How The Immune System Impacts Hair Growth

How the immune system impacts hair growthThe human body, despite all the time and energy that has gone into researching it for millennia, is still a mystery in many regards. In fact, we’re still finding out new information about how our bodies operate. For example, we know that most people will experience some form of hair thinning or loss in their lives… but we don’t understand the body enough yet to prevent it before it starts for the millions of Americans affected.

A crucial part of learning to prevent hair loss in the future is having a better understanding of what causes it. We’ve discussed how factors we can sometimes control – including stress, diet, and our sleeping patterns – can affect overall hair health. What about factors outside of our control? It can be genetic (as in a benign trait that’s passed down), but could it also be related to other factors that can be inherited… like an auto-immune disease?

What Auto-Immune Disease Makes Your Hair Fall Out?

One auto-immune disease that causes hair loss is known as alopecia areata. This particular disease causes your immune system to perceive your hair follicles as hostile foreign entities in your body that need to be attacked. The more hair follicles that get damaged as a result of this, the more hair you’ll lose.

Fortunately, the damage done to hair follicles as a result of this auto-immune disease rarely leads to the hair follicle being destroyed. This means you have a chance at being able to regrow some – if not most – of your hair lost in this way over time.

Why Is My Immune System Attacking My Hair Follicles?

Unfortunately, we still don’t entirely understand why our immune systems do this. The current belief is that it can be a combination of both genetic factors as well as environmental ones.

That may not sound like it narrows it down, but that’s what the scientific community is currently working with. Perhaps with some of the recent breakthrough findings that have been revealed recently, we can start unlocking the truths behind alopecia areata to better combat it in the future.

Robotic Hair Restoration Long Island Can Help Restore Your Hair Line

Alopecia areata can be particularly stressful and embarrassing as your immune system can attack hair follicles in a way that leads to patchy hair loss. Regardless, if you’re suffering from auto-immune disease related hair loss or not, we here at RHRLI can help. We utilize the ARTAS Robotic FUE hair restoration system, a minimally invasive procedure that will get you back to your day-to-day life quickly as you start your journey toward a full and natural head of hair once again.

Additionally, we also offer non-surgical options as well as lifestyle advice to help you cultivate strong, healthy hair long after hair restoration takes place. Contact us today for a free consultation on how best to restore your hair.

What Is a Scalp Biopsy?

what is a scalp biopsyThe older we get, the more likely we are to hear doctors requesting biopsies to check on our health. The definition of biopsy is the removal and examination of tissue, cells, or fluids from the living body. A biopsy can help to shed some light on a condition you may have or even help your doctor reach a diagnosis of an ailment or disease you may have.

Depending on what your doctors need to evaluate, biopsies can be taken from anywhere on the body. These procedures help shed some light on your overall health. So, what could a scalp biopsy uncover?

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Hair Styling And Hair Loss

hair styling and hair lossMany of us become increasingly aware of the state of our hairline as we get older. After all, nearly half of all men experience some level of hair loss by the time they reach their mid-30s, and the vast majority of women even experience some level of hair loss by the time they reach their 60s. While many causes of hair loss are unavoidable, that’s all the more reason we want to avoid situations where we inflict hair loss on ourselves. [Read more…] about Hair Styling And Hair Loss

Why Is Jada Pinkett-Smith Shaving Her Head?

Why is Jada Pinkett-Smith Shaving Her Head? What You Need to Know About AlopeciaIf you watched this year’s Academy Award ceremony, you saw Will Smith slap Chris Rock for mocking his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. But you might not have realized that Rock’s “joke” was about a medical condition that caused her hair loss. [Read more…] about Why Is Jada Pinkett-Smith Shaving Her Head?

Retinoids And Hair Loss

retinoids and hair lossAll of us – especially as we get older – look for ways to help ensure that our hair lasts for as long as possible. We become increasingly aware of the products we put in our hair, perform proper maintenance, and look more into how diet or medication can affect our overall hair health. We understand how certain vitamins in our diet are an important part of keeping our hair healthy, but some are more important than others. [Read more…] about Retinoids And Hair Loss

Collagen And Overall Hair Health

collagen and overall hair healthMany of us are looking at everyday things we can do to promote our hair health. Whether it be the kinds of shampoo and conditioner we use, how often we wash our hair, how we brush our hair, or how we style it. We’re trying to be mindful of what’s good for our hair health and what will keep us having that full head of hair for as long as we can. [Read more…] about Collagen And Overall Hair Health

Can Onions Prevent Hair Loss?

can onions prevent hair loss?Onions have been a staple at the dinner table since before there were dinner tables some 5,000 years ago. Their delicious pungency notwithstanding, people have had other uses for onions throughout history. They were thought to ward off disease, protect from evil spirits, and aid in increasing beauty and long life. [Read more…] about Can Onions Prevent Hair Loss?