Category: Hair Loss Research
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.

Will Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

Will Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?It’s estimated that dandruff affects nearly 1 in 2 adults across the United States and Europe. But will dandruff cause hair loss? Like scalp folliculitis, dandruff is a condition that affects the scalp. However, dandruff is a unique condition with different symptoms and side effects. Read this article to learn more about dandruff causes, as well as the risk for developing hair loss when the scalp becomes dry and flaky.

Is Hair Loss Caused by Dandruff?

To date, there is no clinical evidence suggesting that hair loss is caused by dandruff. However, anecdotal evidence among physicians suggests a possible correlation. That is to say, patients who experience dandruff also exhibit signs of hair loss. Before exploring treatment options, take a moment to review a few important facts about dandruff and hair loss.

  1. Dandruff is simply a visible sign that the skin cells of the scalp are producing new cells faster than normal. This results in excessive shedding of dead skin cells, which fall from the scalp as dandruff flakes. Dandruff can affect you in both the long-term and short-term, often forming as a side effect of another health or skin condition (see below).
  1. Dandruff is also a symptom of the following common skin conditions:
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Stress
  • Seborrhic dermatitis
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  1. Sometimes, a hair loss medication may cause dandruff. Minoxidil is one medication that may cause hair loss. Most often available under the brand name Rogaine®, this topical foam contains alcohol, which may dry the scalp and increase dandruff flakes.

How to Treat Dandruff and Hair Loss

Fortunately, there are treatments available for men and women who experience dandruff and hair loss. Special shampoos, laser therapy, and hair restoration surgery are just a few examples of the complementary treatments available to reverse the signs of both conditions.

Dandruff Treatment

Most hair loss experts and dermatologists agree that dandruff is easy to treat. Often times, patients can see fast and long lasting results with an over the counter shampoo designed specifically to treat the symptoms of dandruff. Alternatively, some individuals notice dandruff symptoms subside after adding just a few drops of tea tree oil to their shampoo. For others, especially those who have very light dandruff, a vigorous scalp massage while showering is enough to loosen and clear away dandruff flakes. Only a dermatologist or hair loss professional knows which option will be best for you, making it essential to consult a professional.

Hair Loss Treatment

Although topical hair loss foams like Rogaine® can worsen dandruff symptoms, prescription medications like Propecia® are a relatively safe bet. Some men experience sexual side effects while using Propecia®, however, leading many patients to try laser therapy with Capillus® as an alternative. Surgical hair restoration is another option to restore the appearance of hairlines, crowns, and other areas affected by pattern baldness.

Treating Dandruff and Hair Loss in Miami

Treat dandruff, before it has the chance to cause hair loss. Today, a variety of treatment protocols are available to help nourish the scalp, reduce flaking, and promote natural hair growth.

To learn more about treating dandruff and reversing hair loss, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami online or call 305-925-0222.

New Clues to Baldness Uncovered, and Stem Cells May Help

New Clues to Baldness Uncovered, and Stem Cells May HelpWe’re just two months in to 2016, and already there have been a handful of new discoveries uncovering new clues to what causes androgenetic alopecia, or hair loss. Together, these studies have furthered researchers’ understanding of hair loss and viable treatment options. As a growing body of research continues to identify specific proteins and cells responsible for hair follicle shutdown, it becomes increasingly clear why stem cell therapy can help.

Damaged DNA has been identified as a major causal factor for hair loss. A long held belief, this theory was put to the test by researchers in Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States (source: MedicalXpress.com).

A specific follicle protein has been identified as another factor by researchers at the University of Colorado. According to studies, the protein seems to be “responsible for causing follicle stem cells to go dormant,” (source: NewsMax.com).

In both cases, researchers see the opportunity to use stem cell therapy to reverse or inhibit the changes that ultimately lead to pattern baldness.

Are You Losing Hair?

If you notice excessive hair loss, rest assured you are not alone. Millions suffer with this condition worldwide—but it is treatable. Contact us online to schedule a free hair loss consultation, or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

Does Balding Negatively Affect Work Life?

Does Balding Negatively Affect Work Life? Normally, a person sheds anywhere up to 100 strands of hair per day. Finding hair at the bottom of the shower or tangled in a brush is a common occurrence. Unfortunately for some, however, hair follicles can become damaged, stressed, or hormonally challenged, rendering them inactive for periods of time. When this occurs, hair ceases its normal growth cycle and existing strands begin to fall out in larger quantities than what is considered average.

Male pattern baldness, medically referred to as androgenic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss in men, accounting for 95 percent of men’s hair loss. According to the American Hair Loss Association, 85 percent of men who’ve reached the age of 50 have significantly thinning hair. A quarter of those suffering from male pattern baldness begin to exhibit symptoms before they reach the age of 21. (i)

Women’s hair loss, commonly telogen effluvium, isn’t nearly as consistent. Although many erroneously assume that hair loss is strictly associated with men, 40 percent of hair loss sufferers are actually women. (ii) It’s a silent condition many women avoid talking about or getting help for because women’s hair is a sign of beauty. Compromised attractiveness due to stress, aging, genetics, or hormonal imbalance is considered taboo for women, which is why so many lack the resources to combat this embarrassing condition.

Because hair loss is a noticeable condition, one might wonder: Can my hair loss affect my professional life?

Unfortunately, yes, but maybe not in the way you think it would. While your coworkers and managers are unlikely to judge to you based on your thinning hair, your own inner feelings about your hair loss may surface in the workplace.

Hair Loss, Self Esteem, and Career Development

Negative feelings surrounding hair loss can mostly be attributed to two things: Media and culture. Hair is something both men and women use to make themselves feel more attractive and put together. Hair loss is also seen as a sign of aging or sometimes, bad health. These adverse sentiments regarding balding cause social and psychological effects, including compromised self-image and self esteem.

Depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem can hurt job performance, whether through missed workdays or lack of confidence in ideas and accomplishments. The American Hair Loss Association states, “It is not uncommon for men to change their career paths because of their hair loss.” (i)

According to a random sampling amongst European men ages 18 to 45, 70 percent of men believe hair is an important feature of one’s image, and 62 percent agreed that hair loss has the potential to negatively impact self-esteem. (iii)

Regaining Confidence at Work with Hair Restoration

While less than 10 percent of men in the European study were actively pursuing hair loss treatment, 59 percent of those undergoing treatment who reported success said they experienced improvements of self-esteem and personal attractiveness. (iii)

If you feel that your hair loss is negatively affecting your personal and professional life, it’s time to act now. The expert surgeons at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami provide advanced hair restoration techniques to help you regain your motivation and drive at work by giving you the confidence you need to succeed. We also offer low-level laser therapy caps to be used in conjunction with hair restoration surgery, or on their own.

Call our Institute toll-free at (877) 443-9070 and make an appointment today.

Sources

(i) http://www.americanhairloss.org/men_hair_loss/introduction.asp

(ii) http://www.americanhairloss.org/women_hair_loss/introduction.asp

(iii) The psychosocial impact of hair loss among men: a multinational European study. Mariola Alfonso, Hertha Richter-Appelt, Antonella Tosti, Miguel Sanchez Viera, Marcos García Curr Med Res Opin. 2005 November; 21(11): 1829–1836. doi: 10.1185/030079905X61820

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