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When it comes to the treatment of hair loss one of the most significant hurdles is determining its cause. Hair loss can be the result of many different underlying conditions and effective treatment requires knowing what specific causes need to be addressed. This difficulty can be particularly pronounced in cases of women’s hair loss; while 95% of male hair loss is the result of inherited pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, the causes of womens hair loss can be much more varied. In some cases, the problem is related to an imbalance in hormones. Men’s hormone levels follow relatively predictable patterns, but a number of distinct disorders as well as several common life events, like pregnancy or menopause, can cause a significant fluctuation in female hormone levels that can result in hair loss.
Every hair follicle goes through a natural cycle of hair growth and shedding. In fact, at any given time, as many as 15% of the hairs on the scalp are in a dormant state, and anywhere from 50 to 125 hairs are shed daily. However, during pregnancy, the cycle is interrupted and the hair follicles do not go dormant. This is why many women experience thicker, more luxurious hair during pregnancy. However, after the child is born and the body’s hormones begin to return to normal, this shift in hormone levels can cause many hair follicles to enter the dormant stage and shed simultaneously. While this mimics the appearance of massive sudden hair loss, it is actually only the body’s return to its normal state and so is seldom cause for concern. Moreover, just as the shift in hormone levels caused by pregnancy can result in loss of hair, so can the artificial shift in hormone levels caused by birth control pills. Switching or going off or on birth control pills can be enough of a shock to the body’s endocrine system to cause telogen effluvium, a condition typically associated with increased physical or emotional stress. The change in the hormonal balance that occurs at menopause can also have much the same result.
The thyroid, a small gland located in your neck, produces many of the hormones that regulate metabolism, growth, and development. Any abnormality in the function of this gland, particularly declining levels of thyroid hormone production, can contribute to hair loss. It is estimated that forty percent of American women are suffering from significant hair loss related to low thyroid hormones, or hypothyroidism, with redheads particularly at risk. Similarly, polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition wherein an excess of male hormones (androgens) leads to ovarian cysts, weight gain, and hair thinning. In both cases, bringing the hormone levels back into balance by treating the underlying condition is the best way to restore hair to normal.
If you have questions about hair loss causes and the treatments we offer, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research to schedule a consultation. Be sure to also visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ .
With over 36 years devoted to staying on the forefront of the latest hair restoration and replacement treatment, hair loss specialist and board certified dermatologist Dr. Edmond Griffin utilizes innovative techniques to provide patients with safe and effective hair loss solutions. Most recently, scientific research in the field of stem cells has led to a breakthrough in hair loss restoration showing benefits of using platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat various hair loss conditions. PRP therapy has proven to be a safe and effective non-surgical hair restoration option for patients at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research in stimulating hair growth and natural-looking results.
Platelet rich plasma therapy is an outpatient non-surgical procedure that requires minimal to no downtime. Dr. Griffin begins the PRP therapy by drawing blood in-office from his patients, similarly to the manner in which a general practitioner’s office would draw blood to be tested. The collected blood is then put into a centrifuge that spins the blood cells down to a high concentration, separating and removing the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood. Under a topical anesthesia and using a micro needling, the platelet rich plasma is then injected into the dermis of the scalp through hundreds of miniscule injections. The micro needling causes micro-trauma to the dermis and prompts the cells to engage in the natural healing process of the damaged cells. The injected PRP containing the valuable growth factors are released into the infected areas and stimulate that healing process while simultaneously accelerating the speed and degree of regeneration of the damaged tissue.
Since PRP is derived from each patient’s own blood, PRP therapy is a safe and natural treatment and has shown benefits for both women and men who are in the beginning stages of hair loss, thinning or who suffer from alopecia areata. PRP therapy’s ability to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into active growth makes it a desirable treatment to restore the hair to its original size and improve hair thinning. Treatments generally last less than an hour from the time the blood is drawn, and results can last up to 12 months per treatment. Dr. Griffin evaluates each patient and recommends treatment options, whether surgical or non-surgical, to advise the most natural hair loss solution. In general repeat treatments are recommended at 3 and 12 months after the first. These have been helpful in patients who do not tolerate finesteride.
If you’re interested in learning about platelet rich plasma therapy or other surgical and non-surgical hair restoration treatments, please contact us today to schedule your consultation. Be sure to connect with Dr. Griffin on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for all the latest news and updates on hair loss and restoration.
Although many of our patients lose hair when they are young, hair loss is commonly associated with aging. There are also many other causes for hair loss including hormonal changes and medication use. However, if looking older wasn’t discouraging enough, new research suggests baldness and other visible signs of aging may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Researchers analyzed data on 10,885 men and women over the age of 40 participating in the Copenhagen Heart Study. Throughout the study, medical professionals examined participants and looked for signs of aging including the quantity of gray hair, type and extent of baldness. 7,537 of the participants had receding hair lines while 3,938 had baldness on the top of the crown. In conclusion, over 35 years of follow-up, 3,401 individuals had developed heart disease and 1,708 had heart attacks. Two common signs of aging, wrinkles and gray hair, were not linked to increased heart risks. Despite these findings, it’s important to note that this research is still preliminary and further review is needed to appropriately suggest these risks. It is doubtful that prevention of baldness or restoration of hair by transplants will alter this increased risk of heart disease. Exercise and diet are still the most important life changes which will alter these risks. Both are under the patients control at least in part. How much other genetic factors play a role is not easily studied.The study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012 found that individuals with three to four signs of aging such as baldness, receding hairline, earlobe crease, and yellow fatty deposits around the eyelids had a significantly higher risk for heart attack and heart disease.
Dr. Edmond Griffin, as a board certified dermatologist with over 30 years of hair restoration experience, always thoroughly discusses a patient’s overall health and family history to determine the cause of hair loss. If you are interested in hair restoration, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. Be sure to connect with the Griffin Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest hair loss news and information.
Many patients at the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research often ask about non-surgical treatments when they first begin to experience hair loss. There are currently two FDA approved medications that we recommend to patients – Propecia® (finasteride) and Rogaine® (minoxidil).
Dr. Edmond Griffin, hair restoration specialist of 35 years, knows educating patients about hair loss and restoration is an important part of their treatment plan. Although both medications are proven effective and can be very helpful for individuals experiencing hair loss, Dr. Griffin always discusses the potential side effects that may occur. Continuation of hair loss is expected in both men and women and therefore Dr. Griffin recommends prevention to all, just like you brush your teeth daily to keep teeth healthy.
Propecia® is a prescribed oral medication that’s FDA approved for treatment of male pattern baldness. In previous tests, the use of finasteride has stopped the progression of hair loss in a high percentage of patients, and has actually led to re-growth of hair in some patients while exhibiting a high safety margin. Although uncommon (less than 2% of patients showing signs of side effects for hair loss prevention drugs), they may still occur and are mostly sexual in nature. In addition to sexual side effects, patients considering Propecia® should also be aware that depression has been a reported problem. However, some formulations of this treatment can be topical and provide hair loss prevention without sexual or depressive systemic side effects. It’s important to have an experienced hair loss specialist who is skilled in compounding when considering this option.
If a patient presents sexual side effects with the use of oral finasteride, that patient should have the testosterone levels in their blood checked. Years ago many doctors considered a total testosterone level of 300 to be a normal range for men; however the range of healthy testosterone levels can vary depending on the person. According to an article from Life Extension June 2012 issue, thanks to better testing techniques a more accurate assessment of testosterone blood levels has been developed. In a recent study, researchers identified 2,416 men (aged 69-81) who did not take any kind testosterone treatment and were followed for an average of 5.1 years. Men who had a testosterone level less than 550 had an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Patients with testosterone levels below 550 may also be experiencing sexual symptoms although their testosterone levels are considered normal.
While finasteride does not lower testosterone levels, it does block dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This breakdown product (DHT), which causes male patterned baldness, may also play an unknown role in sexual function. At the present, most doctors view that lack of or decrease of DHT does not affect sexual function. During a hair restoration consultation, Dr. Griffin thoroughly discusses all options available to the patient and any concerns they may have to determine an appropriate treatment plan based on their unique needs.
If you are interested in finding more information about hair loss treatments please call us today to schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google + for the latest hair restoration news and technology.
At the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research many patients just starting to notice hair thinning first seek non-surgical hair loss treatment methods before considering hair transplants. Treating hair loss at the first sign of thinning is helpful in helping to maximize the amount of donor hair available at the time of hair transplant. Non-surgical treatment options proven effective for thinning hair include oral Propecia® (finasteride), topical Rogaine®(minoxidil), compound prescriptions, and red light therapies.
With over 30 years experience in hair restoration, Dr. Edmond Griffin stays as the forefront of available hair loss technology. For instance, Dr. Griffin now uses NeoGraft, an automated technology, to assist the surgeon in the follicular unit extracting technique for hair transplantation. Staying abreast of hair loss advancements, the Griffin Center is now offering patients LaserCap™, the newest laser hair treatment product.
The LaserCap™ provides full scalp treatment by using over 224 lasers, emitting low level laser light to cover the entire affected scalp. This technology is different than previous laser comb devices (9 lasers) and in-office red light laser devices (160) as it’s more discreet and convenient for the patient while providing a high level of energy which produces results. The LaserCap™ can be worn under a baseball cap or any other hat and uses a rechargeable battery pack so the patient is free to continue their daily activities. Many patients may opt for the inpatient treatment using the red light technology of the 160 lasers for 20 minutes which is inexpensive ($25/treatment). Once you see how effective the red lights are for hair loss you could take the LaserCap leap ($3000) for the unit. In the long run it will save money and time and those who have used it love it. It does fit the niche for those need treatment, don’t have the time for office visits, and who are apprehension about oral medications and want to supplement the topical ones.
After evaluating and determining the cause of your hair loss, Dr. Griffin can provide you with a tailored treatment plan. If you are interested in finding out your hair loss treatment options, please call our office to set up a consultation. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google + for the latest hair restoration news and information.