Hair loss, also known as alopecia or baldness, refers to a loss of hair from part of the head or body. The severity of hair loss can vary from a small area to the entire body.
Female pattern hair loss.
Recent research suggests that up to 60% of post menopausal women and approximately 13% of pre menopausal women suffer some degree of hair loss. This hair loss is usually attributed to hormonal changes; however, hereditary hair loss is still the major cause of thinning hair in both men and women.
Female Pattern Hair Loss is characterised by an increased production of testosterone and differs to the male pattern in that women usually experience a general thinning of the hair with the predominant hair loss occurring over the top of the head.
Due to the diverse causes of female hair loss, it is important not to ‘self diagnose’ and to seek medical advice in the first instance in order to eliminate any potential illness, allergies or diet deficiencies.
Male pattern hair loss.
Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL) can follow a number of different patterns, but is usually characterised by hair initially thinning from the sides and front of the forehead (receding hairline) followed by a bald patch at the crown of the head (vertex). Gradually, the bald area increases in size and eventually many men are left with a narrow horseshoe-shaped band of hair around the back and sides of the head (1). Most pattern baldness is genetic and whilst there is some research demonstrating both parents contribute to hereditary hair loss, a man has a greater chance of experiencing the same baldness pattern as his father.
The onset of MPHL can begin in men as young as 25 years and although the rate of hair loss varies from individual to individual, with some men going completely bald in less than 5 years, for most men hair loss is a much slower process – gradually occurring over 15-25 years (2). We know that the trigger for hereditary hair loss is caused by a powerful hormone known as DHT.
DHT – the major cause of male pattern baldness
DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is a powerful metabolite of the ‘testosterone’ hormone and is 3 times more potent than the hormone itself! DHT is renowned for its role in causing male pattern baldness, prostate problems and has also been identified as the cause of some types of acne. The mechanism by which DHT causes hair loss in men is still not fully understood but it is thought that DHT causes miniaturization (shrinkage) of the hair follicle, resulting in a progressive decrease in width of the hair shaft until the scalp hair resembles ultra fine, fragile ‘downy’ hair or becomes non-existent.
Elogen effluvium is a scalp disorder characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair resulting from the early entry of hair in the telogen phase (the resting phase of the hair follicle). Emotional or physiological stress may result in an alteration of the normal hair cycle and cause the disorder, with potential causes including eating disorders, childbirth, chronic illness, major surgery, anemia, severe emotional disorders, crash diets, hypothyroidism, and drugs.
We offer a full hair analysis using the API hair analysis microscope.
The API 202/203 is able to magnify the image of the hair/scalp analyse the hair and scalp up to 500 times to look for thinning, shedding, breakage or general hair loss including a detailed view of the hair cuticle. We are then able to show you live results and offer a treatment program based on these.
Cosmex Clinic has two treatments that are applicable to hair restoration. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and Polynucleotides. Both treatments have their benefits and are increasingly being used together for optimum results.
Even if you are considering hair transplant please talk to us as we can point you in the right direction and help with pre and post transplantation conditioning of the scalp for optimum results.
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