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The 4 Most Common Hair Loss Conditions

Ludwig ClassificationHair loss conditions do not discriminate. Despite how often we hear about male pattern baldness, women account for 40 percent of cases. Overall, 3 million Americans suffer from androgenetic alopecia, or hereditary hair loss, annually.

According to the American Hair Loss Association, approximately 95 percent of men’s hair loss is due to male pattern baldness, and 25 percent see symptoms before they reach 21-years-old.¹ Two-thirds of men experience some degree of loss by the age of 35. And by the time they hit 50, 85 percent of men see significant thinning related to androgenetic alopecia.

Meanwhile, half of all women experience thinning or shedding by the time they reach 50-years-old, per the North American Hair Research Society.² While female pattern hair loss (FHPL) can begin any time after puberty, most women either see thinning in their teens and 20s or in their 40s and 50s.

The medical community continues to work toward cutting edge treatments that satisfy each of the leading hair loss conditions, but it’s important to remember how much these disorders vary. Not only are men and women affected differently, but another three major hair loss conditions exist beyond androgenetic alopecia.

Alopecia Areata

Around 200,000 cases of alopecia areata are diagnosed per year. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder characterized as sudden bald patches that appear almost overnight, sometimes resulting in complete bodily hair loss. Although there is no cure for alopecia areata, patients are wise to address any underlying conditions related to their immune systems. Topical treatments can also help alleviate some of the hair loss associated with alopecia.  

Telogen Effluvium

Another leading hair loss type is telogen effluvium (TE), or stress-induced hair loss, which affects around 200,000 people in the United States per year alone. After a strenuous life event, hair follicles react to external strain by going into shock. While normal hairs enter their active and resting phase on a continuous cycle, patients with telogen effluvium have follicles pushed into their resting state prematurely. A few weeks or months later, patients may notice their hair falling out in clumps because the follicles aren’t active to reproduce recurrently lost hairs. Fortunately, telogen effluvium is a reversible condition that rarely requires aggressive medical intervention. However, TE can become a chronic ailment if the underlying causes of stress aren’t addressed properly. Chronic telogen effluvium most often affects women between 30- and 60-years old, per the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.³ However, patients rarely see total hair loss during these fluctuating periods of on-and-off symptoms.

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia occurs when hairs are externally pulled out of the follicle from tight hairstyles or as an active response to anxiety or depression. Cornrows, tight braids and hair pieces can trigger traction alopecia symptoms, which then subside when hair is loosened and follicles begin to heal. For individuals suffering with mental disorders such as depression, a combination of therapy and counseling can provide a new outlet to minimize purposeful traction alopecia and other self-harm behaviors.

 

If you are experiencing symptoms of hair loss beyond the normal 50 to 100 strands per day, it’s time to contact a hair restoration specialist. At your consultation, Dr. Paul Rose and Dr. Bernard Nusbaum of the renowned Hair Transplant Institute of Miami will examine you for the common hair loss conditions. From there, we discuss possible underlying causes and recommend treatment, if necessary. As a leading hair loss clinic, we pride ourselves on active listening, open communication and optimal treatment plans. Call us today at 305-925-0222 to schedule your appointment.

 

¹ http://www.americanhairloss.org/men_hair_loss/

² http://www.nahrs.org/PatientInformation(FAQs)/FemalePatternHairLoss(FAQ).aspx

³ http://www.aocd.org/?page=TelogenEffluviumHA

How to Prevent Men’s Hair Loss

It’s a condition that affects more than two-thirds of men: male pattern baldness. Men often notice the thinning around their hairline after the age of 35, but don’t exactly understand what’s causing this decrease in volume.

Although everyone is unique, most men’s hair loss troubles stem from a similar problem. Hormones shift as men age, allowing hair follicles to minimize and therefore produce new hair at a slower rate. Over time, the follicles shrink to a point where no more hair is produced and baldness becomes apparent.

Read on to understand what you can do to slow down hair loss, or alternatively, reverse balding.

Take Care of Yourself

It’s no secret that your physical appearance is a reflection of your internal health. Think about when you fail to get a full night’s sleep – your eyes appear dark and droopy, your skin looks dull, and your overall energetic zeal is missing. Healthy hair is an indication that you’re receiving the right nutrients, including proteins, biotin, zinc, and iron, while maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. Sometimes, hair loss is attributed to stress. In these cases, many patients are able to stop their hair loss by practicing daily stress management techniques and changing their diets to include more wholesome, organic ingredients full of vitamins and nutrients.

Recognize Hair Loss Symptoms

Hair loss is an emotional issue. It’s not uncommon for men to wait until their appearance starts to suffer, or emotionally agonize, to consult a doctor regarding hair restoration treatment options. Waiting until the last minute can actually decrease your chances of success. If you’re concerned about the thinning of your hair, consider a microscopic exam. Physicians diagnose the condition of your hair and the stage of your hair loss. From there, it’s easier to determine the best, most promising treatment route.

Rejuvenate Your Scalp

Did you know that you can stimulate your hair follicles to enter the regrowth stage through phototherapy? Also known as low-level laser therapy, or LLLT, using lasers to promote a full head of hair is a new, FDA-approved method. LLLT is available through laser combs, cap inserts, or in-office domes. The Capillus272™ laser cap is one of the only products on the market that you can wear for just 30 minutes, twice a day, to see results. And you don’t have to sacrifice style for treatment. Simply insert the device into your favorite hat and go about your daily routine. This treatment can be used alongside of other topical prescriptions, shampoos, and hair restoration surgeries.

If you’re past the stages of prevention…

Once you’ve already been diagnosed with male pattern baldness, reversal requires more than a balanced diet and a good night’s rest. In fact, it may even be too pronounced for effective phototherapy caps, a rejuvenated spirit, healthy nutrition, topical treatments such as Rogaine, or prescriptions like Propecia.

That’s where Miami Hair transplant surgery can help. Male pattern baldness affects only certain parts of the scalp, leaving the sides and back of the head relatively unscathed. Using these healthy follicles, Miami hair transplant surgeons Drs. Nusbaum and Rose can successfully and seamlessly restore areas of balding scalp with your own, natural hair.

Treat Hair Loss Today

If you’ve exhausted all the prior options and prefer a permanent, proven technique with natural results, hair transplants are your best bet. With today’s technology and innovative grafting techniques, the “hair plug” look is no longer an issue. In fact, recent hair transplant advancements, like the patented Mosaic® Hair Restoration procedure, enable victims of hair loss to restore their original look without noticeable scarring.

Contact Miami Hair to schedule a consultation for our experienced surgeons to determine your stage of hair loss. Then, we will decide the best way to treat your individual condition effectively.