Hair loss can strike at any time – and leave us feeling self-conscious, past our prime and unlike ourselves. Learn more to find a way to fight back.
Some amount of hair loss is typical – most people shed between 50-100 hairs per day. This doesn’t cause noticeable thinning of the hair, because new hair is growing back in at the same time. This type of hair loss is usually only noticeable when you’re showering or brushing your hair.
If, on the other hand, you’re noticing much more hair loss than usual, accompanied by thinner coverage, your hair growth may be compromised. The cycle of hair growth and shedding may have been disrupted. Or, the hair follicle may have been damaged and replaced with scar tissue.
These changes are due to one or a combination of the following factors.
The most common reason for hair loss is male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. These conditions take hold gradually, with hair loss occurring in specific patterns. Men notice their hairline receding and bald spots forming. Women notice their hair thinning overall, but don’t usually experience localized hair loss.
Genetic factors also impact the age at which hair loss first begins to take hold, how quickly hair loss progresses and how much hair will be lost over time. Male-pattern baldness can begin as early as puberty.
Sudden hormonal changes or hormonal imbalances can lead to temporary hair loss. This is often related to pregnancy, childbirth or menopause. Thyroid disorders can also cause short-term hair loss, which resolves when the disorder is treated.
Drugs used to treat cancer, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure and arthritis can all lead to hair loss, as can hormonal birth control. Excessive amounts of vitamin A may also cause thinning hair. If you receive radiation therapy to the head, hair will likely regrow but may not have the same growth patterns as before therapy.
If hair loss is affecting your scalp, you owe it to yourself to learn more about available therapies that could make a difference – without surgery or downtime. Radiance Medspa offers PRP therapy to stimulate fresh growth in dormant follicles. This treatment uses injections of your own platelet rich plasma at the areas of hair loss. In the months after treatment, hair will begin gradually returning. Schedule a consultation to learn whether you are a good candidate, and what to expect from treatment.