Hair loss and thinning is caused by many factors including genetics, aging, poor diet and certain medical conditions. Natural hair loss isn’t a dangerous condition but it can make you feel self conscious. Luckily, there are inexpensive, safe, effective and non-invasive methods to combat this problem.
We are currently the only center providing non-surgical hair restoration services within the larger Columbus area. We highly encourage you to visit our facility for a hair analysis to help determine what is causing your hair loss and how to remedy it. We use different strategies to treat all patients based on what is causing the hair loss and design customized treatments that are tailor made to suit each individual.
We often recommend that patients come in sooner rather than later. It is not idyllic to wait until all the hair follicles have been lost or after you have become completely bald. There is a need to understand that hair transplants also come with a set of disadvantages.
Early hair loss treatment can have a significant impact on its effectiveness. Our approach allows us to examine and understand what is causing the hair loss. It also helps us determine whether you have any other hair related issues. Once the evaluation is complete, we determine which course of treatments are best for your individual needs.
It is vital to point out that the total number of hair follicles on your head is determined when you are born. Hair does, however, thicken during puberty. New hair is not grown at this stage, but rather, hormones begin changing the texture of the hair. Hair naturally starts to fall after growing consistently for 3 and 5 years. New hair then begins growing in the old spots within 3 months.
As such, hair can be said to repeat the growth cycles of regression and relaxation. It is estimated that Caucasians have, on average, between 100,000 and 150,000 hairs. Of these, there are about 100 hairs that fall each day, with a similar number growing in their place. This, therefore, assists in maintaining the hair balance.
Hair loss can be attributed to various factors that include:
• Unhealthy hair treatments
• Increased stress levels in the body
• Alopecia areata
• Side effects associated with medication
• Poor nutrition
• Medical treatment
Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness is a condition that is mainly caused by testosterone. When the hormone chemical levels change due to skin enzymes, they become more potent and result in the hormone known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone).
It is a condition that is mainly caused by testosterone, the male hormone. When these hormone chemical levels get changed by skin enzymes, they tend to become more potent, resulting in a hormone known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This is considered to be the leading cause of hair loss among the men.
The condition is mainly related to male sex hormones and their genes. It will often follow a particular pattern that begins with a receding hairline, as well as thinning of hair around the crown. Given that each hair has its own follicle, it can be said that baldness will set in once the follicles have started to shrink.
Common Female Hair Loss Conditions
Hereditary Hair Loss
Androgenetic alopecia is the term used to refer to genetic hair loss. It is the leading cause according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The gene is inherited from either parent, although it mainly occurs if both parents suffer from hair loss. Women with the condition express symptoms like thinning hair in the regions behind their bangs. It is a condition that starts to develop when a woman is in her early 20’s. Women whose mothers have had this pattern of thinning in their hairs are likely to be more vulnerable to it. In some instances, their hair loss could start diffusing, and may end up covering their whole scalp.
Millions of people across the globe suffer from this condition, with a large percentage of this group being women. The thyroid hormone is responsible for your moods, heart rate, and metabolism. When your body is producing too little of this hormone, you are said to be suffering from hypothyroidism.
When the reverse occurs, one is said to have hyperthyroidism, which can also be termed as an overactive thyroid. The hormone is responsible for hair growth, as well as your basal metabolic rate and not forgetting your nail growth. When you are unable to manufacture enough, you are likely to start noticing changes in your body functions.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune condition where the immune system starts to attack the healthy tissues. It is a disease affecting close to 1.5 million people, and mainly targets women that are in their childbearing years. Its symptoms include swollen joints, oral ulcers, headaches, and extreme fatigue. It is also common for people with lupus to experience mild to severe hair loss.
Women that normally suffer from heavy menstruation and who consume low levels of iron-rich food are prone to suffer from iron deficiency. It is a condition characterized by the lack of red blood cells in the blood. These are the same cells that are responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body. Its primary symptoms include pale skin, weakness, extreme fatigue, and of course hair loss.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
It is estimated that close to 5 million women in the United States alone have PCOS. It begins at an early age, sometimes as early as 11 years of age, and comes about when you have a hormonal imbalance characterized by the overproduction of male hormones. The condition’s symptoms include hair loss, facial hair, irregular periods and has also been known to cause infertility.
Scalp Skin Conditions
Unhealthy scalps cause skin inflammation which makes it difficult for hair to grow. Some scalp conditions that cause the inflammation include Seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis and fungal infections. Symptoms of these conditions include a scaly and flaky scalp and excessive oil.
This is an autoimmune disorder where your immune system begins attacking hair follicles. Alopecia Areata affects close to 4.7 million people in the US and is common in both men and women. Although the cause of Alopecia Areata is not yet known, it is believed that it is primarily caused by illness or stress. Symptoms include total hair loss on your head, the formation of bald patches on the legs, and in some cases total baldness.
Traction Hair Loss
Excessive drying, styling, and shampooing have also been known to harm the hair. Chemicals and heat weaken your hair follicles, and this, in turn, causes hair to fall or break. Normally, the damage is caused by a combination of different treatments like blow drying, heat styling and coloring.