Inherited pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), physical and emotional stress, illness, anemia, rapid weight loss, and medications—all of the above factors contribute to hair loss. Identifying the cause of your hair loss can be tricky and often misleading with the wealth of information available on the internet. Causes that are sometimes overlooked because of their complexity to self-diagnose are thyroid issues, which can occur as both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism in both men and women. At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we can help to determine the cause and most effective treatment for hair restoration.
When a person’s thyroid malfunctions, the process of hair growth can lose balance and shut down, forcing hair follicles to remain dormant, stalling growth and eventually causing hair loss. Your thyroid secretes the hormone thyroxin, regulating the metabolism, the essential and constant process from which our bodies maintain energy and function. If your metabolism is altered by underactive hormone production due to hypothyroidism, many abnormalities can occur such as hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, and irregular menstrual changes in women. Many patients with hypothyroidism will complain of dry, lackluster hair that breaks easily.
While overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, causes an abnormally high level of thyroxin to be in the bloodstream, which can also cause alopecia, usually causing diffuse hair loss.
Whether large amounts of hair fall out when washing or brushing your hair or you have noticed a change in texture and/or increased thinning, thyroid disorders or any other possible components of hair loss causes should be identified. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, approximately 812,000 people worldwide are currently seeking professional treatment for hair loss. When you visit Drs. Edmond Griffin and Ashley Curtis at The Griffin Center, your potential hair loss causes will be assessed and you may be tested for various autoimmune conditions that have the possibility of causing loss alongside thyroid disorders.
If you are interested in determining and treating your hair loss cause at The Griffin Center, please contact us. For more on hair loss treatments offered as well as the latest hair restoration news and information, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ .