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Thinning Hair vs. Lost Hair

Maybe you notice clumps of hair on your pillow, or maybe you notice a lot of hair tangled in your hairbrush. Losing hair can be nerve-wracking, but not all cases of losing hair are cause for concern. The American Academy of Dermatology reports there are many causes of temporary excessive hair shedding, including having a high fever, recovering from an illness, or losing 20+ pounds.

Regardless of the cause, if you notice thinning hair, you might wonder if the thinning process can be halted. Here at Advanced Robotic Hair Restoration Centers, board-certified surgeons David A. Mayer, MD and Robert Pollina, MD, FACS and the rest of our skilled team are experts when it comes to addressing thinning hair

Below, we discuss the difference between losing hair via shedding and thinning hair — and what your treatment options are.

Thinning hair versus lost hair

It’s normal to shed hair. You might even lose up to 100 strands of hair every day without any noticeable changes to your appearance. But how much lost hair is too much? 

Unlike widespread hair loss, thinning hair refers to minor-to-moderate hair loss. It doesn't necessarily cause noticeable bald patches. Instead, you might notice that your ponytail seems less full or that your part seems thinner. If you’re noticing changes, chances are good that your hair is thinning.

Common causes of thinning hair

Thinning hair can occur as a result of the natural aging process, but many other factors can contribute to thinning hair. 

As many as 40% of women lose more than the normal 100 strands per day because of the way she styles her hair. Hair loss related to styling is called traction alopecia.

Are you losing hair?

There are many ways that hair loss and thinning hair can present itself. You might notice more obvious signs of hair loss such as bald patches, a receding hairline, or a visible scalp. However, hair loss can present in more subtle ways, too. This includes a wider part, a smaller, less voluminous ponytail, or hair that breaks off, which can be a sign of over-processed, damaged hair.

How is thinning hair treated?

The only way to know for sure if you’re a candidate for hair restoration at Advanced Robotic Hair Restoration Centers is through a consultation. If you notice that your hair is thinning, but you still have some patches of healthy hair, you may be a candidate for hair restoration. There isn’t just one type of treatment, though. 

Depending on the cause of your thinning hair, we may recommend medications, restorations with the ARTAS iX™ robotic hair restoration system, or other hair restoration treatments. Medications, for example, may be able to prevent additional hair loss. Hair loss prevention may include laser caps, PRP therapy, or Rogaine®.

When to consider hair restoration

If you’re bothered by thinning hair, it isn’t too early to talk to us. Sometimes thinning hair can be reversed by addressing the underlying cause of hair loss. For example, if your vitamin D levels are low, you might notice a change once your levels are restored. 

Before we suggest any type of hair restoration, we’ll look at your diet, your overall health, and your family history.  If you’re bothered by thinning hair, visit our website to book an appointment at our Hauppauge, New York office. You can also call us at 631-215-3947.

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