Protein deficiency and Hair Loss

Each and every cell in the body requires protein. One of the many important functions of protein is to aid in hair growth. When there is an insufficient amount in the body, the growth cycle may be altered to ensure that other vital functions continue. This can lead to dry, brittle hair and eventual thinning. For over 30 years, patients in New York, New Jersey, and Boston have been receiving life-changing hair restoration services from the doctors at True & Dorin Medical GroupDr. Robert H. True and Dr. Robert J. Dorin have helped many patients identify protein deficiency and hair loss, as well as achieve successful hair regrowth through compassionate, individualized care.

How are Protein Deficiency and Hair Loss Related? 

Keratin is a protein that is crucial to the health of your hair follicles. This protein strengthens your hair and provides elasticity, which prevents breakage. When there is an insufficient amount of protein in your body this process cannot occur, which means a much higher number of your hair follicles entering the resting phase at the same time. The end result is often noticeable hair loss.

Our doctors have helped many patients identify protein deficiency and achieve successful hair regrowth through compassionate, individualized care.

There are several groups of individuals who are more susceptible to protein deficiencies related to their dietary choices: 

  • Vegetarians and vegans
  • Bariatric surgery patients
  • Those who are dieting

In addition, patients suffering from hypothyroidism may also struggle with insufficient protein levels. 

Methods of Prevention 

Sources of protein like meat, fish, eggs and cheeseProtein-rich foods can help you maintain a healthy level of this nutrient within your body. This is turn will allow you to produce more keratin. A balanced diet should include: 

  • Red meat or chicken
  • Fish
  • Dairy products
  • Beans
  • Kale
  • Asparagus

These foods are high in protein, sulfur-rich amino acids, and biotin. Some patients may find natural hair supplements helpful as well.

Restoring Hair Growth 

If you are able to stabilize your protein intake but do not see a substantial decrease in hair loss, you may have a genetic hair loss condition. In this case, hair loss will persist until treated. At True & Dorin Medical Group, we can help slow hair loss and reestablish growth through a variety of both surgical and non-surgical treatments.

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: This advanced procedure can reverse the effects of hair loss using the platelet-rich plasma in your own blood. It is safely injected into the scalp to encourage new cell growth. 
  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): Dr. True and Dr. Dorin can safely perform this procedure, which harvests hair from a donor area and transplants it into the thinning or balding areas. 
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): Similar to FUT, hair is grafted from the donor area, however, it is a much less invasive procedure. This precise technique results in minimal scarring. 

While these procedures are popular for patients suffering from hair loss caused by protein deficiency, we offer many other treatments that can be tailored to your needs.

Experience Unparalleled Care

Our doctors understand the stress and discomfort many hair restoration patients experience and strive to provide discreet treatment that will help you manage your condition. If you are experiencing prolonged hair loss, contact us online or call us at (866) 629-0866 to schedule a consultation.