Just a small sample of the top hair loss questions. Either through online consultation service or the patients he sees in person. There are many misconceptions about hair loss. Maybe even more regarding surgical hair restoration. By isolating the top hair loss questions we answered helps to detangle some of the misconceptions out there.
1. How many hair growth phases are there?
There are three stages of hair growth. A natural cycle performed by all the hair follicles on our body. The phases are the anagen, catagen, and telogen phases.
The anagen phase is the growth phase. When the strand of hair grows longer on the head. How long the growth phase continues is determined by genetics. At any given time around 90% of the hairs on one’s head are in the anagen phase.
The catagen phase lasts about two weeks. At this stage the hair follicles begin to shrink in size. As a result of being cut off from their food supply. The hair then sheds or falls out. During the telogen or resting phase the hair follicle remains dormant. This can range from one to four months. At any given time around 10% of the hairs are going through this phase.
2. It´s normal to shed 100-150 hairs per day?
It´s normal to lose around 150 hairs per day. When we wake up there are a few on the pillow, we wash and comb our hair we see a few strands fall out. The number of hairs on the head can vary between 100,000 to 150,000. The shedding is part of the natural hair growth cycles of growing , shedding and laying dormant.
3. Baldness is only inherited through the mother’s side?
Hair loss is passed down from your mother’s side is not entirely true. The primary baldness gene is the X chromosome. Men only receive this from their mothers. The hereditary factor may be slightly more dominant on the woman’s side. But research suggests that men who have a bald father are more likely to develop male pattern baldness than those who don’t. If there is hair loss on both sides of the family. It is likely the hair loss gene will be inherited.
4. What is Androgenic alopecia?
Androgenetic alopecia is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. Genetic hair loss is also called male pattern baldness for men. Female pattern baldness for women. . The genetic hair loss condition. Commonly in men, starting with the temples and hairline. Occasionally with a thinning crown. With advanced stages of androgenic alopecia the areas can melt into one. The female hair loss pattern is more diffused. The hair becomes thinner often by the natural parting and behind the hairline.
5. When does MPB stop?
The pattern of hair loss in men often follows a similar pattern to the other male relatives in the family. The earlier MPB starts the more likely the pattern will progress to an advanced stage. Hair loss can start in the 20´s and continue over many years. In some cases the changes year on year are slow. Again, this can be dependent on genetics. There is no set age when hair loss stops.
6. Does a hair transplant cure hair loss
The basis of a hair transplant is the movement of genetically strong hair from one area to a new area. Genetically strong hair is immune. Not affected by the male pattern baldness gene. A hair transplant has no effect on the hair loss condition. From when it may start or how progressive the hair loss pattern may become. You may undergo a hair transplant to repair areas of hair loss. At a later date when hair loss progresses new areas of lost hair will appear. As a result, these areas can be left untreated. Or, treated with a further hair transplant.
7. Can I use my brother´s hair for my restoration?
Unlike other organs in the body. That can be successfully transplanted. You have to be your own donor for a hair trae number of hairs on the head can vary between nsplant procedure to be effective. If you were to receive hair follicles from another person, even say other. The tissue would be rejected by your body. It would require strong immune-suppressant drugs.
8. Is a hair transplant permanent?
For a hair transplant to grow and continue to grow long term. The hair used must be taken from a genetically safe area. MPB leaves a band of hair around the back and sides of the head. This hair is generally considered to be immune from the MPB gene. The area is easy to determine with advanced hair loss patterns. As the area is obviously marked. Lower hair loss patterns the safe zone is harder to determine. This requires an educated donor management protocol. To establish good long term planning for the patient.
9. Will a hair transplant always look natural?
A hair transplant may grow but not always look natural. The Doctor needs to have a creative side to their skills as a surgeon. Skills to be able to dense pack the hair follicles close together. To place the correct hair angles and orientation. To distribute the hair follicles correctly over the surface of the scalp. Some aspects can be taught but the best hair transplant results are achieved from a natural gift. Being able to blend the new hair with the old to achieve a perfect blend.
10. How many hair transplants will I need and can I have?
Most men will have at least two hair transplants over time. It can depend on when the first session was performed and the current hair loss pattern. Against progressive hair loss. How the hair loss pattern advances over time. Also, the quality of the individuals hair characteristics will then determine how many hair transplants are possible. A good estimate can be made at the initial consultation. By measuring donor hair qualities against the hair transplant techniques used. Planning is important from the first procedure to ensure long term hair loss can be treated and a natural hair coverage can be maintained overtime.