People experience hair loss and thinning differently, so a one-size-fits-all approach to hair restoration treatment is not the best course of action. Hormonal changes, genetics, or even certain medications can cause you to lose your hair and will help determine the best treatment for you.
If you’re like most people, you want a quick and effective treatment. That’s understandable since thinning hair and sparse patches on your scalp can be embarrassing and difficult to cover up. The best way to regain your hair (and your confidence) is to learn about your treatment options and get professional help for your hair loss. To help you learn more about treatments, we’ve answered some of your most pressing questions below.
What Are the Main Causes of Hair Loss and Thinning Hair?
Below are some of the reasons hair loss can occur.
- Autoimmune conditions (alopecia areata)
- Hormonal imbalance
- Illness and medications
Regardless of the reason for your hair loss, it’s important to find the right course of treatment so you can get back to your life.
What Causes Female Hair Loss?
In addition to alopecia areata, genetics, and stress, women can experience hair loss because of hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and thyroid issues. Our experienced team at DermSurgery Associates will create a customized hair loss treatment plan and discuss your options with you.
What Are Some Popular Treatment Options Available for Hair Loss?
Depending on the type of hair loss you are experiencing, you can try steroid injections, topical treatments, oral treatments, and hair restoration treatments. Your provider will discuss your medical and family history, examine your scalp, and perform a blood test if needed before recommending a treatment option.
How Do Topical Treatments Work for Hair Loss?
While the way it works isn’t fully understood, the topical hair loss treatment minoxidil (more commonly known by the brand name Rogaine®) appears to affect the stages of hair growth. When applied to the scalp, this treatment shortens the resting phase of hair growth and causes the hair to enter the growth stage. Additionally, minoxidil helps the blood vessels carry more oxygen-rich blood to the hair follicles and increase the size of the follicle for thicker, stronger hair growth.
What Is the Best Hair Restoration Method?
At DermSurgery Associates, we offer follicular unit extraction (FUE) with SmartGraft® for patients who haven’t had success with other treatments and who want to restore their hair with transplantation. The FUE process includes taking groups of hair follicles from the back of the scalp and transplanting them to sparse areas on your scalp or eyebrows. Unlike the strip method of transplantation, SmartGraft FUE requires no invasive surgery, and patients only need a few days to recover.
Will I Experience Discomfort During FUE with SmartGraft?
Your provider will give you a local anesthetic before the procedure to keep you comfortable and minimize discomfort. Most of our patients tolerate the procedure well and feel ready to go back to work the next day.
People of all ages experience hair loss and thinning hair, so don’t hesitate to ask your provider any questions you have about hair loss treatments. Patients who come to us for hair restoration solutions leave with a new confidence, as you can see in their before and after photos. If you are ready to regain your fuller, thicker hair, request a consultation or call us at (713) 791-9966 to schedule an appointment.