Hereditary hair loss
The most common cause of hair loss is genetic. The medical name for hereditary hair loss is androgenetic alopecia. Normally you lose 100–200 hairs every day, but if you start to suffer from hair loss, you may lose much more than that. Androgenetic alopecia can start as early as the teens for men. For women, hair loss mostly occurs post menopause.
What is hereditary hair loss?
A common myth is that only genes from the mother’s side cause hereditary hair loss. There is no proof of this. The heredity may also skip a few generations. So just carrying the gene for hair loss doesn’t mean you’ll start losing your hair. Some people’s genes are coded for hair loss starting at a young age, while others keep most of their hair until they grow older. There are very good opportunities for treatment if this starts in time.
Male hair loss
Female hair loss
The difference between male and female hair loss
Male hair loss starts at the temples and the hairline recedes. The hair also thins out or disappears completely at the crown. For women, the hair thins out all over the head or the hair loss starts with the hair thinning along the parting at the center of the crown and the hair loss migrates outwards. This type of hair loss is called female pattern hair loss.
What happens to the hair as we grow older?
A healthy hair follicle usually reaches its full size when we’re young. Then the hair follicle produces a strong hair with a longer anagen growth phase, and it takes us longer to lose the hair.
As we grow older, the hair follicle shrinks. When the hair follicle grows smaller, it produces a weaker hair. The older we get, the shorter and thinner our hair becomes. Finally, the hair follicle is so stunted that it ceases to produce hair whatsoever. Hereditary hair loss may speed up this process.
PRP prevents hereditary hair loss
When blood plasma, containing growth factors, is shallowly injected into the scalp, the hair follicle grows and becomes stronger. As the hair follicle grows stronger, the thickness of the hair increases, and the hair starts growing faster.
If you take prompt action, hereditary hair loss may be prevented using PRP. PRP treatment is also useful if you notice your hair thinning, provided there are still hair follicles left. During a consultation, we use a microscope to examine this and clarify whether PRP treatment may be something to consider for your hair.
If you are completely bald and lacking hair follicles in the area where you have lost hair, as is often the case with male hair loss, a hair transplant is the only solution.
Hair transplant is a permanent solution
If the hair loss has been going on for a longer period of time, the hair follicles under the skin may have died. In that case, PRP treatment will not work as this only works on existing hair follicles. If your hair loss has been going on for a longer period of time, as is common for many of those who visit us when they’re middle-aged, if you have scars, or if you’re seeking a more permanent result, a hair transplant is a better solution. You can have a hair transplant to fill out the hair on your head, beard, or eyebrows.
Before you schedule a hair transplant, it is important that you visit us for a consultation. Our consultations are free, and this is where we go over your prospects, examine your hair, and review what results you may expect to see based on your hair.