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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.

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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.

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.

 

How Typical is Shock Loss After Hair Transplant Surgery?

Shock Loss After Hair SurgeryHair transplant surgery involves the pinpoint and meticulous extraction of follicles from the donor area of the scalp followed by an equally detailed and careful process of transplanting those follicles to parts of the scalp where they can grow and flourish. As with any other surgical procedure, there is the potential for minor complications to arise. In relatively rare instances, the very process of restoring a full head of hair can actually lead to the loss of some healthy hair in the days or weeks after surgery. Known as “shock loss,” this phenomenon involves the loss of some follicles in and around the donor and transplant areas but is no cause for alarm. Effecting less than 5% of all hair transplant patients, shock loss is temporary and any lost hair should reappear in short order.

What is “Shock Loss”?

No matter how skilled your hair transplant surgeon is, no matter how gentle he or she is in extracting and transplanting your hair follicles, a hair transplant involves a lot of disruption of the donor and recipient areas of your scalp. This stress on the scalp can interfere with normal hair growth and result in the loss of otherwise healthy hairs from either the donor site or the site of the transplant.

For example, during a follicular unit extraction (FUE) transplant, we remove follicular units one-by-one. Donor hairs are removed with a one-millimeter punch device and the procedure is abetted with a head positioning device to minimize movement. As precise and advanced as this process is, the removal of donor hairs can impact nearby follicles and this trauma can cause them to fall out after the procedure.

Shock loss can also occur in the recipient area where the hair grafts are being transplanted. The incision process (making the places for the grafts) can implicate neighboring follicles and cause them to go into a resting phase and ultimately fall out.

No Cause for Alarm

Obviously, seeing healthy hair fall out after you have gone through the effort and expense of hair transplant surgery can be disconcerting. But shock loss is a temporary phenomenon. Most healthy hair that falls out due to shock loss will regrow in a matter of months after your procedure, appearing as it did before.

While not “shock loss,” transplanted hairs (as opposed to neighboring, healthy hair) may also “fall out” in the first few weeks after surgery. This is normal. The hairs will recycle and begin growing in about three to four months.

As noted, shock loss after hair transplant surgery is very much the exception and not the rule. Nevertheless, you should be aware of the potential for this minor side effect when you consult with your hair transplant surgeon prior to undergoing your procedure.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you have questions about hair transplant surgery and want to find out whether it may be the right solution for your hair loss concerns, 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

Who Is a Good Candidate for Hair Transplant Surgery?

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes WelkerFor many men and women experiencing hair loss, hair transplant surgery performed by a skilled and experienced medical professional is a safe and effective way to address the issue and restore their hair to a full, natural-looking state. But not everyone who suffers from hair loss is a candidate for a hair transplant procedure, though other treatment options such as hair loss drugs or home-use laser therapy caps may be available and better suited to their needs.

So how do you know if you are a good candidate for hair transplant surgery? You’ll only know for sure after you’ve had a comprehensive hair loss evaluation, but here are three key characteristics which may mean that hair transplant surgery is a good option for you:

  • Sufficient supply of donor hair. For hair transplant surgery to work, there actually has to be hair to transplant. Unlike organ transplants where someone else is the donor, hair transplants involve donating your own hair. Hair is taken from areas of hair on the back or sides of your head and transplanted to the treatment area, where it will continue to grow. Both male and female hair replacement candidates must have healthy hair growth in the donor area at the back of the head for transplant surgery to be a viable solution to hair loss.
  • Permanent hair loss. For some individuals, hair loss is a temporary or seasonal issue. Surgery is only an appropriate option for those suffering from permanent hair loss, such as male pattern baldness.
  • Adults only. Successful hair transplant surgeries involve identifying the individual patient’s unique hair loss pattern, and transplanting hair to the balding and thinning areas in a way that creates a natural looking hairline. While children and teenagers can experience permanent hair loss, their hair loss pattern may not be fully developed while they are still growing, making it difficult to perform the procedure in a way that will yield optimal results. As such, hair transplant surgery is only recommended as a potential treatment for individuals 18 and older.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

As noted, you will only know whether you are a candidate for hair transplant surgery after consulting with a hair restoration surgeon. 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.

15 Questions to Ask Your Hair Transplant Surgeon

If you’ve made the decision to take action about your hair loss, congratulations. You’ve made a choice to improve your confidence and overall sense of well-being by restoring your hair to its full, natural appearance. But once you’ve made that choice, many others follow, and no decision is more important that picking the right hair transplant surgeon.

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. A quick Google search will make that more than clear. You’ll also discover that there are a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatment options. The amount of information out there can be overwhelming. How can you know where to turn? If you are considering hair transplant surgery as an option, how do you know that the person you are considering for your treatment has the education, experience, and combination of technical know how and artistic skill to get you the results you are looking for?

It all starts with asking the right questions. If you are researching hair transplant surgeons, it is likely you are doing so for the first time. It may be the first time you’ve looked for a surgeon of any kind. When you have your initial consultation regarding hair loss treatment, the first thing to ensure is that you are meeting with a doctor, not simply a “consultant.” Then, consider asking some or all of these 15 questions:

  1. How many years of hair transplant surgery experience do you have?
  2. How many hair transplant surgeries have you performed?
  3. Did you have residency training in dermatology or surgery?
  4. Where did you get your medical/hair transplant surgery training?
  5. Are you an MD?
  6. Are you board certified? If so, with what board?
  7. Do you publish or give presentations about hair transplantation surgery?
  8. What kind of hair transplant surgeries do you perform?
  9. How do you decide which procedure is right for me?
  10. Do you charge by the procedure, by the follicular unit, or by the follicle?
  11. Do you offer payment plans?
  12. If I’m not from the South Florida area, can you offer an evaluation or quote without an office visit or do you offer travel plans for non-Miami residents?
  13. Do you have before and after pictures that can show me the results of your work?
  14. Are there former patients I can speak with to see their results and hear about their experience?
  15. Why in your opinion are you the right hair transplant surgeon for me?

By asking the right questions – and getting satisfactory and thorough answers from an experienced hair transplant surgeon – you can make the right choice and be well on your way to restoring your hair and appearance.

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, or if you just have questions about hair restoration, 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.

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3 Surprising Causes of Hair Loss

What is Autumn Hair Loss?Many hair loss conditions stem from genetics, particularly in cases of male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia. On the other hand, environmental and lifestyle choices can cause thinning and shedding throughout the scalp and across the body. Many of these hair loss cases are completely preventable, but diagnosing what might be promoting hair loss is key to overcoming and reversing the issue.

Consider the following three unexpected causes of hair loss:

  1. Stress

Psychological problems do not damage your internal wellbeing alone. 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. To eliminate unnecessary stress in your everyday life, stick to a routine. Get adequate sleep each night by setting a stringent bed time, even on the weekends. Exercise can also help relieve some of the mental anguish that stress causes, leaving you feeling a little lighter and brighter each day. Don’t forget to take time for yourself, whether you want to read a book, walk the dogs or relax at the beach. 

  1. Poor Diet

Vitamins and minerals are essential to ensuring the human body works correctly, including hair production. Without adequate nutrients, circulation and oxygen levels at the scalp are compromised. An unhealthy or extremely low-calorie diet may trigger temporary or long-term hair loss, so keeping track of what you choose to consume is important. Ensure you’re getting enough protein, the primary macronutrient for strong hair, through fish and low-fat chicken. Vitamin E, vitamin C and biotin work to maintain healthy strands, promoting blood circulation, delivering antioxidants and boosting strength. Furthermore, zinc, magnesium and iron are essential minerals for hormonal balance and suitable hair growth.

  1. Illness

Sickness puts strain on the body and deters its proper functions, and hair loss or deterioration can be an early warning sign of other well-being concerns. Thyroid dysfunction, in particular, is one illness that causes follicles to shut down and results in thinning or shedding at the scalp. Lupus, an autoimmune disorder, often results in brittle or broken hairs above the forehead. Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, can cause hair loss. Hair loss is also common in patients suffering from HIV, myotonic dystrophy, sarcoidosis and other chronic illnesses. Sometimes, hair loss can be the first clue to another more serious health problem, so keeping an eye on your scalp health betters your odds of early illness detection.

Luckily for most, hair loss is a treatable condition. For more information on re-growing hair lost by stress, illness or poor diet, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami at 305-925-0222 today.

 

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Safe Hairstyles for Long Hair

Can Chlorine Cause Hair LossGrowing hair long and strong can take years and determination, and caring for your lengthy locks is key. With long hair, you may be tempted to pull strands back from the face. However, many slicked-back up-do’s cause tension on follicles. Over time, this tension and strain can lead to follicle shock and traction alopecia, which disrupts the natural cycle of growth. This condition is one of many that manifests as thinning or shedding hair.

Everyone needs to tie their hair back once in a while, but traction alopecia prevention is important. Consider the following tips to create a safe hairstyle for long hair without thinning or shedding:

  • Loose Buns and Ponytails

If you want to pull your hair from the nape of your neck on a hot summer day or during exercise, opt for a loose bun. Avoid sharp bobby pins and rubber hair ties for a more natural, soft look. If you have heavier hair, pull strands back into a low bun or ponytail so the added lifted weight does not put additional strain on the scalp.

  • Beach Waves

Summer might be over, but beach waves are a good look any time of year. Put away the curling iron and let hair dry naturally to showcase your natural curls. To tame tresses, use an anti-frizz serum or natural oil that looks in moisture and gives hair a lustrous sheen. If you have naturally straight hair, you can still achieve soft waves without hot hair tools. Let strands dry in loose pig tail braids or a French braid overnight. In the morning, you’ll be left with soft, bohemian waves that can transition easily from the office to a night on the town.

  • Braids

When you’re a kid, pigtail braids are all the rage. As an adult, you can still incorporate braids into your everyday style without looking immature. French braids are both sophisticated and sleek, but keep weaves loose to avoid drawing tension to the scalp. You can also wrap a crown braid around your hairline for a chic, pulled back look without using a tense hairband.

Let your long locks flow naturally once in a while to de-stress follicles and encourage hair health. If you must use styling tools, limit heat exposure to special occasions or weekends instead of styling after each wash. Don’t forget the importance of a high-quality conditioner (free of sulfates) or intensive hair mask that keep locks moisturized and healthy throughout the dry winter season.

Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure

Can LLLT Help Hair Transplant Success?

Choosing a Hair Transplant ProcedureLow-level laser therapy, also called LLLT, is used often in conjunction with hair restoration surgeries. While LLLT has been shown to work alone, laser therapy cannot completely reverse a balding area on its own. Instead, individuals suffering from severe male-pattern baldness opt to use both treatments to increase their success.

What is LLLT?

Low-level laser therapy is a non-surgical treatment used to treat hair loss. With consistent, long-term use, patients can expect their hair to increase in volume and thickness. LLLT is especially beneficial for women with diffuse hair loss who aren’t candidates for surgery or prescription medication.

LLLT nourishes follicles by sending pulses of energy into inactive follicles. This process is said to “spark” the follicle back into its regrowth phase after it stops working properly. Using LLLT prompts proper circulation and cellular respiration to restore cell function.

Post-surgery, LLLT helps bring blood, oxygen, and nutrients to balding areas, promoting stronger effects. Although hair transplants are often successful on their own, some follicles are stubborn at re-entering the growth cycle. LLLT provides the extra push that these follicles need to get back to business. Since hair loss is a progressive, long-term condition, undergoing long-term treatment after a hair restoration surgery can limit additional thinning as well.

How is Laser Therapy Implemented?

Patients can undergo low-level laser therapy through a few different methods. Laser domes, laser combs, and laser caps. Laser domes are professional pieces of equipment that require a visit to the doctor to receive treatment. Laser combs have limitations since treatment is performed primarily at-home and the application is cumbersome. Laser caps, on the other hand, are portable, hands-free, and effective.

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami offers the Capillus272 laser cap, a device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. Capillus272 caps have 272 professional-strength lasers to make it the most powerful at-home device for thinning hair.

For more information on LLLT as part of your hair restoration treatment plan, contact us today.

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Fast Facts for National Hair Loss Awareness Month

August is National Hair Loss MonthSummer is still (technically) in full swing, but the final full month of the season is especially important for men and women with shedding or balding locks. August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, and to encourage awareness both within and outside of the community, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami has compiled the following facts about hair loss:

  • The American Hair Loss Association says over 95 percent of hair loss patients are men.
  • Upon reaching the age of 50, about 85 percent of men show obvious signs of thinning.
  • An estimated 40 percent of Americans who experience hair loss are women.
  • According to an International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) study, 112,409 surgical hair restoration procedures were performed in the United States in 2014.
  • The average age of respondents in the ISHRS study in 2014 was 49 years old.

Facing your fears and scheduling an appointment with a hair loss physician is the first step in the right direction to getting your hair back. With a personalized consultation, your doctor can develop a treatment plan to help you regain your former confidence and overall vigor.

Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose are two highly-qualified and recognized hair loss specialists in South Florida. Together, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami can help you plan your hair restoration journey before it progresses further.

Dr. Nusbaum has performed more than 10,000 separate hair transplant procedures over the past two decades, acts as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and is a former President of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.

Dr. Rose has over 20 years of experience and is a well-known leader in hair loss transplants, writing research-based articles and participating in clinical trials for innovative and industry-changing techniques. Dr. Rose was previously the President and Board Member of ISHRS. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Hair Foundation.