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Premature Hair Loss Los Angeles, CA

WHAT IS PREMATURE
HAIR LOSS?

Premature hair loss is a genetic condition that affects men and women of all ages. In order to understand this condition, one must first understand the basic makeup of hair and its growth cycle.

Hair is made up of a protein called keratin that is produced in hair follicles in the outer layer of skin. As follicles produce new hair cells, old cells are being pushed out through the surface of the skin at the rate of about six inches a year. The average adult has between 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair on their head and loses approximately 100 each day.

Each hair follicle has its own life cycle that is divided into 3 phases: anagen, catagen and telogen. The anagen phase lasts between 2–6 yrs, which is when the hair is actively growing on the head. The catagen phase lasts between 2-3 weeks, at which time the hair stops growing.

The final stage, called the telogen phase, lasts for about 2-3 months. At the end of this final “resting stage,” the hair falls out and the process starts all over again.

The life cycle of the hair follicle can be influenced by a number of factors including age, disease, circulation, stress, hormones, lifestyle, diet, drug use, genetics and cosmetic procedures (such as perms, dyes, bleach, straighteners, extensions and other hair treatments).

Anything that reduces the blood and nutrient flow to the hair follicle can cause damage, which can result in hair loss or thinning.

TYPES OF HAIR LOSS

There are several types of hair loss (also referred to as alopecia).

Telogen effluvium is temporary hair thinning when a large number of hairs enter the resting phase at the same time, causing hair shedding and subsequent thinning. This is a temporary condition, commonly witnessed in eyelash hair.

Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder in which a person pulls out one’s own hair due to stress or habit.

Alopecia universalis causes all body hair to fall out, including the eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair. It is believed to be the result of an autoimmune disorder and can happen at any age. Alopecia areata is sudden round and patchy hair loss, which may result in complete baldness (alopecia totalis). It is also believed to be associated with an autoimmune disorder, but in about 90% of people with the condition, the hair returns within a few years.

Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition that affects both men and women. In men, it is often called male pattern baldness and may begin as early as their teens. The primary characteristics of male pattern baldness are a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp. In women, this condition is called female pattern baldness and noticeable thinning usually doesn’t occur until their 40s or later. Women typically experience an overall thinning of hair on the entire scalp, with the most visible hair loss at the crown.

Involutional alopecia is the term for gradual thinning of hair due to age, when more follicles enter the resting phase, and the remaining hairs become shorter and fewer in number.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING
YOUR HAIR LOSS TREATMENT

While FUE does avoid the risks and trauma associated with surgery, it may require several procedure sessions. About 1500 grafts can be harvested and transplanted per day, so most people need 1 to 2 sessions for optimal effect. Ultimately the amount of grafts needed depends on the patient’s degree of hair loss and on how dense the donor hair is.

Transplanted follicles collected by the FUE system generally take between three and five months to grow new hair. The results are gradual, which makes the procedure seem less obvious than surgical methods. FUE transplants mimic the original pattern of hair growth leaving patients with natural looking results.

Patients opting for FUE hair transplants do not require systemic anesthesia. Dr. Rivkin uses small amounts of local anesthetic, making the procedure virtually painless and allowing the patient to remain awake during the entire process.

Recovery time for hair loss treatment patients is minimal and in most cases patients can return to work within a day or two after undergoing the FUE treatment.

The cost for FUE hair transplant treatment is similar to that of traditional surgery. The results are permanent. After the procedure, patients are instructed to keep the area clean, avoid the sun and use antibiotic ointment.

Dr. Rivkin will be happy to answer any questions you may have about FUE transplants. During your consultation Dr. Rivkin can determine whether you are an ideal candidate for this innovative non-surgical hair loss treatment. Contact Westside Aesthetics today to schedule your consultation.