Is thinning hair normal for someone in their 20s or 30s?

Is thinning hair normal for someone in their 20s or 30s?

Hair treatment is not just for those who are advanced in age. In fact, because people can develop hair loss even in their teens, 20s, or 30s, hair treatment is an option for many who are experiencing an undesired loss or thinning of hair. At Dr. Robin Unger, we treat patients of all ages. To learn if you are a good candidate for hair treatment to offset or reverse your condition, give us a call to schedule a consultation with our physician. We have provided hair treatments to members of the community. Discover if you too can enjoy a fuller and thicker head of hair.

What causes hair thinning?

There are many possible explanations for why someone is experiencing hair thinning or hair loss. As many as 40% of American men will experience noticeable loss of hair before they reach the age of 35. About the same percentage of women will suffer a visible loss of hair before they reach the age of 40.

After you undergo an exam and patient history with our physician, you should gain a clearer understanding of what factors have contributed to your hair condition. They may include:

·         Imbalanced or poor diet. A lack of proper nutritional intake on a consistent basis can negatively impact your health. Hair and skin are often on the frontlines of dietary neglect and may show signs of an imbalance even before other areas of the body present symptoms.

·         Stress. Stress is often a trigger for people’s health to decline, and one of the signs is hair loss.

·         Genetics. If hair loss or thinning runs in your family, particularly along your gender lines, you may be at higher risk for experiencing it yourself.

·         Medical condition or use of certain prescription medications. Whether it’s the medical condition that you are dealing with, or a medication or procedure to treat that condition, hair loss may be a side effect. This is often true for those undergoing chemotherapy treatments or taking certain medications such as mood stabilizers or anti-clotting drugs. There is a long list of medications that are known to cause side effects that include hair loss. During your consultation with our physician, be sure to advise them on all of the prescription and non-prescription drugs that you have been taking.

·         Cosmetic procedures. If you are regularly undergoing cosmetic hair treatments such as perming, bleaching, or dying, this can cause a great deal of stress on your hair follicles, leading to thinning of hair. In many cases, the condition can be reversed by halting such treatments but a visit with our physician can confirm for you if that can negate the need for more advanced hair loss treatments that we offer.

What if my hair loss is hereditary?

When hair loss is hereditary, it is termed androgenetic alopecia. For men it is more commonly referred to as male pattern baldness. For women, it is known as female pattern baldness. The condition develops when hair follicles that have shed are replaced with hair that is finer and thinner. As the hair follicles successively become smaller and thinner, at a certain point the hair will not grow anymore. Many people who experience this scenario due to their genetics can find relief from hair transplants offered by Dr. Robin Unger.

If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning, give us a call to learn about the hair treatment options available to you.