What is Hair Loss?
Hair Loss Signs and Causes
Hair loss (alopecia) is a biological process that sometimes occurs at an early age and can affect your entire body, starting from your scalp.
The hairs that make up the hair are actually seen in every part of the human skin except in places such as our palms and soles, eyelids and navel; however, most of these hairs are so fine that they are almost invisible. Hair consists of a protein called keratin, which is produced in hair follicles in the outer layer of the skin. As the follicles produce new hair cells, old cells are pushed out of the skin’s surface at a rate of about six inches per year. The hair you see is actually a series of dead keratin cells. The average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs, of which about 100 break from the skin per day. So seeing a few broken strands of hair on your hairbrush doesn’t necessarily mean you should be alarmed.
Hair loss can be temporary or permanent. While shedding can occur as a result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions, it is also a natural part of aging. Anyone can lose hair on their head, but it is more common in men. Baldness can typically be expressed as excessive hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness.
Hair Loss Symptoms
Hair loss can occur in many different ways, depending on what is causing it. It can only affect your scalp or your entire body. It can appear suddenly or gradually. Signs and symptoms of hair loss include:
- Gradual thinning on the top of the head. This is the most common type of hair loss that affects people as they age. In men, hair usually begins to recede at the hairline on the forehead. Women typically have an enlargement of their hair.
- An increasingly common pattern of hair loss in older women is hairline regression (frontal fibrosing alopecia).
- Circular or irregular bald spots. Some people lose hair in circular or patchy bald spots on their scalp, beard or eyebrows. Before hair loss, your skin may itch or feel sore.
- Sudden hair loss. A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to become loose. Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing your hair, even after lightly tugging. This type of hair loss usually causes general hair thinning but is temporary.
- Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can cause hair loss all over your body. Hair usually grows back.
Patches of scaling that spread to the scalp. This is a sign of ringworm. It may be accompanied by broken hair, redness, swelling, and sometimes oozing.
DHI, FUE and FUT Hair Transplant Comparison
In all DHI, FUE and FUT procedures, follicles are taken from a part of your scalp and placed in bald areas.
During FUT, a surgeon cuts a long, narrow strip of skin from the back of your scalp. Individual hair follicles are taken and transplanted along your hairline. This method is generally seen as the fastest and least expensive method, but it can leave a long scar. While these parts are hidden if you cut your hair long, this scar can be noticed if you cut it short.
When it comes to DHI hair transplantation and FUE hair transplantation, hair follicles are taken one by one directly from your scalp. During FUE, the hair transplant specialist manually cuts a certain number of channels in your scalp to place the hair follicles later, while the DHI technique completes these incisions and hair transplantation at the same time. DHI and FUE, both of which can be preferred, prevent the long scarring caused by FUT, but these surgeries usually take longer and are more expensive. Although centers that only offer DHI can claim that this is the most advanced and effective hair transplant procedure, there is no study that clearly demonstrates that the results are better than other hair treatment techniques.
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