Your hair plays an essential role in your self-esteem. Unfortunately, both men and women can experience hair loss in Highland Park. No matter your gender, changes to your luscious locks can influence your confidence and how others view you. Did you know losing your hair isn’t always permanent? Depending on the underlying cause, it can be reversible. Here are 5 potential reasons your hair might be falling out.
1. Family History
Research shows as much as 25% of men will notice thinning hair before the age of 25, while 25% of women will experience it at some point as well. Although anyone can lose their hair, you can be genetically predisposed to a condition called androgenic alopecia, which causes male and female-pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually in a predictable pattern, like near the hairline along the crown of the scalp or near the temples.
2. Hormonal Changes or Medical Conditions
Your hormones are crucial to your health and wellness. Any imbalances can create a variety of issues, like weight gain, mood changes, and even hair loss. It’s a common problem during pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, which makes it reversible. Certain medical conditions can also cause patches of missing or thinning hair, like thyroid problems, ringworm, or infections of the scalp.
3. Medications and Supplements
Despite their benefits, some medications or supplements can trigger hair loss. It’s a known side effect of various medications used to treat cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, or high blood pressure. If possible, changing the medication can reverse the issue.
Stress can cause physical or emotional shock, like after a severe illness or traumatic episode. Hair loss can occur several months after the stressful event, but it will typically resolve itself as the follicles reach new growth cycles.
5. Hairstyles and Treatments
Although we all like to look our best, certain hairstyles and treatments can leave a lasting mark on your appearance. Excessive styling can make your hair fall out, called traction alopecia. It’s frequently seen in patients who wear their hair pulled tight in ponytails, pigtails, or cornrows. Using hot treatments or permanents can also be a cause of shedding more hairs than usual. Sadly, if scarring occurs, the results may not be reversible.
Radiation kills cancerous cells, but it can also harm healthy ones, too. This can include those responsible for hair growth. You might lose your hair in clumps or progressively. After stopping radiation treatments, some patients will see new growth; however, it can be permanent for others.
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About Dr. Irvin Wiesman
Dr. Irvin Wiesman is board-certified in plastic surgery and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He’s specially trained in hair loss restoration using NeoGraft. He will identify the cause and create a personalized plan to turn back the clock. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.