When to Know if Hair Loss is Something More Serious

When to Know if Hair Loss is Something More Serious

Hair loss can be devastating for those individuals it affects. In some cases, hair loss can be temporary, but oftentimes it is permanent.

Temporary hair loss is typically caused by stress, hormone changes, or can even be caused from wearing your hair pulled back too tight. If hair loss is being affected by any of the above, it is usually for a short period of time and will regrow on its own. There are some over-the-counter medications or supplements that can help with the regrowth process such as Rogaine or Nutrafol.

More severe hair loss can in fact be caused by a health concern or can be androgenic alopecia, also known as pattern baldness. If you are concerned that your hair loss is linked to health, we recommend seeing your primary care provider (PCP). PCP’s can usually rule out numerous causes of hair loss by running a thorough exam and checking for any underlying problems that can be a hair loss culprit.

Androgenic alopecia affects men and women and is unfortunately permanent. Male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness are usually genetic and can be extremely difficult emotionally for those that are affected by it. The pattern of hair loss looks different for women than it does for men.

Women who are affected by androgenic alopecia typically see thinning and hair loss on the top of the scalp and is usually seen later in life. However, it is more common for a woman to suffer from non-androgenic alopecia caused from thyroid conditions, medications, stress, hormone changes, menopause or extreme weight loss.

Hair loss is much more common amongst men, affecting 70 percent of males.  Men who are affected by male pattern baldness typically see hair loss and thinning start at the hairline and/or on the crown. Male pattern baldness can begin in a man’s twenties, but is commonly seen to appear gradually during adulthood.

It is always good to start by checking for underlying health conditions before consultation with a hair restoration specialist. Once you know you are in good health, interventions such as a variety of medications and non-surgical treatments can be discussed. For permanent hair loss, hair transplant surgery may also be an appropriate solution.

At Utah Facial Plastics we offer a wide variety of hair restoration treatment options ranging from surgical to non-surgical. We can also suggest several oral and topical prescription and over-the-counter medications that have shown amazing results.

Many of our procedures that we offer require minimal to no downtime and provide patients with incredibly natural results.

If you are interested in hair restoration treatment options, please contact our Draper or Layton, Utah office at 801-776-2220.

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