Many of us never like to lose our hair, no matter how it happens. We all know that having a few hairs fall out each day is a normal part of life in this human experience. But when the hair loss becomes aggravated and seems to show some baldness appearing, that is when we usually start to feel much different about ourselves – often in a negative way.
However, knowing that the baldness is happening can cause us to take action. We often will want to find out the cause so we can address possible solutions and treatments and keep up our appearance and self-confidence as much as we can. And yes, knowing the cause of the baldness can be important, because there are two common causes and they can involve different treatments.
Let’s take a deeper look into these two most common causes of baldness and discuss their differences.
Alopecia is a fancy word for hair loss, but this more specifically refers to a disorder that creates baldness that is not patterned or orderly – hair comes off in clumps in various parts of the scalp without much rhyme or reason. Essentially, your immune system turns on your hair follicles, shutting them down and causing hair to fall out with no new hair to grow in its place.
The hair loss is usually temporary, but if alopecia is not treated, flare-ups can recur periodically until eventually you cannot regrow any hair. There is no cure for alopecia, but there are medical treatments available to manage hair loss and restore the scalp to some measure of health.
Male Pattern Baldness
As the name suggests, male pattern baldness is, unlike alopecia, occurs in a … pattern. Male pattern baldness also is not due to a medical condition or disease, but it’s usually genetic and hereditary.
Male pattern baldness has a rhythm to it. – First the hairline recedes t, then hair at the crown of the scalp falls out and finally a horseshoe pattern of hair forms around the head. It is much more common than alopecia, and it Is something that is permanent. The hair loss also does not come and go in stages like alopecia does.
Male pattern baldness can’t really be cured (yet) since it is a genetic issue, but there are a variety of different treatments that can help – including several hair-replacement procedures, like follicular unit extraction (F.U.E.) RESTORE’s state-of-the art F.U.E. technology uses highly specialized equipment to safely and comfortably remove hair follicles, one at a time, from the back of the head. Then, each hair follicle is implanted into your balding areas. Thanks to our expert artistry, the result is soft, natural and undetectable. After all, it’s your own hair, just transplanted from one spot to another.
Knowing the actual cause of your baldness can help you address it in an effective way so you don’t allow it to adversely impact your life. Alopecia and male-pattern baldness come from different places and they do not have to end with the same result. Any baldness you see should be checked by a medical professional first, and then you can consider your options and get a professional opinion about all of the options available so you can make an informed choice about the best way to attack your baldness.