Hair loss, or alopecia, can be psychologically devastating, especially if it happens in women or men at a younger age. At Greenwich Point Dermatology in Greenwich, CT, our team works with you to discuss the latest, most effective treatment options like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to either slow down the progression of hair loss or even help regrow hair.
What causes hair loss?
Premature hair loss can be caused by:
- hormonal triggers
- thyroid disorders
Temporary hair loss can result from a particularly stressful life event, but will often resume growth several months afterwards.
What are the types of hair loss?
Hair loss types are often divided between hair loss experienced by men and that experienced by women.
Male-pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss, with almost half of men experiencing it sometime in the lifetime. It often presents as a receding hairline or thinning over the crown of the head. Genetic in nature, it stems from a hormone sensitivity that significantly shortens the hair cycle, causing fewer, thinner hairs to grow.
Female hair loss usually refers to the thinning of hair over the entire scalp. This is most often caused by hormone imbalances — either too much or too little — and may present more commonly in menopause or pregnancy.
What are my treatment options for hair loss?
Premature hair loss can cause feelings of depression, low self-esteem and feelings of unattractiveness, which makes seeking treatment even more important. The latest treatments for hair loss can either help slow or stop the loss of hair or stimulate new hair growth, and they can significantly increase one’s quality of life.
Treatment options include:
- lifestyle modifications
- prescription shampoo
- in-office procedures, like platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy
During your consultation with our providers, you will be able to discuss which treatment option is best for you.