Hair Loss and Self Esteem

Approximately 70% of American men and 50% of North American women will experience some sort of hair loss during their lifetime. Scalp hair loss is more than just a medical problem because it also frequently affects the well-being and self-esteem of the individual. Hair is an important part of who we are, how we project ourselves to others, and how we are perceived by others. Just as areas of the body that have too much hair are troublesome and therefore treated with temporary or permanent methods of removal, too little scalp hair is also of significant concern.


 

Types of Hair Loss

People are born with a finite number of hair follicles. The density, diameter, and colour of hair follicles change with aging, however, the quantity does not increase. There are several reasons that a person may be experiencing hair loss. Some hair loss is temporary and often a result of physical or emotional stress, medications, chronic medical conditions or disorders. Other hair loss may be the result of health issues such as iron or protein deficiency, malnutrition, or thyroid or hormone imbalance. Some hair loss may be permanent and is often the result of genetic and hormonal factors. The success of hair restoration procedures is dependent on the type of hair loss, and a multitude of different factors.


 

Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic Alopecia, commonly referred to as “male pattern baldness” is caused by a combination of genetics and hormones called androgens. It affects both men and women but is generally noticed in men earlier than in women. This condition affects approximately 40 million men in North America.


 

Hair Loss in Men

Androgenetic Alopecia, commonly referred to as “male pattern baldness” is caused by a combination of genetics and hormones called androgens. This condition affects approximately 40 million men in North America.


 

Hair Loss in Women

There are a number of women that will experience hair loss that is not related to genetic factors. This hair loss is not female genetic hair loss or androgenic hair loss. Hair loss can be attributed to a number of factors that include medical conditions, medications or prescriptions, medical treatments, hair styling, and aging.


 

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

There are a number of women that will experience hair loss that is not related to genetic factors. This hair loss is not female genetic hair loss or androgenic hair loss. Hair loss can be attributed to a number of factors that include medical conditions, medications or prescriptions, medical treatments, hair styling, and aging.


 

The Hair Growth Cycle

Hair grows in repeated cycles, which can be broken down into three phases: Anagen phase, Catagen phase and Telogen phase. Individual hairs pass through these phases independent of the neighbouring hairs. An average person will normally lose anywhere from 100 to 150 hairs every day during the telogen phase of the cycle. These fallen hairs will then re-grow several months later, once the follicle enters the anagen stage.


 

What Can Be Done About Hair Loss

Many individuals who experience hair loss will likely experiment with a number of treatments that disguise, prolong, or reverse hair loss.


 

Common Areas of Concern

Young Adults with Hair Loss
Hair restoration is an excellent option for patients of any age, however when a patient begins losing their hair at a young age, it is critical to plan for a long-term solution rather than short-term relief. The earlier in life that one begins losing their hair, the greater the likelihood that they may eventually become entirely bald. We all have a limited supply of hair, and with our current technology we are not able to increase the amount of hair we generate, but rather to redistribute existing hair to cover areas that are thinning or balding. Therefore, it is critical to plan appropriately and not to use up the patient’s entire donor hair supply to treat initial hair thinning, as more donor hair may be needed in the future to address further hair loss.