For many people, the concept of hair loss is rarely ever on their radar — until they start noticing it on themselves. All of a sudden, it stays at the mind’s forefront. Can this really be happening? What does this mean? Can I do anything to slow down the process — or prevent it altogether? While some men proudly shave their heads, others are worried about not meeting society’s expectations of what’s commonly found as attractive or desirable. So, what can you do if you’ve recently noticed you’re now part of the balding demographic? And, are you really experiencing hair loss, or are you making a mountain out of a molehill?
What’s normal hair loss?
Generally speaking, most people lose between 50 and 125 hair strands a day. The actual number varies depending on each individual — as well as other factors such as gender, hair care routine, nutrition, environment, stress, and genetics. For women, hair loss could be caused by pregnancy or menopause. It’s also possible to lose hair as a result of a health condition, such as a thyroid disorder, alopecia, lupus, or a nutritional deficiency — as well as a side effect of certain medications.
First Signs of Balding
While some daily hair loss is normal, there are other signs that you may be dealing with balding. The most common include:
- Thinning — usually starting at the temples or crown of the head
- Receding hairline
- Hair falls out in clumps
- Bald spots
- You’re losing hair all over your body
If you’re not completely sure about how much hair you’re losing, run your fingers through it. Normal hair loss would mean you end up with no more than two or three strands of hair if you have short hair, and no more than 10 strands if you have long hair.
If you notice a significantly higher number, see your doctor to help determine the cause.
At what age do people typically start to lose their hair?
There’s no specific age in which men will inherently start losing hair. However, about 25% of men start to lose their hair during their 30s, and about 50% of men have lost hair by the time they’re 60 years old. The process of going from a full head of hair to complete baldness could take between 15-25 years. If the issue is hereditary, it could occur in as little as five years. When it comes to women, hair loss affects about 40% of women after the age of 40.
How can laser hair treatments or hair transplants help?
While there are topical products you can try at home, they don’t always provide results for everyone. To add insult to injury, some of them may cause facial hair growth on women. At Innovations Medical, we offer more effective hair restoration methods via a process called AuraLux laser and AuraGrafty systems. When hair follicles become smaller — often due to age — our treatments can provide up to 50% increase in hair growth in patients. We recommend about 20 sessions initially, and you can go straight to work right after each session.
A more aggressive option is to undergo hair transplants — which involves taking hair follicles from the back of your head where hair follicles are healthy, and reinserting them in balding areas of the scalp. We have the first tool ever developed specifically for follicular unit extractions, which is used to remove one hair follicle at a time. The entire process is painless and can be completed within one day.
Contact Innovations Medical for Stem Cell Therapy
If you are experiencing hair loss, Innovations Medical is here for you. Our skilled professionals help you decide which stem cell therapy treatment is best for you – keeping you informed and confident in the next steps. We’ve been helping our patients look and feel their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.