Easy Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

  • By Dr. William Yates
  • 17 Apr, 2017

Easy Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

There are many men and women who will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life. Some of them will fortunately be able to regrow the hair that was lost, but as we continue to get older, the amount of hair that regrows will slow down and will stop altogether at some point. Heredity is a big contributing factor to how much hair can be regrown and for how long that hair will continue to grow.

Hair loss is typically more problematic for men than women and genetics are the biggest determination to how severe the hair loss will be. Losing your hair can happen at any age and there are many different reasons why people experience hair loss, including:

 

  • Anxiety
  • Environmental factors
  • Excessive use of heat/chemicals
  • Heredity
  • Pollution
  • Stress

 

Although you cannot actually “cure” baldness, you are able to do things that will keep your hair as healthy as possible for as long as possible. The first easy way to have healthy hair is to eat healthy. Your hair is made up of proteins and a diet that is healthy and well balanced can cause your hair to be healthier. When you eat a healthy combination of fruits, vegetables, eggs, whole grains, nuts and fish, you are giving your hair the best chance at being strong too. It is also recommended that you eat some foods that are rich in protein and fatty acids.

 

Making sure that you drink enough water is another way to keep your hair strong and shiny. When you are dehydrated, it can cause your hair to become brittle, dull and it will be more prone to breakage. Water really is the best drink for healthy hair and you should try to cut down on the amount of sugar and caffeine that you drink, since both of those cause you to be more dehydrated.

When you apply a great deal of heat and chemicals to your hair, you can cause great harm. Excessive blow drying, straightening, curling and dying of your hair will make your hair brittle and your hair will lose its strength. In addition, you should choose a shampoo and conditioner that will be gentle on your hair and scalp.

 

There are numerous benefits to getting a good night of sleep, and healthy hair is one of them. When you get a good 8 hours of sleep at night, your body gets more energy, which in turn allows your body to be able to provide nourishment and strength to your hair. Sleep also helps people to get rid of their stress, which is extremely beneficial since stress is a contributing factor to hair loss.

Many people are afraid that they need to incorporate vigorous exercise in order to reap the benefits from it. However, incorporating walks into your daily routine can help your hair to stay healthy and it may actually promote hair growth. Walking helps to increase your blood circulation, including the circulation on your scalp, and this increases the flow of important nutrients to your hair.

 

Although there is not a way to cure baldness, by incorporating these tips, you can help your hair to stay as healthy as possible.

By Dr. William Yates 26 Oct, 2017
Restylane’s main active ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid. This gel form injectable fillers are meant to smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, also provides subtle lip enhancement as well as smoothing lines around lips and can also add lift and volume to cheeks.
By Dr. William Yates 18 Sep, 2017

Neuromodulators are injections that once applied, serve as a wrinkle-relaxing. The key ingredient is Botulin Toxin (read more about it here ), a small amount of the neuromodulator is injected directly into the underlying muscle, triggering a gradual relaxation and smooth appearance of the area injected.

At Dr. Yates LifeStyle Med, we have two types of Neuromodulators available. Botox and Dysport. Cosmetically, these are used to treat wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet and other areas where crevices have formed.

BOTOX
-Made by Allergan
-Minimally Invasive
-FULL results can be seen within two weeks
-FDA approved
-Results typically last about 3 months

DYSPORT
-Made by Galderma
-Minimally Invasive
-Results can be seen 24 to 48 hours
-FDA approved
-Results can last between 3-4 months

To learn more about Botox (click here )

Dysport has a different process formula than Botox but they target wrinkles in the same way. With both products the results are temporary, however an experienced Injector can maintain positive results with regular treatments approximately every 3 to 6 months.

To make the best decision about which Neuromodulator would work best for you, a consult with the Injector based on each person’s different needs will help you make the choice.

You can read more about our Nurse Injector Carol here.

By Dr. William Yates 21 Aug, 2017

Hair Loss Awareness Month

On our previous post , we talked about the Who and the Why for Hair Loss, as a continuation, this week we bring you more information.

What are the symptoms of Hair Loss?
When it comes to Head Hair Loss, the thinning appears gradually on top of the head. In men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead, Women in the other hand, retain the forehead line as the part in their hair starts broadening.
Patchy and circular bald spots, are not very frequent but can happen and be very itchy and bothersome.

By the time most patients see a Hair Transplant Surgeon, they have already lost about 50% of hair at an area.

What to do about Hair Loss?
Non-Surgical Options:These options are to help retain hair, improve the quality of the hair you are holding and potential regrowth.
-Minoxidil (Rogaine) , this is an over-the-counter treatment that will increase blood flow as well as oxygen and nutrient delivery to the follicle.
-Finasteride (Propecia) , this is the only FDA approved oral medication for male pattern baldness. This products works best when used to treat patients with male pattern baldness and has been shown to provide about 30% improvement when used for at least 6 months.
-Laser Devices are the only FDA approved devices to help with Hair Loss treatment. Low Level Laser Light Therapy promotes tissue repair while helping with regeneration to stimulate cellular activity. This type of therapy has proven highly effective to treat Hair Loss as well as wound healing, nerve regeneration, joint pain relief, and other conditions.
Low Level Light Therapy, can be used at the Surgeon’s office for treatments that last between 30 to 45 minutes. There are also LLLT devices like the Laser Cap or Capillus Laser that can be bought and used in the comfort of your home.
-PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) , this procedure is performed at the Doctor’s office where blood is taken from the patient, the blood is then placed on a centrifuge where the blood is separated from the platelets.
Platelets are high in proteins that accelerate wound healing and regeneration, the Platelet Rich Plasma stimulates the hair follicle to boost up the follicles and helping hair grow longer and thicker.
-Follicular Micro Pigmentation (Scalp Micro Pigmentation) , is an advanced method of cosmetic pigmentation (similar to tattooing). FMP is done by highly specialized equipment, techniques and an experienced professional to inject pigment into the epidermal level of the scalp in order to replicate the natural appearance of real hair and can be used alone or in conjuction with other treatments.

Surgical Options:
-Hair Transplant is a surgical technique that moves hair follicles from one part of the scalp “donor site” to the area in need of hair “recipient site”. Although primarily used to treat male pattern baldness, it is now also used to treat females and the transgender community to achieve the hair line goals they desire.

Types of Hair Transplant:
-Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is the old fashion “Strip” surgery where a linear strip of hair gets removed from the donor area and then the follicles get extracted to be implanted into the recipient site. This type of Hair Transplant, leaves behind a noticeable scar and while you get more hair follicles, not all of them are the best quality for transplant.
-Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a technique where the surgeon removes follicular units containing 1 to 4 hairs using tiny punches of between 0.6mm to 1.0mm in diameter. The surgeon then uses fine needles to puncture the receiving sites and placing them in a customized density and pattern to promote a realistic hair pattern. FUE gives a great result while looking natural and scar free.
FUE can be done manually by a highly experienced surgeon or by robotic means such as ARTAS or Neograft, however, these have a downside when it comes to the punch size being relatively large when compared to other manual extraction.

Stay tuned for our next post about Prevention and Products!

By Dr. William Yates 08 Aug, 2017

The American Hair Loss Association estimates that around 80 million people in the US alone, are experiencing some type of thinning or hair loss. Due to the amount of people suffering from Hair Loss, the American Academy of Dermatology has designated August as National Hair Loss Awareness Month.

At Dr. Yates Hair Science, we take our commitment to Hair Restoration very seriously and that’s why we’ve put together a series of posts to explain to you the reasons behind hair loss, all the possible lines of treatment and prevention. Stay tuned for weekly updates during this month to support Hair Loss Awareness Month.

Who suffers from Hair Loss?
There are approximately 35 million men and 21 million women suffering hair loss around the world.
40% of people experience hair loss by age 35
65% of men experience it by age 60 vs. 80% of women by the same age
Hair Loss also affects children of all ages.

Why does Hair Loss Happen?
-Male Pattern baldness / Female Pattern Thinning (Androgenetic Alopecia): These two account as the number one cause for Hair Loss, the cause of it is genetics/family history. Hair grows in cycles, for sufferers of this type of hair loss, the hair growth cycle begins to slow down and weakens as the hair follicle shrinks, resulting in thinner hair and shorter strands of hair. With time, the cycle of growth fully stops and no new hairs grow.
-Traction Alopecia: This form of hair loss is primarily caused by constant tension being applied to the hair, although it’s most common in females, males and children can also suffer from it.
-Scarring Alopecia: This can result in permanent hair loss in the scarred areas. The most common conditions are some forms of lupus and sarcoidosis. For unknown reasons, the body starts forming scar tissue.
-Alopecia Areata: This is also known as “patchy hair loss” and it’s caused by the body’s autoimmune system attacking hair follicles typically leaving a circular pattern bald spot.
-Hormonal changes, stress: These changes tend to be temporary. Hair loss due to hormonal imbalances (like pregnancy, hormone therapy, thyroid problems) can be solved by targeting the culprit.
-Infections: Fungal infections, like Tinea Capitis (Ringworm), are to blame for hair loss (mostly in children), this condition can easily be diagnosed and solved by a Primary Care Provider.
-Cancer: Cancer treatments can cause people to have hair loss by attacking all cells in the body, hence making the growth cycle of hair break down. This type of hair loss, is not permanent, once the treatments stop, hair generally grows back.

Come back and find out about what you can do to stop hair loss, prevention, treatment and more, all happening during Hair Loss Awareness Month.

By Dr. William Yates 31 Jul, 2017

Botulinum Toxic type A is a neurotoxin protein approved by the FDA to use for temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe facial frown lines and also for other medical uses.

In 1987 a medical practice split between a Dermatologist and an eye Doctor, noticed that the BOTOX injected near the eyes to treat blepharospasm (uncontrollable eye twitching) was also diminishing the patients’ frown lines, some patients were even asking for it even if the eye twitching wasn’t present. It took a few years for the FDA to approve BOTOX for cosmetic use, but since then, it has become the number 1 non-surgical cosmetic procedure and although providers were targeting mostly females, BOTOX has rapidly become the number 1 cosmetic procedure for males as well.

Botox is cosmetically used for treatment of wrinkles, most often the wrinkles on forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines. When a wrinkle is injected with BOTOX, the muscle cannot contract, hence softening/disappearing the appearance of the wrinkles.

How is the BOTOX applied? How soon will I see results?
BOTOX should only be applied by a Medical Doctor or Registered Nurse, certified and knowledgeable of facial anatomy and neuro-muscular dynamic. All BOTOX applications should be done in a medical setting.

BOTOX treatments vary in length depending on the areas to be treated, but it is mostly a rapid procedure. The MD or RN will assess your face and ask you to gesture and wrinkle in order to determine where the injections will be best administered at, then they will clean the area to be treated and inject.
Results are typically seen 24-72 hours and full results within two weeks, the results last between 3 to 4 months depending on the area treated.

What not to do after?
Although you can go back to your daily activities, it is advised that you avoid laying down for the next 4 hours and that you don’t touch the treated areas.

Dr. William Yates is a Board Certified Surgeon, owner of Dr. Yates LifeStyle Med, we thrive in providing our patients with the utmost care and satisfaction. Our team of experts are all medically trained, Allergan trained and our Nurse is a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses and The Illinois Medspa Association.

Call us today, to schedule your free consultation!

By Dr. William Yates 17 Jul, 2017

With so many people telling you different things, it can be hard to know what is true and what is false in terms of the causes of hair loss. There are a lot of old wives’ tales and you should make sure to know what the truth is so you do not purposefully avoid something you don’t need to.
A question that people commonly ask is if blow drying your hair can cause you to experience hair loss. The people who believe this may actually avoid drying their hair, but this is actually a myth. You cannot get hair loss by blow drying your hair, but if you blow dry your hair on a daily basis, you can dry out your hair which can cause damage and breakage. However, only the shaft of your hair is impacted when you dry your hair and not the actual hair follicles. You can absolutely still dry your hair, but may want to avoid using the highest heat setting.

Some people worry that if they wear a hat, they will cause hair loss. There are many reasons that people wear hats, whether it be a fashion statement or to cover up any thinning or balding hair. Unless you are wearing a hat that is too tight and is actually causing a loss of blood circulation to your scalp, you will not be causing any further hair loss. Hats can be worn as often as you like and you do not need to worry that it is causing any hair loss.

Another common question that people ask if is shampooing your hair every day will cause your hair loss to speedup. This is also a myth. The hair loss process will not be accelerated by using too much shampoo, but you can damage your hair shaft. Your hair can become greasy very quickly if you use too much shampoo. It is often advised that people should only wash their hair every other day to keep it healthy, but this will depend on the person.

Stress is known to have a lot of negative effects on our health and most likely you have heard that it can cause hair loss. This is actually true. However, hair loss that is associated with stress is usually only temporary and once the stress is assuaged, the hair growth will return to its normal rate.

Genetics and hair loss are said to be connected and many people want to know if heredity is causing their hair loss. This absolutely is a cause of hair loss for some people. Although not all cases of hair loss will be caused by genetics, this is a very common cause of hair loss for both men and women. Hair loss can be inherited from both your mother and father’s side of the family.

Hair loss can be an emotional and traumatic experience for both men and women. The good news is that there are many different hair loss treatments available. If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about what hair loss treatments would be a good solution for you, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


By Dr. William Yates 22 Jun, 2017

It has often been said that stress can cause your hair to turn gray, and although there is not necessarily hard proof of that, stress definitely is a main reason why so many people suffer from hair loss. There seems to be more and more stress on men and women these days and these growing levels of anxiety are causing more people to seek treatment for their hair loss.

So how exactly does stress cause hair loss? Fortunately, if you are only experiencing low levels of stress, you are not going to lose your hair because of it. Hair loss caused by stress comes from a larger stressful experience or incident.

There is also not just one factor of why stress can cause hair loss, but is actually a combination or several factors. When you are under a great deal of stress, your body produces more adrenaline and any excess adrenaline that your body does not use is converted into cholesterol. When you have raised levels of cholesterol, it increases your level of testosterone. For people with a sensitivity to testosterone, it can negatively impact their hair follicles.

Your immune system can suffer if you are feeling stress or anxiety, and this makes you more susceptible to getting an illness or an infection. This can impact your hair’s growth cycle, since the average person has 90% of their hair in the growing cycle, which will usually last a few years before it goes into a resting stage and then falls out. On average, people lose 100 hairs each day, but if your hair’s growing cycle is disrupted, it can cause more hairs than usual to go into the resting phase, and can also cause a lot of hair to fall out all at once. This will usually happen around 2 months after a stressful event or an illness.

Most people who suffer from this type of hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, only experience temporary hair loss and their hair will usually resume its normal growth cycle once they alleviate the cause of their stress. Once you have gotten rid of your stress, you should notice significant improvements in your overall health, in addition to your hair growth.

If you have already started to notice thinning hair or bald spots, if you continue to look at your hair in the mirror to check if it has gotten worse, you will only be adding to your stress. There are excellent hair loss treatments available that can restore your confidence, such as scalp micropigmentation.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about scalp micropigmentation, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.

By Dr. William Yates 13 Jun, 2017

Many transgender persons who decide to undergo surgery during their transition elect to have hair transplants in addition to other procedures and therapies. There are a lot of things to consider when performing transplants on trans individuals, so finding a doctor with experience working with their unique needs is vital.

Patients undergoing a male-to-female (MTF) transition and those undergoing a female-to-male (FTM) transition both present specific challenges with respect to hair restoration. For both groups, significant alteration to hairlines are often necessary to provide desired results. Variations in directional flow of hair and potential for future hair loss should always be taken into account

MTF transgender patients are typically looking to achieve a more feminine hairline and/or combat naturally occurring male pattern baldness. Feminine hairlines are lower, flatter, and rounder than masculine ones, but the most important factor is fitting the hairline to the patient’s face in a natural and complimentary way. Hairpieces and wigs can help for certain patients, but most who have the means would prefer to have their own hair they can grow and style.

FTM patients often get hair transplants to appear more masculine. In many cases, this includes transplantation of facial and chest hair in addition to alteration of the natural hairline. FTM patients are often prescribed a hormone regimen which promotes facial hair growth, but the density is not always ideal. These hormones can also cause trans men to begin experiencing male pattern baldness, so thickening of hair on the scalp may still be necessary.

Dr. Yates uses the same procedures for trans individuals as he does for his cisgender patients, but has worked with a number of transgender patients. He knows what it takes to achieve optimal results and believes that experience and understanding are key to providing his transgender patients with everything they might need.

By Dr. William Yates 05 Jun, 2017

Many women and most men will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life and in fact, it is believed that 50% of men will have some degree of androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) by the time they turn 50. Since there are so many patients who will want to find a solution for their hair loss, there have been great advances in the hair restoration field throughout the years.

One of the treatments that is becoming more and more popular is scalp micropigmentation. Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical hair loss treatment option in which natural pigments are applied at the epidermis level of the scalp in order to replicate the appearance of hair follicles or strands. Scalp micropigmentation delivers very realistic and natural looking results that replicate the natural patterns of any hair you have remaining by applying several layers of pigment and varying the depth and angle of them.

Scalp micropigmentation is a very popular treatment option for both men and women because they are able to get instant results, experience very little pain and have little to no downtime. Even though scalp micropigmentation does not actually restore your hair, it is great at hiding any hair loss you are experiencing.

Another option for those suffering from hair loss is a hair transplant, which is a surgical procedure that is the only permanent solution for hair loss. This procedure will take a few hours and afterwards, there will be a bit of redness, some minor swelling and some scabbing where the hair was transplanted. This will usually clear up within a week.

Many people are opting to combine these treatments in order to reap the benefits that they each offer.

Getting Scalp Micropigmentation Before Having a Hair Transplant Surgery

It is normally recommended that young men do not get a hair transplant surgery until they are older, since their hair loss pattern is not very likely to be well established and it is essential that only permanent hair follicles that are not affected by androgenetic alopecia down the road are transplanted.

However, young men can get scalp micropigmentation and this may be an excellent option for young men who are unhappy with their current state of hair loss and are looking for a solution. If further hair loss occurs, you may need to have another treatment eventually and getting a hair transplant surgery is a viable option since there will not be any damage to your hair follicles or to your scalp.

Getting Scalp Micropigmentation After Having a Hair Transplant Surgery

There are some patients who had a hair transplant years ago and are looking to hide the scars from their surgery. This happens often for men who had the old-fashioned FUT “strip” surgery that left behind long and very apparent scars on the back of their head. Scalp micropigmentation allows for these scars to be camouflaged, which can help to restore self-confidence.

Combining Scalp Micropigmentation and a Hair Transplant

When patients have a hair transplant, there is only a certain amount of follicles that are able to be transplanted and this number can be further reduced if there is only a small donor area. After the hair transplant, scalp micropigmentation can help to enhance the appearance of the hair’s density.

If you would like to learn more about what hair loss treatments would be a good solution for you, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


By Dr. William Yates 24 May, 2017

Summer is almost here! Better weather means you need great sun protection to prevent a number of unsightly skin conditions.

There are so many options on the market today, it can be a bit confusing. When it comes to taking preventative skin care measures into your own hands, sunscreen is up high on the list.

Here is a break down so you can choose what you feel is best for your skincare needs!

 

The main two types of sun protection are physical and chemical.

 

Chemical sunscr eens are what you see most often on your shelves at your local stores, beaches and pool decks. They most often come in lotions or sprays. They are easily absorbed, hydrating to the skin and need about 20 minutes of curing time before sun exposure. These are designed to prevent sunburns but not to prevent tanning. They absorb the UV rays and then transform them into heat which is why it sill causes tanning, freckling, age spots and melasma.

 

Physical Sunscreen act differently creating a barrier on the skins surface that shields and reflects the UV rays. This type is best for problematic skin and works immediately when applied. The downside is it often leaves a white residue on the skins surface and is more easily rubbed off.

 

If your looking for the strongest preventative measure, in my opinion, physical sunscreen is the best option with proper usage in conjunction with internal and external antioxidants! We offer this powerful combination for you at Dr Yates Lifestyle Med Office for you to take home. Start your summer off with this new healthy habit!

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