Hair Implantation for Men
Hair Implantation for Men On the follicle on average there are 100-150 thousand hair strands. Hair grows from the roots called follicles (saclike structures under the skin). Veins under the follicles provide the nutrients needed for hair strands to grow by means of branches between the veins and follicles. The hair grow in every follicle occurs in an independent circle from the other follicles.
At any time 90% of the hair on the scalp is at the growing phase; the other 10% is at the rest phase. Growing phase lasts 4-5 years on average; rest phase lasts 2-4 months. At the end of the rest phase hair strands are lost and new strands grows in place of them. Therefore hair loss is a normal part of the hair growing circle.
Actually approximately 50-150 hair strands are lost daily in this way. Baldness occurs as a result of the abnormal hair loss at a high rate. At first thinner and shorter hair strands grow and then no new strands grow in place of them.
What is Men Type Hair Loss?
The reason of the 95% of hair loss is men type hair loss (Androgenetic Alopecia=AGA). It is seen more often in men than in women.
Whereas some kinds of hair loss are reversible men type hair loss is constant. This occurs in a characteristic model on the scalp; men type hair loss is a model that starts at the upper parts of temporal side and at the vertex and proceeds to the rear part by time and ends up with the emergence of bald parts.
Hair loss can start at any age after adolescence and even at the age of 15 and may end up with complete alopecia. Men type hair loss is a process that proceeds slowly, that does not have any symptoms such as pain, rubor and pruritus and that we do not have any way to prevent with our current knowledge.
The Reasons for Men Type Hair Loss
The reasons of the men type hair loss have been considered as being complex and have not been fully understood. Besides this as its medical name (Androgenic Alopecia=AGA) implies, they should include both hormonal (androgen) and genetic factors. Many different hormones are included in the realization of the growth of hair and the most effective ones are androgens.
Testosterone and its more effective derivative dihydrotestosterone (DHT) may lead to hair decrease and loss in the later years besides being responsible for the growth of beard, hair at some areas such as axillary area at adolescence. This counterblast to the effect of DHT is defined by the genetic differences in the hair follicles.
Accordingly, in men the genetic characteristics of the hair follicles makes the appearance of the negative effects of the androgens more possible. At first the hair follicles become smaller and accordingly the hair strand becomes thinner and shorter.
The growing phase of the hair circle becomes shorter and this means more hair loss. Then although the hair follicles have enough blood circulation the hair continues to become thinner and shorter and in the end some of them are lost.
Another exact reason for men type hair loss is genetic characteristics. The genetic characteristics in an individual coming from the mother or father or both determine the tendency towards hair loss. The speed, model, starting time and degree are determined by the genetic program. Generally hair loss starting at the early ages may be a finding as to the occurrence of wider and fully hairless sites in the later years.
Contrary to what is known by the public, wearing hat does not lead to hair loss. Massaging to the scalp and brushing it also do not lead to creation of new hair and do not prevent hair loss. Intensive psychotic stresses may lead to a type of hair loss called as ‘Alopecia Areata’. Normal daily stresses never lead to hair loss.
What are some other Reasons for Hair Loss?
Alopecia Areata: It is characterized by hair loss in the form of patches. The reasons are not fully understood but it is thought that the immune system of the body affects the hair follicles and the hair loss occurs. It generally finishes without any treatment.Traction Alopecia: It occurs when it has become a habit to pull the hair strands for a long time or because of tight braids.
This is reversible in the event of prevention of these reasons.
Diabetes, systemic lupus erythematosus and the diseases of thyroid gland may also cause hair loss. As immediate hair losses may be early symptoms of some diseases, one should certainly consult a doctor. Besides diseases malnutrition, skin scars, some medications and anticancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy, etc may be mentioned as being other reasons for hair loss.
Fungal infections may be a reason for hair loss in children but this does not constitute a reason for hair loss in adults.
There may be many reasons to mention for hair loss but men type hair loss (Androgenetic alopecia) that is also seen in women is not a disease. It stems from our genetic structure and it is a process resulting from age.
However, this is not a situation to be preferred or to be lived with.
On one’s head there are 100.000-150.000 hairs on average. During a day 50-150 of these that are in the sleep phase may be lost because of combing, washing and pulling.
The hair loss in a person may change according to gender, age and genetic factor. Cyclical losses may last for 2 months and generally repeats 3 times a year.
Intensive hair losses lasting more than 2 months are accepted to be an abnormal process and they require medical research to be done. It is alleged that the rarity of the blood circulation in the scalp, vitamin deficiencies and cap wearing cause baldness.
It has been proved that these theories are not true. It is not true to guess that you will certainly be bald looking at your bald dad or granddad. It is also not true to say that a person at the age of 40 that has not lost hair will never lose his hair.