September is Alopecia Awareness month. Many people can have more severe forms of this condition, while others have just a small area of impact that comes and goes over time. In all situations, it can create a variety of concerns in terms of self-awareness and image.
Humans normally shed hair all year round, unlike many animals who experience specific shedding seasons. Your follicles (the tiny bulbs in the scalp that produce hair cells) go through a regular, ongoing process of hair creation and hair loss, with various follicles undergoing different stages of this process at any given moment.
Doctors refer to the active growth phase of a hair as anagen. During this phase, a new hair emerges from the follicle, pushing out any old dead hair that may still occupy it. After achieving its maximum length, the hair stops growing during a phase called catagen. In the final phase, telogen, the dead hair falls away.
Alopecia deviates from this normal pattern of hair regeneration. If you have this condition, your hair falls out faster than your scalp (or other areas of your body) can replace it, leaving the skin bald.
What Can Cause Hair Loss in Men?
Men normally lose their hair when three main factors interact: genetics, age, and hormones.
Also known as androgenetic alopecia, male-pattern baldness happens as hormone levels change over the course of a man’s life. Genetic factors also affect the likelihood of male-pattern baldness. These factors contribute to the gradual shrinkage of the tiny cavities in the skin at the base of hairs, known as scalp hair follicles. Hair grows progressively shorter and finer until no new hairs grow.
What Can Cause Hair Loss in Women?
There can be many various reasons for hair loss, but one of the most common main causes of hair loss amongst women is genetics. This can lead to conditions such as female pattern hair loss.
If you’re going through or about to enter menopause, changes in your body may also have an effect on your hair. It’s important to realize that our hair ages, and as we get older, hair naturally gets finer. It’s a totally normal part of the aging process.
3. Hormone levels
Hormone levels and imbalances can have an effect on hair as well. If you have any hormonal issues, such as thyroid related issues or a condition such as PCOS, you may experience hair loss in varying degrees. If you have a genetic predisposition to follicle sensitivity, a hormonal imbalance can affect your hair more than it would someone who does not have a predisposition.
When lacking iron and other specific vitamins, you can experience hair loss. Coupled with stress, you can experience higher degrees of shedding and loss.
Stress can play a role in women’s hair loss. Stress can raise androgen (the male hormone) levels, which then in turn can cause hair loss. Stress may also trigger scalp problems, such as dandruff, disrupt eating habits and mess with the digestive system.
What Can You Do About It?
We Grow Hair Indy offers the gold standard in hair transplantation, Multi-Unit Hair Grafting and ARTAS Robotic FUE. In this approach, the surgeon removes scalp tissue that still contains active hair follicles from the back of your head. The surgeon then grafts this tissue into the area in need of new hair. These hair transplants are permanent and we guarantee our transplant results. Our surgery center is state of the art and equipped for patient comfort. With a wide customer base from across the country, we are determined to deliver quality care from your first consultation to the relaxing tranquility rooms during recovery. At We Grow Hair Indy, our surgery center focuses on two areas of service: staying ahead with cutting-edge technology and ensuring the comfort of our patients.
We also offer non-surgical hair restoration options such as our non-surgical hair integration, or hair growth treatments including laser hair therapy (LLLT), Enhanced Plasma Therapy treatments, and Extracellular Vesicles Treatments.
No matter what type of hair loss you are facing, we have a solution for you! Hair loss can be devastating emotionally, and we understand what you are going through. When you schedule a free consultation at We Grow Hair Indy, you're meeting with a consultant who has experienced hair loss themselves. Our consultants will compassionately guide you through all of the available hair restoration options so you can decide which treatment is best suited for your needs.
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