Thinning Hair? Let’s Give it the Brush Off!
Are you suffering from limp, lifeless locks? Not to fret, you are not alone. Thousands of women all over the world are experiencing thinning hair, patchiness, and even hair loss.
It is general knowledge that women consider their hair as one of their most important features. Hair loss and thinning/patchy hair has many women worried they are giving off an older and less attractive appearance.
While hair loss is quite common in males, more and more women are coming forward with concerns of their hair loss. Genetics are typically the main reason for men’s hair loss; women have a 40% chance of experiencing thinning hair and/or hair loss.
Although genetics is one of the main reasons for women’s hair loss, there are many other factors that affect hair health. Some of these include: stress, menopause, excessive styling or harsh chemical treatments that can damage hair follicles, and even poor diet.
It is common that by age 35 people find a few grey hairs and after 40, the hair shaft may begin to thin, which can lead to reduction in volume. In addition, dryness can occur when the scalp produces less oil, also making hair becomes less flexible.
Good news?! Yes please! Anti-aging hair care is one of the fastest growing areas in the beauty industry and you can many times find a product or treatment to help turn back the clock. There are supplements and vitamin enhanced products to boost follicles as well as procedure options to either give hair a thick and glossy look at any age.
Tips for Healthy Hair
Supplements: There are many supplements out there that have shown effects of boosting thinning hair. Most of these products are such that contain different B vitamins, biotin, selenium, zinc, & important fatty acids to fight hair loss while bringing back suppleness and bounce.
Many times, women that are experiencing thinning hair have low vitamin D levels. Check with your general practitioner to make sure all of your levels are at the right levels.
Diet: Diet is very important for healthy hair. Make sure to include enough protein in each meal, as it is dynamic in making healthy, strong hair. One of the more important B vitamins is Biotin. Greying and thinning hair has been linked to a deficiency in this essential vitamin.
Some foods rich in biotin include nuts, seeds, brown rice, and soya beans. If you are experiencing dry or brittle hair, try upping your intake of vital fatty acids, found in foods like oily fish and avocado.
Stress & Stimulants: Sometimes too much stress can lead to hair loss called alopecia areata. This is when your hair falls out in patches. There are a number of ways for you to combat stress.
Make sure you get enough sleep and give yourself time to relax. Try to avoid stimulants, especially when overwhelmed or stressed, like alcohol, cigarettes, and coffee. Instead take some time to try to focus on the main thing that’s making you anxious.
At the Clinic
Platelet rich Plasma therapy (PRP): This is a treatment that uses a patient’s own blood to fuel dormant hair follicles and encourage them to grow again.
First, blood is taken from the patient then treated in a centrifuge to extract the platelets and growth factors. The platelets are then injected into the scalp where they release growth factors, encouraging cells to regenerate. To stimulate the hair follicles, the scalp is then massaged.
Best results after this procedure are typically seen 3-4 months post-op.
Hair Restoration Procedure: Research has shown that more and more women are having hair restoration surgery to address diffuse thinning &hair loss. Techniques and technology have developed immensely over the years and hair grafts have become more refined.
Because of this new technology, it is almost impossible to tell when someone has had a hair transplant. Patients go under local anesthetic and hair is taken from the back lower area of the scalp (referred to as the donor area) and transferred to the thinning area on the top/front of the scalp. There is very little to no down time. Patients begin seeing results at around 6 months and will see full results at 1 year.
*For further information, call our office @ 561.395.5544 to set up a complimentary consultation with our patient coordinator & Dr. Glenn Charles. CharlesMedicalGroup.com