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There are several options for people that are bothered by hair loss. Hair restoration products can be helpful for some people. Hair plug surgery can transfer hair follicles to affected areas for regrowth. Other options include wigs or hair weaves.
Hair transplantation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that relocates plugs of growing hair from one area of the scalp to another. Follicular hair transplants relocates individual hairs. Tattooing can make thinning hair on the scalp, eyebrows, or eyelashes appear thicker. Scalp rotation surgery is a cosmetic procedure that moves an area with good hair growth to an area with poor hair growth. In this process, the skin is stretched with implants prior to the surgery. The area without hair is surgically removed, and the area with growing hair replaces it.
Am I at Risk
Risk factors may increase your likelihood of developing hair loss, although some people that develop the condition do not have any risk factors. People with all of the risk factors may never develop hair loss; however, the chance of developing the condition increases with the more risk factors you have. You should tell your doctor about your risk factors and discuss your concerns.
Risk factors for hair loss:
_____ Men experience hair loss more frequently than women do.
_____ Hair loss is associated with aging.
_____ Caucasians experience the greatest incidence of hair loss. People that are Japanese or African American experience hair loss less frequently.
_____ Hair loss has a hereditary genetic component. If your close relatives experienced hair loss, your risk is higher.
_____ Temporary hair loss is a side effect of certain medications and treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy used to treat cancer.
_____ In females, hair loss is associated with hormone changes that occur during pregnancy and menopause.
_____ Hair loss can be caused by trauma, such as from burns or hair that was pulled out.
_____ Alopecia areata is a condition that causes hair loss on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard.
_____ Emotional stress is linked to hair loss.
_____ Severe illness and some medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders, can cause hair loss.
_____ Hair breakage can occur as a result of over-processing or over-blow drying hair.
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