Discovering the ROOT Cause for Hair Loss
Loni
June 17, 2024

Understanding Acute and Long Term Hair Loss

When it comes to hair loss, one is not necessarily like the other. Throughout our lives there will be circumstances, illnesses and events that will affect many healthy attributes, which as a result will often manifest into other issues and become evident in skin, hair, body function and even mental health. Some hair loss is “acute” or temporary due to varying conditions that can either be treated or are transitional in nature and go away over time. Other types are more of a permanent nature and can be the result of genetics and underlying long term health issues.

Symptoms for Acute Hair Loss:

  • Sudden hair shedding or thinning.
  • Noticeable patches of hair loss.
  • Excessive hair fall during washing or brushing.

Hair shedding or hair loss is among one of the more obvious and devastating immune responses – because it affects how we look and feel about ourselves. Understanding the “root” cause is essential to determining the best course of action for curating a treatment and lifestyle plan that will help to sustain new growth and to reduce shedding or future loss.

Prognosis:

  • Generally temporary.
  • Hair often regrows once the underlying cause is addressed.

Reasons for Acute Hair Loss

  1. Telogen Effluvium:
    • Cause: Stress, surgery, illness, childbirth, or significant weight loss.
    • Remedy: Addressing the underlying cause (e.g., managing stress, recovering from illness), balanced diet, supplements and follicle stimulation treatments.
  2. Alopecia Areata:
    • Cause: Autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks hair follicles.
    • Remedy: Prescribed medications, follicle stimulation treatments, supplements and regular blood test to keep levels in check.
  3. Nutritional Deficiencies:
    • Cause: Lack of essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin D, or protein.
    • Remedy: Improving diet, taking supplements if necessary, and seeking advice from a healthcare professional.
  4. Hormonal Imbalances:
    • Cause: Conditions like thyroid disorders, PCOS, or changes in hormonal levels (e.g., postpartum, menopause).
    • Remedy: Treating the underlying hormonal imbalance through medications, lifestyle changes, and consulting an endocrinologist.
  5. Medications:
    • Cause: Side effects of certain drugs (e.g., chemotherapy, blood thinners, antidepressants).
    • Remedy: Discussing alternative medications with a doctor, managing dosage, or seeking ways to mitigate side effects.
  6. Infections and Scalp Conditions:
    • Cause: Fungal infections, severe dandruff, psoriasis, or other scalp conditions.
    • Remedy: Antifungal treatments, medicated shampoos, topical treatments, follicle stimulation treatments w/DERIVE adjunct therapy, hair care without sulfites and allergines.
  7. Traction Alopecia:
    • Cause: Hairstyles that pull on the hair (e.g., tight ponytails, braids).
    • Remedy: Changing hairstyles, avoiding tight hairstyles, and giving hair a break from tension. Follicle stimulation treatments, DERIVE adjunt therapy.

Remedies for Acute Hair Loss

  1. Topical Treatments:
    • Minoxidil: Over-the-counter treatment that can help stimulate hair growth.
    • DERIVE follicle therapy for sustainable growth and reoxygenation.
    • Prescription creams and ointments for specific scalp conditions.
  2. Oral Medications:
    • Finasteride: Prescription medication for men to reduce hair loss.
    • Supplements: Iron, biotin, zinc, follic acid, oral collagen and vitamins B-E (as prescribed by a healthcare professional).
  3. Lifestyle Changes:
    • Stress management: Techniques such as yoga, meditation, and exercise.
    • Healthy diet: Ensuring a balanced intake of high proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
  4. Medical Aesthetic Treatments:
    • Sylfirm X RF Microneedling w/ DERIVE adjunct therapy that stimulates hair growth phases and reduces shedding.
    • Laser therapy: some low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices have been known to help to promote hair stimulation and hair growth.
  5. Professional Consultation:
    • GP, Medical Doctor, Dermatologist : For initial assessment and diagnosis, inclusive of testing for hormonal evaluations, prescription medications for sustainability and targeted issues.
    • Aesthetic Practitioner: for follicle stimulation treatments, hair/scalp support remedy plans and adjunct therapies.
  6. Home Care:
    • Targeted hair systems: Specialized hair care that is formulated by leading experts, that addresses nourishment, water loss, 
    • Scalp massages: Improving blood circulation to the scalp.

Conclusion

Addressing acute hair loss involves identifying the underlying cause and implementing appropriate remedies. It often requires a multi-faceted approach, including lifestyle changes, topical and oral treatments, and professional medical advice. If hair loss persists or worsens, seeking the guidance of a healthcare professional is crucial for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Understanding or Long term or Permanent Hair Loss

Permanent Hair Loss

Definition: Permanent hair loss, also known as irreversible hair loss, involves long-term or lifelong hair thinning or balding.

Causes:

  1. Androgenetic Alopecia: Also known as male or female pattern baldness, it is a hereditary condition.
  2. Scarring Alopecia: Caused by conditions that destroy hair follicles and replace them with scar tissue, such as lichen planopilaris or frontal fibrosing alopecia.
  3. Traumatic Alopecia: Long-term damage from hairstyles that pull on the hair (traction alopecia) or from burns and injuries.
  4. Medical Conditions: Chronic conditions such as lupus or severe infections that cause scarring.

Symptoms:

  • Gradual thinning on top of the head (common in men).
  • Thinning hair along the crown or frontal scalp (common in women).
  • Patchy hair loss with scarred areas (scarring alopecia).

Prognosis:

  • Generally irreversible.
  • Early intervention can slow progression but may not completely prevent it.

Treatment:

  • Medications like finasteride (for men) and minoxidil or DERIVE to slow hair loss.
  • Hair transplant surgery for permanent restoration.
  • Sylfirm X Radio Frequency Microneedling follicle stimulation therapy with adjunct exosomes DERIVE to stimulate hair growth in majority of cases

Key Differences

  1. Duration:
    • Acute Hair Loss: Temporary, hair often regrows once the cause is treated.
    • Permanent Hair Loss: Long-term or lifelong, with limited regrowth options.
  2. Causes:
    • Acute Hair Loss: Often linked to temporary conditions or external factors.
    • Permanent Hair Loss: Usually related to genetic factors, chronic conditions, or irreversible damage.
  3. Treatment Approach:
    • Acute Hair Loss: Focus on treating the underlying cause and supportive care.
    • Permanent Hair Loss: Focus on slowing progression and cosmetic or surgical interventions for restoration.
  4. Impact:
    • Acute Hair Loss: Can cause temporary distress but is usually manageable.
    • Permanent Hair Loss: Can have significant long-term psychological and social impacts.

Conclusion

Acute hair loss is usually a temporary condition caused by a variety of factors, whereas permanent hair loss is often due to genetic or chronic conditions and involves long-term hair thinning or balding. Understanding the type of hair loss is essential for choosing the right treatment and managing expectations for hair regrowth or restoration. If you experience sudden or severe hair loss, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.