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.

Resolve to Keep Your Hair Healthy

There’s something about the New Year that makes you resolve to achieve one or more goals not just for yourself, but others. Maybe you don’t need the advent of January 1 to take flight with new habits, nor should you. A fresh start can be undertaken whenever you’re ready to make the commitment.

Take your head of hair for example. If you’re unhappy with the direction it’s been taking, wondering if there’s anything you can yourself to improve the situation, or if professional help is the way to go, you’re in a whole lot of good company.

So, start the New Year right – or tomorrow, or next week, or whenever – by engaging in the following remedies for men and women alike.

  • Get regular haircuts. Establishing and maintaining a haircut regimen will help keep split ends and breakage to a minimum while promoting healthy hair.
  • Go au natural! Allow your hair to rest from heat styling, tight ponytails, and styling products every now and then.
  • Give your scalp a little TLC. Don’t ignore that dry itchy scalp. It could be caused by something as simple as the wrong shampoo or a sign of a more serious problem.
  • Feed your hair from the inside out. Hair is a non-essential tissue, meaning your body sends vital nutrients to other parts of your body first, like the heart and liver. So, if your diet lacks protein, iron, and other vitamins and minerals, these deficiencies will certainly impact hair health.
  • Deep condition weekly. Add a weekly deep conditioning treatment to your hair care routine to provide extra hydration.
  • Protect your hair with a hat. Just like a hat helps protect your face from the sun, it also protects your hair and scalp.
  • Wash with warm water, not hot. Hot water dries out your skin, hair, and scalp, and makes color wash out faster.
  • Leave your hair alone. Constantly touching your hair causes unnecessary traction, which can traumatize hair and even cause it to thin over time. The same goes for excess brushing or combing, which can stretch hair and weaken ends.
  • Adjust hair products with the weather. Certain products are better for different seasons. For example, in the colder months, you may want to focus on moisture and hydration, while wanting something lighter that won’t weigh your hair down in the warmer months.

If you’re tried all this and other home remedies with no positive results, and you’re losing hair or concerned you might, take the next logical step and contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation. You’ll be amazed at what we can accomplish for your improved appearance and uplift in self-confidence.

You’ve heard of the proverbial two-edged sword, where there’s one edge that’s perfectly harmless while the other can cause serious damage?  Well, here’s yet another case in point: can dyeing hair lead to hair loss?

Harmless side of the sword: dyeing your hair every few months won’t inhibit hair growth because the dye can reach beneath the scalp.  Score one for the good guys.

Potentially harmful side: Dyeing or coloring your hair can cause hair loss. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

During the dyeing process, hair is often combed and rubbed, which can loosen hairs in the telogen – or resting – phase and cause increased shedding. In fact, any physical stress on hair, such as over-brushing, frequent use of hot styling products, and even tight ponytails can cause hair to loosen and break.

The second reason is the hair dye itself, which contains hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Both ingredients are harsh on hair and can cause it to shed at what might seem like an alarming rate.

And third, hair dye can physically weaken hair shafts by disrupting the protein backbone, which leads to increased breakage and – you guessed it – hair loss. Hair dyes that significantly lighten hair from its natural color contain the highest amounts of peroxide and, therefore, are the most disruptive. During this coloring process, peroxide removes the eumelanin pigment from the hair shaft and replaces it with light colors.

Those who switch to blonde rom brunette may notice a need for less frequent haircuts and complain that their hair just doesn’t grow. The reason for this is that the distal end of the hair shafts is the oldest and causes the most disruption.

And now for a bit of good news.  If you experience significant hair loss for going lighter, the loss of hair is temporary, and it will grow back. Another plus: avoid hair loss in the first place by choosing darker colors which contain lesser amount of ammonia.

Changing hair color or adding highlights will be covered when you choose DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for hair transplant surgery. Why not start the process today by requesting a free consultation.

For those experiencing hair loss, hair transplant surgery offers a permanent solution that delivers natural looking – and feeling – results for men and women alike. However, not everyone is a candidate for this procedure, and for a variety of reasons. If you’re considering hair transplant surgery, read on to find out if it’s right for you.

Those who have no hair from birth. Because a hair transplant is performed by taking hair follicles from one part of the scalp and transplanting them to another, those who have not had hair since birth are not candidates for surgery.

Those under 24 years of age. Most experts agree that 24 is the “recommended” minimum age for hair transplant surgery. That’s because hair loss needs to run its course, which often extends past one’s 24th birthday.  A little patience can provide greatly enhanced long-term results.

Individuals with serious health complications. Although hair transplant surgery is a relatively simple procedure that can yield amazing results, those who have chronic health issues like heart disease, kidney or liver failure, diabetes, and more, may not be suitable for such a surgery. Consult with your primary care physician or specialist to discuss the risks involved.

Those who react to anesthesia. Anesthesia (either local or general) is required to perform hair transplant surgery. Therefore, those who suffer negative reactions to anesthesia, or have medical conditions that don’t allow them to receive anesthesia, are not candidates for a hair transplant.

Individuals with blood-borne illness. Those with blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C are generally not candidates for hair transplant surgery. Consult your primary care doctor about the limitations and risks involved and precautions that are available to keep all parties safe.

Patients with Hemophilia. Hemophilia is a condition that limits the ability of blood to clot. As such, a patient with hemophilia must first consult with their doctor and undergo a blood clotting test to see if they are suitable for hair transplant surgery.

Are you a candidate for hair transplant surgery?  The best way to find out is to schedule a free initial consultation with the medical steam at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center.


Hair Transplant

After years of hiding under a hat, creative haircuts, and even trying the bald Hair Transplantlook, you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and have hair transplant surgery. You’ve researched all the options, procedures, recovery time, and expense and now it’s time to schedule a consultation with a hair transplant doctor. Yet selecting one has you feeling a bit overwhelmed. They all promise extraordinary results and claim to be the best and most qualified. So, how do you cut through the clutter and feel confident in your choice? Here are 5 important things to consider.

Can the doctor show you several before and after photos? Ask to see examples of the various hair restoration services the practice performs and make sure the photos are from actual patients and not pulled off the web. Also, ask how long ago the procedures were performed.

Can the practice provide you with patient references? A surgeon should be able to share with you the contact information for several past or existing patients that have undergone hair transplant surgery and are willing to share their experiences with you. Ask for those who have had transplants like the kind you have in mind to get a better idea of what to expect before, during, and after the surgery.

Is hair restoration the surgeon’s primary specialty? Take caution when considering practices that provide a variety of services, unless they have doctors who specialize in each service offered.

What are the surgeon’s credentials? Is he or she board certified? How long have they been practicing, and how many surgeries have they performed throughout their career? You want a surgeon who not only has the education and training, but extensive experience in various hair restoration procedures.

Ask about the support staff. A doctor needs a qualified and caring support staff to provide you with the best possible service. Is there someone on hand to answer your questions before and after the procedure? Who do you contact should you have post-surgical complications? Who will be seeing you for your follow-up appointments? These are all factors that can deliver a better hair restoration experience.

Today we invite you to schedule a free consultation with us. We’re not only ready to answer your questions, we’re confident we will exceed your expectations for that added boost of confidence you want and deserve.

fast food and hair loss

How Fast Food Affects Hair Loss

Drive long enough and you’re bound to see a fast food joint – or five – in your fast food and hair losstravels. And sure, fast food restaurants are great for a quick bite when you’re on the go, or a celebratory burger and shake because your preschooler game home with a gold sticker on his spelling test. But too much fast food, as we know, can have a detrimental impact on your health, including the health of our hair.

Most fast food lacks the important nutrients that our bodies need to be at their best. When consumed frequently or in large amounts, a fast food diet can lead to nutrient deficiencies that, in turn, can lead to hair loss.

Change Your Diet, Keep Your Hair

Eating a variety of well-balanced, nutritious food can improve the look and feel of your hair and reduce hair loss. Here are five key nutrients to include in your diet for a healthier scalp and hair. Of course, we encourage you to consult your trusted healthcare professional before embarking on any dietary changes.

  • Iron – Without an adequate supply of iron, your hair can become dry, brittle, and begin to fall out. Leafy greens, nuts, and all-natural red meats are all great ways to add more iron to your diet.
  • Biotin – Biotin can be found in sweet potatoes, almonds, avocado, bananas, and peanut butter. It’s known to slow down the balding process and reduce hair loss.
  • Vitamin E – Incorporating a healthy dose of vitamin E into your diet can help maintain healthy hair while fostering new hair growth. Vitamin E can be found in olive oil, almonds, avocados, and other foods with a substantial amount of plant fat.
  • Vitamin C – In addition to citrus, you can get vitamin C from dark, leafy vegetables, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and more.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Found in fresh fish like salmon, tuna and salmon, omega-3 fatty acids help keep hair looking shiny and full.

Have you already experienced substantial hair loss and are looking for a long-term solution? Then contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation where all your question will be answered, and options explained. We look forward to hearing from you.