Hair loss issues have unfortunately become an everyday occurrence for many people in the later years. However, the main causes for baldness may differ significantly, depending on gender.
This article will introduce you to the five most common triggers for alopecia amongst women and men.
1. Hereditary pattern baldness
Hair loss issues, in which men are especially affected, are usually hereditary. Also known as androgenetic alopecia, it affects approximately 80 percent of men and 40 percent of women.
As a major cause for baldness, one’s own genes is often the culprit. But what makes hereditary pattern baldness such an important issue ?
It is very often a hereditary hypersensitivity of the hair follicles to the male hormone testosterone. Particularly under its highly form dihydrotestosterone, also abbreviated as DHT.
In women, those symptoms are visible through hair loss around the top of the head. While in men the receding hairline and the back of the head are particularly affected areas.
The diagnosis can usually be made by a dermatologist. Although having a family history with hair loss issues is a clear sign of this type of hair loss. The difficulty lies in the fact that androgenetic alopecia cannot be undone and will require surgery.
2. Hair loss issues from a thyroid disorder
Both an overactive or underactive thyroid gland can lead to baldness. Almost every second a patient is affected, although it is more common amongst women. The hormones produced by the thyroid affect hair production enormously.
By all means if the thyroid gland produces too many hormones, the hair will initially grow stronger. Unfortunately it also breaks down very quickly and becomes thinner and finer.
Contrarily an underactive thyroid, as in hashimoto’s disease, will lead to baldness issues. Thyroid disorders must be diagnosed by the family doctor or a specialists. Treatments using medication, like levothyroxine, in order to control the disorder can usually bring good results.
Nevertheless it is important to get an early diagnose for a thyroid disorder. Especially since the hair roots can be permanently damaged if this medical condition is not treated in due time.
3. Alopecia areata
Menopausal hair loss issues have hormonal origins in almost all women. It often occurs during menopause because the body becomes more susceptible to dihydrotestosterone. Above all during the menopause or during periods of pregnancy or lactation.
Often the hair loss is diffuse and occurs especially on the top of the head. Basically female pattern baldness are very often due to hormonal disorders.
In men hair problems of this kind are extremely rare. Here the hormones only play a role in later years, when the declining production of testosterone causes hair loss. Alopecia areata is usually easily diagnosed by a dermatologist, who will often initiate a treatment through medication.
There are unfortunately no permanent cure for this condition and the only effective treatment is through a hair transplant.
4. Hair loss issues due to medication and therapies
Many medications and therapies unfortunately have side effects that can lead to baldness . This does not mean that everyone is affected by those, but issues do occur.
The drugs that cause hair loss include:
- various antidepressants
- anti-inflammatory drugs
- beta blocker
- lipid-lowering agents
The connection between medication and hair loss is easy to diagnose. Usually the hair grows back after discontinuing the drug or switching to another one,.
Contrarily to alopecia areata, this condition does not lead to permanent hair loss. You can support hair growth by using a special shampoo and adjusting your diet. Patience, however, will be your best ally to recover your lost hair in this scenario.
5. Baldness issues due to stress
Physical but also emotional stress can cause hair loss in both men and women. It’s important to realize that the body releases substances which directly damage the hair roots. In other words stress can interrupt the natural hair cycle, an issue also known as telogen effluvium.
Here stress levels can be reduced by relaxation techniques and autogenic training. If this condition occur at a young age (20 to 30) and the treatment starts soon enough, the hair can regrow.
On the positive note, one can counter this by adopting a healthy diet and avoiding unnecessary stressful situations.
The hair transplant, a permanent treatment for hair loss issues
Many of the hair problems presented in this article have causes that are difficult to resolve, especially when noticed too late. If it’s the case then the FUE hair transplantation is the best way to restore the lost hair.
Alopecia can be safely and comfortably treated by transplanting your own grafts to the affected areas. Thanks to this type of surgery, the hair will regrow after one year, leaving no traces of the former hair loss..
So, if you also suffer from an irreversible hair loss, modern hair surgery techniques are finally here to help you. Interested ? Then don’t hesitate to call our team of experts who will happily answer all your questions.
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