Hair loss can occur for many reasons. Some of the most commons reasons for hair loss include.
- Androgenetic alopecia: This is the most common and affects both mend and women. It’s usually caused by a combination of genetic factors and hormone changes.
- Alopecia areata: Characterized by patches of hair loss on the scalp or other areas of the body. It’s thought to be an autoimmune condition, where the body attacks its own hair follicles.
- Telogen effluvium: Can be caused by physical or emotional stress, medications, pregnancy, and childbirth.
- Traction alopecia: If you pull or style the hair too tightly, it can damage the hair follicles and lead to hair loss.
- Scarring alopecia: This type of hair loss is caused by damage to the hair follicles that results in scarring. It can be caused by a variety of conditions, including autoimmune diseases, fungal infections, and chemical burns.
If you’re experiencing hair loss, there are a number of treatment options available. Treatment will vary depending on the cause of hair loss, and it’s important to work with your doctor or dermatologist to find the best option for you. Some common treatments for hair loss include:
- Minoxidil: This is a topical medication that’s available over the counter. It’s thought to be effective in stimulating hair growth in both men and women.
- Finasteride: This is a prescription medication that’s used to treat male pattern baldness. It is prescribed off-label for women, but it’s not clear if it is as effective.
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy: This is a treatment that involves taking a person’s own blood and separating out the platelets, which are then injected into the scalp. It’s thought to promote hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles.
- Laser therapy: This involves using a low-level laser to stimulate hair growth. The FDA has approved laser therapy for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, but it’s not clear how effective it is.
- Hair transplant: This is a surgical procedure that involves taking hair from one area of the head and transplanting it to another area. It can be effective in treating both male and female pattern baldness. The methods used for hair transplant are hair follicle extraction and hair follicle implantation. FUE is a newer hair transplant technique that doesn’t require stitches and leaves no linear scar.
If you’re concerned about hair loss, it’s important to see your doctor so they can determine the cause and recommend appropriate treatment. There are a number of effective treatments available, so there’s no need to feel hopeless or helpless. With the right treatment, you can regain your confidence and enjoy healthy, full hair. To schedule a consultation with a hair loss specialist, please call us today.