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Causes of Hair Loss and Hair Restoration Treatments in Charlotte

  • Post published:January 25, 2022
  • Post category:Blog

Hair loss is an extremely common issue, affecting an estimated 85 percent of men and 40 percent of women by age 50. Thankfully, with modern medication and treatment options, hair loss is easier to manage now than ever before. At Cooley Hair Center, we specialize in providing our patients with the right hair restoration treatment to suit their requirements. To do so requires a detailed understanding of the various causes behind hair loss. Here we will go over the common causes of hair loss and how they can be treated.

Pattern Baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia

Hereditary hair loss, also known as androgenetic and pattern baldness, is the most common cause of hair loss. It comprises 95% of hair loss cases. Additionally, 40% of these cases are female, and most women dealing with hair loss are between 25 and 35 years old. While 66% of men experience noticeable hair loss by the time they reach 35 and when they are 50 approximately 85% of males will have much thinner hair, with two thirds of men experiencing some pattern baldness when they reach their 60s.

Stress-Related Hair Loss or Telogen Effluvium

Those losing more than 100 to 150 hairs a day may be experiencing this type of hair loss, which can be prompted by emotional and physical stresses such as experiencing a disease, traumatic event or crisis. COVID hair loss is also a subtype of this condition.

Stress-related hair loss often occurs after emotionally stressful events, surgeries, high fevers and other traumas that shock the body, causing follicles to enter the resting phase (telogen) or the hair growth cycle, causing hair loss. This is temporary and hair often regrows after half a year, but it can also precipitate or accelerate male or female pattern hair loss.

Other Hair Loss Causes

Hair loss can also be caused by other conditions such as an autoimmune disorder known as alopecia areata. Malnutrition, pregnancy and other medical conditions can also contribute to hair loss.

Effective Hair Loss Treatment Options at Cooley Hair Center

Dr. Cooley employs a variety of hair loss treatment options ranging from medical and non-invasive ones to hair transplant surgeries. Our treatments include:

Rogaine or Minoxidil for Hair Loss in Charlotte

Cooley Hair Center’s Rogaine treatment helps patients slow down their hair loss. Rogaine’s active ingredient is minoxidil It works by dilating blood vessels that nourish hair follicles in the scalp, directly counteracting the follicle-shrinking effects of DHT. In order to provide the best approach towards fighting hair loss, Dr. Cooley recommends a treatment plan consisting of both Rogaine and Propecia.

Rogaine is prescribed in the form of a foam or liquid that is applied to the scalp once or twice daily. With regular use, Rogaine can slow down further hair loss and help patients keep more of their existing hair. Rogaine will not regrow hair or fill in bald spots, but patients who use Rogaine regularly have been shown to lose less hair than those who do not manage their hair loss. This medication is also useful for treating hair loss in women.

Propecia or Finasteride for Hair Restoration in Charlotte

Propecia is a proven hair loss treatment that is FDA-approved. It works to reduce the conversion of testosterone into DHT, helping to prevent further hair loss. Dormant hair follicles are often revived and can begin producing hair again.

Patients who utilize both Rogaine and Propecia as part of a comprehensive treatment plan can expect a significant improvement in the rate of their hair loss and even the thickness of their remaining hair.

According to the FDA side effects are relatively rare and only a small percentage of patients reported experiencing sexual adverse effects. Propecia’s effects are reversed when treatment stops, although some may continue even after. Other effects, observed in a very low number of users include depression, breast tenderness, skin rash, and testicular pain.

The bottom line is: Propecia works and the adverse effects are rare.

Other Medical Hair Restoration Options

PRP Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma or PRP therapy, a newer option that can activate dormant follicles for noticeable improvement of hair density by using healing factors drawn and purified from the patient’s own blood.

Exosomes for Hair Loss

Exosome therapy, which is stem cell-derived and brings a wide array of growth factors that stimulate the body’s natural regenerative capabilities including that of hair follicles. The growth factors in exosome therapy are far more concentrated than in PRP with matching effects.

Surgical Hair Restoration Treatments

If hair loss medications such as Rogaine or Minoxidil are not achieving the desired effect, Cooley Hair Center offers other hair restoration treatments in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. We are one of the top hair restoration surgical centers on the east coast and utilize a variety of treatments including FUT and FUE hair transplant surgeries.

FUT Hair Transplants

Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT involves extracting a thin section of scalp containing healthy follicles that are then isolated from the graft and transplanted into the thinning areas. The donor site is sutured close, leaving a thin linear scar that is easily concealable by surrounding hair after the procedure.

FUE Hair Transplants

Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE entails extracting healthy hair follicles one by one with a small punch device and transferring them one at a time to the thinning areas. It leaves no linear scar and leaves surrounding hair intact, which can then conceal the donor area once they grow long.

Takeaway

Cooley Hair Center’s team of experts are leaders in their field and offer a variety of proven and cutting edge solutions to treat hair loss. Reach out to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jerry Cooley, who is renowned for his natural hair transplantation results. Cooley Hair Center patients in and around Minneapolis, including Saint Paul, Lakeville, St. Cloud and serves traveling patients from around the world.