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The New York Times asks Dr. Alan Bauman about rejuvenating aging and thinning hair

Help for Hair When Aging Leaves it Thinning, Dry or Dull - New York Times 01-23-2014 by Alan J Bauman MD

Even though most women aren’t going bald in the same numbers as men, their tresses can start to thin, dry out and lack general oomph, especially after 40. But this cannot be treated, as complexions can, with moisturizers and trips to the spa. For one thing, there is the problem of styling. “As hair ages, we tend to torture it more, which makes matters worse,” said Dr. Alan J. Bauman, a physician in Boca Raton, Fla., specializing in hair restoration. “It’s not addressing the root of the problem.” The problem is what encases the actual hair root: the follicle. “The follicle function diminishes with age in proportion to hereditary risk,” Dr. Bauman said. He performs hair transplants as a last resort, when follicles, the organs that grow hair, cannot be resuscitated. But he said he was mostly concerned with keeping follicles alive and healthy. To nourish them, he recommends eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and flaxseeds, as well as dark green vegetables, which are strong sources of vitamins A and C, needed by the follicles to produce sebum, hair’s natural conditioner. He also encourages eating eggs, beans and poultry. “You need protein for hair,” Dr. Bauman said. “If you’re starving yourself, your hair will suffer.”

For more information about hereditary hair loss and aging hair, visit http://www.baumanmedical.com and request a private medical consultation with Dr. Alan J. Bauman, hair loss expert and Diplomate of the American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.

 


Link between smoking and baldness gives you another reason to quit

It's been 50 years since the U.S. Surgeon General warned about the health risks of smoking, cutting smoking rates in half.  As some smokers still light up, do they realize the impact on hair, hair loss and baldness?

Male pattern baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia has its "roots" in the male sex hormone Dihydrotestosterone which triggers progressive miniaturization of the hair follicles based on age and hereditary risk factors. Social factors such as nutrition, diet, lifestyle, stress, medications all are belived to have an impact on the progression of male and female hair loss. However, researchers have recently shown that the more a man smokes, the worse his baldness is likely to be--so add that to your list of reasons to quit! Bauman smoking hair loss baldness

A study of more than 700 Taiwanese men who were aged forty and above suggests that while the risk of hair loss increased with advancing age, those that smoked more than 20 cigarettes per day were more than twice as likely to have moderate or severe hair loss than those who did not smoke.

Researchers suggest that smoking may impact the delicate blood supply to hair follicles and/or damage their genetic material, accelerating the natural progession of hereditary hair loss and prematurely weakening hair quality and coverage of the scalp. This means that the visible signs of hair loss like a receding hairline and thinning in the crown may appear earlier or be more difficult to treat with traditional preventative therapies like Formula 82M Compounded Minoxidil, Low Level Laser Therapy and Finasteride. 

Detrimental effects of smoking may increase the overall amount of transplantation a patient may need using minimally-invasive NeoGraft FUE procedures to restore coverage to the balding areas and also slow down the healing process after their hair transplant procedures.

At Bauman Medical Group, hair loss and hair transplant patients are encouraged to quit smoking as part of a holistic approach to help protect their hair and to recover more quickly from their NeoGraft FUE hair transplant procedures. 

For more information on advanced ways to prevent or reverse hair loss, ask Dr. Alan Bauman a question at http://www.baumanmedical.com