Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow:
When to & when not to worry about Hair Loss.
I recently came across a movie ‘Bala’ in which the protagonist is a young proud man who starts losing hair prematurely and goes through various anecdotal adventures including mythical solutions, makeshift solutions and finally acceptance.
Although the movie to me was a socially accurate interpretation of what happens with typical patients of premature hair loss, right from loss of confidence to outright fear. I believe it did not adequately cover what a good dermatologist can do to help you reduce and prevent hair loss.
So here are a few pointers that cover what are the types of hair loss and what all can be done to prevent the same.
So what exactly qualifies to be ‘Hair Loss’?
Hair grows everywhere on the human skin except on the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet, but many hairs are so fine they’re virtually invisible. The average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and loses up to 100 of them a day; finding a few stray hairs on your hairbrush is not necessarily cause for alarm.
Each follicle of hair has its own life cycle that divided into three phases:
At any given time, about 90% of the hair on a person’s scalp is in growing phase and hence hair that falls is limited in quantity and does not qualify to be called ‘hair loss’
But the life cycle of a follicle can be influenced by age, disease, and a wide variety of other factors. This often causes more hair to be in resting or falling phase and hence we see increased fall of hair which is then called ‘hair loss’
Are there different ‘types’ of hair loss?
Absolutely. And the reasons for them can vary as much as their seriousness and their treatment. So it is always advisable that in case you suspect you are losing more than normal hair loss, first seek out the help of a good dermatologist who can help you understand exactly what ‘type’ of hair loss you are experiencing and hence also decide on an appropriate line of treatment.
So what are the known effective treatments?
As you have read, there are various reasons for hair loss and hence the treatments can be a combination of the below:
Also now there is a host of non-surgical therapies like:
Please remember, hair fall is natural and normal and unless it affects your work or societal presence taking drastic steps is not a recommendation that I make.
Back to our protagonist in the movie ‘Bala’, I believe that he found the one true resolution for his problem – ‘acceptance’. Along with it, he found peace of mind and a happy life.
We at INURSKN remain true to our motto of helping our patients become ‘comfortable in their skin’ and always endeavour for the least amount of external intervention.
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This article is one in a series of articles on skin conditions by Dr. Sejal Saheta – MD, DNB – Dermatology and Venereology. The objective of this series is to educate the reader and help them take precautions against various skin conditions they come across on an everyday basis. These articles are not meant to be used by patients for self-diagnosis or for avoiding proper medical treatment. The images used in the above blogs are just for the visual representation of the treatment results may vary from patient to patient