The onset of hair thinning or loss for any reason can be disheartening. If it continues, the results can feel devastating. Many of us find part of our identity in how our hair looks and our hairstyle. This is normal, and coping with sudden appearance changes we can’t control isn’t easy for anyone. Luckily, today’s hair treatments can help!
Cause of Hair Thinning or Loss
If you are experiencing hair thinning or loss, it can be helpful to know there are many possible causes and reasons. Some causes are within your control, including stress, diet, hairstyle, changes in hormones, infections, medications, medical conditions and even trauma (sometimes hair can fall out for a period of time after a shock to the system of any kind, although generally this damage is reversible).
Some causes for thinning or loss of hair, however, are out of your control, such as when you have hereditary pattern hair loss or baldness. This condition can occur in both men and women as early as puberty and it is permanent once it begins. Generally, pattern baldness will begin around the temples and near the crown of the head and progress outward from there. For some, the hair loss may be partial, while for others, it may be total.
Effect of Hair Thinning or Loss
For many men and women, experiencing thinning hair is distressing and can lead to lower self-esteem and depression. For these reasons and many others, patients contact us every day wanting to learn more about modern treatments for thinning hair and hair loss, such as a hair transplant.
The Best Treatment for Hair Thinning or Loss
While there certainly are medications and natural treatments, the best treatment for hair thinning or loss is the only one that is able to put healthy hair back where it once grew on its own – the hair transplant.
A hair transplant is a simple outpatient surgical procedure performed under mild sedation. It takes healthy growing hair from a “donor site” on your head and transplants it (hence the procedure’s name) to a “recipient site” where hair loss has occurred. Specialists have been performing hair transplants since the procedure was first developed in the 1950’s, so it is completely safe and effective.
The hair transplant is still considered to be the best treatment for hair loss because the doctor is using your own hair and simply changing its location on your head. Because it is your own hair that is being transplanted, you don’t risk any changes in hair color or texture or any rejection of the donor site hair.
What You Should Know
While hair transplants are very safe and effective, they are not without some risk. Your scalp may be sore for a few days, and there may be some swelling. Insurance coverage for the procedure varies, but you will have more success getting coverage if you are receiving a hair transplant for medical rather than cosmetic reasons.
How to Get Started
Dr. Louis M. DeJoseph is an expert hair transplant surgeon and has the expertise to help patients just like you look and feel your very best. Your first step is to schedule your initial consultation. In this one-on-one office visit, you and Dr. DeJoseph will talk about your goals for your hair transplant procedure and he will answer all your questions. You can then schedule your procedure at a date and time convenient for you. Give us a call today at (770) 457-6303 to schedule your consultation at either of our two convenient Atlanta locations!