Hormonal imbalances, fluctuations and changes can have adverse effects on the human body and our hair often comes under fire. While thinning and loss of hair can be a result of a number of different concerns, hormonal hair loss is a prominent issue in the UK. Our hormones act as messengers in our body, informing our muscles and organs how they need to work and when they need to take action. Finding the right balance can be difficult; a slight imbalance can cause issues with insulin production, cell growth, your heart rate, general metabolism and more.
These imbalances can also cause a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. A reduction in key processes in the scalp or overproduction of hormones such as androgen or testosterone (in women) can lead to the shedding of the hair directly from the scalp. With a reduction of estrogen or progesterone, hair can be sent into the telogen phase of growth far more quickly and without these positive hormones in place, regrowth can be slowed, or in some cases, stopped completely.
How Could Hormones Affect Your Hair?
Hormone imbalances that affect the scalp and hair growth can come as a result of a number of concerns, including thyroid conditions, inadequate levels of estrogen, menopause, weight changes and androgenetic alopecia. Each cause can have a differing effect, some of which are permanent and some that are temporary:
Hormonal hair loss caused by thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism typically only cause temporary hair loss that can often be easily solved through the introduction of thyroid medication. As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid produces hormones designed to regulate the regeneration and growth of cells and cellular energy. For this reason, hair often depends on the thyroid in order to grow.
Through medication that aids the restoration of hormonal balance, however, your natural hair growth is likely to return within a month or so. While further hair loss isn’t uncommon when taking the medication, this is usually a temporary side effect that will settle after around one month.
Estrogen production in women naturally fluctuates throughout their lifetime, but imbalances will often result in hair loss or thinning. Hair will often go through growth changes during perimenopause, menopause, pregnancy and post-partum all dependant on the chances in Estrogen. During pregnancy, for example, women typically see thicker, fuller hair due to increased levels of this hormone, while post-partum, the sudden drop will cause hair loss
This is usually temporary, providing the delicate hormonal balance is restored and hair growth can resume to its usual pattern.
Androgenetic Alopecia, more commonly known as pattern baldness, is a genetic condition that sees hair begin to thin and fall out as we age. Thinning typically begins between the ages of 12 and 40, dependant on a case by case basis and is usually permanent. Both male and female pattern baldness are hereditary, though each gender will experience the loss differently.
For men, the hair begins to recede at the hairline, where the sides will thin out to form a shape similar to an M. The crown will also begin to bald, and this will soon join up to the thinning hairline to create a ‘U’. In women, the thinning of hair begins at the top of the scalp and is lost in a pattern similar to the shape of a Christmas tree.
In cases where pattern baldness is present, hair transplants can help to provide a solution. FUE transplants, FUT transplants, Direct Hair Implantation, Unshaven Hair Transplants and other surgical solutions are available for patients suffering from this genetic concern. While it may not prevent hair loss permanently, it can provide a long-term solution to fill in receding hairlines and any balding patches.
How Can Longevita Help?
We offer a variety of different hair transplant options at Longevita from internationally accredited clinics in Istanbul and Izmir. While not every case of hormonal hair loss will benefit from a hair transplant and can be solved by restoring the balance, cases of pattern baldness or permanent hair loss could find a solution in transplant methods.
Through the use of hair follicles from donor areas on the scalp, it is possible to transplant these follicles into the affected area through small incisions. FUE and Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) techniques are often the most common in cases where scarring must be minimal. They offer hair transplants with little-to-no downtime due to minute incisions and do not require a general anaesthetic.
FUT transplants require taking a strip of skin from the areas of healthy growth which will leave scarring. However, the surgeons on hand here at Longevita are well versed in the procedure and can minimise the final appearance of the donor area post-procedure.
With a 12-month aftercare plan also in place, you can rest assured that your hair transplant will be a hormonal hair loss solution that will provide long-lasting results. In most cases, you can go back to your daily life looking and feeling more confident in your appearance, without any sign that you’ve undergone the procedure at all.
For more information or to book a consultation, contact Longevita on 0845 5198 948.