Does combing your hair or going for shampoo feel like a nightmare at the moment? Are you looking at more hair entwined in your fingers and the comb than on your scalp? Well, this is sign enough that you are suffering from some type of hair loss. You would need to understand your condition in detail before visiting an expert for hair loss treatment. In Agra, this treatment is performed at Saraswat Hospital by ABHRS (American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery) certified surgeons who offer face-to-face consultation before creating a customized plan for the patient. Today, let us check out the various kinds of hair loss and understand what you might be suffering from at the moment.
Basics of Hair Growth
To understand the type of hair loss you’re suffering from, you need to get the basics of hair growth right. Now, on an average, the scalp contains around 1,00,000 to 1,50,000 hairs. The usual cycle of a hair’s life lasts for almost 2 to 3 years, within which the hair is in their Anagen (Growth) – Catagen (Rest) – and Telogen (Shed) phase. This means, at any given point in time, around 90% of the hair on the scalp is in the growth phase, and 10% is in the resting phase. In 2 to 3 months, the resting hair is shed, and new hair growth starts happening in its place. You will lose around 100 to 150 strands every day, and that is absolutely normal. However, when you shed more than 150 strands, there is cause for concern, and you might be suffering from a form of Alopecia.
Types of Hair Loss
Now, the word ‘Alopecia’ literally means hair loss, and there are several kinds of Alopecia that you might be suffering from. Some of the most common forms of Alopecia and their causes are:
- Telogen Effluvium: This is when you experience temporary hair loss for quite some time after a stressful episode like severe illness, sudden weight loss, or childbirth. It happens due to the changes found in the typical growth and is a sign that a large number of hairs is at the resting phase at the same time instead of the usual 10%.
- Male & Female Pattern Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia): Now, if you are a man who is suffering from a receding hairline and no hair in the crown, you might be suffering from male pattern baldness. For women, this can be determined by thinning hair over the entire scalp with an ever-widening parting. Also known as Androgenetic Alopecia, this condition is caused due to genetic reasons where the follicles start producing shorter, thinner, and more brittle hair that have weaker shafts. The best treatment for this condition is hair transplant surgery.
- Patchy Hair Loss: Also known as Alopecia Areata, patchy hair loss is mostly seen in arms, facial hair, legs, and eyebrows and is often sudden in onset where the hair might grow back in a year. The one thing to note about this condition is that when hair grows back in one patch, it might fall out from another side. If you are facing a completely bald scalp, you might be suffering from Alopecia Totalis.
- Tinea Capitis: This type of hair loss typically affects school-age children and goes away at puberty as it is a fungal infection of the scalp. In this condition, the skin might become red and swollen with round and scaly areas consisting of pus-filled sores known as kerion. This is extremely rarely seen in adults, and since the infection can be cured with proper medical attention, the hair on the area grows back.
You might also suffer from hair loss due to the pressure on the hair because of sporting particular hairstyles that cause localized areas of hair loss. This is known as Traction Alopecia.
How Can the Experts at Saraswat Hospital Help You?
Saraswat Hospital is run by a team of ABHRS (American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery) and ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons) certified doctors that provide the best hair loss treatment in Agra. The surgeons have over 17 years of experience, and thus, are eligible to provide customized treatment plans based on patient requirements.
Dr Satya Kumar Saraswat is an MBBS with MS, M.Ch, and DNB (Plastic Surgery) degrees to his credit. As a member of several international boards, Dr Saraswat has left his mark in the plastic surgery sector. He is known to specialize in various kinds of hair restoration surgeries and has also presented his take on a modified FUT technique at the 24th World Congress of ISHRS.
Dr Preeti Saraswat is an MBBS with a PGDCC degree from the University of Greifswald, Germany. She is known for the scalp micropigmentation treatments that she has been rendering to her patients over the years. She is also a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM).
Conclusion: Once you have identified the type of hair loss you are suffering from, getting in touch with a professional would be easier than ever. The experts at Saraswat Hospital uses modern equipment and the latest technology to provide the best surgery to the patients at transparent rates without any downtime or side effects. For more information, contact the team right away.