Dealing with the Embarrassment of Hair Loss and Thinning Hair

There are millions of people around the country who experience hair loss, whether they are young or old. For younger people in particular, hair loss and thinning hair can represent a shame that sees them withdraw from many social engagements. It may even make them feel incredibly anxious and possibly depressed.

How Hair Loss Happens

The truth is that hair loss mostly affects men, but many women also find that they have thinning hair. There are a number of reasons why a person would experience hair loss, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medication: There are a number of strong medications that could cause the thinning of hair and loss, but one of the most common medical causes of hair loss in both men and women of any age is through cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy. The incredibly powerful chemicals that are pumped through the body during this process often cause loss of hair.
  • Genetics: Alopecia is very common in men, usually resulting in the tell-tale male pattern baldness, but women can also inherit a gene that causes this loss of hair. For women in particular, the effects can be emotionally devastating as they try to come to terms with a condition that commonly affects men and is not as well accepted by the rest of society.
  • Stress: Quite common in women, the effect of stress and anxiety on the body can be quite drastic. In fact, many women report suffering higher than normal loss of hair and hair thinning during times of extreme personal stress, such as exams and long working hours.
  • Thyroid: Thyroid problems can cause a loss of hair as well. When the thyroid is not functioning correctly, it can cause serious hormonal imbalances in the body. This can lead to hair loss, among other symptoms.

The Social Cost of Balding and Hair Loss

Just imagine that you have a successful career, and you are committed to pursuing your goals. All of a sudden, whether through medical treatment, stress, or genetics, you begin to notice that large clumps of your hair are falling out. The social impact of this can be devastating for anyone.

One may feel that they are losing control of their own bodies, and that baldness is inevitable. This can make a person feel stressed, anxious, and even depressed. For those who are in public positions, the consequences of hair loss can even mean a serious threat to their employment!

Treating Hair Loss

While many people opt to simply shave their heads and accept that they are balding, this is not the solution for everyone. Whether due to their social status, their career, or personal preference, many men and women choose other ways of dealing with the hair loss they are currently experiencing.

Wigs and hairpieces have been around for as long as history has been recorded, and possibly even before then. In fact, at various times throughout human history in various cultures, the wearing of a hairpiece or wig was even considered a sign of wealth and social standing.

The good news is that there are hair transplant procedures that are very effective. Even belter is that a successful hair transplant process means that one can have a full head of hair without having to resort to using a hairpiece or a wig. It also means that real hair will be growing in those places on the scalp where there was once hair loss and thinning.

The Disadvantages of FUT

There have been a number of serious advances in hair transplant procedures. The FUT method has always been very popular, but it involves transplanting lines or strips of one’s own scalp to other parts of the head where there is thinning or baldness. There are a number of problems with this method, including:

  • Long recovery times as the wounds close and heal from the strip harvesting process.
  • The possibility of ugly scalp scarring that is linear in appearance and possibly visible to others.
  • Scalp stretching and tightness due to the pulling together of large areas of scar tissue.
  • The increased possibility of infection due to the larger area of tissue removal.

Though still popular as a quick method of fixing balding and thinning areas of the scalp, the FUE method has quickly been gaining ground as superior in a number of areas.

The Advantages of the FUE Method

The good news is that the FUE results for hair transplants compared to the FUT method is rather favourable. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of hair transplantation where smaller follicular units of healthy hair are harvested from the scalp and then transplanted to thinning or bald areas of the scalp.

The benefits of this process of hair transplantation are as follows:

  • Less scarring: It has recently been discovered that hair grows in small follicular units of a number of follicles rather than individually. Where the FUT method harvests long strips of hair from healthy areas of the scalp, the FUE method only harvests small units of healthy hair. This results in a lot less scarring, and scars that are also much smaller.
  • Recovery time: Due to the fact that the FUT procedures harvest much larger strips of scalp and hair, the recovery time after the procedure is significantly lengthened. The much smaller harvest sites used in FUE result in superior recovery times.
  • Pain: The tightness of the scalp due to the lengthy scars in the FUT method, and the much larger wounds can be very painful. The FUE method is performed over a number of sessions, and the wounds are much smaller. This results in far less scalp tightness and pain.
  • More natural: By harvesting smaller regions of healthy follicles and transplanting them to thinning or bald areas of the scalp, a much more natural look can be achieved more easily. This also means the hair can be cut and styled more easily and naturally as well.

More Confidence and a Healthy Head of Hair

While the advantage of both hair transplant methods is that one uses one’s own hair, the FUE method is superior in a number of important areas, including pain, recovery time, aesthetics, and scarring.