We all shed hair daily. Hair shedding is part of a natural cycle. A person typically sheds 50 to 100 hair per day. But are you losing more hair? Or is there a visible parting in your hair? If it’s true, then you might be suffering from hair loss. Hair loss and hair shedding are two different terms. While hair shedding is normal, hair loss is a medical condition known as ‘alopecia.’ As per the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), 80 million American women and men have hair loss.
Alopecia is of different types. Some types are as follow:
Androgenic alopecia: Also called male-pattern or female-pattern baldness. It is characterized by gradual hair loss, especially at the crown and front. Males with androgenic alopecia experience hair loss in their early 20s, while females start losing hair until their 40s or after.
Telogen effluvium: In this condition, more hair follicle goes in the telogen phase and fall out. However, this condition might be temporary.
Involution alopecia: It is characterized by the natural thinning of hair with age. More hair follicles are in the resting phase.
Alopecia areata: It causes patchy hair loss but can also result in complete baldness. But after one year, the hair returns in 90% of people.
Hair loss is a serious condition that is treated by medications and hair transplant surgery.
In 1998, Food and Drug Authority (FDA) approved Minoxidil for sale without prescription for hair loss. Minoxidil is known to stimulate hair growth. But with Minoxidil, you have to wait for 2 months for visible results.
The hair transplant surgery was introduced in America in the 1950s. Different techniques are used for this surgery. The common concept is taking hair-bearing skin from the back of the head and transplant it at the front or bald patches. In this way, the hair grows back naturally.
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