As you age, you are likely to start losing hair, leaving patches that may affect your physical appearance. Balding is a common condition, but it can make you lose your self-esteem and prevent you from enjoying your life. If you are looking for effective treatments for hair loss, you can consult Dr. Martin Maag in Lakewood Ranch about the available treatment options.

What is balding?

Balding refers to the progressive and excessive loss of hair from your scalp. Most people prefer allowing nature to take its cause without medical interference, while others try covering it with hats and scarves. Others may seek treatment to prevent further balding or regrowing their hair. In most cases, balding occurs due to genetics, but in some cases, it may occur due to excess stress, disease, or medication. Before balding, you may notice thinning of hair, mild hair loss, or patches on some parts of your scalp. You may also see a receding hairline, more common in men. A receding hairline may signify androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male-pattern balding. Women may experience female-pattern balding, which begins with a widening hair patch. Regardless of your gender or age, balding can significantly affect your self-confidence. Fortunately, Dr. Maag and his skilled team at Honest Hair Restoration offer personalized hair restoration plans that can help you restore your hair volume.

What factors lead to balding?

In addition to genetic female- and male-pattern, balding can also occur due to other causative factors. Suppose you are unaware of the factors causing your hair loss. In that case, Dr. Maag may review your medical history and conduct a comprehensive physical exam to determine the cause of your hair loss. He may also discuss the kind of medications you are on and other lifestyle habits to understand your alopecia better. Some of the factors that lead to unexpected balding include:

  • Cancer treatment
  • Inadequate protein in your diet
  • Extreme stress
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Ringworm of the scalp
  • Habitual hair pulling
  • Tight hairstyles such as cornrows
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Medications
  • Alopecia 

It may be challenging to prevent genetic balding, but eating a healthy diet and stopping traction and heat damage may slow down balding or contain other forms of hair loss.

How can you regrow your hair if you are balding?

During our appointment at Honest Hair Restoration, Dr. Maag educates you about the available hair restoration treatments and recommends the most appropriate treatment for you. Your treatment plan depends on the extent and cause of your hair loss. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Low-level laser therapy
  • Exosomal hair restoration
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) scalp injections
  • Prescription oral medications
  • Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
  • Prescription oral medications
  • NeoGraft assisted ProGrowth combination FUE and hair transplantation

You may need to try several of these treatments before finding the one that delivers the desired results. Some medicines like PRP injections and laser therapy promote hair growth by stimulating hair follicles. Others such as hair transplant and FUE involve the extraction of follicles from the donor site and placement of these grafts on the balding location.

Call the Honest Hair Restoration office or book your spot online for more information about the available balding treatments.