An estimated 35 million men in the US suffer from some form of hair loss along with 21 million women. There are many different reasons why hair loss occurs including psychological stress, illness, hormonal imbalance or as a result of taking certain medications. Male pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men, and around 40% of men will have thinning hair by age 35. Although most causes of hair loss are not a serious threat to a person’s physical health, many people experience stress, anxiety of even the loss of self-confidence once their hair begins to thin. Thankfully, there are many ways to combat hair loss, and the following guide takes a look at permanent and temporary hair loss solutions.
Why Does Hair Loss Occur?
Hair loss happens to most people as they get older as a result of changing hormones. Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition that is handed down from father to son and cannot be prevented. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss from the head and other areas of the body. Some sufferers can lose all of the hair from their scalp or even their entire body. Certain illnesses such as diabetes or hypothyroidism can also cause hair loss, but this can often be corrected once the underlying condition is treated.
Temporary Hair Loss Solutions
Perhaps the most common method of disguising hair loss is a wig or toupee. You can purchase toupees made from human hair that look almost like the real thing, but expect to pay several hundred dollars for a high quality piece, not to mention the needed maintenance and possible demand to buy a new one after enough wear. Hair powders or sprays are also available that disguise thinning hair by coating the scalp and hairs with a fine substance that matches the person’s natural hair color. Although temporary solutions are an effective method of disguising hair loss, they have a number of downsides. Extreme weather such as wind and rain must be avoided at all costs by those wearing wigs or hair powder, and activities such as swimming or strenuous exercise are strictly forbidden.
Permanent Hair Loss Solutions
Hair transplant surgery offers a permanent solution to hair loss that looks 100% natural. There are two hair transplant methods known as follicular unit transplant (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). FUT, or strip method, involves removing follicular units of hair that are usually around one to four hairs and transplanting them to affected areas. Although FUT is an effective method, many patients experience pain, scarring and a tight feeling in the scalp after surgery. FUE performed using the NeoGraft™ follicular unit harvesting and implantation system offers a completely natural look without any discomfort, lengthy healing time or restrictions from normal activities. Hair transplant performed with FUE does not leave the linear scar that occurs with FUT allowing patients to wear their hair short if desired.