Can Chlorine in Pool Water Cause Hair Loss?

With summer in full swing, most of us are headed for the pool or the beach for cool relief. However, it’s important to know that spending too much time in chlorinated water can be bad for your skin and hair. Dr. Anthony Farole, an experienced hair restoration expert who has worked with thousands of patients in the Philadelphia area, answers questions about chlorine exposure and hair health.

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Chlorine, hair damage and your health

Though common in most public and private swimming pools, chlorine is a corrosive chemical that many health experts say is bad for human health, particularly the skin and eyes.

Chlorine has an oxidizing effect that can cause dryness and irritation after prolonged exposure. In some cases, exposure to chlorine may lead to the formation of hypochlorous acid, a substance known to penetrate cells and destroy them from the inside.

However, low concentrations of chlorine are highly effective in keeping swimming pools clean and healthy. Though low in concentration, chlorine in pool water still has the potential to cause serious harm to the hair, skin, and eyes.

Stay healthy this summerby taking a moment to review these frequently asked questions about chlorine, hair damage and loss and your health.

Does chlorine cause hair loss?

Normal exposure to chlorine will NOT make you lose your hair. This myth was debunked after a study was published in theJournal of Dermatology. In the study, researchers compared the hair of 67 professional swimmers to that of 54 individuals who spent little to no time in the pool. Although swimmers’ hair exhibited signs of chlorine-induced damage such as dryness and coarseness, swimmers were not significantly more likely to experience hair loss.

However, there is evidence that suggests abnormally high exposure to chlorine might cause the scalp to become irritated, dry, and flaky. Thinning or shedding of hair might result, but it’s important to understand that the chlorine exposure needed to bring about such side effects far exceeds that of a normal swimming pool.

Will chlorine change the color of my hair?

Chlorine does not change the color of one’s hair. Although prolonged pool time might give hair a greenish tint, the discoloration is actually due to the oxidized metals in the water, such as copper. However, color treatments exposed to chlorine might make it easier for hair to turn green.

As mentioned above, one of the primary side effects of chlorine exposure is that it causes dryness and irritation. When paired with hair treatments and dyes, hair can become extremely dry, porous, and brittle. Once porous, hair is primed to absorb more copper and other chemicals that cause discoloration.

Can I reduce the damage chlorine does to my hair?

Yes.Many people are surprised to know that chlorine damage can be significantly reduced simply by wetting hair with fresh water prior to getting in the pool. Strands of hair have the amazing ability to absorb moisture, much like a sponge. By thoroughly rinsing hair with fresh water prior to entering the pool, you create a barrier that makes it more difficult for hair to absorb chlorinated water while swimming.

If I experience hair loss or damage from chlorine, is it reversible?

The most common way that chlorine damages hair is by making it dry and porous, which may lead to discoloration. To reverse the damage, be sure to thoroughly wash and rinse hair after each swim session. Use ample amounts of shampoo to remove all chemical traces, and finish your post-swim wash with a protein-enriched conditioner that will replenish the hair’s natural moisture. For those who have color-treated hair, special shampoos and conditioners are available to minimize discoloration.

Thinking about hair restoration? Dr. Farole is ready to help.

Dr. Farole has created specialized treatment plans for men and women who face the frustration and heartbreak of hair loss. Our Bala Cynwyd office is a comfortable, convenient spot to meet and discuss your options. Dr. Farole will do a careful exam and recommend the best treatment for your unique needs. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.


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Time to pull that painful tooth? Here’s what to expect

Sometimes, no matter how diligently we look after our teeth as adults, we need to have one pulled.

Dr. Anthony Farole, an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who cares for patients near Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, offers helpful perspectives on the reasons for an extraction, what to expect and how to plan for replacement of the missing tooth with a dental implant.

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Why tooth extraction is sometimes needed

Though permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are many valid reasons that teeth may need to be pulled in adulthood.

The most common, of course, involves atooththat is too decayed or badly damaged to be repaired. Other reasons include:

A Crowded Mouth: This is common in teens and young adults, but can pose a problem at any age. Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare patients for orthodontia. The goal of orthodontia (or braces) is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for yourmouth. Likewise, if a tooth cannot break through the gum because there is not room in the mouth for it, your dentist may recommend pulling it.

Infection:Iftooth decayor damage extends to the pulp – the center of the tooth containing nerves andbloodvessels then bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Often this can be corrected withroot canaltherapy, but if the infection is so severe thata root canal or antibiotics cannot cure it, extraction may be needed to keep infection from spreading.

Risk of Infection:If your immune system is compromised – for example, if you are receivingchemotherapyor are having anorgan transplant the slightest risk of infection in a particular tooth may be reason for extraction.

Gum Disease:Ifa periodontal disease– an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth – have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to the pull any affected teeth.

What can I expect during tooth extraction?

Before pulling the tooth, Dr. Farole will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.

If you are having more than one tooth pulled, or if a tooth is impacted meaning it’s tightly pressed between gums, bones or other teeth you may receive a general anesthetic. This will prevent pain throughout your body and allow you to sleepthrough the procedure.

If the tooth is impacted, Dr. Farole will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces.

What happens after my tooth is pulled?

Recovery from a dental extraction typically takes a few days. The following steps will help to minimize discomfort, prevent infection and promote healing.

– Take pain relievers as prescribed.

– Bite firmly but gently on the gauze pad that Dr. Farole has put in place to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth socket.

– Change gauze pads at home according to the doctor’s directions.

– Apply an ice bag to the affected area immediately after the procedure to keep down swelling.

– Relax for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Limit activity for the next day or two.

– Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging the clot that forms in the socket.

– After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water.

– Do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours.

– Do not smoke, which can inhibit healing.

– Eat soft foods, such assoup, pudding, yogurt, or applesauce the day after the extraction. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals.

– Continue to brush and floss your teeth, and brush your tongue, but be sure to avoid the extraction site. Doing so will help prevent infection.

The next step: Planning for Dental Implants

Dental implants have become the preferred method for replacing teeth that have been surgically removed. Dr. Farole has helped thousands of patients in the Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd area to restore their smiles with implants.

After you’ve recovered from your extraction, Dr. Farole will work closely with you to plan for a successful dental implant procedure. Just as he does with the extraction process, he will guide you through the steps and make sure your questions are answered.

If you’re worried about a painful tooth that needs extraction, don’t wait call Dr. Farole’s office in Bala Cynwyd today. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you right away.



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Why summer is the best time for wisdom teeth extraction

Summer makes us think of beaches, barbecues and big fun in the sun. What we DON’T often think about is getting our wisdom teeth out! However, summer is an ideal time to have this procedure done. Here’s some helpful background on wisdom teeth extraction and why you may want to have it taken care of in the next few months.

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Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, top and bottom, all the way in the back of your mouth. These teeth typically begin to emerge between the ages of 15 and 20. If your mouth is not large enough to fit the new teeth, then extractions may be necessary.

Overcrowding of wisdom teeth can cause your other teeth to move out of proper alignment. Misalignment and overcrowding is not only painful, but also can lead to infection down the road. Even worse: wisdom teeth can become impacted if they do not fully emerge; leaving parts of the teeth inside your gums or jawbones. This can cause extreme pain and leave you open to infection and tooth decay down the road.

The basics of wisdom teeth extraction

When you’re younger, healing times tend to be faster and complications tend to be fewer. For this reason, it is typically suggested that you have wisdom teeth removed when they begin to emerge. Once you decide to go forward with the procedure, here is what you can expect:

  • The dentist will provide either a local (twilight) sedation or full oral sedation before going on to remove gum tissue around the tooth being extracted.
  • Any bone covering the tooth will be removed.
  • The tooth will be extracted from the opening. Stitches may be added to help the gums heal.
  • Cotton gauze is placed over the extraction point to stop any further bleeding.

Why have your wisdom teeth out in the summer months?

Oral surgeons recommend having this procedure done in summer, because patients typically have plenty of time for recovery with fewer responsibilities getting in the way.

Because most patients are young, summer is an ideal time to have the procedure done. They are home from school or college, so the surgery won’t interfere with their studies. And during this time they tend to have fewer organized extracurricular activities.

Summer works great for older adults as well. It’s a great time to have the procedure without missing too much work. And since many people are out of town, there is a better chance of scheduling your wisdom teeth extraction at the most convenient time for you.

Call us now for an appointment

If your or your teen’s wisdom teeth are causing pain, swelling or infection, then it’s time to schedule this important oral surgery now. As a trusted and experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Farole cares for hundreds of patients in Bala Cynwyd and the greater Philadelphia area. He is glad to discuss the procedure with you and help you choose the best time for surgery. Call our office now to schedule a consultation.


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Botox at any age? An expert outlines the benefits

Botox has become the #1 popular choice for wrinkle removal without surgery. Since the FDA approved their use in 2002, millions of patients have benefited from these non-invasive treatments.

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While it may seem that Botox is only for older individuals who want to remove wrinkles, patients as young as 18 can benefit from this safe, simple facial treatment. Here’s more about the benefits of Botox for beautiful skin at virtually any age.

How Botox treatments work

Derived from botulinum toxin hence the name Botox these treatments work by safely and temporarily paralyzing the muscles involved in forming wrinkles. As the active agent wears off, the muscles stretch out, smoothing away wrinkles in the skin above them. The full benefits will appear 2 to 3 weeks after the initial treatment can last up to 3 months.

Botox benefits for younger patients

For women in their 20’s to early 30’s, wrinkles may not be a concern – but it’s important to think of the future. Early Botox treatments can stop wrinkles before they start and ensure better-looking skin later in life.

Botox can remove the fine lines that naturally form around the eyes and forehead, which are the forerunners of more serious wrinkles. These treatments preserve your youthful looks without making you look unnatural.

For young patients, injections may not even be necessary. Your skin care expert can provide superficial, non-invasive applications that help target wrinkle problem spots.

Past your 40th birthday? What mid-life patients should know

Once you’ve entered your 40’s, your skin naturally loses some of its resiliency and elasticity and, with it, the ability to recover from wrinkling. Years of exposure to sunlight will have taken their toll, creating wrinkles that are too deep to treat by one method alone.

Botox can benefit women aged 40 and older by reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles and tightening the skin while restoring a younger-looking appearance. It can be combined with other wrinkle removal methods to give you the fresh, natural, healthy look you are seeking.

Considering Botox? Ask for a personalized consultation today

Want to know more about Botox treatments but aren’t sure where to begin? Dr. Anthony Farole, a trusted expert in cosmetic facial surgerywith offices near Bala Cynwyd, has served women of all ages in greater Philadelphiawho want to preserve the freshness and vitality of their skin through surgical and non-surgical methods. Dr. Farole is happy to answer your questions and help you plan for a successful Botox procedure.


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