People often assume that hair loss only occurs for genetic reasons or as a natural part of the aging process. Although male or female pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss, affecting up to 80 million people in the US, according to NYU Langone Medical Center, it’s not the only cause of hair loss. The type of hair restoration that is going to be most effective for you is going to depend largely on the reason for your hair loss.
How Hair Restoration Works for Different Types of Hair Loss
In men, androgenetic alopecia is known as male pattern baldness. When it occurs in women, the condition is called female pattern baldness. The way hair is lost differs for men and women, even though the underlying cause is the same. Men are likely to see their hairline recede, eventually leading to baldness, while women are likely to notice their hair thinning.
Hair transplants are usually an effective treatment option for androgenetic alopecia, as long as the surgeon is able to transplant donor hair that isn’t susceptible to DHT, the hormone responsible for the hair loss. In the earlier stages, the hair loss may be able to be managed or slowed down with topical products such as minoxidil (Rogaine).
According to the American Hair Loss Association, alopecia areata is the third most common cause of hair loss. It affects about two out of every 100 people. The hair loss occurs when a person’s immune system starts attacking the hair follicles, on the scalp or elsewhere on the body. Often, the hair loss develops in the form of one or two bald patches on the scalp, although some people do lose all of their hair.
Treating this type of hair loss can be tricky, as not every patient responds to every type of treatment. In some instances, the hair returns on its own after a few years.
Some hairstyles, like braids or tight ponytails, put an excessive amount of pressure on the hair follicles, causing the hair to pull out. In many cases, changing up your hairstyle is sufficient enough for stopping and reversing traction alopecia. But if the hair is repeatedly worn in a tight style, the hair loss can become permanent. A hair transplant is an effective treatment option for permanent hair loss due to traction alopecia.
Telogen effluvium is the second most common type of hair loss. It occurs when a person is very stressed out. The excess stress causes more hair follicles than usual to move into the telogen, or resting phase, before being shed. Reducing stress levels and undergoing treatments such as the Capillus laser cap are often recommended for people suffering from telogen effluvium.
If you are looking to learn more about your New Jersey hair restoration options, contact Contemporary Hair Transplant, in Paramus, NJ today. Call 844-261-7020 to book your consultation.