26 Sep Hair Restoration for All Types of Hair Loss
Losing your hair can be devastating for men and women alike. RefinedMD offers a variety of hair restoration techniques, including Smart Graft, but the first step is determining what type of hair loss a person has. Understanding the cause is critical in developing a hair restoration plan.
Types Of Hair Loss
Alopecia is an umbrella term for hair loss. Some types of hair loss have alopecia in the title, while some do not (i.e., telogen effluvium). Only a dermatologist can diagnose the type of hair loss disease. Alopecia might be caused by a number of factors ranging from genetics to environmental causes. The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which is male or female pattern baldness—it is dubbed AGA for short. Most male pattern baldness presents in the well-known pattern that thins from the temples or crown of the head, but female pattern “baldness” is more commonly overall thinning.
Non-AGA alopecia is not as common but is still very prevalent. Alopecia areata (AA) affects two percent of people and is a type of autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks the hair follicles (similar to rheumatoid arthritis, but for hair instead of joints). Nobody knows why AA occurs, but it usually first presents as complete band patches. It can also include total hair loss throughout the body.
Telogen effluvium is the second most common type of hair loss. There is little research around it, but researchers do know that it occurs when hair gets “stuck” in the shedding or stagnation stage. Everyone goes through three phases of hair growth including growth, shedding, and stagnation.
Scarring alopecia is present in around three percent of hair loss clients. There are numerous diagnoses within this type of hair loss. However, they all share one unfortunate commonality: The hair loss is usually permanent, and hair follicles are permanently destroyed due to scarring. It often begins as little patches of hair loss.