Articles Tagged with: American Academy of Dermatology

What Should You Do When You Notice Hair on Your Pillow?

Everyday hair loss is completely normal. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology says the average person loses anywhere between 50 and 100 strands each day. That may seem like a significant amount, but given the average human head has about 100,000 hair follicles, and each follicle is capable of growing about 20 hairs in a lifetime, 100 strands seems minimal in comparison.

But what about when you wake up in the morning and you see more hair than the average amount? And then you notice a general, overall thinning around your part while styling or even patches of missing hair? Don’t immediately panic, but ask yourself the following questions to determine if you’re a good candidate for hair growth therapy or hair restoration.

Have You Been Stressed Recently?

Telogen effluvium, or stress-related hair loss, usually occurs after a trauma that shocks hair follicles to stop producing new hairs. This type of hair loss is named after the final phase of hair growth, the telogen phase, where the hair follicle remains inactive until the regrowth process begins and pushes out the existing hair. Unfortunately for those suffering from stress-related hair loss, the follicle remains inactive because it never cycles back to the first stage (anagen phase) to spark growth.

Potential triggers of telogen effluvium include the following:

  • Physical injury
  • Emotional stress, including a death or lay-off
  • Severe illness
  • Rapid weight loss or change in diet
  • Childbirth and menopause
  • Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
  • Some medications
  • Surgery

Is Your Part Visibly Wider?

Women with long hair who part down the side or center might start to notice a wider part as they age. If you can see more scalp than usual while styling your hair, it’s likely you’re experiencing telogen effluvium hair loss.

Because women aren’t always candidates for hair transplant surgery, non-surgical hair restoration with the is an option. The Capillus272 revitalizes hair follicles to create a thicker head of hair without invasive surgery. Since it’s a mobile cap, the device can be used at home or while running errands without anyone noticing.

Do You Notice Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness affects more than two-thirds of men and is caused by hormonal changes. Luckily, however, not all of the hair falls out. Most often times, a strip of hair around the nape of the neck remains – and can be optimized for transplant procedures.

Men may be hesitant to undergo a hair transplant for fear of a fake, “pluggy” look. At our clinic, lead surgeons Drs. Nusbaum and Rose recognize that follicular patterns vary depending on the individual, in a pattern with varying percentages and distances between hair follicles. By implementing the Mosaic® Hair Restoration technique, our surgeons are able to analyze the pattern of growth in the existing hair to design the most natural looking strategy for the transplant site.

Men undergoing hair transplant surgery that want a boost, or who have recently undergone transplant surgery and want to keep their hair healthy and full might consider the Capillus272 as an additional treatment.

While hair loss at night can be alarming, you aren’t out of options. In fact, our world class team of surgeons will work with you to determine the best procedure to help you regain your confidence. For more information, contact Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose at 305.448.9100.

August is Hair Loss Awareness Month 2013

August is Hair Loss Awareness Month 2013It’s estimated that hair loss affects 2/3rds of all men and millions more women. According to the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), approximately 25% of Americans feel insecure and self-conscious when losing hair, and 95% feel “bothered.”  And when it comes to restoring those luscious locks, 73% of hair loss sufferers say they would trade a valuable personal possession for more hair.

Hair loss can have a profoundly negative effect on social, personal, and professional life. Men and women do not have to suffer with a compromised self-image, however.

This August, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami joins the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in raising awareness for hair loss. An annual campaign, Hair Loss Awareness Month aims to help men and women better understand the causes for this widespread condition, as well as effective treatments for restoring the scalp to its natural, beautiful, and youthful appearance.

Get Involved This August

There are many ways to get involved with Hair Loss Awareness Month. The Miami Hair Blog is a good place to start, as our archives feature valuable resources on hair loss, transplant techniques, hair restoration technologies, and much more. Below are just a few ways you can use our Institute’s resources to learn more about this serious condition, share important materials, and ultimately help hair loss sufferers overcome the negative side of losing hair.

Learn what causes pattern baldness.

There are several factors known to contribute to loss of hair among men and women. Some individuals seem to be hard-wired for hair loss, a specific type of pattern baldness known as androgenetic alopecia. Others experience hair loss in the aftermath of a serious and stressful life event, a phenomenon known as Telogen Effluvium. Still others experience thinning or shedding due to traction alopecia, a type of hair loss that occurs when hair is styled, flattened, or held in a restricted position for a prolonged period of time.

Understanding the cause of hair loss is essential in determining an effective course of treatment. Learn more by reading our About Hair Loss section.

Understand the Signs and Progression of Baldness

Male hair loss progresses in a somewhat typical pattern depicted by the Norwood Classification. Physicians use the Norwood Classification to determine the extent to which a man has begun to lose his hair. It is also used to predict how hair loss will progress, providing the insight needed for surgeons to effectively plan and perform a transplant that is natural in appearance. Learn more about the Norwood Classification for male pattern baldness.

Female hair loss also occurs in a somewhat predictable pattern, however it differs drastically from male pattern baldness. Physicians use a different method of classification for women, known as the Ludwig Classification. Visit this article on diagnosing female hair with the Ludwig Classification loss to learn more.

Know when hair loss is a sign of a larger health issue.

One of the most important reasons to spread awareness for hair loss is because it could be a sign of a serious health condition. There are a number of studies that correlate hair loss with serious illness, making it critical that patients consult a physician when noticing signs of thinning, shedding, or balding.

Prescription Medications. In some cases, hair loss is the side effect of a prescription drug. If you experience hair loss, speak to your physician about alternatives to your current medication. Please Note: Always consult a physician prior to making changes to your prescription medication regimen.

Heart Disease. Recently, the University of Tokyo released findings that indicate bald men are at a higher risk of developing coronary heart disease. The research was the culmination of studying some 37,000 men and indicated that chances of heart condition also increase with the severity of hair loss. Visit this article to read more on how bald men are at high risk for heart disease.

Share this article.

Finally, share this article to become actively involved in spreading awareness for health, hair loss, and effective treatment. Together, we can raise awareness for the serious health risks associated with this condition, as well as methods of diagnosis and effective treatment.

Take action.

If you or a loved one has noticed thinning, shedding, or balding hair, contact our Institute to schedule a hair loss evaluation. Our team proudly represents South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, and we stand committed to providing only the most advanced methodology and technologies to help men and women realize their dreams of a fuller, natural head of hair.

Readers are also invited to call toll free 877-443-9070.

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