Hair loss basics revisited


Hair loss is a very common condition, which affects both men and women at some time in their lives. Medical professionals define hair loss as a breakage of the hair shaft due to decreased hair growth. Balding occurs in both and women and is usually due to the testosterone metabolites in genetically susceptible hair follicles. However, there are some pathological conditions that can also cause hair loss such as: thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency, and low vitamin levels. There are certain medications indicated for regrowth but each case is different and the results from the use of the medication may vary. Prevention of hair loss includes good hair hygiene, regular shampooing, and good nutrition.

Since there are many causes for hair loss, finding the cause can be challenging in some cases. This informative article outlines the most common hair loss causes. Most people think that hair loss is associated with systemic or internal disease or a poor diet. However, studies show that hair loss is the result of predetermined genetic factors and the aging process. Men and women notice their hair thinning in their 30s and 40s. Illness, emotional trauma, protein deprivation, and hormonal changes like those in pregnancy or menopause may cause hair loss.

A family physician can perform a basic health screening. Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in problems of skin, hair, and nails and may provide more advanced diagnosis and treatment of hair thinning and loss. In some cases, a scalp biopsy may be necessary in order to better understand the hair loss causes.

Some myths about baldness and hair loss include the following:
• People inherit baldness through their mother’s male relatives.
• Longer hair puts a strain on roots.
• Shampooing does not accelerate balding.
• Poor circulation does not cause hair loss and massaging doesn’t stop it.

Surgical hair restoration approaches include various versions of hair transplantation or scalp reduction. Transplant procedures are becoming increasingly popular as a solution to hair loss. They can produce much better and more natural-looking results than others, not as progressive methods. When considering a hair transplant, it is important to check the surgeon’s credentials and experience carefully as well as the overall condition of the clinic.

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