Hair follicles are created before birth and remain constant throughout life. There are about 100,000 – 150,000 scalp hair follicles at birth. But not all follicles become active at the same time, and some lose the ability to produce hair over time.
— Dr. Mark Anton, Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
Active follicles have a normal life cycle that includes a growth phase, followed by a transitional phase, and then a resting phase. In fact, hair grows one centimeter a month! And, not all hair follicles are active at the same time.
The life cycle of hair follicles can be as long as seven years or as short as two years. The cycle ends when the hair is shed. Hair is a symbol of strength and virility in men, and in women it is a symbol of attractiveness, femininity, youth and sexuality. Both men and women feel self-conscious, helpless, and anxious about their hair loss. Hair loss makes you look older than you really are.
Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. There are many types of hair loss caused by a variety of conditions from autoimmune diseases to the use of certain medications.
Temporary hair loss can result after giving birth or from severe stress. Hair loss may be reversible or reverse on its own. Permanent hair loss is commonly caused by androgenetic alopecia or hereditary hair loss affecting men and women. Everyone loses 50 – 100 scalp hairs each day. Usually those hairs grow back.
Changes in hair color and thickness are some of the most obvious signs of aging.
As we age, the rate of hair growth slows down and the hair follicles age too. Some hair loss is expected with aging because the hair is shed faster than it grows back. Once thick, healthy hairs fall out and are replaced by thinner, less pigmented hair, as the follicles wear out.
Androgenetic alopecia is inherited hair loss caused by a genetic predisposition to hormones that damage the hair follicles. Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss and shows as a receding hairline from the forehead in an M pattern. Women usually retain their hairline, but have a broadening of their central part, and overall thinning.
When you notice your hairbrush filling with hair, your hair is thinning or bald spots begin to appear, it is important to get a diagnosis from an expert.
Getting the right diagnosis can help you keep the hair you have or relieve your distress. With the right treatment will return to its former glory. Whether the diagnosis is temporary or permanent hair loss, Drs. Mark Anton and Peter Ebizadeh have solutions that can restore your hair and your self-esteem.
Get a private and personalized consultation with Dr. Anton in his beautiful practice in Newport Beach, CA.
20331 Irvine Avenue Suite E6, Newport Beach, CA 92660