What causes hair loss?
Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. This usually doesn’t cause noticeable thinning of scalp hair because new hair is growing at the same time. Hair loss occurs when this cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted, or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.
Family History of Hair Loss
The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns — a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women.
Heredity also affects the age at which you begin to lose hair, the rate of hair loss, and the extent of baldness. Pattern baldness is most common in men and can begin as early as puberty. This type of hair loss results in hair thinning and becoming soft, fine, and short.
Hormonal Changes and Medical Conditions
Hormonal Changes- Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth, or the onset of menopause. Hormone levels are also affected by the thyroid gland, so thyroid problems may cause hair loss.
Patchy Hair Loss- This type of nonscarring hair loss is called alopecia. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles causing sudden hair loss that leaves smooth, roundish bald patches on the skin.
Scalp Infections- Infections, such as ringworm, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp leading to scaly patches and hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally grows back.
Skin Disorders- Diseases that cause scarring may result in a permanent loss in the scarred areas. These conditions include lichen planus, some types of lupus, and sarcoidosis.
Hair loss can be caused by drugs used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure, and birth control. Intake of too much vitamin A can also cause hair loss.
Other Causes of Hair Loss
Radiation therapy to the head- The hair may not grow back the same as it was before.
A trigger event- Many people experience a general thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock. This type of hair loss is temporary. Examples of trigger events include sudden or excessive weight loss, a high fever, surgery, or a death in the family.
Certain hairstyles and treatments- Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair tight, such as pigtails or cornrows, can cause traction alopecia. Hot oil hair treatments and perms can cause inflammation of hair follicles that leads to hair loss. If scarring occurs, hair loss could be permanent.
What types of hair loss treatments are available at LA Laser and Skin Center?
Advanced FUE Hair Transplantation- This system restores hairlines with no surgery, no stitches, and no scarring. Unlike other transplant procedures that surgically remove a large portion of the scalp, Advanced FUE hair transplantation utilizes a gentle pneumatic extractor to delicately remove individual follicles from the donor area on the back of the head. The follicles are then implanted in areas of the scalp where balding occurs. The result is a discrete and natural hair transplant without the need for incisions of any kind.
PRP Hair Restoration- PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, refers to platelet counts in the clear liquid portion of blood that remains after red and white blood cells along with other cellular components are removed. During your PRP hair restoration procedure, we will collect a small amount of blood in a vial and place it in a centrifuge machine. This machine separates platelet rich plasma from the rest of your blood cells. The platelet-rich plasma contains natural growth factors that will activate your hair follicles to begin regrowing full, thick hair when injected into your scalp.