Our location in the heart of Mississauga doesn’t deter The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists from serving residents from all over the GTA. We offer hair loss treatment to men and women in Burlington, Hamilton, Scarborough, and, of course, neighbouring Toronto.
What is Hair Loss?
With the exceptions of the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet, hair grows everywhere on our bodies. Follicles are constantly producing new hair cells and pushing roughly six inches of old cells out each year. Losing hair is actually normal; in fact, people lose about 100 a day out of the 150 thousand strands that most people have. As people age, this process slows and hair loss (alopecia) sets in.
Types and Causes of Hair Loss
Factors that contribute to hair loss are either internal or external. Internal factors are typically variables one can’t control, such as genetics; some people are just predisposed to thinning or balding hair. Degrees of alopecia range from standard male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) to extreme forms of the condition, called alopecia universalis, in which all hair falls out, including eyebrows, pubic hair, and eyelashes.
External factors are, to an extent, variables over which we exercise slightly more control. For instance, exposure to the sun could play a role in premature hair loss. On the other hand, this is a factor some people may not be able to control simply based on where they live. However, controllable factors, such as diet and smoking, also play a role in premature hair loss, and people have more control over those habits than they do over exposure to the sun.
Hereditary hair loss is most prominent, believed to affect at least 70% of men over the age of 50 and 30% to 40% of women in the same-age demographic. The aging process naturally causes hair to thin and ultimately become bald, which is why the percentage increases with age.
Another factor that can actually play a role in premature hair loss is stress. Other physical repercussions from stress have been noted, such as mood swings and anxiety, but too much stress can result in premature hair loss just as easily as these other physical changes.
How to Cure Hair Loss
The first step in “curing” hair loss is prevention. Knowing what causes hair loss is one key to helping to prevent it from happening. Avoiding the stressors, such as smoking, a poor diet, and, of course, too much stress, are ways in which you can slow or prevent the onset of hair loss.
For some people, however, hair loss is inevitable. In those cases, hair loss treatment becomes a viable option and the only permanent hair restoration solution. The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists has been providing this treatment for men and women around the GTA and out as far as Burlington and Hamilton for over 20 years. Our specialists are experienced and recognize how much of a difference having a full set of hair can make in your day-to-day interactions.