Ottawa Hair Loss Clinic | HAIR LOSS CONDITIONS
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Androgenic Alopecia

 

This is a form of hair loss that is often referred to as the male pattern hair loss or the male pattern baldness. This form of hair loss, which affects women as well as men, is very common. It is an inherited condition and is triggered by androgens (male hormones). The scalp gradually becomes more visible, as hairs become finer and scalp gradually becomes more visible. The hair becomes finer and do not grow as long as they used to. Treatment can effectively slow down the rate of hair loss if the condition is treated early.

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Female/Male Pattern Hair Loss

 

This is often referred to as the “Male Pattern Hair Loss (Baldness)” and “Female Pattern Hair Loss (Baldness)”. It is the most common type of hair loss affecting men and women. It is caused by a number of genetic and hormonal factors. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the main hormone responsible for Androgenetic Alopecia for genetically susceptible individuals.

 

DHT causes hair loss by inducing a change in the hair follicles. The hair produced by the follicles affected by DHT becomes progressively smaller until eventually the follicles shrink completely and stop producing hair entirely. The male pattern hair loss is the temporal or frontal recession (vertex and crown) while the female pattern hair loss diffuse reduction in hair volume over mid-frontal scalp (anterior hair line).

Post-menopausal hair loss

 

Women in post-menopausal phase can suffer a similar form of loss of hair as men known as female pattern baldness but it is usually slower than in men and less extensive.

Telogen Effluvium

 

A hair loss that occurs due to stress that causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into resting state. Telogen effluvium can be acute or chronic as many as 70% of the scalp hairs are then shed in large numbers about 2 months after the “shock”. But Telogen effluvium is a reversible condition.

Iron Deficiency Hair Loss

 

This is caused when the body lacks enough iron to produce hemoglobin in the blood. Hemoglobin is the ingredient that carries oxygen for the growth and repair of all body cells including the cells that make up hair follicles.

Alopecia Areata
(Hair Loss in Patches)

 

This is a hair loss problem that is common to autoimmune conditions; it causes hair loss on the scalp. It is often associated with stress. The symptoms are a sudden increase in hair fall, patches of baldness which are smooth to touch and which may be singular or multiple in numbers with short broken hairs around the patches.

 

 

Although this disorder can be very alarming, the patches rarely spread to total hair loss (alopecia totalis) and treatment for this problem can be very effective. Treatments are available which speed up the rate at which the new hair grows back. But perhaps the most effective form of treatment is the use of ultra-violet light therapy.

Postpartum Alopecia
(Loss of hair after childbirth)

 

Approximately 40% of all women experience hair loss after giving birth. This is due to a delay in normal shedding during pregnancy. The hair becomes thicker during pregnancy and excessive shedding is noticed as the hair returns to its normal state afterwards.

 

Trauma Alopecia

 

Traumatic Hair Loss or Breakage (Trichotillomania) is a form of self-inflicted physical trauma and is a variant of obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is very common in children and they usually grow out of the habit. It is however a much more difficult habit to break in adults.

Scarring Alopecia

 

This often presents itself as an irregular area of shiny bald skin, which can be a darker or lighter colour than that surrounding it. There is absence of hair follicles and the skin can be atrophied, or even raised and thickened (keloid). A scar is formed when a wound heals itself after deep tissue damage. The structure of scar tissue differs from normal skin and does not support normal hair growth. We have three main causes of scarring: chemical, infection and autoimmune disease.

 

At the Ottawa Hair Loss Clinic and Wellness center, we can and have treated all the mentioned hair loss conditions. We have a working mode of treatment and our teeming list of clients can testify to the efficacy of our treatments.