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Dr. Leonard Shares Top 5 Tips to Recognize Hair Loss This New Year

CRANSTON, Rhode Island – Dr. Robert Leonard, chief surgeon and founder of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, is urging everyone to resolve to stop hair loss in 2012 by learning the signs of clinical hair loss.

“By the time someone realizes they are losing their hair, half of their hair has already fallen out,” said Dr. Leonard, who operates seven offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. “If you recognize hair loss early on, steps can be taken to stop it, ensuring a full head of healthy hair for years to come.”

According to Dr. Leonard, 50 million men suffer from male pattern baldness and 30 million women suffer from female pattern hair loss. Dr. Leonard shares these five tips to recognize hair loss:

1. You lose more than 100 hairs every day.
Shedding hair is normal, but if you find more than 100 hairs in your shower drain, on your towel, or in your brush every day, you may have clinical hair loss.

2. You can see the contour of your skull in the rearview mirror.
Check yourself out in the rearview mirror the next time you slide into the driver’s seat. If you can see the contour of your head through your hair, you probably have clinical hair loss.

3. You are beginning to get sunburns on your scalp.
Did you get a sunburn on your scalp for the first time last year? If your hair is thick enough, it will protect your scalp from the sun. But, as it thins, your scalp becomes exposed, meaning sunburn could be a sign of clinical hair loss.

4. You are trying new hairstyles to find a fuller look.
Have you tried a new hair style in hopes of finding a fuller look? From the infamous comb-over, to coloring the scalp, people will try just about anything to create the illusion of thicker hair. If you’ve started to employ some of these tricks, then you probably have clinical hair loss.

5. Your family and friends think you are losing your hair.
Your friends and family will often notice your hair loss before you. However, they will sometimes comment on your thinning hair at an embarrassing time, such as a holiday party. Instead of becoming upset, use these comments as motivation to be checked out for clinical hair loss.

There are several treatment options for anyone who is diagnosed with clinical hair loss, including Propecia®, Rogaine Foam®, Low-Level Laser Therapy, and Hair Transplantation Surgery.

Dr. Leonard is also the only hair restoration surgeon in New England to use NeoGraftTM, a revolutionary Follicular Unit Excision technique which automates the surgery to provide patients with a more efficient, less traumatic harvest of donor hair.

“Just like other medical treatments, hair restoration techniques have dramatically evolved since I entered the field 25 years ago,” said Dr. Leonard. “The results are more natural looking than ever, which is why I encourage anyone who believes they are losing their hair to consult a medically-trained hair loss specialist.”