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Hair Restoration

By Hanna Nilson


Did you know that more than half of men are affected by male pattern baldness by the age of 50! Furthermore, hair restoration treatments are estimated to be a $1 billion per year industry in the United States today.


If you find yourself loosing hair, no worries…you’re not alone! Hair restoration is a well established industry in the US today. It is estimated that 35 million men in the United States are affected by male pattern baldness. This is because hair loss can be caused by a number of factors other than inherited pattern baldness. Stress, bacterial infections, or self-induced hair loss are all common causes for hair loss.


For those of you who are looking to prevent or treat balding, it would be good to know that hair restoration has been in practice for hundreds of years. Today, there are several hair restoration alternatives such as natural hair restoration treatments, surgical hair restoration or hair grafting and even laser hair restoration. Any one of theses hair restoration procedures may work to different degrees. However, it’s up to you to do the research and to work with your hair restoration professional in order to find the best hair restoration option for you.


Given that each case is different, the first step to personalized hair restoration treatments is determining the cause for your hair loss. Your hair loss diagnosis may be subject to one of several tests. Most commonly, your hair analysis will be based on variations of a “Hair Pull” examination. For the success of your hair restoration procedure, about 25 to 50 hairs will be removed from the scalp in order to determine the presence of any abnormalities in the hair growth cycle. Abnormalities of hair a persons hair growth cycle is a relatively uncommon cause of hair loss. Unfortunately, for these cases, such abnormalities may occur at any age. Underlying causes of these abnormalities include thyroid hormone imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, side effects of certain drugs, anemia and other systemic illness, and psychological stress.


To assure which hair restoration treatments are best for you, the hair pull diagnostic procedure is used for virtually every patient suffering from hair loss. For a normal and healthy scalp, only a few hairs would be removed with each pull. However, if more are removed than usual, this may indicate the possibility of an abnormality of hair growth cycling. After the hairs are removed they will be examined under a microscope to evaluate the condition of the hair follicles.


The same results may be determined by other similar hair restoration tests such as the Phototrichogram. In this case, hairs are clipped or shaved in an area of the scalp and repeated photographs will be taken over a period of 3 to 5 days to determine the pattern of hair growth. Also, the “Hair window” examination will consist of clipping or shaving hairs to evaluate hair growth patters over the next 3 to 30 days. Although intimidating, these procedures are a standard practice and relatively painless. They are also necessary for your hair restoration diagnosis.


In the end, don’t be shy about exploring hair restoration as a solution to your type of hair loss. Remember, preventing hair loss is much easier to deal with than hair restoration for baldness. So, if you notice any thinning hair, don’t hesitate to speak with a professional. You may find yourself saving money in the long run.


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