What Are The Different Types Of Hair Loss Conditions?

Hair Loss Conditions

Hair restoration treatment in Toronto is on the rise because more and more regular people are realizing that there is something they can do about their hair loss. The hair is comprised of keratin, a type of protein produced within the hair follicles. Keratin can essentially be found everywhere on the human body. As the follicles produce new keratin, the old keratin is pushed out through the surface of the skin. On average, an adult head can have approximately 100,000 to 150,000 hairs. Hence, losing some strands every now and then is not a major concern.

However, there can be signs of extensive hair loss that cause concern, including the thinning of hair on the scalp and a receding hairline. These can also be indicative of a more serious, underlying condition – alopecia. There are several types of alopecia. Below are some common characteristics of different types of hair loss conditions (alopecia).

What Are The Different Types Of Hair Loss Conditions

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Involutional Alopecia

With this natural condition, hair gradually thins because of age. Hair follicles become inactive, and there is no new growth as existing hairs become shorter and fewer.

Androgenic Alopecia

This genetic condition is also commonly known as “male-pattern baldness”. It features a receding “M” hairline and the gradual reduction of hair from the crown and frontal scalp. This condition can also occur in women, termed “female-pattern baldness”. It is characterized by general thinning over the entire scalp with pronounced hair loss at the crown. This is the most common form of hair loss.

Alopecia Areata

This hair loss condition often starts suddenly and leads to the appearance of patchy hair loss in children and young adults. It is thought to be an auto-immune condition where the client’s immune system attacks the hair follicles and eventually stops the growth of hair across the scalp. This condition may lead to alopecia totalis, which results in the complete loss of hair on the scalp. It can also lead to another form known as ophiasis, which is when the hair loss occurs in a band pattern around the edge of the scalp.

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What Are The Different Types Of Hair Loss Conditions

Hair Loss Conditions

Alopecia Universalis

This is an advanced form of alopecia areata that causes loss of all body hair, including eyebrows, eyelashes, and hair on the scalp.

Trichotillomania

This psychological condition or impulse control disorder is seen frequently in children and causes an individual to pull or tug out one’s own hair, resulting in severe hair loss.

Telogen Effluvium

This temporary hair loss condition occurs from the changes in the cycle of hair follicle growth, such as when a significant number of hair follicles enter a resting phase called telogen and no longer produce hair. It results in hair loss and subsequent thinning. This condition usually arises from an acute environmental factor such as surgery, physical trauma, major illness, etc.

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Scarring Alopecia

This condition results in the permanent loss of hair. It usually is caused by inflammatory skin disorders such as cellulitis, folliculitis, and acne that form scars and interfere with the hair’s ability to regenerate.

Traction Alopecia

This is a condition that can arise from constant tension or pulling, which damages the hair follicles over a period of time. Usually this is tugging from tight hairstyles such as ponytails, buns, and braids. Chignon alopecia is another type of traction alopecia that is characterized by localized hair loss around the crown of the head.

Hair restoration treatments can accomplish impressive results. FUE hair transplant surgery and many other innovative, advanced technologies are giving hope back to people who experience hair loss. At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, we are here to support you and provide an array of treatments for hair loss. To find out more about how we can help you achieve a healthy head of hair, please feel free to contact our clinic and schedule a private consultation.

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