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The Best Treatment for a Receding Hairline

The Best Treatment for a Receding HairlineThe best treatment for a receding hairline may differ according to individual patient needs. The good news: Patients have a variety of options available to treat not just receding hairlines, but also widespread hair loss as well. Patients are urged to always consult a physician prior to starting a hair loss treatment protocol. Only under the guidance of a licensed hair loss professional can patients receive the most personalized and comprehensive plan for stopping the progression of hair loss, and restoring areas of thinning or receding hair.

Preventing Ongoing Hair Loss

Most patients are surprised to learn that active hair loss prevention is important during the treatment a receding hairline. Hair loss is progressive, so it’s important to curb the rate at which you are losing hair while also seeking restoration treatment (see section below, Restoring Receding Hairlines). Today, there are 3 primary methods of hair loss prevention that are backed by clinical studies. They include:

  • Topical hair foam (e.g. Minoxidil®)
  • Hair loss medications (e.g. Propecia®)
  • Laser hair restoration (e.g. using a laser cap like Capillus272™ Pro)

An important note for female patients: Hair loss medications like Propecia® are for males only. Topical hair foams are an effective alternative for most women. If the application of a topical foam seems messy and tedious, we recommend at-home laser therapy with the Capillus272™ Pro.

When Prevention is Not Enough. Some patients see the results they desire after just a few months of using a hair loss prevention product like those described above. In other cases, these methods of hair loss prevention do not recreate the look of a fuller hairline. Rather, they simply abate the progression of hair loss. When topical foams, pills, and laser caps are not enough, patients may look to surgical hair restoration with a professional surgeon.

Restoring Receding Hairlines

At Hair Transplant Institute Miami, we are pleased to offer 2 highly refined approaches to surgical hairline restoration. The first is traditional “Strip” procedure, and the second is the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique. Both techniques are extremely effective when performed by Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, two ISHRS Golden Follicle Award winning surgeons who lead the surgical team at Hair Transplant Institute Miami. Visitors are invited to read more about hair transplant techniques here.

Related: 5 Characteristics of a Natural Hairline.

Schedule an Appointment for Hairline Evaluation Today

Choose a surgeon you can trust. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years combined experience. Both Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are actively engaged in hair loss research and lecture widely. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact Hair Transplant Institute Miami online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

5 Hair Thickening Nutrients Every Man Should Consider

5 Hair Thickening Nutrients Every Man Should ConsiderMany men are surprised to learn that pattern baldness is a lifelong, progressive disease. Early diagnosis is the fastest way toward a fuller and more effective treatment. Before hair loss is noticeable, consider improving your diet with the following experimental herbs and roots for thicker hair.

An important note: The effectiveness of these herbs and roots is supported by mostly anecdotal evidence (derived from experience, rather than clinical trials). For a clinically proven solution to hair loss prevention and treatment, please skip to the Clinically Proven Ways to Improve Hair Thickness section below.

Experimental Herbs & Roots for Thicker Hair

  1. Ho Shou Wu

Ho Shou Wu is a Chinese root derived from the knotweed vine. Typically, it is sold in either a dried or powdered form. Hou shou wu is known among Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners for encouraging thicker hair growth, though this claim is largely anecdotal.

  1. Rose Water

This aromatic liquid is derived from a unique rose petal distillation process. It is high in antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties, making it a double threat when it comes to preventing hair from thinning and shedding. 

  1. Pearl Powder

As the name suggests, this powder is derived from crushing authentic pearls. Pearl powder is rich in amino acids and other enzymes that are known to help cells grow. Most anecdotal evidence suggests pearl powder may improve skin health, though some say this benefit also improves hair thickness.

  1. Turmeric

This root is yellow in color, and you can find it either freshly sliced or powdered. TCM practitioners use turmeric as an anti-inflammatory, which might have benefits from a hair health perspective. By reducing inflammation, turmeric might help to improve blood flow across the scalp, in turn helping hair follicles to receive an adequate amount of blood, oxygen, and growth factors regularly.

  1. Burdock Root

Burdock Root is a thick brown root of the Burdock plant, available in dried or powdered form. Among natural healers, burdock root is best known for helping to reduce itchiness, dryness, and oily skin. This might be a byproduct of the root’s naturally high levels of antioxidants and antibacterial properties, which may also help to prevent hair follicle miniaturization.

Clinically Proven Ways to Improve Hair Thickness

Rogaine® (Minoxidil)

Rogaine® is perhaps the most widely recognized nonsurgical hair loss treatment, available over-the-counter (without prescription) at most drug stores. The foam is applied twice daily, directly to the scalp. To learn more, visit this page on hair loss drugs.

Propecia® (Finasteride)

Propecia® is another well known nonsurgical hair loss treatment, though it is available for use by men only. This prescription medication is taken daily to prevent the progression of hair loss. To learn more, visit this page on hair loss drugs.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT

Low level laser therapy is the newest nonsurgical method of hair restoration, using cool laser technology to stimulate the scalp, improve blood flow, and encourage naturally thicker hair. We are pleased to offer the Capillus272™ Pro to our patients, a leading laser therapy cap that is cleared by the FDA and known to improve hair counts by 51% (during clinical trials).

Learn More About Hair Loss Prevention

Do not wait until hair loss becomes a source of anxiety and shame. Learn more about hair loss prevention and treatment at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Our clinic represents South Florida’s most experienced team of surgeons, microscopists, and staff.

For more information, contact us online or by phone at 305-925-0222.

UAE Men Willing to Trade Life for More Hair

Hair loss is a worldwide issue, affecting both men and women. In the United Arab Emirates, 67 percent of residents suffer from some sort of hair loss, whether genetic, age, or stress-induced. A recent study found that 55 percent of men suffering from hair loss in UAE would prefer to shorten their lifespan to regain their lost locks, primarily because it has affected their social lives and overall emotional wellbeing.

Further Findings:

  • Out of 590 male respondents, 13 percent claimed they are willing to shorten their lives by three years or more in exchange for more hair, right now.
  • 42 percent of all male respondents would trade one year or less to reverse their hair loss.
  • 5 out of 10 UAE men claimed their hair loss has caused psychological issues.
  • Around 35 percent of UAE men suffer from depression and anxiety because of their hair loss.

If You Suffer with Hair Loss, You Are Not Alone

Fortunately, there is a solution for male-pattern baldness that doesn’t involve an earlier death. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, patients enjoy the most advanced hair loss diagnosis and treatment recommendations from South Florida’s top hair restoration surgeons. Our state of the art facility offers patients the most advanced and proven methods of surgical and nonsurgical hair restoration, including low level laser therapy with Capillus272 and robotic hair transplant with the revolutionary new ARTAS System

 To schedule a consultation, call 305-925-0222

Why We Choose Capillus Over Theradome for Hair Loss Treatment

Why We Choose Capillus Over Theradome for Hair Loss TreatmentLow-level laser therapy, also known as LLLT, is a popular, non-invasive hair restoration treatment for both men and women alike. With a variety of LLLT products on the market, it might be difficult to choose the one right for you. At Miami Hair, we prioritize our patients’ comfort, lifestyle, and results more than anything, which is why we choose Capillus as our provider of LLLT caps.

Low-level laser therapy is used for multiple ailments, including arthritis, chronic neck pain, joint disorders, and osteoarthritis. Perhaps it’s most obvious effects are on the head, where LLLT can help regenerate inactive hair follicles to reverse the signs of thinning and balding.

To better understand LLLT and why Capillus is the clear choice in laser cap manufacturers, it’s pertinent to understand the specifications of Capillus versus other competitors, including Theradome.

Capillus272 Versus Other Devices

Capillus supplies Miami Hair with the most advanced form of at-home LLLT – a discreet, comfortable, and convenient laser cap. The Capillus272 has grown in popularity of the past few years because of it’s effectiveness and ease of use, and we at Miami Hair are proud to offer our patients this revolutionary device as a supplement to their hair restoration surgery or as a standalone treatment.

With so many other LLLT devices, it’s difficult to choose just one. But Capillus comes out as the clear winner when compared to other similar laser caps. Here are some reasons why:

  1. The Capillus272 has more lasers than any other cap on the market, including Theradome, making it the strongest device available today.
  2. Capillus’ innovative design also hits the head further down in the front than Theradome, allowing the lasers to target the upper forehead area for more natural, attractive hair growth.
  3. Losing hair can sometimes cause anxiety and shame, but Capillus patients can rest assured their treatment is discreet. Capillus inserts into virtually any baseball or sun hat, while Theradome and other “laser helmets” are bulkier and obvious looking devices. Unless you’re a fan of Star Wars, Theradome is not an accessory you want to sport outside of the home.
  4. Capillus has FDA-clearance for both Capillus272 and Capillus82, allowing hair loss sufferers to feel safe in the restoration process. Because these are at-home devices, FDA-clearance only furthers the comfort level at which patients feel with operating LLLT caps on a regular basis.
  5. Capillus has been shown to improve hair counts by 51% compared to placebo device. The low-level laser diodes in Capillus devices directly target hair follicles, making it a great option for all hair loss sufferers.

Capillus at Miami Hair

If you’re interested in undergoing low-level laser therapy treatment for your hair loss, we’re happy to examine your condition and determine if you’re a candidate for Capillus. Because it’s such a safe, practical device, most hair loss sufferers are candidates for the Capillus272, regardless of their hair loss cause or stage.

Important Disclaimer: Do not attempt to purchase Capillus272 or other laser therapy caps from online retailers. Licensed medical professionals are the only parties who have the tools required to safely distribute LLLT devices. Contact us to learn more information on low-level laser therapy for hair loss.

What is Autumn Hair Loss?

What is Autumn Hair Loss?As seasons change, particularly between Summer and Autumn, hair follicles might experience stress and naturally enter Telogen (resting) phase. The stress one might experience during the summer takes two to three months to show side effects, due to the stages of the hair growth cycle. Seasonal hair loss is a form of telogen effluvium, or stress-related hair loss that occurs after events that shock the follicles into an inactive state.

Is Autumn Hair Loss Temporary?

Fortunately for most, autumn hair loss is not permanent. In some cases, hair begins to regrow naturally after the stress subsides and hair can continue into a regular growth cycle. Just as the leaves fall off of a tree as the seasons change, your hair might shed slightly more when the weather turns.

A study from the journal of Dermatology in 2010 followed 800 healthy women over a period of six years. The study found that the women being observed had mostly “resting” hairs during July, causing it to shed in early Fall. (i)

After hair falls out, the follicles rest for a few months before transitioning back into the Anagen stage of active hair growth.

How to Fight Temporary Hair Loss

Though autumn hair loss passes with time, it should still be taken seriously because it might indicate an underlying medical issue or androgenic alopecia, a form of permanent baldness that affects millions across America.

To test the level of hair loss you’re experiencing and whether or not it’s a cause of concern, run your fingers through your hair and put any lost strands on a piece of white paper. If you see more than 10 hairs, but less than 15, you might be a victim of seasonal hair loss. However, more than 15 hairs might indicate a more serious condition like androgenic alopecia.

Read more about hair loss tests and evaluations.

If your hair isn’t growing normally after a few months, and you’re beginning to feel self conscious about your shedding locks, low-level laser therapy can help fight autumn hair loss because it reenergizes the hair follicles back to the growth phase more rapidly. Because it’s temporary, undergoing transplant surgery is not a form of therapy recommended for seasonal hair loss. But, if you’re fighting a more permanent condition, a combination of hair transplant surgery and LLLT therapy fights the condition aggressively and efficiently.

Hair Transplants and LLLT in Miami

If you’re unsure of whether your hair loss is temporary due to seasonal change or more serious, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami at (877) 443-9070. Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose are experts in the field of hair restoration and can help you better understand your individual hair loss and address potential underlying issues.

Sources

(i) http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/autumn-hair-loss-dont-worry-its-perfectly-natural

Does Balding Negatively Affect Work Life?

Does Balding Negatively Affect Work Life? Normally, a person sheds anywhere up to 100 strands of hair per day. Finding hair at the bottom of the shower or tangled in a brush is a common occurrence. Unfortunately for some, however, hair follicles can become damaged, stressed, or hormonally challenged, rendering them inactive for periods of time. When this occurs, hair ceases its normal growth cycle and existing strands begin to fall out in larger quantities than what is considered average.

Male pattern baldness, medically referred to as androgenic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss in men, accounting for 95 percent of men’s hair loss. According to the American Hair Loss Association, 85 percent of men who’ve reached the age of 50 have significantly thinning hair. A quarter of those suffering from male pattern baldness begin to exhibit symptoms before they reach the age of 21. (i)

Women’s hair loss, commonly telogen effluvium, isn’t nearly as consistent. Although many erroneously assume that hair loss is strictly associated with men, 40 percent of hair loss sufferers are actually women. (ii) It’s a silent condition many women avoid talking about or getting help for because women’s hair is a sign of beauty. Compromised attractiveness due to stress, aging, genetics, or hormonal imbalance is considered taboo for women, which is why so many lack the resources to combat this embarrassing condition.

Because hair loss is a noticeable condition, one might wonder: Can my hair loss affect my professional life?

Unfortunately, yes, but maybe not in the way you think it would. While your coworkers and managers are unlikely to judge to you based on your thinning hair, your own inner feelings about your hair loss may surface in the workplace.

Hair Loss, Self Esteem, and Career Development

Negative feelings surrounding hair loss can mostly be attributed to two things: Media and culture. Hair is something both men and women use to make themselves feel more attractive and put together. Hair loss is also seen as a sign of aging or sometimes, bad health. These adverse sentiments regarding balding cause social and psychological effects, including compromised self-image and self esteem.

Depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem can hurt job performance, whether through missed workdays or lack of confidence in ideas and accomplishments. The American Hair Loss Association states, “It is not uncommon for men to change their career paths because of their hair loss.” (i)

According to a random sampling amongst European men ages 18 to 45, 70 percent of men believe hair is an important feature of one’s image, and 62 percent agreed that hair loss has the potential to negatively impact self-esteem. (iii)

Regaining Confidence at Work with Hair Restoration

While less than 10 percent of men in the European study were actively pursuing hair loss treatment, 59 percent of those undergoing treatment who reported success said they experienced improvements of self-esteem and personal attractiveness. (iii)

If you feel that your hair loss is negatively affecting your personal and professional life, it’s time to act now. The expert surgeons at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami provide advanced hair restoration techniques to help you regain your motivation and drive at work by giving you the confidence you need to succeed. We also offer low-level laser therapy caps to be used in conjunction with hair restoration surgery, or on their own.

Call our Institute toll-free at (877) 443-9070 and make an appointment today.

Sources

(i) http://www.americanhairloss.org/men_hair_loss/introduction.asp

(ii) http://www.americanhairloss.org/women_hair_loss/introduction.asp

(iii) The psychosocial impact of hair loss among men: a multinational European study. Mariola Alfonso, Hertha Richter-Appelt, Antonella Tosti, Miguel Sanchez Viera, Marcos García Curr Med Res Opin. 2005 November; 21(11): 1829–1836. doi: 10.1185/030079905X61820

Researchers Succeed in Generating Hair from Embryonic Stem Cells

Researchers Succeed in Growing Hair From Embryonic Stem CellsAs advances continue to spur in the hair growth research industry, a new, potentially break through procedure could be in the near future. Embryonic stem cells, often used to produce specialized cells to understand the cause and treatment of diseases, have been shown to regrow hair on bald skin in laboratory mice.

The Study Explained

A team of researchers led by Alexey Tersikikh, PhD, conducted a transplant of human pluripotent stem cells (HPSCs) onto laboratory mice. These stem cells successfully generated into dermal papilla cells, allowing the mice to grow new hair.

The dermal papilla-like cells from the embryos were similar to adult human dermal papilla cells, and were able to encourage hair follicle formation in these test subjects. When human dermal papilla cells are cultured, they lose their ability to initiate follicle growth, so the embryonic cells are a potential workaround for this short falling.

“We have developed a method using human pluripotent stem cells to create new cells capable of initiating human hair growth,” said Alexey Terskikh, Ph.D., associate professor in the Development, Aging and Regeneration Program at Sanford-Burnham. (i)

The reason embryonic treatment works is due to their ability to generate and induce dermal papilla-like cells. The dermal papilla is a cluster of cells located at the base of the hair follicle. While most hair loss specialists understand the dermal papilla role in hair growth, the details of how and why are still a point of research for many in the field. Now that we are able to see exactly how stem cells grow hair, advanced procedures might be on the horizon. Not only does this help those who aren’t candidates for transplants due to diffuse hair loss patterns, but embryonic stem cells may be able to restore dermal papilla cells in patients suffering from burned or damaged follicles that no longer have the ability to grow hair.

Are Embryonic Stem Cells the Future of Hair Restoration?

Approximately 40 million men and 21 million women in the United States suffer from hair loss, so any advancement in hair restoration research provides hope to those suffering. While this new discovery can help the millions of people who aren’t candidates for hair transplant surgery, we will have to wait and see when and how this breakthrough procedure becomes a part of the hair restoration industry.

 

For now, there are other options available for those suffering from hair loss. Hair transplants, as previously mentioned, provide excellent and permanent results in patients suffering from patterned baldness. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) caps and in-office domes are also viable supplements or stand alone treatments for most hair loss sufferers.

For more information about hair restoration, contact Miami Hair to discuss the treatments available today. Fill out our hair transplant candidacy form to expedite your answers on whether or not you can successfully undergo the surgery. For assistance and additional information, contact a hair loss specialist directly at 305-925-0222.

Sources:

http://www.cnet.com/news/stem-cell-grown-hair-could-help-those-with-hair-loss/

Gnedeva K, Vorotelyak E, Cimadamore F, Cattarossi G, Giusto E, Terskikh VV, et al. (2015) Derivation of Hair-Inducing Cell from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. PLoS ONE 10(1): e0116892. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116892

Is Hair Loss a Side Effect of Smoking?

Is Hair Loss a Side Effect of Smoking?Lung cancer is usually the first side effect that comes to mind when considering the harms of smoking cigarettes. But lung cancer isn’t the only problem associated with smoking; stroke, brain damage, tooth decay, cataracts, loss of smell and taste, and other cancers affecting the nose, lip, tongue, and mouth are also potential internal ailments following long-term smoking. Consider also the external side effects of smoking, which include premature aging, skin damage, and hair loss.

The Prevalence of Smoking in America

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco is the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States (i). More than 480,000 deaths are caused by smoking each year in America, with more than 41,000 attributed to the inhalation of secondhand smoke.

Even though it’s been widely advertised as a harmful and potentially deadly habit, 17.8 percent of U.S. adults still smoke cigarettes. About 76% of those, or about 32 million, continue to smoke everyday, significantly increasing their risk for tobacco-related diseases.

Smoking and Hair Loss

Inhaling cigarette smoke exposes the human body to over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known carcinogenic compounds. Nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT are all present in some of the biggest tobacco brands. Given the high exposure to such toxins, the body reacts in a variety of different ways to tobacco inhalation.

Here are the top four reasons smoking causes hair loss:

  1. Smoking reduces circulation to the scalp, which inhibits follicle revitalization and hair growth.
  1. Smoking cigarettes pollutes the blood with toxins that target your body’s natural cycles.
  1. According to the Department of Dermatology at the University Hospital of Zurich in Switzerland, cigarettes may disrupt function of hair follicle (ii).
  1. Oxidative stress caused by cigarette smoking is also tied to hair loss. Free radicals from smoking cause damage at the cellular level, decrease cell motility, and increase cell senescence, which is used to describe a live, but inactive cell that can no longer divide and proliferate. The aforementioned processes are all necessary for hair regrowth, and a lack of oxygen caused by smoking deters them.

Preventing Hair Loss from Smoking

If you are a smoker, quitting will not only help you maintain a full head of hair, but also allow your body to continue its natural biological processes without toxic disruption. You’ll be doing your internal organs, skin, hair follicles, and stress levels a favor by cutting out nicotine and tobacco products before they have the chance to take hold of your health.

Within just 20 minutes of quitting smoking, your blood pressure, pulse rate and temperature return to normal levels. In 48 hours, damaged nerve endings caused by smoking begin to regrow, along with a heightened sense of smell and taste. In one year, your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart attack are less than half of a nonsmoker, and in 20 years you are at the same risk of lung disease and cancers as an individual who has never smoked at all.

Quit Smoking Today

If you want to quit smoking but lack the resources, many advocacy groups like Tobacco Free Florida help residents statewide access the tools to cease their tobacco habits, regardless of socioeconomic status. They offer a toll-free “quitline” at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669), where smokers can speak to a Quit Coach who develops a plan toward your smoke-free lifestyle. You can also receive in-person coaching at one of their locations or speak to a representative online. Tobacco Free Florida’s services are free, allowing everyone willing to take the path toward health the chance to get involved.

Treating Hair Loss from Smoking

Although your internal health greatly improves the longer you’ve been a non-smoker, some side effects don’t reverse back to normal without outside help. If you’re suffering from hair loss as a side effect from long-term tobacco use, consider hair restoration treatment(s).

Topical treatments, prescription medications, hair transplant surgery, and low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices are all viable treatments for smoking-induced hair loss. To receive a personalized plan, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Our expert surgeons can help you diminish hair damage and thinning after smoking, allowing you to feel just as fresh and revitalized on the outside as you do on the inside.

Don’t let your appearance reflect unhealthy choices from the past. Contact Miami Hair at (877) 443-9070 or email drnusbaum@miamihair.com for your personalized treatment program.

Sources:

(i) http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/resources/data/cigarette-smoking-in-united-states.html

(ii) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12673073

How Thyroid Disease May Cause Hair Loss

How Thyroid Disease May Cause Hair LossHair health, fullness, and sheen are often indicators of the body’s internal wellness. Many diseases, conditions, and subsequent treatments trigger hair loss or dull, breaking strands. Two of those conditions are hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism. While they are complete opposite in terms of their issues – one is an overproduction while the other is an underproduction of hormones – they share a common symptom: hair loss.

If you suffer from a thyroid disorder and are currently experiencing hair loss or balding, knowing why and the steps you can take to combat this unfortunate side effect is important.

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a gland that releases a steady amount of hormones in the body. It’s pertinent to proper metabolic functions, growth, and development. The thyroid is located just below your voice box on the front of your neck. It is shaped somewhat like a butterfly with two lobes on each side connected in the center by a thin tissue. The thyroid stores hormones in small droplets within it’s vesicles, or follicles.

What does it do?

The thyroid is responsible for the production of three key hormones: T3 (also known as triiodothyronine), T4 (also known as Tetreaiodothyronine), and Calcitonin. T3 and T4 are both made up mainly of iodine.

Being the main component of two thyroid hormones, the thyroid requires iodine to function properly. Usually, the body absorbs iodine through the intestine and enters the blood stream. Then, it’s transferred to the thyroid gland to build T3 and T4. The body cannot produce iodine on it’s own since it’s a trace element.

One reason for an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, is a lack of iodine. Other potential causes are genetics, age, Hasimoto’s thyroiditis, and various medications. Under-activity usually develops over time, rendering it hard to notice. The symptoms are weight gain, slowed metabolism, loss of energy, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, slow pulse, constipation, and hair loss. Many patients with an underactive thyroid assume their symptoms are part of the aging process, rather than a serious hormonal condition.

Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, occurs from an overproduction of hormones in the thyroid gland. Energy metabolism speeds up and overactive thyroids lead to hot flashes, trembling, insomnia, racing heart, fatigue, diarrhea, weight loss, and hair loss.

Autoimmune diseases, issues with the thyroid axis, or autonomy from the pituitary gland are the three main causes of an overactive thyroid. The pituitary gland is responsible for regulating the amount of thyroid hormone produced, and a lack of communication between the two can cause overproduction.

Why does a dysfunctional thyroid lead to hair loss?

Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss. First, overactive thyroids sometimes lead to an increased development of DHT. DHT influences the development of sexual organs and secondary sexual characteristics, including physical appearance. But too much DHT can cause hair follicle shrinkage or elimination, resulting in shedding or thinning hair. Therefore, when an overactive thyroid impairs the production of DHT from testosterone, balding occurs.

For patients currently prescribed medication for an underactive thyroid, it’s important to note the side effects. One of the most common treatments is levothyroxine sodium, which also goes by the brand names Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, and Unithroid. Sythroid specifically has been shown to cause long-term hair loss in patients.

How to treat thyroid-related hair loss

Whether you’re suffering from hair loss due to a hormonal imbalance from hypothyroidism or your thyroid medication is causing your hair loss, you have options for treatment.

First, many individuals take additional medication to offset the hair loss from their current thyroid medication. Results vary since medication affects every individual differently, but make sure to consult your physician prior to adding or subtracting from your current regimen.

Hair transplant surgery is another treatment option known to deliver consistent results. Given the advances in hair transplants, such as the Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT) developed by Dr. Paul Rose, transplants are more naturally looking than ever. Using FIT, Dr. Rose extracts individual follicles from donor areas and moves them to balding areas with little scarring. Follicular Unit Transplantations (FUT) is a more traditional approach offered by many restoration experts, including the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami.

Many individuals aren’t candidates for additional medication or hair transplant surgery after suffering from thyroid-related hair loss. Low-level laser therapy, or LLLT, uses safe lasers to stimulate hair follicles. At-home laser caps can be worn underneath virtually any hat or covering.

Learn More About Hair Loss Treatment in Miami

If you’re suffering from hair loss related to an underactive or overactive thyroid, the Hair Transplant Institute can help. We offer a variety of treatment options, customized to individual conditions, to revert this unfortunate side effect of thyroid dysfunction. Visit Miami Hair online, or contact our institute at 305-925-0222 to learn more about our personalized approach to hair loss diagnosis and treatment.

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.

Sources

(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

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