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Does Stress Cause Hair Loss?

The average person loses between 50 and 100 strands of hair per day. When each hair reaches the end of its limited lifespan, the follicle sheds the strand and replaces it with new hair. Losing hair on a daily basis is completely normal, and compared with the total number of hairs on your head, is not typically cause for concern. 

In many cases, especially for men, hair loss can be linked to genetics. Genetic hair loss is typically unavoidable and, while concerning for some, is unfortunately a natural part of the aging process. In other cases, hair loss can be a temporary reaction that results from a disruption in the natural growth and rest cycle of hair follicles. Pregnancy, stress and overly-tight hairstyles are some examples of common trigger that induce temporary and reversible hair loss.

While losing hair due to a particularly stressful period of your life may be a temporary issue, the experts at The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center understand how debilitating it can be. If you are concerned about the negative effects of stress on your life and the impact your hair loss is having on your self-confidence, schedule a consultation with us today to learn how we can help you.

Understanding the Hair Growth Cycle

Hair growth occurs in a cycle made up of four phases: the anagen phase, the catagen phase, the telogen phase and the exogen phase. Growth occurs only during the anagen phase, which can last somewhere between two and seven years. During the catagen phase, the hair stops growing and enters a short transitional period that lasts two to three weeks. The telogen, or resting, phase occurs next. An old hair remains inactive in the telogen phase for around three months while a new hair begins the growth phase beneath it. In the final exogen stage, the resting hair separates from the scalp and sheds. The follicle then returns to the anagen phase and the cycle repeats. 

Hair follicles do not progress through the growth cycle in sync with one another. At any given time, each strand of hair can be in a different part of the cycle. The natural, uneven growth and re-growth cycles of hair follicles is the reason why you don’t lose all of your hairs at once at the end of a growth phase. However, if a significant percentage of follicles enter the resting phase too early, excess shedding and noticeable thinning can occur.

What Is Telogen Effluvium?

Extreme physical or emotional stress can cause the hair growth cycle to become unbalanced, prompting the hair follicles to shed more than normal. Telogen effluvium is a common form of temporary hair loss that occurs when a traumatic event, excess stress or a shock to the body pushes a large number of hair follicles into the resting phase. Within a few months, affected hairs may shed suddenly when performing simple tasks like combing or washing. Telogen effluvium leads to diffuse hair loss in which some areas (typically the top of the head) experience more thinning than others.

What Are the Risk Factors for Stress-Related Hair Loss?

Any stressor or trauma that can disrupt the body’s hormone levels is a potential trigger for telogen effluvium. Some of the most common causes include:

  • A significant physical injury 
  • A surgical procedure
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Acute illness
  • Chronic emotional stress
  • Poor nutrition

Will Hair Grow Back from Stress-Related Hair Loss?

Hair follicles experiencing telogen effluvium are usually only affected temporarily. By reducing or eliminating the stress that triggered the condition, you can restore your hair’s growth cycle to its natural, healthy state. Focus on finding constructive ways to handle stress, as well as on improving your overall health and well-being. The hair cycle generally starts to recover within three to six months once the stress has been alleviated, though the rate of regrowth will be different for everyone.

What You Can Do to Encourage Regrowth

Taking good care of yourself, both physically and mentally, can keep anxiety from reaching severe levels and help your hair return to its normal growth cycle. A combination of many small lifestyle changes can help regulate your body and manage excess stress, including:

  • Eating a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients
  • Staying properly hydrated throughout the day
  • Learning effective stress management techniques
  • Planning a consistent exercise routine
  • Practicing relaxation techniques like meditation or journaling 
  • Pursuing hobbies and other interests
  • Maintaining positive social connections
  • Sleeping a sufficient number of hours each night
  • Taking on fewer responsibilities at work
  • Seeking professional help from a therapist or life coach

What if You Don’t See Improvement? 

If you believe you have stress-related hair loss and have seen no improvements in your hair growth by making healthy lifestyle changes, it may be time to consider other options. Many factors and conditions could be contributing to your hair loss, and only a professional diagnosis from a hair loss professional can determine your most effective treatment approach. At The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center, Dr. Herbert Feinberg offers a full range of treatment options to revitalize your scalp, including laser therapy, topical treatments, and FUT and FUE hair transplant procedures. Contact our offices in Englewood today at 201-568-6977 to schedule your consultation and learn more

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Robotic Hair Transplant vs. Manual

Today’s hair transplants could not be any different from the infamous “hair plug” procedures of the past. As hair restoration continues to advance in new and unexpected ways, patients are left with more choices than ever before for effective and natural hair loss solutions. While a true cure for age-related hair loss remains elusive, today’s top hair loss experts have continued to push the boundaries of hair transplantation surgery with the addition of the automated ARTAS 9x hair restoration system.

At The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center, Dr. Herbert Feinberg and his staff of qualified hair loss technicians provide hair restoration through traditional strip removal surgery and automated hair transplants with the ARTAS 9x system. If you have ever been interested in naturally restoring your receding hairline or filling in your troubling bald spot, now’s the time to schedule an appointment. Dr. Feinberg can evaluate your hair and explain all of your available options in detail, helping you make an informed decision between robotic and manual hair transplants.

Traditional Hair Restoration with Manual Strip Removal Surgery

For the past few decades, modern hair transplant surgery has traditionally consisted of the strip removal technique known as follicular unit transplantation (FUT). During FUT, a strip of the scalp is removed from the back of the head to provide healthy follicular grafts that can be transplanted to balding sections of the scalp. The scalp is then closed using sutures, while the follicular units are separated from the strip and prepared for transplantation.

Follicular units contain one to four hairs each and can be placed individually to restore a natural hairline and mimic surrounding hair growth. FUT results in thicker hair that is completely natural and can be washed and styled just like normal hair. When performed by a hair transplant expert like Dr. Feinberg, patients who undergo FUT can restore their thinning hair with minimal side effects and downtime.

The Limitations of Follicular Unit Transplantation

FUT is an effective treatment option for many patients and continues to be widely used by hair transplant surgeons everywhere. However, the procedure is inherently limited and has some drawbacks that newer, more advanced treatment options have worked to rectify. Most notably, the strip removal technique results in the need for stitches, a longer recovery and a linear scar across the back of the scalp.

Patients who undergo FUT may need up to one to two weeks of downtime before they are able and ready to resume all normal activities. Once the stitches are removed and the scalp completely heals, the resulting scar can prove to be undesirable for some patients. Surrounding hair growth will easily and inconspicuously hide any scarring to ensure the only sign of the procedure is safely hidden out of sight. However, patients who prefer to wear their hair short may find their scar remains visible with a shorter hairstyle. The scalp tightness that the strip removal creates can also limit the ability for the patient to undergo an additional procedure down the road should their hair continue to bald.

Discover the Next Step in Hair Restoration with the ARTAS 9x System

The ARTAS 9x hair restoration takes the principles laid out by traditional techniques like FUT and advances them even further. The ARTAS 9x system automates portions of the follicular unit excision (FUE) hair transplant method. Unlike FUT, FUE does not require any strip removal. In order to gain access to viable donor grafts, FUE relies on the use of a handheld punch device that can remove individual follicular units throughout a wider area of the scalp. FUE minimizes scarring and results in a quicker recovery than FUT but at the cost of a more difficult and painstaking procedure.

The experts behind the ARTAS 9x system acknowledged the limitations of FUT and FUE and addressed them by creating an automated system capable of producing natural results with minimal potential for human error or inaccuracy. Even the best, most experienced hair surgeons are not infallible and cannot avoid human error entirely. With robot hair transplants, the survival rate of the harvested grafts is much higher due to the limited human handling and the results are even more precise.

The results following ARTAS 9x hair restoration and manual FUT are comparable, although automated hair restoration operates on the principles of FUE and will not result in a linear scar. Following hair restoration with the ARTAS 9x system, patients may wear their hair as short as they’d like without worrying about a visible linear scar. The procedure can also be repeated as necessary for sustained results and a lifetime of full, thick hair.

The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center

When it comes to hair transplantation surgery, the procedure has never been simpler and the results have never been better. If you have been considering hair transplants to restore the hair that time has taken away from you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Feinberg at The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center. Together, he will work with you to evaluate your hair loss and your concerns to provide a customized treatment approach that ensures satisfying and long-lasting results.

Whether you are interested in traditional or robotic hair restoration, The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center has the treatment options and expertise you need to enjoy a full head of hair again. Call us today at 201-568-6977 to schedule your consultation.

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Who Is NOT a Good Candidate for ARTAS Hair Transplants?

Your hair is one of the most visible indicators of your age. Unfortunately, millions of men and women are all-too-familiar with age-related hair loss and can feel without options as their hairline gradually moves backward and their bald spot continues to grow. While an ever-increasing amount of anti-aging treatments exists to keep wrinkles at bay, what can be done about your thinning head of hair?

At The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center, Dr. Herbert Feinberg is here to help you look as young as you feel by restoring your thinning hair. With a variety of hair restoration options, including the advanced ARTAS 9x hair restoration system, Dr. Feinberg can provide the treatment you need to overcome your hair loss and enjoy thick, natural hair once again.

How ARTAS Hair Restoration Works

The ARTAS 9x hair restoration system automates portions of the follicular unit excision (FUE) procedure to make hair transplants more precise than ever before. FUE has become the gold standard in recent years for minimally invasive and natural hair restoration, outperforming traditional strip removal surgery, also known as follicular unit transplantation (FUT).

Rather than remove a section of your scalp to provide donor follicular grafts like FUT does, FUE focuses on removing individual follicular units using a punch device. Individual graft removal requires a more painstaking process but creates superior results and a quicker recovery. Rather than creating a linear scar like strip removal, FUE creates barely visible, faint circular scarring that allows patients to still wear their as hair short as they’d like. By avoiding strip removal, FUE also does not require a lengthy and painful recovery.

The ARTAS 9x system automates crucial parts of the FUE procedure to provide robotically-precise results and limit the potential for human error. During the procedure, the ARTAS 9x uses an onboard camera to scan the back of your scalp and choose only the most optimal grafts for harvesting. Dr. Feinberg can then implant the grafts individually in the balding sections of your scalp to effectively rebuild your hairline.

Most patients who make good candidates for traditional manual hair transplantation surgery also make good candidates for ARTAS 9x hair restoration. Read on to find out if who is not a good candidate for ARTAS 9x hair restoration.

1. Patients with Non-Age-Related Hair Loss

Age-related hair loss is the result of a specific type of hair loss called androgenetic alopecia. Most patients are familiar with the terms “male pattern baldness” or “female pattern baldness,” which refer to androgenetic alopecia and the predictable patterns it forms as it progresses throughout the scalp. Androgenetic alopecia is the result of factors inherent in your genes and typically manifests later in life, although some patients may notice symptoms as early as their 20s.

If you have started to lose your hair as the result of a different type of hair loss, then ARTAS 9x hair restoration is not for you. Other types of hair loss may be caused by pregnancy (post-partum alopecia), excessive force on the roots (traction alopecia), an autoimmune disease (alopecia areata) or nutritional deficiencies. Schedule a consultation with a hair loss expert to evaluate your thinning hair and determine if hair transplants are right for you.

2. Patients Under the Age of 30

While there’s no strict age cutoff for undergoing hair transplantation surgery with or without the ARTAS system, patients under the age of 30 are generally not good candidates for the procedure. While some men and women may experience hair loss earlier than others, prospective hair transplant patients need to wait for their hair loss to establish a predictable pattern before moving forward with the procedure. If hair transplantation surgery is completed too soon, patients run the risk of losing their new transplants if the follicles turn out to be unhealthy and become affected by hair loss.

If your hair has begun to thin out early on, schedule a consultation with a hair loss expert to make plans for transplants later in life. In the meantime, other hair loss solutions can be used to manage your hair loss and provide better results once you are ready to receive hair transplants.

3. Patients with Thin Hair in Their Donor Sites

The ARTAS 9x hair restoration system removes donor follicular units from the back of the scalp. Follicular units located along the back and sides of the scalp are much more resistant to the ongoing progression of hair loss and make for the strongest hair transplants. If your hair has thinned considerably in the back of your head or you have previously undergone hair transplant procedures that have left your hair sparse in that area, you may not be a good candidate for ARTAS 9x hair transplants.

4. Patients with Unrealistic Expectations

Hair transplants will not completely restore your hair to how it looked when you were a teenager. Hair transplantation surgery simply takes existing hair from dense, healthy areas of your scalp and spreads it across areas that have thinned out or gone bald over the years. The total number of follicular units you have in your scalp will not change, so don’t expect to suddenly have incredibly thick and dense hair again if you’ve been going bald for 15 years.

While hair transplants can provide life-changing results, especially with the ARTAS 9x system, they also require some time and plenty of patience. Following surgery, you may not begin noticing visible results for several months. Most patients do not experience optimal results until around nine months after their procedure. Your final results will take about 12 to 18 months to develop, although the results will certainly be worth the wait.

5. Patients Who Want a Hair Loss Cure

Once you have received your transplants and undergone your procedure, the work does not stop there. Hair transplantation surgery is not a curative procedure, meaning it will not actively work to stop or cure your age-related hair loss. If you receive hair transplants but neglect to actually put in the work to maintain your hair, your results may not last as long as you would hope. In order to truly enjoy your hair transplants well into the future, plan on adopting a comprehensive hair restoration plan that incorporates products like Rogaine and Propecia, as well as advanced treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

Experience the ARTAS 9x at The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center

If hair loss has got you down, schedule a consultation with Dr. Feinberg to learn how ARTAS 9x hair restoration can help you look and feel young again. Dr. Feinberg can explain the procedure to you in detail, determine if you’re a good candidate for hair transplants and create an individualized treatment plan that ensures your results are long-lasting. Call The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center today at 201-568-6977 to book your appointment.

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Protecting Your Hair in Harsh Winter Conditions

This winter, take proactive steps to keep your hair healthy and happy in the harsh winter conditions. At The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center, Dr. Herbert Feinberg and his highly-trained staff have the resources and expertise you need for hair that’s youthfully thick and full. If you have any questions about hair care or are interested in completely natural hair restoration for male or female pattern baldness, schedule a consultation with us today.

Keep Your Hair Moisturized

The relentless onslaught of cold winter air means your scalp is going to be in a constant fight to stay moisturized and well-hydrated. In order to keep your hair from drying out, make sure you keep your hair as hydrated as possible using advanced conditioners and hydrating serums or creams. Always follow-up your showers or shampoo sessions with conditioner in order to seal in moisture and keep your hair from drying out once you leave home for the day.

While regular shampooing should be an essential step of everyone’s hair care routine, consider doing it less during the winter. Over-washing your hair can strip the scalp of its natural oils, making your hair more brittle and less lush. If you shampoo on a near daily basis, consider bumping it down to two or three times per week. While this may not be as viable of an option for men and women with oily hair who are used to daily washing, it can make a marked improvement in your scalp’s overall health if it makes sense for you.

Put Down the Hair Dryer

During the winter, your hair will be fighting harsh winter air while outdoors and dry, heated air while indoors. With no relief in sight for your hair in the months ahead, the last thing you want to do is excessively heat your hair and your scalp. While it can be time-consuming, allowing your hair to dry naturally before leaving the house will avoid unnecessary heat that can dry out your scalp and create dandruff.

Ditch the Tight Ponytail

Excessive tension on the roots of your hair can not only be uncomfortable, but it can also cause temporary hair loss. Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by overly-tight hairdos and excessive hair pulling that can damage follicles. While the hair loss caused by traction alopecia is reversible, avoiding tight ponytails and braids is a great idea to keep your hair healthy, no matter the time of year.

Don’t Leave the House with Wet Hair

If you are in a hurry, leaving the house with wet hair can sometimes be inevitable. But, if you can make time to dry your hair naturally before heading out, your scalp and hair will surely thank you. Exposing wet or damp hair to freezing temperatures increases the risk for breakage and can make your color fade. If you currently wash your hair in the morning, switching to evening washes can give you time to allow your hair to dry naturally without having to use a blow-dryer in the morning.

Keep Your Hair Covered Up with a Winter Hat

The best method to protect your hair from the winter elements is to keep it covered while outdoors. Hats, scarves and all manner of headwear will keep the cold temperatures from sapping the moisturize right out of your vulnerable scalp and fragile hair. Just be sure that your choice of headwear is not so tight that it impedes circulation to your scalp. Your hair needs all the nutrients it can get and limiting blood flow will only make matters worse.

Keep Your Ends Trimmed

Everyone knows split ends are no fun. Unfortunately, as the tips of your hair are constantly exposed to cold weather and dry air they can become inevitable. In order to keep your hair silky smooth and healthy all winter long, schedule regular trims to eliminate your dry and split ends.

Wait for Spring to Re-Color Your Hair

If you dye your hair, especially if it’s platinum or blonde, consider waiting until warmer weather rolls around before your next touch-up appointment. Dyeing your hair a lighter color can be incredibly damaging, especially if it’s done incorrectly or using poor quality products. Give your hair a break over the winter while it fights the elements by waiting until spring to go for your new or updated look.

Advanced Hair Care at The New Jersey Hair Transplant Center

Your hair says a lot about you; make sure it says the right things. Keep your hair moisturized and well-hydrated this winter by taking the right steps. Practicing good hair care year-round will not only keep your hair looking great, it can also help you keep it for longer. If aging has started to strip you of your youthful, thick hair and you’re tired of watching your hairline recede more and more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Feinberg to learn about natural hair restoration.

Using the ARTAS 9x hair restoration system, Dr. Feinberg and his expert staff can effectively transform your hair using the latest technology. Call 201-568-6977 to schedule your consultation with us today and learn more.