WHAT IS HAIR LOSS?
Hair loss or the medical term alopecia can occur in both women and men. This can result in psychological distress such as decreased confidence and self-esteem. we understand how this can make you feel and we are here to help you find a solution.
Take a look at the various causes of hair loss below. We will be able to assist you in finding the reason for your hair loss, as well as guiding you towards restoring your appearance and confidence.
WHAT CAUSES HAIR LOSS?
Lack of protein
Male pattern baldness
Side effect of cancer treatments
MORE ABOUT HAIR LOSS
Male Genetic Hair loss
Male pattern baldness (MPB) also know as androgenic alopecia is the most common form of genetic hair loss and affects over 50% of males over the age of 50.
MPB occurs due to hair follicle sensitivity to a hormone know as Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that occurs naturally in all human beings.DHT is synthesized from testosterone in the hair follicles, prostate, testes and adrenal glands and is important for the development of typical male characteristics during puberty.
Female Genetic Hair Loss
Female hair loss is unfortunately not as well understood as male hair loss and it is believed to be caused by many contributing factors. The main causes include genetics, stress, diet, drugs and hormone levels.
Female hair loss is less predictable and hair transplant surgery is not always the best option. Other options like Protein rich plasma therapy (PRP)and lifestyle changes may yield better results.
Alopecia Areata is a form of hair loss that follows no particular pattern and affects about 1 in 1000 people. The hair loss is patchy and is auto-immune related, similar to asthma and eczema in the fact that the condition can come and go with different severities.
Telogen Effluvium is just a fancy term for hair loss and hair thinning that occurs when the hair follicles fall out during the resting phase of hair growth. This type of hair loss commonly affects the crown area and is acute and self-limiting.There is no specific treatment for this condition as it is self-limiting and most patients require simple reassurance once a hair surgeon has confirmed the diagnosis.
This is a fancy term to describe hair follicles that fall out during their growth phase. This is always caused by an external insult and includes chemotherapy, radiation, poisoning and certain drugs. Once the cause is removed, the hairs will grow back again.
As the name implies, scarring alopecia or hair loss is caused when the skin that the hair follicles come from, become damaged for some reason. These could be chemical burns, trauma, radiation or bacterial or fungal infections. We will be able to diagnose this should this be the problem and suggest appropriate treatment.
This is a form of hair loss that occurs from the patient pulling on their hair. It is a psychiatric condition and is related to anxiety and impulse control disorders. If you are pulling out your hair, unfortunately, we cannot help but we can assist by giving you an appropriate referral.