Self-esteem does not have a universal definition. Someone’s ability to speed read might be his or her calling card, while others may bask in the glow of big piles of cash, their memories of athletic feats from days of yore, and so on.

But each example above pales in comparison to how hair loss – and other personal appearance matters – can set you way back on your road to maximum self-esteem. That’s especially true for young adults who don’t see the problem coming, and often don’t react well when it arrives. In fact, some men with a family history of hair loss can start losing their hair before they are 21 and start balding by 25 years of age.

The Negative Impact of Hair Loss

Fear of Not Looking Attractive to Other People

When you open a copy of GQ or Vanity Fair magazine and flip through all the fashion and cosmetics ads, it’s hard to find a model with missing hair. And like it or not, advertising and mass media entertainment have a great deal to do with how we view ourselves and want to be viewed by others. If you do

n’t fit the mold, it’s easy to feel traumatized to the point of social isolation.

Depression and Embarrassment

Research shows that people with alopecia have higher levels of anxiety and depression. Much of that stems from the feeling there’s nothing they can do to compensate for hair loss or premature balding. When you live and work among others who obsess about looking their best, and you don’t think you can match them in pure physical attractiveness, it’s easy to find fault with yourself. And nothing is easier to spot than only a partially covered scalp. It can be embarrassing, and embarrassment can lead to anxiety and depression.

Affects Social Life

What do you notice first about someone when you enter a room? Their shoes? The color of their eyes? What clothing brand they’re wearing? For many, it’s the hair – color, style, length and all. And no one is more acutely aware of that than those with thinning hair or premature balding. So, they tend to keep a low profile socially, wear hats, etc. – studies show it can even negatively impact job performance.

If hair loss is negatively affecting the way you feel about yourself, it’s time to book a free consultation with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’re here to help you feel better about you, so why not take us up on our offer?!

We all want strong, healthy, beautiful hair. And while some of it is genetics, a lot has to do with how well you take care of the locks you were given. So, to help your hair look and feel as healthy as possible, here are 10 easy habits to start making your own.

  • Go au natural. Pick a couple of days each week to let your hair rest and recuperate from everything it routinely endures. Let it air dry, skip heat styling products, and skip the ponytail, braids, or headband to avoid pulling on the hair shaft.
  • Get regular trims. Regular haircuts help reduce split ends and breakage.
  • Protect hair from heat. If you must heat style, coat it with a protective spray prior to applying heat, but don’t use high levels of heat for any longer than necessary. Use a diffuser with your blow dryer or switch to the cooler setting.
  • Deep condition weekly. Give your hair a boost of hydration with a deep conditioner designed for your hair type.
  • Change products seasonally. In the summer months, you may want hair products that are lighter and won’t weigh your hair down. During drier, colder months, choose moisturizing products to boost hydration.
  • Avoid extra-hot showers. Hot water dries out hair and skin alike. If you color your hair, hot water also will wash away the color faster than you would probably like.
  • Brush once a day. Excessive brushing breaks weak ends and stretches hair. If you need to restyle during the day, do so gently with your fingers if possible and, when using a brush, choose plastic over bristle.
  • Leave it alone. Anytime you twirl your hair, pull it back into a ponytail, pick at split ends, etc., you put undo pressure on your hair and hair shafts. Your best bet is to simply leave it alone.
  • Take care of your scalp. Do you find yourself constantly scratching your head due to dryness or itchy spots? Try a shampoo that soothes itchiness and moisturizes the scalp. If that doesn’t do the trick, consult a doctor.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Feed your hair with the nutrients and minerals it needs, like protein and iron. In fact, some studies reveal a direct connection between iron deficiency and female patterned hair loss.

The point is, take good care of what you were born with, so you look and feel your best.

Although transplanted grafts are permanent, all things on the body are subject to the aging process. The transplanted hair will become finer and will turn gray with time, just as in the back of your scalp. Grafted hair is your own natural hair that will react and change with time just as the other hair on your head does.

Is a Hair Transplant the Right Choice for You?

Hair transplants can be effective treatments for permanent hair loss. But as with any procedure, it’s important to discuss your options and potential outcomes with your doctor.

Perhaps your doctor will recommend a hair loss medication as a first step, such as Propecia, to see what results, if any, are

achieved within six months.

In most cases, patients should wait until they are close to 25 years old to undergo a hair transplant. At that age, the hair loss pattern is more established. Younger patients may need revision surgeries later on to correct the hairline as more hair falls out.

Patients with diffuse pattern baldness can be candidates for hair transplants, depending on hair distribution. And yet additional procedures might be required to cover larger areas of thinning. Those with severe hair loss should not expect complete coverage from a hair transplant but may be able to restore their hairline and improve their appearance or grooming options.

Recovery Time of a Hair Transplant

The recovery time after a hair transplant is fairly short. After about a week, you can return to normal activities. The transplanted hairs will shed over time, but new hair will grow in its place from the transplanted follicles. On average, patients can expect to see about 60% new hair growth within 6-9 months in the affected area and about 90-100% around the 12 month mark. For the next 12 months after that, the hairs will gain thickness.

Hair transplants can be a permanent solution to your hair loss problem. Make an appointment today with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to discuss your options and to find out if now is the best time for you to get started.

 

Hair loss is like a sniper. It can strike without warning, and from almost anywhere. Not a very pretty way of looking at it, but it’s true.

What’s more, hair loss can come on “just like that” or more gradually – not just affecting your scalp, but potentially your whole body. And, as you no doubt already know, some types of hair loss and temporary while others are permanent.

Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:

  • Aging takes its toll. The aging process is the leading cause of hair loss for both men and women.  In men, the process often begins with a receding hairline on the forehead, one that looks like the letter M. More than half of men 50 or older have signs of hair loss. It reaches 4 out of 5 men by age 70.
  • Immune system goes on offense. Sometimes your immune system can be your best friend, while it also can turn tail on you. Take, for example, when you begin noticing bald spots on your scalp about the size of a quarter. That may signify a medical condition known as alopecia areata. The process can begin from childhood on and stems from your immune system attacking your hair follicles, thus causing patches of hair to fall out. Your hair may grow back, but here’s no guarantee it will.
  • Physical or emotional shock. In this instance, hair starts falling out A physical or emotional shock is another common origin of hair loose. It starts with hair falling out when you wash or comb it – or even just gently tugging on it. But we’re not talking a few strands of hair here and there; we’re talking about handfuls at a time. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.
  • Medical conditions or treatments. Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back. Other medical conditions associated with hair loss include cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, and heart problems.
  • Infections. Things like ringworm can create scaly patches on the scalp and bald spots. The hair usually grows back after treatment. Folliculitis is another hair-loss infection, but one that can be prevented. Folliculitis is caused by bacteria entering your skin through damaged hair follicles. And it’s things like shaving or plucking scalp hair wearing tight hats, and frequently touching your scalp that can cause it.

 

Now you know at least some of the causes of hair loss. And now you can learn about how DiStefano Hair Restoration Center can make you look like you again – the you with a full head of air. Click here to Request a Free Consultation Today.

While using the right hair care products can improve hair health, diet also makes a big difference. Find out how to keep hair stronger and healthier with nutritious food.

Start Strong With the B Vitamins

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Vitamins B6, B9, and B12 are integral to the creation of red blood cells, which transport nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. A healthy scalp depends on a person consuming enough of these vitamins for healthy levels of oxygen to reach it. A lack of these vitamins can result in hair that grows too slowly or is weak and brittle. B6 is found in a wide range of foods, including oatmeal, potatoes, garbanzo beans, carrots, avocados, and strawberries. Get a healthy dose of B12 by consuming seafood, dairy products, and various kinds of nut milk, among other foods. Also called folate, B9 appears in many foods including spinach, beans, berries, and papayas.

Incorporate Iron and Zinc

Iron is an essential element that aides red blood cells to carry oxygen. Insufficient iron levels lead not only to debilitating conditions such as anemia but also to possible hair loss in women and men. To get enough iron, eat dark green vegetables, beans, and whole grains. Meat is an excellent source of iron, and the iron found in meat and fish is more easily absorbed by the body than the iron in plants. Also crucial for hair health is zinc, which helps with hair growth and building hair protein. Both iron and zinc are needed for the formation of keratin, which is the primary component of hair, and according to the International Journal of Trichology, a zinc deficiency can result in considerable hair loss. To get adequate levels of zinc, try eating more seeds, mushrooms, cashews, pecans, and peanut butter.

Cut Back on Sugar

It’s well known that consuming too much sugar can cause a number of health issues. According to a 15-year study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, participants in the study who consumed 25 percent or more of daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease than those whose diet included less than 10 percent added sugar. But sugar isn’t just a danger to heart health. Sugary foods complicate the body’s chemistry; the resulting spike in blood sugar results in too much insulin and androgen production. Androgen is a hormone that can make hair follicles shrink, leading to hair loss. To start cutting back on sugar in a small way, try forgoing sugary sweets like pastries and doughnuts for breakfast and instead opting for a bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit.

Don’t Forget Protein & Fatty Acids

In addition to carbohydrates, a healthy body needs a healthy balance of protein and fatty acids. Hair is made of protein, so a proper intake is necessary for hair health. Protein is found in meats, beans, lentils, peas, broccoli, sprouts, and many other foods. Essential fatty acids strengthen hair and improve its texture. Good sources of fatty acids are pumpkin seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils.

Find Fresh Produce for Vitamin C

Vitamin C isn’t just for taking whenever a cold comes along—hair follicles can also benefit. Vitamin C works with iron in the transportation of oxygen by red blood cells. It also helps form collagen, which hair follicles need to stay healthy. Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables, including oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, bell peppers, and tomatoes, to name a few.

The doctors at Distefano Hair Restoration Center can offer additional nutritional and hair maintenance guidance for healthy hair. We can also consult with you regarding hair loss restoration techniques. Contact us today at 800-785-4247 to schedule an appointment.

image of a man's hairPlatelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP Therapy) is a non-surgical hair restoration procedure that has been shown to be effective in restoring quantity and volume of thinning hair. Male pattern baldness can successfully be treated with this therapy, but it is also suitable for both men and women who are experiencing thinning hair. Here are some of the details about this exciting therapy.

How Platelet-Rich Plasma Is Derived

In the human body, platelets are necessary for wound healing. Along with red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma, platelets are components of blood. When a vial of a person’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to remove the red and white cells, what’s left is concentrated platelet-rich plasma. This solution can be used to accelerate wound healing in many applications; uses abound in dentistry, orthopedic surgery, and skin rejuvenation, among other fields. It can also be used to stimulate hair growth and increase the fullness of hair.

How PRP Therapy Works

The hormones and growth factors found in platelet-rich plasma, including transforming growth factor (TGF) and epidermal growth factor (EGF), have been shown to stimulate hair growth. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic sites a study from 2014 in India where men with male-pattern baldness experienced 30 percent more growth in thinning areas after undergoing PRP Therapy sessions. The platelets and plasma are derived directly from a patient, typically taken from the arm, are activated, and are then injected under the scalp wherever hair growth is desired. Rejection is not an issue since the patient’s own blood is used to derive the products. The procedure is considered very safe, with no drug interactions to worry about. And, aside from a mild feeling of pressure at the injection site, there are no side effects associated with PRP Therapy. Within a few months, the treated hair follicles show signs of repair in the form of visible new hair growth.

Who Can Benefit From PRP Therapy

Good candidates for PRP Therapy are individuals with thinning hair, including hair loss at the top of the scalp as well as a receding hairline. It is also a beneficial therapy option for people with androgenetic alopecia. In some cases of hair loss, it may be helpful to combine PRP therapy with hair transplantation.

DiStefano Hair Restoration Center can answer your questions about hair restoration procedures. We’ve been at the forefront of the hair transplantation industry for over 20 years, with more than 10,000 hair transplant procedures successfully completed. We also offer laser therapy hair maintenance in addition to PRP therapy. Give us a call at 508-756-4247 to discuss your hair restoration options and schedule a free, private consultation.

Image of older man with grey hairAccording to statistics from the American Hair Loss Association, nearly two-thirds of all men will experience some noticeable hair loss by the time they reach the age of 35. Baldness or thinning hair is primarily caused by genetics, but hygiene can also play a role in hair loss. While specially-formulated hair care products can provide hair with much of what it needs to be healthy, the frequency and timing of hair washing should be taken into account.

Natural Hair Oils

Hair follicles contain oil-producing glands known as sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, a natural substance that is healthy for hair roots in certain amounts. At times in a person’s life, however, sebum production goes into overdrive. The build-up of sebum can cause the follicle to clog, restricting hair growth. While this is most commonly a problem for those undergoing puberty or pregnancy, it can also apply to men undergoing testosterone treatment for medical reasons. Regular washing with shampoo can help remove these oils and maintain a healthy amount of sebum on the scalp.

Over-Washing Hair

More commonly, the mistake people make in their hair-care routine is over-washing. The immediate effect of washing the hair too much is that weak or dead hairs fall out. In the long-term, too much washing with shampoo and conditioner can make the hair dry, brittle, and more likely to break off or fall out. This is due to the sulfates and other chemicals found in most shampoos.

So, How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

Each person is different—there is no magic answer. Those who are producing more sebum should consider washing more often. It may be surprising, but in general, try to shoot for washing with shampoo no more than three to four times a week. This doesn’t mean the hair can’t get wet, though. Continue to massage and exfoliate the scalp during showers to remove excess dead skin and dirt.

Even people who follow the strictest of hygiene regimens are not immune to the effects of time and genetics. Thankfully, those who suffer from hair loss now have more options than ever before. Modern medicine has developed a number of safe and effective hair loss restoration techniques that can restore a person’s hair and confidence. DiStefano Hair Restoration Center is at the forefront of applying these techniques and helping patients look and feel their best. With convenient locations across New England and highly-experienced doctors, DiStefano Hair Restoration Center is your best choice for reducing the effects of hair loss. Contact us today to learn more.

There are many elements of human anatomy that are unchangeable. From face shape to eye color, many traits are coded into DNA from birth. Does male pattern baldness fit into this category? It’s time to weed the myths out from the facts.

Old Wives Tales

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Many people believe that male pattern baldness is the mother’s fault. The truth is, although there is a key gene for baldness on the X (or female) chromosome, there are numerous genetic factors that go into male pattern baldness. In fact, men with bald fathers are more likely to have less hair density than men without bald fathers. So, it’s not fair to blame it all on mom!

The Real Cause of Male Pattern Baldness

There’s a reason that some men have full heads of hair well into their 70s and 80s while others find themselves balding in their 20s. Most commonly, hair loss is caused by a body’s sensitivity to androgens, which is a type of male sex hormone. This results in a reduction in the size of hair follicles, which produce shorter, finer strands over time, and then eventually stop producing hair altogether. Without a hair follicle transplant, this will eventually lead to baldness.

Guessing Game

Although androgen sensitivity has been zeroed in as one of the leading causes of male pattern baldness, the truth is that the jury is still out. In fact, researchers studying male pattern baldness at the University of Edinburgh currently believe there could be over 280 different genes involved in predicting whether men will go bald and potentially need hair loss restoration procedures. This means it may soon be possible to predict if men will have balding based on their genetics.

Balding and Male Health

It’s not just what men inherit genetically that determines balding; there are also health elements involved. Male pattern baldness has been linked to cases of heart disease, hypertension, and higher cholesterol. One study from the U.S. National Library of Medicine even found that men from 35 to 65 involved in the study had double the risk of hair loss if they had a blood pressure reading above 120 over 80 (the average reading). It’s clear that heart health and male pattern balding may be linked, but to what degree researchers are still unsure.

The causes of male pattern baldness are complicated, but luckily there are numerous solutions. If you are experiencing balding, then turn to the team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’ve been at the forefront of the hair transplantation industry for more than 20 years. Give us a call today at 508-756-4247.

Hair transplant recipients often wonder if their new transplanted hair will match the hair naturally growing immediately around it. The truth is, it varies from patient to patient. For example, someone who has experienced little to no graying should experience one consistent color, while someone whose donor area had previously turned gray may notice two distinct shades growing together in the transplant area.

Luckily, hair transplants can still deliver desirable, natural results.

Predicting How Well Hair Will Match

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For patients who are already experiencing graying, either in the donor area or the areas receiving a transplant, mismatching is much more likely. The good news is that transplanted hairs are placed in the recipient area of the scalp in a relatively random order. So, even if two different shades are present, they are likely to be distributed evenly and thus less noticeable.

Predicting how well the transplanted hair will match is a little tougher for patients who are not yet graying. Everyone’s hair changes over the years, so it’s impossible to predict very early on just how color distribution will look long after a transplant is performed.

When Can Transplanted Hair Be Dyed?

Hair transplant recipients who want a more uniform distribution of color in transplant areas may wonder when it’s possible to start dying it. Again, the answer depends on the patient.

How quickly one heals after surgery is a big factor. It’s critical that all incisions and recipient areas have fully healed before reaching for hair dye. The chemicals used in hair dye could potentially damage the follicles if they have not fully healed. Additionally, patients may want to wait four to six weeks for the transplanted hairs to complete their initial shock period to ensure that the grafts are firmly in place and receiving adequate blood flow.

For more information about hair transplants, post-surgery care, and more, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today. We’ve been at the forefront of the hair transplantation industry for more than 15 years and have successfully performed more than 5,000 hair transplant procedures for both men and women.

Losing hair can be scary, especially when it happens suddenly and unexpectedly. While we typically hear more about hair loss in men, it happens almost as often in women. It’s important not to panic when a few extra strands fall out in the shower, as there are numerous causes for female hair loss.

Natural Causes

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Most of the time, thinning hair is hereditary. It’s common for women to gradually see a widening to their part in their 50s and 60s, although this could even happen in the teen years. Hormonal changes can also be a natural cause of thinning hair, especially as a result of the natural hormonal changes that occur from menopause. However, if it is determined that your hair loss is caused by hormonal changes, it is important to see a medical provider that could treat this imbalance. The most common hormonal imbalances that we see are an imbalance of Thyroid Stimulation Hormone (TSH) or an excess of testosterone. The good news is that there are medications that can help stabilize these hormones.

Physical and Medical Issues

A thinning mane isn’t always caused by genes and hormones; sometimes there is a medical condition to blame. According to the Mayo Clinic, it could be indicative of a thyroid condition, auto-immune issue, pregnancy, or anemia. Skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis may also cause hair to fall out. In fact, anything that changes the hair’s growth cycle could be the culprit—that means medication, severe illness or infection, and even chemical exposure could play a role.

Sometimes people may experience hair loss as the side effect of a treatment. For example, chemotherapy can cause hair to fall out on the head and body, and sometimes other medications can have the same effect. Physical trauma, such as a severe illness or surgery, could also cause hair to fall out. Stress and emotional shock or trauma could also be to blame.

Self-Induced Hair Loss

Believe it or not, sometimes women cause their own hair to fall out! Certain hairstyles, like cornrows or tight braids, traumatize the hair, and it falls out as a result. Heated hair tools, like blow dryers and flat irons, as well as other treatments like harmful dyes and chemicals, have similar damaging effects. Even aggressive towel drying can damage the hair! Harmful hair products can be replaced with the Tricomin® hair care product line.

If you have noticed sudden or dramatic hair loss, schedule a checkup with your primary care physician to be sure that there’s no underlying medical issue. Then, call DiStefano Hair Restoration Center at (401) 736-8989 to schedule an appointment to explore your treatment options.