Articles Tagged with: LLLT

FDA: Patients Must Be Aware of Finasteride’s Sexual Side Effects

For men who suffer with hair loss, Finasteride typically makes the short list of treatment options that is both widely studied and highly recommended. Finasteride is most commonly known by the brand name Propecia®, and it is a hair loss pill that is taken orally to combat the phenomenon known as androgenic alopecia, or pattern baldness.

If you are considering Finasteride as a hair loss treatment, it is important to realize two things. First, like most prescription medications, Finasteride may cause side effects. In recent years, the most widely publicized side effect has been erectile dysfunction, though more data is needed to clarify both the duration and prevalence.

Second, men who do not want to take a prescription medication to treat hair loss have 3 viable alternatives that are proven to be effective. Those include minoxidil (Rogaine®), hair transplant surgery, and low level laser therapy. Only a hair loss professional can help you determine the best course of treatment, all 3 of which are explored in greater detail below.

Understanding the Side Effects of Finasteride

Men might be surprised to learn that Finasteride was not always a hair loss medication. In 1992, the FDA first approved the drug to treat enlarged prostate. Later, it became understood that Finasteride blocks an enzyme that helps convert testosterone to DHT, an androgen that has historically been correlated with pattern baldness. By inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to DHT, Finasteride gives hair follicles a fighting chance at maintaining a healthy, natural hair growth cycle. In turn, thinning and shedding subsides, and some men even notice hair begin to grow anew.

However, DHT is also an important androgen for male sex organs. Researchers theorize that Finasteride’s impact on DHT is ultimately what may cause sexual side effects— though a causal link has not yet been determined.

FDA: Prescribers and Patients Need to Be Aware

Since 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required Merck, the manufacturer of Propecia®, to label the medication with language that warns of possible sexual side effects. Those include erectile dysfunction, decrease in sperm motility, and other disorders that impair sexual activity. Despite warning labels, the FDA encourages physicians who prescribe the medication to also make clear to patients all the possible risks associated with the hair loss pill.

A causal link has not yet been determined, however, leading many patients wondering whether Finasteride is a safe medication to use. Of the 34 clinical trials that have been conducted, none have provided “adequate” information on the severity and frequency of sexual side effects, according to Dr. Steven Belknap, researcher assistant professor at Northwestern University (i). However, lack of information does not necessarily imply an attempt to hide poor results. Instead, Dr. Belknap believes it’s more likely a function of inadequate information. In the end, more studies will only improve knowledge and awareness of side effects.

Alternatives to Finasteride

If the thought of sexual side effects makes you uneasy, there are 3 additional ways to pursue a natural head of hair. Some are surgical while others are minimally invasive. Browse the options below, and visit our main website for additional information on each procedure.

Minoxidil – Non-surgical Procedure

Minoxidil, better known by the brand name Rogaine®, is a topical foam that is applied to the scalp twice daily. Millions of men and women choose this option for its ease of use and proven ability to stop hair loss.

Hair Transplant – Surgical Procedure

Hair transplant involves carefully extracting donor hair from one area of the scalp and moving it to the thinning or balding area. Primary methods of hair transplant include strip donor transplant, follicular unit extraction, and new robotic FUE procedures. For more information, visit our page on hair transplant surgery procedures.

Low Level Laser Therapy – Non-invasive Procedure

Phototherapy has been shown to help jump-start hair follicles that have gone dormant— a common phenomenon that causes thinning, shedding, and balding. Low level lasers are designed to induce phototherapy within the scalp, rejuvenating hair follicles to produce thicker and fuller hair. Visit the following page to learn more about low level laser therapy for hair loss.

Learn More About Hair Restoration in Miami

To learn more about surgical and non-surgical hair restoration options, contact our Institute online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

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(i) http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2015/04/erectile-dysfunction-and-low-sex-drive-inadequately-reported-in-hair-loss-drug-trials-for-men.html

Photobiomodulation and Hair Loss Treatment

What is photobiomodulation, and can it be effective in treating male and female hair loss? It’s a valid question, especially with so much online buzz surrounding the subject of laser hair restoration. The idea that laser therapy could somehow reverse the signs of balding seems too futuristic and flimsy to be reality. Studies indicate otherwise, however.

Below, we explore the technology, theory, and results achieved by low level laser therapy devices designed to treat hair loss.

LLHT for Hair Loss

Low level hair therapy (LLHT) is a hair loss treatment option that implements the use of safe, cool-to-the-touch lasers to reawaken dormant hair follicles. In medicine, this type of laser therapy is more broadly defined as phototherapy. Phototherapy has a wide range of medical applications, including the treatment of arthritis, lower back pain, and wound healing, among others.

More About Photobiomodulation

Given the correct application, LLHT devices are known to have an effect on the body that causes cells to act. Medical researchers believe this action is the result of a simple process: Laser light energizes the cells, and the cells respond by utilizing the energy. This process is thought to cause biological changes to both the cells and the surrounding tissue. The term photobiomodulation is used to explain those chemical and physical changes.

Treating Hair Loss

The study of photobiomodulation and hair loss is new; indeed, much needs to be explored before researchers can know exactly why low level laser therapy (LLLT) is effective in treating male and female hair loss. There are a couple hypotheses that might help to explain this phenomenon, however:

1. LLLT devices stimulate chemical reactions within the cells of the hair follicle, causing essential cells to reproduce and become re-engaged in the hair growth cycle.

2. Laser therapy devices extend the life of individual cells within the hair follicles, reprogramming them to support healthy hair growth.

Learn More About LLHT

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is pleased to offer safe, convenient options for low level hair therapy (LLHT). Readers are invited to learn more about the Capillus272® personal-use hair laser online, or call our clinic to schedule a hair loss evaluation with a professional at 305-925-0222.

New Low Level Hair Therapy Device Submitted for FDA Approval

Dr. Shelly Friedman made a special announcement last week in an open letter to friends, hair loss sufferers, and colleagues: The Capillus®272 low level laser therapy device has officially been submitted for FDA approval. One of the newest devices designed for at-home personal use, the Capillus® 272 aims to provide men and women with a safe, convenient, and non-invasive method of treating hair loss. Dr. Friedman is Medical Director at Capillus®, a Miami-based company that offers minimally invasive hair loss treatment options to patients through a vast network of internationally known licensed physicians.

“Capillus® has consulted with the foremost individuals in the fields of optical engineering, lasers, medical device manufacturing, and regulatory affairs throughout the world,” explains Dr. Friedman (i). “Our medical trials have now concluded, and we are in the process of preparing the report for submission very shortly to the FDA.”

Dr. Friedman goes on to explain that trials delivered good news to physicians, men, and women who wish to recommend/use the Capillus®. After a double blind clinical study, preliminary data suggests that the Capillus® delivers results. Moreover, the optical lasers used in the device have an output level that complies with IEC 60825-1. For additional technical specifications, please download the PDF listed at (i) in the Sources section at the bottom of this article.

Learn More About Capillus® in Miami

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is pleased to offer Capillus(r) systems for personalized, non-invasive hair loss treatment at home. Designed for use by men and women, the Capillus® discreetly fits beneath your favorite hat to provide comprehensive low level laser exposure for a prescribed period of time (as recommended by your physician).

For more information, visit our low level hair restoration device page or contact our Institute at 305-925-0222.

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(i) Capillus® Medical Director Addresses Upcoming FDA Filing

Laser Hair Restoration

Laser hair restoration has the potential to alleviate the worry and anxiety that comes with thinning or balding hair. Around the world, millions of men and women report issues with their hair. For some, hair loss takes the form of general and spread out thinning. For others, conditions like androgenetic alopecia create pattern baldness that spreads throughout the scalp over time.

Hair restoration with a laser device is becoming an increasingly popular option for many who want a safe and effective means of restoring their natural head of hair. Laser hair restoration has recently won the praise of physicians, researchers, and patients worldwide as clinical evidence just recently proved the treatment protocol to be effective (more details below). And with both in-office and at-home laser hair restorations to choose from, patients of all ages are sure to find an option with which they are comfortable.

Proven Effective: Laser Hair Restoration via LLLT

Until recently, laser hair restoration technologies were met with skepticism from patients. For men and women who had suffered with hair loss for much of their adult lives, it seemed unrealistic that new hair could be grown simply by shining a cool and gentle laser on the scalp.

This year, skeptics were silenced when a new study showed that more than 300 men and women experienced new hair growth after just 26 weeks of using a popular at-home “laser comb” device. About 146 men and 188 women were examined throughout the study, and researchers found there to be an average of 20 new hairs grown per square centimeter of scalp. Read the study abstract here.

How Does Laser Hair Restoration Work?

The primary mechanism of hair growth during laser hair restoration is thought to be phototherapy. This is the common denominator across all low level laser therapy (LLLT) treatment devices; they all contain lasers designed to stimulate phototherapy at the roots of hair follicles. In turn, researchers believe LLLT devices improve hair follicle function and vitality, eventually “awakening” dormant hair follicles. Once awake, hair follicles can begin to sustain a natural and healthy growth cycle.

Whether receiving treatment at a hair loss clinic or using an at-home device, laser hair restoration occurs as follows:

1. After consulting with a hair transplant surgeon or hair loss specialist, you and your physician decide that laser hair restoration is the best choice to treat your specific condition.

2. Following consultation, you and your physician review different in-office and at-home laser treatment options. The difference between these two main options is outlined below.

3. At regular intervals determined by your hair transplant surgeon/hair loss specialist, you will use an in-office or at-home low level laser therapy (LLLT) device to gently bathe the scalp in cool, FDA-approved laser light.

4. Laser light is absorbed into the scalp, where it is thought to reach the hair follicles and stimulate phototherapy.

5. Treatment is continued under the guidance of your physician.

In-Office vs. At-Home Hair Restoration

There are benefits to choosing both in-office and at-home laser hair restoration. It is important to begin your pursuit of a fuller head of hair with a hair loss consultation to ensure the condition and most effective treatment options are accurately outlined by a licensed and trained professional. Following consultation, you may discuss in-office and at-home laser hair restoration treatment options with your doctor.

Benefits of in-office laser hair restoration:

In-office laser hair restoration is typically conducted using a large “dome” device that resembles the hair dryers you may have seen in hair salons. You sit under the device, and the dome delivers even LLLT exposure to the entire scalp. The biggest benefit of in-office treatment is the attention and care you receive from the hair loss clinic each time you visit. The biggest downside is travel time, and the need to make recurring appointments with your hair loss professional.

Benefits of at-home laser hair restoration:

At home, “laser comb” devices are known to be effective. The first clinical evidence for their effectiveness was released earlier this year, as discussed at the top of this article. The original study has also been cited at the end of this article.

The biggest benefit of at-home laser restoration is convenience. Hair restoration can be done at any time, even while comfortably relaxing in bed. When it comes to recurring treatment, however, patients must follow the guidelines provided by their hair loss professional (in terms of duration, frequency, and other special hair care instructions).

New Laser Cap Offers Best of Both Worlds

New “laser cap” devices offer the best of both worlds, giving men and women the freedom and flexibility to experience hair restoration at home using a device that covers the entire scalp. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we offer the Capillus 272, a device that fits discretely under patients’ favorite hat or baseball cap. With the Capillus, hair restoration can be done at home or on-the-go. We’ve even had patients who use it while golfing.

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Laser Hair Restoration in Miami

To learn more about laser hair restoration at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, schedule a hair loss consultation online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

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John L. Satino and Michael Markou. International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology. August 2003, 5(2): 113-117. doi:10.1089/153082003769591209.

Do Hair Transplants Work?

do-hair-transplants-workDo hair transplants really work? Increasingly, men and women are seeking treatment for thinning or balding hair. Hair restoration, both surgical and non-surgical, is becoming more widely recognized as a safe and effective way to develop a full, natural, and beautiful head of hair.

But do they work? Are patients satisfied? And if so, which hair transplant procedures are best?

How Do Hair Transplants Work?

How it works. Before anything, the patient must realize they are losing hair. For men, hair loss usually follows a pattern. Using the Norwood Classification, men can learn more about their stage of pattern baldness while also seeing how things might progress.

For women, detecting hair loss is a bit more complicated. Hair loss occurs in a more diffuse manner, making it difficult to see. Moreover, women are predisposed to experiencing temporary hair loss due to stress, hormonal fluctuations, and even pregnancy.

Learn More: Visit our free Infographic on female hair loss prevention.

Hair Transplant Evaluation. Once the patient recognizes hair loss, he or she must consult a licensed doctor for a professional diagnosis and treatment recommendation. Since hair loss is first and foremost a condition of the skin, it is wise for patients to consult a dermatologist. Dermatology is the only medical specialty with specific field of study in hair transplant surgery. This makes hair transplant surgeons the only professionals who specialize in skin/ hair conditions as well as corrective surgical procedures.

Choosing Transplant. If surgical hair transplant is recommended, your surgeon will plan the procedure and explain how everything works, including detailed instructions for pre-procedure and post-procedure follow up and care.

There are a few different types of hair transplant procedures that work. First is traditional strip donor procedure. Next is follicular unit extraction, or FUE. The newest procedure available is robotic FUE, during which the surgeon uses advanced robotics equipment to identify and extract ideal donor hair for transplant.

To learn more, visit this patient guide titled The Hair Transplant Procedure: What to Expect.

Is Hair Transplant Effective?

In many cases, hair transplant surgery works. It is a highly effective means of producing a full head of natural hair in both men and women—assuming, of course, your physician feels you are a candidate for transplant. For individuals who are not candidates for hair transplant, additional hair restoration options that work include:

  • Minoxidil topical foam
  • Finasteride prescription hair loss medication
  • Low level laser therapy (LLLT) for hair

Additionally, men and women who suffer with thinning or shedding often see results by making simple lifestyle changes. Proactively adjusting to a healthy hair diet to include more vitamins, minerals, and other important macronutrients is a vital first step. In addition to dietary changes, daily stress management can help to keep the hair, skin, and total body at peak physical health.

Schedule Your Hair Transplant Evaluation

If you suffer with thinning, shedding, or balding, rest assured you are not alone. Hair loss affects nearly 2/3rds of all adult men and more than 20 million adult women. For many, hair loss profoundly impairs personal, social, and professional life. But it does not have to be that way.

To see if you are a candidate for hair transplant or other non-surgical hair loss treatment, contact our Institute at 305-925-0222.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Proves Successful in Reversing Hair Loss

Low-Level-Laser-Therapy-(LLLT)-Proves-Successful-in-Reversing-Hair-LossLow Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has long been thought to trigger new hair growth by stimulating hair follicles by way of phototherapy. In essence, hair transplant professionals and researchers have reasoned that LLLT devices could induce change through specific wavelengths of light that cause change on the cellular level.

Through these adaptive changes, researchers believed dormant hair follicles could experience an awakening. According to their speculation, LLLT technology had the potential to induce the specific chemical reactions that stimulate natural hair growth. Until recently, the hypotheses that tried to make sense of the results that hair loss patients experienced from LLLT treatments were not backed by actual study. Until now.

Recent studies now prove LLLT for hair loss to be effective in growing new hair where once was only balding scalp. The discovery is exciting news for millions of American men and women who suffer with thinning, shedding, or balding.

LLLT Devices Demonstrate Ability to Regrow Hair

The past few years have seen many exciting developments in hair loss treatment. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) has risen as a highly refined and effective surgery for producing an authentic head of hair, and 2013 saw the emergence of robotic FUE technologies designed to perform FUE with greater accuracy and precision than ever before. In the world of non-surgical hair restoration, a new study delivers equally exciting news for the millions of Americans who suffer with the social, personal, and professional side effects of hair loss.

In a study of 334 men and women, a popular LLLT comb device was found to stimulate all-natural hair growth after just 26 weeks of use. The test group consisted of 146 men and 188 women, but the results were not gender-specific. Both men and women experienced natural hair growth as a result of the LLLT treatment.

On average, participants saw just over 20 new hairs per squared centimeter of scalp following ongoing treatment from the FDA-approved LLLT device. Researchers believe the study shows LLLT effective in stimulating growth of new hair via phototherapy.

Candidates for LLLT Hair Loss Treatment

Who are primary candidates for LLLT hair loss treatment? In general, any man or women who wishes to treat thinning, shedding, or balding with a non-surgical hair restoration procedure is a candidate for LLLT*. Hair loss specialists may also recommend the use of LLLT in the following circumstances:

  1. LLLT is recommended for both men and women who are not viable candidates for a surgical transplant procedure.
  2. LLLT devices are useful for women who wish to treat thinning, shedding, or balding. Since pattern baldness appears in a more evenly distributed and diffused manner among female patients, popular at-home “laser hat” therapies are most popular because they discretely and conveniently cover the entire top and sides of the scalp.
  3. Under the supervision of a hair loss professional, LLLT devices can be used in conjunction with hair loss medications (Propecia, Rogaine, and others) as well as surgical hair transplant procedures. In these cases, LLLT exposure nurtures cellular proliferation via phototherapy to maximize natural results.

LLLT Hair Loss Treatment in Miami

To learn more about LLLT hair loss treatment at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, visit our page on the Capillus 272 mobile laser device for hair loss. Readers are also invited to call our Institute directly at 305-925-0222.

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*Always consult a physician prior to using LLLT devices to treat hair loss.

Miami Hair Surgeons Published in “The Clinics”

Miami-Hair-Surgeons-Published-in-The-ClinicsOur Institute saw many exciting developments in 2013, one of is the publication of medical papers by our lead surgeons, Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose. Both surgeons have been published in the August 2013 edition of The Clinics, a leading source for in-depth review and analysis of current technologies and treatments for surgeons, medical professionals, and prospective patients. It is an honor to be published, and we are excited to share the coverage on the Miami Hair Blog.

Among the many hair loss treatments reviewed by hair transplant surgeons Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose, most popular topics include:

  • Low level laser therapy (LLLT) for hair
  • Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) hair loss treatment
  • Robotic follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants

Read the full press release. We invite readers to learn more about these cutting-edge hair loss treatments by downloading the press release at the following URL: Miami Hair Surgeons Publish Clinics Review Articles

Have questions? Share your thoughts on the Comments section below!

To Cure Baldness, Turn-on Your Hair Follicles

A new study indicates that hair follicles might have turn-ons and turn-offs, just like the men and women. Unlike men and women, the recently discovered on/off switches have nothing to do with preference for the personality, physical features, or proximity of a potential mate. Instead, these turn-ons involve stem cells and a special pathway that delivers a protein referred to as Wnt.

The study was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. There, a team of scientists has discovered that “turning on” a special pathway known to regulate adult stem cells can trigger the release of Wnt proteins and cause even dormant (hairless) follicles to grow new strands of hair. On the other hand, scientists believe the pathway can also be “turned off” to prevent Wnt proteins from causing hair to grow.

Stem Cells, Wnt Protein, and Hair Growth

The discovery that hair follicles might be able to be “turned on” or “turned off” via manipulating a specific pathway has become a topic of much discussion this winter. Reporting to the journal Cell Stem Cell, Sarah Millar explains:

While more research is needed to improve our understanding of this pathway, our results suggest that therapeutics capable of decreasing levels of [Wnt action] in the skin could potentially be used to block growth of unwanted hair[…] Conversely, agents that activate Wnt signaling might be used to promote hair growth.

Nourishing the Hair Follicle

Hair follicle health is essential for the growth of full and beautiful hair. Follicles support the growth of each strand, serving as a foundation through which oxygen, protein, and other vital nutrients are delivered. When follicle health suffers, hair can become brittle, fine, and can stop growing altogether.

For these reasons, scientists have become fixated on the study and improvement of hair follicle health. The discoveries made by the research team at the University of Pennsylvania noted above are just one example. Around the globe, other research institutions and scientists are studying additional ways to improve the health of hair follicles. Ultimately, the goal is to find a way to wake dormant follicles and nourish them until they can support a normal hair growth cycle. In doing so, scientists believe a cure for baldness will be achieved.

Low Level Laser Therapy

One way scientists believe hair follicles can be nourished is through Low Level Laser Therapy, or LLLT. This special treatment exposes areas of bald scalp to FDA-approved lasers that are designed to stimulate blood flow to dormant hair follicles. The lasers are cool to the touch and safe to use in conjunction with other hair loss treatments, like hair transplant surgery, Rogaine®, or Propecia®.

Low Level Laser Therapy at Our Institute

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is pleased to offer the Capillus 272, a new and completely portable form of LLLT treatment that fits underneath your favorite baseball cap or hat. Patients who use the Capillus 272 enjoy a comfortable, convenient, and personalized treatment at home, in the office, on a morning run, or even on the golf course.

To learn more about this new and exciting treatment for hair loss, watch the video below.

The Capillus 272 is designed for men and women who want to reenergize their hair with safe, FDA-approved laser therapy. The Capillus may deliver exceptional results when used in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, Rogaine®, Propecia®, or stand-alone.

Hair Loss Evaluation. To learn more about hair loss evaluations at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, call our office directly at 305-925-0222.  

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes Welker

Hair Transplant Gets Celebrity Endorsement from Wes WelkerFormer New England Patriot Wes Welker has gone public about his recent hair transplant procedure, giving NFL fans and hair loss sufferers something to talk about this season.

Endorsements from professional athletes are nothing new for hair transplant surgeons and clinics. In Europe, Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has openly shared his professional struggle with hair loss, often making headlines for being the recipient of such a stellar new head of hair. According to reporters at Daily Mail UK, Rooney shaved his head over the summer, a move that showed onlookers that even with a military-style cut, the footballer’s hairline looks natural and shows no visible signs of post-operative scarring.

Celebs Endorse Transplant, Dispelling Myths About Hair Loss Treatment

For men and women, celebrity endorsements help to dispel the long-standing myths surrounding new hair transplant procedures. Unlike the “hair plugs” of the 1980s, today’s methods and technologies are highly refined and known to produce exceptional results. In fact, more than 80% of Americans cannot tell when a man or woman has received a transplant, according to a new study by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).

The days of unsightly hair plugs are long gone, and spreading awareness for today’s refined and natural-looking procedures has never been more important. It’s estimated that an alarming number of men—roughly 2/3rds—suffer with a hair loss condition, most commonly pattern baldness. Another 20 million or more women show signs of thinning or balding, often as the result of hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, or menopause. For this growing population, hair loss can have a profoundly negative affect on personal, professional, and social life.

What Transplant Procedures Are Celebrities Trying?

Today, celebrities opt for one of two approaches to hair loss treatment. The first is non-surgical, which involves the use of low level laser therapy (LLLT) and hair loss drugs like Propecia® and Rogaine®. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and the all-new ARTAS® System for hair transplant are two additional surgical procedures known to produce authentic and permanent results.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): A non-surgical treatment option, LLLT devices use FDA-approved low level lasers to stimulate blood flow through the scalp and around the follicles. Increased blood flow is thought to induce phototherapy, increasing nutrient and oxygen delivery to spur natural hair growth.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): FUE is one of the newest and most refined methods of hair transplant surgery. During the procedure, individual donor hairs are harvested using a small punch instrument, leaving virtual no sign of post-operative scarring. Follicles are then transplanted to the recipient area by hand, giving the surgeon the ability to carefully recreate the patient’s natural hairline, density, and overall authentic appearance.

ARTAS® System: The first FDA-approved hair transplant robot, the all-new ARTAS® System uses advanced digital imaging and robotics technologies to assist surgeons in rapidly identifying the very best donor hair for FUE transplant. With ARTAS technology, transplant procedures are faster, more comfortable, and produce more authentic results.

Hair Transplant Institute of Miami

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our team represents South Florida’s finest surgeons, technologies, and staff. We are 1 of fewer than 20 hair loss clinics nationwide to offer the revolutionary new ARTAS® System, and we are proud to offer the most comprehensive hair loss evaluation and treatment methodology available. At our clinic, each of our team members holds your pursuit of a fuller, more natural head of hair in the highest regard.

To learn more about hair loss treatment, schedule an appointment with our Institute online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Hair Loss During Menopause: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

hair loss and menopauseHair loss is a lesser-known side effect of menopause. Most commonly, women and physicians associate menopause with other side effects like hot flashes, emotional swings, and significant menstrual cycle changes. Unfortunately, hair loss during menopause is a common occurrence that presents a very real threat to mental and emotional health.

Androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness, occurs differently in women than it does in men. Simply compare the Ludwig Classification (for female hair loss) with the Norwood Classification (for males), and the difference is quite clear. For men, pattern baldness typically begins with a receding hairline and progresses toward loss of hair at the crown of the head. For women, however, hair loss can be much more difficult to detect.

When a woman begins to lose hair, it usually happens in a more spread-out and diffuse manner along the top portion of the head. For this reason, many women do not recognize the [signs of female hair] loss until long after it has already begun.

With this in mind, here are 4 things to know and understand about hair loss during menopause.

Menopausal Hair Loss: 4 Things to Know

Hair Loss During Menopause is Hormonal

Hormonal fluctuations are known to cause hair loss in both men and women. For men, increased DHT production is usually the culprit responsible for the development of pattern baldness after age 40. Pregnant women sometimes experience the opposite, as pregnancy causes a surge in healthy hormones that can cause hair to become thick, rich, and vibrant.

During menopause, the body’s production of estrogen and other female hormones begins to decline. This causes a relative rise in androgens, or male hormones, which ultimate puts women at risk for developing hormonally induced hair loss.

Stress During Menopause Might Also Cause Thin Hair

Of course, hormones are not the only factor to consider. Certain elements of lifestyle might also contribute to hair loss during menopause. Most common is stress, which can lead to a specific type of hair loss referred to as telogen effluvium.

Telogen effluvium appears to occur when stress “shocks” the hair follicles into a dormant state in which hair no longer grows, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Taking proactive steps to reduce daily stress can help. Yoga, meditation, journaling, and quiet time alone are all activities that numerous studies associate with low levels of stress.

Psychological Effects of Hair Loss

Hair loss can cause serious mental and emotional health issues for both men and women. It’s vital to understand that such side effects are normal; the hair, face, and teeth are among the first characteristics one individual will notice about another. Together, they help to establish a first impression and, in some cases, a certain level of attraction. Not surprisingly, men and women can feel anxious, embarrassed, and depressed when the health and aesthetics of the face and hair are compromised.

There are two very important things to remember, however. First, stress has a way of exacerbating hair loss (see above). For this reason, women who notice symptoms of thinning, shedding, or balding during menopause are smart to remain calm and consult a physician. Second, women must remember that hair loss during menopause is treatable.

Menopausal Hair Loss is Treatable

There are a variety of treatment protocols available for women who notice thinning, shedding, or balding during menopause. When it comes to non-surgical hair restoration methods, Minoxidil (available by brand name Rogaine®) has been shown successful in halting hair loss for women. Minoxidil is a topical foam that must be applied to the scalp daily, however, which becomes tedious for some women.

Low level laser therapy for hair is a second non-surgical restoration method that has demonstrated an ability to reduce hair loss and, in some cases, stimulate new hair growth. LLLT exposes the scalp to safe, FDA-approved lasers that are designed to stimulate blood flow and nutrient delivery to the hair follicles. Women are particularly found of these “laser therapies for hair loss” because they are quick, convenient, safe, and effective.

Finally, women may elect to have a surgical hair restoration procedure to permanently reverse signs of hair loss. Surgical hair restoration is most commonly performed as a hair transplant, a procedure during which the patient’s own hair follicles are extracted from areas of healthy scalp and relocated to areas of thinning or balding. Surgeons transplant each follicular cluster (sometimes as small as 1-3 units) by hand, effectively camouflaging bald scalp with real hair that looks, feels, and grows naturally.

Early Detection, Successful Treatment

Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment provide the best chance of restoring hair to its naturally full, resilient, and beautiful state. To move forward with a hair loss evaluation, schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Our team represents South Florida’s finest surgeons, registered nurses, and technicians, each of whom hold your pursuit of a fuller head of hair in the highest regard.

Readers may also call our Institute at 305.925.0222 to speak directly with a member of our team.