Reasons for Hair Loss

Do you find yourself covering your thinning hair with a hat? Are your balding spots making you feel self-conscious like everyone is judging your lack of hair? Do you believe that thicker, fuller hair growth would allow you to stand out in the business world? If you are struggling with hair loss, you’re not alone. Two-thirds of men start losing their hair by the time they are 35, and 40 percent of all hair loss sufferers are women.

Hair Loss in Men

Genetics

Hair loss, especially in men, is genetic, with 95 percent of all cases resulting from androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness (MPB). MPB is the most common reason for hair loss, and it is irreversible in severe cases. While genetics may predispose you to lose your hair, factors such as stress, diet, or other medical issues can hasten the process.  

Poor Diet

Low vitamin levels or a lack of protein and iron can all contribute to hair thinning and loss. Our body’s organs work with each other, and having healthy hair requires your body to have all the necessary building blocks to keep things in balance. Chances are poor diet will not only lead to thinner hair, but it can lead to more aggressive hair loss when combined with other factors like genetics or overall health.

Medical Conditions

Men with specific medical conditions will find that they lose their hair, either from the condition itself or the necessary treatment. Thyroid disease, anemia, and chemotherapy treatments can all lead to hair loss. While there are many cases that the hair grows back after the condition is treated, it isn’t always a sure thing.

Hair Loss in Women

Genetics

Genetics plays a significant role in hair loss. Androgenic alopecia is the term for female pattern baldness, which is an inherited trait. While you may not have a receding hairline like men, female hair loss is often expressed as a widening of the part or overall thinning of the hair.

Hormones

An imbalance of hormones like estrogen and testosterone can lead to short-term or long-term hair loss. Women commonly lose hair during or following pregnancy, when they switch or stop birth control, or when they enter menopause. Many of these issues are reversible; however, some women see such significant hair loss that they require treatment to return to an attractive hair distribution.

Stress and Anxiety

Physical and emotional stress can cause your body to start shedding hair because there has been an alteration to the hair growth cycle. A traumatic event can shock your body into the shedding phase earlier, or for more extended periods of time than normal. While this hair usually grows back, some women may find that treatments help the hair return to a more natural volume faster.

Dr. Pontell strives to provide his patients with all the treatments possible to help them achieve their aesthetic goals. If you are suffering from hair loss, we have a treatment designed especially for you. You can browse our hair loss treatments, such as SmartGraft™ or PRP injections. For a personal hair loss consultation, call our office at 610-688-7100.