Hair loss may be the result of many different causes, such as heredity, hair diseases, trauma, diet, or various medicines. Losing your hair or seeing your natural hair growth thinning out is stressful for everyone, but in most cases, there is a solution. With 12 years of experience, we have the skills to help you get your hair back.
Causes of hair loss
Losing hair happens in several steps and usually during a longer period of time, unless an illness is the cause.
This may be due to several causes:
- Various medicines
- Psychological or physical trauma
- Hormonal imbalance
If the treatment starts in time, there is a good chance of reactivating hair growth.
DHT is an androgen hormone that causes body and facial hair to start growing on men. It’s an important hormone for reaching sexual maturity. Later in life, the DHT hormone attacks the hair follicles and causes the hair follicle to shrink. When the hair follicle shrinks, it can no longer produce a strong hair and eventually the hair will fall out.
Women may also have DHT in their system, especially if the patient has PCOS. It is possible to prevent thinning hair due to DHT if treatment starts in time, as PRP slows down the shrinking of the hair follicle.
There are a number of hair diseases causing hair loss. Some are easy to cure while others may be slowed down, but not cured, as there is no permanent cure.
We are contacted daily by people with various hair diseases. One of the most common is various forms of alopecia areata. PRP has proven very effective on alopecia patients, providing there are hair follicles left to treat.
The structure of the hair
The hair has 3 different growth phases that regulate hair growth. These are the growing phase, the dormant phase, and the transition phase. The growth rate of the hair is at its highest when you’re between the age of 15 and 35. After that, hair production slows down and the hair’s dormant phase becomes longer while the growing phase becomes shorter.
Hairs do not have nerves and the hair itself receives no blood supply, just like the nails. The hair’s onion-shaped root, the hair follicle, however, needs blood flow to be able to produce a hair. When a follicle is cut off from blood supply, the hair falls out.
FAQ on hair loss
Birth control pills can cause hair loss in some women, for a variety of reasons. Often this occurs in connection with the change of birth control pills when the body transitions from one composition of hormones to another. What makes hair loss difficult to detect is that it is marked by at least 3 months after the change has taken place in the body because it takes the hair follicles 3 months to go into resting phase. Read more about hair loss in connection to birth control pills.
Hair loss doesn’t necessarily depend on age, but with that said it is, of course, more common that you lose hair as you age. There can be several reasons for hair loss at an early age. It could be because of stress, medicine, diet, or possibly a medical condition.
There are medicines that help against hair loss. Finasteride (the active ingredient in Propecia) and Minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) help with hair loss. Both medicines work in different ways, but Finasteride should only be used by men as the substance can cause severe birth defects in pregnant women. We can prescribe Finasteride to our patients. Read more about medicine for hair loss here.