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Hair Transplant Limitations: Is 5,000 Grafts Too Much?

Great stoic philosophers like Seneca liked to point out that moderation was the key to attaining harmony in the self – ‘a sound mind in a sound body.’ This tidbit of ancient Roman wisdom also holds true for hair transplants. One of the more common questions that our patients tend to ask during consultations is: “Doctor, can we do more?”
We understand you completely. Hair transplants are a big deal for our patients, most of whom (very understandably) want to do as much as possible in a single session, obtain optimal results, and then never have to undergo another surgery again. So back to the question: is more better? Would a massive single transplant of, for example, upwards of 5,000 grafts ever be a good idea? Does having more grafts indicate a better quality transplant? Would using more grafts than recommended and packing them closer together produce thicker, more aesthetically pleasing results? The answer to these closely related questions is- not necessarily. As often happens in medicine, and in life, the answer isn’t always that simple.
Technically speaking, most patients simply don’t need 5,000+ grafts in one go. To give you some perspective, it would take about 5,000 – 6,000 grafts to cover every inch of an entirely bald scalp with adequate density. Most patients end up in our clinic far before that level of hair loss has set in. Most common cases of hair loss involve isolated thinning restricted to certain portions of the scalp. The standard recommended treatment of such cases tends to call for around 2,500 grafts to 3,000 grafts.
Consider this, if it takes 5,000 grafts to cover the entire scalp, we shouldn’t need more than 2,500 or 3,000 to treat thinning of the frontal scalp. Anything more would be simply unnecessary. In fact, it would be very undesirable to force in twice as many grafts as required into a given area; just as it would be highly medically inadvisable to take such grafts from the donor area and then not use them. The donor area only possesses a limited number of grafts and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Hair transplants only address areas of the scalp that are currently thinning or balding. The grafted hair, under normal circumstances, will remain in place for the rest of your life; however, hair transplants do not prevent hair loss in untreated areas of the scalp. Therefore, you may very well want to save some of those extra potential grafts for later.
But what if yours is a case of advanced hair loss calling for around 5,000 to 6,000 grafts to treat? Can we do 5,000 in one sitting then? It depends on several factors. If such a large number of grafts can be safely harvested in one sitting, then certainly. There are some important caveats here though. Firstly, most clinics are simply not equipped to perform a surgery of this magnitude. Secondly, only the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) procedure would be appropriate for such large cases. FUT also known as the ‘strip’ procedure is somewhat invasive and should only be attempted by highly qualified surgeons in a state of the art clinic. Attempting this level of FUT at a clinic which lacks the adequate experience and resources can only lead to disastrous results. Scarring, destruction of the donor area and of the highly sensitive harvested grafts, risk of infection and/or poor final results are all serious risks involved when practitioners and clinics are pushed past the limits of their facilities and expertise.
Moreover, when considering a massive transplant many factors also depend on the individual patient. The average patient is not physiologically capable of safely rendering 5,000+ grafts in one sitting. The laxity (that is, the potential for movement or the ‘stretch capacity’) of the typical human scalp and/or the donor area density often prevents this. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous clinics will go ahead with a 5,000+ graft transplant anyway. As mentioned above, more often than not the results aren’t pretty.
Certain rare patients do possess a broad donor area and excellent laxity. We can safely harvest a reasonably sized strip from them for use in large grafting procedures. The scalps of most patients, however, can only safely provide between 2,500 – 3,000 grafts at one time. Patients in need of 5,000 – 6,000 grafts to cover the whole scalp would simply need to undergo two procedures instead of one. For advanced hair loss, this eliminates the unpleasantness and many of the complications associated with massive grafting procedures and is how the vast majority of such hair restoration procedures are carried out. Anything else would be an exception, highly qualified by individual factors, and most certainly not the norm.
It is also important to let the scalp heal and not to push too much surgery on it at one go. Scalp laxity tends to return within 12 months of surgical recovery by which point it is perfectly safe to undergo a second procedure. As an added perk, due to our highly specialized grafting technique you will still only ever have one incision scar no matter how many times we harvest from the donor area.
Finally, to address the last question: ‘does putting in more grafts than required produce thicker and more aesthetically pleasing results?’ The short answer is a definite no. There are serious and potentially detrimental consequences associated with purposeful  excessive grafting. Here at Modena Hair institute we practice dense graft packing to achieve a full and healthy restoration; however our highly trained and specialized professionals understand that the grafts can only be placed so close.
More grafts do not necessarily produce a better appearance and, furthermore, a region of the scalp subject to excessive incisions will suffer inevitable and irreversible tissue damage. In fact, such tissue damage can even lead to necrosis and infection killing the new grafts and leaving the unfortunate patient with some very nasty scars. There is also no guarantee that badly damaged tissue will be receptive to future grafting. So to go back to our Roman philosophers- moderation is key. A smaller number of judiciously placed and safely harvested grafts, in the hands of our experienced surgeons, will always yield better results than an ill-conceived and equally ill-advised ‘mega graft.’
Want to know how many grafts you may need or may be able to do in one sitting?
For more information about hair loss and cutting edge surgical treatments contact our hair restoration surgery center today. Here at Modena Hair Institute we always strive to provide our patients with the highest standard of custom hair restoration treatment available, directly tailored to their individual needs. Our specialists are eagerly awaiting your visit or digital consultation. Contact us today!

Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.

How Long Will My Hair Transplant Last?

A hair transplant will give you a beautifully restored head of hair, but does it last? Here at Modena Hair Institute we occasionally hear from concerned prospective patients who, while admiring the fine results of our finished hair transplants, are nonetheless concerned that, given enough time, their newly restored hair will eventually thin and fall out. The good news for you is that this is absolutely not the case. Transplanted hair follicles are harvested from a region of the scalp (called the ‘permanent zone’) that is genetically resistant to hair loss; therefore, most patients can expect their newly implanted hair to last forever.
The two most commonly employed hair restoration procedures — Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) are intended as lifelong solutions to hair loss. The two methods work like this:
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – In FUE individual hair follicles are removed from a donor area of the scalp and are transplanted to the area in need.  No stitches or sutures are required for this minimally invasive procedure.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) – In FUT a strip of scalp tissue is removed from the donor area. The scalp tissue is then separated into individual grafts for the needed areas of the scalp.
The transplant should grow as hair normally. In both the FUE and FUT procedure transplanted hair is harvested from the permanent zones— also known as the donor area — on the back and sides of the scalp and skillfully transferred to the thinning and balding areas of the front, top, and crown.
It is, however, important to remember that hair transplants (like any other surgical procedure) are not without certain caveats. The results furnished by a hair transplant may vary depending on a number of factors and limitations. Although  the vast majority of  hair restorations do provide natural-looking and healthy results, some limiting factors to consider include:
Choice of clinic: Techniques employed for hair restoration procedures have improved dramatically over the years and it is essential to find a clinic whose practitioners are well informed regarding all of the latest developments in the field. Top-rated clinics consistently achieve a large graft to growth success rate. Unfortunately, many sub-standard clinics exist. Moreover many so-called ‘bargain’ hair transplants, especially those performed overseas or by underqualified practitioners, can be downright dangerous and leave patients with severe scarring. Doing your own research, exercising good judgement and reading written testimonials of former patients is essential. Many surgeons consistently deliver effective and beautiful results; do your due diligence to ensure that you are in good hands before you go under the knife.
Biological Factors: We must accept that hair transplants do not work for everyone, nor are they a miracle cure. Advanced hair loss, for example, can be particularly difficult to address; patients whose hair follicles have remained dormant for two to seven years and/or those with particularly thin hair in the donor area will often experience less satisfactory results. Of course, this doesn’t mean that dramatic cosmetic results are impossible to achieve, just that initial expectations should be set lower. In most cases some well placed transplant hairs produce a far more pleasing, vigorous and youthful aesthetic effect than no hair at all.
Continuing Hair Loss: While the transplant itself should keep growing forever, the same can not necessarily be said about the rest of your hair. While hair transplants do not prevent future hair loss in regions of the scalp not covered by a transplant, they do help cover them. Effective treatments for continuous hair loss exist and our specialists are always happy to discuss any concerns or anxieties you may have regarding our treatment options.
Adequate Donor Area Capacity: The size of the permanent zones vary according to individual genetic factors. A larger donor area allows for more grafts to be harvested and furnishes our practitioners with a greater number of hairs to work with for the transplant. Patients with relatively small permanent zones should modify their  expectations in regards to the amount of coverage that can be achieved. However, as mentioned previously, truly skilled transplant surgeons can still often produce impressive results even when confronted with sparse material to work with.
Shock Loss: Transplant hair may fall out due to shock shortly after surgery. This is a normal and expected physiological response and nothing to be alarmed by. The new follicles remain and you should expect to see significant growth within the course of a few months.
Both FUE and FUT are permanent procedures. The donor area of the scalp, from which hair follicles are harvested, isn’t called the ‘permanent zone’ for no reason. Hair harvested from this region of the scalp is genetically programmed to never fall out. However, while some patients who receive a hair transplant will later opt for another due to further thinning of non-treated areas, you can rest content knowing that, under normal circumstances, the direct results provided by FUE or FUT are there to stay forever.
For more information about FUE and FUT or to discuss any questions you may have regarding our procedures, be sure to contact our hair restoration center today. At Modena Hair Institute we pride ourselves on consistently providing our patients with the highest standard of custom hair restoration treatment available, directly tailored to their individual needs. Our specialists are eagerly awaiting your visit or digital consultation. Contact us today!

Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.

Hair Transplant Surgery Guide: FUE and FUT

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Information FUT FUE
Type of extraction A small strip of hair is extracted. No trimming of the donor hair region. Hair at the donor site is trimmed to approximately 1mm and individual hair follicles are finely and carefully extracted directly from the hair extraction zone with a special instrument.
How long does the extraction last? Around 30 – 45 minutes. Several hours.
What level of hair density is possible? A high level of density is possible because the extracted follicles are of high enough quality to ensure a high growth rate. A high level of density is possible because the extracted follicles are of high enough quality to ensure a high growth rate.
How does the preparation work? The groupings of hair follicles are individually extracted from the hair strip and prepared and organized with the use of specially designed microscopes. Each individual hair follicle removed by Dr. Yazdan’s advanced specialty instrument is examined and prepared under a high-resolution microscope. Depending on the scope of the procedure, this process can take several hours.
When will you be ready to go out into the world again? After a few days. Since the hair doesn’t need to be shaved down, the treatment is barely noticeable after around 3 days. After a few days. By that point the trimmed hair on the back of your head will have grown back.
When will you be able to partake in sport again? Approximately 3 weeks after a treatment. Approximately 2 weeks after a treatment.
How long does a procedure with approximately 2,000 FUs last? Approximately 4 – 5 hours Around 6 – 8 hours, although in larger procedures the time-intensive procedure can take more than one day. Viz. more than one session.
Do you need to shave the back of your head? No Yes
What scars will be present in the donor-hair area? One long and thin scar that is cosmetically sutured and usually not visible over time. Thousands of extremely fine, round scars that close after a brief period of time. Barely visible, if at all.
How long does it take for the donor-hair area to heal? How? The suture is removed after a week or so. It heals on its own after a few days. Small raised red bumps will disappear on their own after 1 – 2 weeks.

Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.

Keep Your Locks Looking Lux this Summer

It is well known that the sun damages our skin, but does it damage our hair as well? Scientific research says yes. Further, chlorine and saltwater will also take a toll on our luscious locks we work so hard to keep soft and healthy. The not-so-pleasant outcome: a few weeks into summer, hair that was once shiny and easily managed looks and feels as stiff and crunchy as a McDonald french-fry. “The ultraviolet rays of the sun actually cook the hair shaft” says world-renowned Hair Restoration Specialist, Dr. Yazdan.
Whether color-treated or all natural, your hair will suffer from sun-induced stress at some point this season. Those UV rays dry out the hair and thrashes our normally smooth cuticle, or outer layer, of the hair shaft. With summer’s pleasant weather and sun-bathing days…our hair and skin undoubtedly pay the price! In this article we’ll discuss some of summer’s biggest threats to our hair and ways to prevent it this season.
The dryer and more dehydrated the hair is, the more likely it is to suffer from a summer plague that’s even more aggravating than a back full of mosquito bites. That’s because parched hair soaks up the extra humidity in the air, causing the shaft to swell and in turn, leads to breaks in the cuticle. Hair then puffs up like a puffer fish and goes every which way but smooth and straight.
Swimming (saltwater or chlorine)
Unless you’re swimming in a pool full of Evian water, swimming beats up your hair, too. Take a plunge and while you’re doing your backstrokes, chlorine is stripping your hair of its natural protective oils that are essential for healthy hair. Additionally, if you’re a blonde, you may find your tresses taking on an unflattering greenish tinge. Ah! That’s a result of the copper molecules and other pool chemicals that bind to the protein in the hair shaft.
Let’s not forget to mention our coastal friends…but a dip in the ocean stresses hair in another way causing immediate trauma. “The copious salt content in seawater draws water out of your hair and skin. That’s why we end up with prune-y fingers, a salty body and parched hair” explains Dr. Yazdan.
Tips & Tricks for Healthy & Luxurious Summer Hair
Summer doesn’t have to be the season of unruly hair days. With a little extra TLC, your hair can still look great on some of summers stickiest days. Below are some stuffy-weather mane-taming tips!
Begin summer with a trim – You’ll rid your hair of split ends and revamp your style this season for a fresh, new and improved look.
Guard your strands from the sun – Make a habit out of applying a hair care product that contains heat protective ingredients such as GroMD’s Follicle Activator Spray enriched with Argan Oil – a powerhouse when it comes to being heat-resistant!
Saturate your strands before taking a dip – If your hair is drenched with clean water or leave-in conditioner, it won’t absorb nearly as much saltwater or pool chemicals than dry hair will.
Switch to a moisturizing shampoo & conditioner –  You may be washing your hair more often to deal with summer’s sweat, grime and water-related activities. Dr. Yazdan recommends using a clarifying, anti-residue shampoo enhanced with argan oil and tea tree oil like GroMD Shampoo to deeply hydrate, and clear away product buildup and chemicals followed by a deep-conditioning treatment.
Skip the hot tools – Ok ladies, we understand this is a difficult one but at least once or twice a week – give your hair some rest and recovery from blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. At Modena, we recommend washing your hair at night and bunching it up in a bun, a braid, or ponytail before you head to bed. When you wake up, you’ll have those nice beachy waves. It’s makes the perfect look for summer weekends and vacation vibes.
Outwit frizz – Hair that’s healthy and well-maintained is your best defense against frizz. Along with regular trims and deep-conditioning, a drop or two (or 3 or 4 for longer hair) of an anti-frizz oil or serum can revive your hair with sleekness and shine. Again, we recommend hair products like GroMD that use the world’s most expensive oil – argan oil!
But let’s face it, sometimes we’re in a pickle and barely have time to drink a second cup of coffee in the morning. Alternatively, find an easy ‘go-to’ hairdo like a slick pony, high bun (whether sleek or messy), or side braid for those high-humidity days – your hair will thank you later!
For all matters hair contact one of our offices at 888-717-5273 or visit Modenahair.com.

Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, and an advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.

Can a Hair Transplant Get You Ahead in the Workplace? Just Ask These Celebrities Who’ve Come Out on Top After Hair Restoration Procedures

Don’t let these male celebrities fool you – they haven’t always had their flowing locks! Celebs are constantly being put under a microscope to look their best, so it comes as no surprise that these male stars are opting for some surgical assistance when it comes to losing their locks. Today, we live in a day and age were the better we look, the better we FEEL, and the better we feel can lead to endless possibilities in life! Whether it’s getting that job promotion, getting (or keeping) the woman of your dreams, or just being able to look in the mirror with confidence and say, “I look good today.” Whatever the motivation may be, a hair restoration procedure can significantly improve your overall quality of life.
Hair Restoration is becoming more accepted than ever, even outside the celebrity scene, and men no longer need to be ashamed of undergoing hair transplant surgery. In fact, the hair transplant industry has increased over 40% in the last 8 years. Can you blame these men for wanting to maintain a youthful appearance? We certainly don’t think so!
When people ask us if a hair transplant is truly effective, we say – just ask Jeremy Piven and how a hair transplant boosted his acting career and even charting him in 2005 as The World’s Sexiest Man! In truth, a picture (or movie for the purpose of this article) speaks a thousand words so we compiled some of our favorite male celebrities whose career have sky rocketed after opting for a hair restoration procedure.
Though these photographs of celebs and their hairlines speak for itself, we’ll still discuss a few..
Matthew McConaughey – one man known for his gorgeous appearance and thick lustrous hair. It wasn’t always like that! He had his hair in his youth but by time 1999 rolled around, we started seeing the signs of his receding hairline. Look at him now! As far as career – what has this hunk accomplished since undergoing a hair restoration?
Ranked on the “Coolest Actor Ever”
Ranked on “Celebrities Who Should Run for President”
Ranked on “The Best (Male) Actor Working Today”
Ranked on “The Best Actors in Film History”

Jeremy Piven – His earlier roles in the 90’s is firm evidence of his male-pattern baldness that started taking place with signs of a severely receding hairline and exhibiting obvious thinning density. It’s even quite possible he used other hair remedies in combination to a hair transplant, such as a Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) that compliment an FUE or FUT/Strip procedure by “filling-in” any gaps that are left behind by an inadequate supply of healthy donor hairs.
Golden Globes Winner
Emmy Awards Winner
Behind the Voice Awards Nominee
Gold Derby Awards Winner
Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominee
Best Supporting Actor

Mel Gibson – An Icon known for his hair…think back to Braveheart days. Around the same time his career started to decline, as did the quality of his hair but he sure did turn that around with his alleged hair transplant!
Ranked on “The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History”
Ranked on “Best Actors in Film History”
Ranked on “The Coolest Actors Ever”
Ranked on “Celebrities Who Should Run for President”
John Travolta – Miraculously, his once thinning head of hair is now just as thick and full as it was in Saturday Night Fever days.
Ranked on “The Best Living Actors”
Ranked on “Actors Who Peaked in the 90’s and Deserve to Make a Comeback”
Ranked on “Celebrities Whose Deaths Will Be the Biggest Deal”
These handsome celebrity men have had a ‘secret’ weapon in their back pocket – turning their worst hair into their best hair! While we can’t confirm that any of these men had a hair restoration procedure performed, we just have to assume that their path to balding was aided by science and a top hair restoration surgeon alike Dr. Yazdan because most human beings don’t lose hair and miraculously get it back. There’s no magic pill here – just a minimally invasive FUE or FUT/strip Hair Transplant can do the trick for most. (Read more on what a hair transplant can do for you here)

For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link 

Reasons You’re Prematurely Graying

Salt and Pepper, Silver, Pewter, Charcoal – call it what you want to call it, but gray hair is gray hair! If you’ve come early to the graying game, you may blame genetics…
This happens to be one of the most common hair problems that everyone will have to face at some point in their lifetime – some people consider gray hair makes them look more distinguished, while for others, this is a nasty little sign that we’re aging! We want you to know the signs you may be prematurely developing gray or white hair and the best ways to deal with it fast.
Let’s face it, grey hair is inevitable with age. According to a recent study, about 50% of the population has gray hair by the age of 50 and nowadays, premature gray is known as one of the most common hair problems amongst young men and women. But why do some people go gray in their twenties while others don’t see the first signs of a little salt and pepper until their 50’s? “Hair goes gray when our color-producing cells stop producing pigment” explains Southern California and Las Vegas leading hair restoration specialist, Dr. Yazdan. “Our bodies naturally produce hydrogen peroxide which can also build up in the hair, bleaching the color pigments.”
Scientists have put forth the effort in discovering the cause of gray hair. In fact, we get our hairs color from melanin, which is created by melanocyte cells that are found in our hair follicles. Contrary to mainstream belief, stress has not been shown to cause gray hair necessarily. Scientist still haven’t pin-pointed why some of us less fortunate ones go gray early, but when in doubt – blame your parents because genes seem to play the biggest role that we know of. Many environmental factors can also be leading contributors, including direct exposure to sunlight.
In addition, a vitamin B-12 deficiency or problems with your thyroid glands can cause premature graying. If yours is caused by a vitamin deficiency, the fortunate news is that gray hair caused by these factors can actually be reversed, once the problem is corrected.
Other factors that could be causing you to go gray early in life include a hormonal imbalance, malnutrition, and pernicious anemia. It is also believed that a lack of iron, copper, or iodine also result in premature graying. For those of you who choose a more natural remedy, rest assured that fighting this sign of aging does not necessarily mean turning to chemical hair-dyes to recapture your youthful appearance. There are plenty of all-natural methods for reducing and even eliminating that unwanted gray.
Let’s go over a few things you can do NOW to keep your gray at bay:

  • Stop smoking
  • Drink up! Water that is..
  • Improve circulation
  • Add foods rich in Iron, B-12, copper and protein to your diet

Going gray can really affect one’s confidence when it happens; especially in your “prime” years. While some may choose to wear their lightened locks with pride, the battle against gray hair is on-going. And if all else fails…head to the salon and get yourself a fresh new color!
For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link 

Preparing for a Hair Transplant? 5 Tips to Keep in Mind

Hair loss is a big concern for most adults as it reminds us that our youth – and hair is slowly withering away. And when natural home remedies, chemically-induced products and hair loss treatments fail to work their ‘magic’, a hair transplant may be last resort for most of us. Unlike using ointments for hair growth which is quite simple, a hair transplantation is a tedious process that should be done under the guidance of an expert hair restoration specialist alike Dr. Yazdan to avoid any serious risks or complications that can arise.
In many cases, patients have been ‘duped’ by small time or shady clinics due to negligence, ignorance and even false advertisements. If getting a hair transplant is on your mind, follow these expert tips by leading Southern California and Las Vegas hair restoration specialist, Dr. Yazdan.
#1 Choose an expert: This is first and foremost. Most people think that getting a hair transplant is a regular cosmetic treatment and can be done from any local clinic or hair expert. But this is certainly not the case as it is a medical procedure which is to be done only by a hair restoration surgeon or dermatologist. And hence, it is imperative to choose an expert.
#2 Not all experts are qualified: Hair loss can be very traumatic, but one should not compromise on the quality of the service when undergoing hair transplantation. Hair transplant treatment and other cosmetic procedures, like Botox and fillers, are now available even at small-time clinics and alike. Many “experts” who perform these procedures are either non-medical professionals or under-qualified doctors. It is important to understand that hair transplantation requires medical expertise and therefore, one should approach only a certified hair transplant physician with a reputable background. There are many ‘big-name’ hair transplant companies out there that wheel & deal several patients a day, not taking the necessary time a hair transplant requires. Dr. Yazdan prides himself on only one surgery per day, utilizing a long-standing and dedicated team throughout the entire procedure.
#3 Do not fall for advertisements: Ideally, when someone is looking for hair transplantation, they should never go by ads in newspapers or clinics offering lower prices. One should approach a qualified hair restoration surgeon who provides the treatment that meets your expectations and who has an infrastructure to support the kind of treatment you are looking for. As WebMD suggests – stay away from the big-name clinics that advertise on television, radio, etc.
#4 Look for a qualified doctor with a set team of professionals: Hair transplantation is not a solo act, no matter how experienced the physician claims to be. When a hair restoration specialist performs a hair transplant, there’s typically a group of a 4-6 technicians and assistants that make up a team. Yet, some physicians prefer to use “travel technicians.” When using travel technicians, both the surgeon and technicians can’t be nearly as efficient as a set team of professionals that has been with the surgeon for a long period of time. Moreover, all of them are present until the entire procedure is complete. Clinics offering cheap hair transplants compromise on patient’s safety, use poor support and hardly have experienced experts to perform the procedures.
#5 Do proper research: One should do a detailed research about the clinic and the doctor and choose a properly trained and licensed hair transplant specialist. Never compromise on the quality or safety as for a successful treatment, both these factors are equally important. Patients should check the proven track record of the surgeon who is going to perform the procedure rather than the price cut they offer.
While emphasizing on the dismal state of the medical profession, where there isn’t enough quality control on the sprouting cosmetic clinics doing such risky procedures – we can’t stress enough the importance in finding the right doctor that suits your needs without compromising your health and the quality of your hair transplant results. (Read article- Questions to Ask Your Surgeon)

For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link 

Top 5 Vitamins for Luxurious Hair

Not only are vitamins and nutrients essential for a healthy body and bodily function, but they also play a key role in keeping the hair on our heads from shedding. A high-quality multi-vitamin is important and of course, a healthy diet is essential, however, many suffer from nutrient deficiencies due to underlying conditions such as a thyroid problem- both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and a hormonal imbalance. Some people will require additional supplementation to bring us back up to optimal healthy, luxurious hair.
The truth is hair loss can be a complex process that generally involves various genetic, hormonal and even environmental factors. Just like our skin, the hair follicle is subject to the aging process! Sometimes hair loss can even be due to a vitamin deficiency. Fortunately, Modena Hair Institute is here to tell you it can easily be corrected by adding vitamin-rich foods to your diet or supplementation. Some vitamins have antioxidant properties that help ward off factors of hair loss, and some vitamins help the body balance hormone levels – another factor that puts a halt to your hair growth!
Try Dr. Yazdan’s Top Natural Healthy Hair Vitamins

  1. Fish Oil – Oils rich in fatty acids have been used extensively in both animal and human studies to evaluate the effects it has on hair and skin health. Omega-3 fats nourish the hair, support hair thickening and reduces inflammation that can lead to hair loss. In one study, almost 90% of participants reported a reduction in hair loss and an improvement in hair diameter and hair density after a 6-month study of men and women suffering from male and female-pattern baldness.
  2. Zinc – Zinc compounds have been used for decades as a natural way in treating hair loss conditions such as Telogen Effluvium and Alopecia Areata. Zinc is also a potent inhibitor of hair follicle regression, and it accelerates hair follicle recovery. Dr. Yazdan considers zinc one of the most important vitamins for hair growth!
  3. B-Complex – Biotin and Vitamin B5 have been used as natural alternatives to hair loss. Biotin benefits your hair by rebuilding the hair that has been damaged by heat, whether it be exposure to sun, blow drying or ironing. Vitamin B5 supports the adrenal glands, which also help stimulate hair growth.
  4. Iron – Several studies have examined the direct link between an iron deficiency and hair loss, some suggest that an iron deficiency may be related to Alopecia Areata, Androgenetic Alopecia, Telogen Effluvium and diffuse hair loss with women being at a higher risk of hair loss due to an iron deficiency. Load up on your spinach and collard greens ladies!
  5. Vitamin D – Hair follicles are highly sensitive to hormones. In the scientific world, it is well-known that Alopecia Areata is commonly found in patients with a vitamin D deficiency. Direct sun is the best way to absorb your essential daily intake of vitamin D, however, using topical solutions and eating vitamin D-rich foods such as salmon, halibut, whitefish and mushrooms can also increase your vitamin D levels.

To reverse hair loss and increase hair strength, Modena Hair Restoration also recommends adding a hair loss prevention shampoo to your hair care regimen for optimal benefits! GroMD Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo can give you the added boost you need in restoring your hair and confidence! Try it RISK-FREE with a full money back guarantee if you’re unsatisfied with the results.
If you feel your heading down a slippery slope of unruly hair and bad health, a simple nutrient testing can be performed to reveal any deficiencies in all, those nutrients necessary for hair health!
For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link 

The Bald Truth: Debunking Hair Transplant Myths (Part 2)

Myth #7: An Unlimited Amount of Hair Can Be Extracted from the Scalp.
Fact: Don’t let false advertisements fool you with this one. The amount of hair that can be extracted depends on your donor hairs (I.E. the back of the scalp). There is a limitation of the amount of grafts that can be extracted in a single session so choose your hair restoration surgeon wisely and do your homework. If more than the safe amount of hair follicles are extracted, you run a higher risk of complications including the success rate (or lack of) the transplanted hairs, there will also be significant thinning in the donor area making it easily detectable that a procedure was performed. Choosing a reputable hair restoration surgeon alike Dr. Yazdan with high success rates is your best option for an aesthetically pleasing outcome.
Myth #8: Someone else’s hair is or can be used.
Fact: If you attempted this – your body would actually reject the hair unless the hair was coming from your identical twin. Alike a kidney transplant, hair transplants only involve the use of your own body hair whether the hair follicles are harvested from the back of the scalp (most common donor area), the beard, the chest, arms, legs, etc. Those hair follicles are then transplanted to the recipient area of hair loss.
Myth #9: Larger grafts produce more density than smaller grafts.
Fact: The density of the hair depends upon the number of grafts transplanted and not on the size of the graft. In fact, larger grafts may result in unnatural looking hair – think of the olden days when “Hair Plugs” were used. In fact, part of Dr. Yazdan’s practice is the repair of those unsightly hair transplants that used large “plug” grafts.
Myth #10: Hair Transplants Only Work on Men.
Fact: This myth has restrained many women from seeking a hair restoration surgery when in reality, they should understand that a hair transplant works effectively for both male and female-pattern baldness. Though baldness in women is slightly different from men and the supply of donor hairs are comparatively smaller in women – they can still seek a hair restoration specialist to see if they would be a suitable candidate.
Myth #11: You Must Take Medication Indefinitely to Keep the Transplanted Hairs in Place.
Fact: The reality is just the opposite. The transplanted hairs will be permanent, and you don’t have to take medication throughout your life for them to be permanent. The reason for this is that the transplanted hairs are DHT resistant. DHT is the hormone responsible for both male and female-pattern hair loss.

Myth #12: Hair Transplantation Surgery is Very Painful.
Fact: Most people don’t realize that a hair transplant surgery – both FUE and FUT/Strip method are carried out under local anesthesia and you will suffer from little to no pain during the procedure and after its completion. At most, you may feel a little discomfort, but most patients can enjoy a movie or read a book while the procedure is taking place. Most patients can expect to get back to their normal everyday lives within just a few days.

Still have more doubts? No need to worry – a transparent and confidential consultation with a top hair restoration surgeon can evaluate the health of your hair and scalp to give you your specific treatment options of both surgical and/or non-surgical procedures to give you peace of mind. At Modena Hair Restoration, Dr. Yazdan will carefully access the donor area, check if the new hair in your scalp will grow after treatment and will match the texture & quality of your existing hair and then decide whether you are suitable for a hair transplant surgery or not.

For more Hair Transplant myths vs facts, read part I of this article.
For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link 

Should You Be Washing Your Hair in Hot or Cold Water: Pros & Cons of Both

While the temperature of your shower may not be the first thought that comes to mind when it comes to hair care, there are pros and cons to washing your hair in both hot and chilly water! Really, which is better comes down to a few key factors to understand:
What type of hair you have – curly hair has different maintenance requirements than someone with straight hair. The same goes for people who have thick hair versus thin hair.
What your main problems of concern are – it’s vital to listen to what your hair is trying to tell you and your hair will have diverse needs depending on what issues you have and need to address. For example, frizz, breakage, and unruliness all require slightly different care.
What products you’re using – if you’re using a 2-in-1 product, your needs will differ from someone who uses a shampoo and condition separately.
In order to decide if washing your hair in cold water is more fitting for your specific hair care needs, we will first go over the advantages and disadvantages of washing your hair in warm water.
Pros of Washing Your Hair in Warm Water

  • Warm water removes excess oil from your hair and scalp – this works well for people who tend to be more prone to oily or greasy hair or if you wash your hair every few days. On the flip side, if you feel the need to wash your hair daily, have dry hair, or your hair is on the thinner side this could lead to dry, duller hair.
  • Warm water opens the cuticles of your hair – alike your pores opening up in a steamy hot shower, your scalp does too! This allows your hair to be thoroughly cleaned, but…it does leave your hair vulnerable to breakage, over-stripping of your hairs natural oils, which in-turn leads to frizz. You’re even more vulnerable to hair loss or excessive hair shedding so be gentle when washing in hot water.
  • Warm water allows extra texture within the hair – this allows for extra texture within individual strands which helps the ‘staying power’ of any hair-do, gives the appearance of fuller hair, and prevents your hair from falling flat.

Cons of Washing Hair in Warm Water

  • Can lead to overly porous hair – which is brittle and prone to breakage and ‘fly-aways.’
  • Can potentially strip too much oil or moisture from your hair, leaving you with frizz – these cons are especially accurate for those of you who have naturally curly hair. At Modena Hair Restoration, we recommend the curly Q’s to steer away from warmer temperatures.

Now that we’ve discussed warm water, lets ‘dive’ right into the pros and cons of washing your head of hair in chillier temperatures.
Pros of Washing Your Hair in Cold Water

  • Cold water leaves your hair with a healthier shine – with extra moisture, come smoother hair which results in shinier and softer hair.
  • Cold water locks in that moisture – smoothing out the hair and generally keeps it healthier and more durable.
  • Reduces those pesky fly-aways, frizz and breakage – which is especially important for those of us with thin or curly hair.

Cons of Washing Your Hair in Cold Water

  • Flattens the hair a bit – with all the extra moisture your hair is getting it can weigh down your hair. Heavy hair is typically more prone, which can be hard to combat even with premium hair sprays!
  • Less of a clean – if you are prone to grease and excess oil on the scalp, the oil won’t be cleaned out quite as well with cold water due to the closing of the hair cuticle, similar to splashing cold water on the face closes the pores.

Now that you understand the pros and cons of both water temperatures, you should have a better idea which one is best for your hair type and your hair concerns. If hair loss is your main concern, start with using a powerful hair loss prevention shampoo such as GroMD and steering clear of warm water if you can withstand the icier temperatures. If not, try to at least rinse your conditioner out at the end of your shower with cold water to close up those hair cuticles!
For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link 

Is Alcohol Robbing You of Good Hair?

Unfortunately, our hair is not alike fine wine and does not get better with age…or alcohol! While alcohol itself does not cause hair to fall out, it certainly contributes and depending how much you drink, it can play a bigger role than you think!
Ever had “cotton-mouth” after a night of drinking? We all know alcohol causes dehydration of the body, but what about dehydration of your hair? Truth be told – dehydration related to alcohol causes dry, brittle hair and even may cause dandruff on the scalp. Making dry, brittle hair more likely to fall out or break off and dandruff can make your hair loss even worse.
Sapping your hair of essential vitamins and nutrients – alcohol destroys folic acid, folic acid is a necessary vitamin we need to uphold healthy, strong hair. Excessive alcohol intake can lower your iron levels, leading to a hair loss condition called Telogen Effluvium. The hair goes into a ‘remission’ state causing it to fall out far too soon. New growth is stunted, creating a vicious cycle of no growth as well as losing your existing hair.
Boozing also decreases the levels of zinc in our bodies. With zinc being essential for healthy hair growth, low levels of zinc are known to speed up the aging process of the hair, causing more to fall out. Excessive alcohol also burns up vitamin B and C, and no…a Screwdriver is not a reliable source of vitamin C!
In our heavy drinkers, it’s very well-known that alcohol leads to liver damage, but did you know liver damage can stunt hair growth? This is mainly due to the fact of the reduced intake or preservation of nutrients – fewer nutrients, less hair growth.
So, to answer the question, yes…alcohol plays an indirect role in hair loss!
Hair requires constant nourishment to stay healthy and grow well. While everyone reacts differently to using alcohol, the time to start worrying is when your normal pattern of hair loss changes. At this time, it may be fitting to make an appointment with a leading hair restoration specialist alike Dr. Yazdan who can treat alcohol-related hair loss and stunted growth.
Your best non-surgical hair loss treatments can consist of a hair loss prevention shampoo such as GroMD that stimulates the follicles and nourishes the scalp, leaving room for survival of your frazzled, damaged hair. Minoxidil (Rogaine) and Finasteride (Propecia) are two highly effective medications approved by the FDA in treating hair loss by decreasing the production of DHT. Depending on the severity of your hair loss and the psychological toll it can take on one’s appearance, Advanced PRP injections and low-level Laser Therapy can be added to your hair care regimen for optimal results!
Now we’re not saying you need to lay off the booze completely – after all, a glass of red wine is good for the heart! However, adopting healthier habits and starting a healthy hair care routine can not only prevent further hair loss from occurring, it can also help in new hair growth leaving you with healthier, thicker strands of hair.


For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link 

Why Does Hair Loss Develop in the Spring and What Can You do to Prevent it?

With spring in full effect, not only are the flowers waking up for new life but so is your hair. The life cycle of the cells changes which leads to their accelerated revival! Consequently, the skin begins to peel, and hair loss occurs. Don’t worry – there is nothing wrong with you, this is just a natural occurrence. With that said, are there ways to prevent losing those luscious locks before summer? Yes!
Spring hair loss is habitual and part of the development of the hair follicles and generally ceases within 5-7 weeks. The follicle of each individual hair goes through 3 phases in their life cycle. Anagen (active growth phase), Catagen (transitional phase), and Telogen (resting phase). In the Telogen phase, the hair shaft breaks off while the follicle remains in the resting state from anywhere between 2 and 12 months, it then ‘wakes up’ and the cycle starts all over. Here are some common culprits that play a role in your hair loss during the spring season.
Climate Conditions:
According to research, the major cause of hair loss in spring is due to climate conditions, which affect your hormonal imbalance in the body which in turn affects the stages of hair growth. Under the monopoly of elevated temperatures and sun, this increases the number of hair follicles in the resting phase.
Clogged Pores Affect the Scalp:
Clogged pores aren’t only a headache for your face – another common reason for accelerated hair loss during the spring season is due to clogged pores on the scalp. This is caused by perspiration under the influence of increasing temperatures outdoors. The passage of moisture and nutrients to the root is blocked, thus, the hair detaches preventing natural hair growth to occur.
Sun Exposure:
Excessive exposure to sun or even the rain can also contribute to hair loss in the spring, especially if your hair is thin, damaged and exhausted. The UV rays adversely affect the surface of the scalp penetrating deeply, damaging the DNA of your cells. On another hand, raindrops actually transfer dirt from the air to the hair and actually ‘wash’ the essential nutrients that are important to your hairs health.
How to Manage Your Hair Loss in the Spring:
It’s important to remember that the change of the seasons is stressful and taxing on the body by itself which inevitably can affect your physical appearance. Particularly, it is very crucial to take preventive measures against your hair loss. The best way to do so according to research, is to include a specialized range of treatments and/or preventives better known as a hair care regimen.
At Modena Hair Restoration, Southern California and Las Vegas Hair Restoration specialist, Dr. Yazdan, would recommend a hair maintenance regimen or ‘medical management’ program for you to follow perpetually. A proper hair care regimen for most hair loss sufferers is similar to the care of your teeth – you maintain them every day to keep your dentist away!
It is highly recommended to use a shampoo such as GroMD that contains powerful stimulating and strengthening ingredients that reinforce the collagen bonds in the root, strengthen the hair fibers, meanwhile improving the blood circulation – the necessary conditions for healthy hair. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma and Laser Hair Therapy are advanced treatment options that have showed great benefits in the reproduction of hair growth for our patients at Modena. One of the ‘advantages’ of seasonal hair loss is that it spreads uniformly over the entire head, and not just locally.  So, don’t worry unnecessarily. Exhale the stress, get the right hair care products and treatments and enjoy the spring!


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What You Should Know About Alopecia Areata

For many people whom lose their hair clump by clump, it may seem more like a nightmare than reality. This condition can have a very deep psychological effect on men and women’s lives. It starts with no warning and can be devastating to anyone who must go through this. Some people will get this periodically throughout their life, and some will lose all their hair completely or see patches that appear suddenly and permanently.
Alopecia areata causes a unique form of hair loss different to the more common age-related male and female pattern hair loss and typically strikes before the age of 30. It’s also the most common autoimmune disease – when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues, even more common than insulin-dependent diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroiditis.
About 30 percent of individuals who develop alopecia areata find that their condition either becomes more extensive or becomes a continuous cycle of hair loss and regrowth. The most prominent symptom of alopecia areata is patchy hair loss. Coin-sized patches of hair begin to fall out, mainly from the scalp. Any site of hair growth may be affected including the beard and eyelashes.
The loss of hair can be sudden, developing in just a few days or over a period of a few weeks. There may be itching or burning in the area before hair loss starts to occur. The good news is, the hair follicles are not destroyed and in turn, hair can re-grow if the inflammation of the follicles subsides.
The onset or recurrence of hair loss in Alopecia Areata (AA) sufferers is sometimes triggered by:

  • Trauma
  • Viral infection
  • Hormonal changes
  • Emotional/physical stressors

Thankfully, there are treatments that can help regrow hair faster and/or stop hair from falling out. Corticosteroid medicine can be injected into the areas where hair is falling out or missing completely. The injections are done every 4 to 12 weeks. Corticosteroid topical medicine can also be used as an ointment or cream put on the skin. These are often used along with the injections. Immunotherapy medicine is a form of treatment that causes an allergic reaction on the skin – which is what you want. Applying it once a week as a lotion onto the skin of the scalp. Topical Minoxidil is an over-the-counter medicine that helps stimulate new hair growth and slows down balding.
At Modena Hair Restoration we have also had great success with the use of PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma treatments for alopecia areata hair loss sufferers. PRP is an injection of a patients own blood plasma containing a powerful concentration of platelets that deliver an abundance of growth factors to boost healing and hair growth.
SMP or Scalp Micropigmentation may also be recommended at Modena Hair Restoration. Scalp Micropigmentation can be performed on the confined area(s) of balding or the entire scalp, including the areas where you still have hair. This is to ensure that your results not only look natural, but also last a lifetime in case your condition continues to progress in the future. Doing the procedure on the entire scalp can ensure any recurring outbreaks or changes in the patches will all be concealed permanently. This is the most effective and most natural looking solution to alopecia. A fundamental part of Dr. Yazdan’s profession is to improve the quality of life for all his patients. The results of an SMP are life changing for our patients.
The decision on the type of treatment depends on the type of hair loss, extent of changes, general health status, the patient’s age, and his/her motivation. Treatment methods should be chosen individually for each patient after an examination with a hair restoration specialist. At Modena Hair Institute, we provide both surgical and non-surgical solutions for hair loss!


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Women: Is Genetic Hair Loss in Your Near Future?

Almost every woman eventually develops some degree of female-pattern hair loss and as many as two-thirds suffer hair thinning or bald spots. It can start any time after the onset of puberty, but women tend to first notice it around menopause, when hair loss typically increases. The risk rises with age, and it’s higher for women with a history of hair loss on either side of the family.
Androgenic alopecia, also known as female-pattern hair loss is characterized by progressive visible thinning of scalp hair or balding in genetically susceptible women. Hair loss often has a more devastating impact on women than on most men considering it’s less ‘socially acceptable’ for them. Alopecia can severely impact a woman’s emotional well-being and quality of life.
The most common type of hair loss in both sexes – in men, genetic hair loss typically begins above the temples forming an “M” shaped receding hairline, often progressing to baldness. Hair loss begins with thinning at the part line followed by increased diffuse hair loss. Fortunately enough for women, in only rare cases does a female’s hairline recede and rarely become bald.
It’s important to note- there are several potential causes of hair loss in women including medical conditions, medications, and emotional stress. Find an experienced hair restoration specialist to determine the cause before proceeding with any hair loss treatments.

Hair Restoration clinics will use the Ludwig classification to describe female pattern hair loss.
Type I – described as minimal thinning
Type II – characterized by noticeable decrease in volume, and noticeable widening of the part-line
Type III – displays diffuse thinning, making a see-through appearance on top of the scalp
FPHL (female-pattern hair loss) or the thinning of hair and subsequent shedding is due to gradual miniaturization of genetically marked hair follicles and represents shortening of the anagen (growth) phase of the hair follicle with an increase in the telogen/anagen ratio of the affected scalp. An understanding of the normal hair follicle life cycle is critically linked to an appreciation of the physiology of hair loss.
At the cellular level, follicle miniaturization is thought to be caused by a reduction in dermal papilla volume, as a consequence of a decrease in the number of cells per papilla. Nonetheless, hair follicles are still present and cycling, even in bald scalps!
While the clinically detected patterns of male-pattern hair loss (MPHL) have been described in the Norwood classification. On the other hand, hair loss patterns in females are typically characterized by preservation of the anterior hairline and diffuse central thinning over the mid-frontal scalp. However, there are exceptions where men will exhibit a Ludwig pattern of loss while some women can display a typical Norwood pattern.
One treatment option for female-pattern hair loss is PRP procedures with ACell. Platelet-Rich Plasma or its acronym PRP, is an injection of a patients own blood plasma containing a concentration of platelets that deliver an abundance of growth factors such as ACell to boost healing and hair growth. Dr. Yazdan has also had great success using Laser Hair Therapy, GroMD Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo, and in more advanced stages of female-pattern hair loss, a hair restoration surgery may be necessary in order to restore your hair. Maintenance is key in keeping the hair you have while producing thicker, healthier hair!
Diagnosing hair loss in females in known to be a little trickier than in male patients. At Modena Hair Restoration, Dr. Yazdan may order a blood test or perform a small scalp biopsy in order to determine the proper form of hair loss. If you feel you’re experiencing unusual or unexpected hair loss, Modena may have the solution for you!


For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link 

Which One of These is Causing Your Scalp Irritation?

Most scalp conditions will eventually lead to some type of skin rash and unfortunately…hair loss! Whether it’s hereditary, malnutrition or an infection, a pesky scalp condition can occur leaving you wearing hats every day or in severe cases, hermitizing in the comfort of your home waiting for your unsettling condition to subside. Here you’ll find a few common scalp disorders and some helpful recommendations to restore your damaged head of hair.
Scalp Psoriasis – if you have scalp psoriasis you may see red, itchy areas with white scales on your scalp. You may even see flakes of skin in your hair and on your shoulders. These plagues can extend beyond your hairline. Besides discomfort, this condition can trigger feelings of emotional distress as a result of the visible and noticeable flakes on your clothes.
Scalp Folliculitis – is an infection with mainly bacteria of the hair follicles causing inflammation of the scalp. You may see small, itchy pustules on the scalp with its most troublesome area being the frontal hairline, although it can affect anywhere on the scalp. Another term used for scalp folliculitis is “acne necrotica milaris.”
Scalp Lice – most of you are probably familiar with this term in which tiny insects live on the skin covering a substantial portion of your head, eyebrows and even eyelashes! These six-legged creatures cling to the scalp feeding on your blood and unfortunately, these pesky little creatures do not go away on their own.
Scalp Ringworm – a sigh of relief – ringworm of the scalp is not actually a worm, in fact, it is a fungal infection of not only the scalp, but your hair shafts as well. You may have itchy, scaly bald patches often with flat centers and raised borders.
Seborrheic Dermatitis – a form of scaly skin and stubborn dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disease that looks similar to psoriasis, eczema or even resembles an allergic reaction.
These skin diseases should be treated appropriately and involve the use of alleviating shampoos with active ingredients, topical creams and ointments, oral medication and systemic agents.
Using a powerhouse shampoo such as GroMD containing menthol, tea tree oil, argan oil and ketoconazole (ant-fungal) can reduce signs and symptoms significantly. ByeBye cream can also be added to your remedy as an organic and safe solution for all skin types including sensitive skin. Both GroMD and ByeBye cream are risk-free with a complete money back guarantee. For severe cases when topical solutions aren’t doing the trick, at Modena Hair Restoration, Dr. Yazdan also recommends in-office or at home low level Laser Hair Therapy treatments exposing the skin to an artificial light source which works by reducing the inflammation. Dr. Yazdan sometimes suggests combining these treatments with other topical or systemic agents to enhance your results.
If you suspect you may have one or more of these feisty conditions affecting your scalp and in turn – your hair, Southern California and Las Vegas’ experienced hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Yazdan can examine your head, hair and scalp to determine the condition and can recommend the appropriate treatments and medications that can help correct and restore your hair. For instance, you may need a sample of blood drawn to check your hormone levels to determine if a thyroid problem is to blame.

For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link 

These Grooming Essentials Should be in Every Man’s Bathroom

There’s nothing ‘unmanly’ about wanting to look good. Taking care of your skin and hair is just as critical to men as it is to women. “We’re finally at an era where it’s more acceptable for men to pay attention to skin and hair care” says Southern California and Las Vegas hair restoration physician, Dr. Amir Yazdan. Keep your medicine cabinet stocked and get the latest on grooming essentials, skin care treatments for thinning hair and more here in this article.
Use moisturizer with SPF daily
Without a proper moisturizer, your skin becomes dull and dry – not to mention the discoloration due to years of sun bathing without protection on your face, leaving you with loss in elasticity and protective powers. Hot showers, harsh cleansers and heat can also play a role in dry skin. With warmer days approaching, keep your skin hydrated every day by applying a moisturizer with SPF immediately after showering and washing your face. End all goal? Restoring youthful skin to make you look younger – something most of us take for granted!
Get your hair under control
Another telltale sign of aging. When you look good – you feel good! Not only your regular haircuts keep you looking polished and feeling good, but a powerful shampoo can be worth the investment. Thinning hair and hair loss is something most men will experience at some point in their life. In order to maintain the locks you still have, using a shampoo such as Doctor Developed’s GroMD not only prevents future hair loss, but also regenerates hair growth and strengthens your existing hair making it fuller and thicker with it’s rich ingredients.
Use a teeth whitening kit
Say goodbye to stained yellow teeth and say hello to a brighter smile! Whether you make an appointment for a teeth whitening treatment with your dentist or use at-home gels, strips or mouthwashes – a brighter, whiter smile can actually make you look up to 13 years younger! Don’t take our word for it, try it yourself!
Vitamin C face serum
If you’ve ever wondered why you should invest in a vitamin C serum, wonder no further. By boosting collagen production, a concentrated topical vitamin c serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and much more! This powerhouse ingredient is a potent antioxidant that fights against the many signs of aging leaving your skin healthier, smoother, and younger-looking.
Kiss chapped lips goodbye
You can start by exfoliating the dead skin on your lips with an extra toothbrush. After showering (and while your lips are moist) scrub away those dried bits of skin. Follow up with a lip balm to keep those lips soft. You’ll thank us later…
Let’s face it, over half the population will experience hair loss by the age of 40 and many men can start to see the side effects of aging as early as 21. Male-pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss affecting the self-esteem and confidence of many. Putting together a haircare regimen and using it continuously and perpetually is key. Think of your teeth – you brush them everyday in order to maintain healthy gums and teeth, right? Why should your hair be any less of importance? Minoxidil/Rogaine used in conjunction with a hair loss prevention shampoo such as GroMD works to promote circulation and blood flow in the areas attacked by the increase of DHT (the #1 culprit to hair loss). Invest in your hair – you wear it every day!
Dr. Yazdan has also had great success using PRP as a treatment option for combating hair loss and thinning in both men and women. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentrate of a patients own blood plasma and growth factors injected into the scalp to encourage and accelerate healing. Hence why you may have heard professional athletes using PRP treatments for a speedy recovery of injuries. In-office or at home laser treatments have also showed remarkable success. Using treatments in conjunction with a hair loss prevention shampoo such as GroMD will aid in getting the best results possible.


For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link 

Telogen Effluvium: The Second Most Common Form of Hair Loss

If you’ve been familiarizing yourself with the diverse types of hair loss conditions out there, you may have read the scientific term “effluvium” pondering on what that word even means; effluvium is the ‘scientifically correct’ term for the outflow, and anagen and telogen refer to the distinct phases in your hair growth cycle.
One common misunderstanding amongst most people is that your scalp is always producing hair. We hate to break it to you but, it’s not. In fact, each of your hair follicles go through a cycle consisting of 3 phases in which they grow, rest, fall out, and repeat! Another common myth is that your entire head of follicular hairs all grow at one time, yet, if that were the case – there would be plenty more bald heads bobbling around the universe at a youthful age. Rather, your hair follicles are typically all at a somewhat different stage of the hair growth cycle which consists of 3 phases: Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.
Telogen Effluvium is generally considered to be the second most common type of hair loss. TE is a scalp disorder characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair causing early entry of hair in the telogen phase. The telogen phase, or ‘resting phase’ last for approximately 3 months. Generally speaking, most people will have 10-15% of their hairs in this phase at any given time. Another fun fact: Most people shed approximately 100 hairs a day in this phase! With that said, if you suffer from Telogen Effluvium…you may see an inflation in the amount of hairs you are shedding in a day.
If you are suffering from Telogen Effluvium, you are most likely experiencing hair loss or hair thinning across the entire scalp. So, what causes this affliction?

  • Severe stress
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Dietary Habits
  • Physical Trauma
  • Medications
  • Post-birth

In contrary, Anagen Effluvium is seen in more rare cases in which patients have their hair falling out during the anagen or ‘growing’ phase of the hair growth cycle. The hair loss pattern itself, is similar to TE in that the hair loss tends to be in a diffuse manner. At any given time, you can expect to have 80-90% of your hair in the anagen phase. In hindsight, if someone is suffering from Anagen Effluvium, they will suffer from a rapid form of hair loss since a plethora of hairs will be affected. At Modena Hair Restoration, we typically see patients with Anagen Effluvium if they’ve had a cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
Dr. Yazdan has had great success using PRP as a treatment option for combating Telogen Effluvium. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentrate of a patients own blood plasma and growth factors injected into the scalp to encourage and accelerate healing. Hence why you may have heard professional athletes using PRP treatments for a speedy recovery of injuries. In-office or at home laser treatments have also showed remarkable success. Using treatments in conjunction with a hair loss prevention shampoo such as GroMD – keeping your hair follicles in the anagen phase longer will aid in getting the best results possible.

While there may be several treatment options available for men and women who are concerned about their balding or thinning hair issues, finding the right hair restoration specialist is paramount before proceeding with a hair transplant, PRP treatments, and medications.
If you are experiencing telogen effluvium or anagen effluvium and are interested in learning more about what hair loss treatments would be an appropriate solution for your specific needs, you can contact the Southern California and Las Vegas’ experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yazdan, in order to determine the cause of your hair loss and what your options are for treatment. At Modena Hair Restoration, Dr. Yazdan is skilled in both surgical and non-surgical treatments using advanced technology fused with creative and innovative tools and techniques to give his patients optimal and natural results.

For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link

The Truth About Commercial Hair Transplant Clinics

Alike good health and youth, most of us take our locks for granted…until they’re gone! For many men and women, a hair transplant can bring back the appearance of a fuller head of hair. If thinning, balding or a receding hairline has you bothered – a hair restoration procedure is one way to have you feeling confident about your looks again.
Nevertheless, where do you start? Where should you go? And who should you trust? These are important questions to ask yourself before embarking on a hair restoration procedure.
First and foremost: Patients must educate themselves, to protect themselves from the unethical and predatory clinics that are out there. Here we’ll discuss the ‘big name’ clinics; their Illegal sales tactics and unethical behavior that’s vastly widespread.
‘Commercial’ (i.e. large franchise) hair transplantation clinics that have been around for decades, sure seems like a safe bet when considering a hair restoration procedure, right? Wrong.
If you do your research on these ‘big shot’ clinics you’ll find that some of them have been disciplined or sanctioned in over 20 states for false advertising, misleading patients, airbrushing photographs and other violations that have resulted in being penalized with huge fines, probation, and even being prohibited from practicing medicine in some states. These violations are taboo amongst reputable and well-respected hair transplant specialists like Dr. Yazdan and his fellow colleagues. Yet these medical clinics remain the dominating forces in the industry. How so? Because they spend millions of dollars on misleading and deceptive advertising year after year making them long-term repeat offenders.
Men and women are being urged to get a hair transplant even when it’s not in their best interest and aren’t a suitable candidate, because these large clinics have sales quotas to meet in order to keep dishing out millions in advertisement costs. And even with their “word of mouth” feedback being frequently negative, they still have a whole new crop of customers they can draw from who may have seen their commercials on TV, in the newspaper, or on the internet. Thus allows these clinics to keep churning out hundreds if not thousands of other dissatisfied patients.
Now it’s time to ask the hard questions for your Hair Transplant physician. Here are a few key questions that must be asked at the time of your consultation:

  • Does your doctor specialize in hair transplants? If so, for how long?
  • How many surgeries does your doctor perform in a day?
  • Does the doctor perform the surgery or does he/she allow their technicians or assistants to step in and do most of the work?
  • What is the doctors graft survival and success rate?
  • What method(s) does the physician use?
  • What punch size does your doctor use?
  • Is he/she a member of the ISHRS?
  • Does your doctor use travel technicians or does he/she have a set team in place?
  • Does your doctor attend regular training and medical conferences?

Here at Modena Hair Restoration, Dr. Amir Yazdan specializes in Hair Restoration procedures and has for a decade now. Dr. Yazdan personally performs each hair transplant and is there every step of the way utilizing a dedicated team throughout the entire process. He is involved in every aspect of the procedure in order to ensure the best possible hair restoration outcome and is committed to performing only one surgery per day in order to provide patients with the undivided attention they deserve. At Modena, we utilize both FUE and FUT/Strip procedure techniques, using some of the smallest punch sizes to minimize scarring while maximizing results. Dr. Yazdan is a long-standing member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and attends regular training and conferences to stay current with modern medical approaches to give you superior care and a more enhanced you!
As WebMD suggests – Avoid large hair transplant groups or practices that employ or contract physicians to perform hair transplantation under a common umbrella. Avoid practices advertising on television infomercials. While these larger groups have the ability to buy public opinion through expensive and flashy television, print, and radio marketing, this may not equate to superior surgical results.
Remember, just because a “company” or “practice” claims to be one of the largest or has been around the longest does not mean that they are one of the best. Do your homework before choosing your hair transplant surgeon.
Southern California & Las Vegas Hair Restoration surgeon, Dr. Yazdan, can often give the results patients’ desire in a single FUE or FUT/Strip hair transplant surgery, with future sessions to follow only if necessary. Dr. Yazdan personally performs each hair transplant in Beverly Hills, Orange County and Las Vegas surgical clinics at his surgical center, utilizing a dedicated team throughout the entire process. He is involved in every aspect of the procedure in order to ensure the best possible hair restoration results and is committed to performing only one surgery per day in order to provide patients with the undivided attention they deserve.

For questions or to schedule a consultation, call one of our offices conveniently located in Irvine, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas at 888-717-5273 or contact via our website at contact Modena Hair Link