Hair Loss Facts

Points To Note On Male Or Female Hairloss:  

Scientific studies have shown that 95% of hairloss is genetic – also known as Androgenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness, Female Pattern Baldness). Although the clinical presentation is different in men and women, the underlying cellular processes causing AGA ( Androgenetic Alopecia) are thought to be similar. AGA is caused by androgens in both men and women. Androgens are produced in men by the testes and adrenal glands.  

The hallmark of androgenic alopecia is the progressive miniaturization of the hair follicles that renders them more sensitive to normal circulating levels of androgens ( male sex hormones). Increased levels of 5 alpha-reductase in these genetically predisposed hair follicles causes the conversion of the male sex hormone (androgens) into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormonal culprit responsible for androgenic alopecia. Dihydrotestosterone continues to damage and miniaturize hair follicles.  

Laser Hair Therapy:  

As the ongoing effects of dihydrotestosterone damage hair follicles, the body responds to this injury with an inflammatory response, primarily mediated by the immune system. The cells of the immune system cause inflammatory reactions that further damage these hair follicles, and most likely lead to the eventual death of the follicle. .  

In short and simple terms, 95% of those who suffer from hairloss is genetically predisposed (inherited) to react to the harmful effect of DHT – which means no drugs or treatment or even laser therapy can change this genetic defect, except for Gene Therapy which is still not available. Laser therapy can reverse the harmful effects of DHT while increasing stimulation, and providing increased blood supply to the hair follicles. The benefits of this therapy help in over 93% of users, but with the understanding that the therapy is for the long term. If the therapy stops, so do the benefits. Bottom line is that Laser therapy can grow back lost hairs, and is considered to be one of the best treatments to correct thinning hair with regular use. Laser therapy works best when used with Minoxidil, as well as organic plant vasodialators which increase blood flow surrounding the hair follicles. IHS recommends a natural organic vasodialator under the name of “Therapro” by Therapro Pharmaceuticals. We have been recommending this Therapro products because we have seen the benefits from using the products, even when used alone. Therapro does not block DHT, nor does Minoxidil.  

Therefore, persons who suffer from this problem must realize that any treatment you seek (be it medication like Finasteride _ Propecia or Minoxidil – Rogaine, or laser therapy, or any other therapy) – must be a long term committment. The very moment you stop your therapy, your problem will recur again – more so because AGA is a genetic defect.


  11 Sneaky Reasons Your Hair Is Falling Out  

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), hereditary hair loss alone affects more than 80 million men and women in the United States. And for these men and women, this hair loss may be a significant source of anxiety.  

A 2007 survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, found that more than 57 percent of respondents (all men) would choose to have hair on their head over a car, a cell phone, a laptop or a television set. A different survey referenced in “Women and Hair Loss: A Physician’s Perspective,” written by president and CEO of the Hair Foundation, Dr. Matt Leavitt, found that 43 percent of women are at least “somewhat concerned” about hair loss. These concerns are not unfounded as there are numerous conditions — both hereditary and otherwise — that can cause your hair to thin or fall out. But where is the line between “normal” hair loss and something that may indicate another issue?  

We spoke to a few hair loss experts about the issue of hair loss and why it happens — we even discovered a few sneaky hair loss culprits.  

The Basics  

Your hair lives in a state of constant cyclical movement. At any given moment a certain percentage of hair is in a “Growth Phase” (usually about 85 percent of hairs), a “Transitional Phase,” or a “Resting Phase.” When a given hair follicle transitions from resting to growth, the old hair is pushed out by a new hair.  

It is this cycle that causes what we think of as every day hair loss — most people lose between 50 to 100 hairs each day. And on days when we shampoo, we tend to lose more, says Amy McMichael, M.D., a professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Hence, why none of us should be alarmed if we leave a small clump of hair behind after we shower (although unclogging the drain is probably a good idea).  

Paradi Mirmirani, M.D., a dermatologist with The Permanente Medical Group, explains the life cycle of hair as, “a very biologic rhythm … where certain things can disrupt this rhythm.” Dr. Mirmirani explains that these “disruptions” are what often lead to hair loss.

The Most Common Cause  

Although there are a large array of possible triggers for hair loss, the most common cause remains male and female pattern baldness. “Fifty percent of men and women will have some manifestation of hereditary hair loss,” says Mirmirani, “although the pattern of hair loss differs.”  

This genetically-driven hair loss is not experienced through excessive shedding, but rather a gradual thinning of the hair. Baldness just doesn’t happen overnight. It is also experienced differently in men and women. While men often go completely bald — specifically on the crown or top of their heads — women usually experience general thinning on the top of the scalp and rarely experience anything close to total baldness. According to George Cotsarelis, M.D., chairman of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Dermatology, female pattern hair loss “tends to start early if it’s going to be severe.” He says of his female patients, “They [often] think they’ll be bald and [get] very frightened. Most of the time if they’re in their 40s, 50s, 60s, they’re not going to.”  

As an aside, many men and women that experience pattern baldness are also shown to have higher than average levels of insulin. Although the correlation between insulin resistance (pre-diabetes) and hair loss had been well-established in men, in the last decade, research has found the same connection in women.  

What Other Causes Are There?  

Besides male and female pattern baldness (also called androgenetic alopecia) any number of things can trigger temporary and permanent hair loss. Since most people that experience excessive hair shedding only do so on a temporary basis, Dr. Mirmirani says that sometimes the culprit is never discovered. “There are probably various signals [other than the major ones] that can lead to shedding, but we’re just not in tune with what those are,” she says.  

Dermatologists are in tune with many of the hair loss triggers, though. We rounded up some of the sneakiest culprits.  

But remember, if you are concerned about excessive hair loss, it’s always best to seek the advice of a medical professional. “When there is an acute … loss of hair — either in patches or diffusely — evaluation by a medical professional … is indicated. This way appropriate treatment can be started as early as possible,” says Andrew F. Alexis, M.D., MPH, assistant clinical professor at Columbia University.