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Hair Transplant Surgery for Women

Dr. Harris is a renowned physician specializing in hair transplant surgery for women.

At the Hair Sciences Center in Denver, CO, Dr. James Harris performs state-of-the-art hair transplant surgery for women in a personalized setting. He is a renowned expert in hair transplantation, a lecturer, inventor, and an advocate for patient education. He also specializes in non-surgical hair restoration for women, and can recommend effective, FDA-approved hair-growth products for women.

In short, you will find an extremely caring, experienced and respected hair transplant surgeon when visiting his office. Your search for the right physician ends here. Read the hair transplant reviews or contact Dr. Harris to ask him a question or to schedule a consultation. He personally answers all inquires.

Here are some things you should know about the surgical procedures at Hair Sciences Center.

Follicular units

What are follicular units? Most people (including some doctors) believe that hair grows in single strands over the entire scalp. Not true. Look through a stereoscopic dissecting microscope at the Hair Sciences Center of Colorado and you’ll see that hair grows in small bundles of one to four-and occasionally, five-hairs. These bundles, along with their support system (below-the-skin sebaceous glands, muscle and connective tissue) form what is known as a “follicular unit.”

Follicular unit extraction (FUE)

What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)? Follicular Unit Extraction is a technique that eliminates the linear scar associated with strip harvest and helps to minimize scar visibility in the donor area and to reduce healing time. Specifically, FUE is a method of obtaining follicular units from the donor area one at a time using specialized punches or the ARTAS Robot. Surgeons performing this technique select the follicular unit to be removed, the punch is then placed over the follicular unit and inserted into the skin to separate the follicular unit from the surrounding skin. Next, the follicular unit is grasped and extracted from the surrounding skin.
 To minimize follicle damage, Dr. Harris has developed the S.A.F.E. System and the S.A.F.E. Hex dissecting tip for the patient’s benefit.

Follicular unit hair transplantation

What is Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation (FUHT)?

FUHT is a specialized surgical procedure in which the grafts transplanted are follicular units, naturally occurring single hairs or groups of 2-4 hairs. This is how hair grows naturally on your scalp and this is duplicated with FUHT. Once the units are prepared, they are carefully placed in thinning/balding areas in such a way as to achieve the most natural appearance. This means we rearrange the units-using one- and two-hair units to reconstruct the hairlines and three- and four-hair units to create density behind the hairline zone. This makes the results virtually undetectable.

How does FUE differ from FUHT?

The difference is in how the individual follicular units are obtained. In the standard FUHT-strip harvest the donor units are identified and dissected away from the donor strip using operating microscopes. The donor strip (a portion of skin) is surgically removed from the donor area and the incision from the procedure always creates a linear scar. In comparison, FUE creates small (less than one millimeter) scars where each unit has been removed. No strip of skin is removed.

Are the end results of transplants using FUE better than those of FUHT with a strip harvest?

No, the appearance of the transplanted area is generally the same.

What is the Harris S.A.F.E.™ System and Scribe?

Dr. Harris, HSC director and lead surgeon, has developed a proprietary method of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) called the Harris S.A.F.E. System. This patented breakthrough methodology is the most advanced donor harvest method currently available. The Harris S.A.F.E. System not only avoids donor-strip surgery – meaning there is less scarring and discomfort – but also minimizes graft trauma. The more grafts that survive, the better the outcome.
The S.A.F.E. procedure, uses a special instrument designed and patented by Dr. Harris known as the S.A.F.E. Scribe™ and S.A.F.E. Hex. This new methodology means that individuals who were previously not considered good candidates for FUE-including African Americans and those with gray hair-have a viable option. Additional patient benefits include:

  • Increased available donor hair due to less follicle damage

  • Increased donor capacity, as diminished scalp laxity is no longer an issue

  • More natural-looking hairlines are possible, because the surgeon can select hair characteristics in addition to the number of hairs for placement. Specifically, the finer hair found at the nape of the neck or behind the ear can now be selected and transplanted

  • Decreased post-operative pain

  • Reduced healing time

  • No visible linear scarring

  • This system is available to FOX Negative® patients

  • Ideal for the patient who has been told nothing else can be done

  • African American and gray-haired patients will benefit significantly and become better candidates for the surgery due to less follicle damage

Contact the HSC office to determine whether the Harris S.A.F.E. System and FUE are right for you.

Is each follicular unit transplanted, irrespective of the number of individual hairs in that unit, considered to be one unit for purposes of your fees?

Yes. The hair transplant surgery cost same price whether the unit has one hair or four hairs.

Can you control the direction in which the transplants will grow?

Yes. Dr. Harris carefully selects where to place each follicular unit that is transplanted. He chooses the recipient sites to maximize the natural look of the final outcome, as each recipient site made by Dr. Harris directly determines the direction and angle of growth. The direction will follow the pattern of hair native to that region.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a female hair transplant?

Most women in good general health are candidates for hair transplantation. Your personal situation is best determined through a private consultation with Dr. Harris. As noted previously, your consultation will provide plenty of time to have your questions about candidacy, options and outcomes answered to your satisfaction. Dr. Harris is devoted to ensuring your receive the best hair loss treatment for your unique circumstances.

What can I expect in terms of density and fullness?

The word fullness rather than density more accurately describes the visual effect of what we perceive as “thick” versus “thin” hair. The concept of fullness is broader and more inclusive. Density (the number of hairs per square centimeter) is only one of several contributing factors involved in a positive visual appearance. Other contributors include hair shaft diameter, color, texture and curl. These factors may be of equal, or even greater importance, than density in achieving a “full” head of hair.

For example, in the early stages of balding, the “thin look” is caused by a process called miniaturization, whereby hair is reduced in size but not actually lost. Therefore, the density (the counted number of hairs/cm2) remains the same, although the person’s look of fullness can be dramatically reduced. Depending on these factors, the results after initial surgery will vary from patient to patient.

If you are a woman considering hair transplant surgery, be sure to carefully vet your physician and clinic. Read his Hair Replacement Client’s Bill of Rights or contact Dr. Harris to ask the doctor a question or to schedule a personalized consultation. Dr. Harris personally answers all questions and inquiries. This type of personalized service is a hallmark of his practice at HSC.


Hairline transplants for women

Hairline transplants for women

If you were born with a high hairline, your hair is thinning and exposing your forehead, your hair is receding at the temples, or you suffer from traction alopecia, you are not alone. Dr. Harris performs state-of-the-art hairline transplants for women at the Hair Sciences Center. You have come to the right place.

Many women undergo hairline transplant surgery to restore their hair. Causes of hair loss in women tend to be primarily genetic, but can include hormonal changes or other medical conditions. Dr. Harris will evaluate the causes of your hair loss and determine if hairline restoration is right for you.

To achieve the most realistic results when performing a hairline transplant, Dr. Harris first evaluates your unique circumstance, weighing several factors during your initial consultation. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris today. His findings will inform a hairline plan designed specifically for you. These factors include:

  • Your age
  • Your existing hairline
  • Your hair density
  • Your specific loss pattern
  • Your donor availability
  • Your hair quality
  • Your hair’s characteristics
  • Your facial structure
  • Your long-term goals

How does Dr. Harris address thinning hair in women?

The goal is to restore your hairline, as far as possible, to its natural state before loss began. The restoration looks natural because it is, in fact, not a line at all. Dr. Harris expertly harvests individual follicular units consisting of between one and four hairs. He then separates out the extracted hair follicles and divides them into units comprised of 1, 2, 3 or 4 hairs. He then transplants fine solitary hairs that mimic your head’s natural patterning. These gradually transition into fuller, thicker grafts that are blended into the hairline. This creates a natural pattern that makes it impossible to distinguish between the existing and transplanted hairs. This pursuit of perfection results in hairline restoration for women brought to the level of fine art.

Before deciding if a hair transplant is right for you, Dr. Harris will also evaluate whether you are a good candidate for non-surgical hair restoration therapies for women. In particular, platelet rich plasma therapy can be an effective treatment for thinning hair and temple recession. 

Dr. Harris is an internationally recognized, award-winning physician specializing in hairline restoration. He is renowned for his ability to blend science and art to create extremely natural, undetectable hairline restoration results for his patients. In fact, it is this attention to detail and artistry that sets him apart. 

Contact Dr. Harris to ask the doctor a question or to schedule a personalized consultation.


How to treat hair loss — what are the options?

There are many options for treating hair loss, including topical, medical and surgical modalities. Each is effective in its own way, and many modalities can be combined. Combining options may help you save the hair you have, re-grow lost hair, and even move hair from areas where it is plentiful and robust to areas where it’s thinned. Let’s examine how to treat hair loss.

How to Treat Hair Loss – Medical Options

We are experts at recommending and administering non-surgical hair loss treatmentssuch as:

Minoxidil (Rogaine®)is a very effective treatment option suitable for both men and women. It can be both an adjunct treatment to a hair transplant and a stand-alone non-surgical treatment. It should be used at the first sign of hair loss to prevent further loss.

Finasteride (Propecia®) is an effective DHT (a hormone that causes hair loss) blocker. It taken orally, and is available by prescription for men. 

Platelet Rich Plasma contain approximately 35 growth factors that can potentially promote hair growth in both men and women. This in-office procedure is performed with a local anesthesia, and takes approximately one hour. It must be repeated periodically to ensure best results.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is light treatment administered at home via wearing a helmet-like device for 20 minutes 2-3 times/week. Some clinical studies have found LLLT to promote hair growth, slow hair loss and give hair a healthier appearance for both men and women. 

2% Nizoral Shampoo is dandruff shampoo that apparently blocks the action of the hormones at the follicle level. It is recommended that this shampoo be used whenever your hair is washed.  It can help improve the quality of your hair as well as slow hair loss in both men and women.

How to Treat Hair Loss – Surgical Options

An FUE hair transplant

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. An FUE hair transplant is a modern, minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that is virtually painless and leaves no linear scar. The hair follicles are removed from the donor site (usually the back or sides of the head), then transplanted hair-by-hair to the thinning or bald area. The procedure usually takes one day, and the result is 100% natural, permanent and undetectable.

No-Shave FUE

A No-Shave FUE procedure is an advanced FUE technique where individual hairs (actually follicular units) are trimmed short in preparation for extraction then transplantation. Only those follicles targeted for removal are trimmed—the rest of the hair is left long, which covers the shorter, trimmed follicles. No shaving or cutting of the existing surrounding hair is necessary. This obscures signs of a transplant both before and after the procedure, making it even more discreet and undetectable. It is performed manually using patented Harris S.A.F.E. SystemTM technology.

ARTAS® Robotic FUE

The ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration System is a state-of-the-art, interactive, computer-assisted system utilizing an advanced image-guided robotic device to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting.

The robot represents a quantum leap forward in hair transplant technology. Note that the donor area must be shaved in order for the imaging system to detect the correct follicles for transplantation.

Traditional Strip Harvest

This proven method of obtaining grafts has been in use for over 20 years. This technique can provide excellent cosmetic results but the disadvantages include a linear scar that may be visible when the hair is cut short and more post-operative pain and discomfort.  

I invite you to ask me a question about how to treat hair loss under your unique circumstances. We can help stop your hair loss.


Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.


Is platelet rich plasma hair treatment for women the next frontier?

If you are a woman suffering from temple recession or overall female pattern baldness, a treatment for thinning hair may be very much on your mind. You may have heard about platelet rich plasma (PRP) as being an effective new therapy. But what is the reality? Can PRP hair treatment really halt or reverse hair loss in women?

Take heart: preliminary studies from the National Institutes of Health report a “significant reduction in hair loss was observed between first and fourth injection. Hair count increased from average number of 71 hair follicular units to 93 hair follicular units.”

Other reports from such reputable sources as the New York Times on PRP for women’s hair loss and the Mayo Clinic’s findings on PRP as a form of regenerative medicine are also cause for optimism.

At the Hair Sciences Center we can unequivocally say that we have achieved excellent results for a number of our female patients who have been treated with PRP therapy for thinning hair. Ask the doctor if you are a candidate for PRP.

How does PRP hair treatment work?

PRP was first pioneered to treat injuries. The procedure involves drawing a small amount of your own blood, spinning it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets to a level that is 6-7 times the concentration normally found in blood. An extracellular matrix, ACell, which may stimulate follicle stem cells, is added to the PRP. The scalp is numbed with a local anesthetic, then the mixture is injected it into the areas where hair is thinning. This appears to stimulate the thinning hair by virtue of the growth factors contained within the platelets.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 


Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.

 

 


Dandruff and hair loss – is there a connection?

If you are a guy whose hair is thinning and you also have dandruff, you may be wondering if the dandruff is actually causing the hair loss, or if there is a connection.

It’s not and there isn’t.

Male pattern baldness, which manifests in the typical receding hairline and loss of hair at the crown, is a genetic condition that affects hair follicles. Dandruff is a skin condition that involves the overgrowth of skin cells and affects the scalp, making it itchy and flaky. Dandruff may worsen in the winter months when indoor heating exacerbates dry skin conditions.

Let’s examine these two conditions, dispel any associated myths, and talk about treatments for each.

Does dandruff cause hair loss? 

Dandruff does not cause hair loss. There is no connection whatsoever. Dandruff is a cosmetic nuisance, but it is not dangerous, it’s not contagious, and it won’t lead to other health issues. It can have several causes, including:

  • A naturally occurring microbe on the scalp
  • Dry skin
  • A yeast-like fungus
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis

In the majority of cases that involved microbes, dry skin or a fungus, simply washing the hair with an anti-dandruff shampoo every few days can be an effective treatment. However, if the underlying cause is related to a skin condition such as psoriasis, other topical and systemic treatments should be pursued.

Dandruff and hair loss – why the connection myth?

Fifty percent of all men (and women) will experience dandruff at some point. And 50% of all men will experience male pattern baldness to some degree by the time they are 50. So if you are experiencing both, you are not alone, and it’s easy to see why the question of connection might come up. You may well be thinking, “I have dandruff, and my hair is falling out, so maybe the dandruff is the cause.” It’s quite natural to draw this connection, erroneous though it is. But the fact is that losing hair is normal. An adult will loss approximately 80-100 hairs a day, whether they are experiencing advanced hair loss or not hair loss at all. This is because hair grows in cycles that last between four and seven years. At the end of the cycle the hair is shed. In people not experiencing male pattern baldness, that lost hair is replaced by a new hair, and the cycle begins again.

Furthermore, men tend to notice hair loss while in the shower, as the hair accumulates in the shower drain. So they conclude that dandruff + shower + shampoo = hair loss. But this is also a false assumption. Washing your hair cannot cause male pattern baldness. If it could,women would suffer receding hairlines, temple recession, and hair loss at the crown in the same way that males do.

OK there’s no connection, but what about my hair loss!

There is some good news! Nizoral 2% shampoo is an effective treatment for dandruff, but it also promotes some growth of hair in about 40% of men…a “two birds with one stone” type of treatment.

I am currently part of team of scientists at the forefront of research on hair cloning, which does promise to make balding a thing of the past, perhaps by 2028. But what are your options in the meantime? First you can try to keep the hair have with my Hair Survival Program. You may also be a candidate for a follicular unit extraction hair transplant.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 


Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloningLearn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.


Non-surgical hair loss treatment cost

A hair transplant is a nice hair restoration option for many men and women. But non-surgical options may be right for you, either as an adjunct treatment to a hair transplant or in lieu of one. In either case, the cost of non-surgical hair loss treatment options may be of interest to you.

To that end I am presenting a clear, concise list of different non-surgical hair loss treatments, and what you might expect to pay for each.

  • Minoxidil foam can be used once a day and minoxidil liquid is used twice a day. The price either way is approximately $11-$12 month. When sold under the name brand Rogaine® it is about double that. Minoxidil/Rogaine is a very effective treatment option suitable for both men and women, and is both an adjunct treatment to a hair transplant and a stand-alone non-surgical treatment that can be used at the first sign of hair loss to prevent further loss.
  • Finasteride is usually taken orally in pill form, and is available only by prescription for men. Generic 5mg tablets manually cut into quarters costs about $3/month. Generic 1mg tablets are about $20-$30 a month. When sold under the brand name Propecia® expect to pay about $85/month. Finasteride/Propecia® is not suitable for women. There are some preparations of a topical finasteride available at some compounding pharmacies. This may cost $50-60 for a month’s supply.
  • Platelet rich plasma for hair loss treatment is suitable for both men and women. It involves drawing blood from your arm and spinning it in a special centrifuge to create plasma that has about 5-6 times the normal concentration of platelets. Platelets contain approximately 35 growth factors that can potentially promote hair growth in cases of male and female pattern hair loss. The procedure is performed in-office under local anesthesia, and takes approximately one hour. The cost is $700-$2000 per treatment, and usually one to two treatments are needed per year.
  • Laser Hair Therapy is a low-level laser light treatment that in some studies seems to promote hair growth, slow hair loss and give hair a healthier appearance for both men and women. At-home therapy utilizing the the different devices is usually done for 20 minutes 2-3 times/week, and results in a slowing down of hair loss. These laser devices can be purchased for $500-$3000 depending on the number of lasers and the overall look (some look like a hair brush, some like a bicycle helmet, and others like a baseball cap).
  • 2% Nizoral® shampoo is available only by prescription and is applied topically. If covered by insurance it is usually costs $8-10/month. Out-of-pocket costs are about $55 for a 4-6 week supply. It is also possible to online and buy Nizoral from a Canadian pharmacy (for example www.canadapharmacy.com) for about $15/bottle.

I have created the Hair Survival Program to help men and women of all ages keep the hair you have. Beginning from the point of view that you will never have more hair on your head than you do today, by employing this multi-faceted approach you can slow, stop or even reverse hair loss. In short, the Hair Survival Program:

  • Helps you keep the hair you have for as long as possible and gives you the best chance of re-growing hair.
  • Preserves donor hair if needed for a hair transplant in the future. Over time donor hair can thin, but the medications included in this program help preserve the donor hair.
  • Includes substantial savings of up to 30% on the medications and procedures listed above.
  • Includes ongoing support from me via email and phone to answer questions and offer suggestions.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 

Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.


PRP for hair restoration – get the straight facts

 
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been used in the medical fields of wound and tissue healing for over two decades. Lately there is a lot of buzz lately about PRP being utilized as an effective new therapy for hair restoration in both men and women. But what are the facts? Can PRP for hair restoration really halt or reverse hair loss? Recent findings show real promise.
 
PRP for hair restoration preliminary studies
Some research is now out that confirms the efficacy of PRP to treat hair loss. Preliminary studies from the National Institutes of Health report a “significant reduction in hair loss was observed between first and fourth injection. Hair count increased from average number of 71 hair follicular units to 93 hair follicular units.”
 
Other reports from such reputable sources as the New York Times on PRP for women’s hair loss and the Mayo Clinic’s findings on PRP as a form of regenerative medicine are also cause for optimism.
 
How it works
PRP works like this: your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets suspended in a liquid called plasma. Platelets contain numerous  growth factors that are released when the platelets are “activated.” The growth factors promote tissue regeneration and healing. The procedure consists of blood being drawn, and then spun in a centrifuge, which has the effect of separating the PRP from the rest of the blood. The platelets are then ideally concentrated to be approximately five to six times their normal blood value. Then the platelets are injected into the scalp, where newly implanted or inactive hair follicles can be stimulated into an active growth phase.
 
prp hair restoration diagram Hair Sciences Center
 
This might sound kind of scary, what with blood and needles. But it is actually painless, because at my clinic we administer a local anesthesia in the scalp where the PRP is injected. No sedation or medication is required. Note that some clinics do not use anesthesia, which leads to rumors of this being a painful procedure. If you are considering PRP for hair restoration, make sure you do your due diligence, and choose a reputable, board-certified physician to administer this therapy, at a clinic that administers local anesthesia. Also ask about the concentration of platelets, they should be 5-6 times the normal concentration.  
 
What to expect 
Once the anesthesia is administered I inject the PRP across the areas of the scalp where hair is thinning, usually every ½ inch. This usually takes less than 30 minutes. You will be able to drive home without any evidence of having had the procedure.  
 
Some bruising can occur, which generally resolves within about a week. Minimal (if any) downtime is needed but there may be some scalp tenderness for a few days to a couple of weeks. 
 
Individual results vary, and no guarantees can be made as to the efficacy in any one person’s situation. 
 
Who should not have PRP treatments for hair loss?
Your are not a candidate for PRP if you:
  • Have medical conditions such as chronic liver disease, skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders
  • Have undergone anti-coagulation therapy
  • If you have any type of platelet dysfunction syndromes
The PRP regimen
Effective hair restoration with PRP can only be achieved by sticking to a regimen of treatments. Depending on the severity of hair loss, there may be a few treatments in the initial few months, then consistent treatments every nine to eighteen months. Results are generally seen within three to six months after the first treatment. You may first notice that hair shedding has slowed, which can be a big relief. Minoxidil (Rogaine) and/or Finasteride (Propecia) can be very effective when used in conjunction with PRP, and I often prescribe these as support therapies.
 
There are some studies that confirm the efficacy of PRP for hair restoration, and I have seen firsthand that it can help hair loss. If you have male for female pattern hair loss I would have you consider PRP treatments. 
 
Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and whether PRP may be right for you. 

Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.


Can you really stop hair shedding?

 

Every man and woman who comes to my clinic is concerned about hair loss. It can be quite demoralizing to see your precious hair strands literally go down the drain. But it is quite normal to lose some hair daily, whether or not you suffer from male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. So what is “normal” shedding, and can you stop hair shedding altogether?

Some hair shedding is normal
The average adult person has approximately 100,000 hairs on their head. Every day approximately 80-100 hairs are shed, whether a person is experiencing advanced hair loss or no hair loss at all. These strands of hair often end up in a comb or brush, your pillow, or in the shower drain. For those suffering hair loss, this can be very alarming, but it is actually completely normal, because hair grows in cycles. Each cycle last between four and seven years, and consist of phases, called the anagen, catagen and telogen phase, as illustrated in this image below. 

In people who are not experiencing hair loss, the anagen phase begins the cycle anew once the old hair follicle is shed. So in that sense, shedding hair is normal, natural, and you should not try to stop your hair from shedding. 

Stages of Hair Growth

 

Even if you did try to stop your hair from shedding, you would not succeed, because the old hair follicle will be released from the scalp to make way for the new one regardless of shampoos, conditioners, potions, pollutants, or any other substance or factor. There is an entire cottage industry devoted to selling people products that prevent hair from shedding. Some are even reputable companies. But please, don’t buy it, neither literally nor figuratively.

But hair shedding is causing me to go bald!
I realize that this can be distressing, but it’s actually not the shedding that is causing your hair loss, it’s the lack of new growth in the anagen phase. The follicles naturally fall out, but a new one either grows back finer/thinner or does not grow back in, which results in true hair loss over time. This lack of new growth can have a number of causes, but in general you can blame genetics. Learn more about the causes of hair loss in women and the causes of hair loss in men

You can’t stop hair shedding but you may be able to stop your hair loss
Fortunately, many scientific advances have been made in recent years that can result in successfully halting or even reversing hair loss. Learn more about how to keep the hair you have through preventative medical interventions such as Rogaine, or how a follicular unit hair transplant can effectively move follicles from a place where many robust hairs still exist (like the back of your head) to the thinning areas. 

Please note that if you are losing hair in clumps or in a dramatic or accelerated fashion, the facts in this post do not apply to your situation, and you should seek medical attention immediately. Hormonal imbalances, anemia, thyroid problems, severe illness, crash dieting or a scarring skin condition can also cause increased hair loss. These topics are also outside the scope of this post, and medical attention should be sought.)

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 


Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.


Hair loss prevention — 3 myths and 5 facts

I could write an entire chapter about the myths and facts of hair loss prevention…and as a matter of fact I have. The Internet age has been a boon for information on many a medical condition, but with beauty bloggers posing as experts offering “miracle” remedies, the conversation around hair loss has only become more confusing. But there are real, scientifically proven ways to prevent hair loss. Lets look at subject from both angles.  

Hair loss prevention myths

The Grocery List Myth
Some of the most enduring myths about hair loss prevention include “secret” recipes passed down the generations that purportedly prevent hair loss or encourage hair growth. These include oils, rubs and pastes are made from various ingredients including lavender, hibiscus, garlic, onion, henna, fenugreek, avocado, saffron, gooseberry, ghee, sage, burdock, ginger, licorice, black castor oil, and hundreds of other ordinary or exotic plants and foods touted for sprouting hair. A recurring claim is that somehow these potions “stimulate” dormant follicles. However, there is not a single study on any of these concoctions that has ever withstood scientific scrutiny. Indeed, if such a simple remedy actually existed it would be no one’s secret, but rather a globally celebrated and widely used substance.

The Chill Out Myth
This myth posits that hair loss is stress related. Curb the stress over relationships, finances or work and stop the hair loss. This myth also cannot withstand scrutiny. While certain situations such as surgeries and extreme nutrition deficiencies can indeed make one’s hair fall out, this is a temporary situation that can be reversed. It has nothing to do with male pattern baldness (MPB) or female pattern baldness (FPB).

The Hygiene Myth
According to this theory, a deadly brew of air pollutants, dead cells, dust and grime chokes the hair follicle’s access to fresh air, rendering it incapable of growth. But this begs a few obvious questions, such as: why does the hair on the back and sides of men’s heads continue to flourish? Are we to assume that women are cleaner than men since they do not experience the visible balding pattern of MPB? The fact is that poor hygiene may not make you a very attractive date, but it will in no way make your hair fall out.

Hair loss prevention facts

After that trip down mythology lane, let’s get to the facts. Decades of research in hair loss prevention by the scientific community have resulted in some medical treatments that actually work. They are:

  • Minoxidil, sold under the product name Rogaine™
  • Finasteride, sold under the product name Propecia™
  • Laser Therapy
  • Platelet Rich Plasma with ACell
  • Some shampoos such as Nizoral®

Learn how to save the hair you have, or see detailed information about non-surgical treatments for hair restoration.

Read more about myths relating to baldness on my website.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 


Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.

 

 

 


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