Hair loss, or alopecia, may be either a hereditary condition or a condition that affects random individuals with no apparent cause, and there are different variations of the condition.
A condition of the autoimmune system, alopecia may affect men, women, and children of any age and produce sudden, random hair loss that may become chronic, recurrent, or continuous, with no re-growth. About 4 million people in the United States, and roughly 2% of people around the world, will experience some form of alopecia during their lifetime, and the condition affects men and women equally.
While alopecia is not in itself harmful, managing chronic hair loss can be a challenging proposition for people who suffer with this condition.
Hereditary hair loss, such as the familiar male pattern baldness, which is known medically as male androgenic alopecia or hereditary alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss in men. Male pattern baldness typically runs in families and usually begins as a receding hairline or a bald spot on top of the head. Men may begin to exhibit this trait at a very young age.
Men may also experience other forms of alopecia that is not hereditary, but instead caused by such factors as chemical irritants, medication, or an underlying health problem. In these cases, the condition is usually temporary and may be easily reversed upon treating the underlying problem or removing the irritant.
Female pattern hair loss, or female androgenic alopecia is fairly common in women, and women may exhibit this condition as early as the teen years, or it may develop suddenly later in life. In women with female hereditary alopecia, the hair typically begins to fall out uniformly all over their scalp in contrast to male pattern baldness, which normally exhibits a specific pattern.
Temporary alopecia may affect women for a variety of reasons, such as stress, hormonal fluctuations, autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, and conditions such as ovarian tumors or anemia, as well as chemical allergens and irritants, and nutritional deficiencies. Medications containing hormones such as progestin, chemotherapy drugs, and thyroid medications may also produce temporary hair loss.
In addition to below treatments, Dr. Bachilo may also prescribe nutritional supplements and scalp care products that will help to maintain the health of the scalp and encourage vigorous hair growth.
Hair grafting is a highly specialized procedure that involves removing a strip from the healthy area of the scalp where hair is growing fully, and dividing that strip into hundreds of smaller grafts, with each containing only a few hairs. These grafts are then transplanted into the bald areas of the scalp imitating the hair’s natural growth pattern.
PRP Hair Injections
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is derived from the patient’s own blood. It contains your own stem cells and essential growth factors, so it naturally stimulates hair growth when injected into the transplant sites. PRP therapy may also be combined with microneedling to gradually restore a full head of healthy hair.
Some individuals, male or female, may also experience eyebrow thinning, as well as short and thin eyelashes. Thinning eyebrows may be treated with eyebrow grafting techniques, which is similar to hair grafting. For thin and sparse eyelashes, we recommend Latisse, a treatment that encourages fuller, thicker, and darker eyelashes when applied regularly to the lash line.
Experience the Glamour Difference
Restoring a youthful head of hair may be all you need to rejuvenate your appearance. Consider a hair grafting procedure or a PRP treatment for hair loss at Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa. Contact our Houston-area office today to schedule your first consultation with Dr. Olga Bachilo to start restoring your full head of hair and rejuvenate your appearance.
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