Is my hair loss normal?
Some hair loss is normal- we can lose 50-100 hairs a day. Some people experience hair loss that resolves on its own, but some may need treatments to help. There are many different types of hair loss and the causes and treatments can vary. Some of the most common types of disorders resulting in hair loss are:
- Androgenetic Alopecia (also know as Hereditary Hair Loss, Male or Female Pattern Baldness) is the most common type of hair loss. Men will start to notice a receding hair line and thinning on the crown of their head. Women usually keep their hair line but will notice thinner hair and widening at their part.
- Alopecia Areata often causes hair to fall out in round patches and can occur anywhere on the body. It is believed to be a an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks its own hair.
- Telogen Effluvium is shedding of the hair. Hair follicles do not continuously grow hair but rather hair grows in phases. Anagen phase is active hair growth while telogen phase is the resting state. A hair follicle will not grow hair in the resting state. When the body is dealing with certain changes like stress, illness, diet, medicine or childbirth, more hair follicles can go into the telogen “resting” phase resulting in less hair growth.
What does hair loss indicate?
Sometimes, the first sign of disease is hair loss. Medical conditions that can cause hair loss include: anemia; thyroid disorders, vitamin deficiencies like iron, excessive intake of certain vitamins like vitamin A, ringworm and recent surgery, fever or infection.
Weight loss greater than 15 pounds can result in hair loss that usually starts 3-6 months afterwards. Hormonal changes such as childbirth, menopause, birth control pills and too much testosterone is another common cause. Certain medications affect hair loss as well.
Finally, the way we care for our hair and scalp can affect hair loss, breakage and growth. Overly processed hair (bleached, colored, permed) can increase hair loss and cause damage to the hair resulting in breaking and splitting. We should avoid heated styling tools (blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons), certain hair products and hair styles.
How can I treat hair loss?
In order to effectively treat hair loss, it is important to determine what is causing it. At Hubbell Dermatology & Aesthetics, we take a comprehensive approach. Your provider will take a detailed history as there is often more than one factor contributing to your hair loss. It is important to have your scalp and hair examined. We can evaluate laboratory values to make sure that you do not suffer from anemia, thyroid conditions, vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune & inflammatory disorders and hormone imbalances. We believe in treating any underlying disorders to optimize your health and your hair!
PRP is an advanced treatment physicians have used to help repair damaged or injured tissues in your body. This minimally invasive procedure helps initiate your system’s regenerative process by harvesting the growth factors that platelets are known to contain. One significant benefit to PRP is that you are using your body’s own natural process; there is virtually no chance of rejection or allergic reaction.
The result of the treatment is natural stimulation of growth factors moving towards the treated area. There are no known side effects of PRP, although you may occasionally experience minor swelling or pain near the injection points for a short period of time.
PRP has gained national attention recently due to the use by champion football players and professional golfers. The process is quick, essentially painless and uses your natural healing powers without drugs.