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Why Does Hair Loss Happen?

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The typical scalp hosts an average of approximately 100,000 hairs, with a normal daily shedding rate of around 100 hairs.

However, as individuals age, a gradual increase in hair loss occurs, influenced by genetic factors affecting both men and women. Termed inherited hair loss, this phenomenon afflicts approximately half of the population by the age of fifty. Individuals with a genetic predisposition to hair loss exhibit heightened sensitivity to testosterone, resulting in the contraction of hair follicles.

Men, in particular, produce higher quantities of testosterone, leading to the initiation of hair loss as early as 21 years of age, with a substantial proportion experiencing bald patches by the age of 40.

Women, on the other hand, encounter increased hair loss post-menopause, typically after the age of 45. Nevertheless, fluctuations in hormone levels due to variations in the menstrual cycle, childbirth, and the use of birth control pills may induce hair loss even before menopause, albeit often reversible.

In summary, genetic factors contribute to inherited hair loss, with men generally experiencing earlier onset and a higher prevalence, while women may encounter increased hair loss following menopause, influenced by hormonal shifts related to various life stages.

What Can Affect Hair Loss

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While hair loss is commonly associated with aging, it can affect individuals of all ages, including children. Ringworm of the scalp is a prevalent cause of hair loss in infants, while trichotillomania, a stress-related compulsive behavior involving the pulling out of hair from various body regions, is more common among teenagers and young adults.

Malnutrition, characterized by deficiencies in protein and iron, has been specifically linked to hair loss in individuals of any age. Studies also indicate a correlation between excessive smoking and hair loss. Adopting a healthier lifestyle often promotes the regrowth of hair in such cases.

Alopecia areata, a condition targeting hair follicles, results in round-shaped hairless patches on the scalp and the body, or overall thinning hair. It typically takes nearly a year for individuals with alopecia areata to regrow their hair.

Thyroid diseases, including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, may lead to hair loss if left untreated. Rarer diseases such as lupus and syphilis can also contribute to hair loss, with regrowth often occurring upon proper medication.

Cancer, untreated or treated with chemotherapy, can result in non-permanent hair loss. Additionally, certain medications or medical treatments, such as blood thinners, may cause hair loss in some individuals, though not permanently.

Certain hair grooming practices, including the use of hair dyes, curling irons, and specific hairstyles, can weaken hair and contribute to hair loss. This and the above reasons are why many patients opt for HTL to address these issues.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while natural hair loss occurs with age, persistent or excessive loss may be indicative of underlying health problems. Individuals experiencing prolonged hair loss are advised to consult with a healthcare professional or fill out the provided form for a free consultation with a hair transplant specialist.

Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

Samantha Mccallum
Samantha Mccallum
25 June 2024
My experience with Harley Street Hair Transplant has been fantastic straight from my first communication on 27/04/24 which was about my eyebrow hair transplant with the amazingly lovely Sara (Lead Patient Advisor). Was only 3 days later my free consultation via video call with the amazing Doctor Mohammed Ditta. Dr Ditta has a great energy and shows his compassion and confidence on helping me to get the confidence back from total eyebrow hair loss, which I never deemed possible. He was very informative of the procedure that was being held in Manchester clinic and putting me at ease by answering all my questions. So as of 20/06/24 I am now on day 5 post op and it has been a journey. Sara has been with me every step of the way answering all questions, checking in on me regularly and supporting me through this process. Day of procedure was so settling that I didn’t have time to be over thinking. The very cheerful warm welcoming lady at the front of house on entry to then being greeted by harley street hair transplant director Yannis who is great, he was funny, welcoming and just so caring, being supportive throughout the whole procedure popping in checking on me and even helping me exit building after procedure which to me is a company of kindness. Dr Ditta in person was fantastic with warm energy and patience he explained everything in detail ensuring my comfort throughout the procedure and his two lovely girls on his team were amazing. He ensured I had an understanding of the after care process to ensure best results and ensuring support from the company if anything is needed. Still having regular communication ensuring my recovery is still going well, which is it!! Confident in my eyebrow hair transplant journey!
G fitmarp
G fitmarp
24 June 2024
Great clinic with friendly and experienced team. I wanted my surgery done in the UK and found the clinic on Google. Process started with virtual consultations with patient advisor and then with the surgeon. FULL costs were given up front, with good finance options available. On the day I designed a new hairline with the surgeon and ended up getting about 1600 grafts iirc, which was good value for money. Clear pre- and post-op instructions given and recovery has gone as expected. Now waiting patiently for regrowth :)
Julie Burhnam
Julie Burhnam
12 June 2024
If anyone is thinking big having this procedure done I would highly recommend it to be done here. I’m so excited to see the new hair growth starting and it’s only 3 mths since the procedure. The surgeon was absolutely first class and the after care is amazing. Regular check ups and in between checks you can pick the phone up and speak to them even if it’s just for reassurance.
anthony page
anthony page
10 June 2024
I visited the clinic near Manchester a little over a month ago and have been very happy with the service to date. It's too early to see the results yet but I am pretty optimistic as it all went to plan. The engagement before, during and after was faultless. Quick responses to any queries and good after care/follow up. The day itself, as expected, is quite long and be prepared for possible swelling after. The first few days after it were a little rough, but that was explained to me before hand. That said, i was up and out and about by day 3 and worked from home OK throughout all of it. The surgery itself went well and I was very impressed with Dr Tetiana and her team, they helped a long day go as best as can be expected, worked hard and were good company throughout. Sara has also followed up regularly since. Very happy to recommend and good luck!
patrick boyd
patrick boyd
13 April 2024
Very happy with the process so far. With a busy schedule I wasn’t too sure about taking 2 weeks of work but we managed to get the procedure booked within a month or so of my initial consultation so I was able to plan around it all easily. The team were very helpful in assessing my aims and suitability for the procedure and answered all my questions and concerns. They also offered the use of a facility in Manchester which I preferred so I wouldn’t have to use public transport post procedure. The procedure itself was a little uncomfortable at the start but I understand this is completely normal until the numbing kicks in. Both Dr Ditta and the two technicians were very experienced and comforting during the procedure. They handled my complications easily and I knew I was in safe hands. I had initially been looking at 1900 grafts but when we sat down to design my hairline more grafts were needed and I had a healthy donor area so we upped it to 2500 grafts at no additional cost. Currently on day 12 post procedure but the scabs came off on day 10 ahead of schedule, my aftercare routine was explained clearly and I was given everything I needed. My advice to anyone considering a transplant is that the procedure itself and the day after are a little rough but worth it. It’s definitely a big factor knowing your surgeon is experienced and you’re in good hands. I’ve recommended the team to friends of mine who are considering the procedure and would encourage people to use the team at the Harley Street Hair Transplant Clinics.
Sav fandi
Sav fandi
12 March 2024
I was a bit nervous before the procedure but it was a very comfortable environment there. I was well taken care of and the results now are incredible! Many thanks to the team!
James D
James D
18 February 2024
Would highly recommend. Everyone I had the pleasure of dealing with was so friendly and helpful. I had help with travel and accommodation and i was so well looked after before, during and after the procedure. I'm very thankful and now just waiting for the results.
WatchTheHorison
WatchTheHorison
30 August 2023
Welcoming staff. Nurse and doctor was lovely. No issues parking and coffee while you wait.
Mazza Ellerton
Mazza Ellerton
23 August 2023
Great experience. Made to feel really comfortable throughout the whole day and would highly recommend
Tom Francis
Tom Francis
23 August 2023
If you are thinking about it - go for it! Looked after, day went smoothly and worth it - let’s wait and see for the progress.

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