One out of every 3 people in the world faces the problem of hair loss. This seemingly simple problem is a problem that can lead to baldness through the introduction of genetics and has no treatment that can lead to re-grow of the hair. People in the genetical risk group wonder about the time when their hair starts to fall. And the people who started to lose hair would wonder when the hair loss would stop. Does hair loss that occurs due to genetic predisposition stop? If so, when does it stop?
The course of genetic hair loss may be considerably slowed down, but it generally continues forever. Although a specific timing cannot be given, genetic hair loss usually starts at the age of 30 and can be experienced in an intense shedding for about 10-15 years depending on the rate of the hair loss. There are some slowing treatment methods for genetic hair loss and a number of applications that strengthen the hair follicles. However, these methods have not been able to completely eliminate the genetically induced hair loss or to prevent the loss of the lost hair follicles. There is no clear answer to the question of when genetic hair loss stops. However, after consulting to your doctor, you can slow down the genetic hair loss through the methods that are applied regularly from the early stages.
In this article, I will give you information about the causes of hair loss, the factors that determine the rate of genetic hair loss, the characteristics of genetic hair loss and the ways to prevent hair loss.
Why Hair Loss Occurs?
Each strand has a life cycle. Each of them lives 4 to 6 years, then rests and then falls out. Hair loss in this way is a very natural process and losing 50-100 strand per day is considered normal. If the shedding is more than this number, the amount of hair that is handled during bathing has increased or there are 3-5 hair strands every time when you pull your washed and dried hair, this situation should be taken seriously. There may be many different causes of hair loss. What is important is the detection of this cause and the application of appropriate treatment.
The causes of hair loss in women and men are different. Hair loss in men is usually a male pattern hormone sensitive hair loss that is genetic and occurs in more than 50% of the population. This type of hair loss is chronic. As age progresses, baldness develops and ultimately hair transplantation may be needed. The early treatment of supplemental therapies, mesotherapies, and PRP treatment slows down the rate of shedding and extends the time it takes to go bald.
Such hair losses are also seen in women. Especially people with family problems with baldness are at risk of hair loss. Male pattern hair loss, which starts at 16-18 years of age, is more common in young girls. The most common causes of this condition are excessive stress, unbalanced nutrition, prolonged starvation, and hormonal problems. The success rate of the treatments can be increased by the addition of hormonal therapies.
Skin and internal diseases can also cause hair loss. Most skin-related sheddings are caused by skin diseases that directly affect the skin. If the hair is affected by psoriasis, eczema, acne, lichen disease, excess greasy skin, or fungal diseases, shedding may be inevitable.
Treatment of these hair loss types is possible with the treatment of underlying skin disease.
Wrong Eating Habits
Hair loss due to nutritional reasons is another common factor. All in all, hair is a living organ, and it must be nourished. An irregular or unbalanced diet, long-term hunger, a single type of food, and high carbohydrate consumption may ultimately affect the hair.
Treatment is extremely practical and it is important to start a balanced diet.
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
Lacking vitamins and minerals are another cause of hair loss. If the vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, folic acid, biotin, zinc, and iron are low, the hair cannot be fed and poured.
Even when just iron levels are low, iron supplementation reduces hair loss. In such cases, deficiency should be eliminated by contacting a specialist.
If the person has hormonal problems, menstrual delays or irregularities, increased hairiness, excessive acne, accelerated weight gain, and if the hair loss is added to these findings, the hair loss problem might be hormonal.
A dermatologist should be consulted to determine the source of these problems by a blood test to be performed on the 2nd or 3rd day of menstruation. Hormonal treatments are effective in this kind of hair losses.
Some Internal Diseases and Drug Use
Some internal diseases, thyroid gland diseases or drugs used for these diseases, rheumatic diseases, used hormones, weight-loss pills, adrenal gland diseases, insulin resistance, diabetes, birth control pills and sometimes the discontinuation of these control pills are among the other causes of hair loss. This situation should be thoroughly investigated by examinations and test performed by specialist physicians.
If a sudden hair loss has begun, the reason might be surgeries, febrile diseases, drug toxicities, blood loss, or severe trauma.
The Processes of Birth and Chemotherapy
There are two specific causes of hair loss apart from all those I’ve mentioned above.
One is the postpartum shedding that starts 2-3 months after birth. It is caused by the sudden loss of hair that has to be shed during pregnancy but not. Supplements to be taken under the supervision of experts contribute to the elimination of this kind of hair loss.
Another reason is to receive chemotherapy. In recent years, with the use of more modern drugs, these sheddings are less common. They have a tendency to recover spontaneously when the treatment is completed.
Increasing cosmetic habits are another factor that cause mechanical, chemical, and physical hair loss. In other words, tightening of the hair, excessive heat exposure, hair coloring, dyes, and straightening methods damage the hair and cause hair loss.
In this case, the only treatment is to prevent hair from being exposed to these applications. Applying the necessary supplements and maintenance procedures for the hair provides the desired appearance.
Stress and Depression
Excessive stress is another cause of hair loss. Depression, anxiety, psychoses and the drugs used in their treatment can cause hair loss and shedding.
Hair is a living organ that can be affected by many factors in daily life in a short time. In the light of this information, when the patient has something that doesn’t work in his/her life, he/she should first observe himself/herself and then get help from a dermatologist if necessary. If there is an underlying cause, diagnosis and treatment should not be delayed.
Characteristics of Genetic Hair Loss: When It Stops?
While research on DNA structure continues, much of the genetic transmission preserves its scientific mystery. Despite all the work done in this sense, the password of genetics has not been fully resolved. The most important point about genetic hair loss is that there is no androgenetic baldness that is caused by a genetic hormone-induced shedding in people with hereditary type 2 5AR deficiency, but it is still not known when any person will start or stop genetically induced hair loss.
Hair loss is associated with many different causes, resulting in permanent and temporary baldness. Causes of temporary hair loss include stress, malnutrition, various diseases, some treatment modalities, pregnancy, while the main reason for permanent hair loss is the genetic predisposition that can cause diffuse and androgenetic baldness. The answer to the question of when genetic hair loss stops is related to the DNA structure, hormone levels, and various negative external factors that affect the individual’s own family.
This situation, which can be expressed as familial predisposition or racial similarity, is that the characteristics of the person’s chromosome are beginning to be seen in other generations through genetic transmission. Despite all the research on hair loss, the details of the genetic transmission that causes androgenetic and sheddings are still unknown today.
Factors Determining the Rate of Genetic Hair Loss
There are many factors affecting the structure and course of genetic hair loss. In addition to the genetic predisposition, there are several effects that increase the hair loss rate due to genetic predisposition, such as the structure and quality of the hair and the nutrition quality of the person.
Genetic Structure Manifests Itself Differently in Each Person
Each person has a different genetic structure. It is not known when the hair loss will start or end when a person experiencing hair loss due to genetic reasons. Estimated data can be reached based on the current intensity of hair loss, and the age and familial history of the person.
With a hair analysis done by your doctor, you can get a little more clear information about the course of your hair loss.
Hair Loss Level Can Be Determined by Norwood Scale
The Norwood scale allows people with androgenetic hair loss to determine the level of hair loss that they are currently experiencing based on their current appearance, and by analyzing the speed of hair loss, to see which stage it will come to.
There are also periods of mild shedding, such as those in which genetic hair loss occurs intensively, but it is not possible to recover hair in androgenetic hair loss.
Structure and Quality of The Hair
The structure and quality of the hair are affected by our innate characteristics, as well as by nutrition, stress, lifestyle or diseases. A good supply of hair follicles is not a solution for an existing genetic hair loss, but to make the hair follicles stronger, it can slow the course of the shedding and postpone the baldness.
Various drugs used to strengthen the structure of the hair, some applications that reduce the negative effect of DHT hormone on the hair follicles, prp, hair mesotherapy, good nutrition, and food supplements to strengthen the hair, can slow down the course of the hair loss, but can not stop it.
The effect of hormone levels on genetically induced hair losses (androgenetic, diffusional efluvium) is quite high. Androgenetic alopecia or estrogen-related telogen efluvium, which is known to be directly related to testosterone levels, can tell us how long the hair loss will last.
How to Prevent Hair Loss?
In the treatment of hair loss, the diagnosis should be done correctly. First of all, you should learn the causes of hair loss and the type of shedding. Examination performed by a dermatology specialist determines the factors leading to hair loss, and the appropriate treatment can, therefore, be planned. People who experience hair loss should avoid hair care products that could damage the hair and scalp.
It is especially important to switch to a protein-rich diet. If hair loss occurs due to vitamin deficiencies, deficient vitamins should be replaced. In the case of hair loss due to thyroiditis or a different disease, a pathway for the treatment of the disease should be followed.
FDA-approved drugs that prevent hair loss and provide thickening of existing hair can be used under the supervision of a physician. Drug therapy may be useful in preventing mild to moderate hair loss in areas where hair is thinner and weaker. The effect of drugs includes increasing the number of strands, thickening the hair, and preventing further hair loss.
Hair mesotherapy is an effective treatment method that is used frequently in hair loss. Hair mesotherapy involves the process of direct injection of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and circulating regulators, which are necessary for healthy growth and development of hair, with a micro-needle to the scalp. Injections are performed at approximately 1 cm intervals. Then a massage is applied to the scalp.
PRP Hair Treatment
The PRP procedure, which is the most effective method for people with hair loss problems, is performed by taking the patient’s own blood and applying certain procedures. Here, the part called fibroblast which feeds the roots and supports their development is separated and injected into the bald area. This method is particularly effective in genetic hair losses. Hair mesotherapy can also be applied in combination with PRP.
Hair transplantation can be especially applied to people with male pattern hair loss. Male pattern hair loss develops with the effect of the male hormone in genetically predisposed individuals. The cells that produce hair around the hair follicle die over time by the effect of this hormone. Thus, the hair becomes thinner, then stops growing, and eventually completely falls. In this case, hair transplantation is the most precise and permanent treatment.