Category: Hair Loss Research
What Causes Hair Loss

What is Hereditary Hair Loss?

What Causes Hair LossThe majority of people notice hair loss as they age – beyond the standard 50-100 strands per day. Unfortunately, forecasting future hair loss because a grandparent or parent suffers from shedding or thinning locks isn’t always possible. In some cases, when hair loss takes shape, the condition is due to genetics. Male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness manifest in different ways, but both are classified as heredity conditions. However, predicting the severity of your impending hair loss can’t be done through looking at old photographs.

Hereditary Hair Loss

Hereditary hair loss typically begins in 20s and 30s. For women, the most apparent hair loss happens after menopause. Female-pattern hair loss is typically referred to as androgenetic alopecia, which is technically the same categorization as male-pattern baldness. However, male-pattern baldness takes a characteristic shape, which is why such phrasing is more commonly used.

Hair loss after a stressful life event or during pregnancy is short-term and therefore, not due to genetics. But hereditary hair loss that starts widespread and takes an obvious form is permanent.

Solutions

There are many treatments for hereditary hair loss, including minoxidil (Rogaine) and Finasteride (Propecia), but both are temporary solutions. Once use is discontinued, the regrowth effects disappear and patients lose the hair retained or restored from the medications.

The only permanent solution for hereditary hair loss is surgery. In the past, hair restoration surgery transplanted plugs of skin with up to 15 hairs. We do the procedure differently at the Miami Hair Transplant Institute through modernized techniques to achieve the most natural-looking results.

One such technique known to enhance results is Mosaic Hair Restoration. Through this process, qualified surgeons design the recipient site to mimic the unique follicular unit arrangement pattern natural to the scalp.

Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT) was co-developed by Dr. Rose and involves removing groupings of hair, called follicular units, individually. Using a tiny punch device, each donor hair is isolated and extracted. FIT eliminates an obvious linear scar and allows for faster healing methods compared to alternative methods of extraction. FIT is typically designated for patients who prefer to wear their hair short and who do not require many grafts.

Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) is commonly referred to as “single strip harvesting” because the donor tissue is removed in one piece to preserve the follicular units and prevent damage to the individual hair follicles. Dr. Rose developed the LEDGE closure technique to minimize scarring from donor strip sites which we have now been practicing for years.

Through a personalized consultation, Dr. Rose and Dr. Nusbaum will determine which technique works best for you and your lifestyle. To get started on the path toward permanent hereditary hair loss reversal, contact us at 205-448-9100 or request an appointment online.

Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure

Can LLLT Help Hair Transplant Success?

Choosing a Hair Transplant ProcedureLow-level laser therapy, also called LLLT, is used often in conjunction with hair restoration surgeries. While LLLT has been shown to work alone, laser therapy cannot completely reverse a balding area on its own. Instead, individuals suffering from severe male-pattern baldness opt to use both treatments to increase their success.

What is LLLT?

Low-level laser therapy is a non-surgical treatment used to treat hair loss. With consistent, long-term use, patients can expect their hair to increase in volume and thickness. LLLT is especially beneficial for women with diffuse hair loss who aren’t candidates for surgery or prescription medication.

LLLT nourishes follicles by sending pulses of energy into inactive follicles. This process is said to “spark” the follicle back into its regrowth phase after it stops working properly. Using LLLT prompts proper circulation and cellular respiration to restore cell function.

Post-surgery, LLLT helps bring blood, oxygen, and nutrients to balding areas, promoting stronger effects. Although hair transplants are often successful on their own, some follicles are stubborn at re-entering the growth cycle. LLLT provides the extra push that these follicles need to get back to business. Since hair loss is a progressive, long-term condition, undergoing long-term treatment after a hair restoration surgery can limit additional thinning as well.

How is Laser Therapy Implemented?

Patients can undergo low-level laser therapy through a few different methods. Laser domes, laser combs, and laser caps. Laser domes are professional pieces of equipment that require a visit to the doctor to receive treatment. Laser combs have limitations since treatment is performed primarily at-home and the application is cumbersome. Laser caps, on the other hand, are portable, hands-free, and effective.

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami offers the Capillus272 laser cap, a device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. Capillus272 caps have 272 professional-strength lasers to make it the most powerful at-home device for thinning hair.

For more information on LLLT as part of your hair restoration treatment plan, contact us today.

Scalp Inflammation

How Do Hair Restoration Techniques Differ?

How do different hair restoration techniques work?When implementing hair restoration surgery, physicians will opt for techniques that provide the most natural, optimal results. In the modern era of hair loss restoration, multiple methods exist to help patients achieve their aesthetic hair goals.

Mosaic Hair Restoration

Often, hair restoration surgeons opt for predetermined zones composed of one, two or three hair follicles to extract. But, follicular units contain varying numbers of hairs, and certainly aren’t limited to the scalp alone. Follicular units actually have a mixed configuration. No two patients have exactly similar hair follicle patterns, which is why Mosaic Hair Restoration allows for a more personalized approach. Mosaic Hair Restoration replicates the unique follicular unit arrangement pattern at the recipient area, rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach. In order to best carry out the process, surgeons at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami take hair from multiple donor sites and analyze the arrangements to determine the best implantation pattern for each patient.

Follicular Isolation Technique

Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT), also called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is another popular process. Because hairs grow in follicular units, consisting of one to four hair follicles each, FIT involves removing a group of follicles (in one unit) with a one millimeter punch device. The donor hairs are isolated with a head positioning device developed by Dr. Rose. With FIT, linear scars aren’t readily visible and the donor area tends to heal faster as compared to other surgical methods. This allows individuals to wear shorter hairstyles without worrying about unconcealed scars. FIT is best on young men who don’t require many grafts who also plan to wear short hairstyles in the future. It’s also a great practice for patients with limited donor areas that aren’t good candidates for further strip harvesting.

Follicular Unit Grafting

Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) transfers entire follicular units from the permanent donor zone on the back of the scalp to the balding areas. This is referred to as single strip harvesting and requires donor tissue to be removed in one piece. FUG keeps follicular units intact and prevents damage to the individual hair follicles for increased growth. The LEDGE closure technique developed by Dr. Rose is a virtually non-scarring method to minimize donor strip site visibility. It can be used in Follicular Unit Grafting procedures with a single layer closure to minimizes tissue trauma.

Microscopic Dissection

Microscopic Dissection involves donor tissue via single-strip harvesting being separated into individual follicular units with a stereo-microscope. The bald skin surrounding each follicular unit is removed to allow for a tiny graft. Compared to non-microscopic techniques, this process increases the number of follicular units and hair as much as 25 percent. The biggest benefit with microscopic dissection is small recipient sites, as the bald tissue is removed and doesn’t need to be transplanted unnecessarily.

To discuss your personalized hair restoration plan and determine which surgical technique might work best for you, contact Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose toll-free at (877) 443-9070.

 

Stem Cells and Hair Loss

A Closer Look at Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Loss

Stem Cells and Hair LossDr. Paul Rose and Dr. Bernard Nusbaum are proud to offer a fresh, innovative and effective approach to hair loss – stem cell hair growth. While a fairly new procedure, stem cell therapy for hair loss is safe and successful. Plus, you can use this treatment in conjunction with transplant surgery, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, topical treatments such as Rogaine and low level laser therapy (LLLT) treatments.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are the building blocks of the body; they provide instruction on how to construct new cells. The fatty tissue on the body contains a high number of stem cells applicable to hair loss treatment.

The stem cell hair loss treatment is a simple outpatient procedure with local anesthesia and a mild oral sedative. Our physicians perform a small liposuction procedure on the patient, typically on the belly or love handles for optimal results. From there, the fat is processed to isolate and concentrate stem cells. Then, our physicians inject the stem cells directly into the scalp.

The total time for the procedure depends on the individual, but extraction takes about 20 minutes total. While doctors extract stem cells from the fat, patients can wait comfortably in private rooms.

After the procedure, patients must have a family member or friend give them a ride home since driving on the sedative is illegal. You can expect to return to your normal routine the following day.

Can Stem Cells Spur Hair Growth?

In short, stem cells have been shown to assist hair growth, but clinical research is still being conducted. Because the procedure is so new, researchers are unsure of whether the hair will continue to grow or if re-treatment is necessary.

For more information on Stem Cell Hair Treatment in Miami, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami at 877-443-9070. Dr. Rose and Dr. Nusbaum provide the latest in hair restoration and loss treatments, not limited to stem cell related procedures.

Does Dry Shampoo Cause Hair Loss?

Does Dry Shampoo Cause Hair Loss?

Washing your hair everyday isn’t ideal, especially for those with long or unruly strands that require significant effort to maintain. Many women (and men) have found dry shampoo to be immensely helpful in cutting down on washing, drying and styling time throughout the week. While the product is essentially just powder-in-a-can, dry shampoo’s immense popularity has spurred a few unfortunate reports of widening parts and thinning locks.

Why might this be? For starters, dry shampoos deposit powder that coats follicles, essentially clogging the scalp with excess build-up. This accumulation can actually inflame and weaken the follicle, leading to shedding. In addition, dry shampoo elements allow strands to stick together, which means one pull by the hairbrush removes extra strands stuck together that may not have been ready to fall out just yet.

Dry Shampoo or More Shampoo?

Shampooing daily isn’t the healthiest option for your scalp and hair. Constant washing dries the hair of oils intended to lubricate and create a shinier glow. When you wash too often, hair is prone to becoming greasy faster. Dry scalps work overtime to keep up with the constant stripping from harsh soaps.

If you want to err on the side of safety, cut down on your dry shampoo applications and suffer slight greasiness throughout the work week. Over time, your locks will assimilate to the newly reduced washing schedule, and won’t produce as much oil to compensate for dryness. Some people simply have a higher oil production, typically shown on facial skin, so cutting down on shampoo time might still leave you with a greasy mane.

Keep in mind, washing hair at least a few times per week is important and dry shampoo does not rid the need to bathe regularly. However, dry shampoo is usually safe when used in moderation. Avoid excessive application of powders to the scalp, but keep a can in a pinch for those last-minute big events.

If you’ve suffered from hair loss after excessive dry shampoo use, Miami Hair can help you discuss options for restoration. Contact our office today to book an appointment.

 

Hair Loss: New Treatment Options

Hair Loss: New Treatment OptionsIn the world of hair loss, new treatment options are one of the most widely publicized topics. Often discussed hand in hand with ground breaking research, new hair loss treatments are continuously developed and researched in a tireless effort to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

Hair Loss: New Treatment in 2016

So, what are the newest hair loss treatment options to watch for in 2016? Browse the treatments below for expert insight on the year’s biggest trends in hair restoration.

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP). Although this treatment has been around for few years, physicians are now using PRP in conjunction with other hair loss treatments to improve overall outcomes. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, PRP is often used to improve surgical hair restoration procedures, like Mosaic® Hair Restoration.

Mosaic® Hair Restoration. ISHRS Golden Follicle award winning surgeons, Drs. Nusbaum and Rose, have developed a patented method of hair restoration that ensures the best possible transplant result by identifying and recreating each patient’s unique follicular pattern in the restoration area. To learn more about Mosaic® Hair Restoration, visit this page on hair restoration techniques.

Laser Therapy. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a new approach to non-surgical hair restoration that utilizes safe, medical-grade laser light to increase blood flow across the entire scalp. By increasing blood flow, LLLT can improve oxygen availability within the hair follicle. Our clinic is pleased to offer laser therapy with Capillus272™ Pro, a FDA cleared laser therapy cap that can be used at home and while on-the-go.

Stem Cell Treatment. Stem cell treatments are done as an outpatient with local anesthesia and a mild oral sedative. A small liposuction procedure is performed on the belly, flanks or “love handles” to obtain the patient’s own fat. A special process is used to isolate and concentrate the stem cells from the fat and these are then injected into the scalp.

Fight Hair Loss with New Treatments at Miami Hair

At Miami Hair, our team is comprised of South Florida’s top hair transplant surgeons, nurses, microscopists, and technicians. We understand the challenges that hair loss presents to personal, social, and professional life. We are here to help make a difference.

Learn more about hair loss evaluations online, or call our Institute directly at 1-877-443-9070.

New Study Identifies JAK Enzyme Inhibitor as Possible Hair Loss Cure

New Study Identifies JAK Enzyme Inhibitor as Possible Hair Loss Cure In a new study published by researchers at Columbia University, scientists believe they may have found an enzyme that controls hair growth. These enzymes are part of the Janus kinase, or JAK, family. In studies conducted with laboratory mice, researchers found that rapid hair growth could be achieved simply by inhibiting the JAK family of enzymes.

“What we’ve found is promising, though we haven’t yet shown it’s a cure for pattern baldness,” said Dr. Christiano in a news story published by Columbia University. “More work needs to be done to test if JAK inhibitors can induce hair growth in humans using formulations specially made for the scalp.”

Although it is uncertain whether or not “JAK inhibitor” hair restoration procedures will ever be available to hair loss sufferers, other treatments are available to patients in the form of topical foams, prescription medications, and laser therapy. Each of these non-surgical treatments focuses on preventing hair follicles from slipping into a “resting” phase, which is similar to the way JAK enzyme inhibition was found to promote new hair growth. By preventing hair follicles from becoming dormant—and hopefully reawakening those that are already asleep—these treatments aim to stop the progression of hair loss by improving hair follicle health so a natural growth cycle can be maintained.

Hair Follicle Health: Before & After Surgery

Hair loss is a progressive life long disease, so it’s important to understand how your condition may change over time. Every patient experiences a unique (though somewhat predictable) pattern of hair loss, which will ultimately affect the nuances of how and when a hair transplant will be performed. For many patients, supplementary treatments may prove helpful in preventing the progression of hair loss in the days and weeks before hair transplant surgery.

“We recommend a complement to hair transplant surgery,” explains Dr. Bernard Nusbaum. “And finasteride, minoxidil as well as laser therapy with Capillus products are an excellent option. These treatments can be used singly, or in combination.”

The Hair Transplant Institute also offers laser therapy with the Capillus272™ OfficePro. This unit is located on-site, and is recommended for use during the first days after hair transplant surgery. “Within two weeks after surgery, laser therapy with the Capillus272 Office Pro is utilized to enhance healing and speed post-procedure recovery.”

Reducing Scalp Trauma to Maintain Follicle Health

Most patients are familiar with the goal of a hair transplant procedure: To extract donor hair from a healthy area of scalp so it can be transplanted to the area(s) suffering from excessive hair loss, thinning, or balding (commonly referred to as the “restoration area”). However, many are unfamiliar with a second goal that is of equal importance. While performing a hair transplant, surgeons must minimize scalp trauma to ensure each transplanted hair follicle survives and thrives in the restoration area.

A new study co-authored by the Hair Transplant Institute’s lead surgeon, Dr. Paul Rose, reveals a new approach to follicular unit extraction (FUE) that may reduce scalp trauma by more than 21%. The new technique promises several key benefits, including:

  • Accelerated healing process
  • Reduced appearance of post operative scars
  • Minimizing of any potential blood loss

Readers are invited to learn more about reducing scalp trauma during hair transplant surgery.

Comprehensive Hair Loss Evaluation and Treatment at Miami Hair

At Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we are always searching for ways to safely improve our patients’ experience with new technologies, advanced procedures, and exceptional results. We invite readers to contact us online or call our clinic directly at 877-443-9070 to learn more about comprehensive hair loss evaluation and treatment with South Florida’s top surgeons.

Is Your Protein Shake Causing Hair Loss?

Can protein shakes cause hair loss? Half of Americans use supplements, according to statistics published on CNN.com. By 2017, analysts estimate that the health supplement industry will grow to a staggering $36.1 billion. Protein shakes are among the most popular supplements available, often viewed as a relatively transparent and safe option for managing weight, muscle mass, and even sugar cravings. Now, fitness enthusiasts are concerned after a correlation between protein shakes and hair loss is sweeping the Internet.

Do Protein Shakes Cause Hair Loss?

Many health and fitness enthusiasts are surprised to hear rumblings of a connection between protein shakes and hair loss. Protein supplements are often made with whey, a food byproduct that can be extracted from ordinary milk. Some manufacturers offer plant-based protein supplements as well, an option that is widely popular among vegans and other health conscious consumers.

So, how can something derived so closely from natural food products cause hair loss?

Creatine, DHEA, and Other Supplements That May Cause Hair Loss

A closer look shows that not all protein shakes cause hair loss. In fact, there is no clinical evidence to support the claim that protein shakes cause hair loss at all. At best, there seems to be a correlation between hair loss and specific types of protein shakes that contain added ingredients for weight, muscle, and dietary management. Those ingredients include creatine, DHEA, and other prohormones.

Creatine— The link between creatine and hair loss is still being studied. In one of the most talked-about studies, creatine was correlated with a 56% increase in DHT production.

DHEA—Be wary of products that claim to have DHEA, a hormone that some supplement companies may market as a “mass builder” or weight loss aid. DHEA may increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers and has been linked with many side effects, including hair loss, according to Mayo Clinic.

A word on testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a popular physician-guided treatment for men who have low levels of natural testosterone, a condition commonly referred to as Low T. For more insight on testosterone, DHT, and TRT treatments, visit this article on TRT and hair loss.

Hair Loss Evaluation at Hair Transplant Institute Miami

Our team is comprised of South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, nurses, microscopists, and technicians. We understand the challenges that hair loss presents to personal, social, and professional life, and we are here to help make a difference.

Learn more about hair loss evaluations online, or call our Institute directly at 1-877-443-9070.

Treating Hair Loss with Stem Cells

Fatty tissue is known to be a rich reservoir of stem cells. Physicians have been taking advantage of this fact and are using stem cells to treat orthopedic injuries, neurodegenerative and chronic diseases and now, hair loss.

Stem Cells Derived from the Patient’s own Fat Stimulate Hair Growth

The procedure is done as an outpatient with local anesthesia and a mild oral sedative. A small liposuction procedure is performed on the belly, flanks or “love handles” to obtain the patient’s own fat. A special process is used to isolate and concentrate the stem cells from the fat and these are then injected into the scalp. As you can see from these photos, results are very positive. While we do not know for how long the hair will continue to grow, we believe that occasional re-treatment will keep the process going.

Learn More About Stem Cell Treatment for Hair Loss in Miami

At Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we are always searching for ways to safely improve our patients’ experience with new technologies, advanced procedures, and exceptional results. We invite readers to contact us online or call our clinic directly at 877-443-9070 to learn more about treating hair loss with a stem cell procedure.

Does TRT Cause Hair Loss?

Does TRT Cause Hair Loss?Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a new option for aging men who suffer with low testosterone. With just a few treatments, many men report big gains across some of the most significant dimensions of lifestyle and fitness. More energy, increased libido, and better mood are just a few of the positive effects reported by men who undergo TRT under the supervision of a licensed medical professional. TRT is not without potential risks, however.

Not all men are healthy candidates for TRT. Of those who are candidates, some TRT patients may experience side effects. Hair loss is one example of such side effects, causing great distress among the men who are often shocked that “extra testosterone” may cause hair to fall.

TRT Causing Hair Loss?

So, will TRT cause hair loss? The answer may vary from person to person. The biggest variables to consider are testosterone, DHT, and personal predisposition to hair loss.

Testosterone

Low testosterone, or Low T, is one of the biggest reasons patients elect to go on TRT. To assess the impact TRT may have on your hair, it’s important to know what your testosterone levels are at the start. As TRT is more heavily relied upon, the risk for hair loss may increase in some individuals.

DHT

Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is a unique and synthesized version of your body’s natural testosterone. It’s important to note that the conversion of testosterone to DHT happens naturally and at a unique level for every individual. Many studies cite DHT as a primary driver behind hair follicle miniaturization, which often leads to shedding and male pattern baldness.

Hair Loss

One of the biggest factors determining risk of hair loss is genetics. Looking at family history, do thin hairlines and balding crowns characterize any of your relatives? Cast aside the myth that male pattern baldness is determined by the mother’s side only. In fact, baldness throughout both the maternal and paternal lineage can increase the likelihood of experiencing hair loss in the future.

Putting it All Together: Does TRT Cause Hair Loss?

While the exact reason for hair loss may vary across each TRT patient, there seems to be a correlation between increased testosterone and the synthesis of DHT. The following hypothetical may help to illustrate how TRT may cause hair loss among some men:

  1. TRT increases available testosterone;
  2. Higher levels of testosterone may lead to a higher rate of DHT synthesis;
  3. As testosterone levels and DHT synthesis increase, DHT may begin to shut-down hair follicle activity.

Reverse TRT Hair Loss

Schedule a hair loss evaluation with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami if your hair appears to be getting thinner or finer while undergoing TRT. Our team is comprised of South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, nurses, microscopists, and technicians. We understand the challenges that hair loss presents to personal, social, and professional life, and we are here to help make a difference.

Learn more about hair loss evaluations online, or call our Institute directly at 1-877-443-9070.