Hair loss is a common concern that affects both men and women, but often in different ways and for different reasons. Understanding the nuances of hair loss can aid in finding the right solutions to treat and manage hair loss or thinning hair.

Causes of Hair Loss

The predominant cause of hair loss is genetics. In men, this is known as male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia, which is influenced by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT affects hair follicles by shrinking them over time, leading to thinner hair and eventual hair loss. Women can also experience a similar pattern of hair thinning, known as female pattern hair loss, which tends to be more diffused across the scalp.

Other common causes of hair loss include:

  • Hormonal Changes: For women, pregnancy, menopause, and thyroid problems are significant factors that can cause temporary or permanent hair loss.
  • Medical Conditions: Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that attacks hair follicles, affects both men and women. Scalp infections and diseases such as lupus also contribute to hair loss.
  • Medications: Drugs used to treat arthritis, depression, heart problems, and high blood pressure can cause hair loss as a side effect.
  • Nutritional Deficiencies: Lack of riboflavin, biotin, folate, and vitamin B12 have been associated with hair loss or hair thinning.
  • Stress: Emotional stress can trigger significant hair loss known as telogen effluvium.

Differences in Hair Loss Between Men and Women

Hair loss in men typically starts with a receding hairline and thinning at the crown, eventually leading to baldness. In contrast, women generally experience a broad thinning over the entire scalp, with the hairline usually intact.

Women are more likely to experience temporary hair loss due to hormonal changes (such as pregnancy or menopause) and stress. Men, on the other hand, more commonly experience permanent balding due to genetic factors.

Solutions for Hair Loss

Advances in treatment options have made hair loss manageable and, in some cases, reversible. Here are some effective treatments:

  • Medications: Minoxidil (over-the-counter) and Finasteride (prescription) are FDA-approved for treating hair loss in men, with Minoxidil also approved for women. 
    • Did you know that Rogaine (Minoxidil) for Men is more concentrated than Rogaine for women, and costs less?
  • Hair Transplant Surgery is a permanent solution for hair loss in which hair follicles are transplanted from one part of the scalp to another.
  • Supplements: Biotin, Viviscal, and other nutritional supplements can support hair health, though their effectiveness may vary.
    • Did you know that Biotin has been known to produce false levels in lab results? Most commonly occurring in thyroid function tests.
  • PRP Injections: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves injecting the scalp with a concentration of the patient’s own platelets to stimulate hair growth.
  • Microneedling with Growth Factors: This treatment combines microneedling with the application of a growth factor solutions to promote scalp health and hair growth.
  • Home Hair Products and Systems: Specially formulated products such as shampoos, conditioners, topical serums, and home care kits can help manage hair loss and maintain scalp health. However, not all are created equal. Shop smart.

While hair loss can be distressing, understanding the underlying causes and exploring solutions can provide hope and improve outcomes. Whether experiencing early signs of hair thinning or dealing with more advanced hair loss, numerous strategies can help manage this common condition. Consulting with a healthcare professional is recommended to tailor treatments to your specific needs safely and effectively.

What treatments do you offer at Egrari's?

Because our hair loss treatments are non-surgical, we perform the following at Egrari Non Invasive Center:

Please note that these treatments can only treat or improve early stages of hair loss or thinning. To find out if you are a candidate for our hair restoration treatments, schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our providers here or call our office at 425.827.7878

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