Reversible Forms of Hair Loss

Reversible Forms of Hair Loss

Hair loss is always disturbing. It affects your appearance and self confidence. Grey hair may be taken as a sigh of stress but a bald head is always attributed to age. Hair loss makes you look aged and adds an unwilling taste to your appearance. Employers do not want to see a bald spokesperson or a bald individual marketing their products. Would it not affect your chances to excel in your professional life? Of course, it would! You must not sit and see your hair falling strands after strands. You know when it comes to the treatment of hair loss, earlier is better!

But before you move on to treating hair loss, it is important to determine the cause and type of hair loss. Because without knowing the underlying cause it is almost impossible to find out the right treatment. Hair loss is broadly divided into two categories:

  1. Temporary or reversible hair loss
  2. Permanent or irreversible hair loss

Temporary hair loss

In case of temporary or reversible hair loss removal of the cause of hair loss or just waiting to let your hair grow again, is sufficient. This type of hair loss occurs due to stress, trauma to your body or a medical condition. It may be a seasonal shedding. This type of hair loss does not affect hair follicles so, hair appear again from the follicles.

Permanent hair loss

This type hair loss occurs when an underlying cause imparts the ability of hair follicles to grow hair. It occurs in case of pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss that is easily seen in men and women. In case of permanent hair loss, hair follicles become miniaturized and thus their ability to grow hair again is affected.

Different types of reversible hair loss:

Temporary or reversible hair loss is off different types, based on the underlying cause. Listed below are 4 most common reversible forms of hair loss:

  1. Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium is among the most common types of reversible hair loss. This type of hair loss generally occurs after a person has undergone a shock or some physical or emotional trauma. Women mostly suffer from Telogen effluvium during pregnancy. Crash diet also causes hair follicles to shift from growing phase to resting phase, thus triggering hair loss. Similarly emotional stress like break up or death of some closed one or extreme stress on job, can also trigger hair loss. The best thing about this type of hair loss is that it generally happens to be reversible, and after some time the hairs automatically grow back. However, if your hair does not come back in six months, see some trichologist.

  1. Alopecia Areata

It is a type of autoimmune disorder in which the immune system of a person starts attacking his/her hair follicles, resulting in sudden hair loss. While Telogen effluvium causes diffused hair loss, in case of alopecia areata hair loss occurs in patches. It is also considered reversible form of hair loss, as most of the patients regrow hair without any additional treatment. In patients who fail to regrow hair at their own, steroid shorts may be needed.

  1. Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a psychological compulsive disorder in which the sufferer pulls his her hair. This weakens the hair follicles causing them to ultimately fall out. The hairs usually grow back after the person stops tugging his/her hair. Some patients need psychological counseling to learn different ways to cope up with stress and anxiety rather than pulling their hairs.

  1. Tinea Capitis

It is a type of fungal hair loss. Tinea capitis is a type of ringworm that attacks the hair follicles on the scalp, causing the affected hairs to fall off. This type of hair loss results in small, round, bald patches on the scalp. This type of hair loss generally occurs in children before the age of puberty and addressing the underlying cause of infection usually solves the problem. Typically, some antifungal application is prescribed to treat fungal infection. Once the infection has cleared, hairs automatically start growing back.

Hair loss due to medication:

Hair loss due to medicines is also sometimes temporary. In such a case hair loss expert would examine the reasons of hair fall and may suggest treatment for the underlying cause. For example, proper stress management or supplements for iron deficiency will treat stress and iron deficiency, respectively, and the hair loss would stop.

Consult your hair loss expert the first time you realize that your braid or pony is thinning. Pending your visit or just seeing your hair fall would not do any good to your hair except your hair thinning would become severe and eventually your hair would take more time to restore their previous volume. The hair loss expert will examine your hair fall, may ask you to get your blood sample checked to find out any deficiencies and will recommend you treatment. The type of treatment will definitely depend upon the type of hair loss or the cause of the hair loss.

While temporary hair loss can be effectively treated with medications and lifestyle changes, permanent hair loss generally requires a hair transplant surgery. To know more about permanent hair loss and hair transplant surgery, fill the free online consultation form below.


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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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