Finding a few strands of hair in the bottom of the shower or wrapped around your hairbrush may be surprising, but it is completely normal. However, if you are noticing huge clumps of hair falling out or it seems like the hair isn’t growing back that is considered abnormal or excessive hair loss.
A number of things, ranging from certain medications to sudden lifestyle changes, can cause you to start losing more hair than is considered normal. Before you can explore possible treatment options for your hair loss, it is important that you know what may be causing you to lose so much hair. The following are some examples of things that can cause you to lose an excessive amount of hair.
Sudden and Dramatic Weight Loss
It is not uncommon to experience extreme loss of hair after losing a sudden and dramatic amount of weight. Whether the weight was lost as a result of a new diet or an illness, you may start to notice more and more strands of hair appearing in the shower or on your brush.
People often don’t associate losing their hair with weight loss because it happens long after you have lost weight. Typically, it takes 6 to 12 weeks after your weight loss to start noticing a change in the amount of hair you are shedding or losing.
Vitamin or Protein Deficiency
Hair relies on essential vitamins, minerals, and proteins to grow. If your body doesn’t have access to enough of a certain mineral, vitamin, or protein, the hair is unable to regrow after it is naturally shed.
The most common vitamin or protein deficiencies that cause extensive loss of hair are iron and B12. When the protein or vitamin deficiency is finally treated, usually with supplements, your hair may start to grow back.
Other Common Causes of Hair Loss
Some of the other common causes of extreme loss of hair include:
- Exposure to extreme stress – loss of hair can occur for up to several months after being exposed to a stressful or traumatic event
- Hormonal imbalance – excessive amounts of the male hormone androgen can result in excessive loss of hair
- Genetics – some individuals are genetically predisposed to extreme loss of hair
- Age – older individuals tend to lose more hair than younger individuals
Possible Non-Surgical and Surgical Treatment Options
The treatment options that are available to you for your hair loss will depend upon what is causing you to lose your hair. For example, if stress is causing you to lose hair, you may need to make changes to your lifestyle. On the other hand, if genetics are the cause of your sudden or extreme loss of hair, you may need to explore surgical hair restoration options such as strip harvesting or follicular unit extraction.
Contemporary Hair Transplant, located in Paramus, New Jersey, can help you explore treatment options for your hair loss. Our surgeons will help you determine if non-surgical options, such as PRP therapy or medications, or if surgical options, such as follicular unit extraction or strip harvesting, can help make your hair thicker and fuller. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons.