Hair Diseases and Hair Loss
Also called: Alopecia
Did you know that the average person has 140 000 hairs? Hair grows all over your body except on your lips, palms and the soles of your feet. It takes about four months for healthy hair to grow an inch. Most hairs grow for up to six years and then fall out. New hairs grow in their place.
Men – and some women – lose hair as they grow older. You can also lose your hair if you have certain diseases, such as thyroid problems, diabetes or lupus. If you take certain medicines or have chemotherapy for cancer, you may also lose your hair. Other causes are a low protein diet, a family history or poor nutrition.
Hair loss in men or women can contribute to the appearance of looking older than chronologic age. One of the hair restoration procedures may be used alone, or in combination with a procedure for facial skin rejuvenation to take years off of a patient’s apparent age.
Any person who feels that hair loss is a problem should consult a dermatologist or specialist. The first step in treating hair loss is diagnosing its cause. Causes can include heredity, various acute and chronic diseases, nutritional deficiency, medications, radiation, and improper hair treatments.
The most common cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness, a condition with a hereditary basis. In women the most common conditions are androgenetic alopecia baldness, and telogen effluvium which causes thinning of scalp hair but not bald patches. A condition of unknown cause called alopecia areata occurs in both men and women, causing hair loss in small circular patches.
Based on medical evaluation, a dermatologist or specialist will recommend the procedure that is right for the individual patient. Treatment options include:
•Male pattern baldness may be medically treated with topical products that can restart hair growth in some patients.
•Hair restoration surgical procedures include hair transplant, scalp reduction, scalp extenders, and scalp lifts, sometimes it can’t be applied.
•Hair Replacement a none surgical operation that gives a natural look and it’s the most famous solution that works for all.