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Category: Hair Replacement

Why Am I Losing My Hair?

Thinning hair, receding hairlines, and sunburned scalps are common issues patients say bring them to our office for consultation. Many people have noted gradual changes to their hair and receding hairlines, while others feel like what they are experiencing has developed overnight. So, most patients want to know why this is happening and what can be done to stop it. During your consultation here at the Alabama Hair Institute with one of our doctors, your concerns are addressed at length. The Alabama Hair Institute doctors, Dr. Austin Adams and Dr. Daniel Rousso, can provide insight about your problem and offer the best treatment options to provide you with very natural-looking results.

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Androgenetic Alopecia

The number one cause of hair loss in both men and women is called androgenetic alopecia (AGA), which is a genetic condition that can lead to male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss. AGA is progressive and leads to permanent hair loss in the areas sensitive to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone responsible for this hair loss. In women, while we know that hormones play a vital role in female pattern hair loss, the role of DHT is not as well understood.

Aging

Like wrinkles and sagging skin, hair loss is a common side effect of aging in both men and women. Men in their 50s can expect a 50 percent chance of hair loss. However, some people may assume their hair loss is due to aging when it could be caused by hormones, medications, or other physical conditions. Identifying the real cause of hair loss can ensure that treatment will be more effective.

Hormones

Changes in hormones affect hair growth and can lead to hair loss. Hormone-related hair loss is more common in women and can occur with pregnancy, menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome, and other hormone shifts. Rebalancing your hormone levels typically restores normal hair growth.

Medications

Certain medications can cause hair loss. Common examples include blood thinners, antidepressants, cholesterol medications, anti-inflammatories, oral contraceptives, blood pressure medications, and seizure medications. Asking your doctor if you can switch to another medication may allow you to continue getting the health treatment you need while stopping your hair loss.

Health Conditions

A variety of health conditions can cause hair loss. Some of these include alopecia areata, hypothyroidism, anemia, lupus, trichotillomania, loose-anagen syndrome, and scalp infections. Effective treatment can either stop hair loss or provide hair restoration in the case of permanent hair loss.

Lifestyle Causes

Your lifestyle could be contributing to your hair loss. Extreme, long-term stress, nutritional imbalances, including crash dieting, can lead to hair loss. Chemicals used in dyeing hair repeatedly can weaken the hair shaft leading to hair thinning. Also, hairstyles that pull the hair tight for long periods of time will also cause the hair to thin and result in permanent hair loss due to trauma of the hair shaft.

Getting Treatment for Hair Loss

When you see the first signs that your hair is thinning, you should attempt to identify the cause. Talk with your doctor and develop a plan to determine whether making changes to your lifestyle, adjusting medications, or receiving treatment for hormonal imbalances or other health issues will resolve hair loss. The next step is to look into hair restoration treatments. Your treatment options include:

  • Rogaine® (minoxidil): Rogaine® is a topical medication that can treat AGA in both men and women. Rogaine is a general hair stimulant when applied to the scalp. With continued treatment, Rogaine® can regrow some hair. It can also be used in combination with hair restoration surgery to maximize results.
  • Propecia® (finasteride), for men only: Propecia® is a prescription oral medication that can stop male pattern hair loss. Propecia works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the hormone responsible for causing male pattern alopecia. DHT also causes men to grow hair on their backs and causes prostate gland enlargement. It must be taken every day and can be used in combination with hair restoration surgery to maximize potential results.
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): PRP is derived from your red blood cells and can be injected into the scalp. Rich with growth factors, PRP can stimulate hair growth and is often used in patients just beginning to lose their hair. PRP may also be used in combination with hair restoration surgery.
  • Low-Level Laser Light Therapy: Low-Level Laser Light therapy stimulates hair follicle cells and improves their function to boost healthy hair growth. This is an in-home treatment that produces noticeable results after 12 weeks. This can be combined with either PRP or hair transplantation surgery.
  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Surgery: FUT surgery restores hair by extracting a strip of tissue from the back or sides of the scalp and dividing it into grafts. The hair grafts are then placed into thinning or balding areas to restore hair fullness. FUT may be repeated every six to 12 months as desired.
  • NeoGraft® Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) Surgery: NeoGraft® FUE surgery restores hair by punch removal of hair grafts from the back or sides of the head into a collection canister. This minimally invasive approach allows the grafts to be easily extracted and transplanted to thinning or balding areas. Patients will have no linear scarring and no sutures. FUE may be repeated every six to 12 months as desired.

 

Losing your hair can be deeply depressing. The Alabama Hair Institute can provide the treatment you need to restore natural-looking, youthful hair. To request your personal consultation with Dr. Rousso or Dr. Adams, call us at (205) 930-9595 or toll-free at (877) 932-0400 today. You may also contact us online at your convenience, and we will get back to you right away.

The NeoGraft® Difference

Hair Restoration in Alabama

We all remember the funny ‘90s sitcom jokes about men who get “hair plugs” that everyone can tell are fake. However, with the new technology in today’s market, hair transplants are no joke. In fact, they provide men and women with such natural results that more and more people are seeking hair transplants to help restore their hair confidence. Dr. Rousso uses NeoGraft® technology to help his patients achieve the fastest, most effective hair restoration possible.

What Is NeoGraft®?

NeoGraft® is an FDA-approved, modern hair transplant technology that facilitates in the harvesting of hair follicles during Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). It allows follicle units to be extracted from donor areas without incisions or stitches, which means no linear scarring. NeoGraft® technology increases the precision and accuracy during the harvesting process, which allows for more intact follicles that can be immediately transplanted.

Benefits of NeoGraft®Hair Restoration in Alabama

  • Natural-looking results
  • Less invasive than manual harvesting
  • Minimal downtime
  • Faster recovery
  • No linear scarring
  • Long-lasting results

Candidates for NeoGraft®

  • Experience hair loss or thinning hair
  • Have healthy donor areas
  • Can be any gender
  • Are comfortable or able to hide temporarily shaved areas of the scalp

 

Patients who undergo NeoGraft®-assisted hair transplants will notice the growth of the new, transplanted hair after three or four months. Transplanted hair looks and feels like your natural hair; it can be washed, cut, and styled in any way you wish. There are some cases where hair loss therapies should be performed in conjunction with your hair transplant since NeoGraft® does not prevent future hair loss from occurring.

 
If you are tired of living with the embarrassment of thinning hair or balding, schedule your consultation with Dr. Rousso today. He is the only physician in all of Alabama certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration. His skills and attention to detail help him achieve natural, amazing results. Contact our office by calling (205) 930-0400, or fill out our online contact form here for more information.

Alabama Hair Institute

hair_restorationInterest in hair replacement surgery has increased significantly during the past decade. It is no longer just men who desire more hair density and wish to restore the hairline of their youth. More women than ever are seeking surgical intervention to provide them with thicker hair and more overall confidence in their appearance. For women, hormonal changes including those that occur in menopause, are mainly responsible for female “pattern changes,” which include thinning and loss.

Hair loss affects two out of every three men, and one in five women. Some people begin to lose hair in their twenties. For men, heredity is the major factor in hair loss. Once men start to lose their hair, the process will continue throughout the life cycle unless an intervention occurs. Topical medications like Rogaine®, the liquid form of minoxidil, and the prescription oral medication Propecia® (finasteride) are available options for men who are starting to see hair loss. Rogaine® can help regrow some hair, and Propecia® stops the loss of hair, and in some patients regrows hair they have lost. When used in conjunction with surgery, these two medications can help to further the results of hair transplantation. To achieve the most natural looking results with hair transplantation, our practice employs the most technically advanced procedure of follicular unit graft hair transplants (FUT).

Hair naturally grows in groups of 1-4 individual follicles separated by skin and soft tissue. These groups of hairs are termed follicular units. Once the hair is taken from the donor site (usually from the back and sides of the scalp), the donor hair is then meticulously divided into follicular unit grafts. Days of “plugs” and “corn row” type hair transplants are in the past. Today, follicular unit grafts consisting of 1, 2, or 3 hairs are used. The grafts are individually placed into the balding areas to artfully craft a natural, restored hairline. This state-of-the-art technique using Follicular Unit Transplants (FUT) mimics the hair’s intrinsic growth pattern providing the most natural appearance possible.
Recovery time from a hair transplant is minimal. The patients typically leave the office on the day of surgery in a baseball cap. The sutures from the donor site are removed after one week. Some patients are able to return to work in as little as 3-4 days, provided you can comfortably cover the transplanted area with a baseball cap or adjacent hair. For additional information about our follicular unit graft hair transplants, to learn more about the prescription medication Propecia®, or to see if you are a surgical candidate, please call our office to set up an appointment for a consultation.

For additional information about our follicular unit graft hair transplants, to learn more about the prescription medication Propecia®, or to see if you are a surgical candidate, please call our office at (205) 930-9595 or fill out our online contact form to set up an appointment for a consultation.