Everyone experiences a certain amount of hair loss. Because hair grows in about a six-week cycle, new hair is generating even as older hair growth is shed. Sometimes, however, people of every age may be losing more hair than they think they should.
If you fall into that category, you may be concerned about your hair thinning and how it affects your self-esteem, confidence, and appearance. This information can help you decide if you should discuss your hair loss with your doctor.
Equal Opportunity Hair Thinning
While men are more likely to experience hair loss, the truth is that thinning hair can impact both men and women. About 70 percent of men and 40 percent of women can expect to experience more than average hair loss during their lifetime because of their genes.
Hereditary hair thinning is probably more common than other factors but is not the only reason people lose hair. Some of the other issues that can lead to hair loss include:
- Medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, autoimmune disorders, and chronic illness
- Certain medications
- Excessive stress
- Overly vigorous brushing and styling
How Can You Tell?
Losing hair is definitely a normal and healthy part of life. Each person loses approximately 100-150 hairs every day, which may be noticeable when washing, brushing, or styling hair. How do you know if you are losing more than a typical amount of hair? Some things you may notice are a receding hairline, a more visible scalp, and an overall thinner appearance. It may be something that occurs gradually, or it may be sudden and obvious change. Hair thinning can also be a normal part of the aging process, even if you do not have other signs of typical hair loss.
What Can You Do?
Fortunately, you have options to slow hair loss and improve your confidence. For a less invasive approach, you can try topical solutions that can regrow hair with continuous use. They may not work for everyone, however, and are less likely to improve the appearance of advanced hair loss. Other treatment options include light therapy, prescription medication, injections, micro-needling, and follicle transplants. You can learn more about these different methods if you schedule an appointment with our office.
We Can Help
The Hair Center at Helendale offers evaluations with our trained dermatologist and medical technicians to determine what treatment can stop the progression of hair thinning and restore and improve the appearance of your hair. Please contact us for a complimentary consultation to learn more about what our clinic can do for you.