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    Answering Common Questions About Hair Restoration

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Like good health and a youthful appearance, a thick head of hair is something most people take for granted until it starts thinning or falling out. Both men and women can experience hair loss, and there are a range of factors that can contribute to a less plentiful head of hair. Fortunately, hair loss treatment for men and women is growing in popularity and can restore your youthful appearance. If you are considering hair restoration surgery, you probably have a few questions about the procedure. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about hair restoration for men and women. 

    Are Hair Transplants Successful?
    When performed correctly by experienced and dedicated physicians like Dr. Kiely, hair transplants are virtually 95 percent successful. The underlying factors in determining your success rate is the availability of quality donor hair and your general health. Dr. Kiely will evaluate your conditions and discuss your options for hair replacement surgery.

    Am I Too Old for Hair Restoration?
    Age plays a minor role in hair transplant surgery. In fact, Dr. Kiely has successfully performed hair transplant surgery on men and women in their sixties and seventies, and even older. Your health and available donor areas are the two most important considerations for a successful hair restoration procedure, not your age.

    Are There Alternatives to Hair Restoration?
    Minoxidil, also known by its trade name Rogaine™, is a popular alternative to hair restoration surgery. Unfortunately, it is not a very viable alternative. Tests have shown than Minoxidil causes permanent significant cosmetic improvement only 10 percent of the time, but even then it has no effect on hair growth along the front hairline. The long-term financial cost of using Minoxidil is also much greater than the cost of hair restoration surgery. Propecia also can be used in men but it has some side effects.

    If you live in the Baltimore or D.C. area, contact Dr. Kiely, MD to schedule a consultation and learn more about hair restoration surgery. Dr. Kiely is a board-certified physician and specializes in surgical hair transplants for men and women. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kiely, call (240) 292-4315.

    What Is Androgenetic Alopecia?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, this condition is known as male pattern baldness; in women, female pattern baldness. Though men and women can both suffer from androgenetic alopecia, the pattern of hair loss in women differs from male-pattern baldness. Whether your hair is starting to thin or you’ve been covering up a bald spot with a wig for years, the following information about androgenetic alopecia will help you make informed decisions about your hair loss treatment options.

    Hair Loss Patterns
    People suffering from androgenetic alopecia lose hair in a well-defined pattern. In men, hair loss begins above the temples and the hairline recedes to form a characteristic “M” shape. Hair may also thin significantly at the crown, often progressing to partial or complete baldness. In women, androgenetic alopecia makes hair become thinner all over the head, and the hairline typically does not recede.

    Genetics and Hormones
    A variety of genetic and environmental factors play a role in causing androgenetic alopecia, but researchers have determined that hormones called androgens play a big part in the development of male and female pattern baldness. Androgenetic alopecia can also be hereditary, especially if both parents were bald or had thinning hair.

    Other Medical Concerns
    Androgenetic alopecia in women has been associated with several other medical conditions, including an increased risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In men, researchers have found a connection between androgenetic alopecia and conditions such as coronary heart disease and prostate cancer. Scientists and physicians still do not fully understand the link between male and female pattern baldness and these other medical conditions.

    If you are looking for an experienced hair loss physician to treat your androgenetic alopecia, call Dr. Kiely, MD. With more than 14,000 hair loss procedures under his belt, Dr. Kiely can help you regain your confidence with a beautiful, natural looking head of hair. To learn more about hair loss treatment in D.C. or Baltimore, call (240) 292-4315.

    How Female Hair Loss Affects a Woman's Self-Esteem

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Hair loss can be difficult for both men and women, but women tend to have a bigger challenge in facing hair loss. A thick head of hair has long been associated with femininity, so women tend to feel that they are losing their own identity when hair becomes thin or brittle. In fact, many women have trouble even discussing hair loss with a physician, because they feel pressure to maintain an ideal image set by standards in the media.

    It is important for women to recognize that female hair loss is a common problem with solutions that can restore confidence. Whether the cause is female pattern baldness or a more serious medical condition, modern hair transplant techniques can provide women with the head of hair they strive for. As you seek treatment, you might also speak with friends or a therapist to build up your self-confidence in areas unrelated to your appearance.

    Dr. Kiely, MD can help you restore your self-esteem with hair loss treatments tuned to your unique needs. To schedule a consultation at our Washington D.C. practice, visit our website or call us at (240) 292-4315.

    What Causes Telogen Effluvium?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Telogen Effluvium (TE) is one of many common forms of hair loss, which tends to occur in women more often than men. Unlike pattern baldness, it causes a general thinning of the hair that may be reversed once the specific cause of TE is determined on a case by case basis. Here is a closer look at TE and the causes for its onset.

    Hair growth cycles
    In order to understand TE, it is important to know how the hair grows. All follicles do not grow at the same time. While some hair follicles are in the growing phase, others are dormant in the telogen or resting phase. TE takes place when follicles stop producing hair during their growing phases. The hair continues to become thinner as the condition progresses. The hair is never completely lost, but it can get very thin and noticeably lacking in volume.

    Causes for a shift in balance
    There are a few different types of TE, which are all treatable but range in severity. In some cases, environmental triggers may be responsible, so the hair will shed rapidly. Once the trigger has gone away, hair growth will continue normally. Other forms of TE are prolonged conditions, which result from longer telogen phases of the follicles or short growth phases in which short, thin hair is shed before it can grow in. Some medications and hormonal changes can cause these types of TE, so it may be necessary to work with your primary physician and a hair loss specialist simultaneously. One reason TE tends to affect more women than men is that more women experience anemia, which can lead to hair loss. Some women also have post-partum TE, because the hair follicles can shut down after the shock of childbirth.

    If you are a woman in the Washington D.C. area suffering from any type of hair loss, Dr. John Kiely, MD can help you regain your confidence with a fuller head of hair. You can call (240) 292-4315 to schedule a consultation or visit our website for a closer look at what our practice has to offer.

    A Look at Hair Loss After Pregnancy

    Last updated 2 months ago

    During pregnancy, women may notice a number of positive physical changes such as glowing skin and thick, smooth hair. These changes are attributed to a sudden surge of hormones in the body, which is cut off after childbirth. The sudden shock of hormonal fluctuation can be traumatic for a woman, and it may even lead to hair loss over the next few months.

    This type of post-partum hair loss only tends to last for three to four months, as the hair typically returns to a normal grow cycle once the body’s hormones have stabilized. Hair thinning can be minimized after pregnancy with foods rich in vitamin B, plenty of sleep, and a low-stress hair care routine with minimal heating and pulling of the hair.

    Dr. John Kiely, MD can help you understand the specific cause of your hair loss and provide you with solutions for a fuller head of hair. To connect with his Washington D.C. practice, visit our website today or call (240) 292-4315.

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