There are many different types and patterns of hair loss (also known as alopecia), therefore an in-depth evaluation of hair loss is critical to ensure that the most effective hair loss treatment is selected and advised for each individual. Hair loss may occur suddenly, either causing bald patches or more noticeably over time; causing the hair to thin and the scalp to appear more visible. Some types of hair loss are temporary while other types are more permanent.
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Types of Hair Loss
Understanding the three main phases of hair growth can help to shed light on the problem of hair loss. The phases of hair growth include:
Anagen– the active growth phase of the hair. The cells in the root of the hair are rapidly divided during this phase, boosting physical growth.
Catagen– the phase of transition. About 3% of all hairs are in this phase at any time.
Telogen– this is the resting phase and typically accounts for 6% to 8% of all the body’s hairs.
The most common types of hair loss are:
Involutional alopecia – This is a natural condition in which the hair gradually thins with age. With the progression of time, more hair follicles go into the resting phase, and the remaining hairs become shorter and fewer in number.
Androgenic alopecia – This is a hereditary condition that can affect both men and women. It is the most common form of hair loss, which usually comes on gradually, and in most cases can be successfully treated. This is known as male pattern baldness in males, and can begin as early as the teen years or early 20s. A receding hairline and the gradual thinning of hair from the crown and frontal scalp are characteristic of this type of hair loss. For women, this is known as female pattern baldness and does not usually present itself until the 40s or later. Women experiencing this type of baldness usually experience a general thinning over the entire scalp, with the more extensive hair loss at the crown of the head.
TE hair loss (Telogen Effluvium)
This is the second most common type of hair loss. It is a temporary thinning of the hair that occurs due to changes in the growth cycle of the hair. In this condition, a large number of hairs enter the resting phase together, leading to hair loss and a subsequent thinning. TE appears as a diffuse thinning of hair, and may not be even all over the scalp. Usually, hair on the top thins more rapidly than on the sides and back of the scalp.
Telogen effluvium can be triggered by a number of different events, including:
• Major physical trauma
• Major psychological stress
• High fever, severe infection or other illness
• Extreme weight loss
• Extreme change in diet
• Abrupt hormonal changes, including those associated with childbirth and menopause
• Iron deficiency
• Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
• Some medications
While Doctors are still unsure why certain hair follicles are programmed to have a shorter growth period than others, there are several factors that may influence hair loss:
Genes may influence a person’s predisposition to male or female pattern baldness.
Stress, illness, and childbirth can cause temporary hair loss.
Ringworms caused by a fungal infection can also cause hair loss.
Drugs, including chemotherapy drugs used in cancer treatment, blood thinners,
beta-adrenergic blockers used to control blood pressure, and birth control pills can
cause temporary hair loss.
Burns & injuries
Cosmetic procedures, such as shampooing too often, perms, bleaching, and dyeing hair can contribute to overall hair thinning by making hair weak and brittle.
Medical conditions such as Thyroid disease, lupus, diabetes, iron deficiency, eating disorders,
and anemia can cause hair loss.
Diet. A low-protein or severely calorie-restricted diet can also cause temporary hair
In his condition, the hair falls out in round patches. This type of hair loss can occur on the scalp and other parts of the body. Alopecia areata can cause hair loss in patches, all over the scalp, or all over the body.
This condition occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles. While experts have yet to determine why this happens, the damage to the hair follicle is usually not permanent. While this type of hair loss can afflict children or adults, it is most common in people younger than 20.
The primary cause of traction alopecia is a persistent pulling force being applied to the hair. It is caused by frequently wearing particularly tight ponytails, pigtails, cornrows or braids. It is curable if there is no permanent damage to the follicles.
What can I expect during and after the treatment?
Though sometimes hair loss does not need any treatment, in most cases it is recommended to treat hair loss early. The earlier the treatment starts, the better the results. The following are some common treatments that can help stop hair loss or resume hair growth: over-the-counter and prescription medications, surgery (hair transplants and scalp reduction), LLLT(low-level laser therapy), etc.
At Q Esthetics Laser Clinics , we use the most advanced low-level laser and light therapy in conjunction with other hair loss treatments and products effectively, to treat a wide variety of hair loss*. The laser hair loss treatment is a 100% safe and painless procedure with no downtime, unlike prescription drugs or surgery which may place you at risk of skin irritation, sexual dysfunction, infection and scarring. During the treatment, our patients sit comfortably underneath a panel of the machine while it gently delivers red light to the scalp. Each session usually takes approximately 20 minutes.
Q Esthetics is one of the first laser clinics to use low-level laser therapy to treat hair loss and other skin conditions in Toronto. We understand how you feel about unsightly hair loss and the frightening possibility of baldness. Please call one of our three convenient clinics today and schedule your complimentary consultation to find out how we can help you increase the quality of your hair. Our experienced medical staff will carefully diagnose your hair and health condition and create a customized treatment plan to fit your specific needs*.
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