How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help With Hair Loss

Hormones are essential for hair growth. The main hormones that affect hair growth are testosterone, estrogen, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When these hormones are out of balance, they can contribute to hair loss in both men and women.

Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT,  can help to normalize hormone levels, which can, in turn, lead to healthier hair growth.

Here are answers to common HRT and hair loss questions:

1. How do hormones affect hair growth?

DHT is a hormone that’s derived from testosterone, and it’s thought to be one of the main culprits behind male/female pattern baldness.  When DHT levels are too high, they can bind to hair follicles and miniaturize them.

Estrogen is a hormone that is produced in both men and women. It helps to keep the scalp healthy and stimulates hair growth. Low estrogen levels can lead to hair loss in women.

2. How can hormone replacement therapy help?

Hormone replacement therapy helps by replenishing hormones that are at low levels. Some of the benefits of HRT include:

  • Restoring hair growth
  • Preventing further hair loss
  • Improving the quality of your hair
  • Making your hair thicker
  • Bringing back your confidence

3. How long does it take to see results?

The results of hormone replacement therapy can vary from person to person.  Some may start to see an improvement in their hair growth within a few months. For others, it may take up to a year to notice any changes.

4. Are there any risks associated with HRT?

As with any therapy, there are always risks.  You need to be aware of the risks associated with HRT which include:

  • Increased facial hair growth in women
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. If you do experience any severe side effects, it’s important to stop the therapy and speak with your doctor right away.

Hormone replacement therapy is a safe and effective way to help improve hair growth in both men and women. If you’re struggling with hair loss, it may be worth considering HRT as a treatment option. Be sure to speak with your doctor to see if it’s the right choice.

5. How much is hair transplant surgery?

The cost of hair transplant surgery can vary depending on factors such as the location, surgeon’s expertise, extent of hair loss, procedure type, and additional services needed. On average, it ranges from $4,000 to $15,000 or more. Two common procedures are follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE), with FUE generally being more expensive due to its labor-intensive nature. It’s best to consult with a qualified surgeon to get an accurate assessment and cost estimate based on individual circumstances.

6. What is FUE hair transplant?

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant procedure that involves individually extracting hair follicles from the donor area of the scalp and implanting them into the recipient or balding area. The surgeon uses a specialized tool to harvest the follicles one by one, typically from the back or sides of the head where hair is genetically resistant to balding. FUE is a minimally invasive technique that leaves small, circular scars that are less noticeable than the linear scar produced by the traditional strip harvesting method (Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT). This method allows for precise and targeted transplantation, making it a popular choice for patients seeking natural-looking results and minimal scarring.

7. How to treat alopecia areata?

The treatment of alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss in patches, can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. There is no definitive cure for alopecia areata, but various treatment options can help promote hair regrowth and manage the condition. These include corticosteroid injections, topical corticosteroids, topical minoxidil, topical immunotherapy, oral medications such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressants, and in some cases, hair transplantation. It is important for individuals with alopecia areata to consult with a dermatologist or a healthcare professional experienced in treating hair loss to determine the most suitable treatment plan for their specific situation.

8. What is hairline surgery?

Hairline surgery, also known as hairline lowering or forehead reduction surgery, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at adjusting the position of the hairline to achieve a desired aesthetic appearance. This surgical procedure is typically performed on individuals with a high or receding hairline, a large forehead, or those seeking to lower their natural hairline for personal reasons. The surgery involves carefully removing a strip of forehead skin, typically along the frontal hairline, and repositioning it to create a lower and more balanced hairline. Hairline surgery can be combined with hair transplant procedures to achieve a fuller and more natural-looking result. It is important to consult with a qualified surgeon who specializes in hairline surgery to discuss the individual’s goals and determine the most appropriate approach for their specific case.

Get HRT from Dr. Ziering.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses cutting-edge endocrinology to fight hair loss and regrow your natural hairline. 

Dr. Ziering was an early proponent of this non-surgical treatment, and today he’s an advisor to Physical Male – our exclusive HRT partner.

Find out if HRT is right for you. Call Dr. Ziering’s team at (877) 759 8083 to book a consultation.

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