What is baldness?

Does baldness need explaining?

Men and women who lose their hair don’t care about which form of baldness is plaguing them. All they want is a beautiful hairstyle, volume of the hair and no thin or completely bald spots on their head. A hair transplant can offer a solution.

In effect, baldness is easy to explain: when more hairs fall out than is created, one speaks of baldness. The average lifespan of a hair on the scalp of a healthy person is between three to five years. The hair grows as we’re used to. When the hair eventually leaves the scalp the hair follicle which grows the hair turns to a resting phase and produces nothing for three months. Normally, a subsequent repetitive cycle would start. If the hair is not replaced in the hair follicle, baldness occurs.

All about hair

On average, a human has 100.000 to 150.000 hair follicles on the head. Normally speaking, 50 to 100 hairs fall out every day. We speak of excessive hair loss if that number is higher. In a human lifetime, a hair follicle can grow a hair about twenty times before it dies. Practically, there are men and women who struggle with baldness early in their life. Often caused by a hypersensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In this case, it prevents a good circulation of the hair follicles, so that the growth phase of one hair is not three to five years, but sometimes just a mere few months. Approximately 70% of men and 40% of women experience baldness.

Forms of baldness

  • Androgenetic Alopecia – baldness in men
  • Alopecia areata – spots of baldness

Possible causes:

  • Hereditary baldness. Baldness is locked in your DNA, because the DHT percentage is high. They manifest as the familiar inlets and balding crown. In women, it manifests as a thinning of hair on the entire head.
  • Spotted hair loss is often caused by stress, causing bald spots on the head and/or eyebrows to fall out.
  • Temporary hair loss. This can be caused by high fever, an inflammation, after giving birth or an STD. Hair loss can also be a side effect of certain medications, like chemotherapy.
  • Trichotillomania people who constantly pull the hair or put their hair in a ponytail too often and too tight. These spots will remain bold unless cosmetic surgery is applied (if possible).

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