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DHT Blockers Dutasteride

Hair Loss Prevention Plan: Dutasteride

DHT Blockers DutasterideExploring and considering the full range of treatment options for hair loss are essential steps in developing a hair loss prevention plan. Those options can include hair transplant surgery, low-level laser therapy, stem cell therapy, and prescription treatments such as topical applications, oral medications, and supplements. In our last post, we discussed one of these latter hair loss prevention options: finasteride, more commonly known as Propecia® and Proscar®. In this post, we will address one of its cousins – dutasteride – as an alternative to slow the progression of hair loss.

What is Dutasteride?

Like finasteride, dutasteride (commonly known under its brand name Avodart) is a type of medication known as a DHT-blocker which inhibits the body’s production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a known contributor to pattern baldness in men. Typically, due to genetics or other hormonal changes, hair follicles develop a sensitivity to DHT and begin to miniaturize. As a result, the hair growth cycle is shortened and eventually, new hair stops growing. As such, individuals with higher DHT levels may be more prone to hair loss.

While both finasteride and dutasteride are now prescribed to address hair loss, they were both initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for enlarged prostates and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). While the FDA ultimately approved finasteride for use as a male pattern baldness treatment in 1997, dutasteride has yet to receive such approval. But that may come soon.

Does Dutasteride Work?

The lack of FDA approval of dutasteride for treating hair loss belies the fact that it is powerfully effective as a DHT blocker, meaning it may be powerfully effective at slowing down 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.

Is Dutasteride Safe?

Since finasteride has been around longer than dutasteride, it has been more extensively studied. But as they are both DHT-blockers, many of the possible side effects (which only appear in a small minority of men) are similar with both drugs.  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

If any issues do develop with sexual functioning, they are almost always temporary and will return to normal after discontinuing the drug.

Is Dutasteride Right For Me?

Since it has yet to receive FDA approval as a treatment for pattern baldness, prescriptions of dutasteride for that purpose are made “off-label,” which is a common practice. That said, this potent medication may not be the best or first option for the treatment of your condition. The more established and tested finasteride may be an equally practical choice. You should discuss with your hair loss physician whether DHT blockers or other pharmaceutical treatments offer the best chances of success for treating your hair loss.

If you’re ready to do something about thinning hair and implement an effective hair loss prevention plan, 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.

Progressive Pattern Hair Loss

Progressive Pattern Hair Loss Explained

Progressive Pattern Hair LossThe end result of hair loss is the same for everybody: hair that winds up on the shower floor, stuck in a brush, on your pillow, or pretty much anywhere other than your scalp. But how that hair falls out, where it falls out, and why it falls out can vary from person to person. People lose and shed their hair for different reasons, and those reasons will play a role in how baldness or thinning hair will manifest itself.

There are two primary hair loss patterns experienced by both men and women: progressive and diffuse. Understanding the differences between the two can help you identify your hair loss problem earlier and guide you as you seek options for stopping further loss and restoring your hair to a fuller, natural state.

Progressive Pattern Hair Loss

Accounting for over 95 percent of hair loss cases, progressive pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is a hereditary condition that causes hair miniaturization. This phenomenon causes hair follicles to become thinner and finer each time they progress through the growth cycle. Eventually, the follicles cease to grow at all and fall out.

Progressive pattern hair loss follows a familiar and predictable course. In men, it starts with shedding in the front of the scalp above the forehead that causes the hairline to recede gradually. This progresses to more noticeable hair loss across the top of the head, and finally toward the crown. In women, androgenetic alopecia acts differently, occurring throughout the scalp rather than in specific, isolated areas as it does in men.

Men are more likely to notice and experience pattern baldness earlier than women. 25 percent of American men see symptoms of male pattern baldness before the age of 21, approximately 66 percent of men suffer some degree of hair loss by age 35, and 85 percent of men see significant thinning related to androgenetic alopecia by age 50. About 40 percent of women experience pattern baldness but may not see any signs of thinning hair until the age of 50 or 60, long after the shedding starts.

Diffuse Hair Loss

As opposed to pattern baldness, which you can blame on your genes, diffuse hair loss is usually caused by environmental factors such as stress, hormonal imbalances, or trauma. These issues cause a condition called telogen effluvium in which hair follicles are shocked into a resting state. Since the follicles are not actively producing more hair to replace normal shedding, the thinning occurs in a diffuse pattern throughout the scalp. If the factors which are causing the thinning can be addressed and resolved, the follicles often return to their normal healthy state and fully regrow without surgical intervention.

If You See the First Signs of Hair Loss, Take the First Step Towards Fixing It

No matter how your hair loss issues become apparent, the first step towards fixing the problem is arranging for a comprehensive hair loss evaluation. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment provide the best chance of stopping further hair loss and restoring the hair you’ve lost.  Schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today by calling us at 305.925.0222. We look forward to assisting you.

After Hair Transplant

Maintenance After Hair Transplant

After Hair TransplantThe world’s best hair transplant surgeons (like our very own Drs. Nusbaum and Rose) use their experience, skill, and advanced technology to transform balding or thinning areas of the scalp into full, robust, and youthful heads of hair. When you go home from the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami after your procedure, your transplanted hair will go with you, but your hair transplant surgeon will not. While your surgeon has positioned you, your scalp, and your transplanted follicles for success, ensuring that you get the best results from your transplant after you return home falls largely on your shoulders.

Proper maintenance after hair transplant surgery is a critical part of your hair restoration journey; you need to “stick the landing” if you want your new hair to truly grow and thrive.

Here are some key tips for maintaining your hair and scalp after your surgery.

  • The day after the procedure, return to our offices to have the transplanted areas checked and shampooed.
  • Wait at least 24 hours before washing your hair after that, you’ll be able to shower and wash your hair regularly, but during the first 7-10 days, in particular, you will need to do so gently and carefully to avoid damage to the fragile and newly transplanted follicles. Use gentle water pressure and cooler water than you otherwise would and avoid rubbing or intense lathering when shampooing.
  • Avoid brushing your hair for as long as possible after you shower, don’t use hot styling tools for at least one week, stay away from tight clips or bands, and instead of rubbing your hair to dry it, apply light pressure.
  • The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique we use spares patients from the visible, linear scars associated with traditional transplant procedures, but you will still have small hair graft sites to care for. To avoid infection, don’t swim in pools or the ocean or spend time in a hot tub until healing is complete (about 14 days) as these waters are rife with bacteria and pollutants. Evan after you head back into the water, avoid diving for a while as the impact of your scalp hitting the water can cause strain and pull of the scalp and donor area.
  • Avoid alcohol for at least three days after your procedure, as booze can act as a blood-thinner and inhibit the healing process.
  • Avoid spicy food for at least a week. Your body’s reaction to spicy foods diverts energy and resources which would otherwise be used for healing and repairs.
  • Do not jog, cycle or lift weights during the first three days after surgery. Strenuous exercise or heavy lifting should also be avoided for at least a week.
  • Sleep with your head elevated for the first few days to prevent forehead swelling.

Of course, you should also religiously follow any specific post-surgical directions your doctor gives you, including taking any medication as prescribed. By taking care of your hair in the days and weeks after your hair transplant surgery, you will have the hair you’ve wanted for years to come.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

To receive a personalized hair loss evaluation and treatment plan at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Is Baldness Linked with Aggressive Prostate Cancer?

Air Pollution and Male Pattern Baldness

Is Baldness Linked with Aggressive Prostate Cancer?Male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is a hereditary condition which afflicts two-thirds or men by the age of 35. By age 50, over 85 percent of men will develop signs of pattern baldness. While your genes will determine whether you are predisposed to androgenetic alopecia, other factors can contribute to the progression and degree of hair loss caused by the condition. Stress, poor diet, certain medications and treatments, and trauma are all non-genetic issues which can further weaken or destroy already vulnerable follicles. So too can the air pollution that surrounds all of us.

Air pollution is the source of a range of health problems, such as respiratory ailments, sinus issues, and allergies. The toxins in the air caused by industry, cars, fossil fuels, and other human activity shorten life spans and add billions of dollars to health care costs. Those same toxins that wreak havoc by entering the body and bloodstream can also cause harm when they come into contact with our skin, including our scalp and hair.  

Large suspended particles, small airborne particles, smoke and gaseous pollution settle on the scalp and hair where they can cause scalp irritation, redness, itching, excessive sebum secretion, and dandruff. Those pollutants can also damage hair follicles themselves, leading to hair loss. This irritation and damage can both mimic the symptoms of and contribute to androgenetic alopecia.

Studies have shown that various toxins, chemicals and carcinogens found in polluted air (and tobacco smoke) can hurt keratins, which are the proteins that form the foundation of hair structure. When keratins are damaged, hair can become weak and brittle, causing hair growth to slow down and eventually compromising the follicles so much that they die and fall out.

Men with androgenetic alopecia can’t change their genes, and most folks can’t easily change where they live or work or reduce the amount of air pollution in their environment on their own (except for quitting smoking). However, there are plenty of ways you can strengthen and protect your hair and maintain your scalp for optimal hair growth.

You Don’t Have to Live with Male Pattern Baldness. Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Today.

If male pattern baldness continues to progress, as it most often does, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami offers a range of effective surgical and non-surgical treatment options that can put the brakes on hair loss and restore a natural-looking, full head of hair. 

To learn more about the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami and how we can help you with your hair loss issues and concerns, schedule a hair loss evaluation today by contacting our clinic at 305-925-0222.

How Thyroid Disease May Cause Hair Loss

Thyroid Imbalances That Cause Hair Loss

How Thyroid Disease May Cause Hair LossBalance is the key to so many aspects of our well-being. Balancing work and family, eating a balanced diet, and maintaining our physical balance and strength can be difficult, but they are necessary for health and happiness. When it comes to the health of our hair and our happiness with our appearance, balance is also critical. Specifically, a balance in the number of hormones our thyroid gland produces. When the thyroid produces too much or too little of the hormones that play a critical role in hair growth and retention, hair loss is often the result.

What is the Thyroid Gland?

A small gland located in the neck, the thyroid is a factory that produces and distributes a hormone which regulates many vital bodily functions, including metabolism, involuntary muscle contractions, and the production of cellular energy. 

What are Thyroid Imbalances?

Like any gland or organ, the thyroid can fail to work as it should. It does so in two main ways: it either produces too many thyroid hormones, a condition called hyperthyroidism, or it produces too few, a condition called hypothyroidism.

How Do Thyroid Imbalances Cause Hair Loss?

Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss through its impact on the development of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). A synthesized version of the hormone testosterone, DHT plays a role in the development of sexual organs and secondary sexual characteristics, including physical appearance. Unlike testosterone, however, too much DHT disrupts the natural growth cycle of hair and can cause hair follicle shrinkage or elimination, resulting in shedding or thinning hair. balding occurs

For those suffering from hypothyroidism, or the production of insufficient amounts of thyroid hormone, medications often prescribed to treat the condition can themselves cause hair loss. For example, a standard treatment for hypothyroidism is levothyroxine sodium, a prescription medication available under brand names such as Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, and Unithroid. Long-term hair loss is a side effect of this medication for many thyroid patients, for those taking Synthroid in particular.

Solutions for Thyroid-Related Hair Loss

Many individuals who experience hair loss due to their thyroid medication regimen take additional medication to offset that hair loss. As with any medication changes, your physician needs to be involved and his or her recommendations should be followed.

Additionally, many of the treatments we offer at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami to treat hair loss caused by other factors can be used to address hair loss caused by thyroid imbalances. These can include hair transplant surgery, low-level laser therapy (LLLT), or certain medications. But given the complications involved in thyroid disorders and their treatment, only a consultation and full evaluation with a trained hair loss physician can tell you what treatments you are a candidate for and which approach is best suited to help address your hair loss concerns.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If your thyroid condition is contributing to hair loss, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami can help. We offer a range of effective treatment options, customized to individual conditions, to alleviate this unfortunate side effect of thyroid dysfunction. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Healthy Scalp

How to Maintain a Healthy Scalp for Optimal Hair Growth

Healthy Scalp If you want to plant a beautiful, healthy, and lush garden, you won’t get very far if the soil is bad, if you don’t water the plants, or are otherwise inattentive. The same goes for your hair. If your scalp is unhealthy, that can have a direct impact on hair growth. And if you are already experiencing hair loss, taking good care of your scalp can help slow that shedding and keep what hair you have healthy and growing.

Here are six ways you can maintain a healthy scalp for optimal hair growth:

  1. Pump up the protein. Hair will not grow without sufficient protein in your body. Eggs, fish, and beef are great sources of protein, as are beans, lentils, and soy.
  2. Chill out. 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. That overproduction leads to the underproduction of hormones like aldosterone and androgens, resulting in thinning or balding hair. Find a way to alleviate stress that works best for you.
  3. Get some sleep. Sufficient sleep is an essential part of overall health, as our bodies expend a lot of energy every day and need 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.
  4. Eat Healthily. To stop and prevent hair loss, be sure to maintain a well-rounded diet rich in protein, biotin, vitamin E, vitamin A, and other important nutrients.
  5. Keep the water flowing. Going back to that garden analogy, water is as important to healthy hair as it is to healthy plants and flowers. Hair is one of the first parts of the body to show the effects of water, vitamin, and mineral deficiency. Hair shafts are made up of approximately 25 percent water, and lack of moisture causes the shaft to weaken. Make a conscious effort to push fluids – at least 64 ounces of water per day – to keep your thirsty hair from drying out.
  6. Keep the UV rays out. Balding individuals or those with thinning hair are particularly vulnerable to sunburn on the scalp. Too much sun can turn your hair brittle, dry, and more prone to breaks and splits. Additionally, sunburn on the scalp can not only be the result of having areas of thinning or absent hair, it can also cause hair loss, at least temporarily. Protect your scalp with scalp sunscreen or a hat, especially in the summer.

 

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 of 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.

Newest Trends in Body Hair Transplantation (BHT)

Is Your Hair Healthy Enough for a Hair Transplant?

Is Your Hair Healthy Enough for a Hair Transplant?There are many things about hair transplants which make them different from other transplant procedures, such as those for livers, kidneys, or hearts. Perhaps the biggest distinction is that in organ transplants, the donor and recipient are two different people. In hair transplant surgery, the hair to be transplanted comes from the same patient.

Just as a donated organ needs to be healthy and compatible in order for it to be transplanted successfully, hair which is to be transplanted to thinning or bald areas of the scalp needs to be healthy as well. If the volume, strength, or texture of donor hair is insufficient, hair transplant surgery is likely not the best option for addressing hair loss.

The Donor Area

For hair transplant surgery, such as Follicular Unit Excision (FUE), 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.

Problems With Donor Hair

But not all donor areas are equal and not all hair follicles are equally suited for effective transplantation. There are several characteristics of a patient’s hair which may make them unsuited for transplant surgery:

  • Hair replacement candidates must have healthy hair growth in the donor area at the back of the head. This is usually the case where male pattern baldness is the cause of hair loss. But other forms of hair loss, such as Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia, do not leave behind robust donor areas, as the hair loss is spread throughout the scalp. In such cases, there is simply no effective way to harvest enough grafts for a transplant.
  • Transplanted hair is being asked to do a big job: concealing bare areas of the scalp so that they now appear covered in robust, healthy-looking hair. However, some hair is not up to the task. Very fine and straight hair does not cover as much real estate as curly, thick hair does and thus may require an inadvisable number of grafts.
  • If your scalp has any significant dermatological issues, it may not be in the shape it needs to be to receive and grow hair in the recipient areas.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

The only way to know whether or not hair transplant surgery is a viable option for you is to meet with an experienced hair transplant surgeon who can fully evaluate your current condition, determine the cause of your hair loss, and advise you of the best course of treatment.

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 or office directly at 305-925-0222.

Understanding the Side Effects of DHT Blockers

DHT BlockersFew medications come without the potential for unwanted side effects. Sometimes those side effects are relatively rare or minor. Other times, those side effects, should they occur, may be so significant that they may outweigh the benefits the medication is supposed to provide. When it comes to hair loss medication, DHT blockers can pose just such a dilemma. While DHT blockers can help reduce hair loss, they can also reduce sexual function in rare instances, which makes the decision to use them a deeply personal and complicated one.

What is DHT?

Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is a derivative of testosterone that has been scientifically linked 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 Propecia, one of the most popular pharmaceutical hair loss treatments, so effective. Some studies have shown that Propecia can reduce DHT levels by as much as 70%.

What is the Problem With Reducing DHT Levels?

The problem is that DHT does much more than contribute to hair loss. It also plays a crucial role in male sexual development and mood regulation. When DHT levels are reduced, either intentionally or unintentionally, it can impact these functions in unwanted ways and cause:

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

Additionally, since DHT blockers like Propecia affect the body’s hormone system, they should not be handled by pregnant women or women who may become pregnant as it may increase the risk of birth defects in male babies.

How Common are the Side Effects of DHT Blockers?

The good news is that that these side effects only appear in a small minority of men (about one out of every hundred) who use DHT blockers such as Propecia. If any issues do develop with sexual functioning, they are almost always temporary and will return to normal after discontinuing the drug.

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.  

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

At the Hair Transplant 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, whether it be medication, hair transplant surgery, or other alternatives.

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

Vitamin D For Your Hair.

You Need More Vitamin D. So Does Your Hair.

Vitamin D For Your Hair. Vitamin D is a critical nutrient. It bolsters our immune system and wards off illness. It is vital for bone health. Some research suggests that insufficient amounts of vitamin D contribute to depression, heart disease, and cancer. Vitamin D also plays an important role in the strength and growth of hair, and a lack of this nutrient has been linked to alopecia, also known as spot baldness.

Our primary source of vitamin D is the sun (which is why it is sometimes referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”). We can also get vitamin D from foods rich in the nutrient, such as fish, fish liver oil, eggs, and dairy, as well as through supplements.

New Study Suggests Global Vitamin D Problem

While we have known about the importance of vitamin D for a while, a new study is raising alarms about widespread vitamin D deficiency around the world. “The Big Vitamin D Mistake,” a paper by Finnish researchers, argues that current recommended levels of vitamin D are too low, and that “actions are urgently needed to protect the global population from vitamin D deficiency.”

The Vitamin D Council agrees and says that “the current recommendations for vitamin D supplementation (600-800 IU) are far too low to help the majority of individuals to reach healthy vitamin D levels. That is why we recommend supplementing with between 5,000-10,000 IU per day in order to achieve healthy vitamin D levels (40-80 ng/ml).”

Vitamin D and Hair Loss

The key to resilient, strong hair less prone to falling out lies in the follicles. When hair follicles become traumatized, damaged, or otherwise inactive, the growth of new hair stops and pattern baldness begins.

Research suggests that vitamin D, along with the receptors in the skin that bind to the nutrient, plays a significant role in promoting healthy follicles and hair growth while a lack of the vitamin may lead directly to hair loss. A 2014 study published in Molecular Endocrinology found that hair regrew in mice two weeks after introducing vitamin D receptors. Other studies also have made the connection between hair loss and vitamin D.

While we are not yet at the point where we have developed a Vitamin D-based “cure” for baldness, we are definitely at the point where we can say that healthy levels of vitamin D help promote the strength of your hair and reduce the chances of significant hair loss.

Make sure you consult with your physician before making any significant changes to your diet or your vitamin D levels, as too much vitamin D can create other health problems, such as calcium accumulation in the blood which may cause weakness or problems with the kidneys.

Whether as an adjunct to hair restoration treatments or just as part of a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet rich in key nutrients such as vitamin D can help boost hair growth in addition to improving your overall health and sense of well-being.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

Of course, dietary improvements alone may not stop hair loss or restore your hair to the fullness it once had. 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 from hair loss.

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

5 Benefits of an FUE Hair Transplant

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Hair Plug Transplants vs. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair loss is no laughing matter. In the past, however, efforts to conceal baldness or restore hair were often so transparent that they would cause chuckles to even casual observers. Bad toupees weren’t the only source of such laughter. Older hair restoration techniques – “hair plugs” – could be so unsightly and painfully obvious that the cure was pretty much as bad if not worse than the original condition.

Fortunately, hair plugs are a thing of the past.

Hair Plugs Are No More

The pace of technological advancement that has so dramatically transformed our lives in so many ways over the past few decades has also transformed the art and science of hair restoration. The “pluggy” hair transplant procedures of the past are ancient history. You can put hair plugs next to the VCRs and fax machines in the technological trash.

Today, the hair restoration procedures we use at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami are so advanced and revolutionary that they bear little resemblance to what was common 10 or 20 years ago.

The techniques we use leave virtually no sign that a hair transplant has been performed and leave our patients with full, robust, and youthful looking hair. In fact, a 2010 study by the International Society of Hair Restoration found that 85 percent of Americans could not identify a hair transplant patient who was treated using these new techniques.

Our two award-winning and groundbreaking surgeons, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, have been pioneers in the development and use of the precise, highly refined hair restoration procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). They have performed thousands of FUE hair restoration surgeries with outstanding results.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction?

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 without being concerned about a linear scar. In addition, the patients who have a limited donor area can also benefit from this procedure.

Precision-Guided Robotics and Highly Skilled Surgeons

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.

Donor’s hair is chosen using high-resolution digital imaging which provides unparalleled visual detail of the donor area. This gives us as exceptional control of parameters such as spacing between harvests, graft dissection depth, and hair angles to yield robust and viable grafts ready for transplantation.

The selected hair is then precisely removed by our skilled surgeons 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.

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

If you have been reluctant to consider hair transplant surgery because you’re concerned about hair plugs or an unnatural look, you are living in the past. Today, the future of hair transplant surgery has arrived and your future with a full head of hair is within reach.

At the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed leaders in hair restoration surgery. Both are actively engaged in hair loss research, lecture widely, and are constantly refining their techniques to provide even better results.

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