The actual cause of hair loss is specific to the individual. A number of different factors can combine to trigger hair loss. There has been some link to certain forms of hair loss and the immune system. In men, hormones such as DHT can trigger an autoimmune response in pattern hair loss, initiating an attack on the hair follicle. This results in destructive inflammation that gradually causes hair loss. Elevated androgens can also trigger increased oil production, which also leads to inflammation and, subsequently, hair loss. Women's hair loss tends to be primarily driven by hormones.
Sometimes stress can play a significant role in hair loss. Stress-related hair loss ordinarily regrows within a year of eliminating the source of the stress. Crash dieting, medical conditions, certain medications, pregnancy, and other major life changes can be stressful and thus aid in stress-induced hair loss. In some cases, extreme emotional tension for prolonged periods of time can influence hair loss as well.
Because there are many factors behind pattern hair loss for both men and women, the best approach to treatment will vary. And sometimes it is best to use a combination of treatments for the best result. A common fundamental approach is to use a growth stimulant. Other options include therapeutic shampoos, topical steroids, and more. Dr. Shah is an expert in the treatment of hair loss, particularly where it relates to women’s hair loss. Treatment will depend on the specific diagnosis of your hair loss. During your hair loss consultation, Dr. Shah will discuss your diagnosis with you and possible treatment options.
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