Losing your hair can be deeply distressing. Aside from affecting your appearance, hair loss can negatively affect your confidence level and the way you feel about yourself. If you’re suffering from, or showing early signs of losing your hair there are effective treatment options available.
Dermatologists specialize in hair loss, also known as alopecia or baldness, and can help you manage the condition by preserving the hair you currently have while possibly even regrowing lost hair.
WHY AM I LOSING MY HAIR?
On average, people lose between 50-100 hairs a day as part of the normal shedding and growth cycle. It’s perfectly normal to find hair in your hairbrush, and/or around the drain in the shower. However, when someone suffers from alopecia, the shedding and loss increases dramatically, and the hair gets thinner and finer over time.
The cause of hair loss in men and women is often multifactoral. To accurately diagnose and properly treat hair loss with a personalized plan a comprehensive consultation, including an in-depth medical history, and in some cases blood work, should be performed by a board certified dermatologist.
The primary causes of hair loss include:
Hereditary – In most cases, there is an inheritable condition known as male or female pattern baldness. It usually follows a specific pattern that is predictable and happens as a person ages.
Hormonal Changes – Many conditions, including stress, can negatively affect hormones and in turn cause temporary or permanent hair loss. For females, pregnancy and menopause are two of the main culprits for hormonal alopecia.
Medical Conditions – Thyroid conditions and infections can cause increased shedding and baldness.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS+ SYMPTOMS?
Signs of hair loss present in different forms and vary with each individual. Some of the most common symptoms of hair loss include:
Thinning – Hair thinning is one of the most common symptoms that affect both genders. For men, hair may start to recede on the forehead. Women often will notice a widening of the part, while the hairline stays normal.
Patchy Bald Spots – In some cases, people may experience smooth bald spots. Most of the time, this occurs only around the scalp area, but it may also happen in eyebrows and beards.
Loosening of the Hair – Having a physical trauma or an emotional shock can cause someone’s hair to loosen. As you brush, wash, or gently tug on your hair, you might pull out a handful of strands.
WHAT TYPES OF TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
In addition to hair transplant surgery, which can be expensive and involve downtime, there are a number of non-surgical treatments that many find effective, less costly and easier to manage which include medication, nutritional supplements, and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections.
PRP is a promising new hair loss treatment for women and men to regrow and thicken hair without surgery. PRP works by injecting platelets from your own blood directly into the scalp. These platelets contain growth factors that stimulate regrowth and thickening of hair follicles. This procedure is safe and ideal for patients who are experiencing any hair loss from localized thinning in the temples to diffuse or generalized hair loss. If there is no scarring of the hair follicles, patients can see results as early as a few weeks after the treatment.
During your consultation, Dr Mitchell will determine if you’re a good candidate and may recommend a combination of nutritional supplements, Minoxidil–over the counter–Rogaine with or without prescription creams and/or pills, steroid injections or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections to help stimulate hair growth and counteract future hair loss.
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