If you’re struggling with hair loss, and you’re leaning toward exploring the path leading to a hair transplant, you may be wondering which hair restoration option is right for you. A simple google search will deliver a slew of solutions all promising to stop and even reverse hair loss. How do you know which of these can live up to its promises, and which one should be your choice?

The first step is selecting a licensed, experienced, and trusted hair restoration surgeon – one with whom you can discuss your goals and decide which method will achieve your goals while delivering permanent, natural looking results. Let’s look at two of the most common procedures used today: FUE and FUT. At least you’ll have a good head start toward taking that big step to a more confident you.

What is an FUE Procedure?

During an FUE (follicular unit extraction) transplant, each follicular unit is harvested from a donor area in random fashion so that thinning of the donor area is minimized. This is done through microscopic circular incisions on the scalp and can be performed manually or robotically.

FUE is a great option for those with thinning or balding at the front or top of their head, have a soft scalp, or minimal hair in the donor area.

Benefits of FUE

  • Unmatched Precision – Utilizing robotic FUE allows for selection of the healthiest and strongest follicles in their natural groupings, leaving the rest of the hair from the donor area undamaged.
  • Natural Looking Results – Because individual follicular units are harvested from the donor area, there is no linear scar left behind. The result is natural looking and feeling hair that you can cut and style however you like.
  • Minimal Pain – FUE is an outpatient procedure that requires only local anesthesia. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during and after the procedure.
  • Quick Recovery – FUE typically requires less post-operative restrictions than other methods, allowing people to resume most of their daily activities within a couple of days.

What is an FUT Procedure?

FUT, or follicular unit transplantation, involves removing a long, thin piece of tissue from the back of the scalp then removing individual follicular units from the strip. The wound is then closed leaving behind a thin scar line.

For those with significant balding around the crown who are looking to achieve maximum fullness and volume from a hair transplant, FUT is generally the recommended method.

Benefits of FUT

  • Higher Follicle Survival Rate – During harvesting, the protective tissue remains intact for better quality and more robust grafts than other methods.
  • Natural Looking Results – Hair is transplanted in small, natural groupings so the result is fuller, more natural looking hair. The very thin linear scar in the donor area can easily be concealed with surrounding hair making it virtually undetectable.
  • Manageable Recovery – Recovery usually lasts between 10 and 12 days; pain medication may be prescribed to those experiencing pain and swelling of the donor area.
  • No Additional Scarring – No matter how many subsequent procedures a patient needs, only one linear scar is left behind. However, FUE leaves behind a small scar with each harvested follicular unit.

That’s a lot of information to absorb, right? And no doubt leaves you with several unanswered questions. Well, that’s just part of what we’re here for: DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Today, we invite you to join us a free consultation where we’ll answer all your questions and get you started on the path to a new and more confident you.

Conduct an internet search for “hair growth tips” and you’ll be inundated with products, tricks, and “secrets” all promising miraculous results, and much sooner than you otherwise might expect. But the truth is, the secret to sustained hair growth is really no secret at all. In fact, for many it’s as simple as what you put on your hair and in your body – that is, the right hair care products and the right nutrition.

And yet simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy. Your genetic make-up, for example, is a determining factor in how early or late you may experience hair thinning or loss. Yet taking the best of care of your hair can help slow down the hair loss process and ensure that remaining hair is as healthy as can be for as long as possible.

Here are 8 practical and proven hair growth dos and don’ts.

Do feed your hair from the inside out. A healthy, well-balanced diet filled with the vitamins and nutrients essential for hair health promotes hair follicles to enter the anagen phase, the growing phase of hair’s life cycle. During this phase, hair follicles push hair out until they are cut or reach the end of their lifespan and fall out. Add in regular exercise and quality sleep for best results.

Do supplement your diet if needed. If you’re not getting the vitamins and nutrients from food, consult your primary care doctor about supplements, especially those that support hair growth. These include vitamins A, C, D, Omega-3s, iron, calcium, and magnesium, just to name a few.

Don’t over-wash hair. Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp, so don’t skimp on shampoo and conditioner. The condition of your scalp will determine the frequency at which you should wash. A dry scalp should be washed two times a week to preserve natural oils and prevent further irritation. An oily or sweaty scalp will require more frequent washing. For most people, washing their hair three times a week is adequate. Use lukewarm water when washing as hot water can damage hair.

Do use products formulated for your hair type and condition. If you have a dry scalp, a hydrating and moisturizing shampoo is best while an oily scalp will benefit from a clarifying shampoo. Those with fine hair will benefit from a gentle shampoo that won’t weigh hair down. Use these guidelines when selecting a conditioner, mask, or other product as well.

Don’t skip regular trims. Trimming your hair regularly helps maintain its health by removing split ends – so, resist the temptation to go longer between cuts. Trimming your hair just a quarter of an inch every six to eight weeks is adequate.

Don’t over-style. Over-styling, especially with heat products, can lead to breakage and frizz. Let your hair air dry as much as possible. If you must blow dry, only do so after it’s almost dry and use the lowest heat setting possible. Try drying the roots for added lift.

Don’t fall for hair myths. Repeated often enough, a myth can eventually can become someone’s truth. For example, the more you brush your hair, the healthier it will be. Excess brushing creates friction and can lead to breakage. Instead, brush or comb once or twice a day, starting at the ends and moving toward the roots.

Not so difficult, right? But even with all the proper care in the world, people can and do experience sufficient hair loss for them to consider a transplant. If you’re even thinking about it, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll take the mystery out of hair transplant surgery and show you just how beneficial the result can be.

Picture this. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and your hair looks great! You just know it’s going to be a great day.

Which only goes to show that the appearance of your hair can play a major role in how you feel about yourself in terms of mood, self-image, and confidence. It’s why the many issues hair can have, like dryness, thinning, or loss, can be such a huge source of frustration. Sure, everyone experiences a bad hair day now and again, but if your locks are going through unusual changes, it might not be due to a “bad hair day”. In fact, the condition of your hair can be an important indicator of your health.

Excessive Shedding

It’s normal to see a wad of hair in the shower drain or on a brush – on average, people shed up to 100 hairs a day. But excessive shedding could point to a more serious condition like a nutritional deficiency, thyroid disease, or anemia. Consult your physician if you notice your hair shedding more than usual.

Dryness

The use of heat styling, dyes, and other chemical products can all damage your hair. If your hair seems dry year-round, make sure you’re using hair products specially made for your hair type and try to limit heat styling and coloring. If you see no improvement, you may need to add more healthy fats to your diet. Salmon, avocado, and olive oil, for example, help promote hair, skin, and scalp health.

Lackluster

Hair that lacks luster and shine can also indicate a need to add healthy fats to your diet. Salmon, avocado, nuts, chia seeds, and more are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats that are important for overall health – hair included.

Brittle

When styling or simply touching your hair, you shouldn’t hear a crunch. Brittle hair can be a sign of an iron or zinc deficiency, both important for keratin production. Consuming foods high in iron and zinc like lentils and pumpkin seeds can help, as can a multi-vitamin. Consult your primary physician before adding supplements to your diet.

Dry Scalp

A dry, itchy, flaky scalp can be another sign you need to increase your essential fatty acid intake. Sunflower seeds, flaxseed, and fish are not only important for the health of hair follicles, they help moisturize your hair and scalp.

Thinning

Hair thickness and density vary from person to person. But if your once full, luscious locks are looking a little scant, you may not be getting enough protein. Eggs, fish, poultry, dairy, nuts, beans, and whole grains are all good sources of protein.

Graying

While genetics play a significant role in how early (or late) hair begins to gray, loss of pigment at a premature age can signal a copper deficiency. The good news is you probably don’t need much to reap the benefits – seaweed, sesame seeds, and mushrooms can help fight the graying process.

Of course, you can be healthy as a horse but still start losing hair prematurely or otherwise. And at some point, you know it’s simply not going to grow back. Well, DiStefano Hair Restoration give you back a full head of hair through one of our proven hair transplant techniques. Is that an option worth considering? Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and let’s find out together.

 

Whether it’s a receding hairline, a not-so-subtle bald spot, or widespread thinning all over, experiencing hair loss is no fun – no fun at all. And while more than 80 percent of men and nearly 50 percent of women will experience some level hair loss or thinning during their lifetimes, you don’t need have to sit by idly and just watch.

Today, there are a variety of hair restoration options for slowing down (and even stopping) – there also are methods for regrowing hair. If you’re not quite ready for a hair transplant, here are six non-surgical options to consider. But first, keep in mind that the treatment that’s best for you will depend on a variety of personal factors, including type of hair loss, causes, and your medical history. Always consult with your doctor before starting any treatment.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

A newer method of treating hair loss, PRP therapy involves using different growth factors and proteins to stimulate hair growth and promote healing; in this case, one own’s platelets obtained from their blood sample are injected into the scalp. However, PRP isn’t for everyone. The ideal candidate is someone in the early stages of hair loss, whose hair follicles are still functional, and doesn’t have chronic skin problems, dermatological issues, or blood disorders.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

LLLT uses low-intensity light to stimulate cell growth in the hair follicle bulge. It is also used to treat other conditions, including stroke recovery and wound healing. LLLT has shown positive results for those with post-menopausal, postpartum, and illness-related hair loss. Because it does not have the ability to revive dead hair follicles, LLLT is not a sound option for those experiencing full baldness.

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

SMP uses ink to create the illusion of natural hair by creating various dots and shades that mimic a close shave or give the appearance density to a thinning crown. SMP can also camouflage scarring.

Topical Solutions

Topical hair loss products such as tretinoin, minoxidil, shampoos, and serums are applied directly to the scalp. Individuals can expect to see visible results within a few months of continued use; however, results can vary greatly. Consult your healthcare professional before starting a topical treatment as some can cause adverse health effects.

Hair-Stimulating Tablets and Medications

Propecia, approved by the FDA, has been clinically proven to stimulate hair growth for those experiencing male pattern baldness. Vitamins, minerals, and supplements can help with hair loss caused by medications or illness, while DHT blockers can slow or stop hereditary hair loss. Consult with your doctor before starting a hair treatment regimen.

The one sure way to restore your full head of hair is through hair transplant surgery. Here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, we have succeeded time and again in restoring the looks and confidence of men and women alike. Plus, we offer a variety of treatment options, with one just right for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. You’ll get to know members of our medical team and get answers to all our questions.

True or false: Sitting out in the sun can cause you hair to lighten over time.

If you guessed “true,” pat yourself on the back for a job well done. While the sun can lighten hair of any color shade, darker hair reflects more subtle changes. If you like your hair color and shade just the way it is, wear a hat when you’re out in the summer sun. Or, if you want to enhance the lightening effect, using a little lemon is just one of a few ways to get the job nicely.

How to Lighten Hair in the Sun

Melanin is the pigment that gives color to skin, eyes, and hair. Sun bleaches out the melanin in hair, causing it to lighten. At the same time, prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays can damage other hair proteins, thus making it dry, brittle, and less manageable – so proceed with caution.

If you spend enough time in the sun, your hair will eventually become lighter on its own. But for safer and better results, enlist the help of a commercial hair lightening product, salt spray, or lemon juice. Exposure to chlorine and salt water also can lighten hair color by altering keratin levels.

  • Lighten with lemon juice. Mix one part juice from fresh lemons (not the bottled stuff) with two parts water into a clean spray bottle. Dampen the sections of hair you want highlighted and spray the mixture onto your hair. Sit in the sun for 1 – 2 hours to activate the lemon juice, then rinse thoroughly and condition to lock in moisture. It’s important to note that the combination of lemon and sun can burn hair if you’re not careful, so less is more.
  • Make a salt spray. Dissolve one tablespoon of salt in one cup or warm water, then pour the liquid into a clean spray bottle. Spray the solution on the parts of your hair you wish to lighten, sit in the sun for 15 minutes, rinse, and condition. Once again, use caution, as salt can dry our hair – so be sure to moisturize afterwards.
  • If you prefer over-the-counter- products, choose those with natural ingredients and avoid any products that contains hydrogen peroxide.

Isn’t nice to have a lush, full head of hair where you can ever consider lightening it? Andi isn’t it a bit of downer when you don’t. Well, whatever you care do with your hair, the first step is restoring what you’ve lost through a hair transplant. If you’ve even thought about making such a move but have certain reservations, we can help you get past those and give you back what you’ve lost. To find out how and what the process involves, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today a free initial consultation with our team of medical experts.

 

For many, hair loss may be a natural part of the aging process, but that doesn’t mean it can’t frustrate and embarrass you at the same time. While some people take hair thinning or loss in stride and embrace their new look, others experience low self-esteem, social withdrawal, and even depression.

If you are enjoying your own hair loss experience and wondering what you can do about it, here are five of the top reasons to consider hair transplant surgery.

Safe Procedure

Due to the tremendous advancements in hair restoration, a hair transplant poses virtually no health risks if performed by a trained, experienced doctor. This outpatient procedure requires very little down time so that with proper post-surgical care, you can begin to resume light activities within a matter of days. Plus, modern techniques leave no unsightly scars.

No Side Effects

Many of the non-surgical products that promise to stop or reverse hair loss can cause long-term medical issues. What’s more, the effect of some of these techniques diminish over time while others only deliver results with long-term, consistent applications.

Self-Esteem Boost

Some people can rock the “no hair” look, while others experience low confidence and self-esteem, isolation, and depression, all of which can all lead to social and professional problems if not properly addressed. A hair transplant can give you the full, healthy head of hair you once had so you can feel confident once again.

Natural Looking Results

Because your own hair is transplanted into the balding area from a donor site (usually the back of your head), transplant surgery delivers the most natural looking results. In fact, you can cut, wash, and style your hair as you once did.

Permanent

Unlike many non-surgical treatments that slow down hair loss for just a while or for as long as you continue treatment, hair transplant surgery is a permanent solution. That means no special shampoos, creams, ointments, or pills. Just permanent, natural looking and feeling results.

So, if you’re feeling blue about your balding process – premature or otherwise – contact the medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation. You’ll walk away feeling more confident already.

 

 

Hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons, including from abnormal production of thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland, a butterfly shaped gland located in the lower part of the front of the neck, is responsible for making thyroid hormones. The body uses these hormones to stay warm, keep muscles and organs functioning properly, and to supply energy. Today we explore the link between hair loss and thyroid function and discuss possible treatment options.

Link Between Thyroid Health and Hair

Hair loss can occur in individuals who have either an over- or underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism (underactive) occurs when there is an insufficient amount of thyroid hormones, whereas hyperthyroidism (overactive) involves overproduction of the hormone. Because the thyroid hormone places a significant role in the development of hair follicles, too much or too little of the hormone can cause the system to switch to a state of telogen effluvium, a condition that causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting stage of the hair growth cycle. This can result in as much as 70 percent of scalp hairs to fall out within 2 months.

Common Signs of Thyroid-Related Hair Loss

Everyone sheds a certain amount of hair daily as part of a normal hair cycle. In fact, you can expect to lose between 50 – 100 hairs a day, usually without even noticing. However, those with telogen effluvium often experience hair loss in handfuls. What’s more, while it’s most noticeable on the scalp, it can affect any part of the body. Other symptoms of over- or underactive thyroid include:

It is unusual for hair loss to be the only symptom of an overactive or underactive thyroid.

Here are some of the most common symptoms:

Hypothyroidism

  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Feeling cold
  • Unusually dry skin
  • Depressed mood
  • Forgetfulness

Hyperthyroidism

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Irritability & nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Increased sweating
  • Hand tremors
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fine or brittle hair
  • Muscle weakness
  • More frequent bowel movements

Treatment

Each of the above symptoms, plus hair loss, can stem from other conditions, as well. See your doctor to have your thyroid levels checked and to determine the exact cause. You can’t treat thyroid hair loss until to thyroid issue is first resolved. Treatment can include medications, internal radiation therapy, and surgery.

Dietary and lifestyle changes can improve overall hair health and promote growth. Eat a balanced diet that includes fish, dark green vegetables, and protein-, biotin-, and calcium-rich foods. Manage stress, exercise, stay hydrated, and get an adequate amount of sleep.

So, you doctor has determined the cause of your thyroid condition, you do have significant hair loss, and now you want to rectify the situation. That means it’s time to contact the hair transplant team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation. We can work wonders for you, just as we have for hundreds of other patients throughout Southern New England.

Hair is often described by color, length, texture, coarseness, thickness, and density – density being the focus of this blog. Many use the term “thick” and “dense” interchangeably, but the two hair types are quite different. Thickness refers to the width of a single strand of hair while density measures how many strands of hair grow per square inch on your scalp. So, you can have thin hair with a high density, thick hair with low density, and so on.

Typical Hair Density

Hair density varies from person to person and even by ethnic group. Unless someone has a nutritional deficiency or other medical issue, hair density is not indicative of one’s health. Most individuals have between 80,000 and 120,000 hairs on their scalp, with the area at the back of the head (the crown) having the highest density.

How to Determine Hair Density

If you want to accurately measure your hair density, you can hire a research lab to perform an imaging technique called a trichoscopy or a phototrichogram. Otherwise, carve out a little time from your day, plot a 1-inch by 1-inch section of your scalp, and start counting each individual strand – but who needs that aggravation!

And now for two less extreme methods for evaluating hair density. If you can see your scalp while looking in a mirror without moving your hair, you have less dense hair. If you need to move or part your hair to see the scalp, you have denser hair.

Less extreme method #2 – if your hair is long enough to put in a ponytail, measure the circumference to get an idea of its density.

  • Circumference of 2 inches or less means low density
  • Between 2 – 3 inches means medium density
  • Four inches or more means high density

Why Is Hair Density Important?

Knowing hair density helps a stylist recommend the best types of cuts, styles, and products for your hair. But remember, length, texture, coarseness, and overall health play critical roles, too.

  • Low-density hair can get weighed down with heavy conditioners and oils. Choose light but volumizing products and try a cut with blunt lines and minimal layers to make hair appear fuller.
  • High-density hair requires heavier products to keep styles under control. Layers can reduce bulk while oils and serums tame frizz.

Increasing Hair Density

If you have naturally low density hair, there is no way to improve it. Remember, just like your hair color or texture, density is determined by genetics. However, if you’re experiencing patchy areas, a widening part, or pattern baldness, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration today to schedule a free consultation. We don’t want you to just tolerate your hair, we want you to love it – for life.

 

Hair is often viewed as an extension of oneself, personality, and sense of self-worth. That’s among numerous reasons why hair loss or thinning can be such a difficult and upsetting experience. And while the causes of hair loss are many, menopausal hair loss can make an already stressful life experience even more challenging. Read on to learn more about menopausal hair loss and treatment options.

What Causes Menopausal Hair Loss?

Menopause is the time that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle, diagnosed after a woman goes at least 12 consecutive months without a period. While all women experience menopause at some point, age of onset and symptoms involved differ for everyone. Menopausal hair loss occurs due to the reduction in estrogen and progesterone hormone levels resulting in biological changes that affect hair thickness, rate of growth, and hair loss. This hormonal drop sparks an increase in androgens which are less common in women than men. Androgens can cause hair follicles to shrink and lead to hair loss. When androgen levels are higher than normal, some women develop excess hair on the chin while developing hair loss on the head.

During menopause, you may notice hair thinning in the following areas:

  • Main area of the head
  • Near the hairline
  • Back of the head
  • Near the crown
  • Near the nape
  • Widening hair part

Treatments for Menopausal Hair Loss

Menopausal hair loss may be difficult to accept and cope with, but there are a variety of treatment options that can help.

Keep stress in check to help keep hormones in balance. Try techniques such as yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises.

Exercise regularly to reduce stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise also helps improve sleep, sharpens cognitive abilities, aids in learning and memory, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

Maintain a healthy diet to ensure you get all the vitamins and nutrients you need, many of which are essential for hair health, like protein, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C, and D, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, and more.

Be gentle to your hair and avoid or minimize the use of heat styling tools, harsh styling products, chemical hair treatments, and rough hair styles that put stress on the hair and scalp like tight buns and ponytails.

Choose cuts and styles that make hair loss less noticeable while adding volume. Try a shorter cut or layers for dimension or change where you normally part your hair.

When to Seek Help

If you’re experiencing hair loss, menopausal or otherwise, contact your healthcare provider, dermatologist, or a licensed hair restoration export for guidance. They can determine the underlying cause of your hair thinning or loss and offer the most effective treatment options based on your specific needs.

We also encourage you to contact the hair transplant specialists at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Our medical team can restore lost hair for life and give you one less thing to worry about – and an important thing at that. Contact us today for a free consultation.

 

Why do people engage in hair  training? Well, certainly for the most obvious reason of all – well-trained hair speeds up the time it takes to get you out the door in the morning. And to get all spruced up for that special date you’ve been planning.

Yes, hair training is a useful practice, but we still haven’t told you what it is. Here goes.

What is Hair Training?

Hair training is the process of shampooing less often to help cut down on excess oils. Daily washing strips hair and scalps of their natural oils, leading to over-production and build-up. That, in turn, results in that “greasy” look if you miss one or two days of washing. The goal of hair and scalp training is to train hair to go a week or more between washes. Some on social media claim this process has worked by shampooing only once a month.

Does Hair Training Work?

While it’s recommended to go a few days between washes, not everyone supports extending the practice much beyond that. In fact, there is currently no scientific evidence to support that hair training works. Our natural sebum is being produced all the time and, left on its own, will eventually make hair feel and look oily. (Sebum is an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands. It coats, moisturizes, and protects your skin.” But, if you want to give less frequent shampooing a try, if only to save time in the morning, here are some tips you might find helpful.

  • Consider your hair type when determining how often to wash. For example, curly or oily hair should be washed only one or two times per week because the sebum has a more tough time traveling from the scalp through your curly locks.
  • Avoid shampoos with harsh ingredients that can dry out the hair and scalp and lead to overproduction of sebum. Select a shampoo that will cleanse without over drying.
  • Do you use a lot of styling products? Gels, serums, and hair sprays will all build up on the hair and scalp over time so if you want to give hair training or simply less frequent washing a try, consider easing up on the styling products.
  • If you have thin or thinning hair, it likely gets weighed down by oils (natural or otherwise). So, wash your hair twice a week using cooler water. And avoid heavy hair care products.
  • Heat styling can also promote oil production. If avoiding heat styling all together is not an option, invest in a quality dry shampoo that will boost volume and help stretch the time between shampooing.
  • Color-treated hair should not be washed daily to avoid stripping the color and drying out the hair faster. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for color treated hair.
  • If after a couple of weeks of not washing your hair, and you don’t see a notable improvement in appearance, washing once or twice a week may not be right for you.
  • If you suspect that your overly oily or dry hair could be due to a health, hormonal, or nutrient issue, consult your dermatologist or doctor before beginning any new hair care routine.

If you’re a frequent reader of DiStefano blogs, you must be thinking that hair care management is a tricky and involved process. Truth be told, it can be – which is why we continue to inform you of proper techniques while abandoning those that may prove harmful.

How about your hair? Do you have less on your scalp than you would prefer? Then contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation. There’s a lot we can do to help.