Hair Loss – Alopecia

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Alopecia is the medical term for all hair loss. Although is a Latin word, it can be traced to the Greek word for fox, alopek. To translate literally, alopecia is the term for mange in foxes.

There are many forms of hair loss, but the most common form is male or female pattern baldness. This form of hair loss is also called androgenetic alopecia in the medical world. Alopecia just means “hair loss”, and androgenetic means that it is hair loss caused by your genetic androgens. For men, this is testosterone. For women, this is estrogen. These androgens are converted into another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that is responsible for the hair loss on the top of the scalp. The hair around the back and sides of the scalp are immune to DHT. That is why these follicles are the ones normally chosen to use in hair transplants. They will remain immune to the DHT when moved into the new area of the scalp where the patient is suffering from hair loss. It is not the area that is affected by the DHT; the actual follicles are. We still do not know why some follicles are affected while others are immune.

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Telogen Effluvium

Forms Of Hair Loss

Another cause of hair loss is telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is the second most common cause of hair loss, and it can affect all of the hairs on the scalp, including the follicles that are immune to DHT. The good news for people who have telogen effluvium hair loss is that it is only temporary and will grow back once the cause has been eliminated. Some causes of telogen effluvium are high stress, dietary changes, hormonal changes, trauma, serious surgery or illness, and very commonly post-pregnancy.

Other types of hair loss are different forms of alopecia or effluvium. Traction alopecia is caused by hair that is worn in tight braids or similar hair fashions that put force on the hair follicle and cause tension and pressure to literally pull the hair out by its roots.

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Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is hair loss in patches and is very noticeable because of the random patterns of baldness in contained areas. Alopecia universalis is the extreme level of this form of alopecia and will cause the entire body to lose hair. Usually all of these types of hair loss can be treated. It is always important to get the advice of a hair restoration specialist if you are suffering from any type of hair loss. Normally an initial assessment is done. In most cases, a diagnosis can be made based on the pattern of hair loss as well as some common questions that will eliminate certain types of hair loss. For more difficult types of hair loss, it is sometimes necessary to do blood work, urine tests, and even scalp biopsy to determine what underlying issues may be causing the hair loss.

If you have any questions about hair loss, please contact the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic.

Natural Supplements

The best natural supplement that we have found is Nutrafol. This hair regrowth multivitamin promotes all 4 stages of hair growth and slows down hair loss. It contains a multitude of ingredients that are all tailored towards hair restoration. Natural supplements like saw palmetto and biotin are also a great way to treat hair loss without using any prescription medication.

If you want to know which hair growth treatment is best for you, contact the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic.

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