What causes hair loss?
There are a wide range of causes for both temporary and permanent hair loss. Two of the most common are male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss, but hair loss can also be caused by thyroid issues, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disorders, medication side effects, nutritional deficiencies, stress, trauma to the scalp or hair, and other scalp and hair loss conditions. For more information on the various causes of hair loss, please see our hair and scalp education center.
Who can be affected by hair loss?
Though hair loss is typically thought of as an issue that mature men and women have to deal with, the truth is that because there are so many medical conditions impacting the scalp and hair, it can affect anyone at any stage of their life. Regardless of sex, age or any other factor, everyone experiencing hair loss deserves personalized treatment for stopping or reversing this condition.
What is male pattern hair loss?
Male pattern hair loss – also referred to as male pattern baldness or the technical androgenic alopecia – is one of the most common causes of hair loss. It occurs with age and can start as early as the teenage years. By the age of 50 most men will experience some degree of male pattern hair loss. This type of hair loss typically begins along the crown and in the temple areas and can gradually progress until only a thin amount of hair is left as a rim around the edge of the scalp, leaving the so-called horseshoe effect.
Male pattern hair loss is brought on by male sex hormones converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone or DHT, which kills hair follicles. However, the follicles in the ‘horseshoe’ shaped area of scalp hair are largely resistant to the effects of DHT which is why many men dealing with male pattern hair loss retain this hair. Because of the resistance of these follicles, they can be relocated to other areas of the scalp which is what makes hair transplants possible.
Male pattern hair loss is thought to be inherited, though it is not yet fully understood how. It is a myth that it is inherited from a man’s maternal grandmother.
What is female pattern hair loss?
Hair loss is often thought of as a man’s problem, but as many women unfortunately know, women are also subject to hair loss. We know that this can have a devastating effect on self-esteem, but we also know that hair loss in women can be effectively treated in most cases. There are a number of conditions that can cause female hair loss, including pregnancy and birth control, but the most common cause of hair loss in women is female pattern hair loss.
Though female pattern hair loss can start early in life, it tends to occur at a later age than male pattern hair loss begins in men. It generally manifests as a thinning effect over the entire scalp, save for the frontal hairline. Many women dealing with this condition observe that the part in their hair seems to be getting wider as the hair thins. Many women do not realize how common this condition actually is, and will choose to struggle with it in silence. There is no reason to do this. Treatment is available, safe and effective.
Can hair loss be prevented?
In some cases, eating a healthy and balanced diet can prevent hair loss associated with nutritional deficiencies. Proactive treatment for thyroid conditions or hormonal disorders may also be able to prevent some forms of hair loss. For the most part, however, slowing or stopping hair loss will require medical intervention.
How do I know if my hair loss or hair thinning requires medical treatment?
There’s a fairly simple answer to this question: is your hair loss bothering you? If it is at all, be it physically or emotionally, then it is time to seek treatment to find out your options for stopping or reversing your hair loss.
As with many medical interventions, the sooner you can seek treatment, the better it will be for your results.
What kind of hair loss treatments are available?
There is currently a wide range of both medical and surgical treatments available for hair loss and related scalp conditions, including the innovative platelet rich plasma stem cell treatment. The treatment that is right for you will depend on your medical history, current condition and diagnosis and will require a comprehensive evaluation to determine. If you are concerned with your hair loss and would like to put a stop to it, we urge you to get in touch with us today to book an appointment.