Both women and men alike experience hair loss. There are multiple causes and we cover them here, however it’s always important to get a comprehensive evaluation when considering different treatment options. Read on to learn more.

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Why Does Hair Loss Happen?

Different Scalp conditions that affect hair growth through oxidative stress are:

  • Oxidizing scalp lipids
  • UVR
  • Smoking cigarettes or 2nd hand exposure
  • Inflammation microbial, from pollutants or irritants

Causes for scalp pathology that leads to hair loss:

  • Androgenic alopecia (related to hormones – women and men have a high level of 5 alpha reductase and convert Testosterone to DHT dihydro-testosterone)
  • Alopecia Areata (usually rare and hair falls out in patches – usually occurs at a young age)
  • Female pattern Hair loss – more common after age 40, has a diffuse presentation and less related to hormones)
  • Senile Alopecia (common with older age)
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Tellogen Efluvium

Tellogen Efluvium  is the most common cause of diffuse hair loss. It is a nonscarring, diffuse, hair loss from the scalp that occurs around 3 months after a triggering event and is usually self-limiting, lasting for about 6 months.

In TE hair loss is usually less than 50% of the scalp hair:

  • It is a temporary disturbance of the hair follicle, that is unrelated to age
  • It is seen more frequently in women
  • Start date is usually noticeable
  • Hair loss is diffuse and across multiple areas
  • Hair that falls in present day likely detached 3 months ago
  • Treatment will generate results in 3-4 months

Typical TRIGGERS for Telogen Effluvium include:

  • COVID, H1N1
  • Childbirth, postpartum
  • Acute or chronic illness
  • Major surgery
  • Major trauma or an accident with emotional or physical trauma
  • Psychological stress
  • Severe weight loss, drastic change in diet and depletion of nutrients ex Iron or B vitamins
  • Medications
  • Hormonal issues – low or high THYROID, low Estrogen, high TESTOSTERONE metabolites like DHT
  • Skin diseases affecting the scalp
  • Excessive Sun exposure
  • Exposure to chemicals like hair dyes – possible allergic reactions

Hair Restoration with Fotona Laser

Low Level Laser Therapy, also known as Phototherapy or Photo biomodulation is Clinically proved to treat hair loss.

  • Promotes hair growth
  • Makes hair thicker, fuller and stronger
  • Improves the hair mass index

It does so by:

  1. Increasing growth factor production in hair follicles
  2. Improving cellular levels respiration
  3. Increases ATP production
  4. Increases Blood Flow to the scalp and hair follicles

If hair loss has been ongoing and getting worse in the past 8 years you can expect a 60-75% improvement. Usually 6-8 sessions are needed and done at intervals of 2 weeks. A treatment session lasts 20-30 min, no numbing is necessary. Treatment is painless and can be enhanced with PRP application. If hair loss is something you struggle with, come see us for a hair restoration consultation: expect us to order comprehensive blood testing, including hormones and after results reviewed recommend a detailed treatment plan including supplements, hormonal support, so you can maintain the benefits obtained from the laser sessions!

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OFF LABEL therapy options

  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Microneedling by itself or with RF
  • PRP
  • Shampoos
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What types of hair treatment are available?

Comprehensive evaluation for all hair loss should include:
General health labs, Hormones, Nutrients and Vitamin levels, Inflammation Markers, Autoimmune markers. Read below for therapy options (drugs) approved by the FDA.

Finasteride (PROPECIA):

Side effects include:

  • Impotence
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Difficulty reaching an orgasm
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Swelling of hands and feet
  • Breast tenderness and possible swelling
  • Dizziness and/or weakness
  • Headache
  • Skin rashes

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Typical aside effects are

  • Severe scalp irritation
  • Unwanted growth of facial hair
  • Chest pain, palpitations
  • Feeling like you could pass out
  • Flushing
  • Headache, dizziness, confusion



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