3 Possible Reasons You're Developing Bald Spots

3 Possible Reasons You're Developing Bald Spots

Some hair on your brush is normal; on average, you lose 50-100 hairs per day. But if your hair looks thinner than usual and doesn’t seem to bounce back, you could be experiencing hair loss. 

Hair loss is worth investigating, not just for cosmetic reasons. It could result from an underlying condition or deficiencies.

Our experts at Integrative Medica in Salt Lake City, Utah, have a quick, noninvasive solution for hair loss — platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP uses your blood’s growth factors to aid the oxygenation of your hair follicles, which can help with almost any cause of hair loss. 

If you’re wondering what could cause your follicles to shrink, read on to find out three common causes of hair loss. 

1. Androgenetic alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia is hair loss that occurs in men and women, caused by a sensitivity of the hair follicles to androgens or exposure to excess androgens on the scalp. The condition is also known as male (or female) pattern baldness.

In men with alopecia, the excess hormones come in the form of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), androgens created by the adrenal glands in response to stress. These later convert to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the androgen responsible for hair loss. 

In women, the excess androgens usually result from a hormone imbalance, such as with polycystic ovary syndrome

2. Stress 

Stress can cause hair loss in two ways: It increases the DHEAS levels created by the adrenal glands (chronic, low-grade stress) or puts follicles in a resting phase (short-term, acute stress). 

3. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies 

Deficiencies are among the most common causes of hair loss. Often, when you’re stressed (certain minerals get depleted easily) or don’t have the time to cook healthy meals, you don’t have just one deficiency. You may have a number of them. 

Over-the-counter vitamins and minerals are poorly absorbed because they pass through the digestive system. Our experts offer IV therapy, delivering a cocktail of vitamins and minerals straight to the bloodstream, where they have an absorption rate of almost 100%. 

Find out if you’re a good candidate for PRP

The common thread behind all types of hair loss is poor oxygenation of the hair follicles, which eventually shrinks the follicles and causes them to die off. PRP is a great solution for hair loss because it improves blood flow to the follicles and oxygenation. 

If you’re experiencing hair loss and unsure what to do about it, call us to schedule an appointment or book your visit online. Our experts look at your medical history, run some tests, and recommend a hair restoration treatment plan that works for you. 

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