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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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Dr. Paul Rose Featured in Hair Transplant Forum International

Dr.-Rose-Appointed-to-ISHRS-Ad-Hoc-Committee-on-FUE-IssuesThe January/February 2017 print edition of Hair Transplant Forum International (ISHRS) includes a study on FUE/FIT harvesting methods, courtesy of Dr. Paul Rose

As outlined in the study, transection can occur when using the FUE/FIT technique if physicians do not accommodate for hair growth variances underneath the skin’s surface. Approximately 60 percent of transected hairs actually regrow, so avoiding transection allows for optimal FUE hair transplant results. Check out the full study in detail below.

This article has been condensed for clarity. To download the original version with references, click here.

Examination of the Exit Angle of Hair at the Skin Surface versus the Internal Angle of Hair as It Relates to the FUE/FIT Harvesting Method

Paul T. Rose, MD, FISHRS, JD* | Miami, Florida, USA; Miguel Canales, MD* | Sunnyvale, California, USA; George Zontos, MD, MSc, PhD | Athens, Greece

ABSTRACT

The FUE FIT (follicular unit extraction/follicular isolation technique) procedure continues to gain acceptance as a method for harvesting donor grafts. The procedure is based on removing follicular units (FUs) or portions of FUs to use as grafts. A manual punch, mechanized punch or robotic device is used to remove the FUs.

No matter which method of harvesting is selected, there is concern regarding recovering intact FUs and avoiding transection of hair follicles. A common approach is to align the opening of the punch used with the path of the trimmed hair follicles of an FU and dissect along this path. While some hair follicles under the skin may follow the angle above the skin, others may not, which can lead to greater transection rates.

Hair follicles within dissected slivers were examined from 13 patients. The internal and external hair growth angles of over 300 follicles were examined. Below, we examine the approach to harvesting and the means to decrease transection rates by understanding the path of hair follicles within the skin and as they emerge from the skin.

INTRODUCTION

FUE is a method for harvesting donor hair for hair replacement. The technique is based on using a punch, whether by hand or mechanized device, to remove FUs or intact hairs from portions of FUs.

Problems that can occur with the FUE/FIT technique include capping, topping, buried grafts, and adhesion of grafts that can make removal difficult.  The most important problem, however, is transection, which may result in hairs that do not grow. Although some physicians feel that large numbers of transected hairs that remain in the donor area may re-grow, extensive studies on this are lacking. Devroye demonstrated that approximately 60% of transected hairs regrew after FUE removal from the donor area.

To perform FUE, the punch opening is usually aligned with the visible hair direction at the skin surface. Pursuing the incision along this apparent course of the hair may be misleading and result in transection. The reason for this is that, in many instances, the hairs within the FU exit the skin surface at a different angle than the internal course of the hairs within the dermis and subcutaneous tissue.

In this study, we looked at the variability of hair exit angle from the skin surface as opposed to the internal angle within the skin. We also reviewed the trigonometry of hair angulation and a means on deciding punch diameter to try to ensure complete removal of FUs and minimize transection.

METHOD

FUE methodsThe donor area of each patient was marked and anesthetized with 1% xylocaine with epinephrine. After anesthesia, a No. 10 scalpel blade was used to incise the skin to the dermal subcutaneous interface. No tumescence was used. A second parallel incision was made to create a full-thickness “strip” of tissue. The tissue was elevated and removed (Figure 1).

Sections of tissue were removed from the center occipital and the lateral aspects of the strip. Slivers were created from this tissue and photographed. The photographs were reproduced and enlarged. The angle of the hair resulting from the path inside the tissue as opposed to the exit angle above the skin was measured with a protractor (Figures 2 and 3). The data was collected to determine the average angle and range of angles evident in the specimens examined.

 

 

FUE methods

 

 

 

 

RESULTS

In this study, 310 hairs, from 13 patients, were examined within the slivers obtained. It was noted that the hairs within an FU often crossed or splayed away from each other. In addition, a greater change in angles was noted with curly or wavy hair.

FUE methodsThe average angle change (external vs. internal) was 6.43°, which included straight and curly hair. Curly hairs were considered to be hairs that exhibited a prominent curvature creating almost a “C” or a reverse “C” shape. The average angle change with only curly hair was 14.65°, however, sometimes a “curly” hair could be found amongst straighter hairs (Figure 4). In our study, the greatest angle change was 31° for straight hair and 35° for curly hair.

In trying to ascertain a means to ensure less transection, we also looked at the trigonometric relationship between the punch size, approach angle, and the skin that would be required to obtain the full FU while decreasing transection.

Where ” D” is the diameter of the punch, “0 ” (theta) is the change in angle of the follicle below the surface of the skin, “Y” is the depth of the punch insertion, and “X” is the lateral offset of the follicle bulb.

Using the relationship tan (“0” theta) = X/ Y, it is apparent that d/2 is > X. For example, if theta is equal to 6°, and Y equals 4mm, then X = 4 tan (6) = 0.42.

Therefore, if the punch size D is 1mm, then there should be little or no damage to the follicles in that FU. On the other hand, if the punch is 0.75mm, there is a significantly greater likelihood of damage to hair follicles. This assumes a depth of insertion beyond the epidermis and into the papillary dermis.

An important question is: What is the maximal curvature of the follicle that can be accommodated by a given punch?  What is the maximum theta? For example, if y = 4, then x = d/2 (maximum allowed) and the punch size (D) is 1mm, what is theta?

To determine theta, theta = tan x/y == tan (0.5) /4 = 7.1°.

DISCUSSION

FUE/FIT is a technique for harvesting grafts that requires understanding of the relationship of the path of hair within the skin with the exit angle of the hair(s) from the skin. As this study demonstrated, the course of hair in the skin can differ dramatically from the exit pathway. Often, the hair exit angle from the skin is actually more acute than the path inside the skin. Failure to recognize this and make appropriate adjustments with the punch can result in high transection rates.

A modification of the surgical technique to consider is to raise or lift the punch slightly a few degrees more perpendicular after the initial entry into the skin. This motion may allow the surgeon to compensate for the typical change in angle that occurs when going from skin surface, through the epidermis, and into the fat. The angle change is usually less acute than it appears on the skin surface. The use of a blunt punch may provide an added measure of safety in terms of avoiding transection.

This study demonstrated that hairs within the same FU can travel in very different routes and at times even curve back­ wards. This can create problems, especially with patients with very wavy or curly hair.

While this study provided important information for an approach to harvesting using FUE/FIT, there are several deficiencies.

The study was not done in vivo and the skin was anesthetized prior to removal. The anesthesia may have altered the hair angle in the sliver examined. Anecdotally, we noted that when saline was injected into the tissue prior to sliver creation, the hair angles could be altered. Saline injection in the dermis caused the hair to rise in a less acute angle. Similarly, saline injected into the fat also caused elevation of hair exit angle in the fat but to a lesser extent.

Some physicians feel that tumescing the dermis prior to harvesting can allow for an easier alignment of hair in the FUE punch. Other physicians advocate not using tumescence. Exerting external traction upward on the donor area to diminish the change in angle between the skin exit angle and the internal hair angle may also help.

Additionally, the use of a shallow incision with a sharp punch has been used by some surgeons. The use of a shallow incision followed by subsequent use of a blunt punch as described by Harris can be an alternative approach to harvesting. A robotic system (ARTAS® Restoration Robotics, San Jose, California, USA) employs an initial sharp superficial dissection accompanied by the almost simultaneous use of a blunt punch to core out FUs to lower transection rates. Many other drills and punches have come onto the market developed by surgeons such as Cole, Rassman, Devroye, Park, and Boaventura that are purported to lower transection rates.

CONCLUSION

The use of the FUE/FIT donor harvesting method is becoming more popular. When using FUE/FIT, it is necessary to properly assess the hair angle in the skin and the angle upon exiting the skin to ensure limited follicle transection.

This study shows that hair exit angle can vary significantly from the internal angle and the deviation is greater for curly or wavy hair.

 

Acknowledgment: Thank you to Dr. Mohan Bodduluri for his assistance in preparing the article.

Dr. Rose and Spencer Kobren Discuss Optimizing the Patient Experience

Dr. Rose and Spencer Kobren Discuss Optimizing the Patient ExperienceIn an industry where too many surgeons are preoccupied with quickly booking surgeries, Dr. Paul Rose and Spencer Kobren see things differently. In this interview for Spencer Kobren’s The Bald Truth, Dr. Rose discusses ways that the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami personalizes patient experience to ensure the highest level of care and best possible outcome. Comprehensive evaluations, honest recommendations, and straight-talk about fringe hair loss treatments are just a few of the fundamental differences that set Hair Transplant Institute of Miami apart from other clinics in South Florida.

Be sure to visit The Bald Truth for the original interview post here. Readers may also follow Spencer Kobren on Twitter.

The Patient’s Perspective: The Real Doctors Are Listening

 

Video Transcript

Dr. Rose: You gave a great talk. I thought it was a great lecture, and it points to the fact that we often miss how to take care of patients. The fact that you had that survey that talked about what patients perceive. And I will tell you– and I’m not blowing smoke here. When I had gotten back from that meeting, and I had written down some of the things that you had said, some of the comments that patients had about how they were treated. I immediately got back and said to my staff, [and] asked them to put in to print the questions that patients felt they were not being asked. And if we did ask those questions, to make sure that not only the people who consult for me, but we as physicians, Dr. Nusbaum and I, speak to that patient particularly about those issues. In particular, I think you had mentioned asking the question, ‘How is your hair loss affecting you emotionally, in your social situation, in your lifestyle?’ And I think for the most part, patients are very welcoming to get that question and have an opportunity not so much to vent, but to just say, ‘This is what’s bothering me about my hair.’ There are some people who don’t really want to talk about it, we learned. But there were questions you brought up that we immediately put into place.

Spencer Kobren: Well, I appreciate that. And my whole thing is really about creating the best possible patient experience. When patients come to me, and they say, ‘You know what, it doesn’t even seem like the doctor cared. All they wanted to do was make that sale, get me in the chair, and get me out.’ And when I hear [about] guys, even from well known practices, who aren’t following up personally. Unless you’re doing 30 cases a day, and I don’t think that’s happening in most practices, it’s so easy to make a 2 minute phone call and say, ‘Hey, how are you doing? I just wanted to make sure everything is okay. I’m going to have so-and-so from my staff check-in on you tomorrow.’ All of the sudden, they realize, this doctor really cares. And I know you guys do that in your practice.

Dr. Rose: We try. Every patient has my cell phone number. We try to be very forthright with patients. If I think they are a good candidate, I tell them. If I don’t think they’re a good candidate, I’ll tell them, ‘Have you ever looked at yourself with your head shaved? You might be a Michael Jordan, you might be a Sean Connery. It could work really well for you.’ There’s a lot of stuff out there now about PRP, patients asking us about that. And there’s a lot of– to me– pseudo science related to some of these things. I try to be very careful about what I say to patients and what I think is accurate science about some of these things, which we do use. But, in any case, I thought that your lecture was very beneficial for all of us at the meeting. I did have some takeaways there that I put into place right away.

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Watch as Dr. Rose Discusses Mosaic™ Hair Restoration on The Bald Truth

Watch as Dr. Rose Discusses Mosaic™ Hair Restoration on The Bald TruthAt the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we never stop researching, developing, and refining our methods of hair transplant surgery. We continually strive to improve the comfort, safety, and natural aesthetics of each procedure that is performed at our clinic. It is our pleasure to introduce our newest achievement in hair transplant surgery: The Mosaic® Hair Restoration, a novel approach that ensures a unique follicular pattern so each patient receives the most natural end result.

Watch as Dr. Paul Rose joins Spencer Kobren on The Bald Truth to discuss how this new approach to hair transplant surgery was first discovered and developed. Be sure to visit The Bald Truth for the original interview post here. Readers may also follow Spencer Kobren on Twitter.

Is Mosaic™ Hair Restoration the Next Logical Step?

Is Mosaic Hair Restoration The Next Logical Step? Paul Rose., M.D., J.D. from Spencer Kobren’s The Bald Truth on Vimeo.

Video Transcript

Dr. Rose: The Mosaic™ idea came out of the fact that I noticed over time, when I would go to many other physicians’ offices to see how they operated, that a lot of people would think of the recipient area as being divided up into zones. And they would do single hairs, the would do 2 hairs, 3 hairs, and each one of them would have a separate zone.

But when one looks at a picture of the donor area, and you look at the way hairs are set up, it’s obvious to you that hairs are set up in a mosaic type of pattern. The 1’s are mixed with the 2’s and the 3’s. That is the way Mother Nature does it, so it seemed to me that if you could replicate that on the patient, and do that in the recipient area, you would wind up with a more natural approach.

So with that, and taking into consideration that you do want to have a lot of single hairs at the very fringe– the very front– we developed a computer algorithm based on video images of the donor area. We did that in conjunction with Florida International University, and we were able to acquire a patent on this methodology.

Spencer Kobren: Well, you know what I find interesting– obviously, everyone is kind of set in their ways. You’ve been doing this for a long time, and you know I have to say you are one of the unsung heroes of this industry. I think it’s important for people to know that. I don’t think you’ve ever called the program, you don’t take the time to try to put yourself out there online that much, you’re not presenting a lot of your images– you’re just doing your thing. And you’ve been doing your thing well, and better than most people, in my opinion, ever since I’ve entered this industry. You were listed in the first The Bald Truth. And that was a time when there was no fee to be a part of the ISHRS. The ISHRS wasn’t even a part of my thinking at the time. It was just, I wanted to create a list of physicians who were really doing, in my view, state-of-the-art surgical hair restoration at that time. And sadly, there were only 11 of you guys. And you were one of them. But I think that, when I see these peoples’ short lists online and I don’t see your name on there, I think to myself ‘That’s insanity,’ because you really helped to start it all, and you really do it the right way. So I wanted to give you your props, I think it’s really it’s really important, and I’m excited that you have come up with this new concept because people are lazy. They are doing things the same way, year after year, just because they want to take the path of least resistance.

Dr. Rose: Well, I think to a certain extent that’s true. Thank you very much for the compliments, it’s great to have your support. You know, I was very privileged to be a part of that initial group of doctors that you cited. It’s great company to be in the company of people like Bill Rassmen and Bob Bernstein and Ron Shapiro, Bobby Limmer. We were fortunate to develop the follicular unit idea, and I would say I’ve never really been one for self promotion, for whatever reason. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with people who do self promote, but I really haven’t been active in that. I’ve had a great realization throughout my life that you never know everything. Even when you think you know it, you don’t. So I’ve always tried to come up with ways to learn more.

Learn More About Mosaic™ Hair Restoration

For more information on our clinic, physicians, and treatment options, readers are invited to contact us online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

 

Garlic Treatment for Hair Loss

Garlic Treatment for Hair LossIs garlic treatment for hair loss effective? A Canadian team of researchers has set out to test just that, aiming to evaluate garlic pills and topical treatments as a method for treating alopecia areata among children and teenagers. A number of children under the age of 16 suffer with alopecia areata, a condition characterized by sudden and patchy hair loss. Kids and young teens are limited in treatment options, as many are not candidates for topical foams, prescription medications, or surgical hair restoration. Researchers hope an all-natural treatment, like garlic extract, may someday alleviate hair loss symptoms along with the fear and social anxiety they cause.

Investigating a Garlic Treatment for Hair Loss

Researchers in Canada hope to find a hair loss cure in garlic, a bulb-shaped plant known to have natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The new trial has been announced on ClinicalTrials.gov. The researchers write:

The investigators propose to conduct an open label, prospective cohort pilot study using topical garlic concentrate (GarlicRich) for treatment of children with Alopecia Areata. Study medication will be applied topically on affected area of the skin daily for 6 months. Follow up visits will occur monthly to access the efficacy and safety of the proposed treatment.

A full posting of this study can be viewed by visiting ClinicalTrials.gov.

Alternative Treatments for Hair Loss

Only time will tell if a garlic treatment for hair loss can help to reverse the signs of thinning, shedding, or patchy baldness. In the meantime, there are only a few treatment options for children and teenagers who have alopecia. Some of the more popular options include:

Improving diet. The body needs a balanced diet, as well as a comprehensive assortment of essential vitamins and minerals in order to grow, heal, and achieve peak performance. This is especially true for growing children and young teens. Take a moment to review the components of a healthy hair diet, and think of delicious ways to incorporate nutrient-dense foods into every meal.

Managing stress. Stress can be devastating on a mental, emotional, and physical level. Telogen effluvium and alopecia areata, specifically, have been found to trigger and/or worsen hair loss. Children and young teens are encouraged to learn stress management and coping skills at an early age to not only prevent hair loss, but to improve overall health and vitality as well. Mindfulness meditation, sketching, coloring, light exercise, and journaling are all proven outlets for mitigating the negative effects of stress.

Wearing hairpieces. In some cases, hairpieces are the best solution for children and teenagers who suffer with various forms of alopecia.

This news article has been published by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Readers are welcomed to contact us online, or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

 

 

Dr. Rose Presents at 2016 ARTAS® User Meeting

Dr. Rose Presents at 2016 ARTAS® User MeetingThis year, Dr. Rose attended the 2016 ARTAS® User Meeting in Dana Point, California. At the meeting, Dr. Rose joined an elite group of hair restoration surgeons who made presentations on ARTAS® procedure essentials and best practices for success. Dr. Rose has over 20 years of experience in hair restoration surgery and is a recognized leader in the field. 

Learn more about Dr. Rose. Visit Dr. Paul Rose’s profile to learn more about this ISHRS Golden Follicle Award winning surgeon, including education background and ongoing contributions to the fields of hair loss and hair restoration surgery.

ARTAS® Presentations by Dr. Rose

In addition to participating in a question and answer (Q&A) panel, Dr. Rose delivered two presentations geared toward helping fellow ARTAS® physicians make the most out of robotic hair transplant technology. Dr. Rose’s presentations included:

  1. Managing Large Case Sizes
  2. Workflow Productivity

Pictures from 2016 ARTAS® User Meeting


For more event pictures, visit Restoration Robotics on Facebook.

Schedule with Dr. Rose

Dr. Paul Rose is a board certified hair restoration surgeon with more than 20 years experience. Dr. Rose is past President and Board Member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and is known throughout Florida for an unparalleled level of artistic expertise while conducting hair restoration surgeries.

To learn more about ARTAS® hair transplant with Dr. Rose, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Does WEN Cause Hair Loss?

Does WEN Cause Hair Loss? Patients are asking, “Does WEN cause hair loss?” For those who may not know, WEN is a hair care product by Chaz Dean. It enjoyed a rapid rise in popularity, being marketed to consumers as a leave-in cleansing and conditioning product. In December 2015, however, WEN experienced severe backlash on social media after angry customers began posting photos and claiming WEN was causing hair to fall out. Soon thereafter, at least 200 women filed suit against WEN Hair Care, according to sources at The Daily Beast.

Is WEN Causing Your Hair to Fall Out?

There are a number of treatment options available if WEN products are causing your hair to fall out, thin, or become brittle. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, each member of our surgical team and medical staff is fully committed to providing the safest and most effective treatments for hair loss.

Our clinic is the first and only in the world to have two ISHRS Golden Follicle Award winning surgeons on staff, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose. With decades of experience in the research and treatment of male and female hair loss, no other hair loss clinic is more experienced.

Finding Treatment WEN Hair Loss Strikes

Have you noticed visibly thinner hair after using WEN Hair Care products? The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is pleased to offer the latest and safest FDA approved hair loss treatments, including laser therapy caps and topical hair loss foams backed by extensive clinical research. To learn more, contact us online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

Dr. Nusbaum Attends 9th World Congress for Hair Research

Dr-Nusbaum-Attends-9th-World-Congress-for-Hair-ResearchLast week, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum attended the 9th World Congress for Hair Research to lecture and meet with other hair loss professionals to advance the knowledge in hair growth, hair and scalp disease, and clinical care. In attendance were other hair biologists, dermatologists, cosmetic scientists, and hair transplant surgeons from prestigious clinics and universities around the world. From November 18th-21st, all attendees enjoyed general sessions, scientific posters, pre-Congress workshops, and exhibits from the world’s leading makers of hair loss products and medical devices. Sponsors this year included Rogaine, P&G, Aveda, and the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), to name a few.

Event Photos: 9th World Congress for Hair Research

Dr. Bernard Nusbaum

Learn more about Dr. Bernard Nusbaum. For more information on hair loss evaluation and treatment at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, contact us online or call 305-925-0222.

Happy Thanksgiving from Miami Hair!

Happy Thanksgiving from Miami Hair! Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate the friends, family, and loved ones we cherish so dearly. It’s also a day to enjoy a cornucopia of warm, hearty, and delicious Thanksgiving foods. From everyone at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and the start of a warm holiday season.

When you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday, take a look around the table, and see how many of the following healthy hair foods you can find. Be sure to enjoy a little bit of everything to give your hair and scalp the vitamins and minerals needed to look your best. And, of course, don’t forget dessert!

Best Thanksgiving Foods for Healthy Hair

Eggs

From egg bakes to soufflés and h’orderves, eggs are a big part of some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. But did you also know that eggs are loaded with the building blocks of naturally thick and strong hair?  Biotin, B vitamins, and protein are just a few of the nutrients found in eggs that promote fuller hair.

Greens

Some of the best foods for your hair also happen to be the simplest. Spinach, broccoli, and Swiss chard are among the best greens for stronger hair. This is thanks to their dense nutrient profile, high vitamin content, and strong antioxidant profile.

Sweet Potatoes

It’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving dinner without fresh baked sweet potatoes. Indulge in this Thanksgiving staple on Thursday night to get plenty of beta carotene and vitamin A, both of which are known to nourish the scalp.

Beans and Lentils

Lentils, kidney beans, lima beans, and other legumes are a great source of both iron and protein. Together, these essential building blocks help to build your hair’s natural strength and thickness.

Coconut Oil

Cooking with coconut oil this Thanksgiving? If so, you will enjoy the added benefits of  vitamin K, E, and healthy fats known to improve hair texture and strength from the inside, out.

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For more healthy hair tips, be sure to visit the Miami Hair Blog!

Dr. Nusbaum Answers Hair Transplant FAQs

Dr. Nusbaum Answers Hair Transplant FAQsDr. Bernard Nusbaum is lead surgeon here at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. With over 20 years practicing and more than 10,000 hair transplants in the books, Dr. Nusbaum has seen hair restoration surgery evolve into the incredibly precise and painless procedure it is today. Among the most popular options for men and women looking for surgical hair restoration is traditional “strip” donor procedure, as well as follicular unit extraction (FUE) transplantation.

In the video below, Dr. Nusbaum explains the differences between various popular hair transplant techniques. The video begins with the strip donor approach, a procedure that has undeservedly received a “bad name” due to misleading advertising campaigns of recent years.

Watch: Miami Hair Surgeon Answers Hair Transplant FAQs

Notes on Strip Donor Hair Transplant

Strip donor transplant entails surgically removing a ribbon, narrow but long, from the scalp of the donor area. Afterward, the donor area is stitched closed, forming a linear scar that might be visible when hair is cut very short. Following extraction, the donor strip is then carefully dissected into individual follicular units before finally being transplanted, by hand.

Unfortunately, scars from these “strip” procedures have received a bad name. Some adults see patients who have an unsightly post-operative scar when wearing their hair very short. Others see advertisements that shed a negative light on the strip procedure in general.

“It is unfortunate that occurs, because that is not our result from linear [strip donor] procedures,” explains Dr. Nusbaum. “We utilize a closure technique, which is very special. It has been developed by Dr. Paul Rose, our surgeon, and works beautifully in his hands.”

Termed the Trichophytic Ledge Closure Technique, this expert touch creates a very fine scar with donor hairs growing through it, rendering it nearly invisible to the naked eye.

“Sometimes, not even a hairstylist who combs up the hair can detect where the scar is.”

Learn More About Strip Donor Hair Transplant

To learn more about strip donor hair transplant procedures, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami online of call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

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