At the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research we often reiterate the first and foremost step for hair loss prevention and hair replacement is determining the cause of hair loss. There are numerous factors for hair loss in men and women. The most common cause of hair loss is heredity; other causes include medical conditions, hormonal issues, over treatment with chemicals and heat, traumatic injuries and even hair loss caused by certain hairstyles.
Medications can also affect hair, making hair loss, excess hair growth, or changes in hair color or texture more likely. Some drugs that can cause hair loss include acne medications, antidepressants, birth control pills, thyroid medications, cancer medications and weight loss drugs. These medications can interfere with normal hair growth and can sometimes subsequently cause hair to fall out. The two most common types of hair loss from medicine include telogen effluvium and anagen effluvium. With telogen effluvium hair follicles enter their resting phase and fall out faster than a normal hair growth cycle. This type of hair loss usually occurs after two to four months of starting the medication. Anagen effluvium occurs during the hair’s growing phase and develops at a faster rate than telogen effluvium, usually within a few days or weeks of starting the medication. This type of hair loss is commonly associated with chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
If you have unexplained hair loss or other changes with your hair, our experienced hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Edmond Griffin, will be able to evaluate your unique situation to determine a tailored treatment plan. To set-up a consultation please call our office today. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and information about hair restoration.