Hair Changes As You Age

As we age, hair changes. becoming less dense, more brittle, and harder to grow. As we age hair loses melanin which is why becomes gray or white. This is determined by genetics.

Over the years, the hairline recedes. And, as is more common for men than women, baldness occurs. Still, for almost everyone, the hair growth cycle slows, resulting in a longer resting or telogen phase of the hair. At the same time changes in the hair follicle makes each individual strand of hair grow thinner and weaker.

Hormonal shifts also decrease the production of sebum, the natural emollient the coats hair and makes it shiny. Because the hair isn’t protected and moisturized it is more prone to breakage and damage from heat styling and coloring “those gray roots”.

Treatment that will “stem the ride” and have significant medical research behind it includes minoxidil, finasteride, and spironolactone, all of which can be used topically and orally. These medicines help improve blood flow to the hair follicles (helping to extend the hair’s growth phase) They block testosterone from converting to DHT, an androgen (male sex hormone) that is linked to thinning hair in both men and women.

A more aggressive and very effective treatment we offer for hair loss is injections of your own Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Your blood platelets are rich in growth factors that stimulate the hair follicles to make a thicker head of hair.

 

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