Hair loss type

A normal adult hair usually has a 3 year life after which it is shed and a new hair grows from the root.At a given point of time about 2-3% of your hair are in the dying phase. Thus losing 50-100 hairs is considered normal. All these normally shedding hairs are regrown over a period of few months and then again go through the cycle of shedding once in 3 years.Actual quantity of the hair shed each day depends upon several factors, including the total number of full sized terminal hairs a person has, average duration of his or her hair growth cycle and the extent of physical activity that the hair is subjected to; such as vigorous shampooing etc.The number of damaged and broken hair shafts must also be considered; because these increase the apparent number of shed hairs. In fact many of the hairs that are suggested to be shed are in fact, broken hair shafts due to several reasons.

Androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss affecting both males and females.We now know that certain individuals are genetically susceptible to hair thinning caused by male hormones.The hormone binds to the root, causing hair thinning and eventually baldness in males, and loss of density in females.In 70% of patients hair loss is hereditary.This is how Androgenetic alopecia in males (or Male pattern Baldness looks like):

Alopecia Areata is specific type of hair loss which results in bald patches over the scalp, beard or body.In the commonest form, coin sized bald patches are formed on the scalp or beard. The skin feels smooth, however skin pores are visible. In the severe form, entire scalp, eyebrows, beard, moustache, body hair may be lost.Treatment ranges from creams to intralesional injections to immunosuppressants in the severe forms.
Diffuse Hair loss is sometimes referred to as Non patterned alopecia.It can hit both males and females.There is a gradual loss of density all over the scalp.Medical Treatment provides the cornerstone of therapy. In such cases Hair Transplant is the not the best solution.To see before after pictures, visit our Photo Gallery
Telogen Effluvium is a very common but often misdiagnosed cause of acute hair loss.In this condition, a person loses bunches of hair daily (200-500 hairs) and over a period of 3-4 months upto 30% of the hair may be lost.However, in the following 3-6 months almost all the lost hair are regained. The common triggers for telogen effluvium are Pregnancy, Typhoid, Malaria, Severe Stress, Seasonal Change etc. The problem is self-limited and full recovery happens in 3-6 months. To hasten the recovery vitamins are added to the diet and sometimes PRP therapy may be done (in Chronic Telogen Effluvium)
In scarring alopecia, patches of baldness are formed on the scalp.There is complete destruction of the hair roots and the damage is usually reversible.The main treatment is appropriate medication to limit further damage. The lost hair can only be restored by a good Hair Transplant procedure. The success of Hair Transplant in Scarring alopecia is 50-70% only.