Hair loss types (1)
In this article, which is the second of our “Hair Loss” writing series, we will talk about different types of hair loss, there are many different types of hair loss, the cause, formation, effects and results of each, are different.
In this article, we will talk about two different types of hair loss; Androgenetic Alopecia and Alopecia Diffuse.
Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)
AGA, defined as male type hair loss, is a genetic hair loss. It’s the most common type of hair loss. The source of the problem with androgenetic hair loss, is related to the male hormone, testosterone. Testosterone, a type of a steroid hormone from the androgen group, is produced in the testicles of males and the ovaries of females.
Since it is seen 50-60 times more in males than in females, it is known as the male hormone. The main source of the problem is that the Alpha-5 reductase enzyme, transforms testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which we call DHT. DHT damages the hair roots, reduce the quality and refine the hair gradually, and cause it to fall and reduce the life cycle of the hair follicles. After a point, the follicle becomes completely ineffective and causes the baldness problem. Lost hair does not come back. Treatments such as prp, finasteride, minoxidil provide protection and strengthening for the existing hair, but do not bring back the hair that has been lost. An individual with Androgenetic Alopecia problem, can solve his hair loss issue by hair transplant. It is indicated by the chart called “Norwood Scale”. (See picture 1)
Female type hair loss is called Alopecia Diffuse. This hair loss type can be seen not only on the head, but also as falling and weakening of the hair anywhere on the body. Factors such as medication usage and malnutrition can cause this type of hair loss. When the reason behind goes away, the hair returns to its normal thickness, and new hair can replace lost hair. Hair transplantation is not always the solution for these type of hair loss. The factor that causes the hair to fall, should be determined and removed with a treatment. If the hair does not come back afterwards, hair transplant can be applied, but if the factors causing hair loss arise again, there is a possibility that the transplanted hair to be lost. It is indicated by the chart called “Ludwig Scale” (see picture 2).
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