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Are You A Candidate For A Hair Transplant?

One of the most common questions we get at Maxim Hair Restoration is “Am I a good candidate for hair transplant surgery?” Well, there are definitely a number of factors that help determine a patient’s candidacy, such as overall health, hair and scalp color, number of hair follicles, shape and thickness of your hair, and even the flexibility of your scalp.

Unfortunately, none of us as humans are perfect, and we tend to take our youth and health for granted sometimes. Most of us assume that we are invincible, that we would never get sick, and in this case, that we will never lose our hair; and that those of us with thick full heads of hair think it will stay that way for the rest of our lives.

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Good Candidate for Hair Transplant

The truth is, many people will experience hair loss due to a variety of factors, whether from genetics, aging, hormones, or other lifestyle factors, during their lifetime. Research shows that an estimated 30 million women and as many as 50 million men will experience hair loss. For men, it is called male-patterned baldness (MPB). Women can also experience patterned baldness, but it is more common among men.

Fortunately, we are always looking towards new technological and scientific advances in the medical field, including for hair loss. These medical advancements have given people suffering from severe hair loss (alopecia), especially genetic hair loss, new found hope, especially with the advent of hair transplant surgery. Hair transplant surgery restores lost hair, allowing people to regain their youthful appearance, confidence, and not feel embarrassed or ashamed anymore to show who they truly are.

Donor hair density is one of the important factors a doctor will examine and consider when making their decision, if you are a good hair transplant candidate. The density is measured by how many follicular units (FU´s) there are per cm². FU´s are natural groupings of hairs. Doing a physical examination is needed for the physician to determine if you are a candidate for hair transplant surgery. Using magnified images of a patient’s donor hair, a physician can determine the number of fine and miniaturized donor hairs available. Patients with 25 percent or more of their donor hair in miniaturized form are great candidates for hair transplantation.

Therefore, the higher the number of miniaturized hairs present in the donor area, the more a person is a candidate for a hair transplant. As well, the less contrast there is between hair and scalp color, the better a candidate you will be for a hair transplant, as there will be increased potential for better coverage, decreasing your chance that the procedure will fail.

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To find out if hair transplant surgery is right for you, there are a number of factors that influence your candidacy. You and your physician will set up a consultation to examine you, and determine your best options. Your physician will explain the pros and cons of the different treatment options available, and you will be able to ask as many questions as you want, in order to gain a clear understanding of the hair transplant procedure. This will help you and your consulting physician make the appropriate determination of what is best for your specific situation, as everyone is different.

During the hair transplant consultation, the doctor will determine if you are a candidate for the hair transplant procedure, by checking the thickness of your hair (density), specifically of the donor hair and the softness (laxity) of the scalp. When an individual has high donor density, the hair follicles, where the hair comes out from, or follicular units, signifies that it usually contains multiple hairs. Low donor density means they your follicular units usually contains only one hair. If it turns out that the individual has a very loose or soft scalp, if they are a candidate for the transplant procedure, a larger donor strip of hair can be removed, whereas, someone with a tighter scalp, means only a thin donor strip will be possible to remove.

If it is determined that you are a good candidate for a hair transplant procedure, a plan is constructed with the goal of achieving the best possible hair restoration for you, taking into account balding pattern, how much donor hair is available, etc. The plan may call for one or several hair transplant surgeries, as everyone is different.

Around for over 60 years, hair transplantation surgery has been helping people suffering from hair loss to regain confidence and self-esteem. Traditional hair transplantation, also known as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), involves removing a narrow strip of hair from another area of the head called a donor site, commonly the back of the head; then, transplanting these hair follicles onto the areas where the hair is balding or thinning.

The hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is responsible for why people progressively lose their hair. During a hair transplant, the hair follicles taken from the donor site are resistant to the DHT hormone, and therefore, when transplanted into the desired area, these follicles will continue to grow naturally, and not fall out.

The hair transplant procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, making it a fairly simple outpatient procedure. Depending on the extent of hair loss, and the amount of grafts that were transplanted, the procedure can take anywhere from four to eight hours. There may be swelling and bleeding after the procedure, and patients may experience inflammation around the new hair follicles growing in, that can be controlled with medication and cold compresses.

To learn if you are a candidate for a hair transplant, Contact MAXiM today for a consultation.

The Effects Of Hair Loss On Your Self Esteem

For those with alopecia, a condition resulting in hair loss/baldness, self-esteem plays a huge role. People who experience hair loss, whether a man or woman, usually have a lower self-esteem, as the emotional aspects of losing hair or living with hair loss can be challenging and hard to cope with.

“Ugly is a field without grass, a plant without leaves, or a head without hair.” – Ovid, The Silent Woman

For many people who become bald or experience hair loss, this quote rings true, as this is how they feel about themselves. Self-esteem is defined as a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of their own worth. In other words, self-esteem is what we believe about ourselves, accompanied by an emotional state such as pride or shame. Self-esteem can be high or low, depending on various factors physiologically and psychologically.

Effects Of Hair Loss On Your Self Esteem

Nobody wants to lose their hair. The discovery of hair loss is in fact a stressful experience for both men and women, but considerably more distressing for a woman. Throughout the course of history, evidence has shown, that attitudes towards baldness and hair loss have been overwhelmingly negative. Therefore, living with a condition such as alopecia can be difficult in a culture where they view hair as a symbol of youthfulness and good health.

Hair loss affects more than 50 million Americans, with 20 percent of them being women. Everyone loses their hair, it happens while taking a shower, when you brush it, and even when you play with it. You look down at your brush, and see it all right there. On average, a person’s scalp has approximately 100,000 hair follicles. This is where the strand of hair grows out of, and these follicles are located just below the skin’s surface. It is normal that on average, a person will lose fifty to one hundred hairs a day.

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Hair loss can be temporary, but in many unfortunate cases it can be permanent. Whether your hair loss is temporary or permanent depends on a variety of factors, such as genetics, hormone levels, overall health, nutrition, and natural aging. Hair loss can also be due to certain medications (like birth control), hormone imbalances, chemotherapy, stress, skin problems, and other reasons. Many aspects of our lifestyle from what we eat to how we treat our hair affect the strength of hair fibers.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, genetic hair loss (known as androgenetic alopecia) is the most common cause of hair loss. The gene can be inherited from either your mother or father’s side of the family, though you’re more likely to have it if both of your parents had hair loss.

Indeed, genetics plays a very big role in hair loss, and close to that are the basics such as good health, balanced diet, hair maintenance, and hormone levels. It is true that most people have slower hair growth as they age, due to the body’s overall growth and rejuvenation slowing down. 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.

Hair loss can result in the following:

1. Loss of personal attractiveness and fear of not looking attractive to other people

Hair is an important element of physical attractiveness, and a means of expressing individuality. Hair loss affects a person’s individual feelings of how attractive they look. For women, it is especially hard to live in a society that places youthful appearance and attractiveness on a high pedestal. Women are known for spending a lot of time and money grooming, dyeing, and styling their hair to make it look its best. So, when they begin to lose their hair, it is extremely traumatic, and all confidence is lost.

2. Feelings of depression, anxiety, and embarrassment

Hair loss often results in depression and anxiety. In a world or place where people are obsessed with always looking their best, and caring what other people think is the norm, research shows that people who have alopecia have higher levels of anxiety and depression, and believe that they cannot do anything to help the issue.

People who experience hair loss, both men and women, have a tendency to camouflage or hide their hair loss or bald spots. A natural reaction to avoid feeling ridiculed or being teased by others.

3. Affects social life

Hair is like a trademark, and one of the first features that people notice about you. Those affected by hair loss become aware of how important hair is in a social setting, and may find a way to avoid social settings and even work. Hair loss may cause someone to limit social activities, even avoid seeing friends and stop going out except to work.

If you are a person who is experiencing some type of hair loss, there are things that can be done to raise self-esteem and confidence. Exercising, eating a healthy diet, or wearing a fun wig are all things that can be done to make yourself or someone you know suffering from alopecia feel better psychologically and aesthetically.

Remember that hair loss treatments are available. It is more than just being about your physical appearance; it’s all about your psychological and emotional well-being.

If hair loss is negatively affecting the way you feel about yourself, and how you live your daily life, you have options, and it is okay to reach out for help! Hair loss treatment can restore your self-confidence, and improve your self-esteem, so you can be the best you.

To learn more about how baldness and hair loss can affect your self-esteem, MAXIM Hair Restoration has locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area. Contact MAXiM today for a consultation.

When Does A Hair Transplant Not Work Well?

It is rarely the case that a hair transplant does not go well, particularly if the patient and doctor have discussed the patient’s goals and objectives and reached a mutual agreement regarding a specific course of action. This discussion typically occurs during the initial consultation process, at which time the doctor can evaluate the patient’s overall health as well as the availability of sufficient donor hair to achieve the level of coverage and density desired by the patient.

If any conditions exist that might have an adverse impact on the outcome of a hair transplant procedure, the doctor will be able to readily identify these issues during the consultation process, long before these issues can have any sort of a negative impact on the results the patient experiences. Once any issues are identified, the doctor may be able to recommend corrective action — the cessation of tobacco use, for example. Other issues, such as a lack of adequate donor hair or progressive hair loss of existing (non-transplanted hair), could be more difficult to overcome, but there are certainly options available for a doctor to recommend to a patient dealing with such an issue.

Of course, patients that fail to adhere to any of the doctor’s instructions — whether those instructions pertain to the pre- or post-operative process — are far more likely to experience adverse consequences resulting in a hair transplant that does not work as well as it should. For example, a patient who engages in strenuous activity immediately following the completion of a strip hair restoration might find that the increased blood flow throughout the body — the scalp included — prevents some of the transplanted follicles from becoming permanently established in the recipient site. Post-operative missteps such as this can be corrected, but it is obviously best if patients simply abide by the pre- and post-operative care instructions to ensure an exceptional outcome right from the start.

Last but not least, taking care of your existing hair is important to achieving a good result. If your existing hair continues to fall, you may not be satisfied with your end result because it will be 1 minus 1 = Zero. Therefore, it is paramount to use Rogaine / Minoxidil 5% and/or Propecia to preserve your existing hair.

How To Correct A Poorly Performed Hair Transplant ?

It should go without saying that patients should do everything within their power to ensure they avoid a bad hair transplant in the first place, but this is not always possible for patients who have already undergone an outdated procedure that did not turn out the way the patient originally expected. Fortunately, it is possible for a bad hair transplant to be corrected by a skilled and experienced hair restoration doctor.

In fact, there are actually quite a few corrective options available to patients who are not satisfied with the result of a previous hair transplant. In the case of an outdated hair transplant procedure using plugs or mostly mini grafts, a doctor can utilize a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) using micro grafts (1 to 2 hair follicles) to create a more natural-looking result that effectively obscures the undesirable appearance of the previous procedure. In some cases, although its difficult, it may also be possible for the doctor to remove the previously transplanted grafts so they can be separated and rearranged for a much more natural-looking appearance.

Sometimes, a patient’s hair transplant is not actually “bad” by any objective measure, but simply no longer suits the patient’s needs in terms of their preferred hairstyle. Patients who have previously undergone a strip hair restoration procedure, for example, may later decide to keep their hair much shorter than they had before. A shorter hairstyle might reveal the thin, horizontal scar left behind by the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), so doctors might recommend that the patient consider Scalp Micropigmentation, which is especially effective in covering up the scar from an FUT procedure. Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical procedure that uses advanced medical grade pigment to provide a natural look. It takes 3 to 4 sessions of 1 to 3 hours each. The initial sessions are 2 to 3 hours whereas the subsequent sessions can be 1 to 1.5 hrs.

Do Hair Transplants Always Work?

Hair transplants have an exceptional rate of success, and there is no reason why a hair transplant would not work as long as the patient carefully abides by the pre- and post-operative instructions provided by your hair transplant surgeon throughout the various stages of this process. This may include specific dietary instructions during the period of time leading up to the procedure, and patients who use tobacco products will be asked to discontinue tobacco use for several weeks both before and after the procedure is completed. Also, one cannot take alcohol, Vitamin E, blood thinners or Aspirin about three days leading up to the hair transplant surgery. There are many other guidelines patients must follow to ensure their hair transplant procedure is a success, all of which will be clearly outlined by the doctor during the initial consultation process.

As a permanent solution to hair loss or thinning hair, hair transplants absolutely “work.” When follicular grafts are transplanted from the donor site to the recipient site, these grafts are permanent and, once established, will grow just like a patient’s naturally occurring hair. With the artistic handiwork of a skilled hair transplant surgeon, the transplanted hair will create a natural-looking hairline in which the transplanted hair is indistinguishable from the patient’s remaining hair.

It is worth noting, however, that it is possible for a small percentage of transplanted follicles to fail to become established in the recipient site. The best surgeons have a success rate approaching 100 percent, and patients should expect that at least 95 to 98 percent of the transplanted follicles will be successful in becoming established in the recipient site following a hair transplant procedure.

Of course, it is the view of the patient that matters the most when it comes to determining whether a hair transplant “works” in producing the expected results. When selecting a doctor to perform a hair transplant, patients should make a concerted effort to find a doctor and center that is not just knowledgeable and experienced, but who also understands how important it is that the patient’s specific goals and objectives are achieved.

Generally speaking, Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) hair transplants have a higher success rate compared to Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) since there is a higher probability of transecting the grafts during the harvesting process. This can affect the yield and survival rate of the transplanted grafts. This is why FUE has to be performed with a skilled and experienced team.

Finally, note that transplanted hair generally survives and grows, barring extraneous cases such as auto-immune diseases, causing hair loss. However, a hair transplant has no control or impact over existing, non-transplanted hair. If you are still losing hair, the only way to prevent further hair loss is by using Rogaine or Minoxidil 5% (available over-the-counter at most drug stores) and/or Propecia (prescribed by your physician).

Is There A Connection Between Stress And Hair Loss?

Don’t Pull Your Hair Out: How Stress Can Cause Hair Loss

Have you noticed patchy or bald spots on your head? Does brushing or washing your hair result in extreme shedding? The American Academy of Dermatology affirms that it’s completely normal for humans to lose up to 100 hairs a day. However, if you’re worried about an increase in hair loss, it may be time to seek the advice of a hair restoration specialist. According to Mayo Clinic, there are three types of hair loss attributed to stress: Telogen effluvium, Trichotillomania, and Alopecia areata.

We sometimes forget that our hair follicles are alive. However, they do not continuously produce hair – but rather cycle through growth and resting stages. According to the The American Hair Loss Association®, anywhere from 10-20% percent of the scalp’s hair follicles are in a latent state known as “telogen,” when they cease production of hair fibers.

If we eat the proper vitamins, get plenty of rest, and treat them properly, they thrive and grow; however, when we neglect them or experience extreme anxiety, they can become lackluster or sparse. Telogen Effluvium arises when emotional or physical stress essentially put these follicles to “sleep”. The result is a loss of hair from everyday activities like combing or washing. “Effluvium” literally means an outflow. The AHLA notes that many dermatologists have linked stress with a negative shift in hair follicle biochemistry.

When the body undergoes extreme stress, the immune system will attack the hair follicles, resulting in a type of hair loss called Alopecia. The disorder leaves behind round, hairless patches on the scalp. While most people with Alopecia will eventually grow their hair back, in 10% of cases it will remain absent. Those with a family history of the condition, those prone to allergies, and people with an autoimmune disease are easier targets for Alopecia, and may experience a permanent loss of hair.*

The above conditions are caused by environmental and genetic factors, but sometimes, hair loss is caused by one physically removing large quantities of their own hair. It’s a behavior that’s more common than you might think; the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors states that Trichotillomania, or “Pulling Disorder” is experienced by 1 or 2 out of every 50 people. Classified as a self-grooming behavior, Trichotillomania falls into what the DSM categorizes as “Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders”.

Reducing stress can stop your scalp from shedding hair; but for many, this is easier said than done. Everydayhealth.com suggests exercising, relaxation techniques, yoga, music therapy, and social interactions, as ways of coping with stressors that may be ailing you. For those experiencing TE, treating hair gently – as if it’s spun from gold – can help it grow strong and long. As previously mentioned, your diet also plays a major factor in hair growth. Foods rich in iron, folic acid, and B12 are sure to keep follicles sprouting.

With the modern advancements in micro-grafting technology, there are now many safe & proven treatments to successfully address all types of hair loss. Stop stressing about your tresses. If you’re suffering from lackluster locks, and would like more information about your hair treatment options, contact MaXiM Hair Restoration today. MHR offers complimentary hair transplant consultations, and has locations in 6 major US cities – making them a smart & simple choice.

* According to WebMD

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Can You Get Eyebrow Transplants?

Can you get Eyebrow Hair Transplant? The Answer, is YES! This goes for our facial features, some more prominent than others, which often make us stand out. The eyebrows are an important facial feature, helping with facial symmetry and our overall aesthetic appearance. Everyone has a unique make-up. We look different and act different, but who wants to be the same? Our eyebrows frame our eyes, and are one of the first features someone looks at naturally. Men typically have thicker eyebrows that are horizontal, whereas women have a more delicate and more elegantly defined eyebrow.

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Natural appearing eyebrows are a feature that some people take for granted, as nowadays, enhancing one’s aesthetic appearance is very in. Therefore, if someone is insecure with how their eyebrows look, there are things that they can do to enhance this feature.

For men and women who have lost the natural full appearance of their eyebrows, it can be due to the following:

  • Hereditary causes
  • Over plucked eyebrows (most common cause)
  • Trauma-burns, auto accident, chemical or electrical burns
  • Radiation or chemotherapy
  • Medical, autoimmune, or systemic disease
  • Obsessive compulsive plucking – referred to as Trichotillomania
  • Aging

Some people use eyebrow pencils, or even tattoo on their eyebrows, to achieve a full brow look. However, with today’s ever evolving technology and research, the quest for fuller eyebrows has brought eyebrow transplantation surgery to the forefront.

What is an Eyebrow Transplant?

Over-plucked eyebrows are the most common cause of people who seek out transplants.

Similar to regular hair transplants, the process involves moving either individual groups or a strip of skin with active follicles from one area of the body (donor site) to another (harvesting site). The back of the head is the most common donor site.

Proper angulation of the hair follicle is the most important feature of any eyebrow transplant. The hair in the upper part of the central edge of a normal eyebrow usually points upward to the hairline, while the hair on the lateral aspects point horizontally, towards the ears. The hair in the upper part of the eyebrow should be pointed slightly downward and the lower portion slightly upward, so that they will converge in the middle, forming a slight ridge, which in aesthetic terms, resembles the pattern of a feather.

Eyebrow Transplant Procedure

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Eyebrow restoration is a simple surgical outpatient procedure done under a local anesthetic in the office. It takes approximately three to four hours to complete, depending on the person. Initially, the doctor will take a surgical marker and draw an outline of your eyebrows with the desired position and symmetry previously discussed in your consultation. The pre-markings will also indicate the directional change of the hair from the medial to lateral borders of the eyebrow.

After outlining your eyebrows, you will be given a mirror and the opportunity to view the design, provide feedback, and approve the desired look, before proceeding further with the transplant. After receiving a local anesthetic to numb the areas of your face, we begin the surgical procedure by removing hair follicles from your donor site, and transplant them into your brow area, with the goal of achieving a set of full looking eyebrows.

With the procedure, patients usually experience little or no discomfort and may leave the office and drive home on their own unless sedation is given. The majority of patients are comfortable during and after the procedure, and many return to work the next day. The following morning, the patient should gently clean the transplanted area to remove any gunk (preferably in the shower) at least three times a day after surgery, and twice a day for a week.

After each shower, antibiotic ointment that the doctor has prescribed should be applied to the brow to help soften any crusts and enable them to be more easily removed with the next washing. Bruising after the surgery is common, and it may take a week or more to resolve.

Contact Your Hair Transplant Specialist

When you least expect it the eyebrow hair grows. The new hair on your eyebrows will gradually begin to fill in. Regular trimming and care will be necessary to maintain your brows and keep them looking their best. Transplanted hairs grow quickly, and they will require occasional trimming, as the transplanted hair grows at the same rate as the hair on your scalp.

To learn more about the eyebrow transplant procedure, MAXiM Hair Restoration has locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area. Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate.