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Hair Transplant Repair and Hair Transplant Reversal

Difference Between Hair Transplant Repair and Hair Transplant Reversal

Hair Transplant Repair and Hair Transplant ReversalMost of our hair transplant surgery patients are undergoing the procedure for the first time. We endeavor to make it their last time as well. Our world-renowned surgeons are meticulous in performing hair transplants such that patients leave with their expectations exceeded and their hair full, robust, and natural-looking. Unfortunately, we also see patients who have already had a hair transplant elsewhere that fell far below their expectations and left them with a transplant that looks obvious or with unsightly scars. That is where hair transplant repair and hair transplant reversal procedures come in.

Hair Transplant Repair

When patients come in to discuss a hair transplant repair, it is because they are unsatisfied with the results of a previous procedure. They are looking for a procedure that will either get them results close to what they originally expected or for work which can conceal either the obviousness of their transplant or scars from their prior surgery.

Problems with earlier procedures which often are the reasons why people seek a hair transplant repair include:

  • Large or poorly transplanted grafts to the frontal hairline that appear like “hair plugs” or “doll hair”
  • A frontal hairline placed too far forward
  • Transplanted hair placed in the wrong direction
  • Scarring in the donor and extraction areas of the scalp

If the issue is unnatural looking “hair plugs,” these can often be removed, dissected into smaller grafts, and then re-transplanted into the scalp. A new follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure may also be performed to obtain additional donor hairs to be transplanted to the recipient area to further increase the full, natural look of the transplant. FUE can also be used to transplant hair to areas where scarring has occurred so as to camouflage those scars.

Hair Transplant Reversal

If the goal of hair transplant repair is to make things look like they should have after an initial procedure, the objective of a hair transplant reversal is to make it look like there never was hair transplant surgery in the first place. This can involve the same techniques described above to replace hair from the donor area or to camouflage scarring.

While hair transplant repair and reversal procedures can certainly improve the results of a prior procedure, they may not achieve the goals you had for your initial surgery. That is one reason why it is so important to get it right the first time. Whether you are seeing us for your first hair transplant procedure or to improve on a previous one, our goal is always the same: to provide you with an exceptional patient experience and results which leave you beyond satisfied.

Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Today to Learn More About Hair Transplant Repair or Reversal

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed leaders in hair restoration surgery. Both are actively engaged in hair loss research, lecture widely, and are constantly refining their techniques to provide even better results.

To learn more about hair transplant repair and reversal and to receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

Do Women Have Less Shock Loss Than Men?

Women do lots of things differently than men, including how and where they suffer from hair loss. It comes as no surprise then that there are also distinctions in how men and women respond after hair transplant surgery. Specifically, the phenomenon of “shock loss,” which is the temporary loss of some follicles in and around the donor and transplant areas after a hair transplant procedure. While this phenomenon is the exception rather than the rule for hair transplant patients, women are more likely to experience shock loss than men are.

What is Shock Loss?

No matter how skilled and precise your hair transplant surgeon is, a hair transplant causes a lot of disruption to the donor and recipient areas of your scalp. All this stress on the scalp can interfere with normal hair growth and result in the loss of otherwise healthy hairs from either the donor site or the site of the transplant.

For example, during a follicular unit extraction (FUE) transplant, we remove follicular units one-by-one. Donor hairs are removed with a one-millimeter punch device and the procedure is abetted with a head positioning device to minimize movement. As precise and advanced as this process is, the removal of donor hairs can impact nearby follicles. This trauma can cause those adjacent follicles to fall out after the procedure.

Shock loss can also occur in the recipient area where the hair grafts are being transplanted. The incision process (making the places for the grafts) can impact neighboring follicles and cause them to go into a resting phase and ultimately fall out.

Why is More Common in Women?

The primary reason that shock loss is more common in women than men is due to the different way men and women typically lose hair. Androgenetic alopecia, the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women, manifests itself in distinctly different ways in men and women. 

In men, androgenetic alopecia follows a relatively predictable and familiar pattern that starts with shedding in the frontal hairline. This leads to more pronounced hair loss across the top of the head, and finally toward the crown.

In women, however, 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. 

This means that the extraction and transplantation of hair in men tends to be done in isolated areas of the scalp. The donor area is typically in the back or sides of the head and the recipient area is usually on the top of the head or the hairline. Since most of the work is being done in these isolated areas, it reduces the chances of shock loss elsewhere on the scalp as most of it will remain untouched.

But since women tend to lose hair throughout the scalp, that means the surgeon is going to be doing his or her work throughout the scalp as well. This means there are more follicles which may be impacted by the extraction and transplantation.

A Temporary Phenomenon 

In almost all cases in both men and women, shock loss is a temporary phenomenon. Most healthy hair that falls out due to shock loss will regrow in a matter of months after your procedure, appearing as it did before.

While not “shock loss,” transplanted hairs (as opposed to neighboring, healthy hair) may also “fall out” in the first few weeks after surgery. This is normal. The hairs will recycle and begin growing in about three to four months.

In men, shock loss can occur from 10% to 20% of the time while in females it seen more frequently, after almost 30% to 40% of procedures. As with any risks involved in a surgical procedure, your hair transplant surgeon should discuss the possibility of shock loss with you prior to your surgery. But keep in mind that if you do experience post-operative shock loss, it is most likely temporary and no cause for alarm.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you have questions about hair transplant surgery and want to find out whether it may be the right solution for your hair loss concerns, 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 combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

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Understanding the Importance of Your Donor Area

Hair Transplant Donor AreaIt is understandable that hair transplant patients will judge the success of their surgery largely on the appearance of the transplanted area of their scalp. After all, if the once-balding part of your scalp remains visible, fails to grow hair, or clearly shows that you had hair transplant surgery (think plugs and that “doll-hair” look), you won’t be terribly happy with the results.

But even if you achieve the results you want in the transplant area, you could still be disappointed if the donor area of your scalp is scarred, patchy looking, or otherwise screams “I had hair transplant surgery.” It is critical that your hair transplant surgeon – and you – pay just as much attention to the appearance of the donor area after your procedure as they do to the transplanted area.

What is the Donor Area?

The donor area is found on the back and sides of the scalp where permanent hair growth remains unaffected by male pattern baldness. Since this hair is permanently growing, it makes it ideal for transplantation as it will continue to grow in its new home.

The strength, volume, and robustness of the hair follicles extracted from the donor area of your scalp play a big role in the outcome of your procedure. You could have the best heart transplant surgeon in the world, for example, but if the heart he is going to put in your chest is weak or incompatible, it won’t matter all that much. Hair replacement candidates must have healthy hair growth in the donor area at the back of the head, but other factors such as hair color, texture, and the degree of curliness or waviness can also impact your results. 

How the ARTAS Procedure Leaves the Donor Area Looking Healthy and Unscarred

Extracting hair follicles from the donor area without causing damage to the remaining hair in that area or leaving an unattractive scar requires skill, precision, and the latest in advanced techniques and technologies. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we use a technique called the ARTAS® Robotic Procedure which provides unparalleled results in transplantation while also dramatically minimizing any visible or structural damage to the donor area.

Our Drs. Nusbaum and Rose use the ARTAS system to digitally scan areas of the scalp, identifying hair in its natural groupings. In the ARTAS procedure, selected follicular units are precisely removed from the donor area with an image-guided 0.8-1-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern, leaving most hair in place so that the area retains its original natural appearance.

One of the key advantages to the precision of the ARTAS procedure is that it eliminates the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting. 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 freedom to wear shorter hairstyles post-operation.

For results just as impressive in the donor area as they are in the transplant area, the ARTAS procedure is, quite simply, unmatched.

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 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. 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 our office directly at 305-925-0222.

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The Hair Restoration Journey, Part 6: Post-Operative Care

Better Than Hair Plugs: Post Procedure Photo 5You did it! You made your decision, did your research, met with doctors, and prepared for your hair transplant surgery. The day of your procedure arrived, and you underwent the surgery that will transform not only your hair, but also improve your self-confidence and overall sense of well-being. Now, it’s time to make sure you take the rights steps – and avoid the wrong ones – so you can recover quickly and maximize the results of your surgery.

One of the many wonderful aspects of the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant technique – developed and implemented by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami’s Dr. Paul Rose – is that healing tends to be quicker and involve less post-operative limitations than other hair transplant methods.

Most patients can return to work the next day and resume all regular activities within a week to 10 days. That said, you’ll want to follow all your doctor’s specific post-operative instructions which will include some temporary do’s and don’ts.

Unless your hair transplant surgeon advises you otherwise, follow these important post-operative tips after your procedure:

  • Get a lift home. A mild sedative is used during the procedure, so you should arrange for a ride home from our clinic and plan on resting for the remainder of your day.
  • See us tomorrow. We’ll want you to pay us a visit the day after your procedure, so we can check and shampoo the transplanted areas.
  • Stay away from booze. Avoid alcohol for at least three days after your procedure. Alcohol can act as a blood-thinner and inhibit the healing process.
  • Avoid spicy food. Your body’s reaction to spicy foods diverts energy and resources which would otherwise be going to healing and repairs. Ease up on the spice for at least a week.
  • Take it easy. You’ll get back to your regular exercise regimen soon enough, but in the days after your surgery, your body needs to use its energy to help you heal, not pump iron. 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.
  • Elevate your head. Sleep with your head elevated for the first few days to prevent forehead swelling.
  • Wait to wash your hair. Hold off for at least 24 hours after your procedure before washing your hair. When showering, wash the scalp gently under cool water.
  • Be gentle. Avoid brushing your hair for as long as possible, don’t use hot styling tools for at least a week, stay away from tight bands or clips, and instead of rubbing your hair to dry it, apply light pressure.

With these steps, your hair restoration journey is complete, though it may take some time before you see your new, full head of hair as it will ultimately appear. It is normal for the transplanted hairs to “fall out” in the first few weeks, but those hairs then recycle and begin growing in about three to four months. The results are often not visible for six months or slightly longer with final, permanent results apparent at 12 months.

Congratulations, and enjoy the benefits of your successful hair restoration journey!

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

 

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The Hair Restoration Journey Series: What to Expect on Surgery Day

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes WelkerThe big day is here. You wake up, feeling a lot of excitement and a maybe a little bit of nerves about what lies ahead. Today is the day of your hair transplant surgery, and the first day of the rest of your life with a head of hair on its way to the full, natural, and youthful look you once had.

You’ve had the consultations, discussed the best approach with your hair restoration physician, taken the steps he or she advised to get your ready for your surgery and now it’s time to head to the clinic. What can you expect on this important day in your hair restoration journey?

First things first: get up and have a healthy, light breakfast unless instructed otherwise. While you can drive yourself to the clinic, you will need to arrange for a ride home because of the light sedation you will be under during the procedure. As such, it may be easier for a friend or family member to give you a lift to the clinic as well.

When you arrive, the staff should do everything they can to make you feel you comfortable and at ease. You will meet with your surgeon who will discuss with you what exactly will take place during your procedure, even if they have done so previously. Feel free to ask your doctor any questions you may have. Your surgeon is committed to making your hair restoration surgery as successful as possible, and that includes keeping you informed as to what is about to occur.

You will then settle in to your surgery suite, which is designed to be a welcoming and relaxed rather than cold and sterile environment. You will experience minimal, if any pain during the procedure. A technician will massage your scalp prior to administering local anesthesia, like the kind a dentist uses. The massaging creates a vibration in the skin that works in combination with the anesthesia to reduce any discomfort. You will also be given a mild sedative at the beginning of the session to minimize any anxiety you may be feeling.

During the procedure, you can either rest, listen to music, or watch movies or TV on your phone, tablet or other device. Your procedure will likely take several hours; the exact duration of your surgery will depend on the number of grafts being transplanted. For a 2000 graft case, the average time is about 6 hours.

After your surgery, your physician will give you detailed aftercare instructions to help you heal and get you back to your routine as quickly as possible, which is often the very next day. Make sure you get clarification on any instructions which may be unclear to you.

As noted, since the procedure involves the use of a mild sedative, you should arrange to have a friend or family member drive you to our office and pick you up after the procedure. We welcome drivers to wait in our reception area, or they may visit the Village of Merrick Park, located just across the street from our Institute.

When you return home that evening, you can sleep well knowing that you have taken a huge step to improving your appearance, confidence, and well-being.

Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami for Your Personal Hair Loss Consultation

The first step in doing something about your hair loss is to arrange for a hair loss consultation. We invite you to schedule an 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 evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

How Typical is Shock Loss After Hair Transplant Surgery?

Shock Loss After Hair SurgeryHair transplant surgery involves the pinpoint and meticulous extraction of follicles from the donor area of the scalp followed by an equally detailed and careful process of transplanting those follicles to parts of the scalp where they can grow and flourish. As with any other surgical procedure, there is the potential for minor complications to arise. In relatively rare instances, the very process of restoring a full head of hair can actually lead to the loss of some healthy hair in the days or weeks after surgery. Known as “shock loss,” this phenomenon involves the loss of some follicles in and around the donor and transplant areas but is no cause for alarm. Effecting less than 5% of all hair transplant patients, shock loss is temporary and any lost hair should reappear in short order.

What is “Shock Loss”?

No matter how skilled your hair transplant surgeon is, no matter how gentle he or she is in extracting and transplanting your hair follicles, a hair transplant involves a lot of disruption of the donor and recipient areas of your scalp. This stress on the scalp can interfere with normal hair growth and result in the loss of otherwise healthy hairs from either the donor site or the site of the transplant.

For example, during a follicular unit extraction (FUE) transplant, we remove follicular units one-by-one. Donor hairs are removed with a one-millimeter punch device and the procedure is abetted with a head positioning device to minimize movement. As precise and advanced as this process is, the removal of donor hairs can impact nearby follicles and this trauma can cause them to fall out after the procedure.

Shock loss can also occur in the recipient area where the hair grafts are being transplanted. The incision process (making the places for the grafts) can implicate neighboring follicles and cause them to go into a resting phase and ultimately fall out.

No Cause for Alarm

Obviously, seeing healthy hair fall out after you have gone through the effort and expense of hair transplant surgery can be disconcerting. But shock loss is a temporary phenomenon. Most healthy hair that falls out due to shock loss will regrow in a matter of months after your procedure, appearing as it did before.

While not “shock loss,” transplanted hairs (as opposed to neighboring, healthy hair) may also “fall out” in the first few weeks after surgery. This is normal. The hairs will recycle and begin growing in about three to four months.

As noted, shock loss after hair transplant surgery is very much the exception and not the rule. Nevertheless, you should be aware of the potential for this minor side effect when you consult with your hair transplant surgeon prior to undergoing your procedure.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you have questions about hair transplant surgery and want to find out whether it may be the right solution for your hair loss concerns, 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 combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222

Who Is a Good Candidate for Hair Transplant Surgery?

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes WelkerFor many men and women experiencing hair loss, hair transplant surgery performed by a skilled and experienced medical professional is a safe and effective way to address the issue and restore their hair to a full, natural-looking state. But not everyone who suffers from hair loss is a candidate for a hair transplant procedure, though other treatment options such as hair loss drugs or home-use laser therapy caps may be available and better suited to their needs.

So how do you know if you are a good candidate for hair transplant surgery? You’ll only know for sure after you’ve had a comprehensive hair loss evaluation, but here are three key characteristics which may mean that hair transplant surgery is a good option for you:

  • Sufficient supply of donor hair. For hair transplant surgery to work, there actually has to be hair to transplant. Unlike organ transplants where someone else is the donor, hair transplants involve donating your own hair. Hair is taken from areas of hair on the back or sides of your head and transplanted to the treatment area, where it will continue to grow. Both male and female hair replacement candidates must have healthy hair growth in the donor area at the back of the head for transplant surgery to be a viable solution to hair loss.
  • Permanent hair loss. For some individuals, hair loss is a temporary or seasonal issue. Surgery is only an appropriate option for those suffering from permanent hair loss, such as male pattern baldness.
  • Adults only. Successful hair transplant surgeries involve identifying the individual patient’s unique hair loss pattern, and transplanting hair to the balding and thinning areas in a way that creates a natural looking hairline. While children and teenagers can experience permanent hair loss, their hair loss pattern may not be fully developed while they are still growing, making it difficult to perform the procedure in a way that will yield optimal results. As such, hair transplant surgery is only recommended as a potential treatment for individuals 18 and older.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

As noted, you will only know whether you are a candidate for hair transplant surgery after consulting with a hair restoration surgeon. At the Hair Institute of Miami, we evaluate each hair loss patient with a comprehensive and proven methodology, obtaining a detailed medical history, performing an in-depth scalp examination using state-of-the art diagnostic tools and, if indicated, blood tests to detect any underlying imbalances or deficiencies that may be contributing to the hair loss problem. With this information, we can determine the cause of hair loss and the most effective treatment option.

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

The Benefits of ARTAS® Hair Transplants

Long gone are the days of hair “plugs” – at least among prominent surgeons who employ the most advanced technologies and systems. Today, surgeons use cutting-edge techniques like the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Isolation (FIT) to harvest healthy follicles and remove the tell-tale signs of transplants. Facilitated by ARTAS® technology, a 3d physician-guided robotic system that sustains donor graft quality and eliminates linear scars, hair transplants are a natural-looking solution for hereditary hair loss conditions like androgenic alopecia.

During ARTAS hair transplants, the donor area from which follicular units are harvested is trimmed down to allow for proper digital imaging. After administering a local anesthetic, the doctor activates a robotic arm that pinpoints which follicular units to target, regularly re-positioning itself to extract only the most powerful grafts. Rather than harvest large patches that look unnatural when implanted, the machine collects donor hair in a random pattern to preserve the patient’s original appearance at the donor site. After adequate hair is gathered, the grafts are transplanted in a planned and personalized pattern. The entire process takes around four to eight hours and most patients can return to their normal activities after a few days. The transplanted grafts then grow as permanent hairs with substantial growth appearing around six to nine months following the procedure.

Consider the following reasons ARTAS hair transplants deliver optimal hair restoration results:

  • Because ARTAS hair transplants are minimally-invasive, both the donor and recipient areas heal quickly. The transplant “takes” in about three days. Small scabs are normal and can be gently rubbed off after a few days. In about a week, your scalp’s appearance returns to normal.
  • Transplanted hair grows gradually and naturally to prevent a sudden or obvious change in appearance. Optimal growth usually materializes around nine months after surgery.
  • ARTAS hair transplants are outpatient procedures that require only a local anesthetic. Numbing eliminates any pain during the procedure, and mild swelling or discomfort afterwards typically subsides in one to three days.
  • ARTAS harvesting eliminates linear scars, which means patients can wear their hair in practically any style or length.
  • After extraction, digital imaging is used to analyze distinct growth patterns and construct the most natural-looking design for implantation. Developed by Dr. Paul Rose and Dr. Bernard Nusbaum, the Mosaic® Hair Restoration technique delivers remarkably tailored results.
  • Previous hair transplants with obvious linear scars can be disguised using the ARTAS system.
  • ARTAS hair transplants offer unparalleled precision, uniformity, accuracy and personalization during FUE procedures. There’s no room for human fatigue or error; every graft is as qualified as the first.
  • Results are designed to last a lifetime.

Dr. Paul Rose and Dr. Bernard Nusbaum of the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami are ISHRS Golden Follicle Award Winners who are continuously recognized for their insightful hair loss research, revolutionary transplant techniques and high patient satisfaction. We invite new patients to schedule a free consultation at 877-443-9070 to evaluate your hair loss, rule out any underlying conditions and discuss a personalized treatment path to restore hair and reestablish lost self-confidence.

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Dr. Paul Rose Discusses FUE Best Practices in ISHRS Forum

Dr.-Rose-Appointed-to-ISHRS-Ad-Hoc-Committee-on-FUE-IssuesIn the November/December 2016 edition of the Hair Transplant Forum International, Dr. Paul Rose of the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami authored an essay reviewing Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. As one of the originators of the FUE procedure, Dr. Rose holds incomparable experience when it comes to method and accuracy.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?

FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” Follicular units are removed 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. Because scars are tiny and dot-like in appearance, patients who undergo an FUE hair transplant have the freedom to wear shorter hairstyles post-operation.

Dr. Rose’s FUE Analysis

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In his article, Dr. Rose discusses FUE and the potential for wounding and thinning at the donor site when a large portion (40 to 50 percent) of follicles are extracted at once. Ideally, physicians harvest one out of every seven units to maintain density. Based on this pattern, the average scalp containing 13,000 to 16,000 units would only be 14 percent harvested, or 1,800 to 2,200 grafts total. He points out that harvesting large quantities of follicular units makes transplants more apparent – the opposite intention behind the procedure itself. It’s safe to assume that surgeons reporting as many as 6,000 FUE grafts are creating areas of baldness greater than 6mm2 – eliminating the possibility for shorter haircuts without obvious thinning. In addition, many patients lack three to four hair units, raising the risk for obvious thinning at the donor site when too many units are removed.

Dr. Rose recommends that patients should be advised of the potential for this thinning at the donor site prior to surgery. Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT) uses partial follicular unit removal to curtail further thinning. Finally, Dr. Rose recommends micro-pigmentation to disguise thinning at the donor site. In an ideal world, devices that decrease wound size could minimize donor wound concerns.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we utilize the ARTAS® physician-guided machine – the most advanced method of harvesting hair from the back of the head. In addition, our Mosaic® hair restoration technique, developed by Dr. Rose and Dr. Nusbaum, mimics personalized follicular patterns for optimal results.

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3 Surprising Causes of Hair Loss

What is Autumn Hair Loss?Many hair loss conditions stem from genetics, particularly in cases of male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia. On the other hand, environmental and lifestyle choices can cause thinning and shedding throughout the scalp and across the body. Many of these hair loss cases are completely preventable, but diagnosing what might be promoting hair loss is key to overcoming and reversing the issue.

Consider the following three unexpected causes of hair loss:

  1. Stress

Psychological problems do not damage your internal wellbeing alone. Stress can lead to physical problems, including weight loss, weight gain and hair loss. Overproduction of stress hormones promotes adrenal fatigue, which occurs from the overproduction of cortisol in the body. The adrenal glands release high amounts of cortisol and under produce other necessary hormones like aldosterone and androgens, resulting in thinning or balding hair. To eliminate unnecessary stress in your everyday life, stick to a routine. Get adequate sleep each night by setting a stringent bed time, even on the weekends. Exercise can also help relieve some of the mental anguish that stress causes, leaving you feeling a little lighter and brighter each day. Don’t forget to take time for yourself, whether you want to read a book, walk the dogs or relax at the beach. 

  1. Poor Diet

Vitamins and minerals are essential to ensuring the human body works correctly, including hair production. Without adequate nutrients, circulation and oxygen levels at the scalp are compromised. An unhealthy or extremely low-calorie diet may trigger temporary or long-term hair loss, so keeping track of what you choose to consume is important. Ensure you’re getting enough protein, the primary macronutrient for strong hair, through fish and low-fat chicken. Vitamin E, vitamin C and biotin work to maintain healthy strands, promoting blood circulation, delivering antioxidants and boosting strength. Furthermore, zinc, magnesium and iron are essential minerals for hormonal balance and suitable hair growth.

  1. Illness

Sickness puts strain on the body and deters its proper functions, and hair loss or deterioration can be an early warning sign of other well-being concerns. Thyroid dysfunction, in particular, is one illness that causes follicles to shut down and results in thinning or shedding at the scalp. Lupus, an autoimmune disorder, often results in brittle or broken hairs above the forehead. Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, can cause hair loss. Hair loss is also common in patients suffering from HIV, myotonic dystrophy, sarcoidosis and other chronic illnesses. Sometimes, hair loss can be the first clue to another more serious health problem, so keeping an eye on your scalp health betters your odds of early illness detection.

Luckily for most, hair loss is a treatable condition. For more information on re-growing hair lost by stress, illness or poor diet, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami at 305-925-0222 today.