What You Always Wished You Knew About Hair Loss
We’ve all heard the urban legends about hair loss: it comes from your mother’s genes, hats cause hair loss, plucking one gray hair makes two (or three) more grow in its place. With so many “facts” swirling around, it can be tough to determine what information is true. While hair loss is a common occurrence, it’s important to understand the real causes and methods to prevent further hair loss and restore hair growth. Arming yourself with this knowledge can be the difference between a receding hairline or bald spots and a lush, voluminous head of hair.
What Causes Hair Loss?
The most common cause of hair loss is genetics, and it can affect both men and women. Anyone can inherit the genetic marker that causes baldness in men and thinning hair in women. Your genetics will also determine the age at which you are likely to begin experiencing hair loss.
Some other causes include:
- Hormonal changes: Women often experience hair loss after childbirth or during menopause. Hormonal shifts caused by thyroid conditions can also lead to hair loss.
- Medications: A side effect of many prescription drugs is hair loss. On the other hand, an excess of Vitamin A can also cause hair loss.
- Medical conditions: Cancer treatment, skin disorders, and scalp infections can all cause hair loss. Some of these are reversible, and once treated, will result in hair regrowth.
- Hair care: Treating your hair poorly can cause it to become brittle, fall out, and make it difficult to grow back.
How to Address Hair Loss
The first step in addressing hair loss (and restoring growth) is to determine the cause and address that. If the cause of your hair loss is due to medication, a medical condition, or another cause that can be reversed, it may be simple to regrow. Hormonal changes (such as that occurring after pregnancy) may just take time to regulate. In this case, hair loss may continue until the hormonal cause has resolved itself.
Unfortunately, this might not be the case if your hair loss is caused by genetics or aging. It may be necessary to address your hair loss with a more permanent hair restoration procedure.
This treatment transports your own hair into balding spots. It’s minimally invasive and is usually completed within a few hours. Because it uses your own hair, it looks much more natural than alternative options. Your final results will occur gradually over the course of a few months.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Injections of your own plasma (a component of your blood) help stimulate growth in dormant or damaged hair follicles. Your blood is extracted through a routine blood draw, and the platelets are separated out to create high concentration of growth factors that stimulate hair growth. The PRP is then injected into where hair loss is evident. The best results occur after two to three sets of injections.
A consultation with Dr. Pontell can help determine what hair loss treatment would be most beneficial for you. Please contact us today by calling 610-688-7100!