Hair loss is a quite common problem affecting both men and women. There are several types of hair loss, and each type has its own unique symptoms and presents its own different hair shedding patterns. At Hair Transplant Dubai Clinic we treat a wide range of hair loss conditions, with Androgenic Alopecia being at the top. We have a team of internationally recognized hair transplant surgeons who will not only identify the specific type of hair loss you may be suffering from, but will also help you treat the condition accordingly.
But before you see a doctor, it is important that you should also have some basic knowledge of different hair loss conditions and their cause. Here we have outlined most common types of hair loss:
Male Pattern Baldness:
Probably the most common type of hair loss in men is Androgenic Alopecia, aka Male Pattern Baldness. It is a genetic hair loss condition that affects adult men. Androgenic Alopecia in men is characterized by a receding hairline and/or gradual thinning of vertex. What differentiates male pattern baldness from other types of hair loss is that it affects only top of head, while hair on back and sides remain intact.
Female Pattern Hair Loss:
It is Androgenic Alopecia affecting women. It is also type of genetic hair loss that mostly affects women in their 30s and onwards. According to a survey, up to 40% of women suffer from female pattern hair loss at some stage in their lives. Unlike men, women do not experience complete baldness anywhere on the scalp; instead they suffer from generalized hair thinning all over the head. However, like male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness also usually affects the top of the scalp.
Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune condition in which the defense system of your body starts working against your hair follicles, causing them to shed hairs. While the exact cause of this dysfunction is not known, it has been strongly linked to physical and emotional shock/stress. The main identifying attribute of alopecia areata is that it causes hair loss in patches throughout the scalp.
Another quite common type of alopecia is traction alopecia which is caused by constant pulling or tension on the hair follicles. The most common cause of this type of hair loss is wearing tight hairstyles such as tight braids, ponytails, cornrows and dreadlocks. This type of hair loss is characterized by patchy hair loss, localized around the areas that experience maximum tension.
This type of hair loss is often caused by changes within body, mostly due to hormonal fluctuations. For example women mostly suffer from Telogen effluvium during and after pregnancy. Several other medical conditions like hypo- or hyperthyroidism, intense fever, major surgery etc. can also trigger this type of hair loss. Hormonal fluctuations cause more hair follicles than usual to undergo resting phase, ultimately causing hair shedding. Periods of physical and emotional stress can also trigger Telogen effluvium. Hair loss from this condition can be identified by generalized hair thinning over the entire scalp.
These are some most common types of hair loss; however, it is your doctor’s job to determine which balding type you are suffering from.
If you doubt you are suffering from any of these aforementioned hair loss types, pay us a visit or book a free online consultation and let our experts guide you. To book an online appointment, fill the form below.