Hair loss is an extremely distressing occurrence for any person who ever experiences it. It can leave a permanent dent on a person’s self-esteem; self-image and can possibly impact and affect relationships, career and social life. Looking at a reflection of yourself in mirror with lesser volume of hair or seeing clumps of hair falling off to your floor can trigger emotional struggles, which could end up with you having to worry about the causes of hair loss and how you can overcome it.
The Natural Hair Growth Cycle
Before stressing yourself too much about your apparent hair loss, it is important to note that according to hair loss experts and studies, a person will naturally shed an average of 50 to 150 hair strands in one day. This is part of the hair’s natural growth process, where new hair will replace the ones that you have lost. The hair goes through three phases. The first stage is called the Anagen, the active and growing phase of the hair cycle, which could last between two to six years. Then it goes through a transitional stage called the Catagen phase, where the hair begins to break down and leads to the last phase of the growth cycle. During the final stage or the Telogen phase, the hair is in its resting stage and begins to shed and new hair begins to grow. Please see the figure below.
The Hair Loss Statistics
But, it is definitely a different thing when you observe excessive hair fall and loss whenever you brush your hair or when you notice a pattern forming on the balding area. Statistics have shown that the incidence of hair loss is not uncommon.
According to the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS), a total of 35 million men and 21 million women in the US are suffering from some of hair loss. Interestingly, 40% of men will have noticeable signs of hair loss or male pattern baldness by the time they hit the age of 35 years old. The percentage increasingly grows to 65% by the time they hit 60 years old to a staggering 70% by the age of 80. On the other hand, 80% of women will have noticeable hair loss by the time they reach the age of 60 years old. Although there’s
Hair Loss Treatments
Definitely, people who are suffering from any form of hair loss are seeking for proper treatment for their condition. In fact, 60% of hair loss sufferers would rather have more hair than money or even friends. Also, 45% would invest their life’s savings in regaining a full head of hair with a hair loss treatment. Good thing, there are treatments available that can counteract the occurrence of hair loss and bring back the lusciousness and glory to your head. According to the ISHRS 2011 Practice Census, there were a total of 923,599 patients who underwent a hair restoration procedure. 251,208 of those underwent surgical treatments, while the remaining 672,391 had non-surgical treatments. This data showed the increasing number of hair restoration procedures performed worldwide. This increase is evident for the most part of the world, except for Australia.
However, a measly 2% drop is considered to be insignificant in the number of patients who are seeking for treatment for their condition. It is also not surprising that majority of the patients who sought some kind of hair restoration procedure are males. Also, treatments are more common among individuals age between 30 to 49 years old.
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Finasteride and Minoxidil
Finasteride is a prescription drug that is used to treat male pattern baldness, and at the same time, enlargement of the prostate gland. It contains an enzyme which inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone or DHT, which leads to the shrinking of the hair follicles. This hair loss treatment is only administered among men results in a gradual growth, shedding and regrowth of new hair on the scalp. Minoxidil, on the other hand, is a prescribed hair loss treatment liquid solution that is applied on the affected area to stimulate hair growth and slow down the balding process.
This treatment usually comes in 2 dosages, 2% and 5%. The 2% dosage can be used for both men and women who are suffering from mild to moderate baldness. While the 5% dosage is only prescribed for men, as it can result to unwanted hair growth in other parts of the body for women. Both these treatments are temporary solutions and discontinued use may result to your scalp returning to its former condition before you started using it.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low Level Laser Therapy or LLLT is a non-invasive and painless hair restoration procedure that uses a device, which emits cool laser to stimulate hair growth. It works by targeting the tissue molecules in the affected area of the scalp, increases the blood flow and prevents the build-up of DHT. LLLT has been known to be more effective among those who suffer from minimal to moderate hair growth. Once treatment session usually lasts fro 30 minutes, but several sessions may need to be done to achieve optimum results. Similar to Finasteride and Minoxidil, effects are not immediate and can take to about 30 weeks to see noticeable results.
Surgical Hair Transplant
Surgical hair transplant procedure is the best and more permanent treatment for hair loss. At the Australian Institute of Hair Restoration, resident doctor Dr. Andrew Kim uses an advanced hair transplant technique called the Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT. It involves the harvesting of natural hair groupings called follicular units, which contain the sebaceous glands, nerves, small muscles and fine vellus hair, from the donor site of your scalp and meticulously implanted into the recipient area.
The FUT hair transplant technique minimizes the trauma to the scalp, which results to a natural-looking hair regrowth without the obvious signs of a hair transplant procedure. Also, the procedure can performed quickly and allows the patient to resume daily activities and lifestyle.
An FUT hair restoration procedure cost depends on the grafts needed to give full and natural coverage to the recipient area. AIHR offers a payment plan to allow hair loss sufferers to conveniently afford the procedure and restore the fullness of hair to the head. If you are looking for a permanent treatment for your hair loss, call now and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Andrew Kim.