Hair loss on the crown can be reversed

There are times when women comb their hair, they notice that more locks come out of the crown of the head. In fact, a bald spot is easily visible. They might blame tying their hair into a high ponytail for too long or stress about hair loss on the crown of their heads. But these might not be the reasons for thinning hair. It turns out that your genes play a role in your hair loss. Read on to find out why crown hair loss occurs and what you can do about it.

HealthShots connected with Mumbai-based cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Akanksha Sanghvi and Delhi-based dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon Dr. Navnit Haror for insights on crown hair loss.

Hair loss on the crown of the head can be a genetic problem. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Cause of hair loss on the crown of the head

Dr. Haror says that hair loss in women, even in the crown area, is typically genetic. The most common condition is called female pattern hair loss or androgenic alopecia, which occurs if both parents pass on certain genes. This often starts when you hit your 40s or 50s. It is a pattern of progressive hair loss that is commonly seen on the crown and part of the hair. This is because androgens affect the hair follicles in these areas, leading to gradual thinning and shortening of the hair follicles, and eventually a reduction in the total number of hair follicles.

A widening or spreading of the thickness of the hair may be the first sign of female pattern baldness. That is a feeling and a clearly visible sight that the hair is no longer as thick as before, says Dr. Haror.

It’s common for women with genetic tendencies to have female-pattern hair loss due to androgen-mediated mechanisms, says Dr. Sanghvi. It happens to be one of the most common forms of hair loss in women. However, it is much less common than reversible diffuse hair loss or telogen effluvium that is triggered by:

• Stress
• Trauma
• Prolonged illness
• Surgery
• The pregnancy
• infections
• Thyroid disorders

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Early female pattern hair loss can be treated with oral medications. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Can hair grow back on the crown of the head?

In many cases, when you catch a problem early, it can be easily addressed. The same goes for hair loss on the crown of the head. Dr. Sanghvi says that early female pattern hair loss can be treated with oral medications that block androgen activity in the affected areas. These medications can help control the gradual thinning and shortening of hair follicles and prevent baldness.

In addition to oral medications, there are topical medications such as minoxidil that have shown promising results in women with mild to moderate female pattern hair loss.

Can you prevent the crown from thinning?

Many like to opt for home remedies like bananas to combat hair loss. There are a few other treatments that can help if you have moderate female pattern hair loss.

1. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

It is derived from your blood, just like a blood test, and is a concentrated platelet-rich plasma solution.

2. Growth Factor Concentrate (GFC)

This hair loss treatment is a modified and advanced form of PRP. It involves using a maximum concentration of platelets and shunting all the growth factors within the concentrate for better results and increased hair growth, explains Dr. Sanghvi. These growth factors and platelets help promote the survival, formation, division, and maturation of cells in the body, as well as assist in the repair and healing mechanisms necessary for their growth and existence.

These treatments promote hair growth, help hair strands grow thicker, and reduce hair loss.

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