Dr. Baiju Gohil

What You Need To Know About Medical Tourism

What you need to know about medical tourismAccording to the CDC, millions of Americans every year participate in medical tourism – which is traveling to another country for medical treatments and surgeries. As a result, it’s very possible someone you know (or perhaps even yourself) has participated in medical tourism before.

There are many reasons people may choose to involve themselves in that including – but not limited to – finding cheaper costs for a procedure in another country, being culturally tied to or otherwise having roots to the country you’re seeking medical treatment from, or the procedure is simply unavailable here while being available abroad.

While many of the reasons for medical tourism may make sense, the practice is not without its risks. With that in mind, what are the risks associated with medical tourism?

What Risks Are Associated With Medical Tourism?

As with any medical procedure, there is always going to be some level of risk involved. That said, the risks associated with medical tourism can be very high. This is not to be overly critical of medical professionals in other countries. Though you should keep in mind that the medical standards in other countries can vary widely.

Other risks include infectious diseases that may be prevalent and even rampant in other parts of the world that you’re not accustomed to. Infections could manifest at the site of the surgery or even get into your bloodstream and cause serious complications. And because you may be advised to wait several days before flying back after having had surgery, you could find yourself needing to see emergency medical care in another country you aren’t familiar with.

Additionally, because we’re still living with the threat of spreading COVID-19 and new variants, you could find yourself testing positive and having to wait even longer to travel back than anticipated… increasing the risk of needing additional medical care overseas before you can return home.

What Are The Ethical Issues Associated With Medical Tourism?

There are some who may mention extreme cases that could be hearsay of unlicensed surgeons, ill-equipped facilities, and more. For the purposes of discussing medical tourism, we’re going to put those ideas aside and assume the facility and practitioners are all on the up-and-up.

Even in that case, there are ethical issues that need to be considered. What may end up being most important is having a strong understanding of the legal system in the country where the procedure is taking place. They may not have malpractice insurance or protections for patients that you’re used to here… or those protections may not extend to non-citizens. This could lead to a situation where a procedure does not go as intended, and yet you have no recourse. That is just one of many ethics-related issues you’d need to have a very firm grasp of before seriously considering medical tourism as a viable option.

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Though many may turn to medical tourism to pursue hair restoration options, the risks often outweigh the benefits. In fact, here at RHRLI, we’ve had to help people salvage the hair on their scalp after a botched hair transplant overseas. Why pursue that option when there’s a trusted hair restoration facility right in your backyard?

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Omega-3 Supplements and Hair Loss

Omega-3 Supplements and Hair LossOmega-3 are nutrients you typically get from a balanced diet. In food, you can find them in oily, fatty fish like salmon and tuna. If you don’t like the taste of fish, there are supplements available. Talk to your doctor before beginning any kind of supplement routine.

Studies suggest that omega-3 supplements are beneficial for a number of conditions to maintain or improve health – though some studies also indicate no benefits from taking them, so it’s not settled science. For advocates of omega-3 supplements, the benefits cited include decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, stroke, high blood pressure, blood clots, and more.

It has been suggested (in a small number of studies) that these fish oil supplements may also provide essential proteins and nutrients for healthy hair and skin, prevent follicle inflammation that can lead to hair loss, and may trigger hair growth by promoting circulation throughout the scalp.

Does Omega-3 Help With Hair Loss?

Omega-3 has been known to reduce levels of triglycerides and help relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also said that people who eat seafood one to four times a week are less likely to die of heart disease than those who do not.

There have only been a few studies looking into possible effects between omega-3 and hair loss. Some people claim a topical application of fish oil applied to the hair can improve hair health (as well as its luster and shine). Though, if you decide to apply fish oil directly to your head, please be aware the oil may have a fishy odor that might be unwelcome to you or those around you.

There are not many studies focusing on fish oil for hair thickness, but a few have shown some increased hair growth and reduced hair loss in women taking omega-3 supplements.

Does Omega-3 Block DHT?

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a sex hormone that contributes to the development of “male” sex characteristics – like body hair growth and the maturation of the genitals. Beyond puberty, DHT benefits your body by contributing to your muscle mass and general sexual health.

However, too much or too little DHT in your body can have negative effects. Too much can lead to an enlarged prostate, coronary heart disease, slow healing of your skin after an injury, or prostate cancer. Low DHT during puberty can delay its onset and, in adult men, low DHT may cause changes in fat distribution or increased risk of prostate tumors.

High levels of sex hormones like DHT have the potential to shrink hair follicles and shorten the hair growth cycle, causing hair to grow looking more brittle and thinner than is typical. While the research is limited, there appears to be a link between omega-3 and DHT. Though the American Academy of Dermatology does not yet recommend it as a treatment for hair loss until more research confirms the findings.

Can Omega-3 Cure Baldness?

There is a 2018 study that showed omega-3 hair benefits in mice. The scientists treated isolated rat whisker follicles and treated them with fish oil containing omega-3 fatty acids. After two weeks, the treated hair follicles were longer than those that were not treated. So, while more research needs to be conducted… it appears there may be some link involving omega-3 fish oil for hair thickness and growth improvements.

RHRLI Is Your Source for Effective Hair Restoration Treatments

When lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements aren’t enough to improve your hair thickness, call RHRLI. We can evaluate and determine the cause of your hair loss and decide which treatment method you need. If a transplant is required, our minimally invasive ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System produces exceptional results with a swift recovery time. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Hair Loss After Pregnancy

Hair loss after pregnancyPregnancy and new parenthood are strange and wondrous times. They’re also a physical and emotional roller-coaster… due in part to fluctuating estrogen levels. These hormonal changes can have an impact on your hair, sometimes causing lush growth and at other times causing excessive shedding.

When you see larger-than-usual numbers of strands in your hairbrush, it’s natural to wonder how much hair shedding during pregnancy and post-pregnancy hair loss is normal – and if there’s anything that can be done to prevent it.

Is It Normal to Lose Hair During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy hair loss typically occurs postpartum. During pregnancy, hair growth is stimulated by high estrogen levels that keep your hair in an extended anagen (growing) phase for several months. You may even have an exceptionally healthy, full head of hair while pregnant.

If you are experiencing excessive shedding during pregnancy, you may have a nutritional deficiency or hormonal imbalance and should consider consulting your obstetrician to address the cause. Other pregnancy-related reasons for hair shedding are miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, or from stopping oral contraceptives.

When Does Hair Stop Falling Out During Pregnancy?

Post-pregnancy hair loss isn’t cause for alarm. In fact, it’s not hair loss at all… but rather excess shedding and slow regrowth. Rapidly dropping estrogen levels cause a larger percentage of hairs to go into an extended telogen (resting) phase. This is only temporary and will stop when falling estrogen levels regain their equilibrium.

Post-pregnancy hair shedding doesn’t cause permanent hair loss, nor will it result in patchy hair loss or bald spots… but rather diffuse, all-over thinning. The condition only lasts three to four months after delivery and hair typically returns to its pre-pregnancy growth cycle within a year.

How to Prevent Post Pregnancy Hair Loss

Temporary postpartum hair shedding is perfectly normal, but there are steps you can take to minimize it. Eating a hair-friendly diet and being gentle on your hair and scalp are a good start.

A postpartum diet should include lots of fruits and vegetables. These contain antioxidants and flavonoids that encourage healthy hair growth. Be sure your diet contains adequate amounts of hair-friendly vitamins B, C, and E, as well as appropriate levels of biotin, iron, and zinc.

Be gentle on your hair during the postpartum phase. Use mild, natural products on your hair and scalp – and avoid harsh styles like weaves, braids, cornrows, or pigtails whenever possible. Even a loose, messy bun or ponytail (while convenient) can pull on stressed hair causing breakage and additional shedding. If you need to use styling tools – like blow dryers, curling irons, or straighteners – use them on the lowest setting and try to avoid combing wet hair.

Supplements and oral or topical medications such as Minoxidil may also help. If you are nursing, discuss any medications or supplements with your doctor prior to use.

If you experience excessive shedding during pregnancy, do not take hair supplements or modify your diet without first consulting a qualified physician. Hair growth medications like Minoxidil are not to be taken orally or used topically during pregnancy.

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If you are experiencing excessive postpartum hair loss or shedding, Robotic Hair Restoration Long Island can evaluate your hair and scalp and help to formulate a treatment plan. Contact us today to schedule a free hair and scalp analysis.

Five Winter Hair Care Tips

Five Winter Hair Care TipsMost people know they need to add extra moisturizer to their skin in the winter months. Yet a surprising number of people don’t think about what they should be doing differently for hair care in the winter months.

Is Winter Good for Hair?

Just like indoor heat and dry winter cold can be bad for the skin, it can also be bad for your scalp and your hair. Here are five things you should be doing differently this winter to protect your hair:

1. Shampoo less often.

How often should you wash your hair in winter? Stylists say that how often you wash your hair is going to depend on your hair type and activity level. But if you shampoo daily in the warmer months, cut back in the winter. One to four times a week is good.

Cutting back on hair washing helps leave more of the natural oils and moisture in your hair to protect it from the drying effects of winter. If you live in particularly cold climates, cutback even more.

And washing less often makes it easier to follow tip number two.

2. Avoid going outside with wet hair.

We sometimes forget that our hair is sort of like a sponge when it comes to moisture. If you take a wet sponge outside when the weather is freezing, the sponge freezes. Your hair is the same way.

Now think about the way ice expands in an ice cube tray. When your hair freezes, the water inside it expands… damaging the hair strand and making it more prone to breakage. Avoid the problem by making sure your hair is dry before you venture outside.

3. Moisturize every time you wash your hair.

We get it. People with hair that tends toward oily or a scalp that is oily may not think they need to moisturize but – no matter what your hair type – a leave-in moisturizer is good during the winter months.

Teen Vogue puts it this way, “The whole point of this — preserving moisture.”

Why? That ties into what causes dandruff in winter. Dry, cold weather and dry heat exacerbate the scalp problems that lead to dandruff. The key to reducing winter dandruff (and keeping your hair looking and feeling healthy) is to make sure you have plenty of moisture.

This can also be helped by tip number four.

4. Exfoliate your scalp.

Once again, it’s important to remember that your scalp is part of your skin. Just like you use body scrubs to get rid of the dry, dead skin and find healthy skin beneath… you should be using a scalp scrub to keep your head healthy.

Use an alcohol-free exfoliant before you shampoo your hair to get rid of any microbial growth and wash away the flaky skin. Make this part of your winter routine to wash dandruff right out of your list of winter worries.

5. Find time to de-stress.

Winter stress is a thing. From holidays to year-end reports to semester finals, the winter months come with a lot of stress. And stress is not good for you or your hair. Take some time to be silly, fun, and just relax.

Bonus tip: Reconsider your winter hat.

Most of us grab a hat based on how it looks or if it’s warm, but traction alopecia is a real thing. That’s when your hair gets pulled out or starts breaking because of the friction from your hat (as well as tight hairstyles, braids, etc.). Fix the problem by opting for a hat lined with silk or satin – or foregoing a hat altogether.

Call Robotic Hair Restoration of Long Island to Fight Winter Hair Loss

Ultimately, even if you follow the best hair care practices, some hair loss just happens. Whether it’s genetic, diet-related, or caused by the environment… some of us simply lose our hair. But that doesn’t have to be the end of the sentence. When you call Robotic Hair Restoration of Long Island we can set you up for a free consultation to identify the causes of your hair loss and help you find the best solutions. Call today!

Cold Weather and Hair Loss

Cold weather and hair lossCold weather can be brutal on your skin and that includes your scalp. What affects your scalp can have an impact on your hair… so cold weather can be brutal on your hair even though the temperatures themselves are not responsible.

Confused? As with everything related to hair loss, the discussion of cold weather and your hair isn’t simple or even clear. But it is important to pay attention and do what you can to protect your hair.

Does Cold Weather Affect Your Hair?

Yes and no. Hair stylists suggest that the cold and dry air can cause the cuticle to stand up, leading to even more drying. Dry and brittle hair is more prone to breakage – so it can make it seem like you are losing more hair.

The research suggests that the season itself doesn’t usually affect hair loss. In fact, we might actually benefit from the colder weather the way animals do. We may have some evolutionary predisposition to grow our hair thicker in the winter.

But some of our winter behaviors might increase the damage to our hair and subsequent hair loss. Almost everyone gets stressed over the winter holiday season and that stress can lead to hair loss. And that thing you do to keep your head and hair warm? It might be worst of all.

Research suggests that traction alopecia gets worse in the winter. Taking on and off tight head coverings, hats, caps and maybe even scarves can pull out healthy hairs… potentially leading to hair loss. When combined with the drying effect of winter air and blown heat inside buildings, you could face substantial hair loss in the cold weather months.

How Do You Take Care of Your Hair in Cold Weather?

Many of the tips for cold weather hair care are exactly the same as warm weather hair care: Make sure to eat right, avoid pollution and use the right products for your hair.

Eating right means lots of leafy greens and healthy fats from things like salmon and nuts. These provide the nutrients your hair needs to grow. Then you need to make sure to use a good scalp moisturizer to counteract the drying effect of the winter winds and indoor heat.

Shampoo less often to preserve the natural oils on your hair and consider leave-in conditioners to help fight the dry air and static electricity. Even something as simple as lining your favorite hat with silk or satin – fabrics less likely to grab and pull at your hair – can help.

Call RHRLI for a Free Consultation

When you have questions about your hair, whether it’s preventing hair loss before it becomes a problem or looking for a solution to your thinning hair, Robotic Hair Restoration Long Island can help you figure out what you should be doing. We offer free consultations to help you decide if this is just seasonal shedding or a hair loss problem. Contact us today!

Can Polysorbate 80 Help Stop Hair Loss

Can Polysorbate 80 help stop hair loss?There are always new breakthroughs where science is concerned. Each claim of one should be thoroughly examined to determine both its practical functionality and also whether it is safe to use. Today we are going to look at Polysorbate 80 and its potential usefulness in combating alopecia (hair loss).

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Castor Oil And Hair Loss

Castor oil and hair lossWhether we think we’re starting to suffer from hair thinning or not, many of us are conscious about how we handle our hair. We try to consider how often we wash our hair, the kind of shampoo we use when we do – as well as other hair products – and how they will affect our overall hair health. Other factors like our stress levels and diet are on our minds too when it comes to not just our hair health but the health of our skin.

That’s where products like castor oil come in. Castor oil is mainly known as an over-the-counter laxative. It may sound strange after reading that, but this oil is also used to promote skin health by fighting off things like fungal infections and dermatitis. Knowing that castor oil can promote skin health, could it also be used to promote hair health by improving scalp health?

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Is There an Evolutionary Benefit to Being Bald?

Is there an evolutionary benefit to being bald?Since the beginning of recorded history, thinning hair has been a concern for our species. The specter of hair loss is a familiar one to most people since the overwhelming majority experience some variety of it over the course of their lives. Is it possible that there is an evolutionary justification for it?

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How The Immune System Impacts Hair Growth

How the immune system impacts hair growthThe human body, despite all the time and energy that has gone into researching it for millennia, is still a mystery in many regards. In fact, we’re still finding out new information about how our bodies operate. For example, we know that most people will experience some form of hair thinning or loss in their lives… but we don’t understand the body enough yet to prevent it before it starts for the millions of Americans affected.

A crucial part of learning to prevent hair loss in the future is having a better understanding of what causes it. We’ve discussed how factors we can sometimes control – including stress, diet, and our sleeping patterns – can affect overall hair health. What about factors outside of our control? It can be genetic (as in a benign trait that’s passed down), but could it also be related to other factors that can be inherited… like an auto-immune disease?

What Auto-Immune Disease Makes Your Hair Fall Out?

One auto-immune disease that causes hair loss is known as alopecia areata. This particular disease causes your immune system to perceive your hair follicles as hostile foreign entities in your body that need to be attacked. The more hair follicles that get damaged as a result of this, the more hair you’ll lose.

Fortunately, the damage done to hair follicles as a result of this auto-immune disease rarely leads to the hair follicle being destroyed. This means you have a chance at being able to regrow some – if not most – of your hair lost in this way over time.

Why Is My Immune System Attacking My Hair Follicles?

Unfortunately, we still don’t entirely understand why our immune systems do this. The current belief is that it can be a combination of both genetic factors as well as environmental ones.

That may not sound like it narrows it down, but that’s what the scientific community is currently working with. Perhaps with some of the recent breakthrough findings that have been revealed recently, we can start unlocking the truths behind alopecia areata to better combat it in the future.

Robotic Hair Restoration Long Island Can Help Restore Your Hair Line

Alopecia areata can be particularly stressful and embarrassing as your immune system can attack hair follicles in a way that leads to patchy hair loss. Regardless, if you’re suffering from auto-immune disease related hair loss or not, we here at RHRLI can help. We utilize the ARTAS Robotic FUE hair restoration system, a minimally invasive procedure that will get you back to your day-to-day life quickly as you start your journey toward a full and natural head of hair once again.

Additionally, we also offer non-surgical options as well as lifestyle advice to help you cultivate strong, healthy hair long after hair restoration takes place. Contact us today for a free consultation on how best to restore your hair.

Is Holiday Hair Loss Real?

Is Holiday Hair Loss Real?Seasonal hair loss is so common that even Martha Stewart has written about it. But, while it may seem like it’s tied to the holidays, the stress of seeing family and getting everything done is not as much to blame as you might think. In fact, the changing season is the biggest culprit in your seasonal hair loss – at least for most people.

Is Seasonal Hair Loss Normal?

Yes, it is. Of course, we always want to add the caveat: some seasonal hair loss is normal. Extreme seasonal hair loss might be an indicator of a bigger problem and mean you need to call us right away. But for the average person, hair loss may increase as much as 50 percent in the fall.

A study published in 2009 tracked women’s hair loss for six years and found that hair follicles are often in the growth phase (called the anagen phase) for three to 10 years at a time. But the most common time for hair to enter the telogen phase – the so-called shedding phase – is in the fall.

So, your holiday hair loss might just be your normal hair life cycle. Or maybe not.

Does Holiday Stress Cause Hair Loss?

Stress causes increases in cortisol, the hormone we associate with the flight or fight response. And cortisol can negatively impact your hair, according to a hair specialist quoted in Harper’s Bazaar.

Cortisol ends up “affecting nutrient absorption, messing with hormone levels and impacting the health of your scalp,” Harper’s Bazaar reported.

The same article points out that the dry weather of summer and winter can also be brutal for your hair. So, taking good care of your scalp and avoiding stress are key to avoiding holiday hair loss. Otherwise, hair abuse from summer could catch up with you in winter – or winter itself can cause excessive shedding.

How Can I Stop Seasonal Hair Loss?

Try to keep your stress levels down. Decide which events are most important to your happiness and skip the ones that are too much stress.

Keep your hair hydrated and moisturized. Allure points out that part of the goal is to keep your body hydrated as indoor heat and less consumption of water can lead to overall dehydration. A high-quality shampoo and conditioner are also a good idea.

RHRLI Are the Experts in Treating Hair Loss

If you are concerned that your hair loss is more than normal, it’s always best to have it looked at by a professional. At Robotic Hair Restoration Long Island, we can evaluate your hair loss and make recommendations to slow it down or restore your hair. To schedule your free hair and scalp analysis, call us today!