Why Are You Losing Your Hair?

If you’ve noticed your hair thinning, your hairline receding, or bald patches, you’re probably experiencing hair loss. Hair loss occurs in men and women, and it can cause you to look older than your years and decrease your confidence in your appearance.

It’s not usually possible to stop the most common forms of hair loss; however, the great news is, board-certified plastic surgeon Joseph Fodero, MD, PA, can restore your full head of hair with state-of-the-art nonsurgical procedures at Northeastern Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Understand the most common reasons behind hair loss, and what procedures can help restore your hair.

The most common causes of hair loss

Men and women can both experience unwanted hair loss. If your hairline has been thinning, these are some of the most likely reasons behind it.

Genetics

In both male and female hair loss, your genetics are the most frequent culprit to a thinning or receding hairline. Most hair loss is inherited, and unfortunately, not preventable.

Therefore, if your parents and other relatives experience hair loss, you’re more likely to have hair loss as well. Hair loss with a hereditary component can start at any age, even as early as your teens.

Getting older

As you age, your odds go up of experiencing hair loss from genetics, as well as other factors. By age 40, about 55% of men and 40% of women have experienced some kind of hair loss.

Hormonal changes

Experiencing extreme forms of physical stress can cause changes in your hormones that cause your hair to fall out. This can include developing a serious illness, a severe infection, experiencing trauma, or getting major surgery.

In women, childbirth can also cause hormonal changes that cause temporary hair loss.

Medication side effects

Certain kinds of medications can cause you to lose hair while you’re taking them. For example, many medications used as part of chemotherapy for cancer treatment can cause hair loss.

Illness

Some illnesses and infections, like lupus, thyroid disorders, fungal infections in the scalp, and syphilis, can cause hair loss. An autoimmune disease, called alopecia areata, can also make your hair fall out in small patches.

Additionally, trichotillomania is a mental health condition that causes hair pulling that can lead to hair loss.

Nutritional deficiencies

Some nutritional deficiencies, including iron, protein, and zinc, can cause hair loss.

Hair loss treatments

If the reason behind your hair loss causes permanent hair loss, Dr. Fodero can restore your hair’s previous thickness and hairline. The procedures Dr. Fodero offers are all minimally invasive and don’t require surgery.

Neograft® hair transplants restore your hair by transplanting healthy hair follicles from areas on your scalp with healthy hair growth to areas with hair loss, a technique called follicular-unit extraction. This allows for permanent regrowth to occur throughout your hairline.

Light therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and exosome injections both use regenerative medicine to regrow your hair. Light therapy uses light energy to stimulate hair regrowth, while PRP and exosome therapy use highly effective PRP or exosome mixtures injected into your scalp.

Our team can also prescribe Viviscal vitamins, shampoos, and conditioners you use at home for a minimum period of three months. These products help restore the thickness, health, and fullness of your hair with collagen, biotin, and keratin ingredients.

If you’ve noticed your hairline getting thinner and would like to reverse your hair loss, contact Northeastern Plastic Surgery online or over the phone to schedule your in-person or telehealth consultation.

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