On a daily basis, both men and women experience some level of hair loss. This is considered to be normal when it amounts to losing an average of 50-to-100 hairs per day. For those individuals that experience significant hair loss, however, this tends to occur over a 20-year period. Within the United States, for example, roughly 35 million men and 21 million women currently experience significant hair loss.
Primary Causes of Hair Loss
When men and women experience significant hair loss, it may point to a variety of conditions. In addition to genetic factors, hair loss may also be attributed to an underlying health condition. Environmental factors may also contribute to, or otherwise exacerbate, hair loss.
Genetic hair loss is known to affect roughly 82% of adults. For men, 95% of their hair loss is due to the condition referred to as common male pattern baldness. Even though environmental factors can accelerate the hair loss process, it will usually take a person between ten to 20 years to become completely bald. Over the course of time, hair will gradually become thinner before complete baldness occurs.
By the time men reach 35 years of age, approximately 66% of them will notice that they have visible hair loss. When they are 50 years of age, roughly 85% of men will have hair that has thinned significantly.
Follicular Unit Extraction to Address Hair Loss
One of the main methods for extracting follicular units from the scalp is follicular unit extraction (FUE). This procedure is also referred to as follicular transfer (FT). It is important to note that natural groupings of hair may range from one-to-four or even seven-to-eight. During the FUE hair transplant procedure, these follicular units are harvested one at a time with a .7 to one millimeter instrument called a punch.
Learn More About Hair Replacement Services
Once you schedule a consultation with a hair restoration expert, you’ll be able to learn more about FUE and other state-of-the-art technologies. During your initial consultation, your hair restoration expert will make recommendations about the best hair replacement services for you. At this time, you will also be able to ask detailed questions about the procedure and discuss how to care for your scalp following the procedure.