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The Stages of Hair Loss in Maryland
Before effectively treating hair loss, it is crucial to understand its progression. Though many factors can lead to the loss of hair, the most common cause is androgenetic alopecia—or “male pattern baldness.” This condition accounts for nearly 90% of all hair loss cases in men in the United States. Understanding the stages of hair loss in Maryland can help you spot the early warning signs. The earlier you are able to identify this hair loss, the more options there are to help you treat it. That is why it is essential to identify it and then seek effective hair loss treatment from the team at MD Hair Transplant once you do.
What Is Male Pattern Baldness?
A hereditary trait, male pattern baldness causes some of your hair follicles to become extremely sensitive to the male sex hormone DHT—a derivative of testosterone—which shrinks hair follicles into nonexistence. This eliminates hair growth in some regions of the head. Also, as the name suggests, male pattern baldness involves well-defined patterns or stages. Since hair transplants rely on a viable donor source, early hair loss detection and treatment offer patients the most favorable results.
Stages of Hairloss
1. Receding Hairline
The first stage of male pattern baldness is a receding hairline. The patient still has full hair coverage and plenty of donor hair for transplantation surgery.
2. Generalized Frontal Thinning
The second stage of male pattern baldness is generalized frontal thinning. This is when the patient’s forehead appears more prominent, and the hair at the head’s crown begins to thin out. The patient still retains plenty of donor hair for transplantation surgery during this stage.
3. Frontal Area & Crown Balding
In the third stage, the patient’s forehead becomes further exposed, and the crown area on the top of the head begins to show a bald spot. The patient still has sufficient donor hair at this point for transplantation surgery.
4. Top of Scalp & Crown Balding
During the fourth stage, the balding frontal area and the balding crown area begin to grow closer together. This results in not much hair left on the top of the head. Still, the donor area is still growing hair that is thick and ample enough for transplant surgery.
5. Extensive Hair Loss
The fifth stage of male pattern baldness is when the patient has very little hair left on the top, front, and crown of their head. While hair transplantation surgery is still a viable option at this point, it may not be for much longer.
6. Severe Hair Loss (only rim of hair remains)
During the final stage of male pattern baldness, hair loss has progressed far enough that a hair transplant treatment may no longer be an effective option. Even with transplantation surgery, you might not possess enough donor hair to produce satisfactory results.
Understand and Treat Hair Loss Today
As you can see from the above stages, when you notice your hair is thinning or balding, you should seek appropriate treatment as soon as possible to maximize your chances of completely restoring your head of hair. After the first two stages, the hair loss will become significantly more noticeable to both you and others. If your hair is losing its density and vitality, and you would like to learn more about our hair restoration solutions, then contact our hair restoration specialist today.
Why Choose Us
Outstanding Surgeon, Outstanding Results
One of the most important steps you can take in restoring your hair is choosing an outstanding surgeon. Restoring lost hair is a delicate process that is as much an art form as it is a science. With years of experience in hair replacement and other cosmetic surgical procedures, MD Hair Transplant is one of only a handful of offices that can successfully perform hair transplantations to the utmost standards of excellence. Hair transplants performed at our Washington, D.C. office provide our patients with renewed confidence and a rejuvenated appearance. To learn more about why MD Hair Transplant is the best choice for your hair restoration needs, contact us today.
TREATING PATIENTS, NOT CUSTOMERS
MD Hair Transplant is dedicated to meeting the needs and desires of all our patients. At MD Hair Transplant, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience to help ensure that your new head of hair will look as though you never lost any hair in the first place. Our patient-driven process and focus on patients’ specific needs and goals set us apart. We only perform one hair transplantation procedure a day, so that we can provide our undivided attention to each and every patient. Our caring staff will answer any and all questions you may have regarding your condition, your appointment, and your course of treatment.
RESULTS THAT LAST A LIFETIME
Many different factors contribute to the success of hair restoration, including the skill of the hair doctor. Hair transplants involve using follicle grafts from a patient’s own head, which are resistant to the follicle-killing hormone, DHT. Once transplanted, the follicles retain their biological function that allows the hair to continue growing. The micro-incisions and follicle graft units we place are so small that bandages are not required during the healing period. Aside from looking great and restoring your confidence, hair transplantation usually lasts a lifetime, so you don’t have to worry about replacing lost hair again.
"I adore Dr. Rassael is quite possibly the kindest man and has a great bedside manner. I never feel rushed and he is always willing to explain procedures and options as long and to the detail necessary. I feel comfortable with his recommendations, his work, and I know I will always get the desired results. His office staff has only been equally polite, accommodating and thoughtful."
"I would recommend this office and Dr. Rassael without hesitation. The office is easy to schedule with and the front desk is always a pleasure to interact with. Customer service was above and beyond."
"I recently had my hair transplant procedure over there and these guys are fantastic. They offer the best value procedure and are very caring to address my needs. They do want they promise they would do. They are very fair to me in their business practice. The manager was very personable, she really says things that can and cant be done for me to make my own decision. Provided me references that ease my mind about their practice."
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT CAUSES HAIR LOSS?
The most common cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, a condition in which a patient’s hair follicles are extremely sensitive to the hormone, DHT, a derivative of testosterone. DHT shrinks and kills sensitive hair follicles, eventually eliminating their ability to produce healthy, cosmetically appealing hair.
HOW LONG DO HAIR TRANSPLANTS LAST?
With proper care and maintenance, most successful hair transplants last for life. However, in very rare instances, a small percentage of a patient’s transplanted hair may fall out as the patient ages, and require subsequent treatment.
WHAT IS A HAIR TRANSPLANT?
Some hairs, mainly those at the sides and back of the head, are not affected by DHT, even in patients who have genetically susceptible follicles. During a hair transplant, DHT-resistant hairs are extracted from the patient’s donor site, then placed into tiny micro-incisions along the bald or thinning areas of the head. The transplanted follicular units retain their biological processes, allowing the hair to continue to grow in its new location. The donor area and target site are numbed with local anesthesia to reduce discomfort during the procedure.
Can Women Receive Hair Transplants?
Yes. Like men, women may also suffer from hair loss for many of the same reasons. Though most women don’t experience hair loss to the extent that men do, the aesthetic effect can be just as damaging. We offer hair transplants for men and women, and strive to produce effective, discreet results for all of our patients suffering from hair loss.
DO HAIR TRANSPLANTS LEAVE SCARS?
Anytime skin is cut, it leaves behind a scar as it heals. With impressive experience and an artful eye, our doctor carefully places the donor incisions where they are the least visible, and the tiny linear scars are concealed by existing hair. Even immediately after the procedure, the small donor scars will be concealed.
How Can I Learn More about Advanced Hair Loss Solutions?
If you have more questions regarding hair transplantation, don’t hesitate to call our office. During your initial consultation, our doctor and caring staff will ensure that any and all of your questions and concerns are answered before beginning treatment. To learn more about the benefits of hair transplants, contact us at our Chevy Chase, Maryland location today.
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