A Private Medical Practice located in Upper West Side, New York, NY
Hair loss is often viewed as a problem that primarily affects men, but by the age of 50, half of all adults are affected by female-pattern or male-pattern hair loss. At Liondale Medical, Lionel Bissoon, DO, offers treatments that target the cause of your hair loss and give you effective alternatives to surgical hair restoration. If you have questions about hair loss or your treatment options, call the office on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, or use the convenient online booking feature.
Hair Loss Q & A
What causes hair loss?
Hair loss occurs for many possible reasons, including:
- High fever
- Fungal infections
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Hormone changes
- Sudden weight loss
- Systemic disease
The top cause of hair loss, however, is male and female pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia is an inherited condition that makes hair follicles overly sensitive to hormones and ultimately stops the follicles from growing hair.
What causes hair loss in the eyebrows, mustache, and beard?
Women often lose eyebrow hair from hormonal changes at menopause or when they have low levels of thyroid hormones. Women can also lose their eyebrows and eyelashes, and men can lose mustache and beard hair, due to a condition called alopecia areata. Alopecia areata occurs when your immune system attacks hair follicles, causing inflammation and hair loss.
How is hair loss treated?
During your first appointment, Dr. Bissoon performs a thorough medical evaluation for hair loss, as well as comprehensive lab work so he can determine the cause of your hair loss. Then he develops a customized treatment plan based on the underlying problem.
If lifestyle factors contribute to hair loss, Dr. Bissoon creates a plan addressing those factors. For example, you may need to lose weight, stop over-exercising, or restore nutrients.
Your therapy may include the following treatments for hair loss:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
PRP consists of plasma that contains three to five times more platelets than the amount typically found in your blood. Platelets release growth factors that stimulate new hair growth, slow down your hair loss, and increase hair thickness. PRP may be used alone or with other regenerative treatments such as stem cells and exosomes.
Stem cells and exosomes
Stem cells naturally thrive in your body, where they self-replicate and regenerate new cells that are used to heal and replace damaged tissues. When stem cells are injected into hair follicles, they stimulate new hair growth.
Exosomes are tiny vesicles secreted by stem cells and other cells in your body. These vesicles carry RNA and proteins that are absorbed by nearby cells, effectively giving those cells the information and tools they need to heal.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
When your hair loss is caused by low hormones, a common problem for women after menopause, Dr. Bissoon may recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
If your lab results show that a nutrient deficiency is responsible for hair loss, Dr. Bissoon recommends therapies such as supplements, a balanced meal plan, and IV therapy to restore healthy nutrient levels.
If you notice excessive thinning or a receding hairline, call Liondale Medical or schedule an appointment online.