There was a time when balding was simply considered an inevitable side effect of the aging process. Premature baldness was an unfortunate circumstance, forcing one to look and feel old throughout most of adult life. With extensive scientific research, and technological advancements, this situation has changed. Today, there are number of options available at Axis Hair Salon and Day Spa to prevent and treat balding in Des Moines. We also have a much better understanding of the condition.
Balding is far from a simple effect of aging. In fact, many cases have little to do with age aside from the fact that balding is typically progressive, meaning it worsens over time. Hair follicles cycle through growth and rest phases. After the resting phase, the hair falls out and a new one begins growing.
It is normal to lose up to 100 hairs every day - that is about .01 percent of the hairs on a healthy scalp. Problems develop when the growth phase becomes shorter, or some follicles become inactive. This means smaller, thinner, hairs are produced less often, while you are shedding hair at an accelerated rate.
Some of the most common reasons this may occur include
- Androgenetic alopecia - This condition, believed to be hereditary, is commonly known as male or female pattern baldness. It results in a receding hairline, forming a distinctive pattern.
- Cicatricial alopecia - This is the result of inflammation and scarring in the hair follicles, preventing the formation of new hairs. It causes permanent hair loss in the afflicted region.
- Alopecia areata - This autoimmune disease is not yet fully understood. It generally results in frequent loss and regrowth of hair.
- Telogen effluvium - This condition causes a large number of follicles to end the growth cycle abruptly, following emotional or physical trauma. It may be temporary.
- Traction alopecia - This is the result of excessive pressure (pulling too tight when styling). It may be reversible if follicle scarring has not begun.
- Illness - Many medical conditions, including diabetes and lupus, can result in loss of hair.
Although there is technically no cure for baldness, there are therapies for halting the progression, and promoting regrowth including laser therapy, oral medication, and topical serums. If the condition is too advanced, or not responsive to these treatments, hair transplant surgery is a safe and effective option for most people.
The sooner treatment begins, the more effective it can be, and the faster results can be achieved. Come to Axis Hair Salon and Day Spa today, and see out trained hair restoration professionals.
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