Answering The Most Frequently Asked Questions on Hair Loss

While it is common, hair loss is upsetting and can have a negative impact on any patient's quality of life. Perhaps you've seen a receding hairline or thinning around the crown and temples, or you've realized that you're losing more than usual in the shower or throughout your day. These symptoms can be easily missed at first, but one day they become rather evident, and you're suddenly left with more questions than answers. 

Hair restoration is a topic rife with quick fixes and empty promises. So, board-certified hair transplant surgeon Dr. Herbert Feinberg has provided real answers you can count on to eight of the most frequently asked questions about hair loss.

  1. Why Does Hair Loss Occur?

Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors. Medically, however, several factors can influence hair loss, including: 

  • Drug side effects — Certain drugs, such as lithium, beta-blockers, warfarin, heparin, amphetamines, and levodopa, can cause hair loss (Atamet, Larodopa, Sinemet). Furthermore, several cancer chemotherapy medicines, such as doxorubicin (Adriamycin), can induce abrupt hair loss that affects the entire head. 
  • Symptom of a medical illness — Hair loss can be a symptom of a medical condition such as systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), syphilis, a thyroid ailment (such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), a sex-hormone imbalance, or a serious nutritional problem, particularly a protein, iron, zinc, or biotin shortage. These deficits are more common in those on tight diets and in women who have a lot of menstrual flow. 
  • Hereditary pattern baldness, or Androgenetic Alopecia — Hair loss in males might take the normal masculine pattern (receding front hairline and/or thinning hair on top of the head). This is the most frequent type of hair loss, and it can begin at any age, even during a man's adolescence. It is usually caused by a combination of three factors: an inherent proclivity for baldness, male hormones, and advancing age. Many women will get female-pattern baldness. Thinning occurs over the entire top or crown of the scalp in women, sparing the front of the scalp.

  1. What is Alopecia Areata?

This is an autoimmune illness in which hair falls out in one or more tiny patches. It's the most common reason for hair loss. Although the source of this disorder is uncertain, it is more common in patients with other autoimmune conditions.

Hair loss in small, circular patches on your head is the most common symptom of alopecia areata. This exposes smooth, peach-colored patches of the scalp. A modest form of alopecia areata begins with one to two bald patches the size of a coin.

  1. Can Cosmetic Procedures Cause Hair Loss?

Cosmetic practices such as over-shampooing, perms, bleaching, and dying hair can all contribute to overall hair thinning by making hair fragile and brittle. Hair loss caused by hairdressing practices that pull the hair (tight braiding or cornrowing), expose the hair to severe heat and twisting (curling iron or hot rollers), or damage the hair with harsh chemicals is known as Traumatic Alopecia (bleaching, hair coloring, permanent waves). Furthermore, some people suffer from Trichotillomania, a rare psychiatric illness in which excessive hair pulling and twisting can result in bald areas. When the source of the problem is removed, hair usually grows back regularly. Even so, severe hair or scalp damage might result in permanent bald patches.

  1. Does Creatine Cause Hair Loss?

Creatine is a common dietary and sports supplement. You might have heard that using creatine can cause hair loss; but is this correct? While creatine may not cause hair loss directly, it may influence the levels of a hormone that does.

There isn't much evidence to suggest that using creatine supplements causes hair loss. Indeed, much of the evidence supporting the connection is anecdotal. However, a small 2009 research of college-age rugby players discovered elevated levels of a hormone linked to hair loss after 3 weeks of a creatine supplementation regimen. This hormone is known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

  1. Can a Diet Change Be The Cause of My Hair Loss?  

Is your diet having an effect on your hair? You may be at risk for hair loss if you don't obtain enough of some critical vitamins and minerals. Because healthy hair may be obtained through a diet rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, it is expected that a negative shift in dietary habits, such as not eating enough nutritious meals, will result in chronic hair loss. If you're wondering which vitamin deficiency causes hair loss, keep in mind that a shortage of vitamin D in your body might cause hair loss. So, before you start worrying about hair loss, it's always a good idea to take a closer look at what you're consuming. A small alteration in your meal items could result in a significant improvement in your hair's health. Temporary hair loss can also be caused by a low-protein or extremely calorie-restricted diet. 

  1. Can Covid 19 Cause Hair Loss?  

Long-term adverse effects of COVID-19 infection have resulted in a slew of debilitating symptoms, ranging from loss of taste and smell to brain fog and exhaustion. A common symptom has also been observed to be hair loss. While this is one of the most concerning side effects, it is usually transient.

Patients suffering from SARS-CoV-2 infection may observe clumps of hair breaking out during daily combings or while washing their hair in the shower. The medical word for this condition is Telogen Effluvium. According to published reports, hair shedding after COVID-19 infection may occur earlier than usual.

  1. What is Hair Restoration Surgery?

Hair restoration entails moving hair follicles from the back of the head to the front. Back of the head hair follicles are generally resistant to balding. These follicles begin to generate hair regularly after surgery. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and the results are permanent.

  1. How Can I Grow More Hair?

You may be wondering what kind of Dr to see for hair loss. When you have hair loss, your goal may be to grow some hair to compensate. And yes, you can grow new hair to hide your thinning crown. There are some excellent topical products made in the United States that can be used to stimulate hair growth and strengthen hair follicles. And the best way you can go about finding which one works best for you is by requesting a consultation with Dr. Herbert Feinberg at the Hair Restoration Center of NY & NJ today. 

How Do You Stop Hair Loss and Regrow Hair Naturally?

Losing your hair is never easy, but the best approach to receive all of the answers to your unique hair loss problems is to book a hair health exam with a reputable hair specialist. Dr. Herbert Feinberg and his team can assist you in regaining your confidence as well as a fuller, thicker head of hair. If you want to learn more about the ARTAS Robotic FUE hair transplant and how it can deliver natural, seamless-looking results, contact the Hair Restoration Center of New York and New Jersey to schedule a consultation.