Millennials Are Suffering From Hair Loss More Than Other Generations
In the United States alone, up to 21 million women are experiencing hair loss. Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors including but not limited to low iron levels, low oxygen levels, chemotherapy treatment, and genetics. However, one generation of women is seeing an increased number of those suffering from hair loss: millennials.
According to ABC News,, hair loss among millennials, the generation that is now in their twenties and thirties, is an increasing phenomenon. What's interesting about this is that dermatologists believe that hair loss may not be more common among millennials than that of older generations. Rather, older generations may simply have hidden the loss of their hair more effectively.
Despite this, until studies prove hair loss to be as common in older generations as it is for Generation Y, the increased cases of hair loss found by dermatologists and hairdressers alike will continue to be concerning.
But what is it that's causing millennial women to lose their hair?
Differences In Millennial And Gen X / Boomer Hair Loss
Common causes of hair loss in women are genetics and chemicals. Often times a woman can tell if her hair loss is caused by her genes as hair thinning will appear in other family members. Additionally, chemicals either ingested in the body through smoking or experienced through chemotherapy can often result in womens hair loss.
However, these are factors that affect Generation Y, Generation X, and the Baby Boomer generation together. While smoking hasn't disappeared from Generation Y, it would certainly make more sense for increased hair loss cases to be present in Generation X when the number of Americans who smoked in 1965 was as high as 42%.
So according to researchers, mental health and stress levels. More millennials are being diagnosed with depression and anxiety than any other generation. But, it must also be noted that the role of psychology in the everyday lives of Americans has also changed. While once taboo, psychology is considered a daily part of many American lives.
Still, millennial stress is unique in that it may be caused by a variety of factors including the low employment rate, college costs, the housing market, and social media. Hair loss is a common result of increased stress and irritability.
Treatments For Hair Loss
Fortunately, there are ways to combat hair loss. Therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) can help stimulate hair growth and help your hair return to its natural fullness. Topical products can add additional assistance to stopping hair loss in women.
While the cause for increased hair loss in millennials is thus far unknown until further studies are conducted, treatment for womens hair loss is possible. For more information regarding womens hair loss and hair loss treatment, contact Medi Tresse today.
What Is Female Pattern Hair Loss
Female pattern hair loss (FPHL), clinically known as Androgenic or Androgenetic Alopecia, is the most common cause of hair thinning and loss in women. Up to 50 % of women have some degree of female pattern hair loss in their lifetime. It certainly is more common as women age, particularly after menopause, but it can start as early as the teenage years. Female pattern hair loss tends to run in families, and inheritance can be from either the mother or father, but sometimes there is no family history. We know that hormones play a role in this type of hair loss, especially the “androgenic” hormones such as testosterone.
Female pattern hair loss is typically more pronounced in the frontal areas of the scalp. Over time the hair shaft gets thinner in a process known as “miniaturization”. Your hair goes through a constant life cycle, as we naturally shed and grow new hairs. However, miniaturization occurs, because the anagen phase, or growth phase, of the hair cycle gets shorter, which means the hair is not able to grow as long or thick as it has in the past. Eventually if not treated, the affected hair will continue to get smaller and disappear completely.
The good news is there are great treatment options for female pattern hair loss, but it is very important to start as early as possible. If a hair has been lost for a long time there is no way to get it back, unless you surgically transplant a different follicle in that area. However, with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) you can reverse the miniaturization and thicken and grow existing hairs. If your loss is recent, we may be able to re-activate dormant follicles so that they start producing a hair again. If you think you may be experiencing signs of female pattern hair loss it is important to see a hair loss specialist as soon as possible so that they can diagnose your type of hair loss and come up with a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Formula 82M vs OTC Minoxidil
When many patients start to see signs of hair loss, their first thought is often to try one of the many over the counter minoxidil treatments. Minoxidil is a topical treatment, and the most commonly known brand is Rogaine. Minoxidil can be a great first step for hair loss, and was FDA approved in 1988. Patients experiencing Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Telogen Effluvium, and early Traction Alopecia are good candidates for minoxidil.
While minoxidil can be a good first step for patients with early signs of hair loss, many patients feel that over the counter minoxidil treatments can be irritating or make their hair greasy. At Medi Tresse we offer a specially compounded minoxidil solution called Formula 82M, which combats these issues. Formula 82M is specially formulated to be less irritating and less greasy, while also having a higher absorption rate, which means your scalp and follicles will receive a greater percentage of the minoxidil in Formula 82M than with an over the counter option.
Most patients will start to see a benefit from Formula 82M in three to six months, but for some patients it could take six to twelve months. At Medi Tresse we have seen the best results for patients when they combine the Formula 82M with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy or a Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) device like a laser cap. If you think you may be experiencing signs of hair loss the first step should always be to see a hair loss specialist who can not only diagnose your type of hair loss, but provide you with a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
New Year's Resolutions For Your Hair Health
If you are anything like the team here at Medi Tresse, you have probably spent the last month coming up with a list of New Year's Resolutions for 2017. Since our main focus at Medi Tresse is the well-being of your hair, we just want to make sure you do not forget about the health of your locks this upcoming year! Here are a few resolutions that will help improve hair health and decrease breakage in 2017!
- Take a daily multivitamin to help assure your follicles are provided with the adequate nutrition they need to grow strong. The following vitamins and minerals are essential for not only hair, but healthy skin and nails as well:
- Copper, Iron, Zinc, Biotin, Vitamins B6, B12, A, C, D, E, and Omega-3’s
- While taking a daily multi-vitamin is great, nothing beats the natural vitamins and nutrients we get from our diet. Try to make foods that are naturally high in vitamins and nutrients essential to hair health a staple in your diet, such as dark leafy greens, which are high in Iron, Copper, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E or avocados, which are high in Biotin and Copper. You can find a full list of foods in our Avoid the Crash Diet This New Year blog post.
- Try to use the same shampoo for at least 6 months before changing it. Hair can respond to the changing chemicals in the shampoos and become too dry.
- Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks, which promotes strong, healthy locks that are free of brittle split-ends.
- Try not to over style your hair. While you can find a blow dryer and flat iron straightener in all of our bathrooms, just remember that excessive heat can damage the hair, and we want to be careful not to dry out the follicle. Moderation is the key when it comes to using your blow dryer and flat iron.
If you have any hair health questions in 2017, please remember you can always reach out to the Medi Tresse teams in Boston and Chattanooga. Most importantly, we hope that you and your family have a safe and healthy 2017.
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Avoid The Crash Diet This Year
It’s hard to believe that the New Year is upon us! As we begin to prepare for the year ahead, New Year’s resolutions often involve new diets and weight loss goals, especially after the Holiday splurge! If losing weight is on your list of resolutions this year, we have a few tips for you.
What you may not be aware of is that both rapid and extreme weight loss, as well as crash diets can actually cause hair loss! Hair loss due to dieting is typically caused by deficiencies in key nutrients, especially if the diet involves food restrictions or limitations. However, often times it may just be due to the changes in your diet or the new drastic loss of weight. Drastic changes on the body, including loss of weight can put a lot of stress on the body. Hair follicles are very vulnerable to this, and often start to shed as a result! This is called Telogen Effluvium, and it is the body’s response to stress. Typically hair loss caused by dieting and weight loss is temporary and can be restored with the proper treatment plan and a balanced diet. However, the key is to lose weight safely in order to limit or avoid hair loss all together.
In order to lose weight you must decrease the number of calories that you take in, either by dieting, exercising, or both. Unfortunately, certain “fad diets” deprive the body of important nutrients that can affect hair growth! For example, while making dietary changes, you want to make sure that your body is still receiving enough biotin, iron, zinc, copper, protein, and vitamins A, C, and E. While it is always best to get these nutrients from natural sources, you should consider taking supplements and multivitamins to ensure your body is receiving the necessary levels of these nutrients, especially while pursuing a weight loss program. Here are some examples of foods from which you can get these vitamins and nutrients naturally:
Oily fish – salmon, tuna
Meats – liver
Meats – liver
Dark leafy greens
Coffee – decaf
Cocoa powder – unsweetened
Meats – red meat, pork, poultry
Dark green leafy vegetables - spinach
Dried fruit - apricots
Iron-fortified breads and pastas
Seafood – oysters
Meats – beef, lamb
Seed – pumpkin and squash
Nuts – cashews
Cocoa powder – unsweetened
Dark leafy greens (kale, spinach)
Citrus — Fruits in general
Almonds – nuts in general
Dark leafy greens
Lastly, it is important to avoid “shocking” your body with a crash diet. A crash diet is when you lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. Not only can this cause hair loss, but usually the loss is short lived and weight is gained back much easier then if it was lost slowly and safely. You never want to lose more than 2 pounds per week, and your diet changes and weight loss should be gradual.If you think you are suffering hair loss caused by recent weight loss or changes in diet, it is always best to consult a hair loss specialist that can diagnose the underlying cause of the hair loss and work with you to create a proper treatment plan. Medi Tresse is your local hair loss treatment team; we provide hair loss treatment to women throughout Boston and Chattanooga.
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What Is The Best Treatment Option For Me To Try First?
At Medi Tresse we offer a number of treatment options for hair loss, so our patients often ask which treatment they should try first. This can be a difficult question for the medical staff to answer for the patient. Because all of our treatment options have been clinically proven to show a benefit in the treatment of hair loss, they are all valid options to try. Each treatment is different, targeting hair loss from different angles, and it really depends on what the patient’s treatment goals are. Let’s take a look a look at some of our treatment options to look at these differences.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy can be effective in the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Alopecia Areata, and Traction Alopecia. PRP has been found to improve hair health, thicken hair, and can regrow hair by activating dormant follicles in the scalp. What patient’s love about PRP is that they only need to come in three times for treatment over the course of three months for the initial treatment. Typically, best results are seen in 6 to 12 months, but many patients see initial benefit in just 2 to 3 months. PRP also tends to provide the most dramatic results for patients. So for patients looking for a treatment that they do not need to use daily or weekly and will get the most dramatic results in around 6 months, PRP is a great option.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is beneficial in the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Traction Alopecia, and Telogen Effluvium. LLLT not only thickens existing hairs, but also increases the number of hairs in the growth phase. The LLLT device (laser cap or LaserBand) will need to be used three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes. Patient’s really need to commit to using the LLLT device for 6 to 12 months before they see a benefit. It typically takes a little longer than PRP, but patients can see really great results from LLLT. Therefore, for patients that are able to commit to the regimen of 3 times a week, and looking for an at home treatment, LLLT is a great option.
82M is a specially compounded minoxidil solution uniquely designed to stimulate hair growth and decrease hair loss. Patients must commit to using 82M daily and it typically takes 3 to 6 months to see results, although many patients will see a decrease in shedding in 6 to 8 weeks. The results with 82M are not as dramatic as they can be with PRP or LLLT. However, 82M is a good option for patients that can commit to using it daily and are OK with starting with a treatment that will not provide results that are as strong as PRP or LLLT.
In short, it really depends on what the individual patient’s goals are with treatment. However, the best results we have seen typically come from patients that use a combination of treatments, as they treat the follicles in different ways. If you have any questions about these treatments do not hesitate to reach out to our office.
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Is All PRP Therapy The Same?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is by far the most exciting advancement in the treatment of female hair loss in the last five years. The studies have proved how effective it can be, and the results truly speak for themselves. As one of the first medical practices to offer this treatment for hair loss in New England, we have started to see more practices offer PRP Therapy leading to this common question from patients, how is the PRP Therapy at Medi Tresse different from the PRP Therapy at other practices?
The truth is, because we do not know how these practices are performing the PRP Therapy, we are unable to directly compare our treatments to theirs. However, there are a couple important points to consider when comparing PRP Therapy at different practices.
First, the main process of PRP Therapy is separating the platelet rich plasma portion of the blood from the other parts of the blood. Not only do we want to isolate the platelet rich plasma, but we want the concentration of platelets to be significantly increased as compared to your normal blood. In order to do this, we use a special PRP kit that assists in the process, and these kits vary by practice. We truly believe that our PRP kits are the best in the industry and provide us with the highest possible concentration and highest quality preparation of the PRP.
Secondly, it is important to consider the practice’s knowledge of female hair loss. PRP Therapy should only be given to those patients that are the best candidates for success, as it is not the best treatment option for all types of hair loss. At Medi Tresse we are the female hair loss experts, and this knowledge and experience cannot be duplicated. We only recommend PRP Therapy to patients that we believe will see results. We feel this is important so that our patients can trust our recommendations while we still keep their goals in mind.
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