“You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.”  If you had a dollar for every time someone spoke those words to you…well, you’d have at least a few more bucks in your pocket. And yet that cliché – as tired as it might be – still hold water when it comes to thinning or balding hair.

Hair plays a significant role in how a person looks and can affect the way people see themselves. In fact, hair loss can lead to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and more. So, what’s the good news? You don’t have to sit idly by and watch your hair disappear. A hair transplant can help bring back that full head of hair you once had, or at the very least, give you a fuller head of hair than the one you’re sporting now.

What to Expect

Hair transplant surgery involves moving your natural hair (donor hair) to an area with thin or no hair. During your up-front consultation, your doctor will evaluate your hair loss and discuss treatment options. Procedures are typically done in a hair surgeon’s office and begin with a thorough cleaning of your scalp followed by an injection to numb the area the grafts will be removed from.

Once the grafts are prepared, the surgeon cleans and numbs the receiving area and delicately places each graft into a slit or hole he or she creates with a needle or scalpel. The process usually takes between 4 and 8 hours, depending on the extent of the transplant. A patient may also need a touch-up procedure to create more natural looking results.


Following surgery, your scalp may feel tender and you may need pain medication for several days. Your scalp will be covered with bandages for a day or two and you may be prescribed an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory. Barring any complications, you should be able to return to work in 2 to 5 days, although it is recommended to avoid strenuous activity for at least 10 days post-surgery.

To ensure that your incisions are healing properly, your doctor will likely want to see you several times during the first month after the procedure. It’s imperative that you follow any advice you receive at your follow-up visits.

The transplanted hair will fall out about 2 to 3 weeks after surgery and you should begin to see new hair growth within a few months. Most patients will notice approximately 60% of new hair growth around the 6 to 9 month mark at a rate of about half an inch per month.

Does that sound like something you can live with, and perhaps not live without? Either way it’s time to learn more during a free consultation with the transplant team at DiStrefano Hair Restoration Center. We look forward to giving you back your hair.

Hair transplant surgeons, doctors, and researchers use several classification systems to measure the extent of male pattern baldness. The most prevalent among them is the Norwood scale – or, the Hamilton-Norwood scale – first

introduced by James Hamilton in the 1950s and revised by O’Tar Norwood in the 1970s. It measures the severity and pattern of male hair loss in 7 stages.

Stage 1

The least amount of hair loss at the hairline, thus make treatment unnecessary. However, if you have a family history of hair loss, you should monitor changes and discuss your options with a hair restoration specialist when you feel the time is right.

Stage 2

Slight recession of the hairline around the temples, often referred to as a “mature” hairline. A small amount of hair loss also can appear in the middle of the front head.

Stage 3

First signs of clinically significant balding appear, though still classified as small to moderate. The hairline becomes recessed at the temples in an M, U, or V shape. Hair loss in the crown area also can occur during this stage.

Stage 4

Hair recession appears more severe than in stage 2, with little to no hair on the vertex (or crown area). The areas of sparse-to-no-hair are separated by a band of hair that connects to remaining hair on the sides of the scalp.

Stage 5

The balding at the temporal and vertex regions are larger than in stage 4, and the band of hair between the hair loss areas is narrower and sparser.

Stage 6

From the hairline to the crown area, very little natural hair is present. The temporal balding areas join with the balding area at the crown.

Stage 7

The most severe stage of hair loss, with only a band of hair going around the sides of the head. Any remaining hair is usually not dense and may be fine.

A less common form of hair loss is called Norwood class A, where the hairline recedes uniformly from front to back. There is no “island” of hair in the middle and no bald area at the crown.

Where do you fall on this scale of 1 to 7, and how rapidly are you progressing from one to another? If you’re concerned about hair loss and want to restore all that you once had, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today for a free initial consultation.

You can’t help but notice and think about your hair every day. Is it tidy enough so you can venture out, even to run an errand? Is it time for a trim? Oops, you might just need to little color touch-up. You get the idea.

Beyond playing an integral role in your appearance, hair can be sending signals about overall health. Changes in texture, thickness, and appearance can be signs of an underlying healthy problem.

Here are 6 things to watch out for.

Turning Gray – Going gray is a natural part of aging and, depending on your genes, you might see the first signs of silver much earlier than expected. In addition to age, stress can cause turn your hair gray and even fall out. Chronic stress can cause DNA damage and reduce the supply of pigment-producing cells.

Brittle Hair – Cushing’s syndrome is a rare condition caused by the adrenal glands’ over-production of cortisol – the body’s primary stress hormone. Symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome include high blood pressure, back pain, fatigue, and brittle hair.

Hair Thinning – Increased hair shedding and a change in overall appearance – along with fatigue, cold intolerance, joint and muscle pain, and weight gain – can be a symptom of hypothyroidism. This condition occurs when your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones.

Hair Shedding – If you suddenly notice more hair going down the shower drain, it could mean your body is low in iron – at that point, it’s a good idea to talk to your primary doctor about testing. Vegetarians and women with heavy periods have an increased chance of being iron deficient, though hair shedding also can occur after pregnancy or stopping birth control pills, both of which cause sudden changes in estrogen levels.

Hair Loss – Though not a problem for most Americans, protein deficiency has been linked to hair thinning and loss. Some individuals may have gastrointestinal issues that make it difficult to digest protein.

White or Yellow Flakes – Flakes in your hair or on your shoulders typically indicate a chronic scalp condition or dandruff. Either way, the effects often can be erased by usually over-the-counter or prescription shampoo.

The moral is, don’t assume that the symptom explains the cause, as there are multiple causes of hair loss. Schedule a free consultation to discover what a hair transplant can do for you.

Our bodies need a steady supply of water not only to function properly, but to thrive. Yet it’s estimated that only about 25% of the population drinks the recommended daily amount of water. In fact, while you read this, your body may be lacking the water it so desperately needs.

Dehydration not only disrupts he efficiency of our organs and bodily functions but can contribute to hair loss.

How Do I Know I’m Dehydrated?

  • Extreme thirst
  • Less frequent urination
  • Darker urine color
  • Dizziness or light headedness
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Unexplained muscle cramps
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble focusing

What Causes Dehydration?

The obvious answer is inadequate water intake. But it’s not that simple. Frequent exercise or any strenuous activity can cause you to dehydrate, as can being in very hot weather (sweating). During cold weather months, dry indoor air can pull essential moisture from your hair and skin. Any illness that results in vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweat, and fever also can cause dehydration. Are you on any medications that cause you to urinate more frequently? They can be making you dehydrated, too.

How Does Water Influence Hair Growth?

Your body is comprised of 60% water. When it is well hydrated, it functions properly. Water is particularly important to hair follicles – the fasted growing tissue in the human body. Proper hydration helps promote healthy hair and directly influences growth. When you’re dehydrated, your hair will begin to lose its luster and fullness, become thin, brittle, and dry, and become susceptible to breakage.

How Do I Stay Hydrated?

A liquid is a liquid, right? Well, not when it comes to hydration. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages, while liquids, cause you to lose water through more frequent urination. Juices and soft drinks are often high in sugar and calories, which isn’t great for your overall health. For best results, stick to plain old water to maintain proper hydration. Add fresh fruit slices or a squirt of fresh citrus juice for flavor.

If you’re experiencing hair loss – regardless of the reason – and you want it back, now’s a great to schedule a free consultation to with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’ll show you the way to looking like yourself again.

No matter where you are on a hair loss journey, chances are you can successfully undergo a treatment plan to restore not only your hair, but your confidence, too.


Male pattern baldness can start as early as adolescence. As a rule, the earlier you begin to lose it, the more hair loss you will experience. Most doctors, however, caution against undergoing hair restoration surgery too early since hair loss patterns are often difficult to predict.

During a consultation, we will examine your scalp, the density of your hair, the amount of donor hair available, and discuss factors such as family history of baldness, your medical history, and any other factors that might be contributing to your hair loss.

Hair follicles that are still active are a good sign of eligibility for hair restoration. However, even if you are completely bald, there are options available to you. Some individuals are candidates for the transplantation of body hair or coarser beard hair.


During hair transplant surgery, a trained, board certified doctor surgically grafts hair to a patient’s scalp to create a natural looking “finished product.” And while the results are often life changing, it’s important to have realistic expectations when considering hair restoration options. For example, the result for a balding man in his 60s will likely differ from what a man in his 40s with a receding hairline might experience.

Lots of questions, right? Well, the surgical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration has the answers you want and need to move ahead with confidence and realistic expectations. We’ll also help you explore your transplant options.

Contact us today for a free consultation.


These are unusual times. Unusual times call for blogs that step away from the mainstream of our hair transplant practice to provide you with timely information on how to cope with the simple act of daily living.

This blog goes to press at the end of March 2020. It’s relevant now and, unfortunately, we’re confident it will be again. You might want to bookmark it for when that time comes.

So, let’s get started. You’re home, self-confined and tolerating it. What choice do you have?  At first, the thought of lounging around all day might have seemed appealing – especially if you still have a secure source of income. Or maybe you’re busy working, but from withing the confines of your abode. It doesn’t take long for a lack of variety and boredom to set in.

If staying home is changing the way you look and feel, try these self-care tips.

Take Up Meditation

If you’re feeling anxious about the current situation, you are not alone. Try a guided meditation to help you feel more centered and calmer. Meditation has been found to help reduce stress, improve focus, reduce brain clutter, and connect better with family and friends. Sure, it won’t change the events of the world, but it might help you cope better.

Try At-Home Exercise

Don’t let a closed gym or yoga studio prevent your from getting in some regular exercise. Not only does it help keep you in shape, it’s a great way to boost endorphins which help improve your mood. Find an online program that you can do with no equipment three times a week, take a 30 minute walk, or put on your favorite tunes and have a dance party. Hey, there’s no time like social-distancing to dance like no one is watching!

Treat yourself to a beauty treatment.

Whether it’s an at-home mani and pedi, a DIY facial, or treating your hair and scalp to a nourishing treatment, taking time out to pamper yourself can brighten your mood. If you’re used to taking a shower, putting on make-up, and doing your hair before heading out the door for the day, keep the same routine going, even if you reduce the frequency.

Get plenty of sleep.

One of the best ways to boost mood, energy, and even immunity is to ensure a good night’s sleep. Stop playing games on your phone, texting, or watching TV at least a half hour before bedtime. Settle down with a good book, try writing in a journal, or practice meditation to help clear your mind of the day’s worries. Consider a sound machine to produce soothing sounds to help you fall asleep gradually; or, try aromatherapy with essential oils like lavender or chamomile.

Thinning Eyebrows

As you age, certain bodily changes start taking place. Some may come on so slowly and subtly, you barely notice them from year to year – like laugh lines and crow’s feet, stray grey hairs, and thinning brows.

That’s right, our eyebrows can show signs of aging, too. Here’s why your Thinning Eyebrowseyebrows might be thinning and what you can do about it.

  • Much like those on your head, eyebrow hair follicles age and can lead to thinner, more sparse-looking brows.
  • Eyebrow hair loss is a common symptom of thyroid deficiency. If you notice thinning brows, contact your primary care physician to have your thyroid checked.
  • Thinning brows also can be caused by a nutritional deficiency, specifically iron. See your doctor before you start taking supplements.
  • Atopic dermatitis, eczema, and other skin conditions can lead to thinning brows. Inflammation of the skin around the brow area and itching can cause the hair to thin.
  • Sudden hormonal changes in women can cause telogen effluvium (sudden hair loss) on both the scalp and brow area. Many women experience this postpartum as well as during menopause.
  • As with scalp hair loss, genetics can play a role in dictating at what age, if at all, you’ll notice changes in your brows’ fullness.
  • Over-grooming can cause permanent thinning or make any of the above factors worse. If you’ve over-tweezed, plucked, or waxed earlier in life, hair follicles could have suffered a trauma and died.

Regardless of the causes, here are some steps you can take to help keep your brows looking full and thick.

Groom with caution. Instead of keeping weekly brow maintenance appointments, consider taking a more natural approach. That’s because waxing, tweezing, and threading inflicts trauma on hair follicles, resulting in permanent damage. If you grew up during the pencil-thin eyebrow trend, you likely know how difficult it is to regrow lost hair. Try to extend the amount of time between appointments, or do away with waxing, threading, or tweezing altogether. Instead, opt for an eyebrow razor to help them.

Fake, fuller brows. Choose a good quality eyebrow pencil and powder to fill in brows with gentle, hair-like strokes, and finish with a tinted eyebrow gel which will keep them in place and achieve a more natural look.

Consider a more permanent solution. An eyebrow transplant may be the answer for those individuals who are experiencing permanent eyebrow hair loss. Much like a traditional hair transplant, hair grafts are taken from hairs above your ears and transferred to your brow area. And, because hair follicles are transferred, not just the individual hairs, this ensures that new hairs are able to grow once initially transferred hairs fall out.

If you’re unhappy with the look of your eyebrows or your own attempts to correct the problem, contact DiStefano today to schedule a free consultation. We offer solutions you can live with – permanently.

On average, the hair on your head grows about half an inch per month. Seems surprisingly slow when you think about how quickly that 5 o’clock shadow or

leg hair stubble starts to appear after shaving. Yet the rate at which hair grows varies from individual to individual and can be influenced by several factors.

Genetics – The active phase of hair growth, the anagen phase, typically lasts between two to six years before shedding. Your genetics play a role in determining how long this phase lasts which ultimately translates into hair length. What’s more, male and female pattern baldness is largely hereditary and a person’s genetic predisposition to this type of hair loss increases the time it takes for the hair to grow.

Ethnicity – The follicles for Black, Asian, and Caucasian hair are vastly different and these differences dictate the characteristics of the hair and the rate at which it grows.

  • Black hair follicles have an elliptical shape that grow in a spiral and results in the slowest growth rate, at only about a third of an inch per month. It is also more fragile and prone to breakage.
  • Asian hair follicles are round, usually very straight, and strong. While not as dense as its counterparts, the hair is less likely to experience hair loss or breakage. Asian hair is also the fastest growing, at over half an inch per month.
  • Caucasian hair can be stick straight, wavy, or curly. The follicles have a slight oval shape, making it quite dense with an average hair growth of just under half an inch a month.

Hair Color – While there is no hard evidence that suggests hair color plays a role in growth rate, there are a few important findings to note. Redheads tend to have the least amount of hair on their heads, about 86,000 strands while blondes top out at 145,000.  Blond hair tends to be finer and more prone to breakage, making it seem like it doesn’t grow as fast as red or brunette.

Gender – Though it may seem like men’s hair grows longer and faster than women’s, there is no known biological difference. However, because women’s hair is exposed to more harmful hair care products and routines, it is more prone to damage and breakage, making it seem like it doesn’t grow as fast as men’s hair.

Climate – Believe it or not, climate can contribute to how quickly your hair grows. In warmer climates or during the summer, we tend to become more physically active while our metabolism increases, thus affecting hormonal cycles. This shift can contribute to hair growth.

Regardless of your ethnicity, hair color, or how well you treat your hair, you can lose it – and enough to cause it to shed. If you’re concerned about what to do about significant hair loss, we’re the right people to talk to – DiStefano Hair Restoration Center.

hair loss fact or fiction

When you first notice your hair thinning, it’s probably not the best of days. You wonder if you’re seeing things, you mutter “Why me?”, you check your comb hair loss fact or fictionor brush to view the damage, and then start tracking it a day at a time.

If your suspicions are confirmed, you’re also likely to turn to the internet for reasons that might be causing your recent hair loss. Did you inherit your dad’s receding hairline? Is your new, more demanding job the cause? Maybe your diet has something to do with it (when was the last time you ate a vegetable?).

There’s plenty to find on the internet, all right. The problem is separating fact from fiction. Here’s a brief guide to help you along.

Hair loss is hereditary. This is partly true. Research suggests that men who have a balding father are more likely to develop baldness than those who do not. However, this does not mean that if your father has a lush head of hair well into his 80s that you will be as lucky. While genetics is the most common cause of hair loss, it’s not the only one.


You are losing hair due to aging. Sure, the likelihood of thinning or baldness increases with age, but hair loss can occur at any age, even with those in their teens and 20s. The earlier that hair loss begins, the more severe it’s likely to become. Fortunately, you have options to slow down the process and preserve what’s yours.

Wearing a hat makes hair fall out. Anything that puts constant pressure and strain on your hair makes it weaker and more susceptible to breakage. But infrequent wearing of hats, helmets, and hair wraps will not. Just be sure to keep your hair clean and wash the hat regularly.

Trauma and stress causes hair loss. Yes, a physical or emotional trauma or constant level of stress can cause individual hair follicle cycles to sync. So, instead of your hair shedding at 50 to 100 follicles a day, higher amounts fall out at the same time. The good news is that this process is often temporary.

Hair products make hair fall out. Shampoo, gel, hairspray and other hair products do not cause hair to fall out. Some styling methods, however, can produce negative results. Avoid chemically processing your hair and pulling it back tightly in a ponytail or bun.

Poor nutrition causes hair loss. Low zinc, low iron, insufficient vitamin D, and a poor diet can contribute to hair loss in women. For most men, those same deficiencies bring about androgenetic alopecia which later leads to hair loss.

Even if you’re better armed with truth for your internet travels, don’t try to diagnose your condition. That’s why you have us: DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Contact us today for a free consultation, which includes answers to all your questions.

Post Partum Hairloss

Pregnancy and motherhood are inspiring, exhausting, all-consuming, and rewarding. It is the ultimate roller-coaster ride of emotions. And yet for m

Post Partum Hairloss

any, post-partum recovery, sleepless nights, and the challenges of navigating life with a new baby are enough to make you want to pull your hair out. Don’t worry, post-partum hormones will that for you.

On average, we lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. This is very normal and hardly noticeable because it doesn’t occur all at once. This natural shedding process is followed by new hair growth which means you’ll barely notice – if at all – any difference. However, when you’re pregnant, hormones prevent your hair from shedding, resulting in a lush head of hear.

But alas, all good things must come to an end. When your hormones drop back to normal levels after childbirth, you’ll notice a sudden increase in shedding, sometimes leaving you holding clumps of hair in your hand.

What you need to know.

No need to panic. Post-partum hair loss is normal and should level off within 6 to 12 months after childbirth. If you’re breastfeeding, some of that extra hair might hang on until you wean or introduce solids. But soon enough, your hair will be back to the way it was pre-pregnancy.

What you can do about it

  • Continue to take a prenatal vitamin supplement and eat a balanced diet of healthy, nutritious foods.
  • Be gentle to your hair during the shedding process to prevent excess hair loss.
  • Avoid over-washing (as if you have time to wash your hair!). Use a good quality shampoo and a hydrating conditioner.
  • Use a wide-toothed comb to gently style hair and minimize pulling and tugging.
  • Don’t pull hair up into tight ponytails and use scrunchies or clips instead of rubber bands.
  • Take a break from heat styling products and chemical treatments like highlights and perms to avoid further hair damage.
  • Speak to your health care provider if you are experiencing excessive hair loss

You can always speak to us, too – DiStefano Hair Restoration Center.  We’re hair loss and restoration specialist who can calm your worries or help you plot a course back toward a full and healthy head of hair. Plus, we offer free consultations – just contact the DiStefano office nearest you to schedule your appointment.