Is your hairline slowly making the trip away from your forehead, or are you experiencing a sudden bout of hair thinning or even loss?
Hair thinning or loss is a common problem that can affect anyone at any age and can make you feel self-conscious and embarrassed about your retreating hairline.
Reclaim your luscious locks with hair transplant surgery, which the Alvi Armani Hair Transplant Clinic says is now easier and more successful thanks to modern advancements. They’ve answered some commonly asked questions about this sensitive topic:
How do I know if I’m experiencing hair loss?
Men are usually first to experience hair loss, which can start as early as their 20s – much sooner than women, who usually only show signs from their 40s and 50s. Signs to look out for include:
- Bald spots and receding hairlines.
- Formation of circular patches or bald spots over a period of weeks.
- Gradual thinning on top of the head
- Excess amounts of loose hair on your pillow in the morning.
- Full body hair loss.
Not sure if you’re losing more hair than usual? Try the hair pull test:
Simply clasp around 50 strands of hair and gently pull upward, repeat the process across various parts of your scalp. If six or more strands come loose with any one attempt, consult a hair loss treatment professional.
What causes hair loss?
The most common factors include:
- Genetics, or a familial history of hair loss.
- Age: About one in four men who experience male-pattern baldness will begin to see the effects before the age of 21 years. By 35 years, around 65% will have experienced some hair loss, rising to 85% by the age of 50.
- Hormonal changes resulting from, for example, pregnancy, birth, and menopause.
- Medical conditions such as ringworm infection or the hair-pulling disorder called trichotillomania.
- Certain medications for illnesses such as cancer, heart conditions, and arthritis.
- Hairstyles which pull the hair, such as braids and tight ponytails.
- Significant weight loss.
- Poor nutrition.
What can I do about it?
- Hair loss caused by an underlying illness can be treated by medication such as finasteride and minoxidil. Consult a doctor if you think you may have an illness.
- Male- or female-pattern baldness, known as androgenetic alopecia, affects 50% of all men and 15% of all women, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This common form of hair-loss can be most effectively treated with a hair transplant surgery:
- Follicular unit transplant (FUT) surgery, also known as the strip extraction method, removes large sections of tissue from the donor area, typically from ear-to-ear, to be implanted in the specified bald area. This method usually results in a long, linear scar on the patient’s scalp and a long recovery time.
- Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure with low recovery times. This involves extracting around 3,500 follicles per session from the donor site at the back of a person’s head. Combined with a surgical restoration technique, the hair is then genetically programmed to grow for life.
- Alvi Armani’s Maximus FUE extraction combined with its Vitruvian Design method is capable of extracting more than 4,000 follicles per session and results in a more natural hairline, maximum density, temple angle closure, and complete surgery undetectability.