Hair loss may be a common problem, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing, especially for women. Fortunately, understanding what’s behind your thinning tresses is the secret to finding the most effective way to address it.
Everyone loses hair — finding those stray strands lying around is a part of the hair growth process. But losing more than 100 hairs daily could be a sign of hair loss. When this occurs, you can experience thinning hair all over your head or bald patches in one or more areas.
Whether you have thinning or bald patches, hair loss can significantly impact your self-confidence. But it doesn’t have to.
If you’re self-conscious about your hair loss, we can help. Our team at Dermatology Associates of Central NJ can help you understand the cause of your hair loss and give you options for hair restoration, like cutting-edge PRP therapy.
Common causes of hair loss
A follicle is the small hole-like pocket in your skin that grows hair and holds it in place. At the end of the growth cycle, the hair falls out and the process starts again. When you’re experiencing hair loss, a follicle doesn’t replace the hair it sheds during the growth cycle.
But why would a follicle stop growing a new hair? Most often, hair loss occurs in both men and women because of genetics and hereditary hair thinning. Simply put, your chances of experiencing hair loss as you grow older are higher if you have a family history of the problem.
In men, hereditary hair loss usually starts with a receding hairline. These bald patches often develop on the top or back of your head. Women generally maintain their hairlines but have thinning hair overall, often noticing a widening part first.
Other causes of hair loss include:
- Illness and underlying health conditions
- Certain medications, especially for heart conditions and high blood pressure
- Thyroid disease and other hormone changes
You can also have hair loss from nonmedical causes. In fact, wearing tight ponytails or tight braids can pull hair out or lead to breakage, along with using heating tools like flat irons and blow dryers. All of these hair practices can make your hair fragile and cause hair loss.
Identifying the cause of your hair loss can help solve the problem. For example, most people with hair loss because of thyroid disease often find that their issue stops once they start managing their thyroid condition.
Finding solutions for hair loss
If you have hereditary hair loss or hair loss that doesn’t stop on its own, you can still find solutions.
At Dermatology Associates of Central NJ, we offer the latest in hair restoration: platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This innovative approach uses healing elements in your blood to stimulate inactive hair follicles to grow and thicken hair.
Not only can this process help restore lost hair, but it also strengthens the existing hair you have left. Plus, the entire process relies on your own blood, so it’s safe, effective, and comes with few risks.
PRP therapy starts with a blood draw. We spin this sample in a centrifuge to separate the blood components, concentrating the healing platelets and natural growth factors that re-energize dormant hair follicles and stimulate cell regeneration.
After preparing your PRP infusion, we inject small amounts directly into your scalp using a tiny needle. Rest easy: We administer a local anesthesia to your scalp before your PRP injections, so you won’t feel a thing. Once in place, the PRP gets to work triggering the healing process to help prompt hair growth.
Can PRP help my hair loss?
Our team can determine if PRP is a good option for your hair loss. We can also make personalized recommendations about the number of treatment sessions to provide the best results.
We track your progress every few months through regular appointments using a special hair mass index tool. You may see a noticeable improvement within 6-12 months after your first appointment.
You don’t have to accept hair loss. Find more ways to stop hair loss by calling the nearest office of Dermatology Associates of Central NJ or by requesting a consultation online today.