While hair loss is benign and considered a cosmetic disorder, it can still have a devastating impact. Not only does hair loss or “balding” add to the appearance of aging, it can also cause emotional, relational and professional problems. Many studies have linked hair loss to poor self-image, low self-esteem, decreased confidence, and even depression and anxiety.
Although hair loss can be distressing, it can be treated, especially with today’s advancements in hair restoration technology.
Male Pattern Hair Loss
Male pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic hair loss, is very common. Studies show that by age 35, about 65% of men have experienced some hair loss. By age 50, about 85% of men have significant hair loss.
Male hair loss has been classified and graded by several systems.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone produced from testosterone that can cause hair follicles to shrink in men that are genetically susceptible. This process is referred to as “follicular miniaturization”.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
Female pattern hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss in women. It is estimated to affect about 40% of women over the age of 40. The frequency is less in younger women and higher as age progresses.
Female pattern hair loss usually starts with a widening of the part, exposing more of the scalp, or overall thinning, sparing the hairline. Female pattern hair loss is slowly progressive and continues to worsen over time.
The reason for female pattern hair loss is not well understood, but may be related to hormones, ageing and genetics. For all women, “follicular miniaturization” is responsible for the appearance of hair loss.
Follicular miniaturization causes full-size hair follicles to shrink, and produce small white hairs that can even appear almost invisible.
The appearance of hair loss worsens as time goes on, as more and more follicles shrink. Eventually, the follicle does not grow new hair.
The hairs along the side and back of the head are more resistant to miniaturization and tend to remain full size, making this a common place to extract hairs to be transplanted.
FUE Hair Restoration as a Solution
The popularity of hair restoration has been on the rise in recent years, ushering in major innovation.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a far superior choice for those who are seeking a long-term solution to hair loss, but don’t want visible evidence of having undergone a procedure.
FUE removes 1-5 hairs as a single “plug” that is then transplanted into the area of need. This leaves behind virtually no scarring, allowing patients to avoid the long linear scar left behind by older techniques that required strips of the scalp to be removed.
At Youthful solutions, we offer the latest FUE technology. Our specially designed system offers the best quality plugs, delivering better results and higher satisfaction.
Individual results may vary. Contact us for more detailed information. We look forward to seeing you soon!