Why Am I Losing My Hair?

Why Am I Losing My Hair?

Hair loss is incredibly common, and while most people think it usually happens to men, the truth is that alopecia, the medical name for hair loss, can affect men and women. However, just because something is common doesn’t make it comfortable or desirable. 

The talented staff at NeoGraft Hair Restoration in Westport, Connecticut, led by Dr. Dana Brownell, knows that losing your hair can have an impact on your appearance and also your confidence. You may feel as though you don’t have any options or that you’ve already tried everything, but our innovative hair restoration approach may be able to help where other methods have failed. 

In this post, we examine some of the common reasons for hair loss. 

Your DNA

Alopecia is hereditary, so if you have family members who’ve lost their hair, you’re more likely to as well. Androgenic alopecia, responsible for the classic male-pattern baldness, is a good example of hereditary hair loss. 

In men, androgenic alopecia usually appears as a receding hairline; in women, the hair usually thins on the crown of the head. If you have androgenic alopecia, your hair loss is likely to happen in a predictable pattern. 

Hormone changes

Women may lose their hair during pregnancy, a time of massive hormone change. Childbirth and menopause can also cause hair loss. If you have a thyroid condition, you may experience hair loss. When hormone changes cause hair loss, it may be temporary or permanent. 

Underlying medical conditions

Some people lose their hair because they have some other condition. For example, if you have an infection caused by ringworm, you may have some hair loss. 

Medication

Most people know that chemotherapy can cause hair loss, but it’s not the only medication that can lead to alopecia. Drugs used to treat depression, arthritis, and other conditions can make your hair fall out. 

Stress

Everyone experiences some level of stress. If you experience an especially stressful event, you may have some temporary hair loss. 

Your style

Some hairstyles or ingredients used in styling products can cause hair loss. Styles that pull your hair tight can cause traction alopecia, which is a type of hair loss. 

What you can do

We specialize in hair restoration, and we’ve helped many patients who thought there was no solution for their hair loss. NeoGraft is a cutting-edge method of hair restoration, called FUE, or follicular unit extraction. This method transplants individual follicles from the back of your scalp and can both replace lost hair and improve hair density. 

If you’re concerned about hair loss, schedule an appointment for a consultation. Dr. Brownell can evaluate whether you’re a good candidate for FUE, and you may find you have more options than you thought.

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