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5 Benefits of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

5 Benefits of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Over the past two decades, advancements in technology and technique have radically transformed and improved the experience and outcome of hair transplant surgery. Specifically, the dawn of the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method in 2004 ended the era of “hair plugs” and ushered in a new age in which transplants look more natural, leave less scarring, and involve far less inconvenience and recovery time than they did before. Coupled with the development of the advanced ARTAS System shortly thereafter, FUE has changed the game for hair restoration, making it more a more appealing option for an ever-increasing number of people dealing with hair loss. 

Miami Hair Institute’s Dr. Paul Rose was one of the developers of the FUE technique. Dr. Rose, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum, and Dr. Aron Nusbaum Nusbaum have performed the procedure on thousands of patients since with exceptional results.

Here are the top five benefits of Follicular Unit Extraction:

1. It Is Minimally Invasive and Minimally Disruptive

Our surgeons perform FUE transplants as an outpatient procedure in our comfortable, welcoming offices using only local anesthesia. Patients arrive for their surgery in the morning and can go home later the same day.

2. It Provides Unmatched Precision

When performing an FUE transplant, we use the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS System, which provides unmatched precision in hair transplantation. The ARTAS procedure restores your hair by carefully and meticulously transplanting permanent hair from the back or side of the head into thinning areas, including the hairline.

We use the ARTAS System to digitally scan the scalp and identify hair in its natural groupings.High-resolution digital imaging provides crystal-clear detail of the donor area. We then carefully remove the selected follicles while most of your hair is left untouched and undamaged so that the donor area retains its natural appearance. We transplant the donor hair into thinning areas where it will then grow naturally, just as it did before.

3. It Involves Much Shorter Recovery Time

One of the most significant benefits of Follicular Unit Extraction is that healing and recovery tend to be quicker and involve fewer post-operative limitations than older hair transplant methods.

The day after your FUE procedure, we will want you to return to our offices to check and shampoo the transplanted areas. Beyond that, however, you should be able to return to work that day and resume all of your regular activities within a week to ten days.

4. It Leaves Behind Minimal and Barely Visible Scarring

In an FUE transplant, we remove follicular units from the scalp one by one. By doing so, we avoid the more visible and apparent linear scar often associated with older hair transplant techniques. Instead, scarring happens in a dot-like pattern that is virtually undetectable after healing and hair regrowth. This minimal scarring allows patients to wear their hair very short (but not totally shaven) after the transplant without any visible evidence that they underwent hair transplant surgery.

5. It Has a Higher Graft Survival Rate

FUE transplants have a 90-95 percent hair graft survival rate compared to the approximately 75 percent survival rate of the older Follicular Unit Transplant method. The precision harvesting of FUE using the ARTAS System minimizes trauma or transection of the hair follicles during the extraction process.

Learn More About The Benefits of FUE. Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you would like to learn more about FUE transplants and how we can help you restore your hair, we invite you to schedule an evaluation at the Miami Hair Institute. Contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Achieving Fast Donor Healing in FUE Hair Transplant

Achieving Fast Donor Healing in FUE Hair Transplant

Achieving Fast Donor Healing in FUE Hair TransplantAll surgeries, whether it be a minor outpatient patient procedure or a heart bypass operation, involving recovery and healing time after the surgery is completed. How much time it takes and the post-operative steps needed to ensure that healing is as quick as possible will depend on the nature and complexity of the procedure. The same goes for hair transplant surgery.

Different hair transplant techniques involve different ways of extracting hair from the donor area which the surgeon will then transplant into balding or thinning areas of the scalp. In turn, each extraction method will leave behind donor areas which experience unique post-operative conditions and lengths of recovery.

Every hair transplant patient wants to heal and get back to the normal activities of as quickly as possible, with as little visible evidence of their surgery as can be achieved. Fast healing, fewer post-operative limitations, and minimal scarring are three of the biggest reasons that the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant technique – developed by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami’s Dr. Paul Rose – is such a popular choice among those seeking to restore their hair.

The FUE Technique Minimizes Scarring

During an FUE transplant using the ARTAS® Robotic Procedure, we remove follicular units on the back and sides of the scalp one-by-one with a one-millimeter punch device and a head positioning device designed to minimize movement. With FUE, patients can completely avoid a more obvious linear scar often associated with “strip” harvesting of the donor area. Instead, scarring occurs in a dot-like pattern and is virtually undetectable after healing and regrowth.

The minimal scarring means that patients can wear their hair quite short (but not completely shaven) without any evidence that a procedure has been done.

Fast Healing After FUE Procedure

Minimal scarring in the donor area after an FUE procedure translates into faster healing than other transplant methods. You should be able to return to work and engage in your regular activities in a matter of days.

But ensuring that healing proceeds as quickly as it can require care and caution on the patient’s part. If you follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions and avoid actions that could jeopardize your body’s natural healing process, you could unnecessarily delay your recovery.

General ways to speed your donor area healing (in addition to your surgeon’s specific directions) include:

  • Avoiding alcohol for at least three days after your procedure.
  • Avoiding spicy foods for at least a week
  • Do not jog, cycle or lift weights within three days of surgery. Vigorous exercise or heavy lifting should also be avoided for at least one week.
  • Waiting at least 24 hours after your procedure before washing your hair.
  • Avoiding brushing for as long as possible, and don’t use hot styling tools for at least a week. 

Schedule an Appointment Today For Your Hair Loss Evaluation

If you want to learn more about the FUE hair transplant technique, have other hair loss questions, or are ready to take the first step on your hair restoration journey, we invite you to contact us at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Do Vegans Risk Hair Loss?

Hair Loss Basics – Functions of Hair

Hair Loss Basics – Functions of Hair

We can spend a lot of time thinking about our hair. Most of those thoughts have to do with appearance; we fret about how to cut and style it or worry about it thinning or falling out. But while we may expend our mental energy on how our hair looks, we rarely pause to think about what our hair does. Like most aspects of human anatomy, hair serves a purpose, both today and in our evolutionary development over the millennia.

Our ancient ancestors were much hairier than modern humans, so many of the functions that hair had back in the day are less vital or noticeable than they are now. That said, human hair had and/or still retains many functions, including:

  • Warmth. While the reasons for the decrease in hair in humans remain unclear, it may coincide with humans finding other ways – clothing and shelter – to shield themselves from the cold and other elements. But the hair we still have still kept us warm. Cold temperatures make our muscles contract which in turn make our hairs stand upright. This traps air and insulates the body from the cold.
  • Safety. Our ancestors faced dangers and predators that we haven’t had to deal with for a long time. Early warning and awareness of threats could mean the difference between life and death. Our hair extends our sensory capabilities and sense of touch alerting us to external stimuli quicker. Think of how your hairs alert you to the presence of a fly; the insect’s displacement of the hair gives you a heads-up that it is about to annoy you before it lands on your skin.

  • Protection. Why did humans keep hair on the tops of their heads while losing so much elsewhere in the body? Human ancestors didn’t always stand or walk upright, but when they started doing so, the top of the head was the part of the body most directly exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. Hair provides important natural protection against the sun’s UV rays, which why it is so important for individuals who are bald or have thinning hair to apply scalp sunscreen when they spend time in the sun.

  • Attraction and Self-Expression. Few body parts can be manipulated, transformed, or used as a vehicle for self-expression as much as our hair. It is a way we distinguish ourselves from others, whether to project a specific image or make ourselves more attractive to potential mates.

It is this last function of hair which motivates so many people to seek help when they start having hair loss issues; few hair restoration patients seek treatment because they feel cold or want an early-warning system for insects. Losing hair can take away a vital element of self-esteem and self-image. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we understand the psychological impact hair loss can have, and we work with each patient to develop and implement individually tailored hair loss solutions that not only restore hair but restore confidence and improve quality of life.

Schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today by calling 305.925.0222. We look forward to assisting you.

Strip Harvestiing

Strip vs. FUE Donor Hair Harvesting

Donor Hair HarvestiingUnderstandably, most hair transplant surgery patients will evaluate the success of their procedure based on the appearance of the once-thinning or balding area of their scalp. After all, bringing back healthy, growing hair is what the process is all about. But what goes into the transplant area must come out from another part of your scalp. Harvesting donor hair is as critical a part of hair restoration surgery as the actual transplanting of the follicles. How those follicles are harvested – and how the donor area looks after harvesting – will have a big impact on how a patient will feel about their appearance after the transplant is completed.

Transplant surgeons typically harvest donor hair from the back and sides of the head where male pattern baldness does not impact hair growth. Since this hair is healthy permanently growing, it makes it perfect for transplantation as it will continue to grow in its new location.

The biggest concern with donor hair harvesting is whether there will be a visible, linear scar left behind after the hair is removed. This is of particular importance for those who wear short hairstyles. 

There are two primary methods which hair transplant surgeons can use to harvest donor hair: strip harvesting and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we favor the latter technique, primarily because of its precision and ability to remove donor hair with significantly less visible scarring than with strip harvesting.

Strip Harvesting

Until the more recent development of the FUE technique, strip harvesting was the most widely used way to extract donor hair. This process involves taking thousands of follicles all at once from the donor area on a “strip” of the scalp. That strip is removed and the doctor then stitches the incision closed, leaving behind a scar that will vary in length depending on how many follicles are needed for the transplant. In addition to scarring, strip harvesting also may involve a longer recovery time than FUE harvesting.

That said, the process does have some positive aspects, particularly the ability to harvest large numbers of follicles in a short period of time.  

Follicular Unit Excision

The advantages of FUE over strip harvesting arise from the precision with which surgeons can remove follicles from the scalp. By removing follicles individually, scarring is minimized as is any damage to remaining hair in the donor area.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we perform follicular unit extractions using a technique called the ARTAS® Robotic Procedure which provides unmatched results in transplantation while also dramatically minimizing any visible or structural damage to the donor area.

Using the ARTAS system, our doctors digitally scan areas of the scalp, identifying hair in its natural groupings. Selected follicular units are then precisely removed from the donor area with an image-guided 0.8-1-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern, leaving most donor area hair in place so that it retains its original natural appearance.

Because scars are tiny and dot-like in appearance, the donor area on patients who undergo a hair transplant using the ARTAS system should look unscathed and give patients the option to wear shorter hairstyles post-operation.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule a hair loss evaluation at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years combined experience

To receive a personalized consultation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Is Baldness Linked with Aggressive Prostate Cancer?

Air Pollution and Male Pattern Baldness

Is Baldness Linked with Aggressive Prostate Cancer?Male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is a hereditary condition which afflicts two-thirds or men by the age of 35. By age 50, over 85 percent of men will develop signs of pattern baldness. While your genes will determine whether you are predisposed to androgenetic alopecia, other factors can contribute to the progression and degree of hair loss caused by the condition. Stress, poor diet, certain medications and treatments, and trauma are all non-genetic issues which can further weaken or destroy already vulnerable follicles. So too can the air pollution that surrounds all of us.

Air pollution is the source of a range of health problems, such as respiratory ailments, sinus issues, and allergies. The toxins in the air caused by industry, cars, fossil fuels, and other human activity shorten life spans and add billions of dollars to health care costs. Those same toxins that wreak havoc by entering the body and bloodstream can also cause harm when they come into contact with our skin, including our scalp and hair.  

Large suspended particles, small airborne particles, smoke and gaseous pollution settle on the scalp and hair where they can cause scalp irritation, redness, itching, excessive sebum secretion, and dandruff. Those pollutants can also damage hair follicles themselves, leading to hair loss. This irritation and damage can both mimic the symptoms of and contribute to androgenetic alopecia.

Studies have shown that various toxins, chemicals and carcinogens found in polluted air (and tobacco smoke) can hurt keratins, which are the proteins that form the foundation of hair structure. When keratins are damaged, hair can become weak and brittle, causing hair growth to slow down and eventually compromising the follicles so much that they die and fall out.

Men with androgenetic alopecia can’t change their genes, and most folks can’t easily change where they live or work or reduce the amount of air pollution in their environment on their own (except for quitting smoking). However, there are plenty of ways you can strengthen and protect your hair and maintain your scalp for optimal hair growth.

You Don’t Have to Live with Male Pattern Baldness. Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Today.

If male pattern baldness continues to progress, as it most often does, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami offers a range of effective surgical and non-surgical treatment options that can put the brakes on hair loss and restore a natural-looking, full head of hair. 

To learn more about the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami and how we can help you with your hair loss issues and concerns, schedule a hair loss evaluation today by contacting our clinic at 305-925-0222.

How Beard Transplants Work

You can’t always get what you want. For some men who want to grow a beard, genetics keeps them from getting one. Similar issues which stop hair from growing on the scalp can prevent the growth of whiskers on the face. But as beards have literally grown in popularity over the past few years, so too has a procedure which allows men who desire a beard to have a full, robust one.

Beard transplants facilitate the growth of facial hair in men who can’t grow a full beard on their own. The technique used for doing so is similar to hair transplants on the scalp and uses the same donor area as is used in hair transplant surgery.Beard Transplants

Here’s how it works. Donor’s hair is extracted from the back and sides of the scalp using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUE, perhaps the world’s most popular hair transplant method and one pioneered by our very own Dr. Paul Rose, is a minimally invasive way to remove and transplant individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” The “extraction” part of FUE involves removing follicular units from the donor area with a 0.8-1-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting.

A full beard will require a significant number of hair grafts from the donor area – somewhere between 2,500-3,000 individual grafts. Fewer grafts are needed for goatees or to fill in limited, patchy areas.  

Once the donor’s hair is extracted, your hair transplant surgeon will make small incisions throughout the beard area. These incisions will determine the density, direction, and angle of your beard growth. As the quality and appearance of your beard will depend largely on the quality of these incisions, the skill of your surgeon in making them is of the utmost importance.

Once the follicles are transplanted, a procedure which should take less than a day, you will leave your surgeon’s office with a beard. But don’t get too fond of those whiskers just yet. The transplanted hairs will likely fall out within two to three weeks after your transplant surgery. This is perfectly normal and expected. But soon after that, within a couple of months, those hairs will grow back permanently.

Those permanent whiskers, once grown in, can be treated as if they were grown naturally because they were. You can shave, trim, and clean your beard as if it had been there for years.

As with any hair transplant surgery, beard transplants require a sufficient number of donor’s hairs, so patients who are considering a beard transplant need to consult with their surgeon to determine whether they are a good candidate. But for those men who do have sufficient donor areas, a beard transplant is a great way to put their best face forward.

Unmatched Experience and Unparalleled Results in Hair Restoration

At The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are experts in the art and science of hair restoration, internationally acclaimed and bringing more than 40 years combined experience to their patients.  To learn more about beard transplants or to receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Can I Work Out After a Hair Transplant?

Swimming After Hair Transplant Surgery

Swimming After Hair Transplant SurgeryHere in South Florida, you’re never too far from the water. Whether in the Atlantic, the Gulf, a lake, or a pool, swimming is part of our way of life. Of course, people love to swim no matter where they live, and as summer arrives, they’ll love it even more frequently. That’s why it’s no surprise to us that one of the most common questions our hair transplant surgery patients ask is: “When can I go swimming again?”

One of the great things about the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant technique we use at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is that healing tends to be faster and involve less post-operative limitations on activities than other hair transplant methods.

Nevertheless, you still need to take it easy after hair transplant surgery, and that includes holding off on swimming for a bit while healing to avoid infection or damage to the still-fragile transplanted follicles. So, while you’ll never have to worry about a toupee or hairpiece floating away and you will soon be able to swim without limitation, you will still want to be careful about taking a dip in the days and weeks after your surgery.

Swimming in the Ocean

While FUE is terrific in that it leaves less scarring than older transplant methods, you will still have some scars – remember, you are recovering from a surgery. As with any type of surgery, the areas where the skin was opened are particularly vulnerable to infection while they heal. Sadly, our oceans are full of increasing amounts of pollutants which could make their way into your still-healing scalp and cause illness or other complications. Once your scabs have healed or fallen off, however, you can swim all the way to Cuba if you want.

Swimming Pools

While the chlorine in swimming pools may reduce the risk of infection, that doesn’t mean it can’t cause damage in other ways. The chemicals in chlorinated pools can kill hair grafts while they are still healing. Try to stay out of the pool, or at least keep your head above water, for at least two weeks up to a month after surgery. After that, you should have no problems enjoying time in the pool.

Once you are back in the water, you should still try to avoid diving for a while as the impact of your scalp into the water can cause strain and pull of the scalp and the donor area. And since you will likely be out in the sun while enjoying a cool dip, make sure you protect your scalp from sunburn with the right scalp sunscreen.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule an evaluation at the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years of combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

5 Benefits of an FUE Hair Transplant

FUE Hair Transplant Procedure Gets an Update Name

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we have been at the leading edge of hair restoration for decades. Our award-winning surgeons, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, have been repeatedly recognized by their peers as leaders and innovators in the field. In fact, Dr. Rose was one of the originators of the hair transplant technique which has become perhaps the most widely used in the world: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Since 2004, he has performed this safe and effective procedure on thousands of patients, restoring their hair to a full, natural-looking appearance.

The Follicular Unit Extraction procedure continues to evolve, with even better techniques and the use of advanced technology such as the ARTAS system, which provides unmatched precision in hair transplantation. Now, that evolution also includes a change to the name of this procedure. FUE now refers to Follicular Unit Excision to more accurately reflect the full nature of the treatment.

Follicular Unit Excision is a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” The “extraction” part of FUE involves removing follicular units from the donor area with a 0.8-1-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting.

But in order to extract the follicles, an incision needs to be made in the scalp. We utilize the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system to make those incisions at precise locations and depths designed to minimize scarring and maximize the yield of grafts.

Given the precision necessary for this procedure to achieve maximum results, giving it a more precise name makes sense. The word “excision” means “the act or procedure of removing” something. Since the act or procedure involved in harvesting hair using FUE involves more than just extraction, this broader moniker is more accurate.

Unmatched Experience and Unparalleled Results in Hair Restoration

No matter what you call this hair transplant procedure, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are called experts in the art and science of hair restoration, internationally acclaimed and bringing more than 40 years combined experience to their patients. Both Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are actively engaged in hair loss research and lecture widely. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

Minoxidil Study Shows Health Benefits Beyond Hair Growth

Minoxidil Study Shows Health Benefits Beyond Hair Growth

Minoxidil Study Shows Health Benefits Beyond Hair GrowthThe unexpected good news about hair loss treatments keeps getting better. Recently, we discussed a study which suggests that the benefits of hair transplant surgery may extend far below the surface of the scalp to relieve migraine headaches. Now, a new report indicates that the popular and effective hair loss drug Rogaine (minoxidil) may not only help slow and stop the balding process but might also have a positive impact on vascular health and blood pressure and may slow mental decline.

Published in March 2018 in the American Journal of Physiology—Heart and Circulatory Physiology, the study found that minoxidil taken in an oral form might improve blood flow to the brain, lower blood pressure and increase elasticity in the blood vessels. When used as a treatment for hair loss, minoxidil is typically used in topical rather than oral form.

The study looked at elastin insufficiency in mice. Elastin is a vital protein which helps keep blood vessels flexible and open. When the body produces an insufficient amount of elastin, blood vessels and arteries can stiffen (vascular stiffness) and reduce blood flow. Vascular stiffness, in turn, increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in aging adults. Reduced blood flow to the brain can also contribute to the age-related cognitive decline.

Researchers wanted to determine whether minoxidil, which acts as an opener of potassium channels in the body, could improve vascular health. Previous studies concluded that drugs that open potassium channels might be effective at improving blood flow and reducing vascular stiffness.

The results of the study were extremely promising. When compared to mice who didn’t receive minoxidil treatment, the treated mice had:

  • lower systolic blood pressure (pressure in the arteries when the heart beats);
  • larger, more open blood vessels such as the aorta and carotid artery;
  • lower vascular stiffness;
  • increased blood flow through the carotid arteries and into the brain; and
  • higher levels of an amino acid found in elastin.

The researchers concluded that these results show that “Treatment of aged individuals with minoxidil may simultaneously improve blood pressure, arterial stiffness and blood flow—all risk factors for cardiovascular mortality, but also for long-term cognitive function.”

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are suffering from hair loss and are considering Rogaine as a treatment option, this study offers one more reason to schedule an evaluation with an experienced hair loss professional today.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we hold every patient’s pursuit of a fuller and more natural head of hair in the highest regard. We are home to South Florida’s top hair transplant surgeons, doctors, nurses, and staff and are pleased to offer only the safest and most advanced methods of hair loss diagnosis and treatment, including hair loss medication like Rogaine.

To schedule your personalized hair loss evaluation, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Healthy Scalp

Early Stages of Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic AlopeciaOver 95 percent of hair loss cases are caused by androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary hair loss condition that affects over three million Americans annually. This condition causes hair miniaturization, a phenomenon in which hair becomes thinner and finer each time it progresses through the growth cycle. Eventually, the hair falls out and ceases to grow entirely.

But when and how much hair loss occurs is often different in men than it is in women. Regardless of gender, however, the earlier one recognizes the early stages of androgenetic alopecia, the sooner one can take steps to slow or stop its progression and prevent further shedding.

When Do the Early Stages of Androgenetic Alopecia Typically Manifest?

Men are more likely to notice and experience pattern baldness earlier than women. 25 percent of American men see symptoms of male pattern baldness before the age of 21, approximately 66 percent of men experience some degree of loss by the age of 35, and 85 percent of men see significant thinning related to androgenetic alopecia by age 50. Most women, however, do not notice any signs of thinning or balding hair until the age of 50 or 60, long after it has already begun.

Early Stages of Androgenetic Alopecia in Men

In men, androgenetic alopecia follows a familiar, predictable pattern that is usually easy to notice when hair starts to thin or fall out. It starts with shedding in the frontal hairline that causes the hairline to gradually recede. This progresses to more pronounced hair loss across the top of the head, and finally toward the crown.

Early Stages of Androgenetic Alopecia in Women

In women, androgenetic alopecia progresses differently. Instead of losing hair in isolated areas, women’s hair loss tends to occur throughout the scalp, resulting in thinning hair that can be more difficult to detect than a receding hairline or bald spot on the top of the head.

Given these challenges, women concerned about hair loss should keep on eye of these early warning signs of androgenetic alopecia:

• Thinning hair. As noted, women lose hair all over the scalp, so keep an eye on any changes in volume or density throughout the entire scalp.
• A wider part. When styling your hair, take note of any changes in the width of your center part. Widening may be an early indicator of hair loss.
• Hair accumulation. If you notice a sudden increase in the amount of hair left behind on brushes, in the shower, or on your pillow, you are likely suffering from a hair loss condition which should be addressed sooner rather than later.
• More visible scalp. Since hair thins throughout the scalp in women,

Measuring the Stages of Hair Loss

Since androgenetic alopecia manifests itself differently in men and women, hair loss professionals use different metrics to identify and classify the early and subsequent stages of the condition. The Norwood Classification is used to characterize male pattern baldness, while the Ludwig Classification is used to diagnose female hair loss.

If You See the First Signs of Hair Loss, Take the First Step Towards Fixing It

For men and women alike, the first step towards addressing hair loss is arranging for a comprehensive evaluation as soon as possible. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment provide the best chance of restoring your hair — and regaining your confidence. Schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today by calling 305.925.0222. We look forward to assisting you.