Hair Loss and Types of Hair Loss
(Medical term for hair loss of any type is called Alopecia)
Discreet and professional male and female pattern hair loss treatments are offered by Dr Malkani one of UK's leading hair surgeons.We aim to give natural looking hair with our treatments. You are most welcome to book a consultation at our Harley Street clinic, London.
What causes hair loss? The causes of hair are complex and may vary depending on many factors. These include genetics, various physical and psychological conditions, e.g. Thyroid disease, Trichotillomania, malnutrition due to bulimia etc. and medication a person may be taking. The important thing is to find out whether the hair loss that a person is experiencing is preventable and correctable, or the best way to do that is to see a doctor who specialises in hair loss and carries out restorative hair procedures and is not a salesman/middleman who specialises/interested in his/her commission.
Contributory and/or triggering factors in hair loss in males and females may be lifestyle related for example smoking, alcohol, consumption of anabolic steroids, stress and anxiety, the styling of hair which cause repeated traction and trauma to hair, e.g. braiding, wearing hair extensions, tight turbans, plucking of eyebrows etc.
Male Pattern Hair Loss or Androgenetic Alopecia
50% of the men lose 50% of hair by age 50 due to androgenetic Alopecia or commonly called AGA.
AGA is the result of cooperation and interaction, in predisposed individuals between genes and male hormones known as Androgens i.e. converted product commonly known as DHT. There is often a family history here.
It starts by a process of miniaturisation in which the diameter of the affected hair is progressively reduced and the hair cycle gets shorter. As a result hair in the affected hair appears finer (like baby hair,) shorter and last less longer than surrounding normal terminal hair. The hair comes off easily with a comb or a pull and is noticeably falling out.
Male pattern hair loss is best classified by the Norwood Scale / classification. This allows the hair transplant surgeons and hair loss physicians to assess the severity of hair loss.
Men experience hair loss most commonly in the hairline and crown area of the scalp. This can occur as one form or both forms simultaneously. It can be very distressing and devastating and can cause a loss of confidence, self-esteem and affect day to day life, relationships and your job. It can cause depression, withdrawal from social interaction, self-image problems and distressingly painful existence in a worst-case scenario.
Thankfully, there are many options available to address issues created by hair loss, but outcomes vary from individual to individual, and these include but are not limited to hair restoration surgery which can be dramatic and permanent.
Medical treatments such as hair loss tablets which act as DHT blockers, Dutasteride and Minoxidil, low light laser therapy and Camouflaging agents including micro pigmentation, wigs etc.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
Female Hair loss is more complex and multifactorial than Male pattern hair loss. Causes of female hair may include one or more of the following conditions in the simultaneously:
Iron Deficiency, underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism), polycystic ovarian syndrome, deficiency of one or several vitamins and zinc, sex hormone imbalances and so on. Some females suffer from Androgenetic alopecia, especially after menopause.
While male hair loss mostly affects the hairline and crown, female hair loss occurs in the scalp midline and is diffusely creating a Christmas tree pattern on the parting of the hair in the middle.
As in men, hair transplant surgery is an option and a safe one.
Medical treatments include treatments of underlying causes such as Hypothyroidism or iron deficiency, PCOS( polycystic ovarian syndrome.) Topical Minoxidil is a treatment lotion, Spironolactone (this is a tablet) oral contraceptives, hair loss tablets which act as DHT blockers. LLLT (Low light laser therapy) and scalp micropigmentation are also options to be considered.
For further information about our male and female pattern hair loss treatment, please feel free to get in touch with our team on 020 7580 2205.
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