Hair loss can occur due to a variety of different factors, and can occur in both men and women. Unexpected hair loss can feel embarrassing and frustrating; and so it’s essential to determine what the right cause for your hair loss is in order to ensure that the correct treatments are performed.
Hair Loss Causes & Treatments
There are many different reasons a male or female patient could be losing hair, ranging from autoimmune and hormonal issues, all the way to genetics. For example, Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease, causing hair loss patches on the scalp, and sometimes on other areas of the body. A thorough examination by Dr. Michele Green can help determine the cause of your Alopecia, which will help make sure that you’re getting the right type of treatment to correct the issue.
Dr. Green will do a comprehensive analysis of both hair and blood to determine the cause of your hair loss. For other hair loss issues, many patients are looking for a more natural way to treat hair loss, and in recent years the answer has become PRP (platelet rich plasma). This is a non-surgical approach that involves no downtime. It involves drawing blood from the patient, just like one does for a blood test. We then centrifuge the blood, and remove out the PRP, which contains your natural growth factors.
Male Pattern Baldness
In the past, it was taken for granted that some men would lose their hair due to Male Pattern Baldness. Today, there are some excellent treatments that have proven to be effective in re-growing lost hair. One of the most effective and exciting treatments that can be used to combat male pattern baldness is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
PRP is a practical solution when hair transplant surgery is not an option for the individual. PRP injections can stimulate new hair growth in men who suffer from androgenetic alopecia and the treatment works by using your own blood cells. In addition to PRP, there are several alternative options are available for treating male pattern baldness, including oral medication, topical treatments and hair transplants. Another treatment that Dr. Michele Green often recommends to her male patients, is Propecia®, along with topical Minoxidil® to help prevent hair loss and grow back lost hair.
Female Pattern Baldness
Female Pattern Baldness may indicate a more serious underlying health concern; Dr. Green can make sure you’re on the right track for better health while minimizing existing symptoms. Female hair loss may be due to a myriad of symptoms. Some women suffer from hormonal changes such as hypothryroidism or premature menopause which can accelerate hair loss.
Other signs of hair loss may be associated with eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus, or lupus erythematosus. Dr. Green will do an analysis to determine the cause of your hair loss. At times, a biopsy of the scalp or skin may also be necessary to make a complete diagnosis. One treatment that has been proven to work well in cases of female pattern baldness, is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – this non-surgical approach uses a patient’s own blood cells, injected into the scalp to initiate hair re-growth. This treatment is highly effective and is one of the main treatment options that Dr. Green recommends to her patients due to its effectiveness.
Alopecia Areata & Scarring Alopecia
Unlike more common forms of hair loss, Alopecia is a more sudden and unpredictable hair loss issue that starts with one or more circular bald patches. The types of alopecia are often based on whether or not scarring is present. Scarring alopecia is the result of the active destruction of the hair follicle, and is often triggered by diseases such as Lupus, Lichen Planus, and Acne Keloidalis Nuchae.
Non-scarring alopecia is the result of the reduction or slowing of the hair growth without damaging the hair follicle. Non-scarring alopecia can be related to androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss or female pattern hair loss) or in some cases can be medication related (telogen effluvium) or due to tinea capitis, a fungal infection of the scalp.
The most common form of alopecia is “alopecia areata,” an autoimmune skin disease. Alopecia areata usually begins as hair loss that occurs in just one or two patches on the scalp, and may progress to total loss of all hair on the scalp as well as elsewhere on the body. Alopecia areata affects males and females, with approximately two percent of the population having experienced it at some point in their life. Most individuals who experience this have patches of hair loss that come and go, particularly in life periods that are more stressful.
Dr. Green has helped thousands of patients with their hair loss problems. If you’re frustrated by the loss of your hair, our practice is here to help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether Dr. Green’s individualized approach toward hair loss treatment may be right for you.