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What Kind of Doctor Treats Hair Loss?

What Kind of Doctor Treats Hair Loss?When you notice signs of hair loss, what type of doctor should you see? It’s a common first question for nearly every man or woman who first notices signs of thinning, balding, or shedding. Hair loss treatment is a multi-million dollar business, and it seems there’s no end to the number of different specialists, shampoos, and pills that promise to restore areas of balding scalp. Selecting the right physician will make it easier to get an accurate hair loss diagnosis from the start, which will provide the framework for an efficient treatment regimen.

Before taking a closer look at the different types of doctors who are capable of telling you more about your hair loss, it helps to explore a few of the most common reasons why men and women lose their hair. With the following causes in mind, it becomes easier to see why certain specialists are more capable of providing an expert diagnosis than others.

A few reasons for hair loss include:

  • Genetics
  • Lifestyle stress
  • A stressful event (triggering telogen effluvium)
  • Poor diet
  • A skin condition
  • Prescription medications

At our Institute, we assess each of these factors with comprehensive methodology. Our surgeons implement the most advanced technologies available to get to the root of your hair loss and develop a personalized treatment plan.

The results speak for themselves. Click the following link to view images of real patients, before and after hair transplant procedures.

What Types of Physicians Can Treat Alopecia?

In truth, there are a few different types of physicians who might be able to provide a basic alopecia, or hair loss, diagnosis. The following professionals typically encounter patients who suffer with thinning, shedding, or balding hair.

Hair Stylists are among the first professionals to notice signs of hair loss. While these individuals are not licensed medical professionals, they can help you determine whether or not certain hard-to-see areas are receding, losing volume, or becoming thinner. It is recommended that you see a licensed medical professional if a stylist or hairdresser notices such signs.

Trichologists are professionals who have studied trichology, or the health of the hair and scalp. Not all trichologists are licensed medical professionals, however. For effective hair loss treatment, we recommend patients choose a hair loss clinic and/or licensed medical professional to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Endocrinologists are licensed medical professionals who specialize in the endocrine system, hormones, and the diseases that result from hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance can often cause hair loss, so it is common for this type of physician to see patients who suffer with thinning, shedding, or balding. They do not specialize in hair restoration, however.

Dermatologists are licensed medical professionals who provide specialized care for the skin, nails, and hair. Physicians who are Board Certified in Dermatology are the most qualified to diagnose the root cause of hair loss and provide an effective treatment recommendation.

Why See a Hair Transplant Surgeon?

A hair transplant surgeon is a medically licensed dermatologist who has completed both medical school and a minimum 5-year residency, during which rigorous surgical training is completed. Here are a few reasons why patients should see a hair transplant surgeon for a hair loss diagnosis:

  1. Hair transplant surgeons are Board Certified in Dermatology, the only medical specialty with certified residency training in hair loss and scalp diseases.
  2. In addition to surgical hair restoration, hair transplant surgeons offer non-surgical methods of hair loss treatment that include medications (Rogaine®, Propecia®) and FDA-approved Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) devices.
  3. As a specialist, they keep up with new techniques and transplant technologies that continually improve patient experience and results.
  4. Surgeons can also be members of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, an internationally-recognized organization of more than 1,000 elite surgeons in over 60 countries worldwide. ISHRS is committed to advancing the highest standards of medical treatment and ethics, ensuring hair loss sufferers always receive professional hair loss treatment and an unparalleled patient experience.

Finding a Miami Specialist and Hair Loss Clinic

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we represent South Florida’s finest transplant surgeons, registered nurses, microscopists, and staff. We hold your pursuit of a full head of natural, healthy hair in the highest regard. To learn more about our Institute:

Readers are also invited to call our front desk directly at 305-925-0222.

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes Welker

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes WelkerFormer New England Patriot Wes Welker has gone public about his recent hair transplant procedure, giving NFL fans and hair loss sufferers something to talk about this season.

Endorsements from professional athletes are nothing new for hair transplant surgeons and clinics. In Europe, Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has openly shared his professional struggle with hair loss, often making headlines for being the recipient of such a stellar new head of hair. According to reporters at Daily Mail UK, Rooney shaved his head over the summer, a move that showed onlookers that even with a military-style cut, the footballer’s hairline looks natural and shows no visible signs of post-operative scarring.

Celebs Endorse Transplant, Dispelling Myths About Hair Loss Treatment

For men and women, celebrity endorsements help to dispel the long-standing myths surrounding new hair transplant procedures. Unlike the “hair plugs” of the 1980s, today’s methods and technologies are highly refined and known to produce exceptional results. In fact, more than 80% of Americans cannot tell when a man or woman has received a transplant, according to a new study by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).

The days of unsightly hair plugs are long gone, and spreading awareness for today’s refined and natural-looking procedures has never been more important. It’s estimated that an alarming number of men—roughly 2/3rds—suffer with a hair loss condition, most commonly pattern baldness. Another 20 million or more women show signs of thinning or balding, often as the result of hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, or menopause. For this growing population, hair loss can have a profoundly negative affect on personal, professional, and social life.

What Transplant Procedures Are Celebrities Trying?

Today, celebrities opt for one of two approaches to hair loss treatment. The first is non-surgical, which involves the use of low level laser therapy (LLLT) and hair loss drugs like Propecia® and Rogaine®. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and the all-new ARTAS® System for hair transplant are two additional surgical procedures known to produce authentic and permanent results.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): A non-surgical treatment option, LLLT devices use FDA-approved low level lasers to stimulate blood flow through the scalp and around the follicles. Increased blood flow is thought to induce phototherapy, increasing nutrient and oxygen delivery to spur natural hair growth.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): FUE is one of the newest and most refined methods of hair transplant surgery. During the procedure, individual donor hairs are harvested using a small punch instrument, leaving virtual no sign of post-operative scarring. Follicles are then transplanted to the recipient area by hand, giving the surgeon the ability to carefully recreate the patient’s natural hairline, density, and overall authentic appearance.

ARTAS® System: The first FDA-approved hair transplant robot, the all-new ARTAS® System uses advanced digital imaging and robotics technologies to assist surgeons in rapidly identifying the very best donor hair for FUE transplant. With ARTAS technology, transplant procedures are faster, more comfortable, and produce more authentic results.

Hair Transplant Institute of Miami

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our team represents South Florida’s finest surgeons, technologies, and staff. We are 1 of fewer than 20 hair loss clinics nationwide to offer the revolutionary new ARTAS® System, and we are proud to offer the most comprehensive hair loss evaluation and treatment methodology available. At our clinic, each of our team members holds your pursuit of a fuller, more natural head of hair in the highest regard.

To learn more about hair loss treatment, schedule an appointment with our Institute online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

PRP Therapy for Hair Loss

PRP Therapy for Hair LossPlatelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments for hair loss are now available at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. This new method for hair restoration has demonstrated the potential to stimulate cellular activity deep with hair follicles, flooding them with the blood, oxygen, nutrients, platelets, and other natural growth factors needed to reduce inflammation and maximize the effectiveness of transplant procedures.

Treating Hair Loss with PRP

Treating hair loss with PRP begins with drawing a small amount of the patient’s own blood at the time of the procedure. Next, the natural healing and growth factors of the blood are enhanced through a special process that concentrates the platelets. This concentrated solution is then administered to both donor area and recipient area during the procedure.

When applied to the donor area, PRP seems to ward off inflammation, helping the area to heal more quickly and efficiently. There is some evidence that suggests PRP helps to reduce the appearance of post-operative scars (though some visibility is still apparent). Evidence also suggests PRP enriches the recipient area with the patient’s own natural growth factors, priming the scalp to support maximum hair growth following the transplant procedure.

At our Institute, we’ve seen exceptional results when treating patients with PRP during surgical hair restoration procedures. Below are a list of specific benefits that come with enhancing hair transplant procedures with PRP, as evidenced by patient results at our Institute.

Benefits of Using PRP During Hair Transplant

Based on years of application, our Institute has seen numerous benefits when enhancing hair transplant procedures with PRP injections. Based on the positive results achieved with past patients, we can say with confidence that this new method of hair transplantation has a high likelihood of delivering the following benefits to both men and women:

  1. Accelerated healing of donor area
  2. Faster healing of transplanted hair follicles
  3. Less post-operative redness, crusting, and agitation
  4. Increased growth rate of transplanted hair follicles
  5. Reducing swelling
  6. Faster post-operative healing

Though our Institute has not scientifically studied the efficacy of PRP when used in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, other scientists have produced evidence that supports the outcomes we’ve seen. Most notably is the following study, produced by a team from the International Hair Research Foundation and the University of Brescia, Italy.

Scientific Study: PRP Significantly Increases Hair Growth

According to evidence published in the British Journal of Dermatology, “PRP was found to increase hair growth significantly” in patients suffering with alopecia areata (i). These results were achieved through a randomized, double-blind study that compared patients treated with PRP with those treated with a placebo. Researchers also noted significant decreases in hair dystrophy (fragility), burning, and itching among patients who were given PRP treatment.

PRP Treatment in Miami

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we continually work to improve patient experience by offering only the safest and most effective hair loss technologies. From the ARTAS® precision-based robotics to PRP injections that improve patients’ transplant results, our team stands committed to delivering only the most advanced and well-researched hair loss treatments available.

To learn more about PRP-enhanced hair transplant procedures, we invite you to contact our Institute online or call our clinic directly at 877-443-9070. Readers may also visit this page on PRP Miami treatments.

What is Alopecia Barbae?

What is Alopecia BarbaeThe condition alopecia barbae is a very specific form of alopecia, or hair loss. Whereas traditional alopecia areata describes a condition in which hair loss occurs throughout the body, alopecia barbae describes hair loss that occurs in the beard. For this reason, alopecia barbae is noticeable only amongst men, as lower levels of testosterone in women typically prevent the formation of facial hair (specifically beards) altogether.

November is the perfect time to raise awareness for this unique condition, as this month ignites the launch of two body-hair-awareness movements that rally the world together in admiration of beards, mustaches, and other exceptional displays of follicular assets. The first campaign is No Shave November; the second is Mustache November, or Movember for short.

No matter which movement you identify with, these two awareness campaigns give participants a platform to showcase their beards and natural hair growth. As the month progresses, participants gather donations from friends, family, and curious individuals from across the globe, all to benefit charities of their choice.

Bald Patches in Beards

It may shock the masses, but bald patches in beards are common among men. Bald patches can appear under the chin as well as throughout the sides of the neck, cheeks, and along the upper lip/mustache region.

Are Beard Transplants an Option?

Beard transplants are indeed an option for men who wish to reverse the signs of thinning or balding patches. In fact, British surgeons report seeing a surge in men requesting surgical beard restoration over the past year (i). In the UK, hair transplant is reported as the most common form of cosmetic surgery for men. Men seeking beard transplants often inquire about a specific look, referencing the famous facial hair of Hollywood A-listers like Brad Pitt.

How Does a Beard Transplant Work?

A beard transplantation procedure works in much the same way as transplant procedure that is performed to restore the scalp. Things begin with a hair loss consultation, during which the patient meets with a qualified hair loss professional to determine the likely cause of hair loss and plan an effective treatment regimen.

After making sure the patient is a candidate for a beard transplant, the surgeon will specify a donor area from which hair will be extracted for the procedure. The donor area typically resides along the rear or side regions of the patient’s scalp, areas known to provide quality donor hair with little threat of balding in the future.

Once hair is extracted, surgeons transplant individual follicular units to restore bald areas and create a natural-looking beard.

Learn More About Hair Transplant Procedures

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, it is our pleasure to provide men and women with the most comprehensive methodology and treatment technologies for treating hair loss. Most recently, our hair loss Institute became 1 of fewer than 20 clinics to offer the first FDA-approved hair transplant robot, the ARTAS® System.

Our team represents South Florida’s finest surgeons, nurses, technicians, and staff. We hold patients’ pursuit of a fuller, more natural head of hair in the highest regard, and we invite you to schedule a hair loss consultation online or call our practice directly at 877-443-9070.

Sources:

(i) “Beard Implants Growing.” Daily Mail. Accessed 3 November 2013.

Hair Transplant Surgery for Women Rapidly Increases in UK

Hair-Transplant-Surgery-for-Women-Rapidly-Increases-in-UKThinning, shedding, or balding scalp is more common among women than one might think. Statistics estimate that nearly 20 million American women suffer with these symptoms. In the United Kingdom, it’s reported that more than 60% of women likewise suffer with dwindling hair health. Female hair loss can be brought on by a number of things. Stress, genetics, and sometimes even particular styling techniques can all be leading contributors. Recognizing that hair is an essential element of appearance, confidence, and first impressions, women around the world are turning to surgical hair restoration to restore their hair to a more natural and youthful state.

Hair transplant procedures have a stigma that is not easily overcome. Often referred to as “hair plugs,” the traditional and relatively crude procedures of the 1980s still have hair loss sufferers convinced that transplants produce unsightly, embarrassing results. The tide is beginning to shift, however, as awareness is spreading for the near-perfect results that can be achieved through newer surgical techniques and technologies. This is perhaps most evident in the UK, where hair loss clinics report seeing a rise in the number of female patients seeking hair transplant surgery this year.

UK: Female Hair Transplant Procedures Increase by 82%

One English hair loss clinic reports an 82% increase in women seeking hair transplant this year when compared to 2011 (i). To hair loss professionals, the recent increase in female patients is largely attributed to better awareness for how treatable the condition really is. Hair transplant surgery, for example, is now performed in two unique ways that produce results so natural looking, 85% of Americans cannot tell that a procedure has been performed (ii).

Refined Techniques and Better Technologies

The first and most common hair transplant procedure is traditional called the “strip donor” procedure. This treatment option gets its name from the way donor hair is removed from the rear or side of the scalp. Surgeons remove donor hair in a long strip, and they separate it into groupings of about 1-3 hairs, or follicular units, under high-powered microscopes. Surgeons then transplant each follicular unit by hand, taking great care to recreate the patient’s natural hair density, undulation, thickness, and randomness.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is another common technique for patients who suffer with hair loss. FUE procedures are the newest and most refined method of surgical hair restoration, and patients often report recovering from the procedure in as little as 3-5 days. To perform a FUE transplant, surgeons use a surgical instrument to remove follicular units individually, instead of via strip harvesting. The biggest advantage of FUE is the absence of a linear scar, which is sometimes visible if a patient who receives a strip donor procedure gets a very short haircut.

Celebrity Endorsement

In addition to newer and more refined transplant techniques, hair loss professionals credit celebrity endorsements for significantly reducing the stigma formerly attached to the procedure. In recent years, world-renowned athletes and entertainers have opened up about the transplant procedures that have helped them maintain a full and natural head of hair. In the UK, soccer star Wayne Rooney is perhaps the best-known example. In the U.S., the ageless hairlines of Hollywood stars like Mel Gibson, Jude Law, and Mathew McConaughey have sparked rumors that the celebrities sought help from surgeons to restore areas of balding scalp, ultimately creating a positive impression that has affirmed the quality, safety, and legitimacy of transplant procedures in America.

Female Hair Transplant at Miami Hair Institute

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our surgeons, nurses, and staff provide the most comprehensive hair loss evaluation and diagnosis available. With more than 45 years combined experience, Drs. Nusbaum and Rose provide expert consultation that will help you understand the unique cause of your hair loss symptoms while developing a personalized treatment plan that will have you looking and feeling your very best.

Readers are invited to call directly 305-925-0222 to learn more about hair transplant in Miami, a permanent solution that can restore hair to its naturally full and youthful state.

Sources:

(i) “Women Go Bald Too.” Daily Mail. Accessed 25 October 2013.

(ii) “2010 Hair Transplant Challenge Survey.” International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. Accessed 17 June 2013.

Hair Replacement Surgery Listed as Top Treatment for Hair Loss

Hair Replacement Surgery Listed as Top Treatment for Hair LossMen’s Fitness magazine is known for providing American males with expert insight on how to work hard, play harder, and look their absolute best. This month, the publication released a special article on the 6 best ways to reverse the signs of hair loss. Hair replacement surgery topped that list, with experts naming it the “best fix by far for replacing lost hair,” (i).

Today’s hair replacement surgery differs drastically from the original procedures on the 1980s, the article warns. Formerly, hair replacement produced results that resembled cornrows, giving the procedure the nickname “hair plugs.”

Today, however, hair replacement surgery has evolved into a highly refined procedure that creates results so natural, nearly 85% of people cannot tell when it has been performed (ii).

Surgical Hair Replacement for Men and Women

Today, men and women have two primary options for hair replacement surgery. The first is referred to as Strip Donor Procedure. The second is newer and more advanced, known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

Starting at the Beginning. Before a patient chooses between Strip Donor and FUE procedures, it is vital that a hair loss evaluation be conducted to diagnose the cause of hair loss and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

The Strip Donor Procedure vs. FUE

The Strip Donor Procedure is the older and more traditional of the two treatment protocols. Prior to the procedure, the surgeon identifies an area from which donor hair will be removed. Hair is then surgical removed in a long, thin strip.

Upon removal, the surgeon divides the strip of hair into small clusters of hairs, called follicular units. This process is one of the many nuances that make today’s transplant procedures more natural than those of the past. By dividing donor hair into small, almost microscopic clusters, hair can be transplanted with greater aesthetic detail that recreates the appearance of natural hair.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) differs from the Strip Donor Procedure in one major way: Donor hair is not surgically removed in a linear strip. Instead, individual follicular units are removed with a special punch instrument that measures between 1-2mm in diameter, which is about the size of the tip of a pen. The surgeon then transplants hair by hand, paying close attention to the patient’s natural hair density, undulation, thickness, and randomness.

There are 2 main reasons patients choose FUE over Strip Donor. Unlike traditional Strip procedures, FUE does not leave a linear scar following the extraction of donor hair. This enables patients to wear their hair shorter with almost no sign of scarring (though if the head is completely shaved, small, circular red dots might be visible). Second, FUE has a faster turnaround time compared to Strip procedures, mostly because extraction is less invasive. Whereas Strip procedures are associated with a recovery time of 10 days or more, patients are almost fully recovered from a FUE procedure after just 3-5 days.

Learn More About Hair Replacement Surgery in Miami

Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment provide the best chance of restoring hair to its naturally full, resilient, and beautiful state. To learn more about surgical hair replacement, schedule a hair loss evaluation online. Our team represents South Florida’s finest surgeons, registered nurses, and technicians, each of whom hold your pursuit of a fuller head of hair in the highest regard.

Readers may also call our Institute at 305.925.0222 to speak directly with a member of our team.

Sources:

(i) “6 Best Fixes for Hair Loss.” Men’s Health Magazine. Accessed 20 October 2013.

(ii) “2010 Hair Transplant Challenge Survey.” International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. Accessed 17 June 2013.

Hair Loss Treatment 2013: What’s New at the Miami Hair Institute

hair-loss-treatments-2013-miamiAt the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami we are always striving to improve our patients’ results. Both Dr. Rose and Dr. Nusbaum have over 25 years of experience in the field of hair restoration providing a solid foundation and track record for evaluating the best new techniques available to you. We are very excited to tell you about some new developments which we have incorporated into our practice.

Robotic Hair Restoration

In addition to the strip harvesting technique, we also offer a donor harvesting method named FIT Follicular Isolation Technique (also known as FUE). Using this technique the creation of a linear donor scar is eliminated. While this procedure has gained recent popularity, Dr. Rose has been performing it for over ten years with a special, hand-held motorized instrument and we continue to offer the hand motorized FUE . We also offer the ARTAS physician guided robotic system for FUE, FIT which is the most technologically advanced instrumentation worldwide. The ARTAS robotic instrument utilizes advanced digital technology and laser guided precision robotics to harvest permanent hair from the back of the head to be transplanted into balding or thinning areas. This is a minimally invasive procedure, with no linear scarring and less postoperative pain.  ARTAS produces tiny dot- like scars in the donor area that are not visible with a short haircut although complete shaving of the head would reveal them. We believe the best candidates for this procedure are individuals who have never had a strip harvest procedure and wish to have transplants done yet want  be able to wear their hair quite short  with minimal evidence  of a procedure .

Biolife

Donor follicles, once harvested, must be maintained in a viable state until they can be re-implanted in the recipient area; and the entire process must take place within hours. The standard liquid solution, which has been used for years to hold follicular grafts during surgery, is saline water. Although this has been effective, we are now utilizing a product called Biolife, which is equivalent to the solutions that are used to preserve organs for transplantation.  Preserving your follicles in Biolife further ensures that they will remain viable during the procedure. In our experience, it has increased follicle growth while at the same time, producing earlier growth than what we were getting with standard methods. Biolife contains nutrients that mimic the natural environment of the follicle cells within the tissues therefore minimizing the stress that the follicles must endure during the transplant process.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP is prepared by drawing a small amount of your own blood at the time of the procedure. We then utilize a special method to concentrate your platelets, the latter which contain numerous growth and healing factors. PRP is injected into both the donor and recipient areas once they are already anesthetized and accelerates healing as evidenced by less redness and crusting in these areas.  PRP may also improve the percentage of growth of transplanted follicles. We recommend PRP for all procedures but particularly for patients who have had previous transplants. In our experience patients who use PRP develop much less inflammation at the surgical sites, heal quicker and, although we have not scientifically studied this, may have improved hair growth.

EXPAREL

Although the vast majority of our patients experience very little discomfort, requiring pain medication only during the first 24 hours post-op, we are always looking to improve the patient experience. Exparel is a new long-lasting local anesthetic that is contained in liposomes which act as a timed-release system.

To reduce your discomfort after the procedure, Exparel is injected into your donor area during the surgery and is specifically designed to release the anesthetic gradually, controlling postoperative pain for up to 48 hours.

Doctors Bernard Nusbaum and Paul Rose – Leaders in Hair Restoration

Our doctors have recently appeared in the news demonstrating the ARTAS robotic hair restoration technique on WFOR- CBS, Univision, CNET, and El Herald. While their constant focus is on patient care, Drs. Nusbaum and Rose continue their ongoing commitment to research and teaching. Recent medical publications include  “Nonsurgical Therapy for Hair Loss ” in the Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America,  “Repair of the Height of the Hairline after a Juri Flap” in Hair Transplant  360 and “Surgical Considerations for Patients with Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia” in the Hair Transplant Forum International. They also created an instructional video on hair transplantation for plastic surgeons, which was published in “Hyperguide,” a plastic surgery online journal.

Both Doctors Rose and Nusbaum will be lecturing at the International Society of Hair Restoration meeting to be held in San Francisco later this month. This is the largest hair restoration conference, bringing together over 700 physicians from around the world.

Learn More About Miami Hair Loss Treatments. To learn more about what’s new at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, call our offices at 305-925-0222.

Hair Loss During Menopause: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

hair loss and menopauseHair loss is a lesser-known side effect of menopause. Most commonly, women and physicians associate menopause with other side effects like hot flashes, emotional swings, and significant menstrual cycle changes. Unfortunately, hair loss during menopause is a common occurrence that presents a very real threat to mental and emotional health.

Androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness, occurs differently in women than it does in men. Simply compare the Ludwig Classification (for female hair loss) with the Norwood Classification (for males), and the difference is quite clear. For men, pattern baldness typically begins with a receding hairline and progresses toward loss of hair at the crown of the head. For women, however, hair loss can be much more difficult to detect.

When a woman begins to lose hair, it usually happens in a more spread-out and diffuse manner along the top portion of the head. For this reason, many women do not recognize the [signs of female hair] loss until long after it has already begun.

With this in mind, here are 4 things to know and understand about hair loss during menopause.

Menopausal Hair Loss: 4 Things to Know

Hair Loss During Menopause is Hormonal

Hormonal fluctuations are known to cause hair loss in both men and women. For men, increased DHT production is usually the culprit responsible for the development of pattern baldness after age 40. Pregnant women sometimes experience the opposite, as pregnancy causes a surge in healthy hormones that can cause hair to become thick, rich, and vibrant.

During menopause, the body’s production of estrogen and other female hormones begins to decline. This causes a relative rise in androgens, or male hormones, which ultimate puts women at risk for developing hormonally induced hair loss.

Stress During Menopause Might Also Cause Thin Hair

Of course, hormones are not the only factor to consider. Certain elements of lifestyle might also contribute to hair loss during menopause. Most common is stress, which can lead to a specific type of hair loss referred to as telogen effluvium.

Telogen effluvium appears to occur when stress “shocks” the hair follicles into a dormant state in which hair no longer grows, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Taking proactive steps to reduce daily stress can help. Yoga, meditation, journaling, and quiet time alone are all activities that numerous studies associate with low levels of stress.

Psychological Effects of Hair Loss

Hair loss can cause serious mental and emotional health issues for both men and women. It’s vital to understand that such side effects are normal; the hair, face, and teeth are among the first characteristics one individual will notice about another. Together, they help to establish a first impression and, in some cases, a certain level of attraction. Not surprisingly, men and women can feel anxious, embarrassed, and depressed when the health and aesthetics of the face and hair are compromised.

There are two very important things to remember, however. First, stress has a way of exacerbating hair loss (see above). For this reason, women who notice symptoms of thinning, shedding, or balding during menopause are smart to remain calm and consult a physician. Second, women must remember that hair loss during menopause is treatable.

Menopausal Hair Loss is Treatable

There are a variety of treatment protocols available for women who notice thinning, shedding, or balding during menopause. When it comes to non-surgical hair restoration methods, Minoxidil (available by brand name Rogaine®) has been shown successful in halting hair loss for women. Minoxidil is a topical foam that must be applied to the scalp daily, however, which becomes tedious for some women.

Low level laser therapy for hair is a second non-surgical restoration method that has demonstrated an ability to reduce hair loss and, in some cases, stimulate new hair growth. LLLT exposes the scalp to safe, FDA-approved lasers that are designed to stimulate blood flow and nutrient delivery to the hair follicles. Women are particularly found of these “laser therapies for hair loss” because they are quick, convenient, safe, and effective.

Finally, women may elect to have a surgical hair restoration procedure to permanently reverse signs of hair loss. Surgical hair restoration is most commonly performed as a hair transplant, a procedure during which the patient’s own hair follicles are extracted from areas of healthy scalp and relocated to areas of thinning or balding. Surgeons transplant each follicular cluster (sometimes as small as 1-3 units) by hand, effectively camouflaging bald scalp with real hair that looks, feels, and grows naturally.

Early Detection, Successful Treatment

Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment provide the best chance of restoring hair to its naturally full, resilient, and beautiful state. To move forward with a hair loss evaluation, schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Our team represents South Florida’s finest surgeons, registered nurses, and technicians, each of whom hold your pursuit of a fuller head of hair in the highest regard.

Readers may also call our Institute at 305.925.0222 to speak directly with a member of our team.

Hair Cloning

Hair CloningFrom nano-scale biomedical robots to prosthesis that can be controlled by thoughts, contemporary medicine is brimming with new and innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging mental, physical, and emotional issues. In the field of hair restoration, equally exciting advances are being made toward hair cloning, an advanced treatment protocol that experts hope will someday be able to reverse the signs of androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness) in men and women.

Can Surgeons Clone Hair?

Presently, hair cloning is not available as a treatment for hair loss. As noted by researchers at Columbia University, follicular units present a unique challenge because they are complex and difficult to duplicate in vitro (in a laboratory). Nevertheless, researchers are resolute in their pursuit of a procedure that will effectively clone hair to mask the signs of loss.

To accomplish this, researchers turn to the small nipple-like structures that channel blood, oxygen, and nutrients into hair follicles, called derma papilla (DPs). In a paper titled Follicular Cell Implantation: An Emerging Cell Therapy for Hair Loss, Drs. Jeffrey Teumer and Jerry Cooley explain that these structures have an inductive property that might enable them to produce additional hair follicles when cultivated in vitro.

4 Hair Cloning Techniques

Although science has a ways to go before hair cloning procedures are available, there are at least 4 experimental cloning methods that researchers hope will someday be used to reverse hair loss. Each involves the extraction, manipulation, and implantation of the dermal papilla (DP) cells. These methods include (i):

1. Dermal Papillae Implants (alone)

In this technique, cultivated DPs are implanted in the patient’s scalp. Ultimately, the goal of this procedure is to transform the overlying skin cells into hair follicles. If successful, DP implants have the potential to spur new hair growth in areas where hair follicles have become dormant, miniaturized, or otherwise incapable of sustaining natural hair growth.

2. Dermal Papillae Implants (close proximity to miniaturized follicles)

This technique involves stimulating a pre-existing hair follicle with cultivated DPs, making it significantly different from the DP implant method described above. Scientists believe this method has the potential to produce very natural results, as it capitalizes on follicles that already have the foundational alignment and structure needed to produce a natural look.

3. Proto-Hair Implants

This particular approach has the advantage of producing better hair direction, and thus a more natural look, according to researchers. Proto-Hair implants are created by first cultivating DPs with other skin cells (keratinocytes). Then, the groupings are left until partial hair formation occurs. Finally, the resulting cells are implanted into the scalp.

4. Collagen Matrix Implants

Similar to the Proto-Hair implants described above, this approach to hair cloning implements a collagen matrix to further assist in the cultivation of hair follicles with a healthy and natural orientation. Once cultivated, the follicles are transplanted to restore areas of balding scalp.

Schedule a Hair Loss Evaluation

Our team proudly represents South Florida’s top surgeons, registered nurses, technicians, and technologies. We understand the agony and frustration that accompanies hair loss, and we are committed to helping you develop a customized plan that will create natural results. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of thinning, shedding, or balding, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami to schedule a comprehensive hair loss evaluation.

Contact us online or call our Institute directly at 1.877.443.9070.

Sources:

(i) Teumer J. “Strategies for Follicular Cell Implantation.” Hair Transplant Forum International. Published 2008.

 

Hair Transplant Institute Presents ARTAS® Robot to CNET Español

ARTAS-Transplant-Before-and-After-PhotosThis Thursday, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami will join Monica Fonseca and Raul Garcia for a special online magazine show on CNET Español!

During the show, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose will present the ARTAS® hair transplant system, the first-ever hair transplant robot that has been approved by the FDA for use in follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedures.

Readers are invited to tune-in for this exciting segment to learn more about the revolutionary new ARTAS® robot while viewing a real patient procedure performed right here in our Miami hair clinic.

Tune In: Visit this link to watch this exclusive on CNET Español.

ARTAS® Hair Transplant Robot in Miami

At the end of 2012, the Hair Transplant Institute became 1 of fewer than 20 hair restoration clinics nationwide to offer the ARTAS® robot for FUE procedures. Since that time, the new technology has received a warm welcome from the men and women who visit our clinic for hair loss consultation and treatment.

There are many reasons why patients—both men and women—love the new ARTAS® system. A few include:

  • Greater Precision: The ARTAS® calculates and re-calculates vital metrics for donor hair extraction with micron-level precision at up to 50 times each second. As a result, donor hair is extracted with maximum potential for survival and natural growth.
  • Improved Accuracy: With high-resolution imagery and a precision-based robotic arm, surgeons are able to locate and extract donor hairs with greater accuracy than ever before. This improves the survivability of follicular units during the procedure, and it keeps the donor area looking natural post-procedure.
  • Comfort: ARTAS® is minimally invasive, and the procedure involves less pain and discomfort than a trip to the dentist.
  • No Linear Scar: Since the ARTAS® utilizes FUE, donor hairs are extracted and transplanted without creating a linear donor scar. As a result, patients are free to wear short hair cuts without showing scars or other signs that a transplant has been performed.
  • Physician Assisted: During the procedure, a trained surgeon uses the robotic technology to assist in identifying and extracting donor hair. Following extraction, hair is expertly implanted by hand to restore areas of thinning or balding scalp. If the thought of a robot performing a procedure on your scalp seems scary, you may rest assured that you are always in the caring and highly skilled hands of an expert surgeon at our Institute.

ARTAS® Procedure Before & After Photos

ARTAS® before and after photos provide a clear illustration of just how powerful and transformational the technology can be. Click here to see before and after ARTAS photos of Vincent, an actual patient who had his hairline successfully restored quickly and comfortably.

More on CNET Español

CNET has created CNET Español with Spanish users in mind, paying close attention to those topics that matter most to Spanish speakers in both the United States and abroad.

“For years, readers have asked me when CNET would publish our reviews, news, and videos in Spanish,” writes Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in_Chief of CNET Reviews. “That time is now.”

According to Ms. Turrentine, the new Spanish sister site has been designed for those who love the language, as well as technology information, reviews, tutorials, and editorials. From documenting the 20 most influential Hispanics in technology, to producing a complete and user-friendly guide to making calls abroad from a smartphone device, CNET Español is poised to become an authoritative and valuable resource for Spanish speakers online.

Schedule an ARTAS® Appointment in Miami, Florida

To learn more about the ARTAS® procedures in Miami, Florida, please contact our institute online or call our front desk directly at toll free 1-877-443-9070.

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