Perhaps surprising to some, August is officially, hair loss awareness month. The American Academy of Dermatology has designated the month to bring the issues of alopecia to the public. And for good reason as hair loss is actually far more common that many people realize. So, as the summer approaches and hair loss awareness month is around the corner, this article will provide a guide for everything you need to know about hair loss.
What is hair loss?
Hereditary hair loss or alopecia, is an infliction which affects around 80 million Americans. While most people think of it as an issue that affects your scalp, the reality is that it can affect your entire body. Typically you will see it with older people, particularly men, but it can affect children and women as well.
Why does it happen?
Hair loss can happen overtime or very quickly, so if you suspect it, you’ll want to speak with your doctor quickly. Typically it’s caused by hereditary male- or female-pattern baldness so it’s something to keep in mind if baldness runs in your family. Major shocks can also affect the hair growth cycle leading to hair loss, this includes things like surgery, disease and trauma.
Here are some other factors that can lead to hair loss:
- Hormone changes from things like pregnancy, childbirth or menopause
- thyroid disease
- alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles)
- scalp infections like ringworm
- Medication for issues like cancer, heart problems and heart disease.
- A diet lacking in protein and iron
How is it treated?
Fortunately, there are a number of ways that hair loss can be treated. OTC medications like creams with minoxidil have been proven effective in regrowing lost hair. There are also prescription options like finasteride and corticosteroids to slow hair loss or reduce inflammation.
Sometimes medication is not enough and medical procedures are required to effectively treat hair loss.
PRP hair restoration
This is a minimally invasive procedure that involves drawing blood from the patient, then allowing the blood to separate into its 3 basic layers: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma and red blood cells. The platelet-rich plasma is then reinjected into the affected areas and promotes the revival of miniaturized hair follicles, promoting hair regrowth and thickening existing hair.
This involves moving small sections of a patient’s skin, each with a few hairs, to bald parts of your scalp. While it can be effective, it will need to be done multiple times for full effect.
Hair loss is, unfortunately, a problem that affects people of all ages and genders across the country. For this upcoming Hair Loss Awareness month, we hope that this guide will prove useful in getting the information around hair loss out there. If you are suffering from hair loss then look no further than Beyond Beauty Medical Spa. With a track record of experience and excellence, there are no better hands you could be in.