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Teens and Hair Loss- The Top 7 Causes

High-Risk Hair Styles for Women

High-Risk Hairstyles for WomenDo you ever feel that wearing your hair too tight is pulling on your delicate strands? A study from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore shows that a strong association exists between overly tight hairstyles that lead to scalp tension and eventually, a hair loss condition called traction alopecia.

Traction alopecia occurs in a few different ways. Trichotillomania, an emotional disorder that leads to unwanted to unconscious hair plucking and pulling, is a common cause. Helmets, too, used for sports and physical activity, are a leading culprit behind the hair-loss condition. In addition, when someone wears their hair too tight for prolonged periods of time, they expose themselves to traction alopecia. Sometimes, thinning and balding become increasingly obvious when the hair is pulled, twisted or over-styled for a prolonged period of time.

Review these hairstyles to avoid if you’ve been diagnosed with traction alopecia:

  • Excessively tight ponytails or braids
  • Dreadlocks
  • Hair extensions
  • Thermal straightening
  • Permanent weaving
  • Wigs

Each of these styles varies in degree of risk, but the John Hopkins research shows traction alopecia is aggravated when tight styles are applied to hair treated with chemical straightening agents or “relaxed” hair. In addition, blow drying and flat irons can weaken strands, but are less likely to cause significant hair loss as compared to the combinations above. To prevent traction alopecia from hairstyles, John Hopkins says braids should be let loose after three months. In addition, weaves and extensions should never be in place for longer than eight weeks. The less time with high-risk styles, the greater chance an individual reduces the threat of developing traction alopecia.

In order to treat traction alopecia, Miami Hair recommends both low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and FUE hair transplants. LLLT caps use FDA-approved lasers to stimulate blood flow and revive dormant hair follicles, promoting natural hair growth. When used after eliminating high-risk hair styles from your life, you can better the odds of regrowth after damage. However, the most effective process in restoring hair after damage is through hair restoration surgery. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) transplants individual follicular units to fill-in balding areas precisely, creating natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing results.

Nearly two-thirds of men suffer with hair loss, and one out of every four women face thinning or shedding hair. Schedule a consultation by contacting our office so you can discuss how to lessen the effects of and treat traction alopecia or other hair loss conditions.


Hair Transplants Increase 85% Worldwide

Hair Transplants Increase 85 WorldwideAccording to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), hair transplant surgery has increased approximately 85% since 2004 (i). Over a quarter million transplants were performed during the year 2012 alone, amounting to 310,624 worldwide.

The hair transplant surgeons and staff at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami are pleased to provide this special report.

Hair Transplants on the Rise

This new trend has at least 2 exciting implications for men and women who suffer with hair loss. First, it signals greater awareness for the prevalence and seriousness of hair loss. An estimated 2/3rds of all adult men and 20-30 million females suffer with hair loss, often feeling a compromised sense of self confidence that ultimately causes personal and professional life to suffer. Climbing rates of hair transplant surgery indicate that more men and women are taking action, restoring hairlines and self image in a way that betters overall quality of life.

Most excitingly, the near doubling of hair transplant surgeries between 2004 and 2012 indicates that refined transplant methods are giving way to authentic results that are better than ever. In fact, 2012 and 2013 saw increasing numbers of celebrities speaking up to the public about their hair transplant surgeries. Manchester United star Wayne Rooney publicly discussed his successful follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedures with British media throughout 212, telling his Twitter Followers “Just to confirm… I have had a hair transplant. I was going bald at 25, why not. I’m delighted with the result,” (ii).

In the United States, former New England Patriot Wes Welker likewise went public with news of his hair transplant procedure. Welker followed up with a televised commercial, during which he praised the procedure and his surgeon on regional television.

The Future of Hair Transplant

The future of surgical hair restoration (transplant) looks bright. Fueled by new technologies and increasing celebrity endorsement, hair transplant surgery is poised to become even more popular among men and women who suffer with hair loss.

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami welcomes men and women to visit our website to learn more about hair loss and specific restoration options. To speak with our Institute about hair loss evaluation or consultation, please contact us online or call directly at 305-925-0222.


Laser Hair Therapy: Does it Work?

Exploring low level laser therapy with the LaserCap™

Laser Hair Therapy with the LaserCapHair restoration procedures are increasing in popularity among both men and women who desire a greater sense of overall health and well-being.  Long gone are the days of unsightly hair plugs—new procedures and sophisticated technologies are now available to create natural looking results that last.  Today, men and women of all ages understand that it’s never too late to look their best, and they are taking advantage by pursuing effective hair restoration procedures that add youthful confidence to everyday life.  Laser hair therapy is the newest of these procedures, offering patients a means of stimulating natural hair growth through low level laser technologies that are safe, convenient, and painless.

What is Laser Hair Therapy?

To understand laser hair therapy, it is helpful to first understand the concept behind ordinary hair transplant procedures.  Hair transplant procedures are highly effective for both men and women who suffer with hair loss.  Restoration typically involves transplanting real hair, referred to as the donor dominant hair, from one area of the patient’s scalp to the restoration site, or the area of the scalp that is thinning or balding.  It is important for prospective patients to know that donor dominant hair is carefully selected based on its ability to continually grow throughout their lifetime.  This ensures that hair is taken from an area that is at low-risk for future thinning or balding.  Donor dominant hair is then transplanted to the restoration site with needles that compare in size to those used by wellness spas and acupuncturists.  All in all, the pain associated with a hair restoration procedure is minimal and compares to that of a typical visit to the dentist.

However, not all individuals are candidates for a hair transplant procedure, and countless others prefer to avoid prescription hair loss medications altogether.  For those individuals, laser hair therapy is a new option that effectively stimulates natural hair growth.

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