Hair Loss / Thinning

Have you tried various methods but still has hair loss or hair thinning problem?

Normal hair cycle varies among individual depending on age, genetic, nutrition, stress, environmental factors. Normal population shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. Hair thinning is only obvious when hair shedding is more than 100 a day or when hair shedding is more than hair grows.

Below are the common factors which cause hair thinning or hair loss:

  • Aging
  • Genetic factors
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Drug induced
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy to scalp
  • A trigger event such as physical or emotional stress
  • Poor nutrition

The commonest cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. It started at younger age and gradually progress in predictable patterns with a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women.

Hormonal changes in pregnancy, post delivery and menopause can cause temporary hair loss. Other hormonal changes in thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases can precipitate excessive hair loss.

Common medical conditions which precipitate hair loss include:

a) Alopecia areata, which is a non-scarring hair loss caused by the body's immune system attacking own hair follicles, resulting in sudden hair loss that leaves smooth bald patches on the scalp.

b) Scalp infections such as fungal infection, kerion, which can invade the hair and scalp, leading to scaly patches and hair loss. In this condition, hair can regrow once infections are settled.

c) Other skin disorders such as lichen planus, autoimmune skin disease, sarcoidosis can cause scarring alopecia which may result in permanent hair loss at the scarred areas.

Some medications which may induce hair loss include those used for chemotherapy, arthritis, depression, hypertension, and oral contraceptive pills.

Prolonged physical or emotional stress may precipitate general thinning of hair within several months. However, this type of hair loss is usually temporary. These include sudden or excessive weight loss, a high fever, post surgery, or a death in the family.

Hair Loss Treatment

Dr Ginny clinic is a one stop hair centre for various type of hair thinning and hair loss problem.

DR Ginny advocate stepwise treatment from non- invasive medical treatment to minimal invasive hair transplant treatment.

First of all the medical treatment of hair loss problem consists of supplement for hair grow and medicine to prevent hair loss.

To enhance the treatment efficacy, usually we combine the below treatments by stages.

b) Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
c) Hair Filler
d) Hair Stem Cell Treatment
e) Hair Implant
f) Hair Transplant
g) Wigs

Wigs is useful for people with extensive hair loss while waiting for the result of the serial treatments There are 2 main category of wigs, acrylic synthetic wigs and real hair wigs.

Acrylic synthetic wigs last for 6-9 months. They are easier to look after than wigs made of real hair because they do not need styling. However, acrylic wigs can be itchy and hot, and need to be replaced more often than wigs made from real hair.

Real hair wigs last for 3-4 years, but are more difficult to maintain than synthetic wigs because they may need to be styled by a hairdresser and also need to be professionally cleaned.

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