Baldness is a common issue affecting some 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States. There are treatment options available for those individuals who don't want to have a bald head. Many of the facts about the issue and its treatment are relatively unknown, despite it affecting so many people.
- The most common form is called Androgenetic Alopecia, or male pattern baldness. This is caused by male hormones and genetics. Despite its name, many women also suffer from the disease.
- There are a number of environmental factors that influence hair loss in addition to genetics. Diabetes, extreme weight fluctuations, vitamin C and iron deficiencies, poor hair care habits, and excessive exposure to the sun have all been linked to the issue.
- Bald men are more likely to face several major medical problems, including coronary heart disease and prostate cancer.
- Hair loss is a major source of stress for both men and women. Eighty-six percent of women in their thirties who experience hair loss suffer from worry or anxiety. An estimated 60 percent of people who are balding claim they would choose to have more hair than they would choose to have more friends or more money.
- The surgical hair transplant procedure involves a narrow piece of scalp being taken from the back area of the head while the patient is under local anesthesia. The surgeon cuts it into tiny pieces, each containing just one or several strands of hair. Those individual grafts are placed in the targeted area where they heal and continue growing hair.
- A transplant procedure may take between four and eight hours. Some individuals and their doctors choose to do a follow-up procedure down the road if hair loss continues or if the individual wants even thicker hair.
- An estimated 100,000 people elect to have this restoration surgery in the U.S. each year.
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