Have you been wondering why you are losing more hair than usual? If you continue to lose hair, you are not alone. There are many conditions including genetics, illnesses or diseases, medications, poor nutrition, hairstyling techniques, or stress that could be behind your hair loss. Many men and women suffer hair loss for many reasons. There is not much you can do to stop male or female hair pattern loss, known as androgenetic alopecia. Your hair loss specialist will help identify and treat the causes of your shedding and help you regrow your hair. Here are a few things to consider:
What you eat can have a huge effect on the health of your hair. Lacking vitamins A, B, C, D and E, zinc, iron, biotin, protein and essential fatty acids may cause dry brittle hair, slow down hair growth or even cause hair loss. Certain foods that can help promote hair growth include eggs, berries, spinach, fatty fish, sweet potatoes, avocados, nuts, seeds, sweet peppers, oysters, shrimp, beans, soybeans and meat. Keep in mind to maintain a balanced diet.
Be gentle with your hair and don’t overdo washing or brushing. Rubber bands, styling products, straightening irons, perms, and hair color can be harsh on your hair. It’s also important to avoid hairstyles that continually tug and pull on your hair such as braids, cornrows or weaves, tight ponytails as they can result in a condition called traction alopecia, leading to hair loss.
Emotional and psychosocial stress can result in a condition called telogen effluvium, which triggers temporary hair loss. Stress relieving activities such as yoga, working out and meditation can help alleviate some of your stress and can lead to the regrowth of your hair.
Medications like Propecia® or Rogaine® can prevent further hair loss but do little to regain an appreciable amount of hair back and cannot give a bald individual a full head of hair. Further, they must be used indefinitely to maintain a response and can be associated with side effects like impotence (Propecia).
Different wavelengths of light therapy can increase the circulation of blood to the scalp and follicles and help to relieve stress hormones and reduce areas of inflammation. This noninvasive and painless method can improve your hair quality but don’t count on it to regrow your hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the preferred and most advanced hair transplantation technique available today. FUE (NeoGraft®) can give you a natural hair restoration with your own hair, with little downtime, little discomfort during a procedure performed under only local anesthetic, that leaves no linear scar.
During FUE, follicular units that contain 1-4 hairs are harvested one by one from the back of the head (donor area) without a scalpel or stitches, leaving no linear scar as would occur with the strip method. The recipient site of thinning and balding scalp is then punctured with tiny holes and the hair grafts are carefully implanted using micro-surgical instrumentation, at an angle and density that matches the original hair. Patients enjoy permanent, natural-looking results.
Dr. Farris helps each patient determine the right course of treatment for them. Anyone considering the NeoGraft® hair transplant procedure is encouraged to contact him for more information or to schedule a free consultation in the Dallas area. Best of luck on your hair restoration journey!
Disclaimer: The content within this site is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or specific medical advice. The products and claims made about specific products and treatments through this article have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please consult with a NeoGraft® Certified Physician or other healthcare professionals regarding any medical or health-related diagnosis.
Dr. Farris is a board-certified plastic surgeon, who has a private practice in Dallas, Texas. He specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery.
Dr. Farris is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and is on their Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Industry Support Committees. Dr. Farris is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his B.A. degree from NYU and his M.D. degree from Drexel University College of Medicine (MCP Hahnemann). Dr. Farris completed his internship at Brown University, surgery residency at UMDNJ and plastic surgery residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore.
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