Whether you are just toying with the idea of having hair transplant surgery or

have already scheduled a consultation, you likely have more than a few questions. You might be wondering if you’re a good candidate, or perhaps you’re curious about the procedure itself. You might even be wondering if you can really expect to see sufficiently satisfactory results to make the process worthwhile.

So, to help you feel more confident with your decision, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Read on to learn more.

  • What causes hair loss? Several factors contribute to thinning hair, including stress, hormonal changes, and even diet. The most common, however, is genetics.
  • Do hair re-growth products provide similar results to hair transplant surgery? While such products can reduce hair loss and sometimes even enhance new growth, they cannot give you a full head of hair as transplant surgery can.
  • Am I a candidate? If you are in generally good health and have adequate hair density at the sides and back of your head, you may be a solid candidate for hair transplant surgery.
  • Can a previous transplant be corrected? If you had surgery years ago and have been unhappy with the results, it may be possible to improve the look and feel of your transplanted hair.
  • Is it painful? Patients commonly experience minimal discomfort during surgery; any post-surgery discomfort can be treated with light medication.
  • How long does a surgery take? This depends on the complexity of the procedure and the number of grafts. For example, a transplant of about 2,000 grafts will take approximately 5 hours.
  • What are the risks? While extremely rare, infection and healing problems can occur with hair transplant surgery, especially for individuals who have had previous procedures and have a significant amount of scarring in the donor area.
  • How quickly can I resume normal activities? Most patients can resume their daily routines within two days but should avoid strenuous activities for 10 to 12 days after the sutures are removed.
  • When can I expect to see results? You will notice small scabs in the recipient area for about 1 to 2 weeks post-surgery. Over the next few weeks, most existing hair shafts will fall out and new shafts will begin to grow. You should see full results in about 9 months.

For answers to all your questions, and then some, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration today to schedule your free consultation. Or, book your consultation online.

 

If you’re tired of trying to hide your thinning hair, bald spot, or receding hairline with sprays, hats, and creative styling tricks, perhaps it’s time to consider a better, more permanent solution. There are lots of hair  restoration options out there, including transplantation surgery. But not everyone makes for a good candidate.

Here are some  important factors to consider before pursuing this option.

Amount of Hair Lost vs. Amount of Hair Available

One of the biggest factors determining suitability is the relationship between how much hair you’ve already lost and the amount of donor hair available for the transplant. A hair loss specialist can evaluate your current situation and recommend the best course of action.

Health Condition and Current Medications

Before undergoing a medical procedure, consult your physician to make sure you are healthy enough to do so. If possible, any serious health issues should be treated prior to scheduling hair transplantation surgery to reduce the risk of complications. Also, certain prescription medications may adversely affect the procedure, your results, and recovery process.

Stages of Hair Loss

You also can expect better results if you have been losing hair due to male pattern baldness for more than five years, or you’re a male who has been balding for several years, whose pattern has stabilized, and who now want to take on a more youthful appearance.

Age and Expectations

While you can have a hair transplant at just about any age, it’s important to keep future hair loss in mind. You should also consider that it can take several months after the procedure before you start seeing results. And, depending on the amount of hair loss, you may need more than one procedure to achieve the desired result.

Post-Procedure Care

As with any medical procedure, it’s imperative that you follow proper post-surgery care instructions for optimum results, minimum discomfort, and faster recovery time.

The point is: not everyone is a candidate, but it’s impossible to tell without consulting with a hair transplant professional. Today, we invite you to contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to schedule a free consultation so you can get the answers you need and want.

 

A new year calls for new goals. And while many focus on eating better, dropping a few extra pounds, decluttering and minimizing, few focus on their

hair. Yet if you’ve ever had a “bad hair day” – and who hasn’t – you know how it can affect your mood. On the flip side, a “good hair day” can add a little pep to your step.

So, as we prepare to bid 2019 farewell, take this opportunity to set some healthy hair care habits and start the new year off with strong, beautiful, and lush locks.

Try a deep conditioner. Give your locks a little extra TLC with a bi-weekly deep conditioning treatment.

Take a break from chemicals. Experiment with all-natural ingredients like avocado, honey, and oils that are gentle on your hair and scalp.

Change things up a bit. Step out of your comfort zone and try that color or style you’ve been swooning over all year.

Say no to dryness. Add moisture to dry, dull hair (especially this time of year) with a quick spritz of leave-in conditioner or moisturizing oil.

Take the “no heat challenge”. Whether it’s for a day, a week, or month, your hair will thank you from giving it a break from heat styling products. If that represents too much of a change, at least shield your hair from heat damage with high smoke point oils like grapeseed before using the blow dryer, curling wand, or flat iron.

Care from the inside out. Take a daily multi-vitamin and eat a balanced diet of hair strengthening foods to nourish from within.

Don’t forget your scalp. A healthy, nourished scalp leads to a healthy head of hair. Cleanse (but don’t over-wash) your scalp to remove build-up and follow up with an antioxidant rich emollient.

Pay attention to your hair. Take note of any changes in texture, growth patterns, or unusual shedding. If these changes can’t easily be attributed to something like hormone changes, stress, or new products, it’s time to see a hair specialist.

Speaking of specialists, DiStefano Hair Restoration Center is known throughout Southern New England for our hair restoration prowess and trademarked IGT (Individual Graft Technique) which involves removing and transplanting one hair follicle at a time. Surgeons have come from all over the world to witness our IGT procedure in person, and now we invite you to visit one of our offices for a free consultation. It’s a great first step toward boosting your self-image and confidence.

hairloss and stress

Not only can stress impact our ability to function and handle day-to-day tasks, it can trigger physical reactions such as acne breakouts, brittle nails, and even hair loss.

Keeping up with the demands of work, home, and family are certainly hairloss and stresscontributing factors, or at least can be. Add in illness or a traumatic experience and you have a potential recipe for disaster.

Here are some specifics on the cause-and-effect relationship between stress and hair loss.

Stress-Induced Hair Loss

Hair loss caused by emotional and physical stress is called telogen effluvium and typically occurs within the first three months of a stressful emotional or physical event. Large stress levels can push hair follicles into a resting period, causing hair to shed. A normal life cycle of the hair follicle includes growth, transition, rest, and falling out of the hair shaft. However, stress disrupts that cycle and shifts a percentage of hairs into the rest stage, which can cause the appearance of thinning in certain areas of the scalp.

The good news? Telogen effluvium doesn’t necessarily lead to permanent hair loss or baldness. In fact, the hair loss associated with stress is often a sign that new hair is growing at the base of the lost hair and you should start to notice new growth in three to six months.

When to Be Concerned

On average, adults shed between 50 to 100 hairs a day. That might seem like a lot, but when compared to the roughly 150,000 hairs on your head, it’s quite insignificant. However, if you notice an unusual number of strands falling out when you comb or wash your hair – or experience reduced thickness in a localized area or throughout the scalp – see a doctor.

What You Can Do

Certain lifestyle changes can help reduce stress, thereby reducing hair loss. To point yourself in the right direction, be sure to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, carve out time to enjoy hobbies and activities that soothe and relax you, and adhere to a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. If constant stress is negatively impacting your daily life, consider discussing your mental health with your doctor or seek therapy.

A healthy life – not just a full head of hear – is enhanced when stress is managed and prevented from getting out of control. If, however, you’ve already lost more hair than you’re comfortable with, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free hair loss evaluation.

 

Several factors can lead to thinning hair. Heredity, certain medications, chemotherapy, illness, and high levels of stress all can take their toll on a full head of hair at varying rates of speed.

Overuse of harsh chemicals is another contributing factor, potentially causing hair to break while giving the appearance of hair loss.

And given all that, you can help protect your hair, add volume, and prevent further loss by following these helpful words of advice.

Color

If, along with your striking green eyes, you inherited your father’s tendency for hair loss, but your hair otherwise is healthy, permanent or semi-permanent color might give you the body and volume your desire. Semi-permanent color does not contain peroxide or ammonia so it will not damage hair. If you have fine-textured hair, have the color professionally applied by a colorist with specialized skill and experience.

Volumizing Products

Look for volumizing products that will add volume without weighing hair down or damaging it. For example, apply a mousse at the root area for support, then blow dry the root area while applying gentle tension with a brush. Spray with a light finishing spray for hold. At the same time, avoid volumizing products that contain paraffin which can cause build-up and breakage.

Shampoo and Condition When Needed

Frequent washing strips hair of its natural oils and can cause the scalp to dry out. Protect your hair by washing it only as needed. For some, that might be just twice a week. Fine-textured hair does get dirtier faster and can benefit from more frequent washing. Just be sure to use a good quality shampoo and volume-boosting conditioner.

Find the Right Style

Blow-drying while applying gentle pressure with a round brush can add much-needed volume to fine, limp, or thinning hair. Just be sure to use a diffuser attachment to avoid putting heat directly onto the hair. Overuse of heat styling products can cause damage and breakage, so choose a hairstyle that doesn’t require such tools or chemical products. If you must blow dry, curl, or use a flat iron, give your hair a break a couple times a week. Your hair will thank you for it.

And yet, what if your hair continues thinning anyway and no amount of “helpful hints” can stem the tide? That’s when it’s time to contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation on how best to give you that full head of hair we know you want.

Self-esteem does not have a universal definition. Someone’s ability to speed read might be his or her calling card, while others may bask in the glow of big piles of cash, their memories of athletic feats from days of yore, and so on.

But each example above pales in comparison to how hair loss – and other personal appearance matters – can set you way back on your road to maximum self-esteem. That’s especially true for young adults who don’t see the problem coming, and often don’t react well when it arrives. In fact, some men with a family history of hair loss can start losing their hair before they are 21 and start balding by 25 years of age.

The Negative Impact of Hair Loss

Fear of Not Looking Attractive to Other People

When you open a copy of GQ or Vanity Fair magazine and flip through all the fashion and cosmetics ads, it’s hard to find a model with missing hair. And like it or not, advertising and mass media entertainment have a great deal to do with how we view ourselves and want to be viewed by others. If you do

n’t fit the mold, it’s easy to feel traumatized to the point of social isolation.

Depression and Embarrassment

Research shows that people with alopecia have higher levels of anxiety and depression. Much of that stems from the feeling there’s nothing they can do to compensate for hair loss or premature balding. When you live and work among others who obsess about looking their best, and you don’t think you can match them in pure physical attractiveness, it’s easy to find fault with yourself. And nothing is easier to spot than only a partially covered scalp. It can be embarrassing, and embarrassment can lead to anxiety and depression.

Affects Social Life

What do you notice first about someone when you enter a room? Their shoes? The color of their eyes? What clothing brand they’re wearing? For many, it’s the hair – color, style, length and all. And no one is more acutely aware of that than those with thinning hair or premature balding. So, they tend to keep a low profile socially, wear hats, etc. – studies show it can even negatively impact job performance.

If hair loss is negatively affecting the way you feel about yourself, it’s time to book a free consultation with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’re here to help you feel better about you, so why not take us up on our offer?!

Although transplanted grafts are permanent, all things on the body are subject to the aging process. The transplanted hair will become finer and will turn gray with time, just as in the back of your scalp. Grafted hair is your own natural hair that will react and change with time just as the other hair on your head does.

Is a Hair Transplant the Right Choice for You?

Hair transplants can be effective treatments for permanent hair loss. But as with any procedure, it’s important to discuss your options and potential outcomes with your doctor.

Perhaps your doctor will recommend a hair loss medication as a first step, such as Propecia, to see what results, if any, are

achieved within six months.

In most cases, patients should wait until they are close to 25 years old to undergo a hair transplant. At that age, the hair loss pattern is more established. Younger patients may need revision surgeries later on to correct the hairline as more hair falls out.

Patients with diffuse pattern baldness can be candidates for hair transplants, depending on hair distribution. And yet additional procedures might be required to cover larger areas of thinning. Those with severe hair loss should not expect complete coverage from a hair transplant but may be able to restore their hairline and improve their appearance or grooming options.

Recovery Time of a Hair Transplant

The recovery time after a hair transplant is fairly short. After about a week, you can return to normal activities. The transplanted hairs will shed over time, but new hair will grow in its place from the transplanted follicles. On average, patients can expect to see about 60% new hair growth within 6-9 months in the affected area and about 90-100% around the 12 month mark. For the next 12 months after that, the hairs will gain thickness.

Hair transplants can be a permanent solution to your hair loss problem. Make an appointment today with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to discuss your options and to find out if now is the best time for you to get started.

 

Hair loss is like a sniper. It can strike without warning, and from almost anywhere. Not a very pretty way of looking at it, but it’s true.

What’s more, hair loss can come on “just like that” or more gradually – not just affecting your scalp, but potentially your whole body. And, as you no doubt already know, some types of hair loss and temporary while others are permanent.

Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:

  • Aging takes its toll. The aging process is the leading cause of hair loss for both men and women.  In men, the process often begins with a receding hairline on the forehead, one that looks like the letter M. More than half of men 50 or older have signs of hair loss. It reaches 4 out of 5 men by age 70.
  • Immune system goes on offense. Sometimes your immune system can be your best friend, while it also can turn tail on you. Take, for example, when you begin noticing bald spots on your scalp about the size of a quarter. That may signify a medical condition known as alopecia areata. The process can begin from childhood on and stems from your immune system attacking your hair follicles, thus causing patches of hair to fall out. Your hair may grow back, but here’s no guarantee it will.
  • Physical or emotional shock. In this instance, hair starts falling out A physical or emotional shock is another common origin of hair loose. It starts with hair falling out when you wash or comb it – or even just gently tugging on it. But we’re not talking a few strands of hair here and there; we’re talking about handfuls at a time. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.
  • Medical conditions or treatments. Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back. Other medical conditions associated with hair loss include cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, and heart problems.
  • Infections. Things like ringworm can create scaly patches on the scalp and bald spots. The hair usually grows back after treatment. Folliculitis is another hair-loss infection, but one that can be prevented. Folliculitis is caused by bacteria entering your skin through damaged hair follicles. And it’s things like shaving or plucking scalp hair wearing tight hats, and frequently touching your scalp that can cause it.

 

Now you know at least some of the causes of hair loss. And now you can learn about how DiStefano Hair Restoration Center can make you look like you again – the you with a full head of air. Click here to Request a Free Consultation Today.

Image of older man with grey hairAccording to statistics from the American Hair Loss Association, nearly two-thirds of all men will experience some noticeable hair loss by the time they reach the age of 35. Baldness or thinning hair is primarily caused by genetics, but hygiene can also play a role in hair loss. While specially-formulated hair care products can provide hair with much of what it needs to be healthy, the frequency and timing of hair washing should be taken into account.

Natural Hair Oils

Hair follicles contain oil-producing glands known as sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, a natural substance that is healthy for hair roots in certain amounts. At times in a person’s life, however, sebum production goes into overdrive. The build-up of sebum can cause the follicle to clog, restricting hair growth. While this is most commonly a problem for those undergoing puberty or pregnancy, it can also apply to men undergoing testosterone treatment for medical reasons. Regular washing with shampoo can help remove these oils and maintain a healthy amount of sebum on the scalp.

Over-Washing Hair

More commonly, the mistake people make in their hair-care routine is over-washing. The immediate effect of washing the hair too much is that weak or dead hairs fall out. In the long-term, too much washing with shampoo and conditioner can make the hair dry, brittle, and more likely to break off or fall out. This is due to the sulfates and other chemicals found in most shampoos.

So, How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

Each person is different—there is no magic answer. Those who are producing more sebum should consider washing more often. It may be surprising, but in general, try to shoot for washing with shampoo no more than three to four times a week. This doesn’t mean the hair can’t get wet, though. Continue to massage and exfoliate the scalp during showers to remove excess dead skin and dirt.

Even people who follow the strictest of hygiene regimens are not immune to the effects of time and genetics. Thankfully, those who suffer from hair loss now have more options than ever before. Modern medicine has developed a number of safe and effective hair loss restoration techniques that can restore a person’s hair and confidence. DiStefano Hair Restoration Center is at the forefront of applying these techniques and helping patients look and feel their best. With convenient locations across New England and highly-experienced doctors, DiStefano Hair Restoration Center is your best choice for reducing the effects of hair loss. Contact us today to learn more.

Losing hair can be scary, especially when it happens suddenly and unexpectedly. While we typically hear more about hair loss in men, it happens almost as often in women. It’s important not to panic when a few extra strands fall out in the shower, as there are numerous causes for female hair loss.

Natural Causes

A woman looking up at her hair

Most of the time, thinning hair is hereditary. It’s common for women to gradually see a widening to their part in their 50s and 60s, although this could even happen in the teen years. Hormonal changes can also be a natural cause of thinning hair, especially as a result of the natural hormonal changes that occur from menopause. However, if it is determined that your hair loss is caused by hormonal changes, it is important to see a medical provider that could treat this imbalance. The most common hormonal imbalances that we see are an imbalance of Thyroid Stimulation Hormone (TSH) or an excess of testosterone. The good news is that there are medications that can help stabilize these hormones.

Physical and Medical Issues

A thinning mane isn’t always caused by genes and hormones; sometimes there is a medical condition to blame. According to the Mayo Clinic, it could be indicative of a thyroid condition, auto-immune issue, pregnancy, or anemia. Skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis may also cause hair to fall out. In fact, anything that changes the hair’s growth cycle could be the culprit—that means medication, severe illness or infection, and even chemical exposure could play a role.

Sometimes people may experience hair loss as the side effect of a treatment. For example, chemotherapy can cause hair to fall out on the head and body, and sometimes other medications can have the same effect. Physical trauma, such as a severe illness or surgery, could also cause hair to fall out. Stress and emotional shock or trauma could also be to blame.

Self-Induced Hair Loss

Believe it or not, sometimes women cause their own hair to fall out! Certain hairstyles, like cornrows or tight braids, traumatize the hair, and it falls out as a result. Heated hair tools, like blow dryers and flat irons, as well as other treatments like harmful dyes and chemicals, have similar damaging effects. Even aggressive towel drying can damage the hair! Harmful hair products can be replaced with the Tricomin® hair care product line.

If you have noticed sudden or dramatic hair loss, schedule a checkup with your primary care physician to be sure that there’s no underlying medical issue. Then, call DiStefano Hair Restoration Center at (401) 736-8989 to schedule an appointment to explore your treatment options.