Socially, hair is equated with beauty, youth, and self-confidence. Just as a crown is emblematic of one who has authority, a full head of hair announces that we are in command of our destiny—that we are our own masters!
The media purveys youthful attractive women with flowing manes. Manly heroes are those with thick hair. Villains are most often bald, or at best having a really bad hair day. Marketing promotes a myriad of products to give one fuller, shinier, richer, thicker, silkier hair.
Thus, as a measure of self-worth, it is a reflection of our natural feeling of being complete. The beginning of hair loss signals a reversal in this awareness. It is little wonder that thinning or receding hair motivates men and women alike to find a way to limit, stop, or even reverse this biologic process.
Daily hair loss for men and women is a normal process. Such hair loss is limited and replenished on a routine basis. Progressive hair loss, however, occurs when normal daily hair loss ceases to be replenished. Unfortunately, there is nothing that completely stops such progression once started. And it is a common problem, estimates are as high as 60-70% for adult males.
Factors contributing to progressive hair loss are not precisely understood. For men, it is medically believed that excessive hair loss is due to the normal hormonal interaction with the hair follicle (root) in those who have a genetic predisposition. This can be further influenced by stress or other environmental factors. This process is called Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) and various types are identified on the Norwood-Hamilton Scale.
It has become increasingly recognized that excessive hair loss in women is “patterned” as well. As opposed to men who virtually lose all hair in a “pattern,” many women lose it throughout the scalp in a diffuse manner. There are now recognized patterns in this type of loss. Such loss is labeled Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) and various types are identified on the Ludwig-Savin Scale.
As with men, women, too, are felt to have a genetic component in FPB. Hormonal influence may play a part as well. And there may be other medical as well as environmental factors for women as well.
There is nothing that will completely stop and reverse hair loss. The only permanent form of hair restoration is hair transplantation and its related procedures.
But no need to panic. Losing your hair can lead to a wonderful hair-raising experience. The latest state-of-the-art techniques available in permanent hair restoration at Aspen Hair Restoration can stop and reverse this process. The permanent solution to this problem is found in removing your own hair from the back and sides of the scalp and artistically placing it where thinning or a receding hairline has taken hold. It is a simple outpatient procedure that takes little time, is relatively painless, and when done using the newest techniques, is a long ways from the old “corn row” transplants of yesteryear.
Instead of big plugs of hair decorating the hairline, tiny grafts of hair as small as one or two hairs are now being used to create a natural looking head of hair. In fact, if you can tell someone has had hair transplants, most likely outdated techniques are or were used.
The evolution of hair transplantation from the 1950s to today has been historical. A physician who has participated in this progressive epic provides great expertise regarding the nuances of hair restoration particular to each patient. John L. Peterson, MD has been pioneering and performing hair restoration and its related procedures since 1979.
Because of the success of the evolution of hair transplants, more and more men and women are taking advantage of these procedures, and are helping themselves restore their self-confidence.