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Hair Loss

Hair loss

Hair loss (known medically as alopecia) is a condition that affects millions of Americans (both male and female) of varying ages from children to older people. While sometimes seen as an inevitable process, this disease can knock our confidence and take the joy out of life. The great news is that there are now options available to slow hair shedding and stimulate new hair growth. Talk to Doctor Roya in New York today for personalized advice.

What is hair loss?

Alopecia involves the thinning or total loss of hair, either on the head/scalp or anywhere else on the body that typically grows hair (e.g. the eyebrows). It normally develops gradually and can occur in patches or all over the affected area (known as diffuse hair loss). Humans naturally grow, shed, and re-grow hair as part of an ongoing cycle, but when the hair fails to grow back as it once did due to the shrinkage of hair follicles over time, alopecia can become a concern for many people.

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What causes hair loss?

The underlying causes of hair shedding can be manifold, and there can sometimes be multiple contributing factors. A first consultation with a professional can help identify the cause of a patient’s hair shedding, which may be one of the following:

  • Excessive brushing;
  • Hair products/treatments;
  • Hereditary hormonal changes;
  • Hormonal imbalances;
  • A disease such as diabetes or lupus;
  • Stress;
  • Thyroid issues;
  • Medications/medical treatment (e.g. chemotherapy for cancer);
  • Pregnancy;
  • Childbirth;
  • Trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling disorders).

There are also other multiple types of hair loss:

  • Alopecia areata: patchy hair shedding, where hair falls out in clumps to leave bald spots;
  • Traction alopecia: often caused by tight hairstyles that pull hair;
  • Telogen effluvium: diffuse, rapid hair shedding following a traumatic event (e.g. major weight loss)

Hair loss in men

Hair loss in men is a very prevalent condition, with some studies indicating a percentage that rises in line with a man’s age (for example, roughly 50% of men will experience some hair shedding by the age of 50). The symptoms of this phenomenon, known as male pattern baldness, typically involve a receding hairline that moves back to create a characteristic ‘M’ shape. Some men experience thinning at the crown, or a combination of the two.

Hair loss in women

While less common and culturally discussed in women, it is thought that nearly half of women undergo significant hair shedding at some point in their lives. Female pattern hair shedding tends to involve thinning hair all over, but without the receding hairline typical of male pattern baldness. Women can also experience temporary alopecia during pregnancy and childbirth.

Diagnosing hair shedding

In order to diagnose that disease and get to the root cause, the experience of professionals is needed. Dermatologists can carry out a clinical examination or a biopsy and use advanced computerized techniques to get a detailed picture of how healthy your scalp and hair are. For patients based near New York, Doctor Roya is a vastly experienced anti-aging doctor with the knowledge required to identify your problems and recommend a personalized care and management plan to treat your hair loss.

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Treatments for hair loss

There are various treatments on the market to slow it and encourage new hair growth in both men and women. These include:

  • Minoxidil (marketed as Rogaine): This topical treatment dilates blood vessels, increasing blood flow in balding scalp skin. It works best for younger men aged 18-41 who are balding centrally.
  • Finasteride (marketed as Propecia): This is a pill that acts to treat hair loss in men by blocking the body’s production of a hormone in the scalp that stops hairs from growing.
  • Spironolactone and cyproterone acetate: Tablets that are commonly prescribed to women suffering from hair shedding due to hormonal imbalances.

The importance of diet for hair growth

Eating a healthy diet is important to help promote healthy hair growth. A low-fat, high-protein diet is the way to go, and it’s also a good idea to ensure you’re getting enough iron, as anemia can cause hair loss. Iron is found in dark leafy vegetables, eggs, dates, raisins, and whole-grain cereals. Vitamin B, C, and E supplements can also encourage healthy hair growth, but too much vitamin A can have the opposite effect. If this all sounds confusing, book a consultation with Doctor Roya, an award-winning and internationally renowned physician who can put together personalized top tips for your nutrition.

Hair loss treatment: before and after

Although some forms of hair loss, such as male pattern baldness, cannot be cured per se, the rate of hair loss can be slowed, and hair can sometimes be regrown to an extent. For other types of hair shedding such as traction alopecia, the process is usually fully reversible if treated promptly. Take a look at some of the pictures below to see what hair loss treatment could do for you.

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FAQs

Depending on the cause and any underlying conditions, hair loss can be either temporary or permanent. It can be caused by hereditary/family characteristics, hormonal changes, or diseases. Alternatively, it can be a normal sign of the aging process. If you want to find out more, contact Doctor Roya today.

Hair loss can sometimes be a serious issue when it indicates a diagnosis of underlying medical conditions. For most people, hair shedding is a source of worry and anxiety that can damage their self-confidence and prevent them from enjoying life to the full. Book a consultation to start your treatment journey today.

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