Hair loss, whether it’s thinning hair, a widening part, or a receding hairline, can take a toll on your self-esteem. That’s why Dr. Stuart Kauffman, at PRP in Philadelphia, offers hair restoration treatments to restore hair growth and help you feel confident again.
But not all hair loss is equal. Below, we share five surprising facts about hair loss, what causes it, and how it’s treated.
1. There are many different types of hair loss
Hair loss is often associated with aging, but the reality is that there are many different types of hair loss, including:
- Male pattern baldness
- Female pattern baldness
- Traction alopecia, caused by too-tight hairstyles
- Telogen effluvium
- Anagen effluvium, caused by medication
- Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss
- Tinea capitis, caused by ringworm infections on your scalp
The first step in restoring hair growth is to determine which type of hair loss you have, because they are all treated differently.
2. The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia refers to both male and female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss is hereditary, and affects 30 million women and 50 million men in America.
3. Some types of hair loss are reversible
Certain types of hair loss are reversible, another key reason why it’s so important to first determine what’s at the root of your hair loss. Thyroid imbalance, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalance (including postpartum hair loss), and iron deficiency all contribute to hair loss that is reversible.
Once the underlying cause 一 whether that’s an iron deficiency or imbalanced hormones 一 is addressed, your hair may start to grow thicker and fuller once again.
4. Hair loss affects confidence levels
Although hair loss is common, it’s no less distressing when you start to notice thinning hair. Because hair loss is culturally associated with youth, vitality, and beauty, hair loss can lead to psychological effects such as feelings of sadness, frustration, and even embarrassment. For some, this can lead to a dip in self-confidence.
5. Hair loss can be treated
The good news is that most hair loss can be treated, although treatments vary depending on the cause of your hair loss. Potential treatment may include:
- Supplements to address vitamin deficiencies
- Hormone replacement therapy
- PRP treatments
- Choosing different hairstyles to reduce traction alopecia
You can also protect your hair by using high-quality shampoo, using conditioners and hair masks, brushing your hair before your shower, eating a balanced diet, and taking care of the skin on your scalp.
How does hormone replacement and PRP therapy help with hair loss?
Hormone replacement is a personalized treatment that addresses your specific hormonal needs. Creams, patches, pills, pellets, or gels deliver the just-right-for-you amount of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, or adrenal hormones.
Not only does this help restore your hair growth, but hormone replacement therapy also addresses other symptoms related to hormonal issues.
PRP therapy works in a different way. PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma, is a compound derived from your own blood. Platelets are rich in healing and growth factors and stimulate hair growth on your scalp.
PRP serum is injected into your scalp where it can penetrate. There’s no need for incisions, hair transplants, or topical medicated creams. PRP is made from your own blood, so there are no synthetic additives required.
If you’re noticing thinning hair, you don’t need to wait for it to get worse before you take action. To learn more about PRP hair restoration and/or hormone replacement in our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office, schedule your hair restoration consultation today. Call our office or request an appointment online.