As a hair restoration specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein gets asked many questions regarding the hair loss: what causes it, and what can make it stop. It turns out that there is still a lot of misinformation about hair loss. Some myths about it are more common than others.
Whether you’re only starting to lose your hair or have significant hair loss, odds are that you want to understand what’s behind it and what you can do to slow it down or reverse it. Getting the facts about hair loss and hair restoration will help you make an informed decision about the best way to proceed.
Hats Cause Hair Loss
Hats can do a lot of things. They keep your head warm. If they have a wide brim, they can shield your face from the sun. They can act as a fashion statement.
What hats can’t do is cause hair loss. The belief that they are in some ways responsible for causing hair loss comes from the few strands of hair that are inevitably left in the hat after a person wears it. But, those strands are just part of normal shedding. The hat itself didn’t pull them out of a person’s scalp. In fact, for a hat to play any part in causing hair loss, it would need to somehow affect a person’s hair follicles, by shrinking the follicles or otherwise causing them harm.
Even if you’re losing your hair, keep wearing your hats. They don’t impact hair loss and can help conceal any loss you have.
Hair Loss Will Eventually Stop
The belief that male pattern or female pattern baldness will taper off or even stop as you get older is wishful thinking. Genetic hair loss continues throughout a person’s life once it starts. There are ways to conceal or slow down the hair loss, such as taking medication or having a hair transplant. But even after the transplant, you can continue to lose your hair. Some people need an additional surgery a few years down the road to maintain the results from the first surgery.
Another myth that goes hand in hand with the belief that hair loss will eventually stop on its own is that only older men suffer from hair loss. In reality, hair loss can affect anyone, young and old, male or female. It’s caused by a number of factors, such as genes and medical conditions.
You Only Have to Worry About Hair Loss on the Head
While male or female pattern baldness only affects certain areas of the scalp, hair loss can occur all over the body for a number of reasons. For example, if you suffer a severe burn, any hair that was growing in that area might fall out and not regrow. Constantly waxing or plucking your eyebrows can cause them not to grow back or can cause them to come in uneven. Medical conditions or a thyroid issue can also lead to hair loss on the body. Hair restoration surgery can add hair to various areas of the body, such as the chest, eyebrows or face. In many cases, the results from a body hair restoration procedure appear more quickly than a hair transplant on the scalp.
Hair Restoration Surgery Is Always Obvious
Everyone will know that you’ve had surgery is a common worry for men and women. The truth is, people will only know about your procedure if you decide to tell them. While in the past hair transplants often resulted in a “pluggy,” doll’s head look, newer hair restoration techniques, such as follicular unit grafting or follicular unit extraction involve removing tiny grafts. The grafts are inserted into the recipient area through small incisions. The positioning and size of the transplanted follicles makes it nearly impossible for an untrained eye to tell that you’ve had a procedure done.
While no one will be able to tell that you’ve had a hair transplant, what they will be able to tell is that you are losing your hair. Don’t let hair loss get in the way of your life. To find out more about your treatment options and whether hair restoration surgery is the right call for you, contact Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a hair restoration specialist in Miami and New York City, today. For an appointment in Miami, call (305) 666-1774. To schedule a consultation in New York City, call (212) 759-3484.