Category: Hair Loss Research
Top 4 Reasons Teenagers Experience Hair Loss

Top 4 Reasons Teenagers Experience Hair Loss

Being a teenager isn’t easy, but it can be even more challenging for a teen struggling with hair loss issues. Feeling different, being teased, bullied, or picked on because of hair loss can be devastating and disruptive for a teenager.

It is estimated that around three percent of all pediatrician visits annually involve a hair loss problem. Teenagers, as well as young children, can experience the thinning, balding, or shedding which we usually associate with pattern baldness in adults.

There are many reasons a teenager could be losing hair, and parents should always consult with a physician if their teen is experiencing excessive shedding or other visible signs of hair loss to determine the underlying cause.

Four of the most common causes of hair loss in teens include:

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata is a specific type of baldness that occurs in concentrated, rounded areas on the scalp or elsewhere on the body. At times, Alopecia Areata may appear in several locations at once, such as on the crown of the head, the sides of the head, and on the arms. Between one to two percent of Americans experience Alopecia Areata, including teenagers.

Hairstyle and Product Issues

Teens can spend a lot of time – and use a ton of gel, mousse, hairspray, and other products – styling their hair. All of the chemicals contained in styling products can build up and damage hair follicles if a teen does a poor job washing their hair.

Similarly, many hairstyles popular among teens involve an unnatural and excessive amount of tension to their hair over an extended period. This can lead to a condition called traction alopecia. For example, wearing unnecessarily tight ponytails, pigtails, or braids for long stretches of time can damage follicles and cause hair to fall out.

Unconscious Hair Pulling and Plucking

Another behavioral cause of teenage hair loss, albeit one with a psychological component, is Trichotillomania. This disorder involves a teen pulling their hair until they uproot the follicles, often leaving large areas of thinning hair, damaged follicles, or total baldness. The best course of treatment for this condition is to consult a mental health professional or behavioral therapist.

Poor Diet or Eating Disorder

If a teen is undernourished or has an unhealthy diet, their body will have a difficult time getting the macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed to maintain healthy hair follicles. Sometimes, this can be a simple matter of eating healthier food, but teens struggling with eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia face more significant challenges to their health and well-being. While eating well may not be enough to reverse pattern baldness, eating foods for healthy hair can certainly help to improve the health and longevity of existing hair.

Learn More About Teen Hair Loss and Restoration Options

If your teen is struggling with hair loss, please schedule a hair loss evaluation to learn more about effective treatment with the world-renowned experts at the Miami Hair & Skin Institute. Please contact our clinic today at 305-925-0222.

Latest Research in Stem Cell Treatments for Baldness

Latest Research in Stem Cell Treatments for Baldness

The word “breakthrough” is thrown around a lot when scientific or medical research makes a significant advancement. It implies a sudden and dramatic game-changer, a cure for an illness or other health problems. But the road from a “breakthrough” to an actual treatment is a long one, and it doesn’t always result in a safe and effective solution. That said, recent research is adding more support for the already promising use of stem cells to treat baldness and hair loss.

As reported in Healthline, the 2019 annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research included the presentation of research that appeared to grow life-like hair in mice that were hairless because of genetic problems. The researchers combined different skin and hair cells from mice and humans and used the same material as dissolvable stitches to create a “scaffold” to control the direction the hair grew into the skin. The result was hair growth in mice that were genetically programmed to be bald.

The human cells used in the research were human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), specifically dermal papilla cells, which are found inside hair follicles and control hair growth, thickness, and length.

This is just the latest development in an ongoing effort to leverage the power of stem cells to treat a range of conditions, including hair loss. Stem cells are the multi-talented repairmen of our bodies, maintaining and restoring healthy functioning everywhere, fixing the body by dividing and replacing damaged tissues.

Now new stem cell research, like the 2019 study, and more refined techniques are showing that reintroducing an individual’s own stem cell back into hair follicles can create a nourishing environment that may foster regrowth and fight the battle against hair loss.

Research has found that stem cell hair transplants may be an effective way of treating hair loss conditions such as:

  • male androgenetic alopecia
  • androgenetic alopecia
  • cicatricial alopecia

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, lead surgeons Drs. Rose and Nusbaum have developed a minimally invasive, safe, and comprehensive method of performing stem cell therapy for hair loss. Many patients are excited to learn our stem cell therapy treatments can be utilized in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, topical treatments (like Rogaine®), and laser hair therapy to maximize results. 

To consult with Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose about whether Miami stem cell hair therapies may be a good option for your hair loss issues, please call our office at 305-925-0222 or contact us online to book your evaluation and consultation.  

Hair Loss Breakthrough with 3D Printing Technology

Hair Loss Breakthrough with 3D Printing Technology

One of the limitations inherent in current hair transplant surgery is the need for sufficient donor hairs. Many individuals wanting to address their hair loss through a transplant simply don’t have the needed amount of healthy hair follicles available to be extracted and moved to thinning or bald areas of their scalp. But scientists at Columbia University may have found a solution to that problem.

As recently reported in the Daily Beast, 3-D printing technology may make it possible in the not-too-distant future to grow donor hair follicles in a dish that doctors can then transplant into a patient. As Dr. Angela Christiano, the lead researcher at Columbia, put it, “We can basically create a hair farm.”

Using a 3-D printer, Christiano’s team created a mold filled with extremely tiny wells and put neonatal skin cells into those wells. They then seeded hair follicles donated by volunteers into the microwells, along with growth factors to stimulate hair growth.

Three weeks later, the mold contained small yet robust hair follicles – grown entirely outside of human skin.

While no testing has been done on humans, and no hairs grown in a mold have been transplanted into a patient, the implications of this development are potentially huge. Using current transplant methods, a patient may need up to 2,000 follicles on the back of their head to have a sufficient amount for transplantation elsewhere. Using Christiano’s innovation, it may be possible to grow an adequate amount of new hair follicles in a 3-D printed mold using just a small amount of donor hair from the patient’s scalp.  

As Christiano notes, if further testing and refinement of the technology confirm the  safety and effectiveness of hair transplants using externally grown follicles, “Hair restoration surgery would no longer be limited by the number of donor hairs.”

The Miami Hair & Skin Institute: At the Forefront of Hair Restoration Advancements

At the moment, however, hair transplant surgery does require a patient to have enough hair for transplantation. At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we are leaders in the development and use of game-changing hair restoration methods and pride ourselves in steadfast commitment to ensuring that the procedures we perform and technology we use are safe, proven, and effective. We will continue to monitor hair restoration innovations like 3-D printing and report on any new advancements that may benefit our patients.

To schedule your personalized hair loss consultation with our world-renowned hair restoration experts, contact our Institute online or call us directly at 877-443-9070.

The Latest Research on Phytochemicals for Hair Growth

The Latest Research on Phytochemicals for Hair Growth

There is currently a lot of hype surrounding plant-based meat substitutes like the “Impossible Burger,” but plants and the chemicals they contain are also making news for their ability to help with hair growth.

A new report suggests that “phytochemicals” – naturally occurring compounds present in all plants – can play a significant role in the treatment of hair loss. Published earlier this year in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, the report compiled almost 30 years of research on topical and oral hair loss applications containing phytochemicals.

The data that the researchers analyzed led them to conclude that “all investigated phytochemicals have well-documented pharmacological activities and pathways, which hair researchers have also identified as potential regulators of hair growth…” While the data was not conclusive as to the extent of phytochemicals’ effect on hair growth, the researchers noted that “the range of phytochemicals proposed for treating hair loss is promising and growing.”

While the report looked at an expansive range of phytochemicals, they found that caffeine, along with phenolic compounds and phytosterols, was “the preferred choices for androgenic hair loss, as evidenced by the available literature.”

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we stand at the forefront of new developments in the treatment of hair loss and are continually evaluating innovative approaches to hair restoration. For example, we now offer Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and Stem Cell Hair Growth Therapy, two treatments that leverage the latest technological advancements to strengthen existing hair and promote the growth of new follicles. We will continue to monitor research regarding the use of phytochemicals in hair loss treatment and provide updates as to any additional developments.

Schedule Your Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we evaluate each hair loss patient with a comprehensive and proven methodology and will take the time to answer your questions and address your concerns. Together, we will find the optimal course of treatment for your hair loss issues and restore your hair to its natural, youthful appearance.

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

Most Common Causes of Hair Loss & Hair Thinning

Most Common Causes of Hair Loss and Hair Thinning

You look in the mirror and see your hairline receding farther and farther back. You notice increasing numbers of hairs in your drain or stuck in your brush. You feel bare patches on your scalp or areas where hairs are few and far between. In your frustration and disappointment, you ask yourself, “Why is this happening to me??”

That is not a rhetorical question. Rather, understanding the “why” behind your hair loss is the first step in doing something about it. At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we take a holistic approach to hair restoration that begins with a thorough, personalized evaluation to determine the reasons behind your thinning hair. Once we do so, we can recommend the treatment option best suited to restoring your hair to its full, youthful appearance.

If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, it is likely due to one of the following causes:

Your Genes

By an overwhelming margin, pattern baldness – androgenetic alopecia – is the most common cause of hair loss in men and women. Over 95 percent of hair loss cases involve androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary hair loss condition that affects over three million Americans each year. This condition causes hair miniaturization, a phenomenon in which follicles become thinner and finer each time they progress through the hair growth cycle. Eventually, the follicles will die and fall out.

Your Immune System

Alopecia areata is a hair loss condition that involves a direct assault on your hair follicles by your own 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 rapidly and unpredictably.

More extreme versions of the condition 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 dwindles.

Though not as common as androgenetic alopecia, which is the culprit in the vast majority of male pattern baldness cases, alopecia areata still affects two percent of Americans or roughly 6.8 million people.

Your Hairstyle

If you apply constant tension to your hair follicles, they will eventually experience damage, weaken, and ultimately die and fall out. This is called traction alopecia.

The five primary causes of traction alopecia are:

  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, shock loss is almost always a temporary phenomenon.

Your Hormones

Many cases of hair loss are the result of hormone imbalances. Several hormones can impact the growth, strength, and health of our hair. The most frequent problems with hormone imbalances that can contribute to hair shedding and loss include thyroid imbalances and hormonal changes accompanying menopause and pregnancy.

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

At the Miami Hair & Skin 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.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) News in 2019

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) News in 2019

The evidence keeps accumulating, the results continue to impress, and a consensus among physicians and hair restoration professionals is growing. The use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy – a relatively new biotechnology being used with increasing frequency to help heal injuries, speed recovery after surgery, and fix dermatological problems – is quickly becoming a mainstream treatment for certain types of pattern baldness.

The rise of PRP as a way to treat androgenetic alopecia, the most common form of pattern baldness, is reflected in the comprehensive research presented this past March at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in Washington, DC. As the author of the study, Dr. Jeffrey Rapaport, put it, “With consensus forming around treatment protocols, studies are indicating that PRP is a safe, effective hair loss treatment that has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life of millions of people.”

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Hair Loss?

Platelets are the clotting cells of our blood, but they are also much more. They are enriched with growth and healing factors that initiate repairs and provide help to stem cells in damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

PRP contains several growth factors and cytokines that enhance the body’s natural capacity to repair and regenerate itself. PRP therapy essentially takes these natural processes and supercharges them. A physician or technician takes a sample of blood from the patient and then places the sample in a centrifuge where the platelets are separated from the blood’s other elements. As used to treat injuries and trauma, the resulting PRP is then injected into the injured tissue, stimulating the healing that the body is already doing. 

In hair loss therapy, the plasma is injected directly into the patient’s hair follicles in a process that usually takes no more than 10-20 minutes. Injections continue once a month for three months with injections once every three to six months thereafter.

PRP has high concentrations of over 20 growth factors, including several factors thought to stimulate hair regrowth. PRP nurtures hair follicles with critical growth factors that take the follicles from their dormant state (in which hair is no longer growing) to an active state (in which the normal hair growth cycle occurs).

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we have seen excellent results when using PRP in conjunction with other hair restoration procedures. However, PRP therapy may not be the most effective course of treatment for every case of hair loss. But PRP therapy is an option you should consider and discuss with your hair restoration physician if you:

  • Are in the early stages of hair loss
  • Have areas of “weak quality” hair growth on your scalp, where functioning hair follicles can still be observed
  • Have small areas of alopecia areata
  • Are in good health and are not suffering from certain types of blood disorders, skin issues, liver disorders, or diabetes

As Dr. Rapaport noted in his presentation, an evaluation by a board-certified hair restoration physician or dermatologist is essential to determine whether PRP is a possible treatment for a specific person: “Since PRP therapy has taken off, there have been a lot of non-dermatologists performing this procedure. Only board-certified dermatologists have the medical training to identify if you are a good candidate, because this treatment will not work for everyone who experiences hair loss.”

Learn More About PRP and Hair Loss Treatment in Miami

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians are committed to delivering only the newest, safest, and most effective methods of hair loss diagnosis and treatment. Platelet-rich plasma is just one of many advanced hair restoration treatments we offer for men and women who wish to restore their hair to its robust, full, and youthful appearance. Learn more about PRP in Miami by contacting our Institute online or calling directly at 877-443-9070.

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Hair Loss Basics – Functions of Hair

Hair Loss Basics – Functions of Hair

We can spend a lot of time thinking about our hair. Most of those thoughts have to do with appearance; we fret about how to cut and style it or worry about it thinning or falling out. But while we may expend our mental energy on how our hair looks, we rarely pause to think about what our hair does. Like most aspects of human anatomy, hair serves a purpose, both today and in our evolutionary development over the millennia.

Our ancient ancestors were much hairier than modern humans, so many of the functions that hair had back in the day are less vital or noticeable than they are now. That said, human hair had and/or still retains many functions, including:

  • Warmth. While the reasons for the decrease in hair in humans remain unclear, it may coincide with humans finding other ways – clothing and shelter – to shield themselves from the cold and other elements. But the hair we still have still kept us warm. Cold temperatures make our muscles contract which in turn make our hairs stand upright. This traps air and insulates the body from the cold.
  • Safety. Our ancestors faced dangers and predators that we haven’t had to deal with for a long time. Early warning and awareness of threats could mean the difference between life and death. Our hair extends our sensory capabilities and sense of touch alerting us to external stimuli quicker. Think of how your hairs alert you to the presence of a fly; the insect’s displacement of the hair gives you a heads-up that it is about to annoy you before it lands on your skin.

  • Protection. Why did humans keep hair on the tops of their heads while losing so much elsewhere in the body? Human ancestors didn’t always stand or walk upright, but when they started doing so, the top of the head was the part of the body most directly exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. Hair provides important natural protection against the sun’s UV rays, which why it is so important for individuals who are bald or have thinning hair to apply scalp sunscreen when they spend time in the sun.

  • Attraction and Self-Expression. Few body parts can be manipulated, transformed, or used as a vehicle for self-expression as much as our hair. It is a way we distinguish ourselves from others, whether to project a specific image or make ourselves more attractive to potential mates.

It is this last function of hair which motivates so many people to seek help when they start having hair loss issues; few hair restoration patients seek treatment because they feel cold or want an early-warning system for insects. Losing hair can take away a vital element of self-esteem and self-image. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we understand the psychological impact hair loss can have, and we work with each patient to develop and implement individually tailored hair loss solutions that not only restore hair but restore confidence and improve quality of life.

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

PRP with Different Preparation Systems

Miami Hair Doctors Examine Variability of PRP in ISHRS Forum International

PRP with Different Preparation SystemsNumerous hair restoration doctors have advocated the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as a means to improve hair growth and limit hair loss. The use of PRP for wound healing has been well documented. It has been used for problems ranging from orthopedic injuries to dentistry. 

In this July/August edition of the ISHRS Forum International, Miami Hair doctors, Dr. Paul Rose and Dr. Aron Nusbaum, evaluate the concentration of platelets produced by four different commercially available systems. The platelet counts in the PRP were compared to the whole blood concentration of platelets in each patient. 

The results demonstrated a wide variance in platelet concentrations among the different systems.

Click here for the full PDF article from ISHRS

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we have created the most comprehensive approach for evaluating and treating patients with hair loss, while providing the very latest in scientific techniques at our state-of-the-art facility. If you are interested in exploring your options for addressing hair loss, please schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today by calling 305.925.0222.



FUE Scarring

Dr. Paul Rose Discusses FUE Scarring in ISHRS November/December Edition

FUE Scarring

In the November/December 2018 edition of the Hair Transplant Forum International (ISHRS), Dr. Paul Rose of the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami authored a case report, reporting on a patient that underwent a prior FUE procedure. 

As one of the originators of the FUE procedure, Dr. Rose holds incomparable experience when it comes to method and accuracy. From his findings, this case report serves to demonstrate that the wounds created by the FUE process can result in scarring after the healing phase. 

Click here for the full PDF article from ISHRS

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we have created the most comprehensive approach for evaluating and treating patients with hair loss, while providing the very latest in scientific techniques at our state-of-the-art facility. If you are interested in exploring your options for addressing hair loss, please schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today by calling 305.925.0222.

Understanding the Side Effects of DHT Blockers

DHT BlockersFew medications come without the potential for unwanted side effects. Sometimes those side effects are relatively rare or minor. Other times, those side effects, should they occur, may be so significant that they may outweigh the benefits the medication is supposed to provide. When it comes to hair loss medication, DHT blockers can pose just such a dilemma. While DHT blockers can help reduce hair loss, they can also reduce sexual function in rare instances, which makes the decision to use them a deeply personal and complicated one.

What is DHT?

Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is a derivative of testosterone that has been scientifically linked to hair loss. Typically, due to genetics or other hormonal changes, hair follicles develop a sensitivity to DHT and begin to miniaturize. This process shortens the hair growth cycle and eventually causes new hair to stop growing. As such, individuals with elevated DHT levels may be more prone to hair loss.

Reducing DHT levels is what makes Propecia, one of the most popular pharmaceutical hair loss treatments, so effective. Some studies have shown that Propecia can reduce DHT levels by as much as 70%.

What is the Problem With Reducing DHT Levels?

The problem is that DHT does much more than contribute to hair loss. It also plays a crucial role in male sexual development and mood regulation. When DHT levels are reduced, either intentionally or unintentionally, it can impact these functions in unwanted ways and cause:

  • Impotence
  • Lower sex drive
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Gynecomastia (male breast development)
  • Depression

Additionally, since DHT blockers like Propecia affect the body’s hormone system, they should not be handled by pregnant women or women who may become pregnant as it may increase the risk of birth defects in male babies.

How Common are the Side Effects of DHT Blockers?

The good news is that that these side effects only appear in a small minority of men (about one out of every hundred) who use DHT blockers such as Propecia. If any issues do develop with sexual functioning, they are almost always temporary and will return to normal after discontinuing the drug.

As with any medication, you should discuss with your hair loss physician whether DHT blockers or other pharmaceutical treatments offer a viable and effective option for addressing your hair loss issues.  

Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Today to Schedule Your Personalized Hair Loss Consultation

At the Hair Transplant 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, whether it be medication, hair transplant surgery, or other alternatives.

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

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