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Getting at the root causes of hair loss

Losing one’s hair most often is a very slow, insidious process. In fact, only after 50% of a man or woman’s hair is already down the drain does it become noticeable to patients.

Losing one’s hair most often is a very slow, insidious process. In fact, only after 50% of a man or woman’s hair is already down the drain does it become noticeable to patients. So let’s keep it real: While hair loss affects fifty percent of all men and one out of every four women, it is easily diagnosed, and there are wonderful, effective treatments available to slow progression and help re-grow hair. This ranges from Rogaine Foam, Propecia, and Laser Therapy to extremely natural-looking hair transplantation surgical techniques including the latest one, the NeoGraft method.  

But before we start with procedures and treatments, let’s examine how you can tell if you’re dealing with a progressive hair loss condition.

First, take notice as to how many hairs are in your shower drain, on the towel when you first dry your hair, in your brush, and on your clothes each day. If it is more than 100 hairs, then you probably have clinical hair loss.

Another one of the first signs of thinning hair during the summer is sunburn on your scalp.  If your hair is thick enough, it will protect your scalp from burning, but as it thins, this protection is lost. If you received sunburn on your scalp, then you probably have clinical hair loss.

Also, lots of men and women spend a great deal of time driving and using the rearview mirror to check themselves out several times during a commute.  If you can now see through your hair and can follow the contour of your skull – when before you just saw thick hair – then you probably have clinical hair loss.

Next, most people simply do not like losing their hair and will try lots of hair styling maneuvers to hide it.  Techniques from the infamous “comb-over,” to coloring the scalp to create the appearance of thicker hair, to literally taking hours to do whatever one can to cover the balding areas all can make getting up and getting off to work a job in itself.  So, if this is happening, then you probably have clinical hair loss.

And don’t forget that friendly observation, which is extremely helpful because others often notice hair loss in ourselves before we do.  The problem with this arises when it is pointed out in a very public and often embarrassing way—like at the company’s holiday party or during an otherwise enjoyable event.  Take the observation as a friendly push to get your hair loss evaluated and medically treated and not as an affront to your masculinity or femininity.  If others notice your hair loss, then you probably have clinical hair loss.

Once you’ve taken these steps on your own to determine if you may have a problem with hair loss, then make an appointment to see a medically-trained and educated hair loss doctor. We have effective non-surgical treatments such as Rogaine Foam, Propecia, and Laser Therapy to slow the  progression and non-evasive surgical procedures such as NeoGraft to transplant and re-grow your natural hair.

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