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Hair Transplant Donor Area

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.

Winter Hair Shedding

How to Combat Winter Hair Shedding

Winter Hair SheddingAs autumn turns to winter, the change in the seasons can also lead to changes in how our hair grows – or falls out. All of us lose hair on a regular basis throughout the year; our scalps shed anywhere from 50 to 100 strands per day. While increased hair loss in autumn is very common due to the seasonal timeline of hair growth and loss we inherited through the course of human evolution, winter hair shedding can also be a problem. The reasons behind winter hair loss, however, are very different. Luckily, those reasons make winter hair shedding easier to address.

As opposed to autumn hair loss which we can blame on our evolutionary ancestors’ response to changing weather, winter hair shedding is often the result of our own responses to the very modern stressors of the holiday season.

Here are three big culprits behind winter hair shedding along with ways you can combat them:

Holiday Stress

Shopping and family and parties and planning and less sleep and being pulled in a thousand different directions now seem as much a part of the holiday season as Santa and jingle bells. All that stress can be a huge contributor to hair loss. Stress-induced hair loss, or telogen effluvium (TE), usually appears a few months following a highly stressful period or event.

Finding – and practicing – effective ways to combat stress is important throughout the year for a whole range of health reasons beyond just hair loss. It takes more of an effort to make time for stress relief during the busyness of the holidays, but try to make sure you take regular breaks from the madness to take care of yourself. Keeping your regular exercise regimen, setting aside short periods for meditation, quiet time, or reading, and turning off your gadgets can all help lower your holiday stress levels and combat TE.

Holiday Eating

What we eat and drink impacts our health in scores of ways, including the strength or our hair follicles. During the holidays, our diets change, not only in terms of overindulging but also in the kinds of foods we eat or beverages (alcoholic or not) we drink.

When you lack the nutrients necessary to keep your body performing properly, certain functions shut down, including hair growth and regeneration. As you stuff yourself with turkey or nibble on those holiday cookies, try to make sure your body is getting enough of these nutrients, vitamins and minerals necessary for hair growth and overall good health.

Dryness

Even here in South Florida, winter can bring drier air, both outside as well as indoors. To keep your hair clean as well as provide it with the moisture it requires, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo that exfoliates and cleanses the scalp and follow that with an ultra-light moisturizing conditioner which can nourish and soften the brittleness that often accompanies dry hair.

Winter is A Great Time to Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation

Hair loss can be a problem no matter what the season. If you are ready to do something about your thinning hair, there is no time like the present. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our skilled physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

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

Better Than Hair Plugs: Post Procedure Photo 5

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.

 

Dr. Paul Rose, MD, JD Published In Dermatologic Clinics

 

Dermatologic Clinics Dr. Paul RoseAdvances in Hair Restoration
by: Dr. Paul T. Rose

Key points in this article:

• Selection of hair transplantation methodology depends on patient’s goals, type of hair loss, and quality of hair.

• Robotic hair transplantation is the latest frontier in hair restoration.

• Platelet-rich plasma, low-level laser therapy, and stem cells can be used together with hair transplantation to enhance graft survival.

Download full article here: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1V-G62ct7gGoff

 

 

 

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The Hair Restoration Journey Series: Preparing for Your Surgery

hair transplant surgeryHaving decided to have hair transplant surgery, you are no doubt excited to move forward, have the procedure, and see the results. After all, it has been a long journey from lamenting about your hair loss to deciding to do something about it to having a hair loss consultation to scheduling the date for your surgery. Now, it’s time to get ready for your surgery.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we are committed to excellence in hair restoration. Our award-winning surgeons and advanced techniques offer patients effective options for restoring a full, robust head of hair while making the patient experience as pleasant, comfortable, and worry-free as possible. This includes helping you prepare for your procedure so that we can achieve optimal results and you can minimize any discomfort which may temporarily follow the surgery.

One of our primary transplantation techniques is Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG). Not only does this technique provide extraordinary naturalness, it can be performed in only one session.

Approximately three weeks before the big day, Dr. Nusbaum and/or Dr. Rose will provide an overview of the procedure, including how much donor hair (follicular units) will be extracted and transplanted to the recipient area. At this time, you will also be given personally-tailored instructions on which daily medications are okay to continue taking, which must be discontinued, how long the hair transplant procedure will take, and more. Patients should pay close attention to these details.

1-2 Weeks Before Surgery

  • Begin taking vitamin C as directed in consultation to bolster immune system
  • Cease use of nicotine, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, nicotine gum, nicotine patches, electronic “e-cigarettes,” and other items containing nicotine. Nicotine restricts blood vessels and may hinder the healing process
  • Stop drinking alcohol, including beer, wine, liquor, and other spirits.
  • Avoid aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter. These can affect blood flow, increase the chance of bleeding during the procedure, and interfere with healing.
  • If possible, avoid products such as Advil, Aleve, Alka Seltzer, Bufferin, Excedrin, Nuprin or Motrin. Use Tylenol if necessary
  • Don’t cut your hair.
  • Massage your scalp for 10-20 minutes a day. This will help to soften the skin and get the blood flowing in the transplant areas.

24 Hours Before Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, unless instructed otherwise.
  • Do not eat or drink anything during the day of surgery, unless instructed otherwise.
  • Feel free to shower, brush your teeth, and perform your ordinary morning routine. However, please do not use any hair gel, hair spray, hair conditioner, or make-up.

Arrange for a Ride

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.

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.

What Kind of Doctor Treats Hair Loss?

The Hair Restoration Journey Series: Differences in Clinics – Doctor/Technician v. Doctor Only

What Kind of Doctor Treats Hair Loss?You’ve made the decision to do something about your hair loss. You’ve done some research and want to see if you are candidate for hair transplant surgery. To do that, you will need to set up a consultation with a licensed hair loss professional at one of the hundreds of hair loss clinics across South Florida. But with so many clinics, how do you know which one best fits your needs?

First it is important to understand that not all hair restoration clinics are the same. Not even remotely. The talents, experience, and credentials of the professionals who will be evaluating and treating you can vary widely. So too can the technology and techniques each clinic recommends or uses to restore hair.

Most clinics will offer both surgical as well as non-surgical options for restoring your hair. Surgical hair transplant techniques such Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE/FIT) and Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) are powerfully effective at restoring hair. But they are also complex procedures which require an exceptionally high degree of precision.  

They involve carefully selecting, removing, and transplanting health “donor hair” from one area of the patient’s scalp to another. A lack of skill, accuracy, and finesse in conducting theses delicate procedures not only can reduce the effectiveness of the transplant, it can result in scarring and other complications.

One of the key differences between hair restoration clinics which offer surgical options involves who will be performing the procedure. Some clinics allow non-physician technicians to extract and transplant follicles under the supervision of a licensed surgeon. At other clinics, only surgeons are involved and personally perform every aspect of the procedure.

As you research clinics, it is important to understand whether a technician, a surgeon, or both will be involved in your hair transplant surgery. When you have your initial hair loss consultation with a hair restoration physician (and your consultation should be with a physician, not a “consultant”), be sure to ask who will be performing the procedure if surgery is the recommended option for treating your hair loss.

Technician-performed transplants may often be less expensive than those done by a highly-trained physician. But keep in mind one of the most important aspects of hair transplant surgery: it is, in fact, surgery. Ask yourself: if you were having open-heart surgery, would you want a technician or a surgeon holding the scalpel? Your answer to that question will tell you what kind of clinic you should choose for your hair transplant surgery.

Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Today to Schedule a Hair Loss Consultation

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, Drs. Bernard Nusbaum and Paul Rose have developed the most comprehensive approach for evaluating and treating patients with hair loss, while providing the very latest in surgical procedures at our state-of-the art facility. Both doctors are recognized and acclaimed leaders in the field of hair restoration surgery, developing innovative techniques which have since been adopted around the world. Each brings over twenty-five years of experience and professional expertise and have personally performed tens of thousands of procedures.

To schedule a hair loss consultation and evaluation, contact us online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

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The Hair Restoration Journey Series: Differences in Main Procedures

Miami-Hair-Surgeons-Published-in-The-ClinicsIn our previous post, we discussed the first, and perhaps hardest, step in the hair restoration journey: deciding to do something about your hair loss. You should be congratulated for taking action and making an appointment for a hair loss evaluation. At that time, your physician will conduct a thorough review of your condition and offer you an honest evaluation of whether you are a candidate for hair restoration. If you are, you and your physician will no doubt discuss the differences between the hair restoration procedures available which can restore your hair to a full, youthful appearance.

“Hair Restoration” typically refers to the process of hair transplantation, where real hair is taken from another area (typically the back or sides of the scalp) and is transplanted or moved to the area where the hair is being “restored.”

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we offer two primary hair restoration procedures, each of which is precise, highly-refined, and performed by one of our two award-winning and groundbreaking surgeons: Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, These transplant techniques – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE/FIT) and Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG) – are powerfully effective at restoring hair yet involve significant differences in how that is accomplished.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE/FIT)

Follicular Unit Extraction is a minimally invasive method of transplanting individual hair follicles for natural-looking results. FUE involves harvesting using a circular needle called a “punch.” Follicular units are removed from the donor area with a one-millimeter circular tool in a scattered pattern to eliminate the linear scar associated with traditional donor strip harvesting, including the Follicular Unit Grafting procedure.

The advantages of this technique include maintaining the donor area without any linear scar visible to the naked eye. In fact, the donor area appears to heal faster than with traditional methods and the patient can wear his or her hair as short as desired, but not completely shaven without being concerned about a linear scar. In addition, the patients who have a limited donor area can also benefit from this procedure.

Dr. Rose was one of the originators of the FUE technique, performing the procedure on thousands of patients since 2004. Our approach utilizes the image-guided robotics of the ARTAS system, which provides unmatched precision in hair transplantation. The ARTAS procedure restores your hair by transplanting permanent hair from the back or side of the head into thinning areas. High resolution digital imaging provides unparalleled visual detail of the donor area as well as exceptional control of parameters such as spacing between harvests, graft dissection depth and hair angles to yield robust and viable grafts.

The selected hair is then precisely removed while most of your hair is left in place so that the area retains its natural appearance. The hair is then transplanted into thinning areas. This transplanted hair will then grow naturally, just as it did before.

Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG)

Perhaps the biggest difference between Follicular Unit Grafting and the FUE/FIT technique described above is that FUE/FIT involves removing follicles one-by-one, while FUG involves removing multiple follicles on a single strip of tissue. This “Single Strip Harvesting” preserves the follicular units and prevents damage (transection) to the individual hair follicles and insures maximum growth.

After harvesting, the donor tissue is carefully subdivided into individual, naturally occurring follicular units while the non-hair bearing (bald) skin surrounding each follicle is carefully removed while avoiding damage to the hair follicles.

Many patients considering a FUG procedure express understandable concern about the visibility of scars from the donor strip site. We have developed a revolutionary technique specifically designed to address these concerns and minimize the visibility of donor strip sites. The LEDGE closure technique allows hair to grow through the donor-area scar, providing added camouflage. Finally, follicular unit grafts are inserted into tiny sites in the recipient area, which heal in just a few days, without leaving any marks.

Call the Hair Institute of Miami Today to Learn More About Our Groundbreaking Hair Restoration Procedures

The foregoing information, as well as any information about hair transplant procedures you see online, can tell you about the procedures generally, but cannot and should not tell you which procedure is right for you. No matter what hair transplant technique is ultimately used to restore your hair, it is critical that you make a fully informed decision in consultation with your hair transplant surgeon.

At the Hair 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 or office directly at 305-925-0222.

Treatment for Individuals with Alopecia Areata is Promising

The Hair Restoration Journey Series: Deciding it’s Time to Have a Hair Restoration Procedure

Treatment for Individuals with Alopecia Areata is PromisingInertia can be a powerful force. In many aspects of our lives – jobs, relationships, health – we may be unhappy with the way things are going long before we actually do anything about it. It can be so much easier to ignore a problem or tell yourself that you’ll take care of it tomorrow, or the next day, or the next year.

If you are suffering from hair loss, it may be something you’ve been troubled by for a while. You may have tried shampoos, medication, or other home efforts to slow down or reverse your hair loss with no success, or maybe you’ve done nothing at all. As you see your hairline recede or watch more and more hair swirl down the shower drain, you finally realize that the time for inertia is over and the time to take action has come.

It is time to have a hair restoration procedure.

Once you have decided to restore your hair to its fuller, more youthful state, you need to take several additional steps to turn your vision into a reality. The first thing you should do is congratulate yourself. You are embarking on a journey that will reap benefits that go far beyond what you can see in the mirror. The psychological impact of hair loss can be profound and devastating. By taking action, your self-esteem and overall sense of wellness will improve, and you will feel a sense of pride in successfully addressing a problem that had likely been bothering you for quite some time.

Next, you should educate yourself about the kinds of hair restoration procedures available. The hair restoration techniques and technology used today to restore hair have come a long way in the past couple of decades. The days of “plugs” and “Barbie doll hair” are long gone. Hair transplants are less invasive, more natural looking, and require less recovery time than in the past. Take some time to do some online research about the various techniques to get an overview of your options.

Of course, the internet is not going to tell you everything you need to know about hair restoration, and it certainly won’t tell you what course of treatment would be best for you. For that, you need to take the next and perhaps most important step in your hair restoration journey: setting up a hair loss consultation with a highly-trained hair restoration professional.

Choosing the right hair restoration professional or hair transplant surgeon to call for a consultation can be intimidating. In South Florida, or almost anywhere else for that matter, there is no shortage of doctors, clinics, or other companies and facilities that hold themselves out as being the solution to your hair loss concerns.

When you arrange for a consultation, the first thing to ensure is that you are meeting with a doctor, not simply a “consultant.” Then feel free to ask the physician some or all of these 15 questions. Once you have found the doctor who you are comfortable with and have confidence in, they will recommend the hair restoration technique best suited for your specific needs and goals.

Once again, congratulations on making this important decision.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

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.

Hair Shampoo

Best Shampoo for Hair Loss

Hair ShampooYou’re standing in the shower, watching in dismay as hair that just moments ago was perched atop your head now swirls the drain. When you realize you are having issues with hair loss, you want to address the problem as quickly as you can. You’ll want to call and schedule a hair loss consultation with a hair loss expert for sure, but you can’t do that in the shower without ruining your cell phone. You can, however, use a shampoo which minimizes hair loss and/or leaves your hair with a thicker, fuller appearance.

The internet is full of shampoos and other products which claim to restore or grow hair, but as with anything on the internet, you should be dubious before shelling out money on “miracle” cures. That said, there definitely are shampoos which, while they won’t grow hair, are well-suited to increase the strength and health of your hair, minimize damage, or make your hair appear thicker. Consider purchasing the following types of shampoo to combat thinning hair:

  • Hair thickening shampoos. The name “hair-thickening” when used with many shampoos is a bit deceptive. Such shampoos don’t actually thicken your hair follicles but can do a good job of making your hair temporarily appear Hair thickening or volumizing shampoos work by artificially swelling the hair shaft and depositing a thin film of the active ingredients on your follicles. Again, such effects are temporary and cosmetic; these shampoos don’t do anything to slow or stop hair loss.
  • Shampoo with natural preservatives. Like many consumer products, shampoos can contain chemical preservatives which, while extending the shelf-life of the shampoo, don’t extend the life of your hair and in fact may do the opposite. Look for shampoos and other hair-care products that contain natural preservatives including essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, or rosemary, jojoba, Vitamin E, and grapefruit seed extract.
  • Shampoos containing castor oil and argan oil. Castor oil is effective at killing bacteria which can cause hair folliculitis and also has the added benefit of relieving pain and itching where applied. Argan oil is rich in natural phenols which are beneficial to the strength and resilience of hair follicles. 

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our skilled physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases that can’t be reversed at home. Through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients suffering with hair loss.

If you’re ready to do something about your thinning hair, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222 to receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan.

 

Female Pattern Hair Loss vs. Telogen Effluvium

Can Lack of Sleep Lead to Hair Loss?

Female Pattern Hair Loss vs. Telogen EffluviumWhen we don’t get enough sleep, bad things happen to us. The negative effects of insufficient sleep on our bodies and our minds aren’t things that can be cured by a cup of coffee or two. Think about how you look and feel after being sleep deprived for a night or two. Droopy eyes, dull skin, foggy thinking – these are all outward manifestations of a body that is being deprived of what it needs to stay healthy and alert. Internally, a lack of sleep weakens our immune system, effects our hormone secretion, and diminishes our stamina. It also can lead to hair loss, as our follicles and scalp are extremely sensitive to changes in our bodies.

While many cases of hair loss such as male pattern baldness are caused by genetic factors, how we treat our bodies – exercise, diet, and lifestyle – can also have a profound impact on our hair health. Sufficient sleep is an essential part of overall health, as our bodies expend a tremendous amount of energy each day and need the time to recharge so the body can function as it is supposed to. One function is repairing and regenerating hair follicles. A lack of sleep keeps that from happening, causing hair to stop growing, weaken, and eventually fall out more than it otherwise would. Even hair that doesn’t fall out will noticeably suffer, losing shine and volume.

A lack of sleep can be caused by many factors, but stress is often the culprit. In fact, insufficient sleep is itself a powerful form of stress. 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. 

If you are suffering from a lack of sleep or undue stress, and your hair is feeling its effects as well, the good news is there are things you can do to fix the problem. Experts say that we should try to get between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep per night. This means that we need to prioritize sleep as much as we prioritize other parts of a healthy lifestyle. Try to set a consistent bedtime, avoid working or using electronic devices or social media while in bed, and instead give your body and mind time to turn off and relax.

To eliminate unnecessary stress in your everyday life, stick to a routine. Exercise, yoga, or meditation can also help relieve some of the mental anguish that stress causes. Do whatever works for you in terms of relieving stress, whether it is being with friends, being alone with a book, walking your dog, or doing nothing at all. The impact on your health and happiness will be noticeable inside and out. 

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our skilled physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases that can’t be reversed at home or through changes in diet. Through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients suffering with hair loss.

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

 

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