Hair loss occurs in both men and women but differs dramatically in the appearance and rate. The most common type is called androgenetic alopecia, also known as "male pattern balding" and "female pattern hair loss."
It is a condition that can affect men as early as their teens and by the age of 50, approximately half of all men show some degree of hair loss. Women, on the other hand, usually do not experience noticeable thinning until their 40s or later, most commonly occurring after menopause. In the U.S., approximately 30 million women and 50 million men are affected by this type of baldness.
Typically, men's hair loss starts with a receding hairline and thinning in the crown area. As hair loss continues, the hairline around the temples begins to recede and the characteristic "M" or horseshoe shaped pattern develops. If left untreated, it often results in complete or near baldness. Women's hair tends to thin in a diffuse manner making it almost imperceptible until approximately 50 percent of their hair is lost. Rarely do women experience complete baldness.
Researchers believe that androgenetic alopecia is caused in men, in part, by elevated androgen levels, particularly the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone shrinks hair follicles and the hair shaft becomes thinner. While the predominant belief is that genetics play a major role in this increase, environmental factors are also likely to contribute.
For both men and women, other possible causes of hair loss (that may not be permanent) include stress, trauma, poor dietary habits, illness, medical conditions and autoimmune diseases, medications and cancer treatments.
Although shedding and thinning are separate entities, shedding can be associated with the beginning of androgenetic alopecia.
Normally, you shed anywhere from 50 to 100 hair follicles every day, making it difficult to determine the fine line between excessive hair loss and everyday shedding. For men, the appearance is much more noticeable. For women, it often goes undetected. Because early treatment is vital to those who wish to stop excessive hair loss, it's important to keep an eye on your hair that comes out when you brush or shampoo. You may also notice more hair on your pillow in the morning. Thinning for women may be apparent along their part or when they pull their hair back into a ponytail.
For some people, thinning hair may lead to anxiety and loss of self-esteem with women tending to be more affected by the psychological consequences of hair loss. It's important to know that there are various treatments for hair loss with new technology and procedures providing effective solutions.
At HT&RC, we take a hands-on approach to hair restoration that is medically based. Dr. Arthur Gray is a member of the International Society of hair restoration Surgery (ISHRS). He assesses each and every patient and, following diagnostic procedures, will present you with a personalized treatment plan that treats the underlying cause of your hair loss. He typically sees patients with advanced genetic hair loss, understands their concerns, and has developed a wide-range of therapeutic procedures.
There are several factors that set HT&RC apart from other hair clinics. These include the following:
- Medical diagnostic services including scalp biopsies and lab tests.
- Expert in FUE, FUE no shave,& FUT surgical transplantation procedures.
- The Cesare Ragazzi CNC custom prosthesis system.
- Personalized care from the initial consultation with Dr. Gray to the treatment and follow-up procedures.
- Willingness to explore unique and cutting-edge scientifically-validated treatment options.
- The use of Help Hair products that have been designed to deliver the nutrients your follicles need to grow.
Contact us at HT&RC for a consultation with Dr. Gray. We may very well have the solution you seek to hair loss.