A lot of people wonder what the difference is between hair thinning and hair loss.
Most people associate hair restoration methods to hair loss. However, hair thinning is also a reason to explore hair restoration methods because thinning hair can eventually lead to significant hair loss. If treated early on, thinning hair can be stopped so you can continue to enjoy a full set of hair.
Hair Thinning vs. Hair Loss
Thinning hair involves less hair growing back than before. Thinning hair can happen in certain regions of the scalp or happen all over the head. People generally notice thinning hair when they have less volume than they used to and feel like there is just less hair on the scalp all over.
Hair loss is generally more extreme and involves entire regions of the scalp to lose hair completely or in significant ways. Unlike thinning hair, hair loss is far more prominent. Think of it this way: if you met a stranger, that person could easily identify hair loss but not hair thinning because hair loss in obvious at first sight, but hair thinning occurs gradually over time, making it most noticeable to you and your loved ones.
There are many causes of hair thinning. Pinpointing the cause can help you and your doctor explore the right types of treatments to stop the hair thinning from continuing.
- Genetics – Hair thinning can run in families. If an individual’s parents have thinning hair or hair loss, he or she is at a higher risk of developing it. This also applies across genders. Women can experience thinning hair even if their fathers experienced it and not their mothers.
- Medical Conditions – Certain medical conditions and other disorders make people more prone to thinning hair. They include trichotillomania (obsessive hair-pulling), infections, and more.
- Hormonal Changes – Hormonal changes due to pregnancy and menopause or due to conditions like thyroid disorders can affect the way hair grows.
- Stress – Stress caused by a hectic job or life event can also cause hair thinning over time. This is generally a temporary symptom and when the stress is relieved, hair goes back to growing as it did in the past.
- Hair Treatments – There are a lot of hair treatments and hairstyles that can cause hair thinning. Tight cornrows or ponytails that regularly pull on the hair or treatments involving harsh chemicals contribute to hair thinning and hair loss.
If you are experiencing hair thinning, it can be difficult finding the right treatment to stop it from getting worse. With hair loss, treatments like hair transplants can restore hair in areas of the scalp that lack it. However, hair thinning that happens all over the head can be difficult to fix through procedures like hair transplants. Treatments for hair thinning differ than the treatments for hair loss.
Here are some popular and effective ways hair loss specialists can help prevent, slow down, and reverse hair thinning.
- Supplements and Medications – There are medications and supplements available that can slow down the progression of hair thinning and help restore hair growth.
- Laser Combs – Laser combs and hats are becoming more popular for hair thinning because they have shown success in stopping further hair loss and can even grow back hair. They involve providing laser light to the scalp, which encourages healthy growth.
- PRP and Stem Cell Therapies – These therapies involve using the body’s natural healing systems to encourage and trigger hair growth on the scalp. A lot of advanced hair loss treatment centers provide this service because it’s natural and involves growing patients’ hair back naturally.
- Treating Underlying Conditions – When hair thinning is associated with an underlying cause like thyroid or stress, it’s essential to treat that condition first. Sometimes, when the underlying condition is dealt with, the hair thinning can stop on its own. Before seeking treatments, it’s essential that you work with your hair loss specialist to explore what may be causing your hair thinning. This will involve examining your family medical history and doing blood tests to see how healthy you are.
If you are interested in exploring hair restoration methods for conditions like hair thinning, call MAXiM Scalp Micropigmentation to discuss your options with qualified and experienced hair loss specialists. MAXiM has offices located in several cities in the United States and overseas. To make an appointment, fill out their appointment request form. The phone numbers to their nine office locations are available on this webpage.