There are many misconceptions about gray hair, how it can be prevented and if there is any treatment available. To answer this question there needs to be an understanding about how hair turns gray and if graying is as a result of unhealthy hair. Hair gets its color from pigment called melanin that is produced by specialized cells called melanocytes in the hair follicle. The amount of melanin produced, and in what quantity is determined by genes inherited from One's parents. At some point in a person's life, the melanocytes may begin to produce less melanin, or stop producing melanin altogether. When Melanin production slows down or stops, hair begins to lose its color and the result is decreased pigmentation in gray hair or local absence of pigmentation in the White hair. Once hair starts to thin out many people wonder if gray hair can be transplanted.
When person with graying hair begins to experience hair loss, it effects all of the hair colors. Usually hair loss is due to genetic androgenic alopecia, a condition commonly called male or female pattern hair loss. If hair that is lost is gray, it can be transplanted as safely and successfully as hair of any color. A misconception about gray hair is that when hair turns gray it is no longer healthy hair. If this was true then gray hair would not be suitable for transplantation. The rational for hair transplantation is to remove healthy hair follicles to an area of hair loss where they can take root and continue to produce healthy hair. Even though healthy hair is a factor, but the main factor is the genetics embedded in the hair follicles. If the hair is transplanted from the donor zone which is resistant to the DHT hormone, then no matter the color of hair, it will be successful.
Dr. Mike Meshkin, a hair transplant specialist based in Los Angeles and Orange County offers many advises to his clients to start hair loss prevention when they notice thinning at the initial stages. It is important to prevent progression of hair loss by using the right hair medical regiment. If hair loss is genetic, then hair transplant can be an option to restore the hair that is lost and medical treatment is used to prevent future hair loss and keep hair healthy
If you are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning you can contact us at (949) 219-0027 to schedule for a free consultation or visit our website at www.MeshkinMedical.com.