Hair loss has been an important problem for both women and men since ancient times. It’s just as annoying for women as it is for men, and it’s pretty common.
Average hair loss of 50 to 100 strands per day is considered natural. Many conditions, from medical reasons to tension, can cause it. What is valuable is to find the cause of hair loss and to know how to deal with it.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAIR LOSS?
Hair loss may occur suddenly within a few weeks, or it may happen gradually, over time, and over years. Symptoms of hair loss may include:
Thinning of Hair Strands: Thinning occurs in the hair strands, especially in the upper and middle parts of the hair. The front hairline regresses without error.
Bald Spots: They can be round, systematic or unsystematic in patches. Often the scalp is visible. There may be itching or a feeling of pain before spillage.
Hair in Hand: It is common especially after emotional traumas. While washing or combing hair, clumps of hair come to the hand or comb.
Complete Baldness: This condition usually appears as a result of chemotherapy or other medical treatments.
Types of Alopecia
Alopecia is known as hair loss. There are 4 different types of alopecia:
1- Androgenetic Alopecia: It is the type of shedding that occurs due to family history and genetic reasons. It is common. While it is generally seen in the form of regression in the front hairline in men, it is generally seen in the form of thinning in all hair strands in women. It is most common in women between the ages of 15 and 40.
2- Alopecia Areata: It is the rapid and sudden spills that occur in patches. It is more common in men and in the middle posterior part.
3- Cicatricial Alopecia: It is the shedding that occurs as a result of scar tissue formation. It is irreversible.
4- Traumatic Alopecia: This form of shedding mostly occurs after hair styling processes. It is caused by processes such as being exposed to heat for a long time, using a blow dryer and hair straightener.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS CAUSED BY HAIR LOSS
• Many health problems can cause hair loss. The most common ones are hormonal reasons, vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
• Hair loss is common, especially in cases of hypothyroidism, where the thyroid gland is underactive.
• The wounds that occur in the head after ringworm also prevent hair growth from that area.
• Hair loss is common in postmenopausal hormone imbalances.
• Disturbances of mood and exposure to heavy tension are other causes. However, it is usually temporary.
• Postpartum hair loss may be seen discontinuously.
• Hair loss can also be observed in anemia of vitamin B, zinc and iron deficiency. When you replace the missing vitamins and minerals, shedding usually decreases.
• Since a vitamin B deficiency may occur in vegetarians, hair loss may occur.
EFFECTIVE TREATMENT METHODS IN HAIR LOSS
Hair loss in menopause, hormonal changes and tension situations is usually temporary. But in other types of alopecia, hair loss can be stopped by external intervention. It is ensured that the existing hair strands are thicker and bushy. If the shedding is in the last 3-4 years, new hair growth can be achieved as the hair follicles under the scalp maintain their vitality. We have listed the most effective, easy and accessible non-surgical techniques for you below:
Hair Mesotherapy: Mesotherapy is a non-surgical system. It is descended under the scalp with fine needles. Vitamins, minerals and ingredients that will strengthen the hair root are given to that area. The strengthened hair follicles pierce the scalp and begin to come out. The patient notices that new hair has grown about 6-8 weeks after starting the treatment. However, it is also seen that the existing hair is harder, stronger and shiny. Strengthened hair does not fall out as easily as before. Very effective results are obtained in 4-8 sessions, which will be done in the middle of 15 days.
PRP (Platelet-Strong Plasma) Treatment: In PRP treatment, 10 cc of blood is taken from the patient. It is then rotated in the high section in a device called a centrifuge. The red blood cells remaining at the bottom of the tube are discarded. The supernatant and nourishing platelets are drawn into an injector. It is given under the scalp. There are many growth factors in PRP. These also strengthen the hair root. PRP therapy has been used all over the world since the early 1980s. Firstly, it has started to be used in wound healing treatment due to its adaptive properties. It gives more adequate results, especially in people who live in a healthy way and do not smoke. Satisfactory results are obtained in 4-8 sessions with an average of 15 days. Results begin to be seen more clearly at the end of 8-12 weeks. Vitamin B and zinc tablets are usually added to the treatment.
Minoxidil Treatment (Rogaine): It is used in the form of foam or spray. To be effective, women should apply it to the scalp once a day and men twice a day. The downside is that you have to apply it indefinitely to get effective results, Finasteride (Propecia): For men. It is taken orally as a tablet every day. The patient begins to see the effect after a few months. It can cause sexual reluctance as a side effect.
Briefly, we tried to list the causes of hair loss and cost-effective methods of analysis. In order to protect your existing hair and prevent the hair from falling out, our recommendations are to try to stay away from tension, to have check-ups at intervals; B vitamins, zinc, thyroid, iron deficiency, anemia and hormonal imbalance will cause you to have your values checked. The treatment methods mentioned above should only be applied by medical doctors and licensed clinics.