Hair Loss — Can You Prevent It?
Have you noticed your father’s bald spot in the back and ever wondered if the same thing was going to happen to you when you got older? Or maybe your grandmother’s super fine hair has made you a little worried that your hair would thin out over the years?
Unfortunately genetic hair loss has no CURE. So if you are one of the millions of Americans that have hair loss in their family, on EITHER side, knowing what could prolong the inevitable might be important to you…
We know that there is no cure of Androgenetic Alopecia (genetic hair loss). The American Hair Loss Association says more than 95% of hair loss in men is caused by genetics. By the age of thirty-five two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, and by the age of fifty approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. Women also suffer from hereditary hair loss. Women actually make up forty percent of American hair loss sufferers. For SOME people, hair loss can be absolutely devastating for the sufferer’s self image and emotional well being.
The GOOD NEWS: The good news is that with advancements in science and technology there are effective treatments specifically for genetic hair loss. There are some that are FDA cleared for safety and efficacy and have been proven to arrest the progression of hair loss.
- Low Level Laser Therapy- This treatment is 100% safe and effective for men and women and has now been approved by the FDA to treat genetic hair loss. Years ago physicians were skeptical of this treatment, but the evidence is irrefutable. If treatments are done consistently, laser therapy will prevent future hair loss, promote new growth in active follicles, and thicken existing strands. Ultimately giving a person thicker, fuller looking hair. Laser therapy is also used for damaged hair and post- hair transplants to speed up the wound healing and maximize results. Treatments can be done at a hair loss clinic or in the privacy of your own home with FDA cleared take-home devices.
- Minoxidil (Rogaine®) – This topical solution has been around for years. It is available over the counter for men and women and applied daily.. However typically we see results in the crown area vs. the frontal hair line. If used correctly, this treatment can be good for keeping the follicles active.
- Finasteride (Propecia®) – Finasteride is a prescribed drug taken orally in pill form. However this medication can only be taken by MEN. Finasteride attempts to stop testosterone from converting into DHT, the hormone that attacks the follicle in genetic hair loss.
All of the above treatments can be used in combination. Generally we see increased results when combination therapy is applied.
What about vitamins and shampoos? Vitamins and supplements can be helpful for the overall health of your hair and getting it to grow in length. There are also shampoos that are better than others and may include ingredients like minoxidil, biotin, keratin or natural DHT blockers. There are also shampoos that will keep your scalp clean and have less of the harmful ingredients like sulfates, parabens and alcohol that can clog up the follicle and weigh down the hair. However no shampoo will stop the GENE and mother nature from future hair loss.
How do I know what’s right for me? See a hair loss specialist!!! There are so many products out there and information online and it is too hard to navigate through it all without a professional. We offer free consultations and would be happy to steer you in the right direction.
What if I think I’m too far gone? Still see a hair loss specialist! If you are past the point of prevention, there are still effective surgical AND non-surgical solutions to give you a head of hair that you will love.
Lastly, DON’T PUT IT OFF! The longer you wait, the less chance you have regrowth!
For more information on hair loss, visit www.tmhair.com. To schedule a free consultation with a hair loss specialist and scalp analysis, call 713-838-1880.