Explaining Alopecia

There are many types of alopecia and many causative factors behind it. Lisa Thomas, lead clinician at Hair Clinical explains all you need to know. read more

Written By Lisa Thomas

On October 21, 2019

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‘Alopecia’ is a broad term for hair loss of any kind.

There are many types of alopecia and many causative factors behind it.  Hair loss may be inherited, due to a hormonal imbalance, a mineral deficiency, dietary insufficiency or even stress.  Hair loss can (in some cases) be the first sign of an internal problem and an otherwise undiagnosed underlying illness.  

The type of alopecia which most commonly affects men and women is androgenetic alopecia.  This condition can start in males as early as age 17.  This is an inherited condition where puberty (and childbirth and/or menopause in females) is often the trigger.  Treatments are more effective if started as soon as possible.

You may have heard of other types of alopecia, such as alopecia areata, alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis.  These conditions can occur at any age and are considered to be an auto-immune problem.  They can be triggered by a number of reasons, the most common are viral or bacterial infections, stress or trauma to the skin.  The hair follicles are typically not destroyed with this type of alopecia and there is always the chance that the hair can grow back with the right environment and treatment.  

Scarring alopecia (or cicatricial alopecia) conditions are more difficult to treat.  These are associated with the destruction of the hair follicles.  Often they arise from a severe infection or trauma to the skin, or may be due to a systemic condition.  There are interventions we can make to slow or stop the condition worsening.  Where necessary we can refer you to specialists who can supply and fit integrated hair solutions or a full wig.    

We have options available to you for all of the above conditions – ranging from laser therapy (where appropriate) to hair loss stabilising solutions and specialist topical applications which will help the body produce thicker, healthy hair.  

We have supplements which support the hair follicle and the hair growth cycle and these are very useful in cases of androgenetic alopecia.  We also offer immune modulation therapy supplements which are designed to support the bodys immune system which are very helpful for cases of alopecia areata.  

Expert trichological advice is imperative in understanding and managing these conditions. Where required, we will also work closely with your doctor to help you to correct any underlying cause contributing to your hair loss.

Book your appointment today and let’s work together to help you love your hair again.

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