A Functional Medicine Approach to Hair Loss
Hair loss can be due to many factors including hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle factors and some medical conditions. At the Falcone Center, our team can help discover any underlying issue that may contribute to hair loss. Functional Medicine focuses on the discovery of underlying causes of health issues. Once underlying factors are treated, we can begin the process of helping to restore your hair growth. First, it is important to ensure you are a good candidate for treatment through a functional medicine evaluation.
Our Functional Medicine patients start with a detailed medical intake questionnaire. The intake helps us understand past medical history, family history, lifestyle factors, previous medication uses, environmental toxin exposures and other previous medical problems. The combination of this information along with lab work will give our team a roadmap to your health.
With traditional medical labs and functional medical labs, we can assess your heath and help discover if there are any imbalances that could be contributing to your hair loss.
Patients with either hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) can experience hair loss. Through simple blood tests, our doctors can evaluate your thyroid function.
Anemia is the medical term for not enough healthy red bloods cells. One specific type of anemia, known as iron deficiency anemia can be a common cause for hair loss.
Deficiencies of common nutrients such as Iron, Zinc, Niacin, Selenium, Folic, Vitamin A & D, and Biotin can also impact hair structure and hair growth. Deficiencies can be due to inadequate dietary intake or lack of absorption. Through blood and stool testing a comprehensive view of your nutritional balance can take place.
Throughout life our hormone levels are changing. It is known that hair loss can be caused by both genetics as well as hormonal imbalances. During your functional medicine consult we can make recommendations for comprehensive sex hormone testing that can determine imbalances in estrogen, testosterone, progesterone along with their metabolites and other pertinent hormones.
Lastly, we will talk to you about stress and lifestyle. Hair loss can occur after a crisis whether it be medical, social or psychological. We will make suggestions for stress management and determine the right time to begin hair regrowth treatment.
Treatments for hair loss can range from topical products, supplements, medications, Platelet Rich Plasma, Stem Cell, and Bone Marrow Injections, Lasers and Growth Factor treatments. We can address your hair loss and health concerns through a comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning process.