Diffuse hair loss affects the look of hair thickness over the head. There can be actual hair loss as well as the hair shaft becoming finer. There are various causes for diffuse hair loss. They include telogen effluvium (TE), female pattern hair loss (FPHL), chronic telogen effluvium (CTE), anagen effluvium (AE), loose anagen hair syndrome and diffuse type of alopecia areata. Treatment for diffuse hair loss are varied.
The result of diffuse hair loss is a sparser hair coverage over the top of the head. Often the hairline remains intact. Without obvious signs of a recession. The scalp is visible through the hair. As a result hair styling becomes limited. Having to camouflage the thinning and create the look of greater fullness and hair density.
Male and female hair cycles
Hair is continuously growing over the top of our head from the hair follicles. Besides our hair getting longer we maintain an even coverage of hair over our head. This is because 80% to 90% of the hair follicles are growing hair at any given time.
The hair follicles go through cycles of growth, dormant and resting stages. The hair follicles actively growing hairs on our head are in the anagen phase. With the remaining in the telogen stage. Among the common causes are high fevers, childbirth, severe infections, severe chronic illness, severe psychological stress, major surgery or illnesses, over or underactive thyroid gland, crash diets with inadequate protein, and a variety of medications.
Treatment for diffuse hair loss
Treatments for diffuse hair loss or alopecia will vary. Depending on the hair loss pattern, maybe the age and gender of the individual. As well as the goals and expectations. The options can vary between medical treatments, to surgical and non-surgical options. should be continued indefinitely. Options include:
- Topical minoxidil solution
- Oral finasteride
- Hairpieces and wigs
- Scalp Pigmentation
- Hair transplantation
There are many hair loss treatments available. For both men and women. as a result, it can be difficult to decide which to use. Minoxidil and finasteride have proven results and studies to research. Even though, results will vary from person to person. Largely, dependent on the severity of the hair loss pattern.
Diffuse hair loss can often be stabilised. Even improved. The earlier the treatment is started will often result in a more positive result. Check before starting any treatment. As some are specifically designed only for men. Therefore, always consult a hair restoration professional before starting any treatment.
Cover up and camouflage options
Hair systems have been used for centuries. Off the shelf or custom made are available. The hair is either natural human hair or synthetic. Depending on the colour and quality. For example, natural hair can range from virgin to chemically treated hair. A hair piece can be used to cover all of the head. Or only partial coverage. For example, the crown.
Scalp Micro Pigmentation. SMP is a form of tattooing. A head tattoo. Designed to change the contrast of the skin complexion. The pigment is placed between the hairs. As a result makes the hair coverage appear fuller. There must be sufficient hair to create this illusion. For example, the pigment cannot be placed below a hairline, but within existing long hair.
Permanent hair restoration option
Diffuse hair loss can create a problem for a hair transplant. Because the existing hair can impair the transplantation of nerw hair. As a result, the existing hair can shed and not regrow. Consequently an experienced hair transplant doctor will look at the existing hair and extent of miniaturisation and the diffuse thinning pattern. Before decising a hair transplant can improve the overal hair coverage and density.
A hair transplant relies on the genetically strong hair. Found around the back and sides of the head. As a result, some of this hair can be moved. A hair transplant is a minor medical treatment, performed under local anesthetic. Often in one day. There are two hair transplant techniques. With one main difference between (FUE) and the Strip. That being the method of removing the hair follicles. Consequently the rest of the hair transplant is very similar.
Alternative hair restoration includes using body hair. Hair can be taken from the beard, chest, back and other areas of the body. Consequently it is technically demanding to perform. Using the FUE technique.
Surgically placing the transplanted hair between existing hair takes skill. surgical and artistic ability. To follow the natural hair angle and orientation. As well as to not damage the surrounding hair.
In many cases a multi treatment approach is beneficial. For example, using a treatment to stabilise hair loss. Maybe improve the quality of the existing hair. Then a hair transplant to increase the density of hair over the area. This option can be especially beneficial on a younger hair loss sufferer. When the chance of future hair loss is greater.
A hair loss consultation with a professional will help to answer many questions. You may not wish to commit to a personal meeting at this point. if the case, there are options available online. Email and whatsapp can provide an initial appraisal.