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Top 6 types of hair loss

6/27/2018 6:55:52 PM

Approximately 85% of men will experience hair loss at some point their lives and approximately 40% of women will experience thinning by the age of 40. However, those suffering from hair loss often feel isolated and alone. In this article, we will discuss the various forms of hair loss and how to manage and treat the specific type of hair loss.

Involutional Alopecia: is a natural condition that occurs gradually with age. More hair follicles go in to the resting phase (telogen) whilst the remaining hairs become shorter and fewer in number. 

Androgenic alopecia: Androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss is a genetic condition that can affect both men and women. Men/women can begin suffering from this condition as early as their teens. It is characterized as a gradual miniaturization of the hair follicles that affect the front, top and crown (vertex) portion of the scalp.

Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata or spot baldness is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body attacks its own anagen (growth) hair follicles and suppresses or stops hair growth. Alopecia areata starts suddenly and often results in a few bald spots on the scalp, each about the size of a quarter.

Trichotillomania: Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder that results in a person pulling out their own hair. The scalp, eye brows and body hair may be affected by this condition.

Telogen Effluvium: Telogen Effluvium is a hair thinning all over the scalp that occurs because of changes in the growth cycle of the hair follicles. A large number of hair follicles go in to the resting (telogen) phase all at once which cause shedding and subsequent thinning.

Traction alopecia: Traction alopecia is a gradual hair loss, caused predominantly by a pulling force being applied to the hair. This type of hair loss generally affects individuals who wear their hair in tight ponytails, pigtails, or braids. Additionally, traction alopecia can be caused by wearing hair extensions and weaves.

Conclusion: Alopecia areata is a condition which generally resolves on its own within a few years. However, it can be treated with steroid injections and topical corticosteroids. Telogen Effluvium is a condition that resolves on its own once a new hair growth cycle begins. Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder which requires cognitive behavioral therapy and in some instances may require medication to treat obsessive compulsive disorders and anxiety. Both Androgenic alopecia and Traction alopeica can be treated with hair restoration surgery, the only way to regrow hair on a completely bald portion of the scalp is through hair restoration surgery. It is important to select a surgeon with a proven track of providing high quality ultra-refined follicular unit transplantation.

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Written By,

Melvin (HTSoon) - Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator For the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog. To share ideas with other hair loss sufferers visit our new Hair Loss Forum and Social Community.