While hair loss is a natural part of life, experiencing sudden and severe hair loss can be a major shock to the system. Whether you’re noticing thinning along the hairline or losing your hair in clumps and patches, finding a solution to the underlying issue is a must.
Our founder, Dr. David A. Berman, is the foremost expert in hair restoration, specializing in hair transplant technology. As principal clinical researcher on the first robotic hair transplant device in 2006, Dr. Berman has performed more than 250,000 procedures, as well as training hundreds of other dermatologists and hair specialists.
Through his expertise and commitment to excellence, Dr. Berman hand selected our team of hair restoration experts to skillfully diagnose and treat hair loss for natural looking, long-lasting results. August is Hair Loss Awareness Month, and we’re walking you through everything you need to know about the causes of hair loss and the effective treatment options available to you.
What Causes Premature Hair Loss?
‘Premature hair loss’ typically refers to significant hair loss that occurs before the age of 50, sometimes occurring as early as the 20s or 30s. This can manifest as androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male or female pattern baldness, alopecia areata, which causes hair loss in round patches, or a rarer condition known as alopecia universalis, which causes total hair loss across the body, including eyelashes and eyebrows.
But what causes premature hair loss? The answer can vary from patient to patient, but the most common causes of premature hair loss include:
- Hormonal changes, especially in pregnant or menopausal women
- Scalp trauma caused by infection or injury
- Side effects from medication or cancer treatments
- Damage caused by certain hair styles or products
- Aging and genetic factors
The exact factors contributing to your hair loss issues can be determined by a skilled dermatologist specializing in scalp and hair health, like those at Berman Skin Institute. Our evaluation process includes a thorough examination of the affected area as well as consideration of lifestyle factors and personal or family history.
What Hair Restoration Options are Available to Me?
If you’re experiencing hair loss that is affecting your self-esteem or ability to show up as yourself in different social situations, finding an effective solution can be life changing. Thankfully, modern innovations in hair restoration means there are options for even the most severe cases.
Topical and Oral Medications
For mild to moderate hair loss caused by internal factors like hormonal changes and immune disorders, the key to hair restoration is addressing the cause at its source. Certain oral medications and topical creams and serums can help to reduce inflammation and restore normal follicular activity.
Topical solutions range from over-the-counter products like Rogaine to prescription-strength topical steroids. Oral Finasteride may also be prescribed to help control Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels, which are believed to contribute to hair loss in both men and women.
Transplants are most people’s first thought when it comes to hair restoration.
Dr. Berman is the most experienced ARTAS robotic hair transplant specialist in the world. He has treated more than 250,000 patients since 1993 and acted as the principal clinical investigator/researcher for the first robotic hair transplant performed in 2006. Since then, he has worked closely with manufacturers and hair transplant specialists to hone and perfect robotic hair transplant procedures to give patients remarkable results.
With the aid of this advanced precision technology, our team of hair restoration specialists are able to expertly harvest and transplant hair follicles to the desired area with minimal scalp trauma or downtime. The robotic procedure requires no linear incision, allowing most patients to return to work quickly, with continued, gradual new growth of hair for over a year after the procedure.
If you’re ready to take back control of your premature hair loss, Berman Skin Institute is here to help. Call us today or schedule your consultation online to learn more about our hair restoration options.