Losing your hair at any age can be disheartening and when it is premature or severe can even lead to distress.
Many people feel that because of the loss of hair, it can blow the self-esteem and can cause many to spend money blithely on just about anything and everything to save their hair. The truth us that everyone would develop some degree of hair loss as they age, and it happens to everyone over the course of their lifetime.
Basics about Hair:
Before we dive deeper, it is crucial to know some of the basic points about our hair. Hairs are tiny shafts of a protein called keratin that are anchored in a group of specialised cells called follicles. Follicles supply oxygen and nutrients to the roots of the hair and lubricate it with an oily substance called the sebum.
While the human body is completely covered with hair follicles (except the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and lips) the hair follicles are tiny.
The areas where the hairs do protrude and are also visible on the skin include the armpits, face, around the genitals, in front of the chest, the back and most profusely on the scalp of the head. A scalp typically contains about 100,000 hair follicles.
Hair is always in a constant cycle of growth, rest and renewal. Hairs grow and then are shed, but because they grow at different rates, they don’t all shed at once.
– When Men start to Go Bald:
In some males, the hair growth process slows right down. The growth phase of each hair gradually becomes shorter, and the resting phase becomes longer. Eventually the hairs that are growing become so short that they barely emerge from their hair follicle. The process begins at the sides of the head (above the temples) and at a patch on the crown, and spreads from there. As the hairline recedes backwards, the patch gets larger too. This is known as male “pattern baldness”, or androgenetic alopecia. It’s the most common type of baldness, affecting about half of all men by the age of 50 and more than 80 percent by the age of 70.
-When Women Lose Their Hair?
Women get pattern hair loss too, and it’s less common than in men (though it’s still the most common cause of hair loss in women.)
The pattern of hair loss is different, however, it tends to thin over the top of the scalp rather than result in a patch of baldness, dermatologist Michael Freeman of Bond University says.
“Often in families it would affect 50 percent of their hairy, so many women would not go truly bald, but their hair can get so particularly thin that it can become a big problem for them.”
Over 50 percent of women have some mild hair loss as they age, and about 20 percent of women develop moderate or severe hair loss.
-Some Other Causes of Hair Loss:
Hair Loss doesn’t just come in through the genetics – but as a number of reasons people may lose their hair. Alopecia areta is an autoimmune condition in which a person’s own immune system attacks their body hair follicles. It often appears as one or several patches, but in severe cases can affect the whole body. Hair loss can be a side effect of some medications, medical treatments and illness. It can also happen after major surgery, periods of stress, and after people experience sudden shock, such as bereavement.
Is There Any Cure?
According to current medical treatments available, hereditary age-related hair loss is difficult to reverse.
However, there are some people use products such as vitamin supplements or herbal remedies to counter hair loss, there is no strong evidence to show these Hair Loss Treatment help. However, through some treatments can help slow or reduce hair loss, or stimulate partial regrowth.
In order to block hormonal action and help to slow the progression of hair loss in men, a doctor or dermatologists may prescribe finasteride. A prescription-only medication designed to be taken once a day. Side effects of the drug are uncommon.
When it comes to stimulating hair growth, a doctor or dermatologists might recommend Minodil, a lotion – also now in the tablet form – which has been used since the 1970s, and is available without a prescription (and suitable for both men and women).
Again, side effects are uncommon, but include scalp dryness, itching and dermatitis. There are also a number of specific medications for women which block the effect of androgen hormones, and help to slow the progression of hair loss.
Whether or not a particular treatment is effective can depend on a number of factors, including the extent of a person’s hair loss. Beyond medical treatments, wigs and hair pieces that can be viable cosmetic options for people experiencing hair loss.
Hair Transplant Surgery:
For people whose hair loss is too severe for oral medications or hair lotions, they may consider hair transplant surgery.
This is also a procedure that involves a surgeon taking strips or plugs of hair from the back or sides of your head, and surgically placing them in areas where there is no hair, or between hairs in thinning areas. The procedure may take several hours, and you may need several treatment sessions to get satisfactory results. It can be costly and there is a risk of complications, so – as with any hair loss treatment – it’s important to speak with a dermatologist or GP first.
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