Move over psoriasis, because August is ALSO Hair Loss Awareness Month! Luminary is shining some light on the subject — sharing tips and information about this common condition.
Hair loss, or alopecia, is a common condition which may be a consequence of natural aging, a side effect of medication, or a manifestation of a health disorder. It can result in total baldness, thinning of the hair, or patchy bald spots and may be confined to the scalp or affect other areas of the body. Hair loss may be temporary or permanent, depending on its cause. Some of the causes of hair loss include:
- Male or female pattern baldness
- Fungal infections of the scalp
- Severe infections or high fevers
- Poor nutrition
- Certain medications
- Traumatic stress
- Overprocessing or tight hair styles
- Trichotillomania, a psychiatric disorder involving compulsive hair-pulling
- Thyroid or pituitary disorders
- Certain skin disorders, such as eczema or psoriasis
- Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or alopecia areata
- Ovary syndrome
- Chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Telogen effluvium, in which too many hair follicles remain in a resting state
Treatment for Hair Loss
Treatment for hair loss is usually based on the cause of the condition. When hair loss results from a fungal infection, it may be treated with anti-fungal medication. Hair loss that results from cancer treatment is usually temporary. For other types of hair loss, treatments like over the counter medications, or hair transplants may be considered. For some patients, wigs or hairpieces may be useful in creating an attractive appearance and reducing self-consciousness about hair loss.
Some of our outstanding Luminary providers in Homestead, Florida offer platelet-rich-plasma, also known as PRP, for hair restoration. PRP is a natural product created by one’s own body. Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue heal and grow new cells. For this non-surgical procedure, a small amount of blood is drawn and spun within a tube in order to separate the components of the blood. This concentrated plasma contains higher amounts of platelets, hence platelet-rich-plasma.
One’s own PRP is injected back in the areas of hair loss, which helps to naturally stimulate
s hair growth. The best part is, PRP for hair restoration is a treatment option suitable for both men and women! If you or someone you know is looking for hair loss treatment, contact our office today.