Why am I suffering hair loss? There are many reasons for hair loss. The most common cause of hair loss is androgenic alopecia. Hair loss can be genetic in nature, due to a medical cause such as thyroid disorder and others, or due to trauma. The first step in treating hair loss is visiting a physician who can determine the cause.
What is androgenic alopecia? Androgenic alopecia, more commonly referred to as male pattern baldness, is a form of hair loss which affects both men and women. The resulting hair loss patterns are different in men than women but both are predictable. The cause is due to the effect of the break down products of testosterone on hair follicles.
Are hair restoration surgeries permanent? The answer is probably – depending on the type of hair restoration surgery performed. For some causes of hair loss, simple excision of the area of alopecia is necessary to restore a natural appearing hair bearing area. Others may require follicular unit grafting or scalp reduction procedures or a combination of the two for best results. Consultation with a hair restoration surgeon is the best way to determine which option is right a particular hair loss. It should always be remembered that native hair may continue to fall out even though transplanted hair will not be affected by continued male pattern baldness.
What medicines are available for hair loss? The only US Food and Drug Administration approved medications for hair loss are finasteride, minoxidil, and bimatoprost. Each has different indications. Bimatoprost is the latest on the scene and is approved for eyelash loss. Minoxidil is available over the counter but the other two require a prescription from a physician. All have side effects and consultation with a physician is always a wise choice before starting any treatment.
While hair loss is a fairly common ailment, the good news is that it is treatable. Determining the cause by consulting with a physician is the first step to determining appropriate treatment for hair loss.
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