August is National Hair Loss Month
Why is my hair falling out?
It’s true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to male pattern baldness (more about hair loss in men below).
But thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary—a vitamin deficiency—to the more complex, like an underlying health condition.
In many cases, there are ways to treat both male and female hair loss. It all depends on the cause. Here are some common and not-so-common reasons why you might be seeing less hair on your head.
Hair loss in Women
Many women aren’t aware that there are medical treatments for female pattern balding. This can start in your late 20’s, as a subtle thinning in the part of your crown. Hair shedding increases, and the diameter of the hair shaft decreases, so you are left with both less hair and skinner’s hairs. This is treatable with prescription medications.
We also perform blood tests to ensure that your hair will have enough nourishment to grow – iron studies, thyroid panel, vitamin D and B, zinc, magnesium, and protein. There is a large range of “normal” for these blood tests but normally doesn’t equal optimal. We also recommend additional topical therapies, and for some, platelet-rich plasma injections with progesterone.
Hair Loss in Men
Losing your hair isn’t the same as going bald. Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition, whereas hair loss per se can be caused by a variety of factors. If you are losing patches of hair in an apparently random manner, you may have Alopecia, a condition where a person (male or female) loses patches of hair from their body. In extreme cases, this may affect all of the hair on the entire body. Alopecia is thought to have hereditary and autoimmune factors, where the body mistakenly attacks itself. This is not the same as male pattern baldness.
If your hair loss occurs in a more regular receding pattern, usually from the temples and crown of the head, then it is more likely male pattern baldness.
The treatment options outlined above for hair loss in women can also help with baldness and hair loss in men.
Call us for more information and to learn about the many options we now have for hair loss for both men and women!