Why Do You Lose Your Hair?
All hairy areas in human body have a genetic and evolutionary cycle. For instance, your skin should regenerate itself to preserve its health and beauty. With this regeneration, shedding of the dead cells at the top layer and formation of new and cleaner cells take approximately 28 days. The regeneration process in female body starts earlier than it does in male body. The hair on our body is in a cycle resembling to the cycle in this example.
There is a period of resting called telogen phase in this circulation, and it lasts 3 to 4 months. At the end of this phase, a new hair strand forms and grows out of the follicle. The phase from formation of the hair to the end of its life cycle is called anagen phase, which is defined as the growing phase of hair. The longest phase is the anagen phase, and it lasts several years. The hair that has completed its life cycle enters the catagen phase, and death of the cell begins within 2 to 3 weeks in the follicle, and the strand of hair waits for the end of its life cycle and separation from its feeding point. Even though the hair strands that disintegrate from the papilla, the source of feeding and life, is theoretically dead, it is not readily lost. It becomes weaker, thinner, and paler before being shed.
When to Be Concerned?
This is the regular life cycle of hair, and there is no need to be anxious about this loss since the follicle is in its place, healthy, and it does only take a rest. What should be concerned about is the loss of hair due to the death of the follicle. This hair does not grow back due to the absence of the follicle.
The loss of hair and even local baldness attributable to reasons mentioned above are very disturbing for both men and women.
Those who have lost their hair feel imperfect in appearance. They sometimes think that everyone is staring at their head. Such thoughts may reach the extent which may cause harm to their social relationships.
Certain Types of Hair Loss:
Spot Baldness (Alopecia Areata)
Although the reason for spot baldness those who are diagnosed with spot baldness also tend to have other diseases such as thyroid and anemia. It can be caused by stress and trauma while genetic factors are also considered by the world of medicine. Considering that diseases may trigger one another and they can develop due to intensive stress and psychological pressure, it would be safe to say that stress is another cause of hair loss.
Stress and Psychological Pressure
Stress is a subtle and dangerous factor that triggers many diseases. It can trigger and catalyze diseases or make an intensive attack on our follicles with the high amount of pressure it applies on its own. We are generally subject to a secret stress that we are not aware of, and it is usually too late when obvious symptoms start to make themselves felt one after another. The best-known example of this is our follicles killed permanently by stress and psychological pressures.
Genetic and Chronic Diseases:
The most common genetic and chronic diseases are thyroid, high level of anemia, iron and protein deficiency (generally caused by malnutrition), genetic hair loss called androgenetic alopecia (it can even be seen in mid-twenties and it is generally related to male sex hormones and genetic structure). Fungal diseases and most types of cancer are also the primary causes of hair loss.
At New Hairline Antalya Hair Transplantation Center, we meet each of these problems every day.
Male Type Hair Loss
Hair loss can be classified in two groups, namely male type hair loss and female type hair loss.
Mail type hair loss, i.e. Androgenic Alopecia is generally attributable to genetic reasons and its starting age can be early. It is characterized by regression of the forehead line and temples, and formation of hairless areas on the top of the head.
Female Type Hair Loss
Female type hair loss can be caused by certain factors other than genetic ones, and the site of hair loss may not proceed in the typical areas unlike in male type hair loss. The primary reasons for hair loss in women are childbirth, malnutrition, hormonal disorders (excessive testosterone), thyroid disease and similar other diseases, irresponsible use of cosmetic products, medications, and hair dyes, perm, and blow-drying may cause such problems.
The most lasting and guaranteed solution to the problem caused by hair loss or baldness in men is hair transplantation. However, New Hairline Antalya Hair Transplantation Center does not guarantee success in hair transplantation in women due to genetic reasons and structural status of women’s hair.
Our previous article titled “Other treatment methods of hair loss” contains information about PRP and Mesotherapy practices.