Hair loss can be extremely stressful both for men and for women as it can have psychological and emotional effects. Although the most common cause of hair loss is genetic, there are other less common causes that can be problematic. Once hair loss begins, understanding the underlying cause of hair loss can lead to the best treatment options. A hair restoration specialist should make a diagnosis for the cause of hair loss and take great care to design a treatment program that will create the optimal results for patients. The following are some of the most common causes of hair loss other than genetic androgenic alopecia.
Traction Alopecia-- This kind of hair loss is caused by braiding, tight ponytails, hot combing, excessive blow drying with tight rollers, and hair extensions. It is essential to know that pulling the hair tightly can damage the follicles and cause permanent hair loss. To avoid traction hair loss, one should avoid any pulling of hair in any way. Once the hair follicle is damaged, there are no treatment options other than hair transplant.
Alopecia Areata-- The exact cause of hair loss is unknown but it could be related to certain autoimmune diseases such as Diabetes mellitus, Thyroid and Graves disease and Addisons' disease. This usually resolves by itself and there are no specific treatments. However sometimes intra-steroid injections, oral prednisone, zinc supplements and UV light may help. Usually the hair regrows back after a few months but relapse could happen by any kind of emotional distress.
Endocrine Disorders--This kind of hair loss is caused by hypo and hyperthyroidism, and hypopituitarism. To find out if endocrine disorder is the cause for ones' hair loss, a patient should see an endocrinologist and a thorough blood panel should be done. Once it is established, the underlying causes should be diagnosed and treated properly.
Nutritional Deficiencies--This kind of hair loss is caused by iron and protein deficiency. A sudden weight loss of more than 20 pounds, malnutrition or anorexia nervosa can cause hair loss. An evaluation by a nutritionist and a psychologist is essential to find the underlying cause for mal-nutrition and weight loss and proper treatment should be applied.
Various Medications--It should be noted that certain anticancer medications can cause hair loss.
Chemical Products--Any type of chemical products that are used as straightener, relaxer, and perm can be the cause of hair loss. These products should not be used in general, but if one chooses to use them it should be with utmost care and caution.
Hair transplant surgery can be performed in some instances for the above caused hair loss, however in most cases the underlying cause of the hair loss should be established to find the best treatment option.
Dr. Meshkin is honored to be recognized as a designated long standing member of ISHRS by his peers and also be certified diplomat by ABHRS for his knowledge and skill as a specialized hair restoration surgeon. He has specialized in hair restoration for the past 30 years and has offices in Newport Beach and Los Angeles areas. He offers hair restoration consultations at his offices in Los Angeles and Newport Beach. To find out more about your hair loss, visit one of Dr. Meshkin's FUE hair transplant and FUT hair restoration clinics in Los Angeles and Newport Beach locations. Dr. Meshkin will use the latest techniques to make his evaluation and see if you can benefit from hair restoration procedure or any other medical hair treatments. If you are a good candidate, Dr. Meshkin gives the best hair restoration recommendations customized to your needs and concerns.
If you are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning you can contact us at (949) 219-0027 to schedule for a consultation or visit our website at www.meshkinmedical.com.
If you are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning you can contact us at (949) 219-0027 to schedule for a consultation or visit our website at www.MeshkinMedical.com