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A Doctor's Top 5 Tips to Slow Down Hair Loss

I just learned via Dr. Linkov a Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon & Hair Surgeon, that it is National Hair Loss Awareness month and I know so many women and men that struggle with this. He actually said there are around 57 million adults facing hair loss issues - 21 million which are women under the age of 40. That is a wild statistic. To help Dr. Linkov put together his Top 5 Tips to Slow Down Hair Loss.

Top 5 Tips to Slow Down Hair Loss:

  1. Reduce stress: Recent studies show that signalling from the sympathetic nervous system when subjected to stress leads to the depletion of a stem-cell population in hair follicles. This discovery sheds light on why stress turns hair prematurely grey and contributes to hair loss.

  2. Eat healthy: Limiting caloric intake to lose weight can lead to a hair loss condition called telogen effluvium. One should be sure to consume enough biotin and B-complex vitamins in the diet or supplement with vitamins such as Nutrafol or Viviscal for improved hair stability.

  3. Limit tight hairstyles: Tight hairstyles that put repetitive tension on the hairline such as braids or tight ponytails can cause inflammation of the hair follicle, resulting in it getting weaker and eventually falling out, causing the hairline to recede.

  4. Finasteride for Men: An FDA approved medication that blocks the conversion to DHT, which reduces the stimulation of follicles to fall out. This is the single most effective medical therapy that we have currently for treating, and preventing progression of, male pattern baldness.

  5. Platelet Rich Plasma: Involves using the body's own growth factors to stimulate hair follicles. Works great for men and women to slow down hair loss and thicken the existing hair.


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