New hair transplant in case of excessive loss of hair

Do you suffer from hair loss? Do you have a receding hair line or balding crown area? Or perhaps you experience a lack of eyebrows and you consider doing something about it? In this case our clinic can help you regain the lost hair density.

What is hair loss?

Every day, the average person loses about 50-100 hairs, however this loss has no visible effect, since about 100 new hairs per day are regenerated and grow in time. But when one loses significantly more hairs per day for a prolonged period of time, we talk about real hair loss or baldness.

The condition occurs is particularly on the head, but in some situations, can occur at any site of the body.

What are the most common causes of hair loss?

Hair loss may occur gradually or suddenly, and this can also be the result of genetic factors, aging, local skin diseases and diseases that affect the whole body, named systemic conditions. Also, all kinds of medicines can cause hair loss.

– The most common type of hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia (male-pattern baldness or short, MPB).  About half of all men will experience such a type of hair loss in their lifetime, be that a light or a severe form. Apart from men, about 10 to 20% of women suffer from such a form of androgenetic alopecia, called female-pattern baldness, or short FPB.  In the case of androgenetic alopecia  slightly elevated levels of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) presumably plays an important role, together with other genetic factors. In men, hair loss usually begins on the forehead, inlets or above and slightly on the back of the head. Men that had hair loss at an early age, lose all the hairs on top of the head, but on the sides and back of the head (hair wreath) the hairs are unaffected and keep growing, as such retaining the horseshoe aspect of hair growth.

In women, hair loss begins on top the head. Usually it is more a loss of density of the hair that later transforms into complete hair loss. The hair line is in most cases unaffected. Such a hair loss pattern is called ‘female pattern baldness’.

 

Female-pattern-baldness

– One of the lesser known types of hair loss that occurs with a sudden loss of hair, localized and round or irregular in shape, leading to the appearance of bald patches. This form is called alopecia areata. The probable cause of such a form of hair loss is an autoimmune reaction in which the body’s own defenses attacks the hair follicles.

Hair loss usually affects the hair on the head or the beard. However, in very rare situations all body hair can be affected. This condition is called alopecia universalis. Alopecia areata occurs in both men and women and can occur at any age, but mostly children and young adults are leading the group. Alopecia areata is not the result of another disease, although sometimes an undetected thyroid disorder can be the leading cause. The hair usually grows back within a few months to a year, but in some patients with extensive hair loss the likelihood to regrow all lost hairs is quite reduced.

– Occasionally, extensive hair loss due to physical or psychological stress can occur. Such form of hair loss is called alopecia diffusa. Sudden weight loss by excessive diets, severe illness (especially diseases involving serious infection or inflammation) or even a surgical operation can be the trigger factor for this form of hair loss.

– Hair loss can also be caused by certain medications, such as chemotherapy (anticancer treatments), blood pressure lowering drugs, lithium, oral contraceptives, vitamin A and retinoids. Alopecia diffusa can also be the result of a lack of efficacy of the thyroid or pituitary gland, and often occurs after pregnancy. The hair loss can occur shortly after the occurrence of a particular disease or other condition or even several months later. This type of hair loss is usually temporary and the hair grows back in a matter of months.

– By scarring baldness (Alopecia cicatricialis) the hair loss occurs in areas with scars or dermal damage. The skin can be damaged by burns and other injuries or even by X-rays for example. Other diseases that can lead to scar formation are lupus erythematosus, lichen planus, and long-term bacterial or fungal infections.

Is treatment of baldness possible?

Male and female pattern baldness can, in most of the cases, be treated. Some people benefit from treatment with medications and enjoy reasonable results. Minoxidil lotion, known under the brand names Rogaine (US) / Regaine (Europe, Australia) can stimulate and support hair growth when applied daily directly onto the scalp. Finasteride (Propecia / Proscar) blocks the effects of male hormones (DHT) in the hair follicles and is taken daily. Both drugs can lead to improvement when used for a prolonged period. The main effect of these drugs is that they can prevent further hair loss. The effect lasts as long as the drug is used.

A more definitive solution is a hair transplant, in which hair follicles are removed from one area of the head and implanted in the bald area of the scalp. In a fairly new FUE hair transplant technique, only one or two hairs are transplanted simultaneously. This technique is time consuming, but provides good cosmetic results that do not require the surgical removal of large pieces of skin and leaves no obvious scars.

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A more definitive solution is a hair transplant, in which hair follicles are removed from one area of the head and implanted in the bald area of the scalp. In a fairly new FUE hair transplant technique, only one or two hairs are transplanted simultaneously. This technique is time consuming, but provides good cosmetic results that do not require the surgical removal of large pieces of skin and leaves no obvious scars.

Do you suffer from hair loss? Are you currently looking for a long term solution for baldness? Please feel free to contact us for free information.