Progressive and Diffuse Hair Loss
It’s our mission here at Modena Hair Institute to provide our patients with only the highest standard of personalized care. Hair loss therapy is not a ‘one size fits all’ affair. There exist various different and distinct patterns of hair loss and an equally diverse number of potential underlying causes. Male pattern baldness and women’s hair loss manifest differently and accordingly call for different approaches to treatment. However, whatever the cause of your hair loss may be, our experienced specialists have got you covered with a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatment options.
To better understand how different kinds of hair loss call for different kinds of treatment, let’s have a look at two of the most common varieties- progressive and diffuse balding- along with their common causes and some recommended methods of treatment.
Progressive and Diffuse Balding
It’s important to understand that hair loss may present itself in a variety of ways and, as there is no single balding pattern, there is also no single optimal treatment for all cases of hair loss. Thus, it is particularly vital that the individual nature of what you are experiencing is carefully and thoroughly evaluated by our expert diagnosticians. As the old architectural dictum goes, ‘form follows function’ so also the nature of your hair loss will often serve to indicate, to the well-trained eye, both the underlying cause of the hair loss as well as the best option for treatment.
Progressive hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia, is caused by genetic factors. It is estimated that around 70 percent of men and 40 percent of women are afflicted by this condition. Progressive hair loss can manifest in men at any time starting from their early 20s and will often begin with thinning centered around the hairline and the crown of the head. Progressive hair loss in women can start in the 30s or 40s. However, unlike the distinctive horseshoe like pattern often observed in males, female hair loss tends to occur all over the scalp.
Thankfully, there are a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options available for progressive hair loss. Topically applied Rogaine or orally ingested Propecia are two non-surgical methods of hair loss treatment which may be able to help slow the rate of hair loss and to promote fuller hair growth. Various surgical treatments also exist for progressive hair loss; however, it is important to note that, due to the fundamentally different nature of the hair loss patterns among the sexes, surgical treatments tend to be a better option for our male patients.
Hair follicles follow a natural cycle of growth and dormancy. Diffuse hair loss, which results in thinning hair all over the scalp, is often referred to as telogen effluvium, that is, the condition of hair in it’s dormancy/resting phase rather than its growth phase. Progressive hair loss may be connected to genetic factors; however, excessive stress, hormonal imbalances, and other general health issues may also be an underlying or contributing cause. As the underlying causes of diffuse hair loss must be identified in order to provide a patient with the proper treatment, it is important that you discuss your medical history and the nature of your condition with one of our sympathetic specialists. This will help us provide you with the proper medications and/or lifestyle modifications to restore your hair back into a growth phase. Once the underlying causes of diffuse hair loss have been accounted for and the proper treatment provided, you can expect your hair to leave its dormancy phase and to swiftly resume it’s natural growth cycle.
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For more information about different types of hair loss and how they can be treated, be sure to contact our hair restoration surgery center today. We always strive to provide our patients with the highest standard of custom hair restoration treatment available, directly tailored to their individual needs. Our specialists are eagerly awaiting your visit or digital consultation. Contact us today!
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