August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

National Hair Loss Month

Hair loss isn’t just an inconvenience. It can be a sign of a health problem. Knowing the type of hair loss you’re experiencing is important to better understand your options. That’s why every August, we want to increase awareness for Hair Loss Month! Here are some interesting facts about hair loss you may not know.

Facts About Hair Loss

  • The most common form of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia. It’s often referred to as “male pattern baldness” but can affect women as well, though less frequently.
  • Androgenetic alopecia is the reason for hair loss in 95 percent of men.
  • More than 50 million men in the United States experience some form of hair loss.
  • Women represent about 40 percent of the hair loss cases in America.
  • About 3 percent of the pediatric visits in the United States are for children with hair loss.
  • In men, androgenetic alopecia starts as an M-pattern where the hairline recedes on both sides, initially leaving hair in the top of the head, though gradually that will disappear, too, forming the typical hair loss on top while retaining (usually) hair on the back and sides.
  • In women, androgenetic alopecia creates overall thinning.
  • Genetics is a key factor in androgenetic alopecia but other forms of hair loss can be due to illness or environment.
  • Despite common lore, the genes for hair loss can be carried on either side of the family, not just from your mother’s side.
  • While androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss, it’s not the only reason. Everything from stress to disease or medication side effects can cause hair loss. A medical evaluation is essential to determine the cause for your hair loss.
  • Minoxidil is a topical treatment that can be used by men and women for androgenetic alopecia.
  • Minoxidil slows hair loss and can somewhat reverse hair loss while using it.
  • Finasteride is a prescription for hair loss that can only be used by men.
  • Nutrition is important for healthy hair. Fad diets and low-protein diets can have an adverse effect on your hair.
  • Stress-induced hair loss usually reverses once the stress is over.
  • Hair growth has a three-month lag time or more so if stress, poor diet, etc. adversely affected your hair, you won’t see improvements until at least three months after the situation resolves.
  • Hair loss in women can be the result of hairstyles that are too tight, like braids, buns, and ponytails. They tend to pull too hard on the scalp or improper use of hair styling tools, as well as stress, disease, hormones, medication, etc. as with men.
  • Surgical hair restoration involves transplanting healthy hair follicles to restore one’s hairline. Modern
  • involving robots mean more precise transplantation with the absolute minimum surgery needed.

Get a Free Hair Loss Evaluation

If you are experiencing hair loss, call RHRLI for a free consultation. Hair restoration surgeon Dr. Baiju Gohil has years of experience and a state-of-the-art facility using the ARTAS®. Contact RHRLI for a personal consultation with Dr. Gohil himself to assess whether robotic hair restoration is appropriate for you. Learn more by contacting us today.

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