Did you know up to 80% of men and 50% of women experience hair loss or balding? This common condition may not threaten your physical health, but it does affect all areas of your life, from your self-confidence to mental health.
At Honest Hair Restoration in Bradenton and Tampa, Florida, our team uses personalized hair restoration treatments to help restore your hair. One of the most frequently asked questions posed to our board-certified physician Martin Maag, MD, is whether anything can be done to slow hair loss or balding.
Many products and treatments claim to help you keep or regrow your hair. Not all these products, however, deliver on their claims. That’s why seeking treatment for a medical professional, like Dr. Maag, who approaches hair restoration from a clinical, patient-centered perspective, is so important.
Keep reading to learn what can be done to slow the balding process and how we help you find the right hair restoration treatment for you.
Slowing, preventing, or reversing balding and hair loss
People experience hair loss and balding for different reasons. For example, certain medications and medical treatments may cause your hair to fall out, or not getting enough food and the right balance of nutrients may thin your hair.
The majority of adults, however, experience noticeable hair loss and balding because of a combination of advancing age and genetic factors. This condition, androgenic alopecia, more commonly called male or female pattern baldness, is the most common cause of hair loss worldwide.
The good news is that with the right treatment, you can slow or stop hair loss, and even help some of your hair to regrow. Be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maag sooner rather than later since the earlier you start treatment, the more effective it’s likely to be.
One of the best ways to slow or prevent balding is to manage stress. Your body releases adrenaline and cortisol, the “stress hormones,” that shut down any bodily functions deemed “non-essential.”
Chronic stress, which is what most modern humans experience, causes your body to keep producing more stress hormones. This shuts down hair growth, and the more stressed you feel, the more stress hormones you produce, making hair loss worse.
By learning ways to manage your stress, you can stop the production of extra stress hormones and slow hair loss.
Not eating enough and overeating can both create nutritional imbalances of vitamins and minerals your body needs to grow healthy hair. Be sure to consult with a physician, like Dr. Maag, before making any significant dietary changes or taking supplements.
Generally, by making sure you eat a balanced diet based around fresh fruits and veggies, high in healthy lean proteins, like beans and legumes, and rich in omega-3 fatty acids found in things like flax seeds, you can help slow and prevent balding.
Professional hair treatments
There’s no shortage of products, tips, and tricks out there that claim to slow or reverse balding. But what works for one person may not work for another—especially since people lose their hair for different reasons.
By seeing a hair loss specialist who can pinpoint your type of hair loss and any contributing factors, you can learn the best ways to restore your hair. For example, Dr. Maag checks the health of your scalp, the density of your hair, and the thickness of individual strands.
Some patients may benefit from prescription-strength shampoos, conditioners, and topical treatments. Oral medications may also play a role in hair restoration for some people, while others may need more dramatic help, such as a hair transplant, for lasting results.
How we help restore your hair
At Honest Hair Restoration, Dr. Maag and the team personalize your hair restoration treatment to provide effective results. We start with a comprehensive hair loss consultation, which includes:
- Reviewing your medical history
- Physically examining your scalp
- Discussing your family history of hair loss
We may also order any blood tests and labs needed to uncover any health conditions that may contribute to your hair loss. Dr. Maag and our team listen to your concerns and talk to you about your personal goals for hair restoration, making sure you understand the treatments and what they can realistically provide.
We work with you to design a medically sound treatment plan to give you more hair. Your hair restoration treatments may include options such as:
- Changing lifestyle factors to boost results (e.g., nutrition; stress management)
- Noninvasive, low-level laser cap therapy
- Prescription-strength, custom-blended medications
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
- Hair transplantation with follicular unit extraction (FUE)
Learn more about slowing hair loss and seeing more hair than skin on your scalp by scheduling a consultation online or over the phone with the hair loss experts at Honest Hair Restoration.