Suffering from hair loss? Discover the causes of Alopecia
Alopecia is the general medical term for hair loss and can affect men, women and children. The causes of alopecia vary: from hereditary, to reactions to certain medications or an underlying medical condition.
- Androgenic Alopecia (otherwise known as male and female pattern baldness) represents the main cause of balding and is a complex condition that medical science is still trying to understand. Balding is a progressive condition and affects more than 60% of the male human population.
It is thought baldness is caused by hair follicles being overly sensitive to the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). With too much DHT present, the follicle reacts badly and the growth cycle becomes shorter and the hair becomes thinner. The gradual nature of hair loss is because different follicles are affected at different times by the DHT.
The psychological impact of the condition on alopecia sufferers can be severe. The loss of hair from your scalp changes the whole appearance of your face, often causing you to feel older or less attractive. Our treatments will reverse this condition and make you feel confident and young again.
The problem occurs when the hair cycle is disrupted. For reasons not yet fully understood, Androgens that normally stimulate hair growth in other areas of the body (such as arms, chest and beard) can also inhibit it, particularly in the scalp of genetically disposed people – causing interruption of the hair growth and the familiar pattern baldness.
What are the other types of Alopecia?
- Cicatricial Alopecia – caused by a number of different conditions that destroy the hair follicle, replacing it with scar tissue and causing hair loss. The thinning of hair can be gradual, while at other times painful and rapid. The condition can be reversed by medical treatment while the bald area can be restored with FUT, although often multi sessions can be required.
- Triangular Alopecia – is a congenital condition that appears from birth up to 5 years of age. It gets its name from the triangular shaped bald patches that appear in the temporal region. The condition in not progressive and patients can usually benefit greatly from surgical solutions, such as a hair transplant.
- Traction Alopecia – can be caused by hairstyles that keep the hair in a state of high tension. This chronic tension can damage the hair shaft and eventually the follicles. Early diagnosis is important and hair transplants can deliver excellent results – usually in a single session of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
- Alopecia of the eyebrows – whatever the cause of hair loss in the eyebrows (traumas, previous surgery, alopecia or congenital), with a single session of hair transplantation the condition can be reversed.
These is a solution for every problem
Normally it is the upper part of the scalp from the front hairline to the crown that is affected by androgenic alopecia. The hair follicles on the sides and back of the head are often unaffected, usually lasting a lifetime. These follicles have a resistance to the androgens and, importantly, they maintain this resistance when transplanted to the troubled upper part of the scalp.
It is these follicles that represent the ideal donors in hair restoration treatments.
The most recent combination of microsurgery and robotics allow us to transplant hair from any areas of the body, including the beard and the chest
Whatever the cause of your hair loss, we have a range of effective treatments to help you feel attractive and confident once again. Successful hair transplant and restoration surgery has become a reality. Discover the most advanced microsurgery available with the London Hair Loss Clinic. To book your consultation, call our friendly team today on 020 7666 3147 or book your consultation on line.