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Hair Loss vs. Hair Shedding

When you walk out of your front door, that doesn’t mean you’re never coming back. Similarly, if you notice increasing amounts of hair stuck in your brush or the drain, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are suffering from permanent hair loss. Not all hair that falls out never comes back. Sometimes, hair falling out – hair shedding – is a temporary phenomenon that is no cause for concern. Other times, however, it can indicate a chronic hair loss condition in which hair loss is permanent. Knowing the difference between hair shedding and hair loss can help determine what, if anything, you can and should do to address the issue.

Hair Shedding

As a preliminary matter, even folks who seemingly have full, robust heads of hair lose between 50 to 100 hairs a day on average. This amount of hair shedding is normal, expected, and part of the regular hair growth cycle. But physical changes, life events, and lifestyle choices can cause hair to shed at a significantly higher rate.

These issues can lead to a condition called telogen effluvium in which hair follicles are shocked into a resting state. Since the follicles stop actively producing more hair to replace normal shedding, the thinning tends to happen in a diffuse pattern throughout the scalp. If the factors causing the shedding can be addressed and resolved, the follicles often return to their normal healthy state and fully regrow without treatment or surgical intervention.

Common reasons for temporary hair shedding include:

  • Excessive stress
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Prescription medication
  • Recent surgery
  • Stopping birth control pills

Hair Loss

As opposed to shedding, hair loss involves conditions that stop hair from growing entirely. By an overwhelming margin, pattern baldness – androgenetic alopecia – is the most common cause of hair loss. Over 95 percent of hair loss cases involve this hereditary hair loss condition that affects over three million Americans each year. Androgenetic alopecia causes hair miniaturization, a phenomenon in which follicles become thinner and finer each time they go through the hair growth cycle. Eventually, those follicles will die and fall out.

Another common cause of hair loss is alopecia areata, which is a hair loss condition that involves a direct assault on your hair follicles by your own immune system and white blood cells. This attack shrinks the follicles and subsequently slows down hair growth. In turn, this leads to sudden hair loss in quarter-sized patches that can progress across the scalp rapidly and unpredictably.

If you apply constant tension to your hair follicles, they will eventually experience damage, weaken, and ultimately die and fall out. This is called traction alopecia.

No Matter The Reason Behind Your Hair Loss, The Miami Hair Institute Can Help

At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases no matter what the underlying cause. Through advanced hair restoration surgical techniques, technology, and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients suffering from hair loss regain their hair and self-confidence.

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

What is the Norwood Scale?

Hair loss caused by male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, doesn’t happen overnight. It is a gradual process that takes a man from a full head of hair to increased shedding, thinning areas, bald patches, and receding hairlines. Understanding and measuring that progression over time is a critical element in developing an effective hair restoration treatment strategy.

Known as the Norwood Scale, this measuring system has been used by hair restoration physicians, researchers, and patients for the past 50 years to provide a reference point for diagnosing the extent of baldness, exploring restoration options, and measuring the effectiveness of treatment. A different metric – the Ludwig Classification – is used to diagnose female hair loss.

The Norwood Scale is comprised of seven stages of baldness, each represented by a standard image and each one more pronounced than the last. From earliest to latest, those stages are:

  • Stage 1. No significant hair loss or receding of the hairline.
  • Stage 2. The hairline is slightly receding around the temples.
  • Stage 3. In this first stage where clinically significant hair loss appears, the hairline becomes deeply recessed at each temple, looking like an M, U, or V shape. The recessed spots are either totally bare or sparsely covered in hair.
  • Stage 3 vertex. The hairline remains at stage 2, but the top of the scalp (the vertex) starts to experience noticeable and significant hair loss.
  • Stage 4. More pronounced hairline recession than in stage 2, plus a sparsity of hair or lack of hair on the vertex. A band of hair that connects to the remaining hair on the sides of the scalp separates the two hair loss areas.
  • Stage 5. Still separated a bit, the two areas of hair loss are larger than they are in stage 4.
  • Stage 6. The balding area at the vertex connects with the balding at the temples, while the thin band of hair across the top of the head is gone or barely there
  • Stage 7. This is the most severe stage of male hair loss, with only a band of hair going around the sides of the head.

When You Notice 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 Miami Hair & Skin Institute today by calling 305.925.0222. We look forward to assisting you.

Does Washing Your Hair Everyday Cause Hair Loss?

Maybe a friend told you. Perhaps you read something on the internet about it. No matter what you may have heard about shampooing and hair loss, the truth is this: washing your hair every day – with the right shampoo will not cause you to lose your hair. In fact, keeping your hair clean and removing product, oil, pollutants, and other buildup can actually improve your hair and scalp health.

Like our faces, our scalps produce oil, also called sebum. In the right quantity, sebum can keep our skin moisturized and give our hair a healthy shine and soft texture. But too much sebum can make the scalp a breeding ground for the malassezia furfur yeast that is a primary cause of dandruff.

Similarly, the mousse, gels, hairspray, and even dry shampoo we use in our styling routines can buildup on the scalp, just like makeup can accumulate on the face if not adequately cleaned. This layer of residue can clog hair follicles, which can ultimately lead to hair thing and loss. Those who only shampoo once a week or so are particularly susceptible to this problem.

Washing your hair frequently can improve your hair health by clearing away all of that debris and giving your follicles room to grow and thrive. We all lose an average of 80-100 hairs a day as part of the natural hair growth cycle. The hairs we shed get replaced by new follicles. Regular shampooing helps get these falling follicles out of the way to make way for the new ones.

One reason folks may have a mistaken impression about shampooing every day is that they worry that doing so will dry their hair out, making the follicles more prone to damage and breakage. This is not caused by shampoo, per se, but by shampoos that contain too many harsh cleansers or chemicals. Of course, a shampoo that doesn’t provide enough cleaning agents won’t do you much good either. Most everyday shampoos do an excellent job of threading the needle between the two extremes, with mild cleansers that take care of business without leaving your hair dry or damaged.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

While washing your hair every day won’t cause hair loss, plenty of other things – like your genes – can. 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 Miami Hair & Skin Institute today.  To receive a personalized assessment and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Hair Loss Pharmaceuticals in 2019

There are many roads you can travel to reach your hair restoration destination. Which path offers the best way to restoring your hair to its full, youthful look will depend on your specific condition as determined by an experienced hair loss physician. It may involve hair transplant surgery, low-level laser therapy, or cutting-edge treatments such as platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem-cell hair growth.

But many patients who want to stop their hair loss and regrow the hair that has vanished can get outstanding results with prescription medication. Since Minoxidil, more commonly known as Rogaine®, was approved for the treatment of hair loss in the 1980s, pharmaceutical options for the treatment of pattern baldness in men and women have expanded, offering patients non-surgical avenues to address their hair loss issues.

Here are the most popular and commonly prescribed pharmaceutical hair loss treatments in 2019:

Minoxidil

The granddaddy of hair loss medications, Minoxidil works by converting vellus hairs –  short, fine body hairs –  to terminal hairs, which are fully developed “regular” hairs. This not only increases the size of hair follicles that have been affected by pattern baldness but also extends the growth phase of the growth cycle, resulting in thicker hair.

Minoxidil is typically applied topically to the scalp once or twice each day depending on the patient’s condition and the doctor’s recommendation. Application is easily done at home.

Individual users of Regular Strength Rogaine®  report success rates of 30-40% while users of Extra Strength Rogaine have observed success rates closer to 50-60%.

Minoxidil is not a cure for baldness. Rather, its real benefits are stopping or slowing down hair loss.

Finasteride (Propecia® and Proscar®)

Finasteride’s appeal is its effectiveness at maintaining existing hair for men with pattern baldness. 83% of men studied retained their original follicle count, and 64% experienced re-growth after two years.

Finasteride drugs like Propecia keep hair from shedding by inhibiting the body’s production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a naturally occurring derivative of testosterone. While DHT assists with sexual development in males during fetal development and puberty, research has also linked it to hair loss. Typically, due to genetics or other hormonal changes, hair follicles develop a sensitivity to DHT and begin to miniaturize. This process shortens the hair growth cycle and eventually causes new hair to stop growing. As such, individuals with elevated DHT levels may be more prone to hair loss.

Reducing DHT levels is what makes DHT blockers such as Propecia and Proscar so effective. Some studies have shown that Propecia can lower DHT levels by as much as 70%.

It is critical to note that because finasteride and DHT blockers like Propecia affect the hormone system, pregnant women or women who may become pregnant should not handle the medication as it may increase the risk of birth defects in male babies.

Dutasteride (Avodart®)

Like finasteride, dutasteride is a DHT-blocker. While the FDA ultimately approved finasteride in 1997 for the treatment of male pattern baldness, dutasteride has yet to receive such approval. But that may come soon.

The lack of FDA approval of dutasteride for hair loss treatment belies the fact that it works really well as a DHT blocker, meaning it may be equally effective at slowing the progression of pattern baldness. One study found that dutasteride blocked 98.4% +/- 1.2% of DHT at a 5mg daily dose, compared to 70.8 +/- 18.3% with the same amount of finasteride.

Dutasteride not only is effective at slowing hair loss, but it may also be better at promoting hair growth. A 2006 study of 416 men between 21 and 45 years-old found that over a 12-24-week period, dutasteride produced better hair count results than finasteride.

Spironolactone (Aldactone® or CaroSpir®)

Approved by the FDA to treat fluid retention caused by a range of conditions such as Iiver disease and kidney disease, spironolactone is also used to treat other ailments beyond its approved use, including the treatment of high blood pressure, heart failure, and hyperaldosteronism. In recent years, physicians have added female pattern hair loss to this list of “off-label” uses for spironolactone, usually after other medications or treatments haven’t worked for a patient.

Spironolactone is an “aldosterone receptor antagonist.” The “antagonist” part refers to the medication’s effectiveness at slowing down and reducing the body’s production of androgens. These male sex hormones, also found in women, are associated with hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia. Reducing androgen levels can stop the progression of hair loss and even can encourage hair regrowth.

Call the Miami Hair & Skin Institute to Learn More About Pharmaceutical Hair Loss Options

If you’re ready to do something about your thinning hair and want to learn whether medication offers a viable solution for restoring your hair, contact the Miami Hair & Skin Institute online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222 to receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan.

Most Common Causes of Hair Loss and Hair Thinning

You look in the mirror and see your hairline receding farther and farther back. You notice increasing numbers of hairs in your drain or stuck in your brush. You feel bare patches on your scalp or areas where hairs are few and far between. In your frustration and disappointment, you ask yourself, “Why is this happening to me??”

That is not a rhetorical question. Rather, understanding the “why” behind your hair loss is the first step in doing something about it. At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we take a holistic approach to hair restoration that begins with a thorough, personalized evaluation to determine the reasons behind your thinning hair. Once we do so, we can recommend the treatment option best suited to restoring your hair to its full, youthful appearance.

If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, it is likely due to one of the following causes:

Your Genes

By an overwhelming margin, pattern baldness – androgenetic alopecia – is the most common cause of hair loss in men and women. Over 95 percent of hair loss cases involve androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary hair loss condition that affects over three million Americans each year. This condition causes hair miniaturization, a phenomenon in which follicles become thinner and finer each time they progress through the hair growth cycle. Eventually, the follicles will die and fall out.

Your Immune System

Alopecia areata is a hair loss condition that involves a direct assault on your hair follicles by your own immune system and white blood cells. This attack shrinks the follicles and subsequently slows down hair growth. In turn, this leads to sudden hair loss in quarter-sized patches that can progress across the scalp rapidly and unpredictably.

More extreme versions of the condition include alopecia totalis (Complete loss of hair on the scalp) and alopecia universalis (total loss of hair on the scalp and body). Hair follicles are not destroyed by alopecia areata and can typically regrow as soon as the inflammation dwindles.

Though not as common as androgenetic alopecia, which is the culprit in the vast majority of male pattern baldness cases, alopecia areata still affects two percent of Americans or roughly 6.8 million people.

Your Hairstyle

If you apply constant tension to your hair follicles, they will eventually experience damage, weaken, and ultimately die and fall out. This is called traction alopecia.

The five primary causes of traction alopecia are:

  1. Wearing unnecessarily tight pigtails, ponytails, or braids for extended periods.
  2. Trichotillomania, a psychological disorder characterized by constant (and often unconscious) hair twisting, plucking, or pulling.
  3. Hairstyles that require hair to be tightly wound for a prolonged period.
  4. Hairpieces and weaves that must be affixed/clipped to the hair.
  5. Helmets, particularly compression-helmets like those worn while playing football, snowboarding, skiing, horseback riding, etc.

Your Lifestyle

Stress, a traumatic event, or a lack of sufficient sleep cause changes to our body chemistry that can have a range of adverse health effects, including damage to our hair follicles that can lead to thinning or hair loss. Fortunately, shock loss is almost always a temporary phenomenon.

Your Hormones

Many cases of hair loss are the result of hormone imbalances. Several hormones can impact the growth, strength, and health of our hair. The most frequent problems with hormone imbalances that can contribute to hair shedding and loss include thyroid imbalances and hormonal changes accompanying menopause and pregnancy.

No Matter The Reason Behind Your Hair Loss, The Miami Hair & Skin Institute Can Help

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases no matter what the underlying cause. Through advanced hair restoration surgical techniques, technology, and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients suffering from hair loss regain their hair and self-confidence.

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

3 Signs You’re Ready for a Hair Transplant

When it comes to hair loss solutions, one size definitely does not fit all. Depending on several factors unique to each patient, including the underlying causes, nature, and progression of hair loss, your hair restoration doctor may recommend one of several different treatment options, including hair transplant surgery. But your physician won’t suggest a transplant as the best solution for you unless he or she believes that you are ready to undergo the procedure and have the characteristics that make you a good candidate for the surgery.

If you are considering taking action to address your hair loss issues and concerns, here are three signs that you may be ready for hair transplant surgery:  

  1. You’re old enough. Many people start to experience hair loss at a young age; even children and teenagers can see the early signs of permanent hair loss. But while young people are still growing and maturing, the full extent and pattern of their hair loss may not be discernable. For hair loss surgery to deliver optimal results, the physician must be able to identify the individual patient’s unique hair loss pattern, so that he or she may transplant hair to the balding and thinning areas in a way that leaves behind a natural-looking hairline. That is why we only recommend a transplant as a potential treatment for individuals 18 and older, though we may suggest waiting even longer in some cases.
  2. You have enough donor hair. You can’t have hair transplant surgery unless you have hair to transplant. Unlike organ transplants, hair transplants involve the use of your own hair. We take hair follicles from areas on the back or sides of your head and transplant them to the treatment area, where they will continue to grow. Both male and female hair replacement candidates need robust hair growth in the donor area at the back of the head for transplant surgery to be a viable treatment for hair loss.
  3. Your hair loss is permanent. Not all hair loss is forever. Sometimes, excessive hair shedding is a seasonal or temporary issue caused by factors such as stress, hormonal changes, and other environmental or biological factors. If your doctor’s assessment is that your hair loss fits this category and that healthy hair growth is likely to resume, a transplant is not an appropriate choice for addressing the issue. Hair transplant surgery is reserved for those suffering from permanent hair loss, such as male pattern baldness.

Ready to Fix Your Hair Loss Problems? Schedule Your Hair Loss Evaluation Today.

You will only truly know whether you are ready for a hair transplant after consulting with a hair restoration surgeon. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we evaluate each hair loss patient with a comprehensive and proven methodology to determine the cause of hair loss and choose the most effective treatment option. 

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

Fibroids and Hair Loss

Many women who start experiencing hair loss or excessive shedding can place the blame squarely on their genes. Others can point to menopause, stress, or certain medications they may be taking. But female hair loss can also be a symptom of or related to other medical conditions. Such is the case with fibroids, especially in African-American women.

What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop within the wall of the uterus. While most women who develop fibroids experience no noticeable signs or symptoms and thus do not need treatment, those who do may see:

  • Heavy or prolonged periods
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pelvic pain and pressure
  • Frequent urination
  • Low back pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Difficulty getting pregnant

The risk of developing fibroids increases with age and is particularly pronounced in African-American women. While approximately 20 to 40 percent of women aged 35 and older have fibroids large enough to cause symptoms, black women experience fibroids at a rate three times higher than that of other women, with some experts estimating that upwards of 80% of African-American women will have fibroids at some point in their life. 

What is the Connection Between Fibroids and Hair Loss in Women?

As noted above, heavy and prolonged periods and bleeding between periods are two symptoms of fibroids. These issues can ultimately lead to anemia – a lack of iron. Iron deficiency restricts the blood flow needed to supply growth-stimulating nutrients to our hair follicles. Without those nutrients, our follicles can become weak, dry, and brittle and more prone to falling out. 

While you should follow your physician’s specific recommendations if you have anemia, iron-rich foods like spinach, kale, broccoli, and other leafy greens can boost your iron intake and help feed your follicles the nutrients they need to stay healthy.

Experiencing Hair Loss? Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Today.

Female hair loss can be stopped and in many cases reversed through the cutting-edge and proven treatments we offer at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Which procedure will be most effective depends on the causes and degree of hair loss in the individual patient. We use a comprehensive, holistic approach for evaluating and treating women experiencing hair loss and leverage the very latest scientific advancements in hair loss treatments at our state-of-the-art facility. 

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

Creating a Natural Hairline With Hair Transplant Surgery

When you look in the mirror, does your forehead appear large than it used to? Have you spent months or years watching your hairline recede like the ocean at low tide? For many people who are in the early stages of hair loss, a diminishing hairline is a first and most noticeable sign that there is a problem. After all, you have to make an effort to see a growing bald spot on top of your head, but your receding hairline is right there in front of you every time you see your reflection. It’s also right there in front of everyone who sees you.

You may have already tried growing your hair longer or styling it differently to enhance your hairline, but that won’t fix the issue or keep it from getting worse. If you want to restore the hairline you once had, hair transplant surgery is a great way to create a natural-looking hairline.   

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we take great pride in the skill and artistry we bring to hairline restoration. Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose are world-renowned leaders in the field of hair transplant surgery. Using the most advanced technology and techniques, they have created hairlines that have improved the appearance and self-confidence of thousands of patients.

We use two primary techniques to restore hairlines, both of which accomplish the goal of a full and natural look while making it undetectable that you’ve had any surgery.

Natural Hairline Restoration With the ARTAS System

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles into the hairline area. Using the advanced ARTAS system, we restore your hairline by transplanting permanent hair from the back or side of the head. The precision of the ARTAS system is particularly suited to hairline restoration. It digitally scans the scalp, identifying hair in its natural groupings. Selected follicles are then precisely removed, using the ARTAS system’s image-guided robotics. Most of your hair is left untouched so that the area retains its natural appearance. We then transplant the hairs near the hairline, where they will grow naturally on the hairline just as they did before.

Natural Hairlines Through the MOSAIC® Hair Restoration Procedure

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our surgeons plated a critical role development of a significant advancement in hairline restoration and treating other hair loss issues: Mosaic® Hair Restoration.

The Mosaic procedure involves designing the hairline area in an individualized manner, mimicking your unique follicular unit arrangement pattern. This approach ensures a personalized follicular pattern, so you receive the most natural hairline appearance.

Our surgeons will obtain several magnified images of your scalp in areas unaffected by the balding process. We analyze the photos to tabulate the percentages of one, two or three hair follicular units and determine their topographical arrangement unique to you. We then use this data to create a personalized, natural hairline.

Schedule Your Miami Hairline Restoration Evaluation Today

If you are ready to take action and restore your receding hairline, please schedule a personally tailored hairline evaluation at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Our doctors are specialists in creating natural hairlines and have written ground-breaking papers for peer-reviewed journals on the subject.

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

Top 3 Topical Finasteride Myths

Top 3 Topical Finasteride MythsFinasteride, commonly known as Propecia® and Proscar®, is a widely used medication for the treatment of hair loss in men. It does a great job at maintaining existing hair and re-growing hair in a large percentage of guys dealing with androgenetic alopecia and is one of many non-surgical hair restoration treatments we offer at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami.

What is Finasteride?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved finasteride as an oral medication over 20 years ago. Its effectiveness is not in dispute: 83% of men studied were able to retain their initial follicle count, while 64% experienced re-growth after two years.

Finasteride gets these results by inhibiting the body’s production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a naturally occurring derivative of testosterone which helps with sexual development in males during fetal development and puberty. The problem is that DHT has been linked to hair loss, so reducing DHT levels can be the key to stopping hair loss in men.

In recent years the drug was introduced in a topical form, much like Rogaine. Since finasteride as a topical treatment is of fairly recent origin, many patients who are exploring hair loss treatment options hear conflicting reports or misinformation about the medication’s use in this form.

We’d like to clear up some of the most common topical finasteride myths so you can make a more informed decision about whether or not to consider this form of the drug in your efforts to combat hair loss. Of course, you should always consult with an experienced hair loss physician before making any decisions about how to proceed (and you’ll need to if you want finasteride in any form since it is prescription only).

Here are the top three finasteride myths we hear floating around:

Topical Finasteride is FDA Approved

As noted, oral finasteride was approved by the FDA for the treatment of hair loss over two decades ago. But the FDA has yet to approve the drug in topical form for this purpose, primarily because of a lack of data not because of any specific concerns about its safety. That said, finasteride’s effectiveness as a topical solution is being widely studied, and there are reports that the Swiss pharmaceutical company Polichem is working towards obtaining FDA approval in 2020.

Even though the FDA has yet to approve topical finasteride for the treatment of hair loss, it is still available in the U.S. for that purpose as an “off-label” prescription.

Topical Finasteride Has No Side Effects

DHT does much more than contribute to hair loss, which means that reducing DHT levels can have unwanted side effects. Since DHT plays a crucial role in male sexual development and mood regulation, reducing the amount of it in the body can impact these aspects of a man’s life in unwanted ways and cause:

Impotence
Lower sex drive
Difficulty achieving orgasm
Abnormal ejaculation
Gynecomastia (male breast development)
Depression

The good news is that that these side effects only appear in a small minority of men (about one out of every hundred) who take finasteride orally and if any issues do arise with sexual functioning, they are almost always temporary and will return to normal after discontinuing the drug.

But some have claimed that applying finasteride as a topical treatment gets rid of these risks. While this is untrue, it is likely that the possibility of side effects from the topical application will be less than oral ingestion due to the way the body absorbs the drug.

Topical Finasteride Can Actually Cause Hair Loss

Some men using finasteride report an increase in shedding soon after they begin using it, making them worry that the drug is doing more harm than good. The reality is that this mild shedding is normal and necessary for new hair to grow. Finasteride actively stops the current hair growth cycle and begins a new one. Any hair that is in mid-cycle will fall out and be replaced by healthier, stronger hair.

As with any medication, you should discuss with your hair loss physician whether DHT blockers or other pharmaceutical treatments offer a viable and effective option for addressing your hair loss issues.

If you’re ready to do something about your hair loss, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222 to receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan.

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.

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