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New Study: Oxidative Stress Might Cause Pattern Baldness

New Study- Oxidative Stress Might Cause Pattern BaldnessHave you eaten any blueberries lately? If so, hair surgeons say you might be less likely to suffer from androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness. According to a new study, certain vitamins and bioflavonoids could enhance the health and functionality of hair follicles, creating long and beautiful hair that will last long into adulthood.

Free Radicals, Oxidative Stress, and Balding. The idea that antioxidant super foods could hold the key to preventing hair loss comes from leading research institutions in the United Kingdom. The Centre for Cutaneous Research at the Queen Mary’s University of London, along with the Farjo Medical Centre and Unilever R&D, have published the findings in an abstract titled Oxidative Stress and Cell Senescence in Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA).

In the report, researchers contrast two separate cultures of hair follicle dermal papilla (DP): One from scalp that has experienced pattern baldness, and one from scalp that exhibits normal hair growth. By contrasting these two selections of DP, researchers were able to make a number of fascinating discoveries:

1. The derma papilla (DP) of balding scalp exhibited higher levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS).

ROS molecules are a special type of free radical that is sometimes produced when the body metabolizes oxygen. As professor of nutrition at Tufts University, Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg has dedicated his professional career to the study and science of free radicals, oxidation, and cell damage. He explains:

“While the body metabolizes oxygen very efficiently, 1% or 2% of cells will get damaged in the process and turn into free radicals,” (i).

Once produced, free radicals are known to swarm the body in search of an extra electron. Numerous studies suggest that this process causes damage on the cellular level, referred to as free radical damage. According to health experts at the Harvard School of Public Health, free radical damage may contribute to cardiovascular disease, vision loss, and other chronic conditions (ii). Now, according to researchers in the UK, it seems free radicals might also lead to pattern baldness by damaging hair follicles.

2. Higher levels of ROS corresponded to decrease cell motility.

Cell motility refers to the ability of body cells to naturally reproduce in a dynamic fashion. Motility is vital for wound healing, tissue regeneration, a number of other important biological functions. When comparing DP cultured from balding scalp to that of normal scalp, researchers found cell motility to decrease as oxygen levels increased, indicating that increased ROS might significantly impair the DP’s ability to support healthy long-term hair growth.

3. DP from balding scalp exhibits higher levels of cell senescence.

Cell senescence occurs when a cell is alive but no longer able to divide and proliferate. As cell senescence increases, the ability of the hair follicle to support natural hair growth decreases.

As a result of the 3 main findings above, researchers now believe “oxidative stress may exacerbate the onset of androgenetic alopecia [pattern baldness],” (iii).

This exclusive health report has been published by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. For additional information or appointment requests, please call toll-free 1-877-443-9070.

Sources:

(i) “How Antioxidants Work.” WebMD. Accessed 8 July 2013.

(ii) “Antioxidants: Beyond the Hype.” Harvard School of Public Health. Accessed 8 July 2013.

(iii) “Oxidative Stress and Cell Senescence in Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)”

Hair Reconstruction

Hair ReconstructionHair reconstruction generally involves one of two approaches to rebuilding the natural appearance of hair.  The first approach is surgical and involves transplanting individual hairs from a donor area to the restoration area (the area experiencing thinning or balding).  A second type of hair reconstruction is non-surgical.  Non-surgical hair reconstruction may involve utilizing prescription hair loss medications, low level laser therapy devices, or general lifestyle changes to naturally spur the growth of hair.  It is important to note that not all individuals are candidates for surgical hair reconstruction procedures.  This cannot be determined, however, until the individual seeks the professional consultation of a hair transplant surgeon.

Hair Reconstruction: Am I a Candidate?

At this point, you may be wondering if you are a candidate for hair reconstruction.  The simple answer is “yes,” because there are a variety of both surgical and non-surgical treatment options available.  On a more complex level, however, you may find that the unique condition of your hair may limit treatment options in some way.  You may find that you are not a candidate for a surgical hair transplant procedure, for example.  Or, you may prefer to avoid prescription hair loss medications and instead focus on making lifestyle changes that may promote natural hair growth.

Most often, hair loss is unique in the way it affects the individual.  To better understand your hair loss and the treatment options that are available to you, follow the 4 steps below:

Step 1: Discovering Hair Loss

If you found this article online, you are most likely in the Discovering Hair Loss phase.  Perhaps you have noticed visible signs of thinning, balding, or shedding.  Or, maybe your are simply educating yourself so you may take proactive preventative measures to keep your hair looking its absolute best for long into the future.  In either case, we welcome you to our website and invite you to visit the Hair Transplant Blog homepage for additional information on hair loss, hair reconstruction procedures, images from before and after procedures, and much more.

Step 2: Consult a Professional for an Evaluation

Now that you know more about the prevalence of hair loss, you are ready for the Consultation Phase.  At this point, there is no substitute for the professional opinion of a licensed and experienced surgeon.  We welcome you to schedule an appointment for a hair loss evaluation with the Hair Transplant Institute.  Our clinic proudly represents South Florida’s top hair transplant surgeons, and our facility is staffed with caring individuals who provide an unparalleled level of service.

Step 3: Obtain a Hair Loss Diagnosis

During your evaluation, our Institute’s lead surgeons, Dr. Nusbaum and , will work towards providing a full and accurate diagnosis of the cause for your hair loss.  To learn more about the advanced hair loss diagnosis methods performed by the Hair Transplant Institute, please visit our Hair Loss Evaluation page.

Step 4:  Choose a Hair Reconstruction Method

After scheduling an appointment and receiving a diagnosis, Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose will help you choose a safe and effective means of treating your hair loss in a way that will deliver the results you desire.  The Hair Transplant Institute provides a diverse array of leading treatment options ranging from surgical transplants to non-surgical low level laser treatments.  We understand the profound ways in which hair loss may affect both personal and social life, and we are committed to helping you find a hair reconstruction method that will have you looking and feeling great, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

For more information, please call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami toll free at 1-877-443-9070.