Get Well Wednesday: How To Combat Hair Loss


Dr. William Yates started losing his hair in his early 20’s, so he understands the impact hair loss can have on one’s self-esteem and self-confidence. As a physician and surgeon in Chicago, he specializes in hair transplantation and other state of the art techniques to treat all hair types for both men and women.

People are used to seeing men with male-pattern baldness, but why is black female hair loss becoming an epidemic?

Mainly because of styling practices like tight braids, weaves and relaxing chemicals.

A lot of Black women with hair loss wear braids, wigs and weaves because they feel like they don’t have a choice. What do you say to them?

That’s fine, but when there is evidence of breakage and hair loss, their grooming patterns need to change.

What, if anything, can be done to completely stop hair loss?

Unfortunately, at present, there really isn’t anything that can completely stop hair loss. There are pills that men and some women can take that come the closest, called Propecia, but currently, there is no cure.

Does hair transplantation really work for African-American hair of all textures and how much does it cost?

Most of the time, the results of hair transplantation in African-Americans are amazing. It does not have a good track record for those who have hair loss from scarring. The average cost is $8-$10,000.

Do any of these over-the-counter products to make your hair grow back really work?

The question is: What does really work mean? Most hair products you obtain over the counter are very similar from the one next to it. What separates them usually is the color of the package or the fragrance. Depending on the ingredients, they can have the possibility of helping hair loss.

What kind of non-surgical treatments do you offer?

Medications to treat hair loss such as Propecia ; Rogaine is a topical over the counter solution; cold low-level light laser therapy ; and PRP (platelet rich plasma) and stem cell therapy all are effective depending on the cause of the hair loss. In addition to PRP being new and regenerative for hair regrowth, another revolutionary option is follicular micropigmentation where we use pigment to give the illusion of hair. The results are immediate and safe!

You’re in Chicago — how can listeners find a reputable doctor to treat black-hair issues where they live ?

Call me. Or check out my official websites HERE and HERE.

Dr. Yates answers your hair loss questions below:

What about hereditary hair loss, can this process be done?
Yes, it works best for hereditary hair loss

I’m tired of shaving my head. I don’t want hair on my head. Can you make any recommendations? Can the dead follicles be transplanted to replace healthy ones?

We transplant healthy hair follicles to areas where your hair thinned.  Some treatments can help revitalize the injured hair folllicles.  If you already wear your hair short, scalp micropigmentation might be a great solution

Do platelet rich plasma treatments work for the hair?

Yes!  We have been successful using this modality to help prevent hair loss and strengthen the hair.

Is there anything that can be done if you have alopecia?

Yes, if you have hereditary alopecia, as well as some scarring alopecia.
How does the transplant work with people who are prone to keloids?
If you actually form true keloids and not hypertrophic scars, you might not be a candidate for a hair transplant.

Will this hair transplant work on female African alopecia? And I have a friend who lost her hair due to high blood pressure medicine – will it work for her?

Yes, it works for female African alopecia. Your friend would have to be evaluated on an individual basis.

Does Karanique work on women’s hair? My doctor told me to use men’s Rogaine, will that work?

Rogaine is FDA approved for hair loss. Keranique is a cosmetic product.

How does one contact Dr Yates to make an appointment for consultation?

See above for website and contact info.

I’ve recently heard about products containing Redensyl. Are they effective for regrowing hair?
It appears to be promising.

Is it possible with locs? Or do you have to cut them out to get the procedure?

Yes, it is possible to transplant with your locs. 

My hair still grows but my hair comes out in handfuls everyday.
You should be evaluated by your local Dermatologist who specializes in hair loss

What’s a natural DHT blocker that works for women?

Saw palmetto appears to have some benefits, but the only well studied DHT blocker is a prescription called Propecia. 

Can I continue wearing my wig as the hair grows after the hair transplant?


Can you transplant from your scalp hair to your eyebrows?

Yes, it works great!

Doc, can you perm this implant hair?


Doc my whole head is bald. Could I take hair from another part of my body and add to my head?


I am 70 and have hair that is thinning in the front. I never had extensions or any of that. What would be available for me? I don’t have a big income.
A consultation to evaluate your loss is free!

Doctor what’s the difference between your process and the PRP shots?

We utilize surgery to do the hair grafts but use PRP for hair strengthening – it’s a local injection of your blood’s growth factors.

I am a 44-year-old woman whose hair is thinning. What can I look into before considering transplant?

See your local dermatologist.

I recently moved into a new house and noticed that since I’ve moved my hair is thinning. I thought it was stress. Can hard water or water with calcium buildup make you lose your hair?

It would be very uncommon.

If your hair is gray, after the transplant will it go back to its original color?

No, the gray will remain.

Does the doctor have any suggestions for edges that were taken/burnt out due to perming hair?

Yes, hair transplant works well with PRP.

Dr. William Yates has had a passion and drive for excellence his entire career. Dr. Yates graduated with a B.A. in Medical Science from Northwestern University and then received his M.D. from the 6-year Honors Program from Northwestern University in Illinois.

He completed his Surgical Internship at Howard University Hospital in Washington DC in 1986 and General Surgery Residency in 1990. In 1991, he completed his Fellowship in Critical Care/Trauma at the University of Maryland Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomat of the Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.

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