Hair loss occurs in both men and women. In both cases, it may be predetermined by genetic factors and the aging process. But what are the possible causes or issues that may affect your ability to keep a thick head of hair?
Male Pattern Hair Loss
The vast majority of male pattern hair loss is caused by a hereditary susceptibility to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT attacks the male hair follicles, breaking them down, causing miniaturisation, hair thinning and loss.
Both emotional and physical distress can cause hormonal changes that can be responsible for balding. Diseases like thyroid imbalances can result in abnormal body processes, eventually causing hair to thin. Nervous habits like pulling, twisting or rubbing your hair can be responsible for hair loss.
Use of Harsh Chemicals on the Head
Some products used on your hair might be too strong for some hair types thus causing the hair to weaken. It is always advisable to check the components of hair products and do a strand test before use to protect your hair from damage.
Too Much Vitamin A
While vitamin A is an important part of a healthy and balanced diet, too much Vitamin A can halt healthy hair growth. An excess of vitamin A can cause hair follicles to go into overdrive. Your hair can reach the end of its growth phase too quickly and fall out.
Lack of Protein
If your body does not get enough protein intake, it rations the already available proteins in the body. This process inhibits hair growth, which can happen in as little as two months after the reduced protein intake.
Scalp Skin Conditions
An unhealthy scalp inhibits hair growth. Some of the common scalp conditions that are risk factors for hair loss include psoriasis, fungal infections and seborrheic dermatitis, commonly known as dandruff. These conditions can cause the scalp to shed off skin which comes off with strands of hair.
What Are Your Hair Restoration Options?
Whatever the reason for your hair loss, the condition can be reversed for patients who wish to retain their hair. At Melbourne Hair Transplant Clinic, we offer a range of treatments to restore your hairline.
Use Hair Cycle Products
Hair Cycle is a range of hair restoration products which accelerate the healing process, encourages healthy hair growth, and prevents further hair loss. They are used either alone or to support healing and recovery following an FUE hair transplant. The range includes Shampoo, Conditioner, WNT Act Hair Spray, Post-Surgical Gel, Root Volumizing Hairspray, Post Biotin Spray, and Texture Gel.
FUE Hair Transplant
Follicular Unit ExtractionFollicular Unit Extraction (or FUE) works by removing individual grafts/hair follicles, known as follicular units. Once removed from the donor area of the head (often the back of the scalp which may be unaffected by hair loss), the follicles are implanted into the recipient area, (either the frontal hair line, left and right temporal areas, the central vertex or crown area), which requires restoring. The follicles are placed at the perfect angle, so they grow in the same direction as the rest of the hair.
Medical / Drug Treatments
There are a range of medical and drug treatments which your hair transplant surgeon may prescribe, depending on the severity of your hair loss. This may include Propecia, Avodart, Rogaine, Nizoral shampoo, and others. These products have been shown to reduce hair loss in many patients, though not all. A small percentage may even see hair re-growth.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP stimulates hair growth. It decreases hair loss and increases hair volume and strength; and best of all it comes from you! It’s your own blood. PRP is also used when performing FUE hair transplant surgery to assist in the healing of the recipient area and in the growth of the transplanted grafts/follicles.
- What causes hair loss? Causes may include male pattern hair loss, stress, use of harsh chemicals/dyes on the head/hair, excessive vitamin A, lack of protein, and scalp skin conditions.
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) uses specially designed instruments to harvest donor grafts/follicles one by one and transplants them to the desired areas.
- Hair Cycle is a line of hair and scalp care products that gently cleanse your hair while promoting hair growth and retention.
- Medical and drug treatments include Propecia, Avodart, Rogaine, Nizoral shampoo, and others.
- To find out more book an appointment with hair transplant surgeon, Dr Paraskevas.