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Stress, Depression and Androgenic Alopecia

The last few months have not been the rosiest time in the history of human happiness, has your hair come out the worse for it? Stress and depression are often linked with hair loss in popular perception- Is this accurate? And, if so, how does this information apply to your hair loss?

The logic behind the thinking seems routine: stress causes hair loss- hair loss causes stress- stress from hair loss causes more hair loss. And so goes the vicious circle…

Depression often accompanies stress. The emotional distress of depression is frequently coupled with physical symptoms: fatigue, aches and pains, and digestive issues, and at times – hair loss. 

However, while scientific studies have yet to find a direct correlation between stress and/or depression with permanent hair loss, depression and stress may play an indirect role in the thinning of hair. And, of course, a sudden or significant increase in hair loss can easily become a new source of stress or depression. 

It is important to understand the distinction between stress based hair loss and Androgenic Alopecia, also known as Male Pattern Baldness. Androgenic alopecia is a genetically inherited condition that affects up to 60% of males by the age 50. Therefore, it’s symptoms will manifest based on genetic factors and not lifestyle choices. However, it is important for a sufferer of Androgenic Alopecia to understand that hair thinning caused by stress and depression will not do much to improve the condition of an already balding scalp.

The best way to reduce stress related hair loss is, of course, to reduce one’s stress. Spend more time outside or with friends and family, read a good book, take up skydiving.

Effective treatment of Male Pattern Baldness requires hair transplant surgery. A hair transplant may seem like a lot less fun than simply taking up a new hobby. However, you cannot reasonably expect to treat Androgenic Alopecia, a problem whose genetic causes precede your own birth, by mere lifestyle adjustments. The technology of hair transplant surgery has improved greatly over the last few decades and in the hands of a competent and experienced surgeon the results are priceless. It’s a good thing that we know one-

Dr. Yazdan and his attentive staff would like to explore 100% effective hair loss treatments with you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding stress related hair thinning or hair transplant surgery, please contact us at Modena Hair Institute today for more information. 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. Dr. Yazdan is 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 Restoration Surgery for Younger Patients

What can a young man do about hair loss? This is a question our clinic has heard before from several distressed individuals. Unfortunately hair loss doesn’t have an age limit and symptoms of male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) can begin to manifest as early as the teenage years. It can certainly appear jarring and feel distressing when a young individual suffers from a condition commonly, but wrongly, associated with the elderly. College and workplace stress is often a contributing factor that leads to many young patients noticing the first signs of hair loss. However, it is important to note that while stress itself does not necessarily cause hair loss, it can activate and accelerate the underlying genetic factors which govern male pattern hair loss. Patients who suffer from thinning hair during the course of their college years are often quite eager to restore their hairline before entering the career world.
As psychologically distressing as hair loss can be at a young age the situation is by no means bleak. Young patients are often in their physical prime and as such make excellent candidates for hair transplant surgery. Young patients can expect to heal quickly and to grow thick, healthy and natural looking transplant hair with very little fuss or risk of complications. However, we must note here that young patients, and doctors, ought to approach hair transplant surgery in a somewhat different manner than is typical. It is essential to understand that androgenic alopecia is a progressive condition and that hair transplantation, by its nature, is a static solution. Hair transplant surgery can easily replace hair that has already been lost, but it does not prevent further hair loss in untreated regions of the scalp.
The secret to winning at chess is to try and think three, four, five, or even more, moves ahead of your opponent. For a variety of reasons hair transplant surgery in young patients must be approached with careful judgement and a certain sensibility of  long-term strategic thinking- very much like a chess game. Consider that all patients have a finite amount of donor hair available for surgical harvesting; also that the results of a hair transplant are permanent. Therefore, a hairline designed for a 20 something must be done in such a way as to still appear natural when the patient reaches their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. A conservative approach to hairline recreation is therefore essential.
A low, flat hairline, characteristic of youth, may sound like a good idea for a young person in need of a hair transplant; however, such a hairline is unlikely to age well and may also call for the use of more grafts than is feasible to maintain. Having exhausted most of the available donor regions on the front of the scalp the patient will be left in the awkward situation of being unable to restore the middle and crown regions in the highly likely eventuality that such should become necessary. Considerations of this nature mandate that young patients and their consulting doctor make wise use of the donor area’s finite capacity.
Moreover, young patients should accept that multiple surgeries likely will be required to maintain a full head of hair over the course of a lifetime. This is not as daunting as it may seem at first. The initial procedure will likely be the largest while subsequent ‘touch up’ FUE procedures may be required later; also the results of a hair transplant are permanent and will provide excellent coverage for as long as further balding in untreated areas does not occur.
Regarding the subject of preventive hair loss medications like Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) which many young patients have used to treat their hair loss it must be stated that medications and surgery are not mutually exclusive. Many patients take medications before, during and after hair restoration surgery. Such an approach helps to slow the progression of hair loss and to maintain the integrity  of actively thinning regions of the scalp. Remember, however, that the usefulness of medications is limited and that results vary widely from patient to patient. Also medications are unable to fully stop hair loss or to regrow previously lost hair, some medications also come with unpleasant side effects; surgery is the only 100% effective solution for restoring one’s scalp to it’s full and former glory.
For more information about restoring your hairline at any age or to discuss any questions you may have regarding our available 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. Dr. Yazdan and his team of 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 to keep stress levels in check during the holidays

New research has shown that stress during the holidays is at an all-time high. We’ve talked before about the harmful effects of stress on the mind and body, so what can we do to keep stress levels in check during the holiday season?
Scientists have been searching for the best way to manage stress. Recently, they’ve seen great results in using mindfulness techniques to reduce stress.
What are mindfulness techniques? Mindfulness techniques are techniques that induce a relaxation response in the body and mind. There are many ways to induce a relaxation response, and we explore some of them below.
Deep breathing. This simple technique is easy and can be done anywhere, anytime. The idea is to get as much fresh air into your lungs as possible. The more oxygen exchange happening in your body, the less anxiety you feel.
Meditation. Purposeful focus on the current moment is what motivates this technique. You can be engage mediation by utilizing repetitive sound, breathing, light, aromatherapy, and more. This technique can take some practice but there are some great apps and youtube videos that help you get started.
Yoga. By focusing on our body’s movements, muscles, and strength, we can relieve the physiological holds of stress and anxiety. By reduced the physiological symptoms we can impact the mental symptoms of stress and anxiety as well.
When the relaxation response is successfully activated, the heart rates slows down, breathing becomes slowed, blood pressure lowers, muscles relax, and blood flow circulation increases. All of these physiological mechanisms work to reduce stress levels both short and long-term. Now get to enjoying your holidays!

Post-hair transplant surgery shock hair loss

Sometimes, after a hair transplant surgery, a condition known as shock loss occurs. Shock loss is when your natural pre-existing (aka native) hairs fall out. This can occur in the recipient as well as the donor zones. This hair loss causes new areas of baldness that were not there previous to the hair transplant.
Shock loss occurs due to the stress of surgery and the body’s response to that stress. Anytime we have a surgical procedure, we are putting the body through a type of stress. Stress responses differ from person to person.
In hair transplant surgeries, we sometimes see shock loss as a stress response. This happens because the surrounding follicles near the extracted or implanted grafts because traumatized or “shocked” by the procedure.
The good news is that shock loss is often a temporary condition. The hairs usually return during the next hair growth cycle (2-6 months). In cases where the hair loss is permanent, the hairs that were effected by shock loss were likely weak follicles. This means that they were on their way to dying off and becoming bald areas soon.
There are ways to avoid shock loss prior to and during hair transplant surgery. Avoiding mega-sessions, being informed about the hair loss and growth process, and choosing a surgeon that utilizes a precise hand technique as opposed to robotic all play a role in shock loss.
Post-surgery shock loss and graft-shedding are sometimes mistaken for each other. To clarify, shock loss refers to your native hairs falling out near where grafts were extracted or placed. Shedding refers to the newly transplanted grafts cycling through the natural hair growth cycle. Graft-shedding is natural part of the hair transplant process.
If you would like to learn more about hair transplant surgery and what it entails, give us a call for consultation.

Stress and hair loss

Do you suffer from high stress levels?
If so, your stress could be causing your hair loss.
Stress has been linked to 3 main types of hair loss: telogen effluvium, trichotillomania, and alopecia areata.
In patients with telogen effluvium, hair follicles are converted back into the resting phase, which causes the follicles to stop producing and growing hair. Additionally, current hair growth can fall our during brushing and washing.
Trichotillomania is less common and has to do with a stress response wherein patients pull at their hair. Excessive pulling of hair shocks hair follicles and can cause them to stop producing new hair growth.
Alopecia areata is more common and can be caused by many things, not just stress. In a patient with this condition, the immune system identifies hair follicles as foreign bodies and attacks them. This of course, causes hair loss.
If you suffer from any of these 3 types of hair loss, your stress levels may be to blame. If you have just begun noticing hair loss, you may be able to reverse it with stress management and lifestyle changes.
Effective methods of stress management include talk or behavioral therapy, yoga, exercise, meditation, and dedicated relaxation time, just to name a few. Each method works differently for everyone, so don’t give up if one method doesn’t work for you. Keep trying until you find the best outlet for your stress.
Effective stress-minimizing lifestyle changes include a healthy work-life balance, setting boundaries with relatives, friends, and your employer, utilizing public transportation, and establishing a routine.
If you have been experiencing hair loss for some time, your hair follicles have likely died off. Once a hair follicle has died there is no way to bring it back to life. But, all hope isn’t lost. You may be a candidate for hair transplantation. Feel free to read up more on that here.