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Questions to Ask During and After Your Hair Loss Consultation

If you’ve decided to make an appointment for a hair loss consultation, congratulations. You are taking a big step towards restoring your hair and regaining your self-confidence. It is a significant endeavor and one you should approach with thoughtfulness and care. No more so than when you are choosing the hair restoration physician to lead you through this journey.

Here in South Florida, there is no shortage of physicians, clinics, or other companies and facilities that will tell you that they are the solution to your hair loss issues. 

With so many options, choosing one, two, or even three hair restoration professionals or hair transplant surgeons to call for a consultation can seem overwhelming.

But only you will know which professional is the right one for you. And you will figure that out by asking the right questions during and after your initial hair loss consultation.

When you meet with a hair loss physician for the first time – and do make sure it is a physician, not a “consultant” – ask him or her some or all of the following questions that can help you decide whether they are the doctor for you:

  • How many years have you been performing hair transplant surgery?
  • How many hair transplant procedures have you performed?
  • Did you have residency training in surgery or dermatology?
  • Where did you receive your medical and hair transplant surgery training?
  • Are you an MD?
  • Are you board certified? If so, with what board?
  • Do you publish articles and/or give presentations about hair restoration and hair transplant surgery?
  • What kind of hair transplant procedures do you perform?
  • How do you decide which hair restoration option is right for me?
  • Do you charge by the procedure, by the follicular unit, or by the follicle?
  • Do you offer payment plans?
  • If I’m not from the South Florida area, can you offer an evaluation or quote without an office visit or do you provide travel plans for non-Miami residents?
  • Do you have before and after pictures that can show me the results of your work?
  • Are there former patients I can speak with to see their results and hear about their experience?
  • Why, in your opinion, are you the right hair transplant surgeon for me?

After each initial consultation, when you have a chance to reflect on your meeting, ask yourself the following questions that will help you determine whether the doctor you met with should make the cut:

  • Did he or she take the time to examine you carefully?
  • Did he or she listen to you closely and seem genuinely interested in what you had to say?
  • Did he or she answer all of your questions patiently without seeming annoyed or put-out?
  • Did he or she measure your hair density and tell you what it is?
  • Did he or she measure the degree of miniaturization on your scalp hair?
  • Did he or she assess your scalp laxity?
  • Did you feel you were being hurried, rushed, or “sold” toward surgery with deals or discounts?
  • Did you feel comfortable with the doctor and did he or she seem like someone you could trust

By asking the right questions of your doctor – and yourself – you can make the right hair restoration choice!

Schedule Your Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we evaluate each hair loss patient with a comprehensive and proven methodology and will take the time to answer your questions and address your concerns. Together, we will find the optimal course of treatment for your hair loss issues and restore your hair to its natural, youthful appearance.

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

Why Does the Man Bun Cause Hair Loss?

Why Does the Man Bun Cause Hair Loss?The Man Bun is one of the biggest men’s hair trends of 2015. Along with Movember-inspired facial hair, the Man Bun has become a trademark for young, hip men looking to embrace an au natural image. Now, physicians warn that the popular hair style might actually harm men’s hair, causing minor to moderate hair loss after just a few months of wear.

Proponents of the Man Bun are confused. Why would this hair style cause hair loss among the men who wear it so proudly? After all, the Man Bun has turned into a modern symbol of virility and holistic health among some social circles.

Traction Alopecia

The answer is simple: Traction alopecia. This is a specific type of hair loss that is the result of prolonged pressure and tension being placed on the hair or scalp. Traction alopecia is also seen amongst women who wear tight braids or pony tails for long periods of time. Hairpieces and other hair styles that place an unnatural amount of stress on hair and scalp are similarly known to cause traction alopecia.

Learn More About Traction Alopecia

Visit the following article to learn more about causes, treatment, and prevention of traction alopecia.

Hair Loss Consultation and Treatment

Readers are also invited to call our Institute directly at 305.925.0222 to learn more about hair loss, restoration, and transplant procedures that produce beautiful natural-looking results. To learn more about traction alopecia and hair loss treatment, schedule a consultation with South Florida’s Top Hair Transplant Surgeons.

 

Join Us for the Hair & Skin Health Expo in Ft. Lauderdale

Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are extending a special invitation to South Florida men and women to join the Hair Transplant Institute at the Hair and Skin Health Expo in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday November 17th! The event will be located at the Holy Cross Healthplex (Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center).

Click here to download the flyer [PDF].

The event is hosted by the Hair Foundation, the only charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness and education to the general public about hair health and hair loss prevention. The Ft. Lauderdale expo is just 1 of many events scheduled to occur across the country as part of the Skin and Hair Health Awareness Events series.

“We are pleased to announce this long-awaited series of free, unbiased consumer information,” says Dr. Matt Leavitt, President and Chair of the Hair Foundation. Issues addressed include a broad range both hair and skin conditions related to the following:

  • Cancer
  • Hair loss
  • Hair thinning
  • Eyelash thinning
  • General hair/scalp care
  • Anti-aging
  • Skin damage (related to sun)

Expo attendees will learn more about hair and skin health through personal interactions with licensed physicians, technologies, and treatments.

Professional Hair Loss Discussions

At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss hair loss and treatment options with esteemed doctors, well-known industry experts, and real men and women who have successfully undergone hair restoration. The Hair Transplant Institute’s Dr. Paul Rose will be among the experts on-site, offering his professional experience and expertise to attendees.

Free Hair & Skin Analysis

At the expo, attendees will also be able to receive free hair and skin analysis from industry experts and leading technologies, including:

  • Skin damage assessments
  • Advanced hair loss detection & analysis
  • Learn more about skin cancer screenings
  • Explore skin damage, and the effects of aging and fine lines
  • HairMax LaserComb®
  • Hair removal technologies

Live Q&A

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sit in on live question and answer sessions, featuring physicians and experts who specialize in healthy hair, skin, hair loss prevention, anti-aging, and hair thinning solutions.

Try New Products

November’s expo is a great time for men and women to try new treatments and hair care products. In addition to a fully staffed blow out bar, attendees can enjoy:

  • Hair growth laser demonstrations
  • Mini-facials
  • Hair thickening fibers
  • Hair vitamins and supplements
  • New hair products and styling methods, presented by expert stylists

Register Online. We hope to see everyone at the expo! For more information, be sure to visit this link to register online.

Losing Hair After Hair Transplant

Losing Hair After Hair TransplantLoss of Hair Following Surgery

Is it normal to lose hair after a hair transplant? Just contemplating this question is enough to make you think twice about investing in hair restoration surgery.

Some individuals might experience minor shedding or hair loss following hair transplant surgery. Fortunately, most men and women who lose hair after transplant are able to grow it back naturally.

So why do some people lose hair after a restoration procedure, and are there ways to limit your chance of developing such shock loss?

What is Shock Loss

Shock loss is a term some hair loss professionals may use to describe a specific type of hair loss that occurs after the transplant. For many patients, shock loss is only temporary. The risk of shock loss varies by patient and is always described in detail during hair transplant consultation.

In general, shock loss is caused by the trauma undergone during transplant. The more trauma induced, the greater the risk of shedding or loss after the procedure. By the same token, the risk of shock loss can be greatly reduced when surgeons use certain techniques and technologies prior to surgery.

Ways to Prevent Shock Loss

It’s important to note that not all patients experience shock loss. Further, those patients who do experience a certain degree of hair loss after transplant are usually able to recover fully. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we offer the most advanced treatments and technologies to minimize the risk of shock loss, including:

Consultation & Prevention. During your hair loss consultation, you will learn more about your specific type of hair loss and the ways you can [prepare for hair transplant surgery]. We also review transplant options, like the ARTAS System and highly refined FUE with PRP treatment to minimize trauma and maximize results.

PRP. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a special concentration of the patient’s own blood that features a higher volume of natural healing and growth factors. PRP is used during transplant to deliver more blood, oxygen, nutrients, and other healing agents directly to the hair follicles during transplant. This greatly reduces trauma to the scalp.

ARTAS®. The ARTAS System uses advanced robotics and measuring technologies to identify and extract (FUE) donor hair for the transplant procedure. Using the ARTAS, our surgeons are able to extract follicular units with greater accuracy and less trauma to the scalp.

Contact Us

To learn more about hair transplant surgery, call our Institute directly at 305-925-0222.

Hair Replacement Surgery Listed as Top Treatment for Hair Loss

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

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

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

Surgical Hair Replacement for Men and Women

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

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

The Strip Donor Procedure vs. FUE

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

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

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

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

Learn More About Hair Replacement Surgery in Miami

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

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

Sources:

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

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

August is Hair Loss Awareness Month 2013

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

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

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

Get Involved This August

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

Learn what causes pattern baldness.

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

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

Understand the Signs and Progression of Baldness

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share this article.

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

Take action.

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

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

6 Ways to Prevent Female Hair Loss & Telogen Effluvium

6 Ways to Prevent Female Hair Loss & Telogen EffluviumLast week, the Miami Hair Blog explored the differences in Female Pattern Hair Loss vs. Telogen Effluvium. With 1 in 4 females suffering with signs of hair loss, an important question arises:

Can hair loss be prevented?

Though the causal factors and symptoms may differ, there are a number of preventative measures that can be taken to avert Female Pattern Hair Loss as well as Telogen Effluvium. And while these measures are effective for some, the following list is not a cure-all for every woman who suffers with hair loss. Care must be taken to examine the top signs of hair loss in women regularly, as early detection is critical in effectively restoring areas of thinning / balding hair.

Preventing Female Pattern Hair Loss & Telogen Effluvium

1. Stress Management

Stress has been shown in a number of studies to trigger the onset of hair loss, particularly Telogen Effluvium, and may even worsen symptoms over time. To hedge against stress-induced hair loss, it is recommended that women practice daily stress management. Light exercise, journaling, yoga, and meditation are just a few examples of effective stress management techniques.

2. Commit to Nutritional Wellness

Like the rest of the body, hair needs a comprehensive assortment of nutrients to grow to its full potential. Follow the Healthy Hair Diet to give your hair a fighting chance at healthy, sustainable growth.

3. Rule Out Prescription Medications

A number of prescription medications may cause hair loss. Speak with your physician about the side effects of your current medications. If documented side effects include hair loss, you may wish to speak with your physician about alternative treatments.

4. Schedule a Hair Loss Evaluation and Consultation

If you suspect you are losing your hair, one of the worst things you can do is to worry. Worrying only increases stress, and increases in stress may exacerbate the problem. Instead, seek a professional evaluation and diagnosis so you may better understand the nature of your unique condition. Schedule a hair loss evaluation to speak with a professional regarding the health and vitality of your hair, and form realistic expectations regarding treatment.

5. Consider Low Level Laser Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a popular treatment option among women because it is convenient, non-invasive, and discrete. Devices like the LaserCap™ LLLT device are designed to naturally stimulate hair growth by enhancing oxygen and nutrient delivery directly to hair follicles.

6. Advanced FUE Hair Transplant

Follicular unit transplant (FUE) procedures are another viable option for women who suffer with Female Pattern Hair Loss or Telogen Effluvium. FUE procedures harvest healthy hair follicles from the rear or side of the scalp and relocate them to the areas in which hair loss is most visible.

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is proud to offer the ARTAS® System for hair restoration, the world’s first and only physician-guided robotics equipment designed to perform FUE procedures with unmatched precision, consistency, and accuracy. To learn more about this exciting treatment option, readers are invited to visit this Frequently Asked Questions About ARTAS guide.

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