For some people, aging gracefully is a wonderful option. But it’s not for everyone. Even one of the most common signs of aging–thinning hair–can be quite discouraging for some. Knowing what to do when you start losing your hair, then, can be a great way to preserve your youth or maintain your sanity depending on your particular mindset at the moment.
Here’s What You to do When You Start Losing Your Hair
Indeed, the stakes connected to thinning hair are not equal for everyone. For women in particular, thinning hair can convey a wide variety of negative social consequences. Women with thinning hair are often depicted as being somehow unhealthy or aging excessively quickly.
In other words, the stakes for women with thinning hair can be significantly higher than for men with thinning hair. Yet, the vast majority of hair loss treatments tend to market towards men–almost exclusively. Whether you happen to be a man or a woman, however, there are options if you start losing your hair. And knowing what to do–or where to start–can help. Talking to your cosmetic surgeon is usually going to be the first step if you want to pursue some of these options.
What Causes Thinning Hair?
There are, unfortunately, many causes for one’s hair to start falling out. Usually, something happens that causes the root of the hair follicle to die off. This causes the hair to fall out. When this happens on a wider scale, the root causes can often be attributed to:
- Stress–Many different kinds of stress have long been shown to affect the health of hair
- Wardrobe–Silly as it may sound, there’s some evidence to suggest that something like wearing a hat can have an impact on how long your hair sticks around
- Lifestyle habits–This includes diet and exercise. The better your blood flow is overall, the healthier your hair will be. But it also includes activities such as smoking cigarettes. Smoking can cause significant damage to your hair and speed up the balding process.
- Genetics–Sometimes, it’s just in the cards one way or another. Your genes often get the last word when it comes to how and when you lose your hair.
In some cases, knowing the cause of hair loss can help you reverse it. And, to be sure, it’s often a little bit easier to keep your hair than it is to grow it back. Then again, knowing the cause is not required when treating hair loss or thinning hair. Sometimes, you just find a treatment that works and then go with it.
Novel Treatments for Hair Loss
Everyone is pretty familiar with the standard treatments for hair loss. There’s surgery, which emphasizes grafting some of your healthy hair follicles into places where you have some thinning hair. It works the same way, basically, as a skin graft. And this can be pretty effective over the long run, especially with new variations on the basic techniques.
And then there’s something like Rogaine or other hormone-based treatments. In some cases, hair can start growing back when you start taking a simple little pill or otherwise change your hormone levels.
But one of the most novel treatments for hair loss and hair thinning is something called Platelet-rich-plasma, or PRP. Now, PRP became famous as part of the vampire facelift craze a few years back. The substance is found in your body, and a blood draw followed by a little time in a centrifuge reveals it.
What Does PRP Do For Thinning Hair?
During these PRP for thinning hair treatments, PRP is applied topically to the scalp. The PRP contains a significant number of rejuvenating compounds that get to work on your hair follicles. It doesn’t work for everybody, but when it does work, patients can usually expect significant hair thickening due to the treatment.
You Can Always Live With it
Thinning hair is nothing to be ashamed of. There are plenty of people who dislike the way it looks, either for aesthetic reasons or because of the social consequences. But admitting your hair is actually thinning is the first step. Because then you can decide to do something about it–such as a PRP treatment–or do nothing about it.
Both are legitimate options. Which one is better depends largely on your own preferences.
- “Hair Loss.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 10 May 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20372926.
- Celletti, Erin Nicole. “The Bizarre Hair Loss Treatment You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.” Allure, Allure Magazine, 2 Nov. 2017, www.allure.com/story/platelet-rich-plasma-hair-loss-treatment.
About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been helping plastic and cosmetic surgeons market procedures for over a decade. He believes in communicating openly and transparently about all cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures in a way that everyone can understand. He’s been writing articles about these procedures for almost ten years.