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.

When most people hear the phrase “hair loss” their mind goes straight to the top of the head and hair loss associated with balding or thinning. Some people don’t realize that the hair on a person’s eyebrows can be just as vulnerable to the effects of stress, and a loss of eyebrow hair can be even more distressing than thinning hair on the top of the head.

How Does Stress Cause Eyebrow Hair Loss?

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From a scientific standpoint, eyebrow hair is no different than hair located elsewhere on the body. It’s not entirely clear how increased stress causes hair loss. Dermatologists believe that telogen effluvium, a condition where the body tells hair follicles to stop growing hair, is caused by hormones that the body produces in increased amounts as a reaction to anxiety. Further, ‘knitting the eyebrows’—prolonged and persistent rubbing of the eyebrow hair—is a common reaction to stress that can cause patchy growth. Because eyebrow hair takes longer to grow back, these patches can remain noticeable for longer.

What Can Be Done to Prevent Eyebrow Hair Loss?

The easiest way to reduce stress-related eyebrow hair loss is to reduce stress. Of course, that’s easier said than done with all the pressure of the modern world. For people who are noticing their eyebrows aren’t as thick as they used to be, the Brow Regenesis™ eyebrow restoration procedure may be just what the doctor ordered. This safe and effective restoration procedure is a reliable, low-risk option for individuals dealing with thinning eyebrows.

Schedule a Consultation With DiStefano Hair Restoration Center

The experts at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center have performed over 10,000 surgeries. Read testimonials from our patients. If you live in New England and are experiencing thinning eyebrows, we can help. Contact us today by calling (508) 756-4247 or filling out our contact form.

Hair transplant surgery has gained attention in recent years. Many folks like the idea of surgery that lasts but are unsure of the results associated with it. If you are experiencing hair loss and would like a permanent solution, here are three benefits to having hair transplant surgery.
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Your Hair Will Look Natural

Among the benefits of having a hair transplant procedure is the ability to mimic hair naturally. Over 1,000 follicular units are transplanted in a single session, and sometimes up to 4,000 units. The hair loss restoration surgeon will then place hair follicles to match the surrounding hair, taking into consideration the angle at which the follicle should be placed for the most natural results.

Surgery Is Minimally Invasive

For a follicular unit transplant (FUT), a local anesthetic is used to numb the area of the scalp where donor hairs will be removed. While lying down on a surface much like a massage table, the initial removal and suturing should only take around an hour. During this time, you can even watch a movie and relax. Learn more about what to expect on the day of surgery.

The Only Permanent Solution

Compared to over the counter products or prescription applications, a hair transplant is the only hair loss treatment that is permanent. Every other medical treatment needs to be continued or you can lose the benefit. For instance, If you stop taking Propecia or minoxidil (commonly known as Rogaine), you will continue to lose the hair that regrows. The transplanted follicles, on the other hand, should be permanent.

Our Staff Cares About Your Needs

Here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, our staff cares about your comfort and results. You can feel confident in our knowledge of up-to-date procedures while helping you choose a solution that will yield the best results. We’re available to answer any questions you may have to ensure you feel confident before your surgery. In fact, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about hair loss and our procedures.

When you are ready to schedule your surgery, choose DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. At DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, we guarantee patient satisfaction with all of our hair transplants because we’re confident in our advanced transplant procedures. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and see how easy it is to look your best.

Image of handsome man with head full of hairWhile the recovery time after a hair transplant procedure varies from patient to patient, there may be visible evidence that a transplant has taken place. However, this depends on the type of hair transplant that you have. For example, after the follicular unit transplantations (FUTs), patients will leave the office with only small staples at the donor area, which should not be visible under the hair.

So when is the best time to return to work following a hair transplant procedure? The answer is largely personal, but it may also depend on what type of job you have and how well you follow post-op recovery instructions.

Who Knows About the Transplant?

For patients who have been open with coworkers, friends, and family about their search for the right hair restoration procedure, returning to work after a transplant could be an exciting experience. It’s a chance to show off the results, to teach others who might be interested in the procedure, and to return as quickly as possible to everyday life. Recovery for these patients can be a visible, open process.

Conversely, some patients may not want their hair restoration to be so public. In this case, a longer, out-of-work recovery period may be needed, to allow the small scabs on the top of the scalp to heal more thoroughly. This could take anywhere from two to seven days or longer. However, we find that when the post-operative instructions are followed, 95% of our patients have the small scabs washed off by the end of seven days.

Can You Get Away With Hiding It?

Patients that are unable to wear a hat to work, and that are hoping to keep their hair transplant a secret, may find it a challenge to return to work before one week. However, if wearing a hat is permitted and safe on the job, the patient could return as early as two days after the procedure while still concealing any evidence of a hair transplant.

To help speed up recovery time and return to work more quickly, it’s important to know what to expect following a transplant and how to promote fast, healthy healing. Again, if all instructions are followed properly, 95 percent of patients at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center have the small scabs washed off their head by the end of seven days.

Be sure to discuss what recovery steps are right for you with your doctor. To get more information about different transplantation options in the New England area, give DiStefano Hair Restoration Center a call at (401) 736-8989 or fill out our contact form.

When it comes to hair loss, Rogaine (minoxidil) is one of the most commonly mentioned options for male pattern baldness and other thinning hair issues. If you’re considering hair restoration, here are four facts behind oft-repeated myths about this medication.

1. Myth: Rogaine doesn’t actually work.

It’s smart to be skeptical about products that promise hair regrowth; there are so many ineffective solutions on the market. However, Rogaine isn’t one of them. When used correctly, up to 50 percent of men who opt for this method of hair restoration have reported satisfaction with their level of regrowth. In fact, it’s the only topical hair growth solution approved by the FDA. Man checking his hair

2. Myth: Rogaine is only for men.

Because 90 percent of men are affected by hereditary baldness, they are the biggest consumers of hair restoration products like Rogaine. But what’s often unmentioned is that after age 40, about 40 percent of women notice thinning hair as well. Women’s Rogaine is a specialized solution for female clients who are concerned about hair loss.

3. Myth: Rogaine should only be used alone.

In fact, clinical trials reported by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery show that this topical medication is most effective at stimulating hair growth when combined with other hair restoration solutions and techniques, such as retinoids. A qualified physician can create a customized solution that best fits your hair loss needs.

4. Myth: Shampoos with minoxidil are the best baldness solution.

While expensive salons often add minoxidil to shampoos and charge higher prices for this hair loss solution, the fact is that pure minoxidil, in both 2 percent and 5 percent solutions, is usually a more effective and much less expensive option.

If you live in the Worcester area and are bothered by the appearance of thinning hair, talk to the expert staff at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center by calling (401) 736-8989. We can help you learn more about the cause of your hair loss and explore potential solutions that fit your lifestyle.