Quiz: What Causes Hair Loss?

With all the articles we read in the media about hair loss, it’s hard to tell fact from fiction. What are the things you need to do to maintain a healthy head of hair? And if you do suffer hair loss, what do you need to know about hair restoration?

Dr. Anthony Farole has worked with thousands of men and women in the Bala Cynwyd area who needed answers for these and other questions about hair health. Here are helpful perspectives on hair loss and prevention.

Can styling products such as hairspray, gel or dye cause my hair to fall out?

It’s true that many styling products can cause your hair to dry out, causing the shaft to break. But this kind of hair loss is almost always temporary. Permanent hair loss only happens when the roots are damaged.

To keep your hair healthy, don’t over-color or over-perm. Go longer between touchups to give your hair a rest. Skip the super-hold products that contain drying alcohol and heavy lacquers. Let your hair air-dry whenever you can to prevent heat damage.

I’ve heard that brushing my hair 100 strokes every day helps it grow.

That’s a charming old wives’ tale, but it’s not true. Brushing that much can cause split ends and breakage. When you do brush, use a wide-tooth comb. If your hair tangles easily, brush it when wet, using conditioner first. Let straight hair dry a little before brushing it.

Can stress make my hair fall out?

Yes, it can. Stress prompts the body to invest energy in other processes needed to make it through whatever difficulties you’re facing. Hair growth isn’t an essential activity, so hair may weaken at the roots and fall out.

Stress-induced hair loss shows up about 2 weeks to 3 months after the tough times begin. Hair starts to grow back once your life becomes calmer.

Does my diet affect hair growth?

There’s no question that nutrition is part of keeping your hair healthy. If you don’t get enough iron protein, or you get too much Vitamin A, your hair can fall out. Sources of protein that are good for your hair include meat, eggs and beans. Iron can be found in fortified cereal, spinach and clams. Supplements are OK, but it’s better to get your nutrients from food, since they are better absorbed by the body.

Can tight hairdos cause hair loss?

Not only can very tight hairstyles such as ponytails and cornrow braids give you a headache, but they can also cause hear to break off, leading to permanent hair loss. When styling your own hair, leave a little play in your ponytail or pigtails to avoid stressing your strands. Work with your hairstylist to make sure braids aren’t so tight that they endanger your hair’s health.

What if I’m doing everything right but I’m still losing my hair?

That’s where Dr. Farole can help. In his 20+ years as one of the Philadelphia area’s foremost hair restoration experts, he’s helped thousands of men and women choose the right hair replacement program for their needs. Schedule a personalized consultation today to learn more about the options available to you.



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Taking Care of Your Hair and Scalp After Hair Restoration

If you’re considering a hair restoration procedure this summer, you may be concerned about how to take care of your hair and scalp right after your surgery.

Many people believe that sweating after a hair transplant can cause problems. The good news is that a few simple steps are all you need to assure the health of your new implants and scalp.

Here are helpful tips from Dr. Anthony Farole, a hair restoration expert who has worked with thousands of men and women in the Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia area.

Sweating isn’t a problem for transplanted hair

If you’ve just had a hair transplant and you’re worried about problems caused by sweat, you can relax. Sweating will not dislodge the transplanted hair. It’s true that excess moisture on your scalp can create ideal conditions for microbial growth, but keeping your hair and scalp clean after surgery is relatively easy.

The small incisions in your scalp where hair has been harvested known as the donor area as well as incisions where hair was transplanted, which is known as the recipient area will heal within a few days. During this healing period, all you need to do is rinse the area with warm water. You can use a pitcher or bowl to do this.

After your scalp heals, it’s perfectly OK to shower, bathe and wash your hair with regular water pressure and hair care products.

Can I hurt my new implants by rubbing too hard?

During the first 7 to 10 days while your scalp is healing, it’s important not to dislodge the grafts while you are washing or brushing your hair. The blood vessels in the area are healing, too, right along with the skin that covers your scalp, so you want to be as gentle as possible when caring for your hair.

If your scalp begins to bleed, this means you may have dislodged a graft. If this happens, it’s a good idea to contact Dr. Farole for special instructions.

Keeping the hair transplant area clean

The recipient area on your scalp can benefit from gentle daily washing to make sure that crusts do not form. Using a sponge to carefully massage the area can help with this.

If crusts do appear, they can be gently massaged with a cotton-tipped swab dipped in soapy water. Be sure not to rub hard just roll the cotton tip lightly over the crust. This will remove it without harming the delicate blood vessels that are forming around the implant.

After 10 days, you can wash your hair just as you would have before transplant surgery.

Have more questions? Contact Dr. Farole today

Dr. Farole knows that if you’re thinking about hair restoration, you may have many issues you’d like to discuss and he’s happy to share what he has learned in caring for thousands of patients in the Greater Philadelphia area. Call our office in Bala Cynwyd now to schedule a personalized consultation.



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6 Sun Protection Myths that Skin Care Experts Hate

Think you need to skip using sunscreen in order to boost vitamin D levels? That it’s safe to tan as long as you wear sunscreen? That skin cancer isn’t really a big deal? Here are 6 myths about sun protection that make leading skin doctors cringe plus the facts you must know to safeguard your skin, your good looks and your health.

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Myth: A ‘base tan’ will protect me

Dermatologists agree that there’s no such thing as a safe tan. When your cells are exposed to UV light, they produce more melanin, the pigment that colors your skin, which is why you tan. But this is a sign that damage has already been done, not protection against future sun exposure. In fact, a base tan provides the SPF equivalent of about a 4. By comparison, a white T-shirt gives you more coverage-about an SPF 7.

Myth: 80% of harmful sun exposure happened before I turned 18, so the damage is already done

The latest thinking shows that you get closer to just 25% of total sun exposure by age 18. Further, experts say revamping your sun habits at any age is a smart move. It’s the same as smoking cigarettes-no matter how much damage you’ve done, it’s always good to stop. While it’s true that melanoma is associated with childhood sunburns, the sun exposure that accumulates over a lifetime is associated with other skin cancers – not to mention wrinkles, thinning skin, dark spots, and broken capillary veins on the skin.

Myth: I have dark skin, so I won’t burn

Absolutely false, say skin care experts. Many people with more pigment in their skin will have a lower skin cancer risk, but they’re not immune to sunburn or sun damage. One study found that up to 30% of darker-skinned ethnic groups reported at least one sunburn in the previous year. Skin cancer is frequently diagnosed later in people of color, perhaps because of the misconception that they are not at risk. Singer Bob Marley, for example, died of melanoma on his toe that was misdiagnosed as a soccer injury.

Myth: Anything above SPF 15 is a waste

The FDA is still debating the merits of super-high SPFs, but many dermatologists agree that there are meaningful differences between SPF 15, 30, and 50, especially because we’re just so bad at applying sunscreen properly. That includes both applying too little in the first place and not reapplying often enough. Dermatologists recommend you reapply every 2 hours when you’re at the beach or pool, and most recommend a minimum SPF 30 for everyday and SPF 50 for long periods outdoors.

Myth: I need sun to get enough vitamin D

This is a common misconception. You need much less time in the sun than you might think in order to make adequate levels of vitamin D. After 15 minutes or so, the system that produces vitamin D from sunlight overloads and production stops, one expert explains. If this didn’t happen, your vitamin D levels would quickly become toxic! And being tan isn’t a good indicator of healthy vitamin D levels. One classic study of Hawaiian surfers found that although all participants were tanned, many were still vitamin-D deficient. Getting vitamin D from a balance of foods, supplements and sun exposure is the best method.

Myth: Skin cancer isn’t that big a deal

Thankfully, many skin cancers – when caught early and removed promptly – aren’t life-threatening. But assuming you can just get rid of a cancerous mole and move on is dangerous. While non-melanoma skin cancer typically doesn’t travel throughout the body, it’s still cancer, and it will continue to destroy your skin and invade the tissues if it’s not removed. Careful prevention is the only way to enjoy the sun safely without harming skin or risking the development of cancer.

Dr. Farole cares about your skin and your good health

As an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon caring for thousands of patients in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Anthony Farole provides a range of services from cosmetic facial surgery to Botox to dermabrasion and more. Dr. Farole encourages you to remember that beauty is much more than skin deep. Beautifying your skin truly begins with caring for it each and every day, which means knowing the facts about sunscreen, sun protection and lifelong health.

Questions about cosmetic facial surgery, wrinkle removal and related procedures? Call Dr. Farole’s office in Bala Cynwyd today for a personalized consultation.


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