While uncommon, hair loss in teenage girls does happen. This can be emotionally traumatizing for a teenage girl. During this time of her life, teens are just discovering who they are so it can be difficult to deal with something that makes them stand out from their peers. Especially when it’s something they have no control over.

Hair loss can happen for several reasons. Here are some of the most common:

Hormones – All teens go through changes in their body and hormone levels. These hormones can cause fluctuations in emotion, eating habits and hair growth. Sometimes, a hormone imbalance can trigger hair loss.  The hormone that causes hair loss is called dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Men usually have high levels of DHT but woman and girls can have low levels of testosterone as well. DHT can shrink hair follicles causing them to fall out. Hormone levels normally balance themselves out so hair loss is temporary but in some cases, it can be more severe.

Medicine – Some medication can cause hair loss, especially ones that alter hormone levels. Some teenage girls take birth control to control acne or for Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Anytime you are altering hormone levels, a side effect can be thinning hair.

Poor Nutrition – For healthy skin, nails and hair, you must provide your body with the proper nutrients. This is a common issue when teenage diets are high in starch & fats but low in fruits and vegetables. To counter these nutrient deficiencies, the body will conserve what it has for more vital bodily functions. Hair & nails are usually the first to go.

Over-Styling – Teenage girls often put a lot of effort into styling their hair. This includes using straighteners, blow dryers, curling irons as well as coloring, dyeing and putting their hair in tight buns. All this stress on your hair can make it dry and brittle. Wearing braids or pony tails too tight and too often can cause clumps of hair to fall out or bald patches.

Deeper Medical Condition – Sometimes, hair loss can be caused by medical conditions like scalp infections, thyroid issues, skin disorders or trichotillomania. If you have symptoms like scaly, inflamed skin or hair loss in big patches, consult a doctor immediately.

For more information on hair loss, please contact us at 800-785-4247 or email us.

Fibrosis (scarring) is the process of healing when human skin is cut. With Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), a small incision is made in the back of the head and is then sutured. This leaves behind a small linear scar when healed.

When performing an Individual Graft Technique (IGT) transplant, also known as follicular unit extraction (FUE), a device called a Safe Scribe is used to microscopically separate hair follicles from the skin of the scalp. This leaves no linear scar and is often the preferred method for people who wear their hair extremely short.

Best Candidates for IGT™:

  • Patients who don’t want any visible scarring from the procedure
  • Patients who want to wear their hair any length after the procedure
  • Patient who want the most natural results from each follicle being transplanted one by one
  • Patients who want a thicker, fuller head of hair
  • Patients who want to return to work the next day

DiStefano Hair Restoration Centers offer hair transplants and hair loss restoration procedures in Hartford. Connecticut’s Capital City and birthplace of the first FM Radio station, the Boys & Girls Club and Teddy Roosevelt’s first car ride. Harford is the home to 125,000 residents that boast a diverse offering of cultural attractions, entertainment, restaurants and some of the largest corporations in the nation.

DiStefano Hair Restoration Center’s Connecticut office is located just 15 minutes from downtown Hartford. We offer Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) as well as Individual Graft Technique (IGT) which is a type of hair restoration procedure that leaves no linear scar. Many patients prefer this technique because they like to wear their hair extremely short.

Which ever course of treatment you decide, Dr. DiStefano & Dr. Heinis can help you regain your confidence and get your hairline back! Contact us today for a free consultation.

Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have stumbled upon the gene that causes graying hairs and baldness in mice! They were studying a rare genetic disease that causes tumors to grow on nerves and happened to find a protein called KROX20.  This protein turns skin cells into hair shaft cells which leads to another protein that is a crucial factor in hair growth. When they removed the cells that produce the KROX20 protein, they saw that mice stopped growing hairs and eventually went bald.

More research is needed to understand how this process works in humans but with this knowledge, we may have found a road map to the hair growth process that will help us prevent and treat hair loss in the future. Dr. Lu Le, the lead researcher and associate professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center said,” With this knowledge, we hope in the future to create a topical compound or to safely deliver the necessary gene to hair follicles to correct these cosmetic problems.

This is an exciting breakthrough for the whole hair restoration community!

ROCKY HILL, CT, April 6th, 2017 (Press Release)

DiStefano Hair Restoration Center’s location in Rocky Hill, CT is accepting patients from all over Connecticut for hair loss restoration procedures and hair transplant surgery. DiStefano Hair Restoration Centers offer the most modern hair transplant techniques including Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Individual Graft Technique (IGT), also known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

Dr. Mark DiStefano, the founder of DiStefano Hair Restoration centers, is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), The American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS) and has over 20 years of experience and has performed nearly 8,000 surgeries.

In addition to starting his own hair restoration center, he is also a clinical instructor for plastic surgery at UMass Medical School and a training consultant for Harvard Medical International.

Dr. Christian G. Heinis practiced medicine and served as a quality control officer at UMass, as well as holding the title of assistant Medical Director. H was trained in hair restoration techniques by Dr. DiStefano himself and as performed more than 1000 hair restoration procedures.

DiStefano Hair Restoration Center’s Connecticut location in Rocky Hill is only 20 minutes outside of Hartford and welcomes patients from all over Connecticut, including Bridgeport, Stamford, New Haven, Waterbury, Norwalk, Bristol and more.

About DiStefano Hair Restoration Centers

DiStefano Hair Restoration Centers have been helping people change their lives and improve their self-confidence with hair transplant surgeries for over 20 years. With five location across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, they provide successful hair transplant surgeries to patients all over New England.

For more information, contact any one of DiStefano Hair Restoration Centers or call 800-785-HAIR (4247).

man touching hairSo, you just got a hair transplant! How exciting! Soon, you won’t have to wear a hat all the time to hide your receding hairline or bald spot. It is important to remember that a hair transplant is still a medical procedure, so there are some things you need to do to make sure recovery goes smoothly.

The first week is crucial to ensure that the implanted hairs settle and regrow properly. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) transplants are the most minimally invasive hair transplant method today and after 5 to 7 days, the swelling and redness will go down but it is important to leave the treated area alone.  You’ll probably want to touch your new hair line and run your hands through it but you must resist the urge! Giving the hairs time to settle and for the roots to lock in is very important. Avoid wearing hats, helmets and do not brush or comb your hair unless your doctor says it is ok.

Sleeping can be difficult the first couple of weeks. To keep the swelling at a minimum, keep your head elevated. It is also a good idea to sleep in an upright position so the transplant area does not get damaged while you are rolling around in your sleep.

Exercising will need to be paused during the recovery period. While it is strange to be told not to exercise, there is a good reason! Sweat and moisture can lead to infection more easily. There are many tiny open wounds during a hair transplant so keeping the area dry is important. You will also want to avoid saunas, steam rooms and even excessively spicy foods that can make you sweat.

Smoking and drinking during recovery is also not a good idea.  You may want to go out and celebrate your new hair with a drink but alcohol can affect your blood and the healing process.

Please remember that these are general guidelines to follow. It is important to consult your surgeon and follow their instructions carefully.

For more information on post-op recovery tips, please contact us at 800-785-HAIR (4247) or schedule a free consultation with us by visiting https://www.hairman.com/contact/

scientist-looking-in-microscopeResearchers at the University of Endinburgh said that they identified close to 300 genetic regions tied to baldness. Before this latest study, only a handful of genes have been identified. The research team looked at more than 52,000 men and were able to pinpoint the genetic regions that were linked to severe hair loss.

The study is led by Dr. Ricardo Marioni, who reminded everyone that a cure for hair loss is still a long way away, but this study would help future researchers a place to start when developing new drugs and treatments for hair loss.  According the Marioni,” the findings pave the way for an improved understanding of genetic causes of hair loss.”

For information on how you can get your hair back today, give DiStefano Hair Restoration Centers a call at 800-785-HAIR (4247). We have 5 locations all over New England including Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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We are going to cover the most common hair growth and hair loss myths and find out the truth about each one.

  1. Cutting hair promotes hair growth – You may have already heard but this is in fact a myth. Hair is a non-viable tissue so cutting it does not affect hair growth at all.
  2. Scalp massages will help your hair grow faster – This is also a myth. Massaging your scalp too much can lead to hair loss!
  3. Dandruff leads to hair loss – This is another popular misconception. People with dandruff will often scratch their scalp because it itches. The scratching is what causes hair to fall out, not the dandruff itself.
  4. Using many kinds of shampoo will lead to hair loss – Our scalps do not become use to one kind of shampoo so try as many kinds as you want!
  5. Hair loss does not affect women – Although it is not as common as men’s hair loss, women and young women can experience it.
  6. Stress can make your hair fall out – This one actually has some merit! Traumatic stress can cause hair loss but don’t worry. It is only temporary. Once stress is reduced, hair will continue to grow as normal.
  7. Washing hair with cold water will prevent baldness – Unfortunately, the temperature of water you wash your hair with has no effect on baldness prevention. Who likes cold showers anyways?
  8. Using hair conditioner causes hair to fall out – This is another myth. Conditioner can help detangle hair and make it feel healthier but it does not stop growth.
  9. Plucking one gray hair will make others grow – Hair turns gray when the cells stop producing pigment. Plucking one gray hair does not affect the other cells from producing pigment.
  10. Wearing a hat too often can cause hair loss – Hair follicles get their oxygen from blood flowing through your scalp so wearing a hat won’t stop them from breathing. The only way hats can cause hair loss is if they are too tight or cause excessive friction on your head.
  11. Direct sunlight causes hair loss – This is another popular myth. Your hair acts as a shield to protect your scalp from direct sunlight. Being in the sun too often will not cause hair loss.

Hair loss affects nearly 56 million people in the United States. Four surgeons are trying to change that. Currently, a new clinical study is testing stem cell treatments in a non-surgical procedure. Overseas trials in Japan and Egypt are already showing signs of success.

With current hair loss procedures, hair transplants only move hair around the head. If you run out of hairs, surgery can’t do much in helping regrow hair in dead follicles. This new treatment with stem cells and platelet-rich plasma may be a cure for baldness.

Dr. Kenneth Williams, one of the surgeons that are part of this study, explains the process as using cells that are in our body to help regenerate or stimulate inactive or dormant hair follicles. Fat is taken from the abdomen then emulsifies and separates it from the stem cells. Then they mix it with the patient’s own plasma. This mixture is then injected into the scalp twice over a 3-month period.

Dr. Williams plans to publish his results in two years. He estimates that it will take 9 to 12 months after administration to see results.

We are excited to see how successful this type of treatment can be!

Earlier last month, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) released a consumer alert warning of the increasing numbers of unlicensed individuals performing hair restoration surgery worldwide.

Patients that are desperate for cheap hair transplants are travelling to Turkey and India to have procedures done. Many men often return to the US requiring further surgery to repair the damage that these unlicensed practices have caused.

Turkey boasts having over 500 hair transplant clinics across the country but it is believed that 60% of those clinics are operating illegally. Medical tourism isn’t a new thing but it is shocking to find so many clinics offering poor transplants that are being performed by reckless and unqualified surgeons.

It is important that you do your research before your procedure. Research the clinic, the surgeon and ask to speak with previous patients that have had the same procedure as you.

DiStefano Hair Restoration Centers has five locations across New England to meet your needs. For further information from a licensed professional, give us a call at 800-785-4247.