Thank you for your question. you are asking if there is blood test that would help determine your other causes of hair loss besides male pattern hair loss at the age of 26 and you gave some examples. Well certainly, I can assist you with the evaluation of hair loss and what comes into mind when I examine a patient and I take a patients history that come into our practice. A little bit of my background. Im a board certified cosmetic surgeon and fellowship trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive.
Surgeon practicing in manhattan and long island for over 20 years and hair loss treatment has been a big part of my practice particularly in the area of nonsurgical hair loss. Weve also been performing hair transplant for many years. So when a patient comes in and will give me a history of their pattern of loss for males, we first look at family history. We look at moms side of the family, dads side of the family. Invariably, weve been able to establish some degree of a pattern within.
The family and is often stated that the certain pattern such as a maternal uncle is how it works but really it doesnt work that way. It can be spared, it can be variable and 11 chromosomes are associated with hair loss so you can certainly understand that mix can be associated with genetic role of the dice. Now that being said, we also certainly look at the general medical health and certain blood test which are routinely performed as part of general physical examination for men, it is usually adequate and that includes taking.
Vitamin d levels. and it is common to have a decrease in vitamin d levels and we always require taking vitamin D. And vitamin D has a role in maximizing hair quality. For most men, once we do an examination were we examine the scalp with a microscope, we are able to establish that there is pattern loss, hair thinning. When hair goes from thick to thin to thinner and then disappears, that is very typical of androgenetic alopecia and no genetic deficiency that I am aware of that really creates that type of pattern. Nutritional.
Status and a lot of times, people would want to check their hormones so certainly they will go to an endocrinologist or a medical to have this done which is fine but I would say that 95% of hair loss is pattern hair loss. In our practice, to help people with pattern hair loss we do something we call Hair Regeneration. Hair Regeneration has been a development that has been very successful in our practice to help people with thinning hair. Certainly, I am all for supplementation nutrition whether.
It is in a form of multivitamins, and omega 3 acids but when you realize that even people with nutritional deficiencies and less than optimal living conditions and other stressors can have amazing hair and you realize that is most likely a genetic pattern. With Hair Regeneration, we combine plateletrich plasma (PRP) with Acellular matrix and its an injection, not a surgery to stop the progression of hair loss, reverse the thinning process so that hair that is thinning becomes thicker and to reactivate hair that is not growing.
To start growing. now with 99% success for both men and women, you could imagine that we have patients who come here from all over the world and we even started a company called TrichoStem Hair Regeneration to help get access to this type of technology outside of our office. Going back again to the question of a blood test as a general rule, yes, you look at thyroid hormones, you look at iron levels, you look at liver function tests, you look at hormonal.
Levels and again this is something you can certainly do to get a peace of mind. and certainly, a lot of people come to us and usually we are not the first line. They come to us if they have exhausted everything else but it is routine for someone to come and they have not only those types of workup in the lab test but they will also get rheumatologic workup, autoimmune workup and basically they want to make sure that everything they can possibly lead to cause of hair loss systemically has been check to at least deal with. Now.
Post Op Hair Loss Blossom Bariatrics Las Vegas
I get a lot of questions about hair loss post bariatric surgery and there’s many reasons why hair loss can happen. Now can is the word to remember. It doesn’t always happen, but there are some things to take into consideration if you find that your hair is thinning or you do lose some hair after your weight loss surgery. The first thing that can attribute to hair loss would be hormonal imbalances. Alright? So oftentimes two little testosterone and too much estrogen called estrogen dominance.
Can result in thinning hair or hair loss. something else that you may want to consider is thyroid dysfunction or hypothyroidism. This is very important and is usually the key factor in hair loss, even in folks who have not had bariatric surgery. So hypothyroidism means low thyroid hormones and it’s very important to get those levels tested by a blood test. So please make sure that you have optimal levels of thyroid hormone production in your body.
Something else that’s a dead give away for folks who experience hypothyroidism is always feeling a little bit chilly, cold hands, cold feet all the time and the corner of your eyebrows. Either there’s thinning or they’re completely falling out. That’s a dead giveaway. Another thing that can contribute to hair loss would be low iron or iron deficiency or anemia. Again, this can be tested from your primary care with a simple lab test. That will determine if you have too low of iron or if you are anemic. Low iron.
Can contribute to hair loss as well as low b12. so make sure to get tested for your b12 levels and your iron levels in your blood. And something else that I find really interesting is folks struggling with H Pylori, that can lower your B12 levels and lower your iron levels too. So again, make sure you get tested for H Pylori. Another contributing factor for hair loss would be bariatric weight loss surgery. Usually.
The main reason, if you’ve ruled out hormonal imbalances or thyroid, low iron, usually the reason is right after surgery, the shock of eating less food and possibly getting less nutrients can tell your body Whoa, wait a minute. Stop hair growth. It’s not important to me. I need to make sure that every other vital organ gets the nutrients it needs. So basically that’s what’s happening. Also take into consideration that it depends on where you’re at in your normal hair growth cycle. So for instance, if you’re hair growth.
Cycle is towards the end of losing all the old hairs and you’re, you know, ready to grow in new hairs, if you have surgery within that little time frame it can actually slow the new hair growth until your body senses it’s getting the nutrients it needs again. So some things to do to prevent nutrient deficiency post weight loss surgery would be making sure you get your protein, your whey protein or your plantbased protein drinks. You never stop those if your concerned about hair loss.
One of the main reasons why whey protein or any protein source is so important to prevent hair loss is because protein contains an amino acid called ProLine. ProLine has been shown to really build collagen and collagen is one of the main components of hair growth and hairs. So make sure you’re getting all the protein you need to get it in every single day, at least 6080 grams. Also, take your supplements. Never, ever, ever, do not take your supplements. So for.
Instance, your multivitamin will have adequate amounts or should have adequate amounts of B vitamins in them. B vitamins are key for hair growth, particularly B12 and biotin. If you extra concerned, please look into a hair supplement, or a hair growth supplement containing methylcobalamin B12, biotin, zinc. Zinc is actually very very important for hair growth as well and maybe some silica, which is a mineral that aids in tissue growth. Thanks for watching. If you have any additional questions, check out our YouTube channel,.