Common Hair Loss Patterns
“Why is my hair falling out?” is the question women of all ages ask.
“My hair loss started years ago and has gotten gradually worse.”
Some notice a gradual increase of hair on their brush or in the shower drain. Others find that their hair comes out in bunches when slightly pulled. It is not uncommon to find lost hair on your pillow, carpet, sofa or even clogging up the vacuum. Most can’t identify a cause for their loss nor can they pinpoint exactly when it began. All they know for sure is that it is happening and they are worried.
“My hair began falling out rapidly all of a sudden.”
Some women can point to an event in the past and say, “my hair started falling out right after” that happened. For instance being under intense emotional strain, aggressively following a low calorie diet, having surgery or chemotherapy.
“My hair has become thinner, shorter and lacks fullness.”
Others realize gradually over time that their hair has become shorter, thinner and less full. We often hear women say, “Where has my hair gone? I use to be known for my great hair!” Most women report their hair loss is general rather than localized. It is a gradual loss that gets worse with age that was hardly noticeable before but by the time you reach middle life it has become a serious daily concern.
“I have lost the hair at my temples and top of the head.”
Then there are those who loose hair at the temples and top of the head that occurs gradually but becomes more noticeable with age especially in middle life.
There are other recognized patterns of hair loss. They all hold many clues that we use to find the cause of the loss. Once we determine the cause we then apply the correct antidote addressing the problem specifically. This approach provides optimum results meaning restoration of lost hair. We do this by applying a specific regenomic medical technique including stem cells and platelet rich plasma. Hair conservation depends on the daily use of a topically applied medication to conserve and support the newly recovered hair.
Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women
Androgenic Alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in women being responsible for about 60% of cases. In AA hair loss often appears at the top and front of the head. At Hair Regenomics, we use the Sinclair Grading system to measure your hair loss and choose the appropriate method of treatment. We are specialists in restoration and conservation of hair loss due to AA.
Acute Telogen Effluvium is the most common reason for sudden hair loss in women. Hair loss begins about 3 months after an inciting event, usually traumatic in nature such as a serious illness, surgery, or injury. It lasts no more than 6 months in most women then spontaneously resolves and normal hair regrowth resumes. No treatment is needed.
Chronic Telogen Effluvium begins as an acute telogen effluvium that becomes chronic because it extends beyond the 6-month point. In a minority, the hair loss continues and excessive hair loss becomes the rule but never progresses to baldness. Chronic telogen effluvium is said to be present when the hair loss continues longer than 9 months. Once it gets going, without effective therapy it can go on for years. It is responsible for about 30% of chronic hair loss in women and is the second most common form of chronic hair loss in women after AA. Hair Regenomics technology is well suited for management of this condition.
Chemotherapy: As a patient receives chemotherapy to treat varying forms of cancer, the drugs themselves often cause a termination of the hair growth cycle. This can lead to severe or complete hair loss. Some chemotherapy drugs have more toxic hair effects than others. Minca Scalp Spray has a restorative role for some but not all women whose hair was damaged during chemotherapy and has not returned to its pre-chemo condition. Whether or not you are a candidate for Minca or one of the other Regenomic therapies depends upon the results of your comprehensive evaluation.