Hair Loss in Both Men and Women
The American Hair Loss Association reports that two-thirds of all men will experience some degree of noticeable hair loss by the age of 35 and up to 50% of women will be affected by hair loss at some point during their life. Hair loss doesn’t just affect older people, either – as many as 25% of men who are affected by hair loss start to notice the first signs by the time they reach 21. Even children can be affected by hair loss!
This article is just one in a series of articles that cover hair loss and hair restoration. Click these links to check out the other articles:
- What Are the Top Female Hair Restoration Options?
- Hair Restoration: Understanding Hair Loss and Treatment Options – Part 2
- Surgical Hair Restoration Options for Women
- Surgical Hair Restoration Options for Men
- Understanding Hair Loss and Causes for Hair Loss in Women
- Hair Loss: Thinning Hair in Men and Its Causes
- Understanding Men’s Hair Restoration Options
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As common as hair loss is among men and women of all ages, many of the treatment options currently available fall short of the mark. Medical hair loss treatments come with nasty side effects and they don’t work for everyone who tries them. In more serious case of hair loss, this leaves only one option – surgical hair replacement. But what other options are there, and what is the difference between non-invasive, minimally invasive, and invasive hair restoration procedures? Keep reading to find out.
What is Hair Loss Restoration?
Hair loss takes many different forms and it can affect both men and women. Not only is hair loss non-sex-specific, but it can develop at different points in a person’s life and might progress at different rates, depending which type of hair loss you have. In some cases where hair loss is triggered by a stressful event or traumatic injury, the hair may grow back on its own in time. For more extensive and permanent cases of hair loss, however, hair loss restoration may be required. Hair loss restoration simply involves invasive or noninvasive treatments designed to slow hair loss and encourage hair regrowth.
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Though there are a number of different treatment options for hair loss, not all of them are recommended for every hair loss type. For example, the more invasive treatment options like hair plugs and scalp reduction are reserved for severe cases of hair loss and cases where the hair loss is permanent – this includes androgenetic alopecia and cicatricial alopecia.
Cicatricial alopecia is also known as scarring alopecia and it is the name given to a group of rare disorders in which healthy hair follicles are destroyed and replaced with scar tissue. Androgenetic alopecia is the name given to male pattern and female pattern hair loss which may or may not be permanent.
Though androgenetic alopecia is sometimes permanent, it can still be treated in many cases. For milder cases of pattern hair loss, non-invasive or minimally invasive treatment options are preferred. This is also the case for temporary types of hair loss such as stress-induced or hormone-induced hair loss. Anagen effluvium is another form of hair loss that may be temporary.