Why Are You Losing Your Hair?
…And What To Do About It!
Why Are You Losing Your Hair? It’s a question commonly asked by middle-aged men and women – and sometimes by those older and younger. The cause could be rooted in your environment. Perhaps you’re under too much stress at work or home. More often than not, however, the reason is rooted in genetics. There isn’t much you can do to change your follicular heritage, but there are steps you can take to stop ongoing hair loss. This article will discuss both genetic and environmental causes of continuing hair loss. Next, we’ll discuss treatment options.
Why Are You Losing Your Hair?
You may suffer from male or female pattern baldness. MPB is a hereditary condition that results in a horseshoe pattern on the scalp. It’s easily recognizable by hair loss in the front and top, leaving hair around the sides and back. This condition results from genetics that makes hair follicles more sensitive to the effects of DHT (also known as the Androgenic Hormone Dihydrotesterone).
DHT can weaken hair follicles over time, eventually keeping your hair from growing altogether.
While men’s hair loss can usually be explained by male pattern baldness, the answer to Why Are You Losing Your Hair is more complicated for women.
When women lose hair, other factors are often at play. These include acne medications, oral contraceptives, blood thinners, and anti-depressants. Women suffering from ongoing hair loss should weigh the benefit of their medication against the suffering from their changing bodies.
Women also suffer more often from stress. High levels of stress encourage our bodies to release cortisol, a hormone that can negatively affect the hair growth cycle. Changing careers, having a child, or a death in the family can all contribute to this stress level – as can generalized anxiety disorder. If you feel a significant amount of stress daily, there are ways to reduce stress. Talk to your doctor to learn more.
Another common cause of hair loss is a high-protein diet. The loss of carbs and the increase of protein can result in ketosis, a state in which your body burns stored fat. This dieting method can result in both weight loss and hair loss. Once ketosis ends, your body will begin to restore your hairline naturally!
How to Restore Your Hairline
There are several solutions for ongoing hair loss, including topical treatments, orals medications, platelet-rich plasma treatments, low-level light therapy, and non-surgical hair replacement. We’ll discuss these options in detail below:
First, we’ll discuss Rogaine. This topical treatment can prevent hair loss in men and women alike. The treatment absorbs into the hair follicle cells and strengthens the root, thus producing a strong hair shaft.
Next, we’ll talk about Propecia, an oral medication for men. This medication blocks an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, which is (as we mentioned earlier) the primary cause of genetic hair loss in men.
Then, you can consider therapy treatments like low-level light therapy and platelet-rich plasma injections. Low-level light therapy uses laser devices to decrease inflammation, increase local blood flow, strengthen your hair follicles’ roots, and stimulate further growth. Platelet-rich plasma injections use your blood, spun into platelets, to improve follicle strength.
There are, of course, minimally invasive hair restoration treatments like FUE Hair Transplantation, offered at Buckhead Hair Restoration in the Greater Atlanta Area. This transplantation is long-lasting and can be repeated for dense, natural results. FUE Hair Transplantation leaves no linear scar and involves no stitches or staples. For more information, contact our office at (770)-415-8186.
Dr. Monte Slater is an expert in male and female hair loss and restoration. He is a double board-certified physician specializing in Anti-Aging and Hair Restoration. He is also a member of the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ASHRS). For more than thirty years, Dr. Slater has practiced medicine and improved the lives of his patients.
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