No one doubts that hair loss is a common concern. According to some of the most recent research conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, more than 65% of both men and women have already started to experience a significant degree of hair loss before they reach the age of sixty, and for many the thinning actually begins much sooner. However, despite the widespread prevalence of the problem, myths and misconceptions about the different forms of hair loss, and how they can be treated, are all too common. At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we have been helping men and women treat hair loss for forty years, and we have always believed that education can often be the best defense. Here is the truth behind some of the more common myths about hair loss.
FALSE! This is perhaps one of the most dangerous myths out there, since it perpetuates the idea that hair loss in women is something to be ashamed of and prevents many from seeking out the help they need. In fact, many forms of hair loss are equally common in both genders, and some actually affect women more frequently. The majority of women’s hair loss does present differently than that suffered by men, and it can often require specialized treatment methods in order to be effectively addressed, which is the main reason why we created The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, the first center in Georgia exclusively devoted to addressing the unique issues associated with women’s hair restoration.
MYTH: Hair loss is caused by poor scalp circulation.
FALSE! The idea that the circulation of blood or oxygen to the hair follicles is, in some way, the root cause of hair loss has brought about a number of wild claims, such as the idea that hats can make your hair fall out or that hanging upside down can somehow make it grow back. The truth is actually much more complicated. The most common types of hair loss, for example, occur when susceptible hair follicles react to hormones that are already in the body, so increasing blood flow to the scalp would only accelerate the process. However, we also know that the results of hair transplantation surgery can often be compromised when too many follicular units are transplanted into a limited area, forcing them to compete for a finite blood supply. Ultimately hair loss is a complex problem, involving several interrelated factors and requiring diagnostic skill and experience to properly treat.
Getting past all of the misleading information so that you can understand the truth behind hair loss is often the first step to finding the specific treatment that is right for you, whether that treatment includes prescription medications, red light therapy, platelet rich plasma, or even hair transplant surgery. If you fear that you may be starting to experience hair loss, or would like to learn more about the various hair restoration treatments that we can provide, please feel free to contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research or The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss to schedule a consultation so that we might accurately diagnose and then treat your concerns. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.