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How Long do FUE Hair Transplants Take to Heal?

Hair Transplant surgery Hair transplant surgery, like any other surgical procedure, involves some degree of recovery time and limitations on activities in order to properly heal. One of the many benefits 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.

The FUE Technique

During a 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. With FUE, patients can completely avoid a more obvious linear scar. Instead, scarring occurs in a dot-like pattern and is virtually undetectable after healing and regrowth.

With FUE, the donor area heals faster than with traditional methods and there is almost no postoperative pain. The minimal scarring means that patients can wear their hair quite short (but not completely shaven) without any evidence that a procedure has been done.

Post-Procedure Care and Healing

Since a mild sedative is used during the procedure, you’ll stay around for a short rest period after completion. You should also arrange for someone to take you home and plan on resting for the remainder of the day.

The day after the procedure, we will want you to return to our offices to have the transplanted areas checked and shampooed. That said, you should also be able to return to work that day and resume all of your regular activities within a week to 10 days.

Some patients experience crusting and mild redness in the recipient area which can last 7-10 days. Many patients can hide these crusts by combing the adjacent hair over the transplanted site, or by wearing a hat. Topical solutions can also be applied after the procedure to accelerate the separation of the crusts.

It is normal for the transplanted hairs to “fall out” in the first few weeks. The 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 results apparent at 12 months. The results are permanent.

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. Rose Appointed to ISHRS Ad Hoc Committee on FUE Issues

Dr.-Rose-Appointed-to-ISHRS-Ad-Hoc-Committee-on-FUE-IssuesThe Hair Transplant Institute congratulates Dr. Paul Rose on his recent appointment to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) Ad Hoc Committee for FUE Issues! Dr. Rose is lead hair transplant surgeon at our Institute, working closely with Dr. Bernard Nusbaum to provide evaluation, diagnosis, and surgical restoration for men and women who suffer with various types of hair loss.

Meet Dr. Rose. With more than 20 years experience in the field of hair loss research, diagnosis, and restoration, Dr. Rose is recognized worldwide for providing exceptional care and delivering authentic results. Dr. Rose is an active professional in the medical community. He is passionate about research, ongoing education, and attending international seminars on hair loss treatment and restoration. Along with Dr. Nusbaum, Dr. Rose’s research and expert medical opinion were recently published in the August 2013 edition of The Clinics, discussing new hair loss treatment technologies like low level laser therapy (LLLT), Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) injections, and robotic FUE hair transplant.

About FUE Transplant

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a highly refined method of surgical hair restoration. Using a small punch instrument measuring just 1-2mm in diameter, the surgeon carefully removes individual clusters of donor hair follicles. Because a punch instrument is used in lieu of “strip” harvesting, FUE does not leave a linear scar and generally causes less trauma to the scalp.

Robotic FUE technologies are now available to make the extraction phase of the hair transplant faster and more comfortable for the patient. Using high resolution digital imagery and advanced robotics equipment that makes measurements with micron-level precision, these “hair transplant robots” identify and carefully extract the fittest hair follicles for transplant. Following robotic extraction, the surgeon transplants each follicular unit by hand to recreate the appearance of a natural head of hair.

Hair Loss Evaluation

If you or a loved one suffers with hair loss, rest assured you are not alone. Statistics gathered by the American Hair Loss Association show that 2/3rds of men and nearly 30 million women likewise suffer with thinning, shedding or balding.

Take action. Get to the root of your hair loss at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Schedule an appointment online or call our Institute directly at 305-925-0222.

ARTAS® Transplant: Before and After Photos

ARTAS-Transplant-Before-and-After-PhotosIt’s been almost a full year since the ARTAS® System arrived at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, and the response has been exceptional. South Florida residents have been quick to embrace the new “transplant robot” after learning two important facts about the ARTAS procedure:

1. ARTAS is physician-guided. Though ARTAS is the first ever FDA-approved robot for FUE hair transplant, the procedure is conducted under the supervision of a trained and highly skilled surgeon. The “robotic” element of the procedure occurs when donor hair is scouted for extraction and transplant. The surgeon, however, still conducts the actual transplant by hand.

2. ARTAS delivers unparalleled precision and accuracy. The ARTAS is the only system in the world to calculate and re-calculate vital parameters for follicular unit (hair) extraction up to 50 times each second. As the onboard computer makes these calculations, the robotic arm of the ARTAS aligns itself to perform a minimally invasive extraction with unparalleled precision and accuracy.

Before and After: A Review of the ARTAS® System

An estimated 35 million Americans are candidates for a surgical hair restoration procedure (i). However, only a small fraction of those individuals move forward to claim a new, natural, and permanent head of hair. Individuals cite numerous reasons for straying away from a surgical procedure, including:

  • Discomfort
  • Too long a recovery time
  • Fear of noticeable “pluggy” look
  • Fear of post-procedure “linear scar”

Artas Revolution: Hair Transplant, Redefined

A new generation of ARTAS System procedures are quickly redefining what it means to have a hair transplant, and patients could not be happier. As the world’s most advanced method of FUE transplant, ARTAS enables surgeons to deliver perfectly natural results through a more comfortable patient experience.

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Today, ARTAS makes hair transplant procedures:

  1. Faster
  2. More comfortable
  3. Minimally invasive, causing less trauma to the scalp
  4. More precise, consistent, and accurate compared to older methods
  5. No linear scarring, enabling patients to wear shorter haircuts post-procedure
  6. Advanced FUE, allowing surgeons to use ARTAS to cover scars from previous “strip donor” procedures

Learn More About ARTAS Technology

Learn more about the ARTAS System in Miami, or call our clinic to schedule a hair loss evaluation and consultation at 1-877-443-9070.

Sources:

(i) “A Better Patient Experience.” Restoration Robotics. Accessed 18 August 2013.

Take Rogaine® or Aspirin, Never Both

Take Rogaine® or Aspirin, Never BothA new study has shown that men and women who take Rogaine® (Minoxidil) to treat hair loss might want to consider keeping the aspirin bottle capped. A research team at the University of British Columbia has found evidence that the popular anti-inflammatory medication may suppress the same enzymes that Rogaine seeks to stimulate, thereby negating the effect of the popular hair loss treatment. This discovery is potentially alarming for many Rogaine users, as daily Aspirin use is widely promoted by physicians as a safe way to improve cardiovascular health and reduce the chance of heart attack and stroke.

In light of this recent finding, men and women who regularly use Rogaine may wish to find alternative methods of improving cardiovascular health. Alternatively, hair loss sufferers may elect to continue taking Aspirin and choose to restore areas of balding scalp via hair transplant. Unfortunately, evidence suggests one can no longer do both.

How Rogaine® Works

Minoxidil, available by the brand name Rogaine, is one of the most widely used non-surgical treatments for hair loss. Though it is still unclear exactly how the topical foam suppresses hair loss, many studies indicate that Rogaine stimulates the production of a very special enzyme called cyclooxygenase1, or COX-1. As the production of COX-1 increases, so too does the production of prostaglandin E2, or PGE2.

Increased levels of PGE2 has a very positive impact on the overall health and functionality of hair follicles, and in some cases may reverse the process of hair miniaturization. Hair miniaturization is characterized by the inability of hair follicles to sustain natural hair growth, a phenomenon that may eventually lead to pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. In this way, Rogaine is thought to reverse the signs of hair loss by stabilizing hair follicles through increased production of PGE2.

How Aspirin May Hinder the Effects of Rogaine

Unfortunately, a ground-breaking new study released by the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia demonstrates that Aspirin may negate the effects of Rogaine, simply by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Specifically, Aspirin suppresses the synthesis of certain prostaglandins by actively shutting-down cyclooxygenase enzymes like COX-1.

Just as Rogaine seeks to stimulate COX-1 production to improve hair growth, Aspirin disables COX-1 to fight inflammation.

Alternative Hair Loss Treatments

Fortunately, there are alternatives to Rogaine that may restore areas of balding scalp with all-natural hair. Two leading methods include follicular unit extraction (FUE) transplant, and a robotics-assisted transplant with the all-new ARTAS® System.

FUE Hair Transplant. FUE transplants are conducted by highly qualified surgeon. The scalp is anesthetized prior to the procedure, so almost no pain is experienced by the patient. Individual clusters of hair follicles are then removed from the patient’s own scalp, using a minimally invasive “punch” instrument that measures only a few millimeters in diameter. The surgeon then separates the clusters into pairings of 1-3 hairs and expertly transplants them to the area of balding scalp, by hand.

ARTAS® System Transplant. The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami has recently become 1 of fewer than 20 clinics to offer the revolutionary new ARTAS System, the first ever FDA approved robotics technology for FUE transplant procedures. Using the ARTAS, our surgeons are able to perform FUE transplants with more quickly, with greater accuracy and precision. Recovery time is faster than ever, and the end-result is incredibly natural in appearance. Learn more about ARTAS hair transplants in Miami.

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.

PCOS and Hair Loss

PCOS and Hair LossPolycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal condition that physicians attribute to both genetic and environmental factors. It is fairly common, affecting an estimated 10% of women worldwide (i). Primarily, PCOS is known to cause hormonal variations that may make it difficult to get pregnant. However, PCOS may cause additional side effects including weight gain, acne, and hair loss. Over time, studies indicate women with untreated PCOS may be at high risk for developing other serious health conditions like type II diabetes and heart disease.

Diagnosing PCOS

PCOS is perhaps the most common of all endocrine (hormonal) disorders experienced by females of reproductive age, and it is believed to be the leading cause of infertility among women. An estimated 50% of women with PCOS do not know they have the condition. In light of this alarming statistic, it is important to spread awareness for the symptoms of PCOS so proactive measures can be taken to reduce its impact on overall physical and emotional health.

Common symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Acne
  • Uncontrollable fluctuations in weight (gain or loss)
  • Increased growth of facial and/or body hair
  • Irregular menstruation cycles
  • Infertility / difficulty conceiving
  • Emotional distress, including depression
  • Thinning, shedding, or balding of the scalp

PCOS and Hormonally Induced Female Hair Loss

The defining physical characteristic of PCOS is ovarian cysts, tiny growths that appear throughout the ovaries. While the cysts themselves are not harmful, they do impair the production of an essential ovarian enzyme that may significantly reduce estrogen production. Relative androgen levels rise as a consequence, leading to an increased abundance of hormones like testosterone.

Sudden influxes in testosterone may lead to androgenetic alopecia, a specific type of hair loss caused by hormonal changes in the scalp. Increases in testosterone may fuel the production of DHT, a chemical known to adversely affect the hair follicle’s ability to sustain normal hair growth. Most commonly, DHT causes hair miniaturization; a phenomenon in which hair becomes thinner and finer over time. Eventually, miniaturization turns in to all-out hair loss as DHT shuts down the follicle completely.

In a guest blog on the Women’s Hair Loss Project, holistic nutritionist and certified health coach Ms. Amy Medling offers the following tips for overcoming PCOS naturally (ii):

1. Sizzle in the kitchen. According to Ms. Medling, one of the best ways to get back-on-track is to pay close attention to diet. By cooking your own food, you can be sure to use high quality sources that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that promote healthy hair.

2. Have discriminating tastes. “Only clean foods allowed in your temple,” Ms. Medling explains. Again, emphasis is placed on seizing control of the quality and nutritional content of each meal.

3. Move it. Not only does physical exercise promote healthy hormonal balance, but it also makes you feel well. Daily exercise and sun exposure can do wonders for reducing stress, which may also decrease the incidence of Telogen Effluvium (stress induced hair loss).

Treatment Options: Restoring Hair Loss Caused by PCOS

Today, a number of procedures are available to women who experience hair loss from PCOS. In addition to improving diet and exercise regimens, women may explore the following options under the guidance of a qualified hair transplant surgeon and clinic:

1. Hair Loss Evaluation. An expert evaluation is essential in diagnosing the root cause of hair loss as well as identifying the most effective course of treatment.

2. Prescription Hair Loss Medications. For women, prescription hair loss treatments like Rogaine® (Minoxidil) may be effective in slowing hormone-induced hair loss.

3. Surgical Hair Restoration. Today, highly refined methods of surgical hair restoration are available to reverse the signs of baldness in a beautiful and all-natural way. Follicular unit extraction procedures are among the most effective, transplanting patients’ real hair to thin or bald areas to produce an authentic end-result with minimal discomfort.

4. ARTAS® System Hair Transplant. Our Institute is proud to be 1 of just 17 clinics in the United States to offer the revolutionary new ARTAS® System by Restoration™ Robotics. A physician-guided robot system, the ARTAS empowers our surgeons to conduct FUE transplants with unparalleled accuracy, consistency, and precision.

Exclusive Interview: Watch as Dr. Rose presents the ARTAS System to CBS Miami.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we hold our patients’ desire for a full and natural head of hair in the highest regard. Our team works diligently to ensure each patient feels comfortable and confident during each visit, from evaluation to procedure and post-procedure follow-up.

We invite you to learn more about hair loss evaluations at our Institute, or contact our friendly front desk at 305.925.0222.

Sources:

(i) “Amy Medling, the PCOS Diva.” Women’s Hair Loss Project. Accessed 3 March 2013.

(ii) See above.

From Bad to Beautiful: Correcting a Bad Hair Transplant

From Bad to Beautiful- Correcting a Bad Hair TransplantA “bad hair transplant” may have a profound impact on the social, professional, and personal life of the recipient. Subpar restoration procedures can be the result of many things, most common of which is the use of an outdated hair transplant procedure. One such example is end-result of “hair plugs”, an older procedure that pre-dates the development of the micrograft hair transplant technique that is implemented by most hair transplant surgeons today. Another reason a patient may receive a bad hair transplant is due to the inexperience, poor technique, or failure to properly plan on the part of the surgeon.

There are a number of special techniques that can be used to correct a hair transplant. It is vital that a surgeon be chosen based on their experience and expertise with the following corrective procedures, as most treatment cases require that two or more of the following techniques be implemented with great care, skill, and balance.

How Poorly Performed Transplants Are Corrected

1. Camouflaging “pluggy” looking grafts

If you seek to correct a poorly performed hair transplant, it is important to know that not all grafts may need removal and/or re-distribution. In some cases, abnormal-looking grafts can be subtly hidden through the technique of camouflaging. This entails placing smaller follicular units directly in front of the “pluggy” looking grafts, reducing their appearance while contributing to a look that is more natural overall.

On the other hand, camouflaging abnormal-looking grafts is not always the most effective option. Increasingly, surgeons are using a process called micro excisional graft removal to effectively remove poorly placed grafts, reduce their size, and re-distribute them to create a more natural-looking end-result.

2. Micro excisional graft removal

One of the most effective ways to correct the abnormal appearance of a bad hair transplant is through micro excisional graft removal and subsequent re-distribution of the follicular units. The goal of this process is simple and straightforward: To remove, divide, and re-distribute the grafts that appear most out-of-place.

Micro excisional graft removal and redistribution is to be performed with extreme care so as to avoid damaging the follicular units during the process. Unlike the original transplant, this corrective procedure has the added benefit of not requiring any additional donor-area hair removal. Instead, previous grafts are removed, reduced in size, and placed in a more natural-looking arrangement.

3. FUE and camouflaging scars

Donor area scars may significantly contribute to the unnatural appearance of a hair transplant. Some patients experience a widening of the scar over time; others simply wish to have the scar more effectively camouflaged, particularly to reduce its appearance when hair is cut short. In both cases, surgeons may use a follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure to reduce the appearance of the donor area scar.

In this case, the corrective FUE procedure involves transplanting new donor hair directly into the scar, and in some cases, into the scalp surrounding the scar. Following this procedure, the hair minimizes the appearance of the donor scar by growing through (and around) it. A punch instrument is used for follicular unit extraction, so no new linear scars are ever created.

Learn More About Corrective Hair Transplant Surgery

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our team is experienced and exceptionally well qualified in correcting the appearance of unsatisfactory hair transplants. To learn more about corrective hair transplant surgery, readers are invited to schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute online or call our office directly at 1-877-443-9070.

Can Prescription Medications Cause Hair Loss?

Can Prescription Medications Cause Hair LossPrescription medications can be just as chemically complex as the individuals to whom they are prescribed. For this reason, it is difficult to predict exactly how a specific medication will affect the individual who is taking it. Prior to taking any prescription medication, patients are cautioned to always discuss the ingredients, dosage, and potential side effects with their physician. After having a thorough and straightforward conversation about the medication, your goals, and the possible side effects, it is important to note that prescription medications may impact hair health in the following ways: Hair thinning, hair loss, change in hair texture, and change in hair color.

Moreover, patients are urged to discuss how prescription medications may or may not have a lingering effect on their bodies. When a medication causes one of the above side effects, for example, it is not uncommon for the effects to last up to 1 year or more after regular dosage has ceased.

Types of Prescription Pills That May Cause Hair Loss

The following are the most common types of prescription medications (most commonly prescribed in pill form) that have an impact on the thickness, prevalence, texture, or color of hair (i):

Thyroid Medications. Thyroid medications may contribute to hair loss by encouraging the synthesis of DHT on the scalp. To learn more, please visit our article on hypothyroidism and hair loss.

Prescription Medications for Cancer Treatment. Cancer-fighting drugs have a simple goal: To kill fast-growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, these medications may also kill normal, healthy body cells like hair follicles. As a result, such medications may cause widespread hair loss, very quickly.

Drugs That Treat Epilepsy. Sodium valproate, a leading drug for the treatment of epilepsy, has been shown in recent studies to cause hair loss among up to 3.5% of patients.

Antidepressants. Drugs like Prozac, lithium, and other medications for mood disorders have been known to cause temporary hair loss among up to 15% of those prescribed.

Contraceptive Medicines. “The Pill”, as it’s most widely known, is a contraceptive medication and an anti-androgen. As such, it may restrict testosterone levels and prevent hair loss for women while taking the medication. It is thought that “coming off” The Pill may then make it more apparent that hair is thinning or balding, as an anti-androgen is no longer able to mask the signs.

Acne Medications. Vitamin A is known to protect hair follicles from damage and promote growth. Unfortunately, most acne medications contain a concentrated form of vitamin A called retinoid that may have the direct opposite effect. In some studies, retinoid has been shown to make hair follicles dormant, thereby causing hair to thin or shed.

Prevent Hair Loss in 3 Easy Steps

To prevent hair loss from becoming a serious issue, it is recommended that the following 3 steps be followed:

1. Monitor Your Hair for Changes

Early detection of hair loss symptoms is the key to maintaining a naturally beautiful head of hair. It’s easy task, and daily check-ups can highlight significant changes in texture, thickness, or density that can be clues that a prescription medication is causing side effects. In general:

Women: Check for a widening “part” when styling your hair. You may also want to review the top 4 signs of hair loss in women.

Men: Pay particular attention to the density and spread of the hair at the crown of the head (a spot where pattern-baldness most commonly originates).

2. If Changes Occur, Consult Your Physician Immediately

When taking a prescription medication, always consult your physician immediately after any side effects are observed. Patients are also cautioned to never stop taking a medication—or start taking a new medication—without first consulting their physician. When the physician who prescribed your medication is not a dermatologist or hair transplant surgeon, you may want to follow-up with a specialist regarding hair restoration.

3. Follow-up with a Specialist Regarding Hair Restoration

Finally, patients who experience hair loss due to a prescription medication may wish to discuss hair restoration options with a specialist. Hair transplant surgeons specialize in the treatment of thinning, shedding, or balding hair among men and women of any age. From subtle eyelash transplants to comprehensive FUE procedures that span the crown of the head, transplant surgeons are well equipped to treat nearly any form of hair loss.

Sources for this article include:

(i) Dobson, Roger. “Bad Hair Day? Blame it On Your Medicine.” URL: dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2214841/Bad-hair-day-Blame-medicine.html#ixzz290mYjVod. Accessed Oct. 9th, 2012.

The Trichophytic Closure

The trichophytic closureA truly exception hair transplant begins with the end in mind. A hair transplant surgeon must be chosen for their ability to not only diagnose the root cause of your hair loss, but also on his or her ability to provide a treatment method that will produce natural-looking results. With this in mind, it is important to understand the different closure techniques used in today’s latest hair transplant procedures. Moreover, it is critical that a surgeon be chosen for his or her ability to perform a closure technique that leaves little-to-no visible scarring of any kind. With the right touch, a surgeon may mask the appearance of the donor area scar so the patient may wear their hair at nearly any length—even short—while maintaining the naturally beautiful appearance of a full head of hair.

1. What is a closure technique?

A closure technique is the method that is used to restore the donor area back to its original state—that is, the technique joins together the scalp at the sites from which hair follicles were extracted. Closure techniques most commonly follow micrograft hair transplants.

2. What is the “ledge” trichophytic closure?

The “ledge” trichophytic closure is a special technique that has been developed by Dr. Rose at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Following a micrograft procedure, this particular type of trichophytic closure is among the most effective means of “masking” the visibility of the donor area scar. This is achieved by strategically directing individual hairs to grow through the scar, effectively hiding it from view as the scalp heals.

3. Which procedures involve this closure?

The “ledge” closure is used during most micrograft hair transplants. Specifically, this type of closure technique is implemented following any strip donor procedure that is performed at the Hair Transplant Institute

4. Are there any hair transplant procedures that do not involve a closure technique?

As we’ve explored, a closure technique is used to restore the donor area after a micrograft transplant procedure. There are 3 additional hair transplant procedures that do not require the use of a closure technique, specifically because they do not involve extracting follicular units in a “strip” fashion:

  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): FUE procedures use an advanced “punch” instrument that measures no wider than 1mm to remove individual hair follicles. This creates very small scars at the site from which each unit is extracted, however a linear scar is never made and a closure technique is therefore never required.
  • Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT): The FIT procedure has been co-created by Dr. Rose, and it is similar to the FUE technique described above. FIT is also conducted with a special “punch” instrument that measures about 0.8-1mm in diameter.
  • ARTAS® System: The ARTAS® physician-guided robotic system is the most technologically advanced method worldwide to perform non-invasive FUE/FIT procedures for our patients. With the ARTAS procedure, advanced digital technology and laser guided, precision robotics harvest permanent hair from the back of the head to be transplanted into balding or thinning areas where they will grow permanently and with a completely natural appearance, as before. The ARTAS System is set to arrive at the Hair Transplant Institute this October, and we invite readers to learn more about ARTAS here.

5. How do I know which procedure to choose?

There’s no substitute to a professional hair loss evaluation and diagnosis. Only by identifying the root cause of hair loss can an effective treatment option be selected. To learn more, visit our Web page on Hair Loss Evaluations at our Institute.

6. Where may I look at before / after photos of these procedures?

Readers are invited to review the following image galleries of patients before and after hair transplant procedures like micrograft / strip donor, FUE, and FIT procedures.

South Florida’s Top Hair Surgeons

Our team is comprised of South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, nurses, microscopists, and technicians, each of whom understand the challenges hair loss presents to personal, social, and professional life. To learn more about hair loss and restoration, schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami online or call our front desk directly at 305-925-0222.

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Foods for Healthy Hair

Foods For Healthy HairThe nutrients in the foods we eat have a profound impact on the way we look and feel. When it comes to our scalp, there are a variety of nutrients that help to create and maintain healthy hair. These include macro nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are easy to find in the items at the local grocery store, farmer’s market, or vitamin shop. These foods for healthy hair set the stage for natural hair growth by promoting circulation, nutrient delivery, and follicular stimulation. In this article, we focus on the nutrients that fuel healthy hair growth, texture, and thickness. For specific foods, we invite you to reference our Healthy Hair Diet guide. There, you will find the top 5 all-natural foods for healthier hair.

Macro Nutrients for Healthy Hair

Protein.  Hair is mostly composed of natural proteins, so it’s of little surprise that the first macro nutrient for healthy hair is lean protein. Eating a diet rich in protein may help to keep your hair looking and feeling its absolute best. Moreover, some sources of protein offer additional nutrients for healthy hair. For example, salmon is a lean protein and contains Omega-3 fatty acids, B-12 vitamins, and iron that help to fortify hair and regulate its growth.

Gluten Free Carbohydrates.  Gluten is a protein found in most grains, oats, and barleys. An estimated 1 in 133 Americans has some sort of allergy to gluten that may adversely affect their ability to digest other nutrients. For example, Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that causes the cilia of the small intestine to become agitated and swollen when gluten is digested. This drastically inhibits the ability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream.

Going “gluten free” is easy, and some of the most delicious carbohydrates will still be on the menu. Corn, cornmeal, lentils, rice, and potatoes are just a few examples of the best gluten-free carbohydrates that will keep you full without the risk of agitating your digestive system.

Vitamins that Make Hair Grow

Vitamin E.  Vitamin E is among the best nutrients for healthy hair. In some studies, this vitamin has been show to promote healthy blood circulation. Improved blood flow means enhanced nutrient delivery, especially to the scalp. In this way, vitamin E can help hair grow by promoting oxygen and nutrient delivery directly to the hair follicle.

Vitamin C.  Like vitamin E, vitamin C promotes health circulation and is one of the best nutrients for healthy hair. Moreover, vitamin C is a powerful all-natural antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage. The sun is one of the most powerful sources of free radicals, making our hair particularly prone to free radical damage. Maintaining a diet rich in vitamin C will help ward off free radicals from the sun as well as other environmental stressors, helping to maintain healthy hair long into the future.

Biotin.  Biotin is an essential vitamin for healthy hair, but not necessarily because it spurs growth. Instead, biotin helps to keep hair from becoming thin and frail. By improving the overall health of the hair, biotin helps to maintain a regular growth cycle with less risk of thinning, shedding, or loss.

Minerals for Hair

Zinc.  Zinc promotes healthy hair by helping the body to balance hormone production and other cellular activities. Zinc also helps the body absorb vitamins, making this nutrient a must for healthy hair. Researchers also believe that zinc may help to curb the production of DHT, a synthesized version of testosterone that damages hair follicles and leads to shedding, thinning, and loss of hair.

Magnesium.  Magnesium promotes healthy hair by helping to regulate a number of chemical processes in the body, including heart rate and muscle function. This mineral is critical for healthy hair growth, yet most individuals exhibit magnesium deficiency. To maintain a diet rich in magnesium, look for foods like fish (halibut), cashews, soybeans, almonds, and green vegetables like spinach.

Iron.  Low iron levels may put an individual at risk for hair loss, but getting more iron is easy. Among the best sources of iron are whole eggs, liver, dried fruits, salmon, and legumes. Iron supplements are available as well, however one should always opt for natural food sources as they contain nutrients that are more easily ingested and utilized by the body.

Learn More About Hair Loss and Treatment Options

Making changes to diet and exercise regimen may not be enough to restore hair to its natural, youthful state. A number of other factors may impact the rate at which hair becomes thinner, begins to shed, or falls out entirely. Genetics, hormones, and prescription medications may each be causal factors. Readers are invited to visit the following free informational resources to learn more:

Hair Loss

Hair loss affects millions of men and women in the United States alone. Losing one’s hair does more than impact physical appearance. It may have a profound affect on professional, social, and personal relationships. Visit this section of our website to learn more about the cause, progression, and treatment of hair loss.

Hair Restoration

Never before have hair restoration technologies and procedures been more advanced and effective. From low level laser treatment (LLLT) to advanced follicular unit transplantation (FUT), a variety of options exist for effectively restoring the natural appearance of hair. Visit this section of Miamihair.com to learn more.

Hair Loss Evaluation

Are you a candidate for a hair loss procedure? Our clinic is home to the finest technicians, registered nurses, and hair transplant surgeons in Florida. Request an appointment online, or call our clinic directly at 1-877-443-9070.

The Healthy Hair Diet

The Healthy Hair DietSpoiler Alert:  Eating well is not enough to sustain all-natural hair growth.  In fact, hair growth is largely dependent upon a variety of different factors, many of which are outside of our control.  An individual’s genetic makeup, for example, plays a large role in the growth rate, thickness, and consistency of their hair.  Nevertheless, studies evidence a positive correlation between certain foods and healthy hair growth.  While one may not necessarily cause the other, it is important to consider how proper diet and nutrition improves the body’s ability to operate, recuperate, and grow in a general sense.  The following foods and food groups have been selected not only for the ways in which they may positively impact hair growth, but also for the ways they help us look and feel our absolute best.

All-natural Foods for Healthier Hair

1. Fish (salmon):  Regarded by many nutritionists as the “best” source of protein, salmon has a nutrient profile that is hard to beat.  Omage-3 fatty acids, B-12 vitamins, and iron make this fish a must for individuals looking to add depth to their daily nutrient intake.  Omega-3s are particularly important as they nourish the scalp and may create the appearance of fuller, more vibrant looking hair.

2. Beans, Chickpeas, & Lentils:  Kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, lentils, and soy nuts are all good examples of legumes that have a healthy nutrient profile that may significantly improve the appearance of your hair.  That profile includes a substantial amount of protein, iron, zinc, and biotin, each of which are fundamental building blocks for healthy cellular development.

3. Walnuts, Almonds, & Cashews:  Walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, and cashews are among the most simple and healthy food items available.  Moreover, these popular food items are often available in single serving packages, making them an ideal on-the-go snack option.

4. Chicken:  Chicken is a great source of lean protein, an essential component of a healthy diet that has also been linked with the development of stronger and more resilient hair.  Chicken may be prepared in unhealthy ways, however.  As a general rule, always discard the skin and fatty deposits of chicken that is prepared rotisserie-style.  Breaded and deep fried chicken is likewise to be avoided.  Instead, opt for grilled, baked, or broiled chicken that is prepared using extra virgin olive oil, spices, light salt, and pepper.  This will provide a substantial amount of lean protein without unhealthy amounts of sodium and fat.

5. Eggs:  Eggs are a great health food because they contain high amounts of casein protein, a special type of “slow release” protein that is most prevalent in dairy products.  Moreover, the yolk of a whole egg is rich in omega fatty acids much like salmon.  There is such a thing as “too much,” however.  As a rule of thumb, try making an omelet with 2 egg whites per every whole egg.  This combination delivers an optimal amount of lean protein (egg whites) and healthy fats (egg yolk).

Learn More About Hair Loss and Treatment Options

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami offers a wealth of free information regarding hair growth, hair loss, and available treatment options.  We welcome readers to visit the following web pages to learn more:

Hair Loss

Hair Loss:  Hair loss affects millions of men and women, and it may have profound implications that extend far beyond the physical appearance of one’s scalp.  Visit this section of our website to learn more about male pattern baldness, the progression of baldness, and the unique considerations involving women and hair loss.

Hair Restoration

Hair Restoration:  Hair restoration techniques have evolved to become more effective and affordable than ever before.  In ever increasing numbers, men and women are turning to hair transplant surgeons to provide state-of-the-art procedures based on advanced evaluations and diagnoses.  From hair loss drugs to cutting-edge laser light treatments, this section of our website is an essential resource for individuals who are actively considering a procedure and are interested in learning more about the available treatment options.

Hair Loss Evaluation

Hair Loss Evaluation:  Are you a candidate for a hair loss procedure? Our practice proudly represents the finest surgeons, technicians, and registered nurses in South Florida.  Learn more about hair loss evaluations at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami by visiting this section of our website, or call our clinic directly at 1-877-443-9070.

 

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