Hair loss is normal, and most people lose between 50 and 100 hairs per day. This small amount of loss usually goes unnoticed on your head, with over 100,000 hairs and new hair readily replacing the lost hair. If you notice that you’re losing more hair than usual via clumps in the drain after you wash your hair or thin patches and baldness on your head, it’s time to talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you pinpoint the underlying cause of your hair loss and work with you to find an appropriate and effective treatment.

What Causes Hair Loss?

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 80 million men and women in America are affected by alopecia or hair loss. Hereditary male- or female-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss, resulting from a family history of hair loss. Specific sex hormones cause this type of hair loss, and it can begin as early as puberty. Male-pattern baldness results from the hair follicles becoming sensitive to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The crown and frontal hairline areas are typically the most affected by DHT, which causes the horseshoe-shaped pattern of hair loss in many men.

Other causes of hair loss include traumatic events, surgeries, and major illnesses, and sometimes the loss results from a halt in the hair growth cycle. Hormonal changes can also affect hair loss, including:

  • Birth control pills.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Childbirth.
  • Menopause.
  • Low or high testosterone

Certain medications can also cause hair loss, such as those used to treat:

  • Heart problems.
  • Depression.
  • Arthritis.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Cancer.

Medical conditions can cause hair loss as well, including:

  • Alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disease that attacks your hair follicles.
  • Thyroid disease.
  • Scalp infections such as ringworm.

Emotional or physical shock is yet another cause of hair loss, such as shock resulting from:

  • Extreme weight loss.
  • Obesity
  • A very high fever.
  • Death in the family, particularly one that’s unexpected or sudden.

Hair loss can also result from traction loss due to hairstyles that pull the hair back very tightly or be caused by trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder. If you lack iron, protein, or other nutrients in your diet, you may also experience hair loss.

How Is Hair Loss Diagnosed?

If you suspect that you’re experiencing hair loss, you’ll need to see a hair restoration specialist or dermatologist for an official diagnosis. They will want to determine the cause of hair loss in order to set up a treatment plan. Sometimes, simple changes in your diet can help reduce hair loss, but it may require treatment to restore it. Your doctor may also look at adjusting any medications you’re taking for other disorders or diseases.

Your clinician or dermatologist should perform a thorough physical examination and medical history to diagnose hair loss. If a skin disease or autoimmune disease are suspected to be the culprit, then a biopsy of your scalp may be taken for testing in a laboratory. Hair loss is a complex process, and the exact cause of your hair loss might be difficult to determine. Although, in most people, it’s genetic and easily identifiable.

What Treatment Options Exist for Hair Loss?

After determining the cause of your hair loss, your clinician or dermatologist may offer various treatment options, from medication to medical procedures. The treatment plan will target your type and cause of hair loss and effectiveness will be determined based on your likelihood to respond.


The first option for hair loss treatment will likely be medication, including over-the-counter topical creams and gels that you can apply to the scalp to stimulate hair growth. The most common products contain minoxidil or fin########, which has proven to be effective in improving hair density in some patients. Fin######## is also effective at slowing down pattern loss and even reversing miniaturization. Fin######## can be prescribed orally or topically, depending on your needs. Fin######## blocks the production of DHT by nearly 70%.

Options for treating autoimmune hair loss are limited, most providers typically try some form of coticosteroid. Increasing the amount of corticosteroids in the body reduces inflammation and can suppress the immune system, preventing it from attacking your hair follicles. Using corticosteroids can put you at higher risk for conditions such as:

  • Calcium loss, leading to osteoporosis.
  • Thin skin and easy bruising.
  • Infections.
  • Sore throat.
  • Hoarseness.

Any use of medication should be closely monitored for side effects, including:

  • High blood sugar.
  • Fluid retention and swelling in the lower legs.
  • Increased blood pressure.
  • Cataracts.
  • Glaucoma.

Medical Procedures

If medication doesn’t stop hair loss, medical procedures can be used to treat hair loss. These procedures include hair transplant surgery, non-surgical regenerative injections, and collagen induction therapies.

  • Hair transplant surgery. This type of medical procedure involves moving or transplanting small grafts of hair follicles from a donor area on your scalp to the area experiencing baldness. Hair transplant surgery is an excellent aesthetic procedure for those with inherited baldness since the hair loss is usually on the top of the head, while the donor area in the back typically remains intact. One type of hair transplant surgery is follicular unit transplantation.

Contact MAXIM Hair Restoration Today

If you’re experiencing hair loss, contact the knowledgeable team at MAXIM Hair Restoration today to see if you’re a good candidate for a hair transplant or non-surgical procedure. We can provide you with an estimate for your procedure as well as how many grafts would be required to give you the best results. Contact us at 802-370-3227 in the United States, or complete our secure online contact form to request your complimentary consultation today. We can meet with you at any of our MAXIM Hair Restoration locations or consult via video or phone call.


Hair loss is commonly seen in both men and women of various ages. Whether your hair loss is rather sudden or you’ve been experiencing some degree of thinning for years, there are several simple, relatively painless treatment options to give you the hair and confidence that you deserve. If this situation sounds familiar and you’re looking for a solution for hair regrowth, MAXIM Hair Restoration can help. You can learn more about our services below, as well as some important information about hair regrowth and some common causes of hair loss.

What is Hair Regrowth or Restoration?

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Hair regrowth is also known as hair restoration. This broad term is used to reference the many methods and techniques available to those experiencing hair loss. This includes topical medications, scalp micropigmentation, collagen induction therapy, or a combination of these techniques. The goal is to provide you with the natural-looking, dense hair that you desire. These options are suitable for those who aren’t quite ready or don’t need a full hair transplant procedure.

Hair Restoration vs. Hair Transplantation?

Regarding hair restoration versus hair transplantation, the deciding factor is the progression of an individual’s hair loss and whether or not the patient is ready for the more invasive procedure, such as a hair transplant. Hair transplantation is performed by taking a graft from a donor area and transplanting that hair to the area of balding or thinning to provide you with a dense, natural-looking result. This method has a brief period of downtime, while scalp micropigmentation or collagen induction therapies will allow you to get back to daily life immediately afterward.

We understand how important having a full head of hair can be to an individual, and that’s why MAXIM Hair Restoration is here to help. We’re proud to be able to provide you with various options, including hair restoration and hair transplantation.

What Causes Hair Loss?

Numerous factors can contribute to hair loss, ranging from inherited conditions to hormones, stress, and injury. These causes include the following:

  • Male Pattern Baldness. This inherited condition can come from the paternal or maternal side of the family and is also known as androgenic alopecia. Hair loss is generally first noticed around the frontal hairline and crown areas of the scalp, eventually progressing to the mid-scalp. This results in a horseshoe-shaped area of hair loss. This condition is caused by a sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone, which is a metabolite of testosterone.
  • Therapies. Radiation therapy, such as the treatment used for cancer, is commonly known to cause hair loss. While much of this hair will grow back, those with a predisposition to androgenetic alopecia may find that it never returns to its former state.
  • Life factors. Extreme stress or a traumatic occurrence can cause hair loss. You’ll typically see the loss over an elongated period of time.
  • Medications. Several medications used to treat cancer, high blood pressure, depression, and various other diseases can cause to hair loss in some people.
  • Medical and biological conditions. Hair loss may be the result of a hormonal imbalance and other medical conditions. Other triggers include autoimmune disorders, pregnancy, menopause, and various thyroid disorders. The resulting hair loss could either be temporary or permanent.
  • Hair styles. Traction alopecia may occur due to excessive hair styling, perms, and hair treatments.
  • Lifestyle choices.Risk factors for hair loss include smoking, a poor diet, or a significant amount of weight loss or gain.

If you’re experiencing hair loss and would like to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the team of specialists at MAXIM Hair Restoration. We can help develop a treatment plan to get you the natural-looking results you want.

Is There Anything I Can Do To Prevent Hair Loss?

Non-preventable genetic and hereditary factors cause the majority of hair loss. Some other conditions, such as those mentioned above, might be preventable to some extent. Things you can do to prevent hair loss include:

  • Managing your stress levels.
  • Treating your hair gently.
  • Eating well-balanced meals.
  • Visiting your primary care physician regularly.
  • Avoiding tobacco products.
  • Preventative care if your family history contains androgenetic alopecia.

Our Services

We have several effective options for hair regrowth and transplantation at MAXIM Hair Restoration. Here’s a closer look at some of our services:

Follicular Unit Extraction

Follicular unit extraction is performed using advanced medical technology to harvest and transplant one hair graft at a time. There’s no linear scarring or sutures and a more rapid recovery time allows you to return to your normal activities quickly.

Follicular Hair Transplantation

Follicular hair transplantation is performed by extracting an area of donor tissue and then dissecting that tissue into individual grafts to transplant to the areas of hair loss. This provides you with a dense, natural-looking result.

Collagen Induction Therapy

Collagen induction therapy (CID) is a minimally invasive treatment that’s designed to increase collagen production, tissue perfusion, form new blood vessels, and introduce fresh growth factors. CID is performed using small needles that penetrate the middle layer of the skin. These procedures kickstart your body’s natural healing mechanics and amplify your scalp’s ability to regenerate tissue. It also improves topical absorption and efficacy.

3D Scalp Micropigmentation

3D scalp micropigmentation is a process by which medical-grade pigment is deposited on the scalp using a stroking motion. This gives your scalp the appearance of natural, shaved hair follicles, or to provide density by adding color in thinning areas that have a strong foundation of hair.

A combination of these methods may be used to provide you with a hybrid treatment plan. Options range from hair transplantation to collagen induction therapy and scalp micropigmentation. Your Maxim Hair Restoration specialist will develop a plan that will provide you with the best results possible.

Contact MAXIM Hair Restoration Today

If you’re experiencing baldness or hair thinning, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the specialists at MAXIM Hair Restoration today. Someone from our team would be happy to help you gather the answers to your questions. When you’re ready to schedule a consultation, you can use our convenient online contact form to request an appointment with one of the hair transplant specialists near you. You can also reach us at 802-370-3227.

After your appointment for an initial consultation, our team will provide you with an estimate for your procedure and discuss financing options. If you’re looking for a solution for hair loss, MAXIM Hair Restoration can help.

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