Hair loss typically doesn’t always cause noticeable thinning of scalp hair because we have new hair growing in at the same time! We lose around 100 hairs per day! Growth and shedding being disrupted causes hair loss as well as the hair follicles being destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.
Hair loss may be related to one of the following:
- Heredity is one of the most common causes of hair loss. A hereditary condition called male-pattern or female-pattern baldness typically occurs in predictable patterns and comes with aging, causing thinning hair in women and bald spots and receding hairlines in men.
- Medications and supplements may also cause side effects such as hair loss. Certain medications used for arthritis, cancer, heart problems and high blood pressure may cause hair loss.
- Hormonal changes such pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and conditions such as thyroid problems can also cause temporary or permanent hair loss.
- Some people experience temporary thinning of hair several months after emotional shock or very stressful events.
- Any excessive hairstyles or hairstyling that cause inflammation or pull on your hair such as hot oil hair treatments or pigtails may cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. If scarring has occurred, hair loss could be permanent.
Preventing hair loss:
- Baldness caused by genetics is not preventable.
- Avoiding compulsive twisting, pulling or rubbing your hair.
- Smoking has been shown to be associated with baldness in men.
- Protecting your hair from excessive UV light.
- Using a wide-toothed comb to gently remove tangles.
- Cooling caps may be used by patients being treated with chemotherapy, reducing risk of losing hair during the treatments.
Hair Restoration Options:
- Medications such as Rogaine and Propecia are the only FDA-approved drugs to treat pattern baldness (hair loss resulting from hereditary causes). However, only about 10% of people who use Rogaine experience hair growth. In addition, once the medications are discontinued, the results eventually go away.
- Hair grafting (transplant) is a surgical procedure where a portion of the scalp is removed, cut into smaller segments, and then transplanted onto the balding area. Several surgeries are needed and it takes 2-4 months of recovery time after each.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has been used over the last decade to help people heal from joint injuries. However, it is now an option for hair restoration as well. PRP therapy is a safe, natural treatment using a patient’s own blood, which is processed to remove the plasma that contains growth factors. PRP is injected into the areas of hair loss to repair blood vessels and stimulate hair cell growth. There is no downtime for this procedure.
LivingYoung Center has successful restored hair on both male and female patients who were experiencing hair loss, using PRP therapy.
If you’re experiencing hair loss and would like to know if you’re a candidate for PRP Hair Restoration, contact LivingYoung Center for a free consultation.