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16 04, 2018

Can Losing Weight Make Me Lose My Hair?

By | 2018-04-16T08:46:40+00:00 April 16th, 2018|hair loss|Comments Off on Can Losing Weight Make Me Lose My Hair?

Summer will be upon us before you know it. That’s why there are plenty of men and women working out to shed those extra pounds they have put on during the cold winter months. Weight loss can be a healthy thing for you body and it can do a lot to improve your overall health. It can give you more energy and give you confidence by helping you look and feel good. While that all sounds good, it can also be a cause for hair loss. The reasons for this we have listed below. Shocking Your System If the weight loss you have been working hard to achieve is dramatic, it can be a shock to your overall system. This can put a great deal of stress on your body and that causes a reaction known as survival mode. Your system will try and conserve energy and it can cut off hair growth as part of this process. The stress that is created can throw off your hormones and hair growth cycles. This can affect the periods of natural hair growth. The stress will eventually subside and when this happens the hair should begin to regrow normal again. Lack of Nutrients When it comes to losing weight the one thing many do it cut back on eating. This can result in a lack of nutrition. Dieting could have you cutting down on protein, iron and other nutrient rich foods that are vital for hair growth. When your body lacks nutrients then your system will cut off hair growth as a way to conserve energy for more essential tasks. Temporary Hair Loss The good news about hair loss that happens through weight loss is fortunately almost always temporary. Once your body settles back to normal, your hair follicles should go back to their normal hair growth cycle. If you put effort into eating foods that gives your body the nutrients it needs, then any hair loss that is a result of weight loss should subside as well. Hair Loss Prevention There are cases where hair loss after weight loss is inevitable; [...]

10 04, 2018

Childhood Hair Loss and Hair Replacement

By | 2018-04-10T14:00:01+00:00 April 10th, 2018|childhood hair loss, Non-Surgical Hair Replacement|Comments Off on Childhood Hair Loss and Hair Replacement

Pediatric hair loss can be devastating. Many believe that hair loss in children is not very common. However, statistics indicate that about 3% of all pediatric visits are related to childhood hair loss. The following conditions are responsible for the vast majority of pediatric hair loss: (1) tinea capitis, (2) alopecia areata, (3) trauma to the hair shaft, and (4) telogen effluvium. The good news is that hair loss in a majority of children will resolve itself. If this is the case for your child, coping with hair loss and the regrowth period will take center stage. However, about 40% of incidences of childhood hair loss do not resolve. And if you’re a parent to a child in that 40% whose hair loss does not correct itself, coping with your child’s hair loss is only a part of the process. Seeking a medical consultation and going for a second (and sometimes third!) opinion may be necessary in order to find out what is causing your child’s hair loss. Tinea capitis is the most common form of hair loss in children. According to Dr. Kao, Clinical Professor of Dermatopathology, Department of Dermatology, University of Maryland School of Medicine and George Washington University Medical School, tinea capitis is a disease caused by a fungal infection of the skin on the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. This particular type of fungus primarily attacks hair shafts and follicles. You may also have heard tinea capitis being referred to as ringworm of the scalp. Tinea capitis often looks like patches of red, inflamed scalp, which results in the hair becoming brittle and breaking off a few millimeters above the scalp. Children are most likely to contract this disease between the ages of three and seven. Treatment for this condition varies based on type of fungus and intensity of inflammation. Usually, medical care will include oral therapy, topical treatments, antifungal medications, shampoos, or a combination of some or all of the above. Trauma to the hair shaft is another common cause of hair loss in children, often presenting itself in the form of traction alopecia. Trichotillomania, the [...]

13 03, 2018

4 Things Your Hair Can Say About Your Health

By | 2018-03-13T08:13:16+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Female Hair Loss, mens hair loss|Comments Off on 4 Things Your Hair Can Say About Your Health

Most of us think of our hair as something that is "just there," like our nails, but we never really think of it as part of our body that gives us a clue about our health. When our hair goes through changes, like turning from thick, shiny hair to limp, dull looking hair, you may want to ask yourself what have you done recently to account for this dramatic change in your hair structure and texture. Did you swim in chlorinated pool, or change the color of your hair? These are just some of the things that can affect your hair. Dry, limp hair can also be a sign of hypothyroidism, also known as an underactive thyroid, that causes your metabolism to slow down. Other signs of hypothyroidism can be sudden weight gain, unexplained fatigue, and being cold all the time. If you suspect that hypothyroidism may be an issue you should see your doctor. Dandruff is not uncommon and most people can treat it with dandruff shampoo. If your dandruff turns into thick scaly patches then this could be a sign of psoriasis, an autoimmune disease where the skin goes into overdrive, speeding up the process of skin cell turnover. On average a person loses about 100 hairs a day. If you notice your hair looking thinner or coming out in clumps it might be a sign that something is going on. Sometime men's and women's hair loss happens because of extreme stress. It can also happen if you have a hormonal imbalance related to PCOS (polycyctic ovarian syndrome). Similarly, there are also medications that can cause hair loss, like birth control pills and antidepressants. Hair loss can happen for many reasons and it is best to talk to your doctor or a dermatologist about your symptons. If you suspect your medications might be the reason for your thinning hair, see if your doctor can recommend alternatives. One last sign of a serious problem could be dry, brittle hair that breaks easily. Your hair is made up of protein called keratin. If you are not getting enough protein in [...]

21 02, 2018

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

By | 2018-02-21T15:33:13+00:00 February 21st, 2018|hair restoration, Hair Transplantation|Comments Off on Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a surgical hair transplant procedure where a strip of hair is taken from the back and sides of the scalp where hair is more resistant to balding, and it is placed in areas where thinning or bald has occurred. The strip of hair is subdivided into slivers using a microscope. These slivers are composed of only one row of hair follicles which are subdivided into follicular unit grafts using dissection techniques. These grafts are placed in tiny incisions where they are needed to restore your hair and give you back an natural hairline. The amount of positioning of follicular unit grafts is what determines the aesthetic quality of a hair transplant. Every patient and their hair loss is different and so is the way a hair transplant surgeon artistically extracts and places hair follicles. A patient’s history of hair loss and the likelihood of future hair loss also determines what the surgeon needs to do to give you the hair and hair line you desire. Since follicular unit transplants mimic the way hair naturally grows, the results will look completely natural and be indistinguishable from one’s original hair. This is a minimally invasive procedure with a brief recovery period. It takes a great deal of experience and skill on the part of the hair transplant surgeon. At Hair Restoration Institute of Minnesota we work withh Dr. Kenneth Sanders and Dr. Gary Petrus who are both experts in hair transplants and they have helped thousands of men and women with hair loss. Donor Area One concern patients have is where the hair will come from. The donor area is that area of the scalp that where hair-bearing skin is removed with surgical precision. The hair is this area is generally thicker and more has more density. Hair is this area must not be subject to the effects of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which is known to cause hair loss. This is determined by the surgeon during a scalp analysis prior to the procedure. There is a minimal scar from the incision that is part of a successful procedure. [...]

8 01, 2018

I Have Alopecia. Now What?

By | 2018-01-08T11:31:19+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Alopecia Wigs, Female Hair Loss|Comments Off on I Have Alopecia. Now What?

I was recently diagnosed with Alopecia and I didn't know what it even was?  After doing a whole bunch of online research and talking with my doctor and subsequently with a Dermatologist, I decided to document my experience and keep a journal. Vern Cole and his lovely wife Patsy have very graciously allowed me to share it here, because I thought that if I didn't know what Alopecia was, there were probably a whole lot of other women who didn't know either, and while I started out scared and feeling alone and very vulnerable, I ended up in a very wonderful place of confidence and hope. It wasn’t until recently that I learned the word alopecia means “hair loss.” It was after complaining to my doctor about the clumps of hair that were falling out, and the bald patches developing around my ear. She diagnosed my condition as Alopecia Areata. I was told that Alopecia is a common form of hair loss for women over 50, and that there really isn’t anything to get worried about. I couldn’t help being worried and upset, my hair has always been one of my finest features, I want to keep it. I dove into doing research on Alopecia. I found that there is a lot of information out there on all types of alopecia and how it affects men, women and also children. There are various remedies that are used. Most importantly, I found a hair loss replacement center that recommended the best possible way to manage my type of alopecia. Alopecia... What Is It? Alopecia Areata affects about 5 million people in the United States, that includes both female and males alike. It’s an autoimmune disease where the bodies own immune system attacks the hair follicles in the scalp which causes them to fall out. It is not uncommon to also have a tingling sensation in the balding areas of your scalp. A person’s genetic makeup, stress, an illness that can bring on the hormone fluctuation levels and be factors that cause alopecia. The result can be a single bald patch, or [...]

28 12, 2017

Hair Transplant Surgery: When Is The Best Time?

By | 2018-01-08T11:56:46+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Hair Transplantation, mens hair loss|Comments Off on Hair Transplant Surgery: When Is The Best Time?

Hair Transplant Surgery: When Is The Best Time? The other day I was reading a forum on hair loss and the question was posed, regarding surgical hair restoration, “when is the ideal time to get a hair transplant?” If one person is asking this question, there are probably thousands who are wondering the same thing. The answer isn’t a simple one. The time for everyone is different so the question really should be, when is it the right time for you? Most people don’t just wake up one morning and decide that today is the day to get a hair transplant. Each of us have a different point that we reach when we come to that decision. It all depends on several factors: your existing state of hair loss your age the robustness of the harvest site your expectations Hair Transplants: Measuring Your Degree of Baldness For measuring the amount of baldness one has, there is a scale that is used called the Hamilton-Norwood scale. This gives a visual depiction of the many stages of hair loss. Each visual depiction has a level associated with it and the higher the level, the greater the amount of hair loss. Existing State of Hair Loss Your existing stage of hair loss can be related to many factors in your family history. If there are a number of individuals that have extensive hair loss, then there is a likelihood that you could suffer the same hair loss. If your hair loss has plateaued or slowed to a normal cycle, then you are a better candidate for a hair transplant surgery than if you were still going through genetic hair loss. Impact of Age While there is not exact age that you need to be undergo a hair transplant, generally it is not performed on individuals under 25 year of age. This is for two reasons, one is because it can cause what is known as “shock loss” where existing healthy hair is damaged during the transplant process because of being to close in proximity. Secondly, you may have hair that is genetically programmed [...]

10 12, 2017

Hair Transplants Using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

By | 2018-01-08T13:27:33+00:00 December 10th, 2017|FUE Hair Transplants, Neograft Hair Transplants|Comments Off on Hair Transplants Using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

What are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplants? One of the most sought after hair replacement surgeries is follicular unit extraction (FUE). It can offer patients that suffer from hair loss and thinning hair a method to help restore their hair. What we want to go over here are the basics of this method and the benefits the procedure. What Is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)? Follicular unit extraction hair transplantation is a technique that takes individual follicular units from the scalp. The FUE stands in contrast to follicular unit transplantation (FUT), known also as the “strip” method, where many hair follicles are removed at once. Each follicular unit graft contains 1, 2, 3 and sometimes 4 hairs. The advantage that FUE has over the traditional FUT strip method is that is allows patients to keep their hair shorter without noticing any scars, and the healing time is much shorter. Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)? The ideal candidates for FUE is someone who like to keep their hair short and has good hair density in the hair they have on the back of their head. They should stabilize their hair loss (medications, vitamins and low light laser hair therapy are methods used to do that). It is important that you have realistic expectations of the results you can expect from a hair transplant. It is not unusual for FUE procedures to be smaller sessions than the standard FUT procedures. It may, however, require more sessions to get the desired results. Is Scalp Tightness An Issue With Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)? There are some patients that have very tight scalps which can make the removal of hair very difficult with the strip method. The patients are perfect for the FUE method since the hair follicles are removed individually and not in a strip. Is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Useful To Correct Scalp Scarring? If you have scalp scaring from other procedures then FUE is an ideal procedure. Hair follicles grafts can be inserted into the prior strip scar to hide it. FUE is also used to help [...]

6 12, 2017

FUE Hair Transplant Surgery

By | 2017-12-06T15:19:52+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Hair Transplantation|Comments Off on FUE Hair Transplant Surgery

Comparison of Hair Transplantation Methods HRI currently offers two methods of hair transplant follicle extractions: the Strip Method and FUE Hair Transplant Surgery (Follicular Unit Extraction). When considering Medical Hair Transplantation, it is important to be well educated on the pros and cons of each of these methods before making a decision as to which is right for you. The Strip Hair Transplantation Method The Doctor removes a strip of tissue from the donor site that contains the hair follicles. The scalp is then brought back together and sutured (sutures remain in the donor site for 10-14 days before being removed). The tissue that has been removed is dissected down to “grafts” or follicular units containing one to four hairs each depending on the density of the donor hair. Once the strip has been dissected into many follicular units, the doctor places the receptor sites (microscopic incisions) to cover the area of concern. The individual follicular units are then “placed” (inserted) into these microscopic incisions one by one. The process is very similar to planting a seed. If you look at it this way, the scalp is the soil and the follicle is the seed. It’s miraculous and it absolutely works. The most difficult part of the process is the patience required to get through the waiting period before the hair actually starts to grow, because it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes approximately three months for the hair to emerge because the hair goes into the Telogen phase (resting/dormancy phase) after being transplanted. Like clockwork, once the three-month hair growth cycle has been completed, the hair begins to grow at the rate of approximately 1/2” per month and will grow for the rest of your life. Pros and Cons of the Strip Method: Pros: In comparison to Follicular Unit Extraction, the Strip Method requires less time to perform the actual procedure - 2 to 5 hours The Strip Method will yield a greater density than FUE - FUE will only yield approximately 2/3 of what the Strip Method can yield. The Strip Method is a less expensive procedure than the [...]

13 07, 2017

Best 2017 Hairstyles for Men Based on Face Shape (Infographic)

By | 2018-01-08T12:08:05+00:00 July 13th, 2017|mens non-surgical hair replacement|Comments Off on Best 2017 Hairstyles for Men Based on Face Shape (Infographic)

For most men with male pattern baldness or thinning hair will tell you their hair loss drastically affects their appearance, and their self-esteem. Today thankfully in Bloomington, MN there is the Hair Restoration Institute. They are a leader in men's non-surgical hair replacement and leading edge, clinically proven hair loss treatments for men experiencing hair loss and thinning hair. Their latest breakthrough hair loss techniques and procedures allows men to get their hair back so they can have a full head of hair that not only looks great but moves and feels so natural. Today men’s non-surgical hair replacement solution not only gives you back your hair but you can style it to highlight your personal sense of style and face shape. The infographic below, from the guys at Men’s Hairstyles Today, shows you a few of the very best haircuts and styles that may compliment your own personal style.

30 05, 2017

Breast Cancer and Hair Loss

By | 2017-10-11T14:45:55+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Chemotherapy Wigs|Comments Off on Breast Cancer and Hair Loss

Most of us have been touched in one way or another by someone with breast cancer. If you or someone you love is battling breast cancer, you are not alone. The American Cancer Society’s estimate is that there were 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer that is diagnosed in the United State last year alone. The toll it takes physically an emotionally can be devastating. Breast cancer victims face difficult battles from surgery, to chemotherapy and hair loss. We consider it a great honor in being able to help many of these women as they start the fight of their lives. Chemotherapy and Hair Loss Chemotherapy drugs are designed to attack fast-growing cancer cells in the body. Unfortunately, chemotherapy treatments also attack fast-growing healthy cells. As a result, fast growing hair follicle cells are very sensitive to chemotherapy drugs and treatments so most patients experience hair loss. In most cases, however, such hair loss is not permanent. Patients normally begin to regrow their hair in three to 12 months after their final chemotherapy treatment. For many women, the hair that regrows comes back with a slight change in texture or slightly altered shade. It can also come back much finer and thinner. Medical Wigs and Hair Replacement Systems Today’s advanced, state-of-the-art custom made human hair wigs and non-surgical hair replacement systems for women provide the undetectable look and feel of real, natural growing hair. In terms of both feel and look, today’s modern women’s hair replacement are virtually impossible to tell apart from your own natural growing hair. Today’s women’s hair replacement systems are custom designed to match your own natural hair texture, color and hair style. This attention to detail has allowed us to help thousands of women that have to cope with hair loss due to their battle with breast cancer and other types of genetic and medically related hair loss. Medical wigs and hair prostheses are perfect for women who anticipate undergoing chemotherapy treatments. We do recommend, however, that you make an appointment early (before treatments begin) so that we can match the color and texture [...]