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    What Is Androgenetic Alopecia?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, this condition is known as male pattern baldness; in women, female pattern baldness. Though men and women can both suffer from androgenetic alopecia, the pattern of hair loss in women differs from male-pattern baldness. Whether your hair is starting to thin or you’ve been covering up a bald spot with a wig for years, the following information about androgenetic alopecia will help you make informed decisions about your hair loss treatment options.

    Hair Loss Patterns
    People suffering from androgenetic alopecia lose hair in a well-defined pattern. In men, hair loss begins above the temples and the hairline recedes to form a characteristic “M” shape. Hair may also thin significantly at the crown, often progressing to partial or complete baldness. In women, androgenetic alopecia makes hair become thinner all over the head, and the hairline typically does not recede.

    Genetics and Hormones
    A variety of genetic and environmental factors play a role in causing androgenetic alopecia, but researchers have determined that hormones called androgens play a big part in the development of male and female pattern baldness. Androgenetic alopecia can also be hereditary, especially if both parents were bald or had thinning hair.

    Other Medical Concerns
    Androgenetic alopecia in women has been associated with several other medical conditions, including an increased risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In men, researchers have found a connection between androgenetic alopecia and conditions such as coronary heart disease and prostate cancer. Scientists and physicians still do not fully understand the link between male and female pattern baldness and these other medical conditions.

    If you are looking for an experienced hair loss physician to treat your androgenetic alopecia, call Dr. Kiely, MD. With more than 14,000 hair loss procedures under his belt, Dr. Kiely can help you regain your confidence with a beautiful, natural looking head of hair. To learn more about hair loss treatment in D.C. or Baltimore, call (240) 292-4315.

    How Female Hair Loss Affects a Woman's Self-Esteem

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Hair loss can be difficult for both men and women, but women tend to have a bigger challenge in facing hair loss. A thick head of hair has long been associated with femininity, so women tend to feel that they are losing their own identity when hair becomes thin or brittle. In fact, many women have trouble even discussing hair loss with a physician, because they feel pressure to maintain an ideal image set by standards in the media.

    It is important for women to recognize that female hair loss is a common problem with solutions that can restore confidence. Whether the cause is female pattern baldness or a more serious medical condition, modern hair transplant techniques can provide women with the head of hair they strive for. As you seek treatment, you might also speak with friends or a therapist to build up your self-confidence in areas unrelated to your appearance.

    Dr. Kiely, MD can help you restore your self-esteem with hair loss treatments tuned to your unique needs. To schedule a consultation at our Washington D.C. practice, visit our website or call us at (240) 292-4315.

    What Causes Telogen Effluvium?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Telogen Effluvium (TE) is one of many common forms of hair loss, which tends to occur in women more often than men. Unlike pattern baldness, it causes a general thinning of the hair that may be reversed once the specific cause of TE is determined on a case by case basis. Here is a closer look at TE and the causes for its onset.

    Hair growth cycles
    In order to understand TE, it is important to know how the hair grows. All follicles do not grow at the same time. While some hair follicles are in the growing phase, others are dormant in the telogen or resting phase. TE takes place when follicles stop producing hair during their growing phases. The hair continues to become thinner as the condition progresses. The hair is never completely lost, but it can get very thin and noticeably lacking in volume.

    Causes for a shift in balance
    There are a few different types of TE, which are all treatable but range in severity. In some cases, environmental triggers may be responsible, so the hair will shed rapidly. Once the trigger has gone away, hair growth will continue normally. Other forms of TE are prolonged conditions, which result from longer telogen phases of the follicles or short growth phases in which short, thin hair is shed before it can grow in. Some medications and hormonal changes can cause these types of TE, so it may be necessary to work with your primary physician and a hair loss specialist simultaneously. One reason TE tends to affect more women than men is that more women experience anemia, which can lead to hair loss. Some women also have post-partum TE, because the hair follicles can shut down after the shock of childbirth.

    If you are a woman in the Washington D.C. area suffering from any type of hair loss, Dr. John Kiely, MD can help you regain your confidence with a fuller head of hair. You can call (240) 292-4315 to schedule a consultation or visit our website for a closer look at what our practice has to offer.

    A Look at Hair Loss After Pregnancy

    Last updated 2 months ago

    During pregnancy, women may notice a number of positive physical changes such as glowing skin and thick, smooth hair. These changes are attributed to a sudden surge of hormones in the body, which is cut off after childbirth. The sudden shock of hormonal fluctuation can be traumatic for a woman, and it may even lead to hair loss over the next few months.

    This type of post-partum hair loss only tends to last for three to four months, as the hair typically returns to a normal grow cycle once the body’s hormones have stabilized. Hair thinning can be minimized after pregnancy with foods rich in vitamin B, plenty of sleep, and a low-stress hair care routine with minimal heating and pulling of the hair.

    Dr. John Kiely, MD can help you understand the specific cause of your hair loss and provide you with solutions for a fuller head of hair. To connect with his Washington D.C. practice, visit our website today or call (240) 292-4315.

    An Overview of Drug-Induced Hair Loss

    Last updated 2 months ago

    While many people think that hair loss is purely a hereditary condition, it actually has a number of possible causes. In some cases, prescribed drugs can lead to hair loss, so it is important to know which medications may include this side effect. By doing a little research on your own and discussing your concerns with your doctor, you may be able to prevent permanent hair loss caused by common drugs prescribed for a wide range of conditions.

    Types of medication that cause hair loss
    Hair loss is a side effect of many different types of medication, but it is not always listed on the label or mentioned by physicians when medicine is prescribed. If you are taking any medication for acne, blood thinning, epilepsy, depression, fungus, diet, cardiac conditions, or hormonal conditions, you should take the time to research the complete list of side effects for these drugs so that you are aware of all possible complications.

    Discussing side effects with your doctor
    You should maintain open communication with your doctor to be sure that you have a full understanding of the intended effects of your medication as well as any unwanted side effects. You may be able to seek an alternative therapy if your doctor is aware that hair loss is a primary concern for you.

    Treating drug induced hair loss
    Stopping or switching your medication may be enough to end hair loss and allow healthy follicles to grow back. However, some drugs may have long-term effects that will require professional hair loss treatment with such as hair transplants. As you work with a physician specializing in hair loss, you will want to keep your doctor in the loop on your treatment. This will help you target the underlying cause of your hair loss while replenishing the volume and strength of your hair.

    Dr. Kiely, MD is an experienced and compassionate hair transplant surgeon with more than 30 years of success in the treatment of male and female hair loss. To schedule your first consultation with Dr. Kiely in his Washington D.C. practice, visit our website or call (240) 292-4315.  

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