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About Hair Loss

Causes of Hair Loss

 Over 40 million men suffer from hair loss, 40% of men have noticeable hair loss by age 35 and 65% by age 60.

For many men, hair loss is inevitable.  It is a hereditary condition that increases with age. These genes may be passed from either the maternal or paternal side.

Approximately 21 million women suffer from hair loss, 40% of women have noticeable hair loss by age 40.

The reasons for hair loss in women often have to do with heredity.  Other reasons include hormonal changes, stress, illness, and poor nutrition.

Frequent shampooing, the wearing of hats, and poor circulation are not the cause of hair loss.  Androgentic alopecia, or pattern baldness, is the leading cause of hair loss in men and women.  In this condition, hormones combined with a hereditary predisposition produce thinning hair and pattern baldness.  Less common causes of hair loss include high fever, severe infection, diet, certain medications, birth control pills, thyroid disease, childbirth, and cancer treatments.  During the consultation, the cause of your hair loss will be evaluated, followed by a discussion of available of treatment options.

Male pattern baldness usually begins with a receding hairline and thinning at the crown, and continues to progress over a lifetime.  Female pattern baldness usually consists of thinning across the top of the scalp with preservation of the frontal hairline.  Although the ultimate degree of baldness cannot be accurately predicted, the age of onset and the family history are important factors.

Restoring Lost Hair

Topical and oral medications may benefit some people with early to moderate hair loss and may also be combined with follicular-unit micrografting.  The use of medications to stop or slow down the hair loss process can be discussed during your consultation.  Hair pieces, wigs, or weaves are difficult to maintain, and may present an unnatural appearance.  While these solutions are acceptable for some people, hair transplantation using follicular-unit micrgrafts can provide a more natural look permanently.

Follicular-unit micrografting is a procedure during which literally thousands of follicles are redistributed into the thinning or balding areas.  Each micrograft contains a single “Follicular-unit” consisting of one to three (or rarely four) hair follicles.  Follicular-unit grafts are then carefully implanted into the bald or thinning “recipient” areas.  Meticulous artistic and technical skill is required to design an appropriate hairline, as well as ensure the appropriate angle, orientation and position of each transplanted hair.  Follicular-unit micrografting creates a result that defies detection and is never, ever “pluggy.”

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Chevy Chase, MD Office

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5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 818, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Stafford, VA Office

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2071 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA 22554