacts on the body.

Specifically, the researchers looked at the case of a 46-year-old male patient who had an unusual area of hair loss around his left ear. His hair surrounding this area was fragile, but could not be pulled out easily. Thinner, slow-growing hair was also seen on the base of the scalp. The findings of a biopsy indicated “prolonged exposure to an irritant or antigen” but did not indicate typical hair loss conditions such as alopecia areata or androgenetic alopecia.

The study considered previous research on the subject of cell phone use and hair loss and concluded that the radiation emitted from phones could lead to hair loss by:

  • DNA breakage. Subjects tested immediately before and immediately after extended periods of cell phone use showed an increase in DNA single-strand breaks in human hair root cells located around the ear where they held the phone.
  • Genotoxic and hormonal effects of mobile phone radiation. Cell phones impact the circadian patterns of gonadal, adrenal, and pituitary hormones, elevate estrogen, and reduce testosterone. All of these have a negative impact on the hair growth cycle. In addition to causing hair loss, mobile phone radiation can create hormonal imbalance, disturb hair growth regulation, and affect other systems in the body leading to secondary hair loss.

The good news is that the researchers were able to effectively treat the hair loss through the “use of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, which can aid in the recovery of the damaged cells.” Additionally, “low dose 2% minoxidil application combined with low dose comprehensive nutritional therapy, limiting mobile phone usage and keeping the mobile phone instrument away from the ear, helps in complete regrowth of the hair.”

Again, this research is not conclusive, so there is no reason to throw your phone out the window. But if you do notice unusual hair loss patterns on your scalp near where you usually hold your phone, you should consult with a hair restoration physician.

No Matter The Reason Behind Your Hair Loss, 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 You a Good Candidate for Hair Transplant Surgery?

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.

Are Hair Plugs Still a Thing?

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.

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