Alopecia is a general clinical term that basically means hair loss. There are over 100 different types of alopecia that affect both men and women. Most forms of alopecia can be treated, but some forms cannot. Androgenic alopecia is by far the most common form of hair loss and is known as male and female pattern baldness. Androgenic alopecia is mostly caused by age and hormones and there are many different treatment options for this common condition. Most of the causes of diffuse thinning hair are due to androgenic alopecia, and sometimes, diffuse thinning hair transplant surgery is the best option to fight against hair loss.
Diffuse thinning is a term used to describe a general loss of hair throughout the entire scalp, instead of in concentrated areas, like the top of your head or along the hairline. This can sometimes give your entire head of hair a thin, see-through appearance. A diffuse thinning hair transplant surgery will sometimes be a bit different than a standard procedure because more of an area of your head will need transplanted hair follicles, among other reasons we will get into later.
Being able to identify diffuse thinning will help you be able to come up with a solution quicker, be it hair loss medication or even a diffuse thinning hair transplant. Frequently, diffuse thinning is the result of alopecia. However, it can also have other causes as well. Being able to identify those cases will be the first step in treating the condition.
Diffuse Thinning and Its Causes
Diffuse thinning of the hair can just be how androgenic alopecia has just decided to manifest for you. With no rhyme or reason, alopecia will cause many kinds of hair loss and not just the standard recession of the hairline or balding on the top of the head. Diffuse thinning can slowly develop over the course of several months or it can appear quite suddenly. Being aware of how the hair loss is developing will help you identify diffuse thinning early.
The most apparent sign of diffuse thinning is of course reduced hair density and an easily visible scalp. Generally, individuals with the thinnest hair will still be able to cover their head with hair so that the scalp is not seen. With diffuse thinning, the scalp will be visible for even people with normally thick hair. The appearance of the scalp will be even more pronounced when the hair is wet or under bright, downward-facing light.
It is normal for us to lose right around 50 to 100 hairs per day. This shedding of hair is a part of our hair’s natural growth cycle. For those suffering from diffuse thinning, you will start to lose hair much faster than normal on a daily basis. You will start to notice clumps of hair around your shower drain, in your hairbrush, and on your pillowcase and sheets.
Teloen Effluvium & Hair Loss
Although there are many different possible causes of diffuse thinning, the most common culprit is telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium develops in your system when large amounts of your hairs enter the telogen, or resting, phase of the hair growth cycle. Normally growing and healthy hair goes through a multi-phase growth cycle. In the anagen phase, the hair is growing healthily, and to its full potential over the course of around 2 to 6 years. The next phase of the cycle is called the catagen phase, which is when the hair actively stops growing. The last phase of the hair growth cycle is called the telogen phase. This is when the hair growth stops completely so that the hair is eventually replaced by strands of new, anagen hair, ready for growth.
A normal, healthy head of hair is in the anagen phase about 85 to 90 percent of the time, with the remaining hair in the telogen phase. Telogen effluvium is when a large percentage of your hairs, normally around 70% of all the hairs that are supposed to be in the anagen phase, prematurely enter the telogen phase and begin falling out. Most cases of telogen effluvium have to do with some kind of physiologic stress that has been put on the body, which can be brought on by a number of different reasons.
Severe fevers, infections, hormone changes, and traumatic events that bring on great deals of stress have all been known to cause telogen effluvium. (A, 1997). Thyroid conditions and nutritional deficiencies have also been known to trigger telogen effluvium in the system. In rare cases, iron deficiencies and syphilis have been known causes.
How to Treat Diffuse Thinning
The best way to treat diffuse thinning is by identifying the root cause of the issue. If the cause is telogen effluvium, then you also need to further identify what is causing the stress on your system that is causing the telogen effluvium. If you take the necessary steps to relieve that stress on your system, like changing certain medical conditions or treatment, adjusting your diet, reducing stress, or just recovering from an injury, then the issue will eventually clear up on its own.
As soon as the root cause of the diffuse thinning of the hair is addressed, you may want to look into a diffuse thinning hair transplant surgery. If the hair loss is not severe enough to warrant surgery, then some topical hair loss drugs may help, like minoxidil and finasteride. Even a low-level light therapy hair restoration device, used along with the hair loss drugs may even be enough to restore the thickness of your hair.
Diffuse Thinning Hair Transplant Surgery Information
There are two main types of hair transplant surgery, an FUE, and a FUT procedure. During a FUT hair transplant, your surgeon harvests a thin strip of hair-bearing tissue from a selected donor area. Then they dissect the individual hair follicles for transplantation. An FUE procedure is when just the individual hair follicles are extracted for transplant, instead of strips of tissue.
There are types of diffuse thinning hair where just the crown of the head is affected or other specific areas of the scalp. In these situations, an FUE hair transplant would be effective as a treatment option. This is because the doctor would be able to strongly identify a donor area that is not affected by the diffuse thinning. That ensures the transplanted hair follicles grow strong after the transplant. However, if the entire scalp is affected by the condition, then the surgeon would have difficulty deciding which hair follicles should be used as donor hair.
If the transplanted follicles were affected by telogen effluvium, then transplanting them to a different area of the scalp would do little to help them to enter the regrowth phase. In fact, the transplant would put undue stress on the already unhealthy hair follicles. Chances are it would die shortly after the procedure. If you get a FUT hair transplant, it would be difficult for the surgeon to ensure that the entire strip of donor hair is not affected by the telogen effluvium.
This is not to say that a diffuse thinning hair transplant surgery would not be effective. A skilled hair transplant surgeon can detect which follicles are healthy and which may be affected by diffuse thinning hair. Finding a skilled hair transplant specialist is vital to the success of a diffuse thinning hair transplant surgery.
Best Hair LA is Your Diffuse Hair Loss Specialist
Here at Best Hair LA, we make all forms of hair restoration our business. Our doctors and surgeons are well versed in what causes diffuse hair loss and all other forms of alopecia. We have treated diffuse hair loss before successfully with both surgical and non-surgical hair loss solutions. If you need hair transplant surgery, we’ll identify which method will be best for you. We will provide the results that you hope for.
Diffuse hair loss is one of the hardest hair loss conditions to treat. You need a specialist on your side that will take the time to understand your condition. One that will offer the solution that is best for you. A lot of other hair clinics will just throw you on the operating table, hooping to make a quick buck. Our hair loss specialist will sit down with you and discuss your hair restoration needs in detail. The only thing you have to lose is more hair, so call us today.
Diffuse Thinning Hair Transplant Surgery in Los Angeles
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- A, R. (1997). Telogen Effluvium. Karger Dermatology.