Understanding Hair Loss and Restoration
If you’ve begun to notice thinning patches on your scalp, a receding hairline, or increased stray hairs on your pillow, you’re not alone. In the United States, over 100 million men and women suffer from hair loss.
The good news is that you have several options for addressing your hair loss! Both non-invasive and surgical interventions exist for helping you restore the beautiful hair that’s missing now. It’s time to get back a full head of healthy, gorgeous hair—and your self-confidence.
What Causes Hair Loss?
The first step in reversing your hair loss is to understand what’s causing it in the first place.
Androgenic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness, causes hair loss in both men and women. It is an irreversible condition that is inherited. Because of its relationship with the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), hair loss can begin to occur as early as puberty.
Usually, hair grows and then sits in a resting phase, which is a process that can take 2 to 6 years and only starts over when the hair falls out naturally. When your hair is exposed to DHT or other androgens, it spends more time resting than growing. Because balding doesn’t happen immediately, the balding process can take years, first thinning before it stops producing hairs altogether.
Other factors causing hair loss include:
Diet, hormones, and stress: changes in your body’s chemistry, including living with stress, pregnancy, and nutrient deficiencies, can all contribute to hair loss
Medications and hair products: what you put in your body and on your hair matters. Medicine and medical treatments (such as chemo to fight cancer) and hair coloring can bring on hair loss.
It’s best to get a medical evaluation to help you determine the cause for your hair loss, which will affect which procedures are recommended for hair restoration.
Options for Hair Restoration
Depending upon your hair restoration goals and the reason for your hair loss, there is a range of interventions that will restore your hair.
Non-surgical hair restoration procedures
Non-surgical treatments for hair loss include shampoos and serums that can repair hair follicles and stimulate hair regrowth. Medications, such as Finasteride, Dutasteride, Minoxidil, Spironolactone, are all possible treatment approaches for hair loss. Additionally, P.R.P. (platelet-rich plasma), laser therapy, or scalp micro pigmentation are all procedures we offer in our office. They have excellent hair growth results with low risk and little downtime.
Surgical hair restoration procedures
Surgical treatment for hair loss is best for those with available areas of donor's hair and more significant bald spots.
Multi-Unit Graft Surgery
Graft surgery works by taking large strips of hair from donor areas and applying them to areas with less volume. This particular procedure is ideal for those who have large bald patches on the scalp where they would like to improve density. You can customize those multi-unit grafts depending on your type of hair and the extent of your hair loss.
Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is a technique of extracting hairs from donor areas to restore volume in balding spots. This method uses a small, round punch to move small follicular units from one space to another. This particular process is fantastic because it is precise and allows the doctor more control over the results.
Find the Hair Restoration Solution That’s Right for You
We know that hair loss can be distressing and embarrassing, taking a toll on your self-confidence and causing anxiety about your appearance.
Our hair loss experts at Nashville Hair Clinic want to help you better understand hair loss and restoration. We’ll work with you to find the hair restoration solution that’s best for meeting your goals.
Contact us today at 615-329-3900 to schedule a free consultation. Take that first step now to get back a full head of hair!