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.

 

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.

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.