Coping with hair loss
It takes time after pregnancy for hormone levels to return to normal, so it’s not at all uncommon for post-partum moms to notice thinning hair or even patches of baldness. This often occurs about three months after babys arrival. Don’t worry as the rest of your body recovers, so will your hair follicles. The hair loss is only temporary your hair will grow back. Hair Loss Due to Medications Hair loss is a side effect of a number of medications taken for common health problems.
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This triggers the progressive loss of hairs over the front part of the scalp (extending back from the hairline) and the crown. The best evidence is for the drug minoxidil – it comes as a lotion which is applied to the scalp It is a common condition, affecting up to 19 per cent of women, and usually occurs after the menopause, though it can be seen in younger women, and is thought to be triggered both by hormonal and genetic factors. The obvious thinning is due to a decrease in the larger type of hairs (known as terminal hairs) and an increase in the shorter, thinner type of hairs (villus hairs). Furthermore, the growing phase of the hair shortens from years to months, and it falls out prematurely. There are a number of other, less common, causes of hair loss. These include diseases that cause inflammation of the follicles or inherited abnormalities of the hair shafts themselves. A precise diagnosis is based upon history and appearance, and is the province of a dermatologist who has an interest in hair and scalp.
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Ask the doctor: Help, my daughter’s losing her hair at 38
Using a tiny tool, the hair at the donor site is extracted graft by graft as gently as possible to reduce the damage done to the follicles. The process usually takes around 4-6 hours, and requires great skill on behalf of the doctor to make it look natural. One of the benefits of FUE is that the transplanted hairs are usually immune to the effects of the hormone that causes male pattern baldness, as the hormone, which is called DHT, usually affects only some areas of the scalp. Since the hairs were picked from the unaffected zone of the scalp, regardless of their new location, the hormone is not likely to harm them again.
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