With all of the pollution and processed foods available today, it is no surprise that illnesses and diseases are affecting the population at an alarming rate. However, these conditions are affecting a younger population. The majority of the public see hair loss as a condition that happens when you grow old. However, it seems that millennials are suffering from hair loss more than any other generation before them. Why are millennials becoming bald? Keep reading
Correlation Does Not Equal Causation
Are millennials really going bald more than generations before them, or is it that millennials today are much more focused on their looks than previous generations. Truthfully, this is the first time in the history of humanity that we have social media apps constantly showing us what we don't have or what we wish we had. This naturally makes the population more self-conscious about their looks and appearance.
Let's face it looks matter! It has even been reported that certain jobs ask for headshots along with resumes. Naturally, this will create a lot of anxiety about ones looks. How we use the internet has changed from the early days of chatting to anonymous strangers on AOL chat rooms. Your profile is everything, at least this how many young millennials feel. In fact, online dating has nearly tripled since 2013 in the 18-24 age demographic according to the Pew Research Center.
Therefore, it is no surprise that millennials dealing with hair loss feel like they are the only ones, but they aren't. Androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss) is caused by a genetic vulnerability to the male hormone DHT. The hormone DHT binds to androgen receptors in the vulnerable hair follicle sites and gradually shrinks the hair follicles until they no longer grow. This is the thinning or miniaturization process.
What Can Millennials Do To Their Hair Loss?
Start-up companies such as Forhims and Keeps have exploded on to the hair loss scene with their catchy advertisements geared towards young millennials suffering from conditions thought to affect only the old; erectile dysfunction and hair loss. Today, understanding the causes of hair loss and how to properly treat hair loss has never been so readily available and easy to find. There are two FDA-approved medications that have been proven to prevent, slow and even stop the progression of hair loss. The first medication is called Rogaine (minoxidil) a topical medication that works by prolonging the growth phase of the hair follicles life cycle. The second medication is called Propecia (finasterdie) an oral medication that inhibits the production of DHT. DHT is the main culprit for causing hair loss in men and women.
However, there is only one method of regrowing hair on a bald scalp and that is through surgical hair restoration. Today, hair transplant surgery is so refined that it goes unnoticed by the general public. In fact, we probably pass by several people a day who have undergone hair transplantation, but we would never know it unless they had a bad hair transplant. Choosing a qualified, experienced, talented and skilled hair transplant surgeon is vital for receiving refined results that will last a lifetime.
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