What is Hair Loss?

Hair loss, medically termed as “alopecia”, usually refers to thinning of hair on your scalp.
Occasionally, hair loss may also occur in other areas of your body. Though anyone can experience hair loss and it generally occurs gradually with age in both men and women, it is typically more pronounced in men.

Statistical Facts

About 60% of the men in the Middle East are likely to experience hair loss in their lifetime, which is high compared to the global average of 40%.

Types of Hair Loss in Men

  • Androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness): It is the most common type of hair loss (accounting for more than 95%) in men. It is caused by genetic factors or family history and can commence at any age. The condition is characterized by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp.
  • Involutional alopecia: It is a natural condition in which the hair gradually thins with age as hair follicles go into the resting phase and become shorter and fewer in number.
  • Scarring alopecia: It is characterized by permanent loss of hair due to inflammatory skin conditions and other skin disorders.
  • Alopecia universalis: It is a condition wherein hair loss occurs from the scalp and other body areas such as eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic region.

Causes of Hair Loss in Men

There are many causes of hair loss. They include but may not be limited to the following:

  • Heredity (genetics): This is the most common cause of hair loss. The condition is triggered by the genes inherited from your parents and it does tend to run in families.
  • Stress or shock: Pressure at work or at home and/or severe physical or emotional shock may result in noticeable hair loss which is normally temporary in nature.
  • Hormonal changes: When the body converts the male hormone ‘testosterone’ to the less useful dihydrotestosterone (DHT), hair follicles may shrink leading to hair loss.
  • Medical issues: Diseases like anemia, fever or medications prescribed for medical conditions such as cancer, high BP, arthritis, etc., may cause hair loss.
  • Surgery or Illness: Hair loss may be experienced while recovering after major surgery or a serious illness that causes sudden or excessive weight loss.
  • Poor Diet: A diet low in protein and iron or a severely calorie-restricted diet can cause hair thinning.
  • Cosmetic procedures: Aggressive chemical treatments such as perms, straightening, excessive bleaching, and dyeing can make hair weak and brittle and contribute to hair thinning.

Treatment/Solutions for Hair Loss in Men

As you age, preventing your hair from falling may not be easy. However, hair loss can be treated with various non-surgical or surgical procedures such as below:

  • Medications: Oral medications (mostly pills) or OTC drugs like topical creams or gels that can be applied to the scalp for a specific period can help grow hair and prevent hair loss.
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections: PRP is prepared from a small quantity of blood drawn from the patient and injected into the scalp to encourage hair growth. Hair loss may be slowed down or reversed with PRP injections if started early enough.
  • Regenera Activa Therapy: Regenera Activa is an advanced and innovative hair growth treatment that utilizes regenerative technology to prevent hair loss and cause healthy hair growth. Regenera Activa enhances on your own ability to yield healthy hair follicles by stimulating areas of your scalp that are affected by hair loss. The technology uses the benefit of regenerative activity of certain cells as well as the growth factors extracted from your healthy scalp cells.
  • Mesotherapy: Mesotherapy is a non-surgical therapy employed for several cosmetic conditions including hair loss in men and women. It involves the administration of multiple injections into the scalp to stimulate and promote hair growth.
  • IV Infusion – HAIR FOR DAYS: Improve your hair & nails health with this tailored mix of ingredients such as biotin, selenium, B-complex vitamins and zinc. Biotin promotes the growth of new hair and reduces hair thinning. For best results, it’s recommended to take it as a 6 weeks course and after that a once monthly maintenance dose.
  • Growth Factor Therapy: With Growth factory therapy it is now possible to treat progressive weakening of the hair bulb, miniaturization of the hair and resulting hair loss. It is an innovative, effective and safe method, based on the use of stem cells derived from adipose tissue harvested from the patients themselves.

If conservative treatments do not provide the desired results, more invasive options include:

  • Hair transplants: Two of the most popular hair transplant procedures are:
  • Follicular unit transplantation (FUT): It is a method in which a portion of skin with abundant hair is removed from the back of your scalp. Follicles from the removed strip of skin are taken out and then reinserted into the part of the scalp where you are experiencing hair loss.
  • Follicular unit extraction (FUE): In this technique, the hair follicles are removed directly from your scalp and then transplanted to the bald parts of the scalp.

In addition to the above, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating a balanced diet or reducing stress may help slow down hair loss.

What is Hair Loss?

Hair loss, medically termed as “alopecia”, usually refers to thinning of hair on your scalp.
The hair loss may be sudden or a gradual thinning over time. Occasionally, hair loss may also occur in other areas of your body. Though anyone can experience hair loss and it generally occurs gradually with age, hair loss is less pronounced in women than men.

Statistical Facts

An estimated 40% of hair loss sufferers in the globe are women and by the time they reach 50 years, around half of all women will be dealing with some degree of pattern hair loss. By 60, hair loss may affect 80% of women.

Types of Hair Loss in Women

Women are known to suffer from different types of hair loss. Below are the common types usually seen among them:

  • Androgenetic alopecia (female-pattern baldness): Overall hair thinning on the scalp
  • Alopecia areata: Patchy hair loss that occurs suddenly on the scalp or body
  • Cicatricial alopecia: Irreversible hair loss due to scarring tissues
  • Traumatic alopecia: Break in the hair shaft caused by incorrect treatment of hair

Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Many factors may influence hair loss in women. They include but are not limited to:

  • Vitamin D deficiency: Lack of vitamin D due to inadequate exposure to sunlight could be a primary cause for hair loss among women.
  • Heredity (family history): A genetic predisposition to hair loss may run in your family.
  • Medical conditions: The most common conditions being pregnancy, thyroid disorders, anemia, and autoimmune diseases.
  • Hormonal imbalance: Disruption or change in the production of hormones due to conditions such as menopause.
  • Stress or shock to the body: This includes emotional stress like a death in the family or divorce and physical stress like major surgery, childbirth, serious illness or dramatic weight loss.
  • Diet issues: Poor diet that is lacking certain vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients or diet that is low in protein or iron.
  • Other factors: These include radiation or chemotherapy, kidney or liver failure, medication side effects, hairstyles like tight ponytails, braids or cornrows, and birth control pills.

Treatment/Solutions for Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss can be treated with several methods, both non-surgically and surgically. Below are some of the common procedures usually adopted to treat hair loss in women.

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) drug: These medications are usually in the form of topical creams, gels, or liquids. They can be applied directly to areas of the scalp that have thinning hair under the supervision of your doctor.
  • Hormonal replacement: The treatment focuses on supplying the hormone estrogen, which will support your decreasing levels of the hormone and promote hair growth.
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections: PRP is prepared from a small quantity of blood drawn from the patient and injected into the scalp to encourage hair growth. Hair loss may be slowed down or reversed with PRP injections.
  • Regenera Activa: Regenera Activa is an advanced and innovative hair growth treatment that utilizes regenerative technology to prevent hair loss and cause healthy hair growth. Regenera Activa enhances on your own ability to yield healthy hair follicles bystimulating areas of your scalp that are affected by hair loss. The technology uses the benefit of regenerative activity of certain cells as well as the growth factors extracted from your healthy scalp cells.
  • Mesotherapy: Mesotherapy is a non-surgical therapy employed for several cosmetic conditions including hair loss in men and women. It involves the admiistration of multiple injections into the scalp to stimulate and promote hair growth.
  • IV Infusion – HAIR FOR DAYS: Improve your hair & nails health with this tailored mix of ingredients such as biotin, selenium, B-complex vitamins and zinc. Biotin promotes the growth of new hair and reduces hair thinning. For best results, it’s recommended to take it as a 6 weeks course and after that a once monthly maintenance dose.
  • Growth Factor Therpay: With Growth Factor therapy it is now possible to treat progressive weakening of the hair bulb, miniaturization of the hair and resulting hair loss. It is an innovative, effective and safe method, based on the use of stem cells derived from adipose tissue harvested from the patients themselves

If the above conventional methods fail to provide the desired results, your doctor may recommend the below surgical procedures.

  • Hair transplant: The procedure involves surgically removing and relocating small, individual hair follicles from donor dominant site where density is superior, to parts of your scalp where it is thinning. Two of the most popular hair transplant procedures include:
  • Follicular unit transplantation (FUT): It is a method in which a portion of skin with abundant hair is removed from the back of your scalp. Follicles from the removed strip of skin are taken out and then reinserted into the part of the scalp where you are experiencing hair loss.
  • Follicular unit extraction (FUE): In this technique, the hair follicles are removed directly from your scalp and then transplanted to the bald parts of the scalp.

You may need to use one or a combination of treatments over a certain period of time for ideal results.

In addition to the above, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating a balanced diet or reducing stress may help slow down hair loss.