Besides genetics, styling tools and chemically-induced products, there are other causes of hair loss that are more serious underlying health conditions. Here are 8 medical conditions that can lead to hair thinning and baldness:
- Hormonal Fluctuations. Menopause, pregnancy and childbirth cause instability in hormone levels and can lead to hair loss.
- Hypothyroidism. An underactive thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones that are critical to metabolism and development of the body, including hair growth.
- Alopecia Areata. This autoimmune condition is a result of an overactive immune system that mistakenly sees hair as a foreign object and targets it.
- Sleep Deprivation. Sleep plays an important role in rejuvenation. Sleep disorders like insomnia and narcolepsy are high stress and can affect hair health and cause baldness over time.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. One in every 10 to 15 women in the U.S. suffers from PCOS, a condition which leads to an overload of testosterone in the body. The testosterone interacts with the enzyme found in hair follicles and causes them to shrink and fall out.
- Anemia. Hair loss is one of the most prominent symptoms of Anemia, or iron deficiency, in the body. The blood lacks sufficient red blood cells to transport oxygen to cells throughout the body, including hair follicles. Hair becomes deprived of essential nutrients required for strength and growth.
- Lupus. Thinning hair is often one of the first signs of this autoimmune disease which attacks healthy tissues and leads to inflammation of the skin and scalp.
- Telogen Effluvium. This condition is characterized by an abrupt onset of hair loss after a triggering event such as major surgery, drastic weight loss or extreme stress.
NeoGraft uses the Follicular Unit Extraction method in which the hair at the back of a patient’s head is carefully removed, and the collected follicles are then implanted into the spaces on the head where hair growth is sought. Patients typically return to work the next day and there is no scarring.