Hair loss is also known as alopecia or baldness. The severity of hair loss can vary from a small area to the entire body.
Symptoms of hair loss include hair loss in patches usually in circular patterns, dandruff, skin lesions, and scarring.
People have between 100,000 and 150,000 hairs on their head. The number of strands normally lost in a day varies but on average is 100.
In order to maintain a normal volume, hair must be replaced at the same rate at which it is lost. The first signs of hair thinning that people will often notice are more hairs than usual left in the hairbrush after brushing or in the basin after shampooing.
In male-pattern hair loss, loss and thinning begin at the temples and the crown and hair either thins out or falls out. Female-pattern hair loss occurs at the frontal and parietal.
There are 2 types of identification tests for female pattern baldness: the Ludwig Scale and the Savin Scale. Both track the progress of diffused thinning, which typically begins on the crown of the head behind the hairline, and becomes gradually more pronounced.
For male pattern baldness, the Hamilton–Norwood scale tracks the progress of a receding hairline and/or a thinning crown, through to a horseshoe-shaped ring of hair around the head and on to total baldness.
In almost all cases of thinning, and especially in cases of severe hair loss, it is recommended to seek advice from a doctor or dermatologist. Many types of thinning have an underlying genetic or health-related cause, which a qualified professional will be able to diagnose.
Read this post for more information on treating hair loss in Singapore.
Hair loss may not affect a person’s day-to-day physical functioning, but it can have an effect on self-esteem, especially for people who have public-facing jobs. From hair tonics to transplants and now micrografts, hair treatments available in Singapore do not just stop at topical treatments but also extend beneath the skin.
Regenera Activa is a micrograft-based hair loss treatment available in Singapore that is available for both men and women. It is an option for patients for whom hair transplants are unsuitable.
Dr Justin Boey responded to DoctorxDentist readers’ questions about how hair loss is diagnosed by doctors, hair loss in women with a receding hairline, as well as medically proven solutions available. Here are some key facts to note.