About Hair Loss

Almost 70% of Males and 20% of Females will Experience Hair Loss at some point in their Life.

The Canadian Hair Research Foundation (CHRF) released a study revealing 81% of men believe that physical appearance can influence career advancements and 1 in 4 Canadians believe hair loss is an obstacle to having a romantic relationship. With hair loss affecting every aspect of your life and your self-confidence, it’s important to understand what causes it and what can be done.

Hair Loss

Throughout thousands of consultations, our clients tell us they feel much older than they are and their peers who have a full head of hair. They lose confidence and become frustrated with the volume of information on the internet and in books.

The simple fact is, there is only one proven, permanent method for getting your hair to grow again on top of your head and that is a hair transplant procedure.

What is most exciting for our patients is the recent medical advances and innovative techniques that we use. This starts with a hair line that we construct.

All patients provide input and they approve its location and shape before the procedure begins. This all translates into a hair transplant that is virtually undetectable. Not even your hair stylist or barber will know for sure! You can forget the obsolete “plugs” or “dolls head” look that used to be the norm just a few years ago. Transplanted hair should look natural – wet or dry, and can be styled any way you like. It is yours to enjoy and be proud of for your lifetime.

Hair loss can result from many factors. These include thyroid disease, high fever, diet, childbirth and some medications. Burns and other causes of scalp scarring can also cause permanent hair loss. Stress is only implicated in certain, relatively uncommon instances.

Alopecia areata is an unusual condition involving patches of hair loss that is caused by problems in the immune system. Women can suffer from a condition known as “chronic telogen effluvium” where full-length healthy hair is shed from all over the scalp in continuous “molts” for up to 2 years. The cause is unknown.

Aging is known to cause hair loss in some men and women. It affects the entire scalp with gradual thinning being detected, usually after 50 years of age. Most men and women, experience some degree of hair loss in their lifetimes.

The most common form of scalp hair loss is termed androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss). In men this can result in entire loss of hair in the upper scalp. It is NOT caused by poor circulation, clogged hair follicles, frequent shampooing, use of hats or helmets. Shaving the head does NOT make hair re-grow stronger.

Male pattern hair loss (or Male Pattern Baldness) is determined by a combination of heredity and the male hormone (or androgen) dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The tendency for male and female pattern hair loss is genetically inherited from either side of the family and begins to develop after puberty. The pattern of inheritance varies between families and in some cases can “skip” generations.

Hair on the scalp that is genetically affected by DHT (usually the front and top of the scalp), starts to shrink until it is lost. This can be a continuous process but commonly occurs as repeated episodes of rapid hair loss. Hair at the back and lower sides of the scalp is permanent because it is not affected by DHT. The posterior permanent scalp hair can be used as donor hair and is surgically moved to the upper scalp to replace the lost hair – virtually for life.

This restoration surgery offers a permanent, living solution to lost scalp hair in male-type pattern hair loss (or scalp scarring).

Temporary solutions to this hair loss include coloured creams, sprays, and powders that colour the scalp to match the hair colour and help conceal thinning areas. Hairpieces and weaves are also non-surgical means to restore hair (either synthetic or natural) by covering bald areas of the scalp.

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