One of the big reasons many patients come to our practice is because they’re experiencing hair thinning and balding and are seeking hair replacement. Indianapolis men and women are certainly no exception to hair loss and thinning! Although both problems are primarily genetic, there are a few lifestyle choices that you can make to improve the quality of your hair and potentially delay some of the thinning and balding.
Recently The Doctors aired a segment with Jon Lovitz, the comic, on the topic of solutions for thinning hair. They offered these lifestyle changes to boost hair retention and quality:
- Eat More Protein because your hair, like your bones, is primarily made of protein. Chicken, eggs and beef are excellent sources, as are non-meat foods such as beans, grains, nuts, seeds, quinoa, broccoli and spinach.
- Get enough Iron and Zinc, which are imperative for hair follicles to regenerate hair. Red meat and green leafy vegetables are high in iron and zinc, as are avocadoes and most berries. To aid in iron absorption, eat foods rich in vitamin C when you eat foods containing iron, take any iron supplements and vitamin E at different times of the day, as iron supplements can neutralize vitamin E. Odd fact: The tannin in non-herbal tea can hinder absorption of iron.
- Silica is a mineral that aids the digestion of nutrients needed to get great hair. It’s in foods such as bean sprouts, cabbage, onions, bell peppers and rice, which is one reason that people of Asian descent have the healthiest, strongest hair—those foods are often eaten in an Asian diet. Others are cucumbers, asparagus, lettuce, potatoes, oatmeal, sunflower seeds and strawberries.
- Take Another Lap, Jog Another Block because exercise stimulates circulation and blood flow, which ultimately may stimulate hair growth.
Although Dr. Ordon from The Doctors also recommended Propecia and Rogaine to combat hair loss, in my experience, these result in minimal hair growth, if any. We have new technologies here at Dr. Chernoff and Associates that are far better than the old, visible hair plugs, and certainly better than extensions, wigs and toupees, which require expensive maintenance and almost never look natural. For the same or less investment, you can enjoy your own hair and never worry about the wind blowing or being in the pool or at the beach. Not to mention the cost! Did you know that the average hairpiece requires replacement every few years as well as regular maintenance? Consequently, over a lifetime, wearing wigs or toupees can cost somewhere between $20,000 and $40,000!
Several of the most contemporary techniques set the Chernoff Center apart. The most important aspect of successful Hair Replacement Surgery is properly planning the hairline. This requires an artistic flair as well as the surgical knowledge to properly execute the procedure.
Hair Replacement Surgery in the 21st century requires an experienced team. The team at the Chernoff Center has well over 10 years of experience in surgical hair replacement. If it’s too late for veggies to give you a luxurious head of hair, call us today for a consultation to see what we can do for you.
To your health & beauty,