Stages of Hair Loss | The Hair, Skin & Wellness Clinic

Hair Loss at The Hair, Skin & Wellness Clinic

At The Hair, Skin & Wellness Clinic our primary focus is to help restore and maintain healthy hair for the many years to come. We understand the effects that hair loss has on an individual. Whether an individual is at the early or later stages of hair loss, our experts can assure you that there are many options available to restore and further prevent hair loss from occurring.

Our Philosophy

Every individuals situation is unique but goal is no different. We want to succeed in restoring hair to look it's fullest and to stop hair loss from further progressing. You might be at the early stages of hair loss and a hair transplant might not be required. We have a list of non-surgical treatments in place to help combat early signs of hair loss, restore thinning hair and maintain healthy looking hair, once restored.

For others it may be the case that a hair transplant surgery is required depending on the particular case but it is not the one stop answer to your hair loss. We have no doubt that hair transplant surgery will help you dramatically improve your hair loss situation but a regime has to be followed to prevent hair loss from continuing further.

 What Stage Are You?

As people age, it is quite normal to experience a certain amount of shedding and/or thinning of the hair. However, in the case of Androgenetic Alopecia (which affects more than 50% of men), this shedding and thinning will be a lot more pronounced. It typically starts between 20 and 30 years of age, and worsens as it moves through seven gradual stages.

Thinning of the hair starts in the area around the temples or the crown of the head. A receding hairline results in the temples becoming larger with time. At this stage, a line of healthy hair separates it from the thinning crown, which slowly increases in size as the hair density decreases. Eventually the remaining healthy hair will also thin out until finally disappearing altogether, leaving you with the typical appearance of baldness.

The male hormone testosterone plays a significant role in hair loss by disrupting and effectively altering the normal cycle of hair growth, and also hair regrowth. The result is thinner, shorter (miniaturized) hair. As the condition progresses, this miniaturization of the hairs leads to growth stopping entirely, causing pattern baldness.

Early Stages

Now that we have a better understanding of what causes baldness or as most people refer to it, hair loss, is there anything we can do to prevent it? 

Fortunately with the advancement of medical research and treatments, there are approved methods to treat and even cure hair loss. There are FDA approved non-surgical treatments, offering effective treatment for Androgenetic Alopecia. Certain hair loss medication is used to treat hair loss only in men, slowing further hair loss from occurring, and improving the appearance of hair growth up to 30%.

Should your hair loss (Androgenetic Alopecia) be detected at an early stage, non-surgical treatments will most likely be suggested. These include:

1. Assess Your Hair Loss Situation

This might sound obvious, but in order to determine whether you are experiencing a receding hair line or thinning of the hair on the scalp, you need to keep a close eye on your personal hair loss situation. Prevention is always better that cure – by monitoring your scalp and hair continuously you will be able to notice any changes and an early stage. Early action might be able to help you prevent further hair loss, by simply taking medication or changing your diet. Which brings us to the next point…

2. Watch Your Diet

A healthy diet is not only essential for your overall health, but can also greatly assist in the prevention of further hair loss. Your hair, scalp and hair follicles require certain vitamins and minerals to promote healthy hair growth. A poor diet can result in early hair loss, speeding up the onset of Alopecia. The three main vitamins and minerals you should include in your diet to maintain and promote healthy hair growth are protein, iron and Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. Read more about how your diet can help prevent hair loss.

3. Medication and Topical Treatments

The two biggest players in preventing hair loss  and promoting hair growth are as follows:

  • Hair Loss Medication is the kingpin in hair loss therapy as it reduces the levels of the hormone that shrink hair follicles. It works best in men whose hair is starting to thin and for pre/post hair transplant surgery. In addition to stalling the process, about one-third of men on these medications will see some hair regrowth. A hair restoration specialist can prescribe an FDA approved prescription medication for combating hair loss, and this can be done in combination with surgical and other non-surgical hair loss treatments.
  • Minoxidil based topical treatments such as Regaine, when applied directly to the scalp, also helps slow hair loss and promote growth. Topical treatments containing minoxidil can be purchased over the counter from most pharmacies.

4. Strengthen Your Hair

  • LaserCap Therapy: The LaserCap® LCPRO™ and LaserCap® LCElite™ are medical devices that use Low Level Light Therapy to promote hair growth.
  • Mesotherapy - PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)Entails growth factor injections into the scalp. This can be done as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with both FUE and FUT/S techniques.

Advanced Stages

Should hair loss be at a more advanced stage, there are still a number of non-surgical procedures to restore or create the illusion of a fuller head of hair.

1. SMP and Custom Hair Systems

  • Scalp Micro-Pigmentation: SMP (Scalp Micro-Pigmentation) involves placing color pigments on the scalp (similar to a very superficial tattoo dot), that minimizes the reflection of light from the scalp and creates the illusion of hair density.
  • CNC - CRL Medical Hair Systems: A CRL Medical Hair System can be used to add hair volume in cases where hair transplant surgery options are limited or not possible. Read more about this hair replacement system and what it can do for you.

2. Hair Transplant Surgery

Lastly a surgical solution might be the best option to cure your baldness. This procedure is minimally invasive with a relatively quick recovery period, and has helped many individuals to cure hair loss and regain their self-confidence. Click below to find out more about surgical solutions at The Hair, Skin & Wellness Clinic.