Hair Loss Treatment Brownwood, TX
Hair Loss Causes & Solutions
Hair loss is a common problem these days and no single factor can be attributed to it. Hair loss afflicts millions of people—and not just men, though their hair loss is often the most noticeable. Most women, too, experience some degree of hair loss as they grow older. The causes of hair loss are several and vary from person to person. Creative Image Laser Solutions in Brownwood, Texas will help get your hair, and confidence back. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for hair loss treatments.
The causes of hair loss can be broadly divided into two groups. One is a temporary effect and the other involves a prolonged action, usually involving genetics. In most cases when the hair loss is temporary it can be cured by medications and treatments. In contrast, long-term (prolonged) hair loss may require long-term treatment, and sometimes, surgery such as hair transplantation may be required.
Hormonal imbalance can play a major role in temporary hair loss and can have a severe impact. Some of the common causes of hair loss diseases are Hormonal Imbalances, Inadequate Diet, and Medical Illnesses.
In men, hormonal imbalance is one of the major causes of hair loss. The male hormone that causes severe hair loss is testosterone. The enzyme, 5 alpha-reductase, which is present in the hair follicles converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The DHT is the most potent androgen that promotes androgenetic alopecia – the common pattern of male baldness or premature hair loss.
Hair Loss in Women
Hair loss in women is often difficult to diagnose and can be caused by many factors, including alopecia areata, hormone imbalances, menopause, dietary protein, and amino acid deficiency, intestinal parasites, damage from hair treatments, and stress. Imbalance in thyroid hormones is one of the more common causes of sudden hair loss in women. When the thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, the hair may fall out. The hair follicles are particularly sensitive to concentrations of thyroid gland derived hormones. Thyroid hormones have a large influence on the cellular metabolism of scalp proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and minerals. The cells of the hair matrix, due to their high degree of metabolic activity, are most profoundly influenced by the deficiency or excess of thyroid hormones.
Women reaching the menopausal age can experience hair loss which is believed to be linked to hormonal changes. To learn more about the treating hair loss related to menopause, visit our blog that discusses hormone replacement therapy.
Hair loss due to a hormonal imbalance is also largely seen in women during pregnancy. During pregnancy, there is a high level of estrogen hormones, but after childbirth, there is a rapid fall in the estrogen level and a large number of hair follicles fall out. Sometimes, hair loss in women is observed during the post-pregnancy period. Childbirth almost always causes some degree of temporary hair loss, sometimes occurring after a delay of a few months. Long-term hair loss after pregnancy may indicate the presence of a hormonal imbalance in the body.
Nutrition & Diet
Nutrition also has an impact on hair loss and takes on many forms of over and under the absorption of various nutrients. American’s high-fat, high-animal protein, and high-salt diet damages the kidneys and creates acidic blood, thereby leading to hair loss. Also, the typical American diet is also usually low in vitamins and sometimes can either be under or over absorbed by an individual. Poor appetite, digestion, and poor absorption are also experienced by adults with zinc deficiency, and even taking too large amounts of vitamins such as Vitamin A over long periods can be toxic to the body. Some people take up crash diets in order to achieve rapid weight loss that is low in protein, vitamins, and minerals and may lead to malnutrition. Other people are prone to abnormal eating habits leading to an unhealthy diet.
When there is a lack of nutrients being absorbed or consumed, the body will naturally try to economize by shifting growing hairs into the resting phase. As hair is made up of keratin, a form of protein, and requires several minerals and protein to make the hair, during the protein scarcity period, the hair fibers are forcibly sent into a resting phase, and hair shedding occurs after a period of time. But the condition can be reversed and prevented by eating a properly nutritious diet.
Illnesses can also cause hair loss. High fever, severe infection, or flu are some of the serious illnesses that may cause the hair follicles to enter a resting phase as well. Some cancer treatments also prevent the dividing of hair follicle cells and as a result, the growth of the hair fiber is stopped and the hair becomes thin, breaks off and gradually hair loss occurs. This hair loss starts within 1-3 weeks after the beginning of the chemotherapy treatment and patients can lose upwards of 90% of their hair. Other medical conditions can be fungus, gastrointestinal problems, or other types of dermatological disorders that may result in hair loss.
There are also natural reasons for hair loss such as improper hair care that result in severe hair loss diseases like traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is a condition in which the hair fibers are pulled out from the hair follicle by a hairstyle that pulls on the roots of the hair fibers. Sometimes the strong chemicals that are used in hair treatments are kept on the hair for a longer period than they should be.
Hair Loss Treatments
So if you are experiencing hair loss, baldness, or thinning hair, always remember, many of the causes of hair loss are temporary and can be prevented with the right measures and proper care. Our approach to hair loss is multi-factorial, we take into effect nutrition, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle issues, and your past medical history in addressing the issue. Hormonal panels are typically performed and a natural balancing of your hormones is prescribed if needed as well as recommendations for diet and nutritional products to reverse thinning or premature hair loss. Our staff in Brownwood, Texas understands that hair loss is multifaceted and will address these factors in a variety of treatment protocols. Most hair loss is avoidable, so give yourself peace of mind that you have pursued all avenues in reversing your hair loss concerns.
Hair Loss Treatment FAQs
What are some of the options I have for hair loss treatment?
You’ve heard the ads and infomercials touting the latest scheme for regrowing hair and ending thinning. Here’s the reality. Let’s walk through the available options.
- Minoxidil — Minoxidil is the only over-the-counter medication for hair loss approved by the FDA for use by both men and women. It won’t return hair to areas it has left, but it will slow hair loss. Brand names are Rogaine and Theroxidil. These products, and the generic form, work for about two-thirds of men and women. They are most effective when the patient is under age 40 and has just begun to lose his or her hair.
- Finasteride — Finasteride is a prescription oral tablet used to treat male pattern hair loss. The brand name is Propecia. Also prescribed to treat an enlarged prostate, finasteride works by decreasing the amount of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in your body. DHT normally causes the prostate gland to grow larger, but the decrease also leads to increased hair growth and decreased hair loss. Finasteride doesn’t affect hair growth on other parts of the body.
- Anti-Androgen Therapy — Androgens include testosterone and other male hormones. These can accelerate hair loss in women. Some women who don’t respond to minoxidil may benefit from the addition of the anti-androgen drug spironolactone for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as female pattern hair loss.
- Hair Transplant Surgery — There are two types of hair transplant surgery, the strip method, and follicular unit extraction. In the strip harvesting method, a strip of hair is taken from the back of the scalp where the hair is usually not affected by male pattern baldness. Then follicular units containing from 1 to 4 hairs are extracted from the strip. These follicular units are then transplanted to the areas of the upper scalp where the hair is thinning.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a newer method where a handpiece with a punch-like tip removes one hair or a group of hairs, a follicular unit, using suction, and slight pressure. The follicular units are then stored in the handpiece until enough have been harvested. The harvested follicular units are then transplanted with the same handpiece into the thinning areas. Unlike strip harvesting, in FUE there is no large excision of skin on the back of the scalp. FUE instead takes the individual follicular units.
Does hair transplantation result in permanently growing hair?
Unlike creams and other topical products, which basically seek to keep hair follicles from entering the dormant phase, FUE and strip hair transplantation take actual growing follicular units and move them to where they are needed. By taking units of 1 to 4 hairs from the back of the scalp, where they are not susceptible to male pattern baldness, these follicular units are still producing healthy, growing hair. In either method, the follicular units are harvested and then transplanted to thinning areas of hair. Once these follicular units settle down from the trauma of transplantation, they return to the growth phase of the hair growth cycle and start growing hair. This returns actual hair growth to areas that have been experiencing hair loss.
Will hair transplant surgery restore my original hair density?
Normal hair density in individuals not suffering from hair loss is around 80-100 follicular units per square centimeter of scalp. Thinning is not visually obvious until approximately 50% of the native density has been shed. Transplanting at this stage of 45-55 follicular units per square centimeter would be sufficient.
You could think that implanting at densities of 80-100 follicular units per square centimeter (normal hair density) would be the way to go. But that is not necessary, and it wastes hair units, of which there is a finite supply. Plus, implanting at this density can overwhelm the blood supply and cause shock loss in the surrounding native hairs.
For that reason, hair transplant density is usually somewhat less than normal hair density.
Can laser technology help with hair loss?
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is another method for helping to stem hair loss. This is also referred to as red light therapy and cold laser therapy. Low-level lasers don’t get hot, so they don’t hurt or burn tissue. They irradiate photons into scalp tissues, which boosts blood flow to the hair roots, bringing nutrients and energy that the hairs need to grow. LLLT seems to encourage more hair follicles to grow, speed up how fast cells reproduce or improve the cell function.
Low-level laser treatments are usually delivered by a small helmet that fits under a baseball cap.
Is there a relationship between hair loss in women and menopause?
Two things can happen to a woman’s hair during menopause. First, and certainly unwelcome, is the growth of new hair where you didn’t have it before, such as the chin. Second, the hair you have will begin to thin. It’s thought that both of these changes in hair growth are due to changing hormone levels during menopause. Estrogen and progesterone levels fall, meaning that the effects of the androgens (male hormones) are increased. This is the reason for new hair in odd places.
The aging process often causes female-pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. This type of hair loss can worsen with the hormone changes of menopause. Unlike male-pattern hair loss, which occurs usually on the front crown of the head, female-pattern hair loss begins along the part in the center.
During and after menopause, hair might become finer because the hair follicles shrink. When this happens, hair grows more slowly and falls out more easily.
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