While a large proportion of both the male and female population can suffer from some form of hair loss, many people are unaware of the causes. Hair loss typically refers to when excessive amounts of hair from your scalp begins to fall out. While some people opt to leave their hair in its natural form, some other individuals may opt for a hair transplant in order to restore growth. Other treatments such as PRP injections can help to prevent further hair loss in the future, in some cases. Here at Longevita, we’re taking a closer look at the causes of hair loss which you could be suffering with, in order to determine the best treatment for your requirements.
Heredity Hair Loss
One of the most common causes of hair loss which many patients who turn to Longevita for a hair transplant in Turkey are suffering with is known as male-pattern or female-pattern baldness, also referred to as androgenetic alopecia. This is a heredity condition in which hair loss occurs gradually over time and often formulates predictable patterns. In men, heredity hair loss tends to cause a receding hairline, and in women, it often causes thinning hair. The heredity causes of hair loss can also play a part in the age at which an individual begins to lose their hair, the extent of the baldness, and also the rate in which hair begins to thin and fall out. Statistics suggest that two out of three men will experience hair loss by the age of 60, which shows just how common this particular condition is across the globe.
Hormonal Changes & Medical Conditions
In women, one of the key causes of hair loss is pregnancy, due to the excess hormones coursing through the body. Hair loss is also common after the baby has been delivered, due to the stress that the body has endured. While in these circumstances hair can often grow back when the body’s hormones begin to settle again after the birth of the baby, there can be some cases where hair doesn’t recover as quickly as a new mum would like. It is in these cases where a new mum may opt for a treatment such as PRP therapy, or a minimally-invasive hair transplant technique such as the Choi Implanter Pen.
Similar to pregnancy, other hormonal triggers such as switching between or no longer taking birth-control pills can have an impact on hair loss. This can also cause a condition known as telogen effluvium. This, combined with genetics, can lead to hair loss in women, with male hormone receptors in the scalp beginning to activate and hair follicles beginning to miniaturize.
Some types of medication can have a severe impact on hair loss in both men and women. Numerous drugs for diseases and conditions such as cancer, arthritis, depression, high blood pressure, and heart problems can have a significant impact on the condition of the hair and can result in hair loss – particularly radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
This is particularly prominent in women, with excessive heat and chemical treatments causing hair loss. Some types of hairstyles can also lead to hair being pulled excessively, which can lead to traction alopecia. This is particularly common in Afro-Caribbean hairstyles, including cornrows and weaves. Hot oil hair treatments and chemical straightening treatments can also lead to inflammation of the hair follicles, which can also result in hair loss. If scarring occurs as a result of these treatments, hair loss as a result become permanent.
Vitamin & Mineral Intake
A key factor that many patients underestimate is how their vitamin intake may lead to thinning hair and ultimately hair loss. Vitamin B deficiency which is caused by anaemia, is an auto-immune condition which is often caused by dietary changes. There are a few ways in which this can be resolved, such as simple supplementation, dietary changes – eating lean protein and good fats. A lack of protein can also result in hair loss, as your body will respond to a lack of protein by shutting down hair growth in order to store the protein it is missing. Similarly, consuming too much Vitamin A can also trigger hair loss, although this is reversible as long as excessive amounts of Vitamin A are cut down dramatically.
With so many causes of hair loss, it is important to ensure that you are correctly diagnosed by one of our patient consultants prior to your treatment. Some causes of hair loss can be reversible in line with dietary changes, whereas others may require a surgical procedure to restore hair loss.
To book with a patient consultant for a free consultation, contact us on 0845 5198 948.