Articles Tagged with: male hair loss

2014’s Top Tips for Healthier Hair

Can you take a big leap toward a healthier head of hair in just 3 easy steps? The following tips have been compiled as a guide to nourish and protect hair, without requiring significant lifestyle changes. Tip 1 is all about power foods, specific food items that are packed with the nutrients and antioxidants needed to sustain healthy hair growth. Tip 2 takes nutrition a step further, suggesting that supplements and medications be taken to treat specific deficiencies that might reduce hair’s natural thickness and vitality. Tip 3 talks about protection, offering a little piece of hair care advice you might never have stopped to consider.

Healthier Hair in 3 Easy Steps

1. Eat more super foods

It’s hard to exclude super foods from any health related list or article. There’s a reason everyone talks about the power of nutrient-dense whole foods, however. They are your body’s best source of essential vitamins and minerals, two essentials that nourish the body from the inside, out. Take an honest look at your daily diet, and look for opportunities to eat more of the following super foods for healthy hair:

  • Read meat
  • Blueberries
  • Almonds
  • Oysters
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Kale
  • Goji berries
  • Protein (whey supplements are effective and convenient)

2. Supplement and medicate, when needed

Next, test your vitamin, mineral, and hormonal levels to determine if an existing deficiency is harming your overall health (mind, body, and hair). Specific things to keep in mind include:

  • Thyroid health: Imbalance can often cause hair loss
  • DHT: High levels of DHT are associated with pattern baldness
  • Iron: Prevents breakage, commonly a deficiency among women
  • Vitamin D & Fish Oil: Difficult to get these nutrients in an ordinary diet, so consider supplementing with daily soft gels.

Always consult a physician prior to starting or stopping a prescription medication regimen, or before making any changes to diet or lifestyle.

 3. Style with silicone

Finally, consider investing in a hair care product that features silicone—or a silicone byproduct— as an ingredient. Silicone coats the hair, creating a protective layer that keeps it strong throughout the day. Silicone products are particularly beneficial in preventing traction alopecia, a specific type of hair loss that might result from hairstyles that are wound tight. “Look for silicone or dimethicone,” says Roopal Kundu, MD, in an interview with the Huffington Post. “You can also try a leave-in conditioner, which also coats the hair.”

Hair Loss Evaluation and Treatment

Millions of men and women suffer with hair loss each day. Today, you do not have to be one of them. Learn more about hair loss treatments at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Contact us online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

Thinking About Robotic FUE?

Robotic follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a new approach to hair transplant that many men and women find to be a fast, comfortable, and effective way to recreate a natural head of hair. Whether suffering with pattern baldness or more diffuse thinning, robotic FUE hair transplant is a new and exciting The procedure takes traditional FUE a step further, leveraging the power of advanced robotics and digital imaging technology to conduct surgical hair restoration procedures with greater speed, accuracy, and precision than ever before.

So what is robotic FUE, and is it a choice that makes sense for you? In this article, we examine what makes this new approach one of the most talked-about options for male and female hair loss treatment.

Setting Records. This year, the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami became one of the first clinics in the country to extract more than 850 grafts per hour with the ARTAS System!

Robotic Hair Transplant in Miami

There are many reasons to love new robotic FUE technologies for hair transplant. Below are 5 of the biggest benefits, according to our staff and patients.

1. Greater consistency & accuracy. Guided by robotics and advanced digital imaging technology, the ARTAS harvests donor hair with greater consistency and accuracy compared to manual surgical transplant.

2. Minimally invasive. More accurate and consistent extraction means a more minimally invasive procedure overall. This promotes faster, fuller postoperative hair growth by reducing trauma to the scalp.

3. Virtually scar-free. Traditional micro grafting and strip harvesting transplant procedures are know to leave a linear scar that can be visible when hair is cut very short. With ARTAS, the FUE method of gathering donor hair leaves virtually no sign of extraction, giving most patients the ability to enjoy short hair with confidence.

thinking-about-robotic-fue-no-scars

Following hair extraction, the donor area exhibits virtually no sign of scarring, even when hair is “buzzed” short.

4. Touch up previous procedures. Maybe you’ve had a hair transplant before, and you are not satisfied with the overall look or visibility of postoperative scarring. With the ARTAS’s advanced method of donor hair identification and extraction, surgeons can quickly camouflage existing scars to give you a youthful, more natural looking head of hair.

5. Faster recovery with a natural looking end result. Greater accuracy, more precision, less trauma, and a natural end result. View the image below for a glimpse at how the “hair transplant robot” produces a natural end result.

thinking-about-robotic-fue-2

ARTAS restores patient’s hairline with natural consistency, thickness, density, and undulation.

Robotic FUE in Miami

Learn more about robotic hair transplant procedures in Miami by contacting our Institute online. Readers are also invited to call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

Editorial Note: The ARTAS® System was developed by Restoration Robotics. To learn more, visit Restoration Robotics on the Web.

Hair Loss Treatment Revolutionized by New Robotic Technologies

Hair-Loss-Treatment-Revolutionized-by-New-Robotic-TechnologiesThe ARTAS® System by Restoration Robotics™ has revolutionized the way male and female hair loss is treated. ARTAS is a “hair transplant robot” that enables surgeons to identify and extract donor hair for the procedure with micron-level precision, all while minimizing trauma to the scalp. Now, men and women who elect to have a surgical hair restoration procedure can enjoy beautiful results through a faster, more convenient, and less invasive treatment protocol.

Today, surgical hair restoration is soaring in popularity among men and women around the world. In the UK, surgeons reported hair transplant surgeries increased among women by about 82% in 2013 (i). On our side of the Atlantic, early 2014 was marked by a surge in facial hair transplants among young adult men (ii). Most recently, robotic FUE has taken the spotlight as one of the newest and most exciting achievements in hair loss treatment.

ARTAS® in the Media

The ARTAS® System continues to garner media attention as a clinically-validated hair loss treatment option that has both FDA approval and a well-documented record for success.

Wendy Lewis, President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd Global Aesthetics Consultancy, explores the new technology and positive publicity in recently published article titled Robotic Surgery Revolutionises the Treatment of Hair Loss. In the article, Ms. Lewis interviews the Hair Transplant Institute’s very own Dr. Paul Rose to get his take on the ARTAS® System, robotic FUE, and patient satisfaction with the new technology.

“In large part the robotic procedure is meeting patient expectations,” Dr. Rose explains (iii). “Patients are pleased with the healing of the wounds and the ability to wear their hair shorter than they might be able to with a strip harvest.”

ARTAS® Before and After Photos

As hair transplant surgery with the ARTAS® System grows in popularity, so too does the number of patients who report exceptional results. Pictured below is Vincent, an actual patient who elected to receive robotics-enhanced hair transplant surgery with the revolutionary new ARTAS® System.

ARTAS-Transplant-Before-and-After-Photos-300x600

Vincent is not alone. Each day, a growing number of hair loss sufferers proactively request more information on viable treatment options to restore a beautiful, natural, and authentic head of hair. More than ever, men and women who suffer with hair loss have a wide variety of treatment options ranging from robotic FUE to non-surgical Minoxidil (Rogaine®) and low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices.

For more images, visit our main website to view our hair transplant before and after gallery.

Learn More About ARTAS® Robotic FUE in Miami

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we are a talented team that stands committed to delivering an unparalleled patient experience new technologies and the most effective hair loss treatments. We are proud to feature the ARTAS® System for FUE, and we welcome you to learn more.

Please contact our Institute online or call (305) 925-0222 to learn more.

Sources:

(i) “Women Go Bald Too.” Daily Mail. Accessed 25 October 2013.

(ii) “Hipsters Get Facial Hair Transplants.” NYPost.com. Accessed 22 April 2014.

(iii) “Robotic Surgery Revolutionises the Treatment of Hair Loss.” Prime Journal. Accessed 22 April 2014.

(iv) Image courtesy of original article at https://www.prime-journal.com/robotic-surgery-revolutionises-the-treatment-of-hair-loss/

Phil Tufnell Becomes Another Celebrity Endorsement for Hair Transplant

Phil Tufnell Becomes Another Celebrity Endorsement for Hair Transplant Hair transplant surgery continues to rise in popularity among British men and women, fueled partially by scores of celebrities, athletes, and other public figures who have gone public with hair loss struggles. Manchester United star Wayne Rooney candidly discussed his battle with pattern baldness in early 2013, admitting to several hair transplant surgeries to correct the problem. Former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo commented on the procedure, first jesting that Rooney looked “a little bit ugly” before, but now “with hair, he’s quite beautiful.”

This month, it’s former cricket star Phil Tufnell who has made his struggle with hair loss known. In an interview published on The Mirror, Tufnell said the transplant procedure was “no big deal” and thinks that more men will seek cosmetic surgeries as time passes. Tufnell told reporters he was not worried about being mocked for having a transplant performed. To the contrary, the former cricket star is proud of his new head of hair and has been posting pictures of his new locks to his Twitter account.

Learn More About Hair Transplant Surgery

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we proudly represent South Florida’s top hair surgeons and technologies. We hold your pursuit of a fuller, more natural head of hair in the highest regard. To learn more about hair transplant surgery, contact our Institute at 305-925-0222.

Image Source: Image courtesy of Daily Mail article, Phil Tufnell Says his hair transplant is ‘no big deal’

Does Finasteride Cause Cancer?

Does Finasteride Cause CancerFinasteride (brand name Propecia®) is known among male hair loss sufferers as a powerful prescription medication capable of ceasing hair loss. Like all prescription medicines, Propecia is not without side effects. Most know that the medication may cause sexual side effects for the men who take it regularly. But are men also at risk of developing breast cancer?

Physicians have long prescribed Finasteride, and in some cases Dutasteride, to treat symptoms of enlarged prostate in men, or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). As a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, the medicine also helped to cease hair loss in subjects by warding off the chemical reaction that researchers believe causes hair follicles to stop producing hair. However, post-marketing data demonstrated some risk. Specifically, rare reports indicated that male breast cancer were a side effect of Finasteride treatment. For this reason, among others, Finasteride was considered dangerous to prescribe to women. Today, most hair transplant surgeons still steer women clear of Finasteride medication, recommending alternative surgical and non-surgical treatments for hair loss.

Despite rare reports of male breast cancer in men who took the popular BPH/ hair loss drug, the FDA approved Finasteride as a treatment for male pattern baldness in 1997. Now, nearly 15 years later, a study published in the Journal of Urology indicates that there is no link between Finasteride and breast cancer in men.

Study Finds No Link Between Finasteride and Breast Cancer

A new study published in the May 2013 Journal of Urology has men who take Finasteride breathing a long anticipated sigh of relief. According to the study, there appears to be no link between the onset of breast cancer and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, like Finasteride (Propecia®).

The finding is the result of over 10 years of study, during which researchers identified 339 men ages 40-85 who had breast cancer. Approximately 20 controls were identified per subject, amounting to more than 6,500 total. Using those controls, researchers were able to calculate the rate ratio for male breast cancer during regular exposure to 5-alpha reductase inhibitors using conditional logistic regression.

Summarizing the results of the landmark study, researchers report, “No statistically significant associations were observed between 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and breast cancer.”

Side Effects of Finasteride

Finasteride still has side effects, however. Clinical trials indicate that men who take Finasteride might suffer from a number of sexual side effects, including:

  • Loss of sex drive/ decreased libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased ejaculate volume

Notably, Finasteride side effects tend to fade and disappear entirely once the drug is no longer taken. In a 2012 study, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that the negative side effects of Finasteride might persist long after use is discontinued. That study was conducted with Propecia®, specifically, and it is important to note that the sample size was very small, consisting of fewer than 100 subjects. Follow-up studies are needed to assess the danger of long-term side effects.

For more information, readers are invited to visit our What is Finasteride reference.

What Kind of Doctor Treats Hair Loss?

What Kind of Doctor Treats Hair Loss?When you notice signs of hair loss, what type of doctor should you see? It’s a common first question for nearly every man or woman who first notices signs of thinning, balding, or shedding. Hair loss treatment is a multi-million dollar business, and it seems there’s no end to the number of different specialists, shampoos, and pills that promise to restore areas of balding scalp. Selecting the right physician will make it easier to get an accurate hair loss diagnosis from the start, which will provide the framework for an efficient treatment regimen.

Before taking a closer look at the different types of doctors who are capable of telling you more about your hair loss, it helps to explore a few of the most common reasons why men and women lose their hair. With the following causes in mind, it becomes easier to see why certain specialists are more capable of providing an expert diagnosis than others.

A few reasons for hair loss include:

  • Genetics
  • Lifestyle stress
  • A stressful event (triggering telogen effluvium)
  • Poor diet
  • A skin condition
  • Prescription medications

At our Institute, we assess each of these factors with comprehensive methodology. Our surgeons implement the most advanced technologies available to get to the root of your hair loss and develop a personalized treatment plan.

The results speak for themselves. Click the following link to view images of real patients, before and after hair transplant procedures.

What Types of Physicians Can Treat Alopecia?

In truth, there are a few different types of physicians who might be able to provide a basic alopecia, or hair loss, diagnosis. The following professionals typically encounter patients who suffer with thinning, shedding, or balding hair.

Hair Stylists are among the first professionals to notice signs of hair loss. While these individuals are not licensed medical professionals, they can help you determine whether or not certain hard-to-see areas are receding, losing volume, or becoming thinner. It is recommended that you see a licensed medical professional if a stylist or hairdresser notices such signs.

Trichologists are professionals who have studied trichology, or the health of the hair and scalp. Not all trichologists are licensed medical professionals, however. For effective hair loss treatment, we recommend patients choose a hair loss clinic and/or licensed medical professional to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Endocrinologists are licensed medical professionals who specialize in the endocrine system, hormones, and the diseases that result from hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance can often cause hair loss, so it is common for this type of physician to see patients who suffer with thinning, shedding, or balding. They do not specialize in hair restoration, however.

Dermatologists are licensed medical professionals who provide specialized care for the skin, nails, and hair. Physicians who are Board Certified in Dermatology are the most qualified to diagnose the root cause of hair loss and provide an effective treatment recommendation.

Why See a Hair Transplant Surgeon?

A hair transplant surgeon is a medically licensed dermatologist who has completed both medical school and a minimum 5-year residency, during which rigorous surgical training is completed. Here are a few reasons why patients should see a hair transplant surgeon for a hair loss diagnosis:

  1. Hair transplant surgeons are Board Certified in Dermatology, the only medical specialty with certified residency training in hair loss and scalp diseases.
  2. In addition to surgical hair restoration, hair transplant surgeons offer non-surgical methods of hair loss treatment that include medications (Rogaine®, Propecia®) and FDA-approved Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) devices.
  3. As a specialist, they keep up with new techniques and transplant technologies that continually improve patient experience and results.
  4. Surgeons can also be members of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, an internationally-recognized organization of more than 1,000 elite surgeons in over 60 countries worldwide. ISHRS is committed to advancing the highest standards of medical treatment and ethics, ensuring hair loss sufferers always receive professional hair loss treatment and an unparalleled patient experience.

Finding a Miami Specialist and Hair Loss Clinic

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we represent South Florida’s finest transplant surgeons, registered nurses, microscopists, and staff. We hold your pursuit of a full head of natural, healthy hair in the highest regard. To learn more about our Institute:

Readers are also invited to call our front desk directly at 305-925-0222.

What is Alopecia Barbae?

What is Alopecia BarbaeThe condition alopecia barbae is a very specific form of alopecia, or hair loss. Whereas traditional alopecia areata describes a condition in which hair loss occurs throughout the body, alopecia barbae describes hair loss that occurs in the beard. For this reason, alopecia barbae is noticeable only amongst men, as lower levels of testosterone in women typically prevent the formation of facial hair (specifically beards) altogether.

November is the perfect time to raise awareness for this unique condition, as this month ignites the launch of two body-hair-awareness movements that rally the world together in admiration of beards, mustaches, and other exceptional displays of follicular assets. The first campaign is No Shave November; the second is Mustache November, or Movember for short.

No matter which movement you identify with, these two awareness campaigns give participants a platform to showcase their beards and natural hair growth. As the month progresses, participants gather donations from friends, family, and curious individuals from across the globe, all to benefit charities of their choice.

Bald Patches in Beards

It may shock the masses, but bald patches in beards are common among men. Bald patches can appear under the chin as well as throughout the sides of the neck, cheeks, and along the upper lip/mustache region.

Are Beard Transplants an Option?

Beard transplants are indeed an option for men who wish to reverse the signs of thinning or balding patches. In fact, British surgeons report seeing a surge in men requesting surgical beard restoration over the past year (i). In the UK, hair transplant is reported as the most common form of cosmetic surgery for men. Men seeking beard transplants often inquire about a specific look, referencing the famous facial hair of Hollywood A-listers like Brad Pitt.

How Does a Beard Transplant Work?

A beard transplantation procedure works in much the same way as transplant procedure that is performed to restore the scalp. Things begin with a hair loss consultation, during which the patient meets with a qualified hair loss professional to determine the likely cause of hair loss and plan an effective treatment regimen.

After making sure the patient is a candidate for a beard transplant, the surgeon will specify a donor area from which hair will be extracted for the procedure. The donor area typically resides along the rear or side regions of the patient’s scalp, areas known to provide quality donor hair with little threat of balding in the future.

Once hair is extracted, surgeons transplant individual follicular units to restore bald areas and create a natural-looking beard.

Learn More About Hair Transplant Procedures

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, it is our pleasure to provide men and women with the most comprehensive methodology and treatment technologies for treating hair loss. Most recently, our hair loss Institute became 1 of fewer than 20 clinics to offer the first FDA-approved hair transplant robot, the ARTAS® System.

Our team represents South Florida’s finest surgeons, nurses, technicians, and staff. We hold patients’ pursuit of a fuller, more natural head of hair in the highest regard, and we invite you to schedule a hair loss consultation online or call our practice directly at 877-443-9070.

Sources:

(i) “Beard Implants Growing.” Daily Mail. Accessed 3 November 2013.

Hair loss and Lou Gehrig’s Disease: Are They Related?

Is Early Balding a Sign of Lou Gehrig's Disease? A new study has early hair loss sufferers looking in the mirror with added caution. According to a new study of more than a half million men who ranged in age from mid 40s to early 80s, signs of early balding or hair loss might be tied with the onset of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

For men, the new study provides a much needed wake-up call to be proactive in monitoring their own scalp for signs of early balding, as well as seek the guidance of a certified medical professional should signs of hair loss be detected. As for researchers, the team behind the new study says their findings might provide valuable insight for Lou Gehrig’s disease research, a relatively mysterious neurodegenerative condition that adversely affects an estimated 30,000 Americans (i).

Exploring the Link Between Lou Gehrig’s Disease and Hair Loss

The link between Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and hair loss was discovered after researchers performed a longitudinal study that compared the hair lines of men at two distinct stages in life: Mid-forties (age 45), and early sixties (age 61).

The study began with researchers asking men to describe the state of their hair at age 45. After polling more than 500,000 men, researchers found that men exhibited hair loss in the following proportions:

  • 44% of men reported no balding at age 45.
  • 42% of men reported moderate balding at age 45.
  • 14% reported extensive balding at age 45.

Sixteen years later, researchers examined the same group of participants for signs of ALS. The results were as follows:

  • 11 of those who reported extensive balding at age 45 had developed ALS.
  • 13 of those who reported no balding at age 45 had developed ALS.
  • As a result of these findings, researchers were able to determine that individuals who experience early signs of balding are up to 3 times more likely to develop ALS.

Researchers are quick to warn that there is no need to panic, however.

“This doesn’t mean that bald people should worry,” explains Elinor Fondell, the author of the study and a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health (ii).

Despite the correlation, it’s important to note that at least 13 individuals who were surveyed had “no balding” at age 45 yet developed ALS by age 61. In light of these outliers, researchers believe a thorough series of follow-up studies are needed to more conclusively determine how hair loss might be related to Lou Gehrig’s disease, if at all.

How to Detect Male Hair Loss

Hair loss affects an estimated 20 million or more American men. While researchers need more time to determine how hair loss and Lou Gehrig’s disease are related, there is compelling evidence suggesting that hair loss might lead to hypertension and other cardiovascular system issues.

To detect hair loss, men as early as 20 years of age can do the following:

  1. Monitor for signs of hair accumulation in the shower (along the rim of the tub, drain, and personal hygiene products)
  2. Examine hair accumulation on combs and hairbrushes. Some accumulation is normal, however extensive accumulation could be a sign of thinning, shedding, or pattern baldness.
  3. Check your pillow for hairs in the morning.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the Norwood Classification to better understand what each stage of male pattern baldness looks like.

This health report has been produced by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. For additional information on our Institute, including hair loss evaluation and consultation services, readers are invited to contact our office directly at 1-877-443-9070.

Sources:

(i) “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Accessed 23 August 2013.

(ii) “Early Balding Might be Linked with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Live Science. Accessed 23 August 2013.

Surgeons Review Viviscal® Hair Supplement, Recommend Alternatives

Surgeons Review Viviscal Hair Supplement, Recommend AlternativesViviscal® Extra Strength has been released, and promoters of the new hair supplement claim it has the ability to put an end to thinning, shedding, and balding in men and women. Dermatologists, surgeons, and other health professionals remain wary of the new supplement’s claims, however.

Although the makers of Viviscal® claim the product is “supported by a combination of over 20 years of research,” further investigation reveals that its history in clinical trials and testing is actually quite shallow. In short, the product has seen very few trials when compared to leading treatments like Rogaine® (Minoxidil). Moreover, the trials that have been conducted involved very few test subjects.

4 Reasons to Choose an Alternative to Viviscal®

Whether choosing a surgical or non-surgical approach, men and women no longer have to suffer with signs of thinning, shedding, or balding. There are several alternatives to Viviscal®, most of which are backed by many years of successful clinical trials and research. Here are 4 reasons to choose a better-known, and thus more reliable method of hair loss treatment.

Viviscal® is Backed by Little Research

One Viviscal® study involved just 20 subjects, 3 of which withdrew from the control group prior to completion (i). Concern for the effectiveness of Viviscal® only rises in the wake of such limited clinical testing and evaluation, causing many medical professionals to question the product’s efficacy in treating hair loss in men and women.

Other Non-Surgical Options Are Proven Effective*

One of the most heavily researched and trusted alternatives is Minoxidil, known by the brand name Rogaine®. A topical treatment, Rogaine is a foam product that is applied to the hair and scalp twice daily. Extra strength formulas are also available for patients with more pronounced hair loss.

*Rogaine® is proven to be effective in slowing or stopping hereditary hair loss (pattern baldness) in 4 out of 5 patients. At a cost that averages just $30-40 per month, Rogaine is a non-surgical alternative that is as affordable as it is effective.

Surgical Hair Restoration is Better Than Ever

When considering an alternative to Viviscal® hair supplements, it’s exciting to know that surgical hair restoration is now faster and more comfortable than ever. Today, hair transplant surgery is a simple, comfortably, and minimally invasive procedure that effectively restores areas of balding scalp with your own natural hair.

The days of hair plugs are long gone. Today, hair transplants are performed via follicular unit extraction (FUE), a highly refined process that transplants follicular grafts of about 1-3 hairs at a time. Such precision enables surgeons to restore the scalp by hand, artfully and skillfully reconstructing hairlines with natural characteristics. So natural, in fact, a reported 85% of people cannot recognize when a transplant procedure has been performed, according to the ISHRS (ii).

Speak to a Professional About Hair Loss

If you or a loved one suffers with hair loss, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today. Our team is comprised of South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, registered nurses, microscopists, and technicians. We hold your pursuit of a fuller head of hair in the highest regard, providing only the most widely studied treatments that have been proven effective in treating hair loss in men and women.

The ARTAS® Generation. Our Institute is now 1 of fewer than 20 clinics to offer the revolutionary ARTAS® System for hair transplant. To learn more about the first ever FDA-approved transplant robot, visit our ARTAS System page.

Sources:

(i) “A comparative study of a new food supplement, ViviScal, with fish extract for the treatment of hereditary androgenic alopecia in young males.” National Center for Biotechnology Information, PubMed.gov. Accessed 5 August 2013.

(ii) “2010 Hair Transplant Challenge Survey.” International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. Accessed 17 June 2013.

ISHRS Hair Loss Statistics

ISHRS Hair Loss StatisticsIt is estimated that 530 million American men and women suffer with signs of thinning, shedding, or balding. According to recent statistics gathered by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), a majority of individuals choose to accept the state of their hair and live a life plagued with the unhappiness, social anxiety, and diminished self confidence. Yet statistics gathered by the ISHRS demonstrate that individuals who suffer with hair loss are ready and willing to make serious sacrifices to regain the hair of their youth. These hair loss statistics also illustrate that hair transplant surgery might be Americans’ best bet for overcoming the profoundly negative side effects of hair loss.

Below are the top hair loss statistics presented by the ISHRS in the publication, 2010 Hair Transplant Challenge Survey. For a full copy of this report, readers are invited to visit the URL in the Sources section at the end of this article.

Hair Loss Statistics Every Man and Woman Should Know

1. About 25% of Americans said that hair loss made them feel either less attractive or self conscious.

When it comes down to it, both men and women feel the social insecurity of hair loss. According to the ISHRS report, men were more likely to feel “less attractive” because of hair loss. Overall, younger people were most likely to feel either “less attractive” or “self conscious” with visible signs of balding.

2. Less than 5% of respondents said hair loss did not bother them.

It’s no surprise that so many men and women do feel bothered by hair loss. Hair is one of the first things we notice about another person, and many individuals associate attractive hairstyles with the formation of a good first impression. What is surprising, however, is just how small the percentage of men and women who are not bothered by hair loss at all. At 5%, this statistic demonstrates how far-reaching the negative mental and emotional side effects of hair loss can be.

3. About 73% of respondents said they would trade a personal possession for more hair.

It’s clear that men and women are prepared to make serious sacrifices to preserve their luscious locks, as evidenced by the 7 in 10 (73.1%) respondents who said they would trade a “treasured personal possession” for a shot at more hair.

4. About 50% of men and women say noticeable hair loss is a physical trait that makes them feel the most self conscious.

A majority of both men and women agree that signs of thinning, shedding, or balding hair make them feel more self conscious than most other traits. Specifically, respondents said hair loss made them feel more self conscious than being overweight, having skin or complexion problems, or having crooked teeth.

5. Nearly half of respondents would rather have more hair than friends or money.

When it comes to making serious life changes, nearly half of men and women agree they would rather have more hair (43.2%) than money or friends.

6. A majority (61.9%) of men and women felt having more hair would translate to greater success in advancing their career.

Whereas most of the aforementioned statistics have illustrated how men and women feel about their own hair loss, this statistic demonstrates how individuals feel they are perceived by others. When asked whether or not more hair might lead to a more successful career, 67.6% of younger respondents and 59.3% of older respondents said yes.

7. Of all respondents, only about 26% cited unnatural appearance as the reason they would hesitate to have a hair transplant procedure.

If you’re concerned that a hair transplant might look unnatural or “pluggy,” it’s probably the result of 1980s and 90s pop culture. Americans are beginning to understand that hair restoration and transplant technologies have significantly evolved since the 80s, as evidenced by this particular statistic. To learn more, readers may wish to read our article on the evolution of hair loss treatment.

8. Over 85% of respondents could not identify a patient who had a transplant operation.

This statistic illustrates a vital truth: Most Americans cannot tell whether or not a person has received a transplant, even if the photos are displayed right in front of them (as they were in this study). This is encouraging for individuals who may quickly dismiss the idea of a transplant for fear public embarrassment or ridicule, demonstrating instead that today’s technologies and procedures are nearly undetectable.

9. Over 65% of participants said patients who had a transplant procedure looked younger, healthier, and more attractive.

In addition to being nearly undetectable, hair transplants seem to produce results that are aesthetically pleasing. When presented with patients’ before and after photos, a majority of respondents (65%) said patients looked “younger,” “healthier,” and “more attractive” after their procedure.

This health report has been produced by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. For additional information on our Institute, including hair loss evaluation and consultation services, readers are invited to contact our office directly at 1-877-443-9070.

Sources for this report include:

(i) “2010 Hair Transplant Challenge Survey.” International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. Accessed 17 June 2013.