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How Eczema And Other Skin Disorders Affect Hair

How Eczema And Other Skin Disorders like Psoriasis and Tinea Capitis Affect Hair?

Scalp Eczema Disorder

There are many skin disorders and conditions which can affect a person’s hair, because the hair grows on the scalp – which (surprise!) is of course covered in skin. While skin conditions that appear on the rest of the body are more apparent because they are visible, skin conditions that affect the scalp are just as important to deal with.

Certain skin conditions can affect your hair and cause cosmetic and hair loss issues. Below are some common skin disorders that can affect your hair:

Eczema

According to the National Eczema Foundation, eczema is a common skin condition that causes the skin to be red, inflamed, and itchy. More than 30 million people across the U.S. have eczema.

There are several types of eczema such as contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, stasis dermatitis, nummular eczema, and more. Eczema can range from mild to severe, and flare-ups can happen at any time.

There are a variety of things that can trigger eczema, including hormones, allergies, stress, certain medications, and genetics.

Because eczema causes itchy and inflamed skin anywhere on the body, it can also happen near or on the scalp. This is called scalp eczema or seborrheic dermatitis. This type of eczema causes red, scaly, itchy patches to form on the scalp.

Your hair can be affected by this condition because flakes come off the eczema patches when you scratch them. It can also cause hair to be greasy or waxy.

While the symptoms for this type of eczema is very similar to other forms of the skin condition, its effects on the scalp are mostly cosmetic. The flakes come off and get trapped in the hair and look similar to dandruff flakes. The greasy or waxy look of the hair may require more frequent washing.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, scaly patches to appear on the skin, and these patches differ from eczema in that they tend to be raised and well-defined. It makes the skin extremely itchy and inflamed, and repeated itching can cause skin infections.

Scalp psoriasis can happen anywhere on the scalp and can spread to your neck, forehead, or ears. It is not contagious, and it is likely caused by an immune system or genetic issue.

Like eczema on the scalp, psoriasis causes flakes to come off that look similar to dandruff. It can also cause burning or soreness if the area becomes inflamed or due to repeated scratching. While psoriasis itself does not cause hair loss, too much pitching can lead to hair loss – so individuals with scalp psoriasis have to be cautious in how they deal with it.

Tinea Capitis

Tinea capitis, or ringworm of the scalp, is a fungal skin infection that develops near the scalp. It causes circular, scaly patches to form on the scalp and can be very itchy.

Tinea capitis is highly contagious and is more common among children. The condition can cause hair to become brittle and temporarily fall out. It can also cause the scalp to be inflamed and painful.

If this condition goes untreated for a long period of time and continues to get worse, there may be permanent hair loss.

Who Can Help Me With My Hair Loss? Due to Eczema And Other Skin Disorders

Hair loss can be caused a variety of reasons, including skin disorders. If you have a skin disorder that is affecting your hair, it’s important to talk to a professional about treatment options as soon as possible.

If you are looking for a way to restore your hair, the experts at Maxim Hair Restoration can help you find the right hair restoration solution for you. Request an appointment at one of our locations today. We look forward to helping you.

Five Male Hair Loss Myths You Must Believe

There is a lot of “fake news” around men’s hair loss, so here’s five male hair loss myths you must believe. For as long as men have suffered from hair loss, people have spread myths and tall tales about what causes hair loss, what makes it worse, and ways to cure it. It’s possible some of the things you “know” about hair loss is not really true.

Five Male Hair Loss Myths You Must Believe

The best person to talk to about the causes of hair loss and what you can do about it is a hair transplant specialist. Check out the myths about men’s hair loss below and see how many of them you believed to be true!

Baldness Correlates with Testosterone

Hair loss does not have to do with the level of testosterone a man has. A lot of people believe this myth because hair loss is predominantly focused on men. Because women are less likely to lose hair, there is a misconception that the more testosterone a person has, the more likely they are to lose hair.

Hair loss essentially has to do with the sensitivity levels of your hair follicles to some hormones. The more sensitive your hair follicles are, the more likely you are to lose hair. The less sensitive your hair follicles are, the less likely you are to lose hair. This sensitivity has to do with genetics – not testosterone.

Your Hair Loss Comes from Your Mom’s Side of the Family

One of the biggest myths out there is that your mom’s side of the family is to blame for your hair loss. This is not (always) true! While the gene that primarily causes baldness is on the X chromosome (their mothers), hair loss genetics come equally from your maternal and paternal genes. One side of your genetics is not more responsible for hair loss than the other. Your genetics are a mix of both sides so your hair loss genetics can from either side of the family.

Additionally, just because your grandfather or uncles had hair loss on either side of the family, it does not mean you will definitely have hair loss. While genetics does play a big role in hair loss, there is no way to guarantee if a person will or will not have hair loss.

Wearing a Hat Will Increase Hair Loss

Another myth about men’s hair loss is that wearing a hat increases hair loss. Wearing a hat does not “suffocate” hair or make the hair follicles more sensitive. Myth busted! Your hair cannot suffocate or become more sensitive under a hat. Hair sensitivity has to do with genetics – not whether you cover it up or not.

The only way a hat can increase hair loss is if you pull out hair when taking off the hat. This is known as traction alopecia – hair loss due to constant pulling of the hair.

Washing Your Hair with Cold Water Will Cure Baldness

One of the benefits of washing your hair with cold water is that it increases blood circulation. However, blood circulation has nothing to do with hair loss. The temperature of the water you use to wash your hair does not cause or stop hair loss from happening.

Washing Your Hair Too Often Causes Hair Loss

Your hair follicles do not become more sensitive just because you wash your hair often. Nor will they become sensitive if you do not wash your hair often. Hair follicle sensitivity comes from genetics and hair loss comes from under the scalp. Because of this, shampooing your hair has nothing to do with causing or increasing hair loss. The hair you notice falling out when shampooing is hair that has already fallen out.

There are a lot more myths out there about men’s hair loss, now you know the five male hair loss myths to believe. To be certain that you believe only the true facts about hair loss, talk to a hair loss specialist so that you’re getting the facts and just the facts.

If you are looking for a way to restore your hair and get a fuller head of hair, Maxim Hair Restoration can help you find the right hair restoration solution for you. Request an appointment at one of our locations today.

Is Hair Transplant Safe?

safe hair transplant

A safe hair transplant simply is removing a graft of scalp from a spot on the head that has sufficient hair and placing it in a spot where more hair is desired. The spot from which the scalp is removed is the donor site. The recipient site, where new hair will grow, is where the scalp is grafted.

Safe Hair transplant surgery can be conducted in the hospital or at a doctor’s office, either under local or general anesthesia. This will depend on the extent of the surgery that is how many grafts will be made and how long the surgery will take.

So is hair transplant safe? The short answer is “Yes”.  Hair transplants are safe. However, as with any surgical procedure, some risks are involved. The risks associated with hair transplant surgery are minimal and are explained in more detail here.

Safe Hair Transplant: Types of Surgery

Those undergoing hair transplant surgery can expect to undergo one of two techniques.

  • Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS). The surgeon will remove the skin from the patient’s head, usually from the back. The 6-10 inch strip is divided into multiple grafts that are quite small. Each tiny graft contains a few hairs or even just one that will be transplanted into the recipient site.
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The back of the patient’s head will be shaved and from that spot, the surgeon will remove hair follicles.

It is only the process of hair removal that differs in the two techniques. The grafting is the same. The surgery takes between 4 and 8 hours, though a second surgery might be required if the patient’s hair doesn’t come in as thick as he wished.

Risks

The risks associated with hair transplants are minimal, as previously mentioned. Knowing the risks will allay the patient’s fears and give cause to expect a good and healthy outcome from their hair transplant surgery. Knowing the risks also will promote an honest conversation with your surgeon.

  • Inflammation is normal with hair transplant surgery as it is with all surgeries. Just as the patient’s hair begins to come in, inflammation may occur. However, folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles is a little more intimidating and cause for concern. If your scalp should become inflamed, your surgeon will prescribe an antibiotic for folliculitis and the inflammation should subside. Cold compresses on the affected area will also have a palliative effect.
  • Slight hair loss. After the surgery, the patient may notice a tiny loss of hair. This is referred to as shock loss. In most cases, the hair loss isn’t permanent.
  • Following the transplant surgery, the patient will find that the head and scalp are tender. This is quite normal. The surgeon may prescribe pain medications and perhaps an antibiotic to ward off possible infection. Also, over the counter anti-inflammatory medications can assist in alleviating the discomfort of a tender scalp, as well as alleviate swelling at the graft site.

Additional Risks

Hair transplant surgery is safe for most people, but there are certain risks that could be unique to some patients. For instance, if the patient is taking prescribed medications like blood thinners or beta-blockers to treat high blood pressure, then this could be cause for concern. This doesn’t mean that hair transplant surgery will be detrimental for that patient, but that the patient’s personal medical history must be taken into account before moving forward.

Contact Us for your Safe Hair Transplant

Are you considering safe hair transplant surgery? An honest conversation with your surgeon will ensure that the best outcome is attained.  Whatever is causing your hair loss, MAXiM Hair Restoration has plastic and hair transplant surgeons who every day artfully create an attractive hairline that is unique to each client.

We have convenient locations throughout the United States in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area, as well as several international locations.  Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate for a safe hair transplant.

What Is Scalp Micro Pigmentation?

Scalp Micropigmentation is the process by which permanent make-up, (iron-oxide pigment) is tattooed onto a desired area of skin. Of course, scalp micro-pigmentation is applied to the scalp. There are several terms that are synonymous with micro pigmentation:  derma pigmentation, (the permanent pigmentation of the dermis) cosmetic tattooing and permanent tattooing. They all mean the same thing.

History of Scalp Micropigmentation

History of Scalp Micropigmentation

Micro-pigmentation was first performed in the early 1900s when a tattoo artist offered permanent “pink complexion.” The procedure was performed by electrically tattooing permanent complexion, using vegetable dyes onto the face.

Micro-pigmentation has come a long way since the days of tattooing vegetable dye beneath the top layer of skin to enhance a woman’s facial complexion. Today, micro-pigmentation is utilized for cosmetic reasons, but also as a procedure following treatments for chronic illness.

Scalp Micropigmentation Non-Surgical Procedure

scalp micropigmentation

An alternative to hair transplant surgery. The procedure is noninvasive. Pigment particles are actually drawn onto the scalp, either with a pen-like instrument or by a tattoo gun. However, scalp micro-pigmentation isn’t identical to the process of regular tattooing. The equipment is different and the process is much more involved and specialized. Ink is implanted into the area where an illusion of hair is desired.  The procedure is performed in your doctor’s office and, depending on the area that is to be covered. This procedure could last as little as 20 minutes, with the whole procedure lasting less than an hour. The patient leaves the office with the appearance of hair follicles to restore the area where hair is thinning.

Non-Invasive Procedure

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical outpatient procedure that is performed in the doctor’s office.  And since it is non-invasive, there are no scars left behind.

Per Client’s Specifications

Scalp micropigmentation can be applied to the client’s specific requests for density and scalp placement and the sky’s the limit when it comes to hairstyle choices. That’s because scalp micropigmentation isn’t dependent upon hair that is removed from a donor site to be placed in a specific area where the hair is thinning or the scalp is bald. As such, the client can choose the amount of follicular coverage to be placed in the area of the hairline.

Candidates for Scalp Micropigmentation

Men and women with thinning hair or with male pattern baldness are candidates for scalp micropigmentation. There is very little if any long-term maintenance involved for those that choose scalp micro-pigmentation. Patients are able to return to their regular activities immediately following the procedure. If you shave your head, but the coverage of the very short hair is minimal or if you’re completely bald in certain areas, then you are a good candidate for scalp micropigmentation and can cover those obvious thinned out spaces on your scalp.

The good doctors at Maxim Hair Restoration have performed thousands of hair restorative procedures, including scalp micropigmentation both in the United States and abroad. They want you to look and feel your best. If you’re interested in learning more about scalp-micropigmentation and to find out if the procedure is the best choice for you, contact Maxim Hair Restoration today for a free consultation.