Hair loss (alopecia) occurs when your hair follicles lose the ability to generate a new hair. Shedding hair is completely natural. Everyone has about 1,000,000 hairs, 100 of which shed every day. Each hair follicle lives for about 4.5 years, growing about half an inch each month, and then falls away. Typically, a new hair takes it’s place in about 6 months, but if one doesn’t, you’re experiencing official hair loss. If you notice extreme hair loss, either in patches or throughout your scalp, get it checked by a professional as soon as possible.
What Affects Hair Loss in Men?
Men most commonly experience hair loss through aging and genetics. Most men notice balding areas by the time they’re 30 years old, and many have a distinct balding pattern by age 60. Men typically see hair loss in the form of receding hairlines, thinning around the crown of their head, and eventually bald areas. In addition to genes, male pattern baldness seems to require the presence of the male hormone testosterone. Men who do not produce testosterone (because of genetic abnormalities or castration) do not develop this pattern of baldness.
What Affects Hair Loss in Women?
Genetics, aging, and stress can cause hair loss in women, but menopause is the most common cause. When women reach menopause, their body produces more testosterone, the male hormone, which can create balding patterns even in women. They’ll most commonly see thinning diffused throughout their entire scalp and along their part, but they may also experience male hair loss patterns. Depending on the cause, such as tight hairstyles or poor nutrition, some women begin to see hair loss as early as in their twenties.
We prescribe Rogaine (minoxidil), a topical medication, for either men or women experiencing pattern baldness. You won’t see results until about 6 months after you begin using the treatment. We may prescribe Propecia (finasteride) for men. If you stop using either medication, you’ll notice the same balding patterns return.
We also offer NeoGraft® for hair transplantation, the minimally-invasive hair regeneration treatment that permanently restores your own hair follicles. We offer PRP treatments (Platelet-Rich Plasma from the patient’s own blood sample) and NeoLTS (a Photo Light Therapy System) to all hair loss patients.