What is hair loss?

hair loss

It is very difficult to count the amount of hair we lost every day. In general we lose around 50 to 100 hairs a day. With almost hundred thousand hairs on our head, that small loss should not be a cause of distress. But if we are losing more hair than normal and a large amount of hair goes in the drain after washing our hair then we should consult with a doctor. He will identify the underlying reason of hair loss and suggest suitable treatment plans.

What causes hair loss?

During a consultation with your doctor or dermatologist, he will try to figure out the basic reason of your hair loss. The most common reason of hair loss is genetic pattern baldness. In some cases, major illnesses, surgeries, or traumatic events can also contribute to hair loss. 

Certain medical conditions can also become the reason for hair loss in both male and female, these conditions might be thyroid problems, alopecia areata (disease that attacks the hair follicles) and some kind of infections. 

Hair loss can also be a cause of certain medications that are used to cure the following:

  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure 
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • heart problems

How is hair loss diagnosed?

Hair loss often lay down an underlying health problem. Your doctor or dermatologist will primarily establish the exact cause of your hair loss by the help of physical investigation and your health history. In some cases, diffident dietary changes can help to halt the hair loss process and in some cases your doctor may possibly change your prescribed medications in order to avoid hair loss.

If your dermatologist considers that you have an autoimmune or skin disease, then he might suggest a biopsy of the skin on your scalp. This will be done by cautiously taking out a small slice of skin for laboratory testing. 

Treatment options for hair loss:


Medications will possibly be the first option of treating hair loss. These medications in general consist of some topical creams and gels that you apply directly on to your scalp. Sometimes prescribed medicines can also use to treat hair loss. Your doctor will prescribe the oral medication for male pattern baldness. These medications will be helpful to slow down the hair loss process. 

Medical Procedures

Sometimes, medications are not sufficient enough to halt hair loss. Therefore, some surgical procedures can be used to treat hair loss. 

Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair transplant is a surgical technique that takes out healthy hair follicles from one part of the body, known as the ‘donor site’, to a bald part of the body known as the ‘recipient site’. In this procedure hair are moved from a healthy growth area to the area where hair growth has been stopped. Hair transplant can improve the looks and self-confidence in a person who is bald. This procedure cannot create new hair. It can only move the healthy hair you already have to the areas that are bald.

Mostly hair loss is on the front or top of the scalp. But you may have thick hair on the back or sides of the scalp to have enough hair follicles to move.

If you plan to have a hair transplant surgery, you should be in a good health. You must discuss your medical history, current medications you take, and other medical conditions before opting for this procedure.

This surgery is appropriate for the people who are facing inherited baldness, as they typically lose hair from the top of the head. 

Scalp Reduction

Scalp reduction surgery is a type of procedure that can be used in both men and women to treat hair loss, especially from the top of the scalp. This technique involves moving skin on your scalp that has handsome amount of hair to cover bald areas. For instance, skin from the sides of your head might be taken out and stitched together on the top of your head which is bald.

Tissue expansion

Tissue Expansion is a procedure accomplished to stimulate the growth of healthy supplementary skin used as a replacement of impaired skin. This reconstructive procedure can be used on almost any area of the body, allowing surgeons to repair damaged skin. 

Tissue expansion is a procedure that can also be used to cover bald areas on your scalp. It mostly requires two types of surgeries. In the first phase of the surgery, the surgeon places a tissue expander under a part of your scalp that has healthy hair and is next to the bald area. After some weeks, the tissue expander stretches out the part of your scalp that has healthy hair.

In the second phase of the procedure, the surgeon will take out the expander and pulls the expanded area of scalp with hair to cover the bald spot.

Homes remedies to treat male baldness

There may possibly be various reasons of hair loss that includes unhealthy diet, mineral deficiency, certain medications, stress, and inheritances. Home remedies have been very helpful in treating male baldness and strengthening the hair over the years. Here are some home remedies that can be very helpful in stimulating hair growth:

  1. Massage: Massaging the scalp with any hair oil is very helpful and has been proven to restore hair growth.
  2. Aloe Vera gel: Aloe Vera has been very useful in treating hair loss problem.
  3. Coconut oil: Coconut oil consists of fatty acids that penetrate inside the hair shaft and decrease protein loss from hair.
  4. Fish oil: Fish Oil is filled with omega-3 fatty acids that are helpful to strengthen your hair from the inside, as they are naturally packed with nutrients and proteins.
  5. Onion juice: Onion juice has been successfully treating patchy alopecia by supporting hair growth.
  6. Rosemary oil: Rosemary oil stimulates the new hair growth and also used to treat androgenetic alopecia.
  7. Geranium oil: Geranium oil is very constructive in promoting hair growth and increasing blood circulation.

Lemon: Lemon juice or oil can help you to maintain a healthy scalp and boost hair growth.

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