Overcoming the problem of hair loss
While it is a common and natural phenomenon, hair loss can have a tremendous impact on facial aesthetics and self-esteem. A full, healthy head of hair serves as a symbol of youth, health, fertility and sexual potency. Which is why hair loss, hair thinning and baldness often cause great embarrassment and concern.
This is why hair restoration treatments have always been so highly desirable. In the past treatment had a poor record of success, but with modern techniques that situation has changed. Now genuine, effective and permanent solutions to the stigma of hair loss are available to you.
You hair goes through a natural regeneration cycle that allows the exchange of older tissues with newer ones. Just like the cells in your skin die and are replaced with younger healthy ones, so your hair sheds the old in favour of the new. Most young adults lose between 75-125 hairs from their scalps every day, which are then replaced by new hairs.
The problem occurs when this natural growth cycle is interrupted. Instead of your head maintaining a balance of hair (as old falls out, new hair takes its place) you see a persistent thinning and eventual baldness. After the completion of puberty the hair cycle slows down, causing the process of hair thinning to accelerate while regeneration is progressively delayed. This is the beginning of the balding phenomenon affecting around 60% of males above the age of 40 years old.
What are the causes of hair loss?
By far the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is hereditary male or female pattern baldness, technically known as androgenic alopecia (AGA). AGA is caused by progressive, gradual shrinking of normal hair follicles that produce normal (terminal) hairs into miniaturised hair follicles that produce fine (vellus) hairs.
Individuals with a predisposition to this condition have oversensitivity to the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It has specific receptors on the top of the scalp and today we know that they are responsible for hair loss. Fortunately, our understanding of this problem has lead to a safe and permanent cure.
Other, less common causes of alopecia can be attributed to different medications, extreme diets, iron deficiency or thyroid disease. High fever, surgery, general anaesthesia and childbirth are also known causes of hair loss – all of which can be reversed with treatment. Certain scalp conditions can also cause temporary or permanent hair loss.
Visit our dedicated pages to find out more about the causes of hair loss and how to treat hair loss. You can book your initial consultation online, or by calling the London Hair Loss Clinic today on 020 7666 3147.
Are women and men affected by hair loss equally?
Hair loss is more common in men than women, but the commonly held view that baldness is a male problem is far from the truth. It’s estimated 6 million women in the UK suffer from some form of hair loss and by 50 years old approximately 50% of all women will be affected by alopecia.
Both men and women, however, can feel the trauma and social stigma that comes with hair loss. Hair loss can have a devastating affect on a person’s confidence and self-esteem and this can have very serious results on their personal and professional lives.
While hair loss in men is sometimes considered an unfortunate part of ageing, hair loss in women is often more noticeable and the effect can be particularly devastating.
If you are losing your hair there is almost always a cause that can be diagnosed and treated. At the London Hair Loss Clinic, we understand that hair loss is a sensitive issue. We treat you with professional discretion, warmth and clinical excellence. You will receive a detailed and personal examination to determine the best possible treatment for you.