No one loses their hair in their mid-20s, right? Actually, yes, it can happen – and it’s more common than you realize.
Having a full head of hair is something you probably think you can count on when you’re young. In fact, thick, healthy hair is something we associate with youth and vitality. And even if there is a history of hair loss in your family, chances are you aren’t expecting it to happen in your 20s.
Thinning hair affects both men and women, and taking action sooner rather than later may prevent further hair loss – and may even reverse the process and regrow hair.
When Does Thinning Hair Become Noticeable?
The fact is that the growth rate for hair declines steadily with age. Some people even experience progressive hair loss starting in their teens.
By age 35, about 40 percent of men show noticeable hair loss, and by age 40, visibly thinning hair affects around 40 percent of women. When the hair shaft becomes smaller and new hair growth slows or stops, thinning hair or baldness is the result.
What Causes Hair Loss?
Hair loss tends to show up differently in men and women. Men usually experience hair loss as a receding hairline, with the hair at the temples becoming thin first in an “M” pattern, and/or a spot at the top of the head whose hair begins to get thin and becomes a bald spot. Women can lose hair along the natural “part” in their hair. For both genders, this is called pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia.
Hair loss in women that is genetic (not caused by stress, illness, or medication) causes thinning that is gradually noticeable as more and more hair falls out. In both men and women, hereditary hair loss is caused by sensitivity to a hormone produced by the body called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT.
But there may be another reason why you have noticeably thinning hair in your 20s. Thyroid problems, certain medications, stress, illness, and certain hair treatments or styles can also cause thinning hair.
What Can I Do About Thinning Hair?
If you notice that you’re losing more strands of hair than usual in your hairbrush or in the shower, or if your hairline is changing and noticeably thinning, the best thing you can do is to see a specialist. Dermatologists have advanced training in diagnosing and treating skin and hair conditions, and they can assess your hair loss to determine further treatment if necessary. Many times, beginning treatment early can halt or reverse hair thinning.
For hereditary hair loss, there are topical treatments that block DHT to prevent further hair loss. These treatments often regrow hair. Oral medications or medical scalp treatments may also be helpful.
For a permanent solution to thinning hair, consider a hair transplant. The hair around the back and sides of your head is usually resistant to DHT, and so it remains thick and healthy in those areas when hair is thinning at the hairline and crown. Advanced methods of hair transplant, including robotic hair transplant, can permanently restore your own hair so that it continues to grow in these areas indefinitely.
Hormonal causes, medication side effects, or hair loss from illness are often temporary. If there is a hormonal imbalance, correcting the underlying imbalance is important to your overall health (in addition to helping your hair look fuller again).
Hair Restoration in New Jersey
The good news is that you can stop hair loss from progressing – or at least slow it down – if you catch it early, so now is an excellent time to do something about it.
Men and women of all ages who are losing their hair can rely on the expertise of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Louis M. Iorio. At Iorio Hair Restoration of New Jersey, Dr. Iorio helps people with hair loss to look and feel their best with advanced hair restoration treatments.
Dr. Iorio recommends hair restoration techniques that are best suited to each individual. Call us today at (732) 780-9191 or fill out our online appointment request form to schedule a consultation at our Colts Neck or Brick offices. We look forward to helping you love what you see in the mirror.