What is hair loss?

Hair loss, medically known as alopecia, refers to the loss of hair from the head or body. There are a number of common causes, due largely to hormones (testosterone), genes and growth factors.

The 5 different types of hair loss are:

  • Androgenic Alopecia (male pattern baldness – 95% of cases)
  • Alopecia Areata (spot baldness)
  • Alopecia Totalis (loss of all hair)
  • Hypotrychosis (abnormal hair pattern – small vellus hairs)
  • Hypertrychosis (terminal hair growth where vellus hair should be growing)

The 2 most common hair loss conditions – for which this treatment is used – are Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenic Alopecia) and Spot baldness (Alopecia Areata). These types of hair loss affect up to 70% of men and 40% of woman during their lifetime. Losing your hair involves shrinkage of the hair follicles, causing the hair growth cycle to stop working properly and be less effective. The new hair being produced become finer and finer until there is no hair left at all, making the follicles dormant. Hair growth is controlled by natural growth factors that our body produces.