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    Understanding the Natural Cycle of Hair Growth and Loss

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Everyone loses hair, every day. On average, adults have between 150,000 and 200,000 hairs, and they shed about 100 of them daily.  In most cases, new hair grows to replace those lost hairs. For people with noticeable hair loss, however, this regrowth simply doesn’t happen. All hairs go through three life cycles, and 90% of hair is typically in a growing phase. That number is lower in people who are dealing with hair loss. Here is a look at the stages of hair growth and what causes the balance to change:

    Cycle Phases
    Each individual hair on your head is in one of three stages. Anagen is the active stage of growth. It lasts for between two and six years. People who can grow their hair very long have long anagen phases, while people who can’t seem to grow their hair past a certain point usually have shorter anagen phases. Catagen is a transitional phase that only lasts for a few weeks. After catagen comes telogen. This phase is the resting phase. It typically lasts for two or three months. At the end of that time, the hair is shed and new hair begins to grow in its place. Individual hairs go through this process at different times. Otherwise, all of your hair would shed at once.

    Cycle Disruption
    What disrupts this cycle of hair growth and loss and causes balding? Aging plays a role. It is natural for growth to slow with age. Many other conditions can trigger hair loss. Some conditions are genetic, like certain forms of alopecia. In other cases, hormones play a central role. Hypothyroidism and abnormal androgen levels can also cause hair loss. In other cases, autoimmune disease is to blame. If you’re losing hair, your doctor can pinpoint the cause and devise a treatment plan accordingly.

    You don’t have to accept hair loss as a part of life. Dr. Kiely, MD can help. At our Baltimore clinic, we specialize in treating male and female hair loss with surgical hair transplants. Learn more by calling (240) 292-4315. 

    Let This App Teach You All about Hair Loss

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Hair loss affects millions of men and women, but when it happens to you, it feels like you are the only one. Losing your hair is an emotional process, but if you confront the problem, you may be surprised at how many solutions exist. The Hair Loss Prevention Guide gives you the knowledge you need right on your Android device.

    With this app, you can examine the many reasons why people lose their hair and what you can do to slow excess shedding. Natural and medical remedies are explored, from dietary changes to hair transplants. Unlike most information sources about hair loss, this app discusses both male and female hair loss in full.

    Use this app to prepare questions for your appointment with Dr. Kiely, MD. Dr. Kiely is a hair loss specialist who can help you overcome your condition. Call our Baltimore office at (240) 292-4315 to make an appointment.

    An Introduction to the Different Kinds of Alopecia

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Generally, alopecia simply refers to hair loss. There are many different subsets of alopecia, but there are two main categories of the condition. These are differentiated according to the cause and pattern of the hair loss. Alopecia can cause total baldness or it can cause thin hair. Here are the facts about the two main kinds of alopecia. Note that there are sub-categories of each type, depending on the nature of the hair loss.

    Alopecia Areata
    Alopecia areata is hair loss that is caused by an autoimmune reaction. With this kind of alopecia, your immune system erroneously sees your hair follicles as foreign invaders and attacks them. In some cases, hair simply becomes thin. In other cases, clumps of hair fall out, leaving bald spots. It is also possible for the ends of hairs to break off, leaving short tufts. This kind of alopecia can cause hair loss all over the body. Often, hair grows back after alopecia areata, but for some patients, as hair regrows in one place, it starts falling out in another. About 10% of patients don’t have any hair regrowth at all. This kind of alopecia is most common in people under 20, but it can affect anyone. Often, people who have experienced one episode of alopecia areata will experience more periods of hair loss.

    Androgenic Alopecia
    In male patients, this kind of alopecia is also called male pattern baldness. In women, it is called female diffuse hair loss. In both instances, hair becomes extremely thin, sometimes to the point of complete baldness. Men usually lose hair at the hairline and on the top of their heads, while women experience allover shedding. This kind of alopecia is hereditary.

    Dr. Kiely, MD can uncover the cause of your hair loss and help you take steps to reverse it. At our Baltimore clinic, we can address the underlying conditions that are causing your hair loss and help with hair replacement through hair transplant. Don’t spend another day letting your hair loss get out of control. Call us at (240) 292-4315 for an appointment. 

    Ponytails and Hair Loss

    Last updated 7 months ago

    When it comes to hair loss, myths and misinformation abound. One commonly misunderstood subject is the link between ponytails and hair loss. Many women believe that wearing hair in a ponytail actually causes hair loss, but is that really the case? This video tackles that question.

    As you will learn in the video, ponytails do put stress on hair and may lead to breakage. However, chronic hair loss cannot be contributed to ponytails. If you stop wearing them, any broken hair should grow back.

    If you’re losing your hair, don’t guess at the cause. Let Dr. Kiely, MD, get to the bottom of the problem and help you find a real hair loss solution. Start on the path towards reclaiming your healthy head of hair by calling our Baltimore clinic at (240) 292-4315. 

    Tips for Slowing or Halting Hair Loss

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Are you losing your hair? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of men and women are dealing with hair loss. The good news is that you don’t have to resign yourself to living with thin hair. There are many things you can do to slow down your rate of hair loss or stop it altogether. If you’re losing your hair, these tips may offer some relief.

    Manage Stress
    Stress is a major contributor to hair loss. Significant bouts of stress can cause hair to enter the telogen (shedding) stage. When possible, eliminate stressors from your life. For those stressors you can’t say goodbye to, like work responsibilities, discover new ways to cope. Regular exercise, meditation, and massage therapy can all help. Discuss your stress with your doctor, who may be able to offer coping suggestions. Your doctor may also recommend medications to help ease stress that is linked to anxiety and depression.

    Treat Underlying Causes
    In some cases, hair loss is caused by a hormonal imbalance. Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can lead to hair loss. So can high levels of androgen and the hormone changes that accompany menopause. Your doctor can diagnose many of these issues with a simple blood test and help re-balance your system with the use of hormone therapy. Treating these underlying conditions should cause your hair loss to stop.

    Change Diet
    If you’re dealing with hair loss, piling your plate with foods that boost hair health can help. Protein is essential for hair growth, so make sure you get a serving at every meal. Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, will also support healthy hair. If you don’t like fish, ask your doctor if you should take an omega-3 supplement for your hair.

    What is causing your hair loss? Dr. Kiely, MD, can diagnose the cause and work with you to devise the best treatment plan. Dr. Kiely specializes in hair transplant surgery for men and women and has a reputation for providing natural, long-lasting results. Make an appointment at our Baltimore hair loss clinic today by calling (240) 292-4315. 

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