Randa has always been proud of her thick, dark hair and considers it to be her best feature. At the age of thirty-four, she began to notice that her hair was gradually falling out. While hair loss runs in her family, Randa never expected to see the effects this soon in her life.
Hair loss is often associated with old age. Still, nearly half of the United States population will experience hair loss by their forties. When faced with this problem early in life, many lose confidence in their appearance and attempt to hide the loss of hair rather than seeking treatment. Without the help of a professional, home remedies often do very little to improve hair growth and can even further hinder it. Store-bought products that claim to restore hair are also mostly ineffective.
The First Step
Hair loss has a number of causes for both men and women. To get started on the path of effective treatment, it is most important to talk to a dermatologist and uncover the root cause. A doctor can rule out any underlying causes and direct you toward the proper treatment. A tailored treatment based on factors in your life that may be contributing to this hair loss.
Male or female pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia) is the most common reason for the loss of hair or thinning hair in middle-aged individuals. However, underlying issues such as hormonal imbalances, medication side effects, stress, diet, or autoimmune diseases can contribute to the loss of hair in large clumps at a time. Receiving the incorrect treatment for a problem causing hair loss may worsen the situation, which is why the first step is vital.
If an underlying issue has proven to be the cause of hair loss, your doctor will likely prescribe medication or direct you toward healthier habits that will cease the hair loss over time. Those who experience androgenic alopecia learn quickly that few medications have a consistent success rate. Fortunately, there are a variety of alternatives that either help to regrow hair or replace it.
Procedures such as laser hair therapy, the use of low-level lasers to stimulate blood flow, can stimulate hair growth in thinning or balding areas. They require multiple follow up treatments but have seen positive results among a wide range of patients. Another treatment that promotes real hair growth is a hair transplant. This is also the most common among methods treating androgenic alopecia. If surgery or laser therapy is out of the question, there are even more hair replacement options that create a compelling illusion of thicker and fuller hair. Examples of these methods include Graftique and folligraft, two choices that include the use of a mesh cap and donor hair to fill in for bald or thinning spots.
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