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Facts About Hair Loss

Alopecia is a relatively frequent occurrence. Although it is more common in adults, it can also affect children. Hair loss can occur gradually over time or suddenly. It could be temporary or permanent, depending on the underlying cause. Trying to figure out whether you’re losing hair or just shedding naturally? Not sure if you should see a doctor? Here, we will be discussing major facts about hair loss.

Hair Loss Reasons

It’s In Your Genes

Have you noticed if your parents experienced hair loss? If yes, then this is relatively bad news, as there is a 95% chance of you too experiencing this condition. However, you should note that it is not solely genetic, as hormones can also play a role. Androgens, or sex hormones, can cause hair loss. While both men and women have these hormones, men hair loss is much more prominent due to the hormone testosterone. This is why men are more likely than women to experience significant hair loss.

Hair Loss Can Also Be Caused by Medical Conditions

When it comes to medical conditions, the major hair loss causes aren’t the condition itself but the drugs used in its treatment. On rare occasions, drugs used in the treatment of cancer, particularly chemotherapy drugs and birth control pills, have been linked to hair loss. Hair loss can also be caused by childbirth, infections, and stress. If you notice you’ve started losing hair suddenly and you’ve just started taking a new drug or had a change in your health, consult your healthcare provider for proper treatment and diagnosis.

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There Are Two Kinds of Hair Loss

Hair loss is classified into two types of categories, namely alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia affects both sexes and is also known as male or female pattern baldness. Hair loss in men starts around the scalp and progresses to the back. This usually results in bald patches or spots on the top of the head. The process is similar in women, but the thinning throughout the scalp is typically more diffuse. Women are unlikely to develop bald spots or patches. While there are numerous treatment options, there is no cure for androgenetic alopecia.

Alopecia areata, on the other hand, is a rare autoimmune disease in which the immune system unknowingly fights hair follicles. This health condition can result in hair loss on the scalp and various other parts of the body, such as bald spots. Alopecia areata can affect anyone. Presently, no way on how to stop hair loss has been discovered and it is more difficult to treat. It can often be maintained with proper medications, and the hair may even regrow on its own at times.

Medication Can Be Used to Treat Hair Loss

The best hair loss treatment for patients with between mild and moderate hair loss is medication. Finasteride tablets and Minoxidil topical solution are two popular treatments for hair loss. They can restore lost hair on the crown and scalp while also preventing further hair loss. It is essential to note that they must be taken on a regular basis in order to be effective.

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A better Option to Consider is Hair Transplant

For individuals who are experiencing severe hair loss, taking medications might not have much effect. A better option to consider is undergoing a hair transplant. Undergoing hair transplants is considered to be a more permanent solution and with a lower cost of maintenance when compared to other treatments for hair loss. When you decide to go for a transplant, ensure you choose a place where advanced tools and procedures will be used, like microfollicular grafting techniques.

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Another Option is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are becoming increasingly common for a wide range of medical issues, from traumatic injuries to hair loss. Our patient’s own blood cells are used to speed up recovery time. Regenerative medicine, such as PRP for hair loss, can take advantage of these strengths and boost your body’s own growth factors for tissue repair.