Hair Loss, Alopecia and Baldness
Hair loss, Alopecia or baldness is a common issue for men and women at varying stages in life but more common towards the later stages.
The psychology of hair thinning is a complex issue. Hair is considered an essential part of overall identity: especially for women, for whom it often represents femininity and attractiveness. Hair thinning and baldness cause psychological stress due to their effect on appearance. Baldness can refer to general hair loss or male pattern hair loss.
Men typically associate a full head of hair with youth and vigor. Although there may be a pattern baldness in families, many are uncomfortable talking about the issue.
Hair thinning is therefore a sensitive issue for both sexes. For sufferers, it can represent a loss of control and feelings of isolation. In almost all cases of thinning and in cases of severe hair loss, it is recommended to seek advice from a specialist.
Hair follicle growth occurs in cycles. Each cycle consists of a long growing phase, a short transitional phase and a short resting phase. At the end of the resting phase, the hair falls out and a new hair starts growing in the follicle beginning the cycle again.
About 40 hairs reach the end of their resting phase each day and fall out. For clinical hair loss to occur more than 100 hairs fall out per day.
Instead of concealing hair loss, some may embrace it by shaving their head. A shaved head will grow stubble in the same manner and at the same rate as a shaved face. The general public has become accepting of the shaved head as well, though female baldness can be considered less socially acceptable in various parts of the world.
Loss of growth in the outer one third of the eyebrow is often associated with hypothyroidism. Artificial eyebrows are available to replace missing eyebrows or to cover patchy eyebrows. Eyebrow semi permanent makeup is another option which involves the use of a specialist needle system to add pigment to the eyebrows. The latest technique consist of super fine needles applying pigment to mimic individual hairs. By using varying pigment colours the overall look is very natural 3D look, perfect for those who are worried about an artificial look. Semi permanent make up lasts for two years.
Medical Micropigmentation offers treatments for Alopecia. Hair follicles are applied with needles to mimic individual follicles. Similar pigments to semi permanent make up pigments are used so treatments last for around 2 years. A top up is usually required around 18 months to keep the pigment looking fresh.
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