Understanding Hair Loss

Understanding Hair Loss

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Just like skin cells, each one of your hairs has a life cycle. At the end of this life cycle, the hair is shed, and a new hair grows in its place. This, along with usual day to day activities such as washing and brushing causes almost everyone to lose between 50 – 150 hairs each day. However, if you start to lose hair at a rate that has accelerated more than usual, eventually you will start to see the effects of this.

More often than not, the cause of permanent hair loss is a hereditary hair loss condition called male pattern baldness, or female pattern baldness. If you want to slow down or cure your hereditary hair loss, understanding hair loss is the first step to choosing the right treatment. At Longevita, we specialise in helping you find the right solution to combat and prevent further hair loss based on your personal hair loss journey and what you want to achieve.

Male Hair Loss

The most common cause of male hair loss is male pattern baldness. This is typically identified by a receding hairline which begins to form in the shape of the letter M and thinning hair that originates from the crown of the head. Male pattern baldness usually appears gradually over time and can also appear as thinning hair all over the head in general. It’s usually said that people who show signs of baldness at an early age (i.e in their teens or twenties) are more likely to experience a greater level of baldness overall.

Female Hair Loss

Although not as common or widely spoken about, women can also experience female pattern baldness. Female pattern baldness is also referred to as androgenic alopecia, as is male pattern baldness. The pattern of hair loss is a lot more difficult to predict than male pattern baldness. The onset usually starts a lot later on in life than in males, and never usually before middle age. However, it can be just as distressing to experience. Often the hair will become weak in general as new growth starts to slow and the scalp will gradually become more sparse all over. The first signs of female pattern baldness will usually be hair loss at the part line and sometimes at the temple.

Hereditary Hair Loss

Both types of pattern baldness are hereditary, meaning that surgical and non-surgical procedures such as PRP injections or hair transplants are the only hope to regain a full head of hair. As you may already know, the X chromosome is responsible for the gene that passes on hereditary hair loss. This comes from the Mother, so it is technically not possible to easily predict the onset of baldness by looking to the Father. However, there is evidence to suggest that those with fathers who have experienced some hair thinning or loss are more likely to experience it too. Because pattern baldness is hereditary, there is little that can be done in terms of lifestyle and medication to combat the start of the condition itself, but it is suspected that certain determining factors can increase or decrease the severity of the condition. Lifestyle choices including smoking and excessive drinking can also accelerate hair loss, while stress is also a major contributing factor.

Hereditary Hair Loss Treatment

If you are experiencing the early signs of hereditary hair loss, PRP injections provide extra protein that will accelerate hair growth, repair damaged hair follicles and slow down the process of hair loss. Your surgeon will add protein and healthy white blood cells to your scalp to help stimulate new hair growth. PRP treatment can be used alone and is a solution to hair loss for someone who is conscious of achieving very natural results. The process is gradual and it will not be obvious to people around you. PRP injections can also be used in conjunction with a hair transplant.

If your goal is to achieve a greater level of thickness quickly, a hair transplant is the best solution. Our surgeons use innovative techniques to provide the best results which will look as natural as you desire. All of our doctors are experienced plastic surgeons who specialise in hair loss and hair loss treatment. We offer free audio or video consultations and aftercare appointments five days a week by our expert patient consultants or aftercare specialists online at the comfort of your home. Although hair loss due to hereditary factors will not grow back without treatment, our team of expert plastic surgeons will be able to boost your confidence as well as hair growth. Feel free to contact us today for your personalised quote.

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