How Hormones Affect Hair Loss

Hormones and Hair Loss

There are a lot of things that go through a patient’s mind when they’re losing their hair. One question they often ask themselves and ask us here at RHRLI is, “Why?” Patients want to know what causes their hair loss and they also want to know what kind of permanent solution they can find. When you’re looking at causes of hair loss, you’ve probably heard mention of hormones. Hormones can affect hair loss, but the involvement of hormones in the most common cause of hair loss is a little bit complicated.

RHRLI Will Answer Your Questions About Hair Loss

When you consult with RHRLI, we’ll be happy to explain to you the causes of hair loss and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also tell you about our cutting edge permanent solution to thinning hair called the ARTAS® System. This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses robotic technology and precision to give you a healthy new head of hair. We want our patients to know all about hair loss, so we want to tell you about how hormones affect it.

Causes of Hair Loss and Hormones

There are several causes of hair loss. According to the Mayo Clinic, hair loss can be related to heredity, stress, wearing a hairstyle in a manner that pulls tightly on the hair. Medications, such as drugs used to fight cancer, can have side effects that cause people to lose hair. And there are conditions that are created by hormonal changes.

Hormones can cause women to lose their hair during pregnancy or menopause and hormones can also be related to hair loss among patients who have certain thyroid conditions. Robert Anolik, a New York City based dermatologist told Men’s Health that hair loss can be associated with both low and high thyroid activity. Hair loss related to thyroid conditions don’t just happen on the top of head. You can lose body hair as well. Dr. Anolik says these conditions can usually get treated with medication.

Hormones and Male/Female Pattern Hair Loss

The most common form of thinning hair is male/female pattern hair loss. But does this involve hormones? Well, according to the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA) testosterone does play role, but not directly. It’s a derivative of testosterone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that can trigger pattern hair loss. Testosterone converts to DHT with the help of an enzyme which is in the hair follicle’s oil glands. Scientists believe that DHT binds to receptors in the scalp follicles, which has the effect of shrinking the follicles. Eventually this causes hair loss. This can happen even with a lower level of DHT, which is why women can suffer from pattern hair loss even though they don’t have as much testosterone as men.

RHRLI Can Help You Conquer Hair Loss

If you’re suffering from any type of hair loss, RHRLI can help. The ARTAS® System uses a robotic arm to harvest healthy hair and transplant it to where it’s needed. The last hair follicle transplant is just as accurate as the first, thanks to the precision of the ARTAS® robotic arm. We can change your life in a few short months. Contact RHRLI today.

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