Crying in the mirror.
This is has become a legitimate part of some people’s morning routine. We are not joking and take hair loss very seriously. We understand that hair loss is truly a loss, and we are here to offer hope for hair restoration.
Hair loss is in plain sight. Society views hair loss as something that happens just physically, more often to older men and women. This is not news. We can see it with our own eyes and, unless significant treatment is sought, hair loss is difficult to hide.
What’s easier to hide is how hair loss affects people on the inside. Men, women, and transgender people all are all susceptible to the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of hair loss.
Emotional and Psychological Effects of Hair Loss on Men
We’ve all seen or heard people tease a family member, maybe their dad or brother, about receding hairlines. They think it’s ok because they are family or because men’s feelings do not get hurt nearly as easily as women’s. But in reality, they are downplaying what could quite possibly be their family member’s greatest insecurity.
Psychologically, men are less likely to seek treatment because they are less prone to talking about their hair loss with a stranger. Additionally, the perpetual mind battle of insecurity and situational avoidance causes issues. According to Web MD, “It is not uncommon for men to change their career paths because of hair loss.” (hyperlink?) https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/hair-loss-introduction-mens
Emotional and Psychological Effects of Hair Loss on Women
Sometimes we forget hair loss also affects women. Our society does not usually expect to see hair loss in women. Women are supposed to have lovely locks. Every year, women invest a significant amount of money in maintaining their hair. Their head may be less prone to becoming half bald, but it happens more frequently and is a pain point for many women.
Emotional and Psychological Effects of Hair loss on Transgender
Sometimes, a transgender person may have more obstacles to overcome than an average man or woman, besides sometimes receiving prejudice and hate. Biologically, for those transitioning, there are hormonal variables and possible surgery, which can be very expensive and is not always easy on the body. Compounding these factors with hair loss adds fuel to an already existing beauty stigma.
Different Causes of Hair Loss
Though technically, hair loss is physically harmless, it can be a symptom of something else going on in the body.
Hair loss is triggered by many things (see causes listed below), but in general, it is due to a hormone shift that naturally occurs as we age, which causes hair growth to slow down or stop and hair growth reverting to baby fine hair (vellus).
The most common forms of hair loss are Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Baldness.
Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) is also referred to as androgenetic alopecia. This is the predominant type of hair loss for men. Researchers have determined that this form of hair loss is related to hormones called androgens, particularly an androgen called dihydrotestosterone. Androgens are important for normal male sexual development before birth and during puberty.
Androgens also have other important functions in both males and females, such as regulating hair growth and sex drive. Hair growth begins under the skin in structures called follicles. Each strand of hair normally grows for 2 to 6 years, goes into a resting phase for several months, and then falls out. The cycle starts over when the follicle begins growing new hair. Increased levels of androgens in hair follicles can lead to a shorter cycle of hair growth and the growth of shorter and thinner strands of hair. Additionally, there is a delay in the growth of new hair to replace strands that are shed.
MPB manifests itself by creating an M-shaped hairline and thinning hair around the top of the head, reaching 4 out of 5 men by age 70
Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) is also referred to as androgenetic alopecia. FPB manifests as three types of patterns:
I (slight thinning around the part)
II (widening of the part and more thinning around the part)
III (general thinning throughout and transparency through the hair on top)
Other Causes of Hair Loss
- Mental Stress such as divorce, losing a job
- Physical Stress such as surgery, or a severe fever or illness
- Hormones such as an underactive thyroid
- Poor Nutrition such as not eating enough or anemia
- Medications and Chemotherapy
How We Treat Hair Loss
We take hair loss very seriously and have researched high and low, putting a lot of legwork into deciding which treatment to use. We believe in our treatment.
To treat hair loss, we use a microneedling in conjunction with a follicle-stimulating serum containing stem cells, 12-bio-identical growth factors, and cytokines.
What is Microneedling
Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy. Our microneedling device uses very fine needles to create tiny pricks and microscopic trauma to the skin, scalp, and follicles, therefore stimulating the body’s own healing process.
The body’s healing process includes inducing the growth of elastin and collagen. Microneedling can cause product absorption of up to 80%
Our serum stimulates hair growth by combining stem cells, 12-bio-identical growth factors, and cytokines. This is the most advanced technology for non-invasive hair loss treatments.
Before You Come in for Your Treatment (hair restoration)
Shampoo your hair thoroughly.
Do not use conditioner or any other hair products.
What to Expect After Your Appointment
After your hair restoration, you may have some redness, swelling, or itching, but most people are fine and consider this non-invasive treatment to have no downtime.
Please know that it is OK and natural to grieve for your hair. We hope you feel comfortable to reach out and communicate with any further questions or to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you for your hair restoration.