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Understanding Hair Loss

Understanding Hair Loss

Have you ever showered or brushed your hair and noticed a lot of strands falling out - followed by panic setting in that you may be going bald? If so, you’re not alone. Going bald is one of many fears held by both men and women as they age. It’s hard to know how much hair loss is normal and when it means there could be a problem on the horizon without in-depth knowledge of the hair life cycle and the ins and outs of hair loss. Today we’re going to give you the scoop on what the hair cycle looks like and when you should be worried about hair loss.

The Hair Life Cycle

There are three basic stages to the hair life cycle: the anagen phase, the catagen phase and the telogen phase. Not all hair follicles go through the same phases at the same time, which is why it’s normal to always be losing a little hair. Let’s break the phases down.

Anagen Phase

The anagen phase is the growth phase. Hair grows about half an inch a month on average but grows a little faster in the summer and a little slower in the winter. This phase usually lasts three to five years.

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Stress Hurts, and Not Just Mentally

Stress Hurts, and Not Just Mentally

If you’ve ever found yourself in a stressful situation - and chances are you have at some point in your life - you may have noticed some surprising physical symptoms, such as sweaty palms or a sick feeling in your stomach. This is because stress doesn’t just affect us mentally or emotionally - it also affects us physically.

Acne and Skin Issues

It’s true, stress does trigger acne in some people. It can also trigger psoriasis and other skin issues.

Weight Fluctuations

There are several ways stress can interfere with weight gain, weight loss and appetite. Everyone is affected differently by stress, but one of the most common concerns with stress is fluctuation of weight caused by emotional responses like overeating or even overeating caused by an imbalance of the stress hormone cortisol.

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What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

Are you experiencing hair loss that begins at the temples or crown of your head? Is your hair line receding in an "M" shape? If so, you may be struggling with male pattern baldness.

Also known as androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss among men, and more than 50 percent of men over the age of 50 will be affected in some way by this hair-loss condition.

In most cases, the condition is genetic. In fact, research suggests that genetic factors are at least 80 percent to blame for the condition. It’s not just the maternal side that factors into play, either, even though that’s a common misconception. Because the condition is believed to be polygenetic, or involving more than one gene, it can come from either side of the family, and having immediate family members with baldness increases your risk by up to 50 percent.

Dr. Foster specializes in helping men get their youthfully full heads of hair back using a process called FUE, or follicular unit extraction, hair transplant. It’s currently the most modern and advanced technique when it comes to hair transplantation and involves extracting hair follicles from a donor site, typically the back of the neck, using a specialized instrument. The follicles are transplanted into the recipient area with the use of grafts to create a natural and realistic hair pattern. Once complete, the hair begins to grow in its new home.

To learn more about FUE hair transplants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Foster, call us today at 442-227-0827.

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AUG
15

What Our Hair, Skin and Nails Are Trying to Tell Us

What Our Hair, Skin and Nails Are Trying to Tell Us
Our bodies use our hair, nails and skin to give us clues about our overall health. Check out what each of these signs could mean and how you can help identify when there is a problem. What Your Hair Says About Your Health A thick, shiny and soft head of hair is coveted by many because it's not only a sign of beauty, but also an underlying sign of h...
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JUL
19

Can Stress Cause Hair Loss?

Can Stress Cause Hair Loss?
​ Americans are stressed. In fact, one Gallup poll determined that eight out of 10 Americans report feeling frequently or sometimes stressed in their daily lives. The two biggest contributors to high stress levels, according to participants in the study, were work and children. So, does stress cause hair loss? Science says yes! In fact there are th...
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MAY
24

What to Do When Hair Loss Starts

What to Do When Hair Loss Starts
It can be heartbreaking, the moment you first notice your hair beginning to thin or your hairline beginning to recede. But for two-thirds of men age 35 and older, it's a reality they've had to face. By the time they reach age 50, 85 percent of men are facing hair loss or thinning. So, what should you do when you first notice this happening? You don...
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FUE Hair Restoration: A More Natural Solution

FUE Hair Restoration: A More Natural Solution
​ By 35 years old, two-thirds of men in the United States will experience hair loss of some degree. Because it's so common, you've probably heard about hair-loss surgery before - maybe you've even looked into it for yourself - but do you know what the difference is when it comes to traditional methods and FUE, or Follicular Unit Extraction, hair-re...
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What Is Alopecia Areata?

What Is Alopecia Areata?
The term alopecia refers to a partial or full loss of hair. This can occur on the scalp, the entire head or the body. With alopecia areata, the third most common form of hair loss, the hair loss can occur on any of those three areas: the scalp, head or entire body. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation reports that 6.8 million Americans of all ag...
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MAR
29

Hair Loss After Childbirth

Hair Loss After Childbirth
Pregnancy and childbirth are full of new experiences, some of them more confusing and even frustrating than others. When hair becomes thick and vibrant during pregnancy, but then begins to fall out and become dull after childbirth, it can leave many women wondering what is going on. While not all women experience these sudden hair extremes, it's ve...
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10 Common Causes of Hair Loss

10 Common Causes of Hair Loss
​ Hair loss is becoming more and more common every day. It can be extremely frustrating, confusing and, for many people, embarrassing. Here are a few common causes of hair loss. 1. Alopecia Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that affects the skin and causes hair loss on the face, scalp and sometimes other parts of the body. Nearly 7 million ...
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JAN
31

Hair Loss After Chemotherapy

Hair Loss After Chemotherapy
​ Cytostatic drugs, the ones most often used in cancer treatment, are extremely aggressive when it comes to killing cells. While this is great for kicking cancer cells to the curb, they also harm healthy cells in the process. One of the biggest side effects of these treatments is the killing of the cells in hair follicles that help hair grow. Not e...
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JAN
31

Is Hair Loss More Common Than Ever Before?

Is Hair Loss More Common Than Ever Before?
Have you ever noticed that it seems like more people than ever are bald or balding? Some shave their heads because they like the look, but many do so to cover up a receding hairline. Regardless, you may have thought to yourself that it seems like hair loss is more prevalent today than it ever has been in the past. One study conducted by a UK hair l...
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JAN
21

Hair Loss Isn’t Just a Guy Thing

Hair Loss Isn’t Just a Guy Thing
Androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, is responsible for over 95 percent of hair loss among men, and by age 32 approximately two-thirds of men in the United States will have some degree of hair loss. On the other hand, 40 percent of women will experience hair loss by age 40. Although the numbers are lower for women, there's still a signi...
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