Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Hair loss StagesHair Loss is an intriguing problem not only for the ones suffering but also for doctors treating the same. It is very pertinent to understand hair loss before someone actually presses the panic button. The good news about hair loss is that many studies have actually revealed that losing upto 100-120 tresses a day is considered normal in many cases. It is important to understand that the hair follows a growth cycle in stages that are known as

  • Anagen
  • Catagen
  • Telogen

In a very simple manner, the hair grows back after falling off following the cycle mentioned.

How Hair fall turns into Baldness

Nonetheless when you start seeing a excessive hair fall, a lot of hair on your pillows or bathing towel or thinning in certain areas, it is actually time to consult a hair-loss expert doctor. In fact balding gets carried from generation to generations and in fact the genes could be carried from any of maternal or paternal side. Many-a-times this problem even skips generations before it actually affects the descendant.

However it is very important to seek a medical advice before you reach any conclusion about the reason or treatment. There are many reasons of hair loss but the most common on all is Androgenetic Alopecia.

Andogenetic Alopecia in Men

Androgenetic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness is a reason of baldness in majority of males. The balding starts from lateral sides hairline and progresses back (Receding Hairline) and then the next area commonly affected is the crown area. This continues till the time baldness reaches to horse-shoe share typical of elderly men.

Male pattern baldness (MPB) patients have normally hair follicles that are sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This property is generally genetically inherited. These follicles start shrinking first and then they cease to grow. The hair in the horse-shoe area are resistant to DHT and hence never fall down. This is the basis of hair transplant and that is the reason Hair Transplant is considered a permanent solution.

Signs and symptoms

  • The hair fall start is gradual and the reverse becomes slower than growth
  • End result can be an area of total baldness; this area varies from patient to patient
  • Men note a gradual recession of the frontal hairline early in the process

Andogenetic Alopecia in Women

Though not very significant, but stiff quite no. of females also suffer from the genetically inherited problem. This problem is even severe in females and should be immediately treated. There are many other causes of baldness in females, so it is even important have right medical advice.

Other causes of Hair Loss

Traction Alopecia

This is a condition which results from constant tension and pulling of hair over a very long period. For example – The Sikhs cause a lot of damage to their hair follicles as they apply excessive force for tying a knot which can lead to a peculiar pattern of loss of hair. The loss of hair due to this becomes permanent until and unless, the factor which is causing it, is removed.

How can Traction Alopecia be treated along with Hair Transplant

Cicatricial or Scarring Alopecia

It’s a type of a disease that is scary where the destruction of hair follicles occurs. It is not at all easy to detect it at a very early stage. If not cared, it can create a devastating effect. It is a rare disease that might or might not show the symptoms in the first stage. It can occur in females and also in males.
How can Cicatricial Alopecia be treated along with Hair Transplant


This is a sort of hair loss which results from continuous twisting of hair and pulling the hair till it breaks. It can take place because of impulsive control disorder but the reasons are not very clear. According to the research, it affects four percent of the whole population and especially females. The initial symptoms are hair coming out in round patches. The places where hair gets pulled are eyelashes, eyebrows and body hair. People having this problem also suffer from anxiety and depression.

Alopecia Areata

This is autoimmune disorder that can cause a balding patch to losing every single hair on the body. It is also called as “spot baldness”. It can be categorized further as

  • Alopecia areatamonolocularis
  • Alopecia totalis
  • Alopecia areatauniversalis

In most cases the condition corrects itself, but it can also spread to the entire scalp or to the entire body.

Other reasons include

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Chemical injuries such as acid burns
  • Bizarre genetic disorders
  • Physical Trauma such as overdose of X-ray and burns
  • Certain infectious diseases such as Herpes, leprosy and TB can lead to hair loss
  • Skin diseases such as Lichen Planers and DLE can result in loss of hair.