Second Quarter 2010, Volume 24, Number 4

Troubled about hair thinning and hair loss… know the facts

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Troubled about hair thinning and hair loss… know the facts

Hair loss affects up to 40 percent of American men and 25 percent of American women. Approximately 95 percent of all hair loss is hereditary. It can affect men as early as their late teens and early 20s. For women, by age 40, nearly 40 percent have experienced some degree of thinning hair. Are you one of those affected? The hair provides a natural frame of your face. Take a minute to look at your hairline and where your hair parts. Although it may be hard to admit it to yourself, the sooner you address hair thinning or hair loss, the better.

Although many are impacted by hair loss, a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research of 1,001 men and women over the age of 18, revealed that Americans have little understanding of the causes and treatments for thinning hair and hair loss. Over 75 percent of respondents incorrectly cited stress as the leading cause of hair loss; 35 percent thought that frequently wearing a hat caused hair loss and 34 percent thought over-styling contributed to hair loss. When asked about treatment options, the responses indicated that people may not understand the difference between hair health and hair regrowth. Fifty percent would try a healthy diet; 49 percent would take hair vitamins like Biotin; and 46 percent would try hair thickening shampoos, conditioners, and serums to treat thinning hair. These address the health of the hair and are not solutions for hair regrowth.

Most people don’t realize their hair is thinning until they have lost 50 percent. The key is to take action now. One option with a very high success rate and permanence is hair restoration surgery. This is done through follicular unit transplantation, where follicular units of one to four hairs are harvested–with their surrounding collagen and glands intact–from other areas of the scalp and transplanted to the targeted area. A skilled surgical team uses microscopes to dissect the natural hair units before implanting. A small needle is used to create tiny slits in the recipient area; the follicular units are inserted approximately one millimeter apart. The procedure, performed under local anesthetic, may take several hours or be done over a number of visits. The transplanted follicles take a full year to grow and mature. Additional transplants can be performed to increase thickness.

Forty-five percent of survey respondents admitted to hiding their hair loss or thinning–in other words, they knew there was an issue but hadn’t done anything about it. If you find yourself becoming selfconscious about your hairline or less thickness, contact your facial plastic surgeon. It is worth checking out if you are a good candidate for follicular unit transplantation or maybe another treatment option.

Get your facts straight and consider if you might benefit from a consultation appointment today.