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Help, My Hair is Thinning! What Should I Do?

Help, My Hair is Thinning! What Should I Do?

It can be a jarring moment that can quickly become an ongoing and serious concern. You start to notice an unusual amount of hair in your shower drain, or on your pillow, or on your hairbrush. Then the same thing happens the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that. You look in the mirror and see the impact in areas of your scalp that have less hair than they used to. You know that it’s normal to lose about 50-100 hairs each day, but this is clearly more than that.

Your hair is thinning, suddenly, and for reasons you can’t figure out. You want to know why this is happening and what you can do about it, starting right now. Instead of wallowing in worry and self-pity, starting taking action to address your hair loss; one way or another, there are almost always things that you and a hair restoration physician can do to fix the problem or at least slow down your hair loss.

Consider taking some or all of these steps after you discover that your hair is thinning:

  • Schedule an evaluation with a hair restoration physician. You can’t fix a problem without first knowing what the problem is. Hair loss can occur for several different reasons, such as genetics, hormone imbalances, diet deficiencies, reactions to medications, or autoimmune conditions. Understanding the why behind your thinning hair is the first step in determining how to remedy the situation. Only a professional can get you the definitive answers you need.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking limits blood flow in your body and reduces the amount of essential nutrients that go to your hair follicles. Without a sufficient supply of those nutrients, your follicles will grow weak instead of just growing and will ultimately fall out.  
  • Get enough sleep. Getting sufficient rest sleep is critical for our health overall, as we expend enormous amounts of energy each day and our bodies need the time to recharge so they can function like they are supposed to. A lack of quality sleep prevents our bodies from repairing and regenerating hair follicles. This causes hair to stop growing, weaken, and eventually fall out more than it otherwise would. Even hair that doesn’t fall out will noticeably suffer, losing volume and shine.
  • Manage your stress. Overproduction of stress hormones contributes to adrenal fatigue, which occurs when the body produces too much cortisol. This excessive production of cortisol leads to a corresponding underproduction of hormones like androgens and aldosterone. Since we need these hormones for healthy hair growth, an insufficient supply will cause thinning or balding hair. Find methods to alleviate day-to-day stress that work best for you.
  • Stop wearing destructive hairstyles. Some hair loss issues are caused by the way we style, treat, and wear our hair. Tight ponytails, braids, or pigtails can lead to a condition called traction alopecia. Constant and severe tension on hair follicles because of such hairstyles will damage and weaken those follicles and eventually kill them, causing them to fall out. Avoid these styling habits and avoid hairstyles that require hair to be tightly wound for a prolonged period or hairpieces and weaves that must be affixed or clipped to the hair.
  • Get more vitamin D. Research suggests that vitamin D, along with the receptors in the skin that bind to the nutrient, plays a significant role in promoting healthy follicles and hair growth. In contrast, a lack of the vitamin may lead directly to hair loss. A 2014 study published in Molecular Endocrinology found that hair regrew in mice two weeks after introducing vitamin D receptors. Other studies also have made the connection between hair loss and vitamin D.
  • Increase your iron intake. As with vitamin D, an insufficient amount of iron is one of the more common causes of dietary-related hair loss. Low iron levels limit proper blood flow – something hair follicles need to receive and absorb growth-stimulating nutrients.
  • Use conditioner. If you don’t regularly use conditioner, your hair can become dehydrated, brittle, and damaged. Try incorporating a lightweight conditioner into your hair care routine to help moisturize your hair and keep it strong.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

As noted, the first thing you should do after noticing thinning hair is to reach out to a physician who can help you determine the cause and develop the solution for your condition. At the Hair Institute of Miami, we evaluate each hair loss patient with a comprehensive and proven methodology, obtaining a detailed medical history, performing an in-depth scalp examination using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and, if indicated, blood tests to detect any underlying imbalances or deficiencies that may be contributing to the hair loss problem. With this information, we can determine the cause of hair loss and the most effective treatment option.

To schedule your personalized hair loss evaluation, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Most Common Causes of Hair Loss & Hair Thinning

Most Common Causes of Hair Loss and Hair Thinning

You look in the mirror and see your hairline receding farther and farther back. You notice increasing numbers of hairs in your drain or stuck in your brush. You feel bare patches on your scalp or areas where hairs are few and far between. In your frustration and disappointment, you ask yourself, “Why is this happening to me??”

That is not a rhetorical question. Rather, understanding the “why” behind your hair loss is the first step in doing something about it. At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we take a holistic approach to hair restoration that begins with a thorough, personalized evaluation to determine the reasons behind your thinning hair. Once we do so, we can recommend the treatment option best suited to restoring your hair to its full, youthful appearance.

If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, it is likely due to one of the following causes:

Your Genes

By an overwhelming margin, pattern baldness – androgenetic alopecia – is the most common cause of hair loss in men and women. Over 95 percent of hair loss cases involve androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary hair loss condition that affects over three million Americans each year. This condition causes hair miniaturization, a phenomenon in which follicles become thinner and finer each time they progress through the hair growth cycle. Eventually, the follicles will die and fall out.

Your Immune System

Alopecia areata is a hair loss condition that involves a direct assault on your hair follicles by your own immune system and white blood cells. This attack shrinks the follicles and subsequently slows down hair growth. In turn, this leads to sudden hair loss in quarter-sized patches that can progress across the scalp rapidly and unpredictably.

More extreme versions of the condition include alopecia totalis (Complete loss of hair on the scalp) and alopecia universalis (total loss of hair on the scalp and body). Hair follicles are not destroyed by alopecia areata and can typically regrow as soon as the inflammation dwindles.

Though not as common as androgenetic alopecia, which is the culprit in the vast majority of male pattern baldness cases, alopecia areata still affects two percent of Americans or roughly 6.8 million people.

Your Hairstyle

If you apply constant tension to your hair follicles, they will eventually experience damage, weaken, and ultimately die and fall out. This is called traction alopecia.

The five primary causes of traction alopecia are:

  1. Wearing unnecessarily tight pigtails, ponytails, or braids for extended periods.
  2. Trichotillomania, a psychological disorder characterized by constant (and often unconscious) hair twisting, plucking, or pulling.
  3. Hairstyles that require hair to be tightly wound for a prolonged period.
  4. Hairpieces and weaves that must be affixed/clipped to the hair.
  5. Helmets, particularly compression-helmets like those worn while playing football, snowboarding, skiing, horseback riding, etc.

Your Lifestyle

Stress, a traumatic event, or a lack of sufficient sleep cause changes to our body chemistry that can have a range of adverse health effects, including damage to our hair follicles that can lead to thinning or hair loss. Fortunately, shock loss is almost always a temporary phenomenon.

Your Hormones

Many cases of hair loss are the result of hormone imbalances. Several hormones can impact the growth, strength, and health of our hair. The most frequent problems with hormone imbalances that can contribute to hair shedding and loss include thyroid imbalances and hormonal changes accompanying menopause and pregnancy.

No Matter The Reason Behind Your Hair Loss, The Miami Hair & Skin Institute Can Help

At the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases no matter what the underlying cause. Through advanced hair restoration surgical techniques, technology, and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients suffering from hair loss regain their hair and self-confidence.

To receive your personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

What is Menopausal Hair Loss?

menopausal hair lossHot flashes, mood swings, irregular menstruation – menopause is a stressful time in any woman’s life. One of the lesser-known side effects during the change of life is menopausal hair loss. As the body adjusts to fluctuating hormone levels, women may notice general thinning and shedding across the scalp. Unlike male-pattern baldness, which typically materializes on the hairline and crown, menopausal hair loss is diffuse.

When menopause hits, women produce lower levels of estrogen and progesterone – two hormones responsible for hair growth and follicle health. As these hormones dip, hair growth slows while strands become thin and brittle. After estrogen and progesterone levels fall, androgens (male hormones) increase. Androgens trigger follicle miniaturization on the scalp. Sometimes, androgens cause an increase in facial hair, which is why women suffering from menopausal hair loss may concurrently experience fine fuzz around the chin and upper lip.

Aside from hormonal fluctuations, consider additional factors contributing to menopausal hair loss:

  • Stress
  • Emotional decline due to diminished self-confidence
  • Lack of exercise
  • Imbalanced nutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Damaging hairstyles
  • Medication

Menopausal Hair Loss Treatment

Fortunately, menopausal hair loss is treatable. The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami understands how draining the change of life can be, particularly when hair loss appears as a side effect. We work with female patients to proactively restore their self-esteem through early detection, professional diagnosis and optimal treatment methods.

Our physicians, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, are two recognized leaders in the field of hair restoration. We thoughtfully listen to patients’ concerns and objectives while providing hair loss treatment suggestions that best suit your diagnosis, lifestyle, expectations and goals. At our state-of-the-art facility, we are proud to offer natural-looking hair transplants backed by the latest technologies, professional-grade laser therapy caps for at-home use and stem cell hair growth treatments, among other innovative medical hair therapies. To book your appointment for menopausal hair loss treatment, call our office at 305-925-0222 today.

Anxiety and Hair Loss

The Link Between Anxiety and Hair Loss

Anxiety and Hair LossWe know stress causes hair loss, but what about stress’ more permanent friend – anxiety? An estimated 18 percent of the U.S. population suffers from some sort of anxiety disorder, which comes out to 40 million adults. Unfortunately, anxiety is the most common mental illness plaguing the nation.

Anxiety disorders stem from a mix of risk factors. These disorders can be hereditary, related to personal brain chemistry or be a side effect of previous life-altering events.

It’s fairly common for individuals diagnosed with anxiety disorders to suffer thinning, bald spots and higher-than-average loss after brushing. If you’re young and physically healthy, anxiety-induced stress could be the root of your hair-loss woes.

Stress Hormones and Hair Loss

Just as periods of high stress can cause hair loss in some people, ongoing stress from anxiety mimics similar unfortunate effects. When the body becomes stressed, it secretes hormones in the bloodstream in an effort to trigger the “fight or flight” response. As is typically the case with anxiety, high levels of stress hormones sometimes cause adrenal fatigue. Adrenal glands then produce cortisol as a replacement for aldosterone and androgens.

For men, the drop in vital hormones may not be as significant since the male reproductive organs make up for the loss. But in women, adrenal fatigue leads to a sharp reduction in testosterone and DHEA, the testosterone precursor.

How to Minimize Anxiety

If you suffer from ongoing anxiety and resulting hair loss, tips for relieving your issue is far more complex than simply diminishing work-related stress. Visiting a mental health counselor to develop a long-term treatment plan is essential.

For example, getting more exercise is a widely used tip to minimize stress-related hair loss. But for individuals with anxiety disorders, outdoor exercise and gyms can lead to high levels of stress. Fear of judgment and failure sometimes dissuades anxiety-ridden individuals from getting proper exercise. However, finding a buddy who you trust and feel comfortable around can significantly reduce your apprehension or alarm. If you’re new to exercise, start slow with light social walks. Don’t overwork yourself mentally or physically, and instead appreciate momentary states of relief for as long as your mind allows.

Meditation, like exercise, can be especially difficult for people with anxiety. However, one of the main culprits of anxiety is overthinking and racing thoughts, which meditation can eliminate on the spot. Through meditation, the mind is cleared of negative considerations and refocuses awareness on the here and now. Although it’s difficult to reach that state, start slow and feel confident for entering a more peaceful, concentrated state of mind.

Another easy way to reduce anxiety-related stress is through simple stretching and breathing. Like meditation, breathing exercises are helpful strategies to alleviate sudden and seemingly uncontrollable anxiety attacks. Start by regulating your breath – inhale for six counts, hold for six and exhale for six. Mix up counts based on your progress in controlled breathing. Stretching your muscles through yoga is another proven way to diminish stress. Plus, many basic yoga practices are easy to perform at home with only a proper mat and app or video guidance.

What to Do When Anxiety Causes Hair Loss

If you’re currently managing anxiety and still suffer from hair loss, or alternatively, if your hair loss is causing anxiety, call the Hair Transplant of Miami today. Our highly accredited physicians work hard to properly assess potential hair loss causes. Only then do we recommend the best hair loss procedure or noninvasive treatment based on your individual needs.

Women and Hair Loss: Top 4 Signs

Women and Hair Loss: Top 4 SignsHair loss in women is more common than many may think, amounting to nearly 20 million females in America alone.  Most women do not notice signs of thinning or balding in their hair until the age of 50 or 60, long after it has already begun.  It may take women much longer to notice the signs of hair loss compared to men because they tend to wear their hair longer, effectively hiding telltale symptoms of hair loss for many years.  Women also lose hair across the entire top of the head, in contrast to men who typically lose hair in concentrated areas like the crown or temple.  This wider, more dispersed pattern of hair loss adds to the difficulty of early detection.

Yet it is early detection, evaluation, and treatment that are the 3 keys to effectively treating hair loss in women.  Early detection is perhaps most important, as hair loss is most effectively treated during the early stages of development.  For this reason, it is important that women learn to recognize the signs of hair loss while also performing regular self-examinations to ensure symptoms are caught as soon as they become visible.

Top 4 Signs of Female Hair Loss

Female hair loss manifests itself in a variety of ways; learning to recognize the signs of thinning or balding is the best way to diagnose and treat the condition early, which ultimate creates better results.  The most common signs to look for include the following:

  1. Thinning hair:  Unlike men, hair loss in women tends to develop in a general or widespread area throughout the top of the head.  Women must pay particular attention to this region, checking regularly for noticeable changes in thickness.
  2. A wider “part”:  If you regularly part your hair, take note of the thickness/width of the part.  Parts will appear to become wider as hair loss progresses.
  3. Hair accumulation on pillows, combs, and in the shower:  It is normal for hair to accumulate on our personal items and throughout our living spaces.  However, hair accumulation in these areas will become more pronounced as hair loss progresses.  Here’s a tip:  Look for increases in hair accumulation on the pillow of your bed and the comb you use most.  Effectively monitoring hair accumulation in the shower may be more difficult; some hair is inevitably washed down the drain, and it may be challenging to separate your hair from someone else’s.
  4. A more visible scalp:  Take notice of how much of the scalp is visible when your hair is pulled back.  As hair loss progresses, the underlying scalp will become increasingly visible.

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