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CELEBRITY “SECRETS”…HAIR TRANSPLANTS FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS

Posted on: February 25th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal
Hair Restoration Specialists

It is no longer a secret that celebrities have been undergoing hair restoration procedures since the dawn of the silver screen. Oh, come on! You know you are curious as to which Hollywood celebs, famous politicians and sports stars have made the leap from thinning or balding to a thicker, richer head of hair or improved hairline. Some have been very honest and proud of their new look, while others opt to keep their restoration efforts under wraps.

If you have ever considered investigating a procedure or treatment for yourself, take a look at our list of the rich and famous that walked in the same shoes before you. You may be surprised with some on our list, and may be aware of others. The wonderful news is that the hair restoration industry has come a long way over the years, since the days of hair flaps and hair plugs. Until you see before and after pictures, the procedures done nowadays are natural looking and nearly undetectable!

HOLLYWOOD ACTORS (just to name a few…)
John Travolta, Steve Carell, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Piven, Hugh Laurie, Al Pacino, Dennis Miller, Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Gosselin (from Jon & Kate plus 8), Gordon Ramsay, Billy Bob Thornton, Brendan Fraser, Jamie Foxx and Nicholas Cage have all gone this route.
While we named the gentlemen so far, female’s in Hollywood tend to be a bit more tight-lipped, so we will take artistic liberties and look past the hair extensions, hair pieces and wigs. Other women in Hollywood have noticeably wide parts, receding hairlines, or visibly thinning hair. Khloe Kardashian, Megan Fox, even supermodel Naomi Campbell have shown visible hair loss. It could be attributed to low body weight, hectic lives or damage from bright lights or hair extension damage, we wouldn’t know, but hair loss effects even the glorious stars of the big and small screen. Even talk show hostesses who have had the guts to remove their wigs on the air like Sherri Shepherd and Wendy Williams, proud of their beautiful wigs, have shined a light on hair loss!

SPORTS STARS (again, just to name a few…)
David Beckham and Wayne Rooney (both soccer stars), Tom Brady (football), LeBron James (basketball) and countless others have all had hair restoration procedures.

MUSICIANS (a few well known names here…)
Bono (U2), Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, “boy-banders” A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) and Joey Fatone (N’Sync) have gone the permanent hair restoration route. Britney Spears and Fergie have both suffered hair thinning, and let’s not forget our favorite ladies known for their wigs (and seldom seen in their natural state); Cher, Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton. We have no idea what the status of their natural hair looks like, to be honest.

POLITICIANS
The most famous politician is our current Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, who underwent hair restoration surgery in his youth. Let’s not leave the lady politicians out though, because the current Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, and former candidate for Vice President, Sarah Palin have both experienced visible hair thinning and loss.

The phenomenon of hair loss and balding effects men and women from all walks of life. If you have experienced this in your own life, we recommend looking at some before and after photos of the celebrities mentioned above. You will find the results to be miraculous, even subtle and natural these days. The most important things to remember are to find skilled and experienced experts, like Dr. Stein and Tatiana Maya (our nationally renowned hair restoration artists) at Hair Restoration Specialists (www.hairrestorationspecialists.com) to consult with you and perform your procedure, and to call today at 312-806-2203.

THE RIGHT AGE FOR YOUR HAIR RESTORATION PROCEDURE?

Posted on: February 25th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal
Hair Restoration Specialists

Hair loss can effect anyone, anytime, regardless of socio-economic status, race, religious or sexual preference or gender. If you start noticing hair loss, or male-pattern balding (women experience this phenomenon too), when is the right time to get help?

Teens and 20’s- Most often, when a person in their younger years notices hair loss, they will opt for one or more of a few responses:

  1. Ignoring the problem. This is easiest by wearing hats, hairpieces or using creative styling techniques.
  2. Over the counter or prescription aides. The most common options would be topical creams, oils, medications, doctor office treatments or even shampoos.
  3. Hair restoration procedure. Most transplant specialists will try to dissuade younger patients from having a procedure at this time in a patients’ life. In order to fully assess the viability and effectiveness of a hair restoration procedure, the consultant must estimate the patient’s future hair loss pattern. This can be difficult to assess because hair loss is progressive, and full balding has not yet typically occurred. The consultant will also need to take into consideration the long-term stability of the donor hair area. Again, this is difficult to do when consulting a youthful patient. Though procedures can be, and are, done in the younger years; most consultants will discourage this method unless severe hair loss has occurred and other criteria is met. As a long-term solution, the transplanted areas will continue to grow after a procedure, but the non-transplanted areas may experience future thinning or balding, which could lead to an unnatural appearance down the road.

If you are in your teens or 20’s and are considering options to reduce or interrupt hair loss, please see a professional, experienced specialist in hair restoration for a comprehensive consultation. At Hair Restoration Specialists (www.hairrestorationspecialists.com), we can guide you in the best direction to get the results you desire.

30’s, 40’s and 50’s- Most specialists in the hair restoration industry will suggest that these are the best years in which to achieve optimum results when looking to combat hair loss. Where the same options apply as listed above, at these ages, there is most often a stable supply of donor hair, hair restoration procedures can have the most natural and aesthetically pleasing results, and most patients who have opted to move forward with their desired solution are thankful that they can enjoy looking their best while still feeling “young”! For those in the dating world, a full head of hair tends to widen the net you cast. Most in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s find they are reaching, or have reached financially stability, thus opening up more options as to the treatment to choose.

Regardless of age, we suggest you look to the wise counsel of trained and experienced hair restoration specialists to create a Master Plan to manage hair loss throughout your life. At Hair Restoration Specialists, Dr. Stein and Tatiana (our nationally recognized expert hairline designer), we will be happy to help you achieve your hair growth goals. Check out our website (www.hairrestorationspecialists.com) or call our office at 312-806-2203 to schedule your complimentary consultation!

COMMON CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS

Posted on: February 18th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

Ever said to yourself, or someone you know, “My hair is falling out, and I have NO IDEA why?? “?  You are not alone.  Let’s get to the heart of hair loss and explain a bit about why this could be happening to you.

First, let’s explore how the normal hair cycle works when things are on track.  At any given time, 85-90% of healthy hair is in what the medical world calls the “growing phase”, which usually lasts between 2-3 years.  Following the growing phase, these hairs will enter the “resting phase” for about 3 months, where the effected hairs will fall out and new ones will replace the old ones.  So far, so good, right?  Yes, when you consider that the average scalp holds between 120,000 and 150,000 hairs at a time.  Most people experience a normal physical response to the human hair cycle by shedding about 50-100 hairs per day.

So what are some of the most common factors that contribute to significant hair loss?

HEREDITY-  This is the old go-to, the easiest explanation to describe male or female pattern baldness, and it surely makes it easier to blame it on your parents than to look at the other physical or emotional factors that could be at play!  Genes can play the director of your hair chronicles, by dictating what age hair loss begins, the rate of hair loss and the overall extent of hair loss throughout your life, usually beginning in adulthood.

HORMONES- Normal hormone swings can also be very impactful, as it relates to hair loss.  Most of the time, hormonal imbalances do not cause scarring to the hair follicles, and the situation rights itself as your hormones go back to normal.  Typical hormone triggers are pregnancy, childbirth and menopause.  Lucky ladies!  Thyroid issues can also cause hormone imbalances that can lead to hair loss.  Another serious hormone impact is the result of Estrogen or Testosterone Replacement Therapy.

MEDICATIONS- Pharmaceuticals can play a huge part in hair loss.  The big offenders would be the medications prescribed for cancer, depression, high blood pressure, heart problems, birth control and even arthritis.

ILLNESS/INJURY/SURGERY- The name of the game with this trigger for hair loss is to “take care of yourself” during and after these shocks to your system.  If the body does not fully heal or recover, hair loss can be a result.  Bottom line is do not rush back to work, daily chores, exercise or exerting yourself until you are fully rested and healed, if possible.  Your scalp will thank you for resting up!

DIET- Your hair is a living growing part of you.  Just like the rest of your body, your diet plays a huge role in how your hair cycle responds.  A healthy head of hair needs protein, nutrients, iron, vitamins, etc.  This comes directly from the food we ingest.  So, consider ditching the fast food and incorporate healthy food if you want thicker healthier hair.

STRESS- Feeling overwhelmed?  Juggling a hectic schedule, or dealing with physical or emotional issues that cause you more stress than you wish to handle?  Well, this can lead to serious hair loss, which may or may not be reversible, if you aren’t careful. There are three main hair cycle responses to high stress scenarios:

  1. Telogen Effluvium- when high stress causes large blocks of follicles to become dormant, or fast-tracks these follicles into the “resting phase”, and after a few months, fall out completely.  This may or may not be followed by regeneration of new follicles.  In other words, it can cause permanent hair loss and scarring of the hair follicles in those areas.
  2. Trichotillomania- when stress becomes unbearable to some, it can cause irresistible urges to pull out clumps of hair on the head or body. This has been known to cause irreversible scarring.
  3. Alopecia Areata- In this case, the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing mild to severe hair loss.

In any case, the good news is that high stress can be managed or avoided to curtail hair loss.

The good news is that there are treatments and procedures that can be administered to reverse, stop or slow hair loss.  Medications, both oral and topical, as well as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatments can slow hair loss and generate new growth.  Hair restoration procedures are a permanent solution to restore natural hair growth, and patients find the results to be very attractive and desirable.

To speak to a consultant about your hair loss, and find the best solutions to get the results you want, we suggest you contact Hair Restoration Specialists at 312-806-2203 and check our website for additional information:  www.hairrestorationspecialists.com!

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THE EVOLUTION OF HAIR TRANSFORMATION PROCEDURES AND TREATMENTS

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal
Hair Restoration Specialists

We can safely assume that hair loss has been an issue for men and women since the days of our cave dwelling ancestors. The first recorded procedures were called Advancement Rotation Flaps used to address head wounds back in the days of the Spanish-American War and WW1 in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

In 1959, Dr. Norman Orentrich first used hair restoration surgery to cosmetically treat male pattern baldness, and the procedure caught on like wildfire. At the time, Dr. Orentrich and his colleagues used a process of extracting rather large sections of the scalp to create individual “hair plugs” which were used in the areas where hair was either thin or missing entirely. The upside was that those experiencing hair losses finally had a way to reverse the process. The downside to the hair plugs was that the plugs were large and obvious, as were the scars that the process left patients with.

As the industry evolved, so did the needs of patients who were seeking treatment for their hair loss. Early improvements were made to the “hair plug” process, and Scalp Reduction Surgery, or “flaps” was born. The donor area nearest to the balding area was surgically stretched to rebuild the affected area.   This proved to be more natural looking than plugs, but the patients tended to need to undergo the process four or more times on average to provide the desired thickness and placement. Unfortunately, scarring was considerable, and due to the location of the donor hair necessary to perform the method, the flap procedure did not prevent future hair loss.

Around at the end of 1988, the hair transplant industry adopted a new method of addressing hair loss with a process called “Free Hair Transplant Grafting”. To address the scarring issues caused with earlier methods for transplantation, doctors began using a punch tool to take 4mm grafts. By 1991, the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), better known as the “strip method” took over the industry as a technique to address the issues previously causing dissatisfaction. This method is subject to the artistic technique of the person performing the surgery, so the results appeared much more natural. Linear scarring from this procedure was more limited than with previous procedures, however, strenuous exercise tended to make the scarring worse.

This led to the birth of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), which is used today by most transplantation specialists. This procedure is also based on the artistic technique of each transplantation expert, leaves virtually no visible scarring, and is less invasive which allows for a shorter healing time. Patients can participate in strenuous exercise once they have healed, and the end result is a very natural look that allows for continued hair growth.

Since that time, only three non-surgical medications/treatments have been approved by the FDA to address hair re-growth. The names of these treatments are Rogaine, Propecia and the Hairmax Lasercomb. They tend to stabilize hair loss, for the most part, but slowly the patients experience further hair loss. As a long-term solution, these treatments can be costly, not permanent and have physical side effects that prove unpleasant for many who chose these options.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy involves the safe and effective method of using a needle to inject the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma into the scalp, utilizing the growth factors in the blood to naturally stimulate hair growth. This treatment is especially successful after hair transformation surgery to fortify the grafts and solidify procedure success.

With the advent of new technology, the FUE process can now incorporate the use of an image guided, computer driven robotic device, called ARTAS, that is even more precise, consistent and maximizes the growth potential of the grafts transplanted using the FUE technique.

Today’s hair transformation surgery, when done right, can create a natural look with results that fool even most hair stylists. Patients can enjoy a head full of natural hair that last a lifetime!

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