Hair Loss Explained

Welcome to Medical Hair Restoration, South Africa’s premier hair loss clinic.

Medical Hair Restoration has been committed to delivering the highest quality outcomes and individualized patient care in the domain of hair loss restoration since 1990.

30 Years Experience in Hair Transplant Surgery

Our Success

We measure our achievement by assisting you, our patients, in attaining and sustaining your expectations. Doctors Larry and Ryan, as well as their colleagues, are proud to provide cutting-edge treatments and techniques, as well as reliable knowledge and, most importantly, a professional yet personalized approach.

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Having a Bad Hair Day?

Different individuals are affected by hair loss and other changes in various ways. If you’re experiencing hair loss or thinning and want to take action, we suggest doing your homework, asking us questions, and then acting. When you’re ready, we’ll work with you to restore and preserve a beautiful head of hair.

Medical Hair Restoration

Specialists in Hair Loss Restoration

We specialize in treating men and women who want to improve, preserve, or restore their hair at Medical Hair Restoration. The vast majority of patients we see have inherited hair loss, which is also known as male or female pattern hair loss and is the most common form of hair loss. Other forms of hair loss may also be treated medically. If you have thinning or receding hair, we recommend that you visit our website to learn more about what you can do to remedy your hair loss concerns. Our doctors are available to assist you in developing a care plan that achieves your goals.

Thinning Hair Loss

Medical Hair Restoration assists in the following hair loss conditions:

• Male Pattern Balding (Hereditary Androgenetic Alopecia)
• Female Pattern Balding
• Plastic Surgery-Related Hair Loss (browlift/facelift scars)
• Traumatic Scars from Injury or Burns
• Eyebrow Loss
• Eyelash Loss / Weak Eyelashes (eyelash hypotrichosis)
• Hereditary High Hairline
• Hair Loss due to Medications, Nutritional Deficiencies, Stress, Hormone Imbalances
• Scarring or Cicatricial Alopecias
• Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)
• Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis, Alopecia Universalis
• Traction Alopecia from hair extensions, braids, weaves or wigs

Hair Loss Symptoms

Hair Loss Symptoms

Are you noticing more scalp shining through your hair? Do you see your hairline receding or are you seeing more than usual hair on your pillow or in the shower?

These symptoms are typically the first indications of hair loss for many of our patients—and tens of millions of men and women. You would be surprised to learn how much we hear patients say things like, “I woke up one day with less hair,” “It just happened unexpectedly,” or “I saw myself with hair loss in a picture or video and was startled!”

Receding Hair Line

Patients may see a gradual yet progressive thinning or receding of the hairline in other cases. They want to assume that the hair loss isn’t major at first. And, almost “overnight,” the hair loss becomes too evident to ignore. The hair loss in these patients tends to appear very abrupt because it does not become visible until the hair density falls below a certain level. For other patients, it may have been a photograph, video, or a mirror that revealed the results of unnoticed progressive hair loss.

Understanding your hair loss

Understanding Your Hair Loss

Before we get into the different variations and causes of hair loss, it’s a good idea to refresh your memory about how hair develops. Each hair develops from the base of the hair follicle and appears at a tiny opening in the skin. The root of each hair is found within the follicle, where it receives nutrition from the body’s blood supply. 

The hair follicle which produces the hair is an incredibly tiny, yet complicated micro-organ in the skin. It is connected to our blood circulation and nerves as well as oil (sebaceous) glands. Each follicle is also connected to a small muscle that causes your hair to stand up on the back of your neck or your arm!  

Hair Growth Cycles

Hair Growth Cycles

Every hair follicle goes through a three-stage cycle to grow hair, which repeats itself over time. Active development, also known as the anagen process, is the first stage of this cycle. The catagen process is a stage in between. The resting telogen process is the third step.

Each hair follicle goes through and repeats the cycle of hair growth on its own. And, at any given time, the majority of your hair is in the active increasing Anagen process, which lasts two to six years on average.

The active phase of hair growth lasts the longest, but the Catagen intermediate phase lasts the shortest, lasting two to three weeks.

Finally, during the Telogen process of the cycle, a new Anagen hair pushes out the hair that is already in the follicle. The period of this process is usually three to four months. When Telogen hairs fall out of your brush or comb, you’ll notice them.

Hair Loss

Changing Hair Growth Cycle Impact

An average, healthy adolescent would have between 100,000 and 150,000 hairs on his or her head when he or she reaches physical maturity at or near the end of adolescence. The average person would “lose” or shed approximately 100 Telogen hairs per day and develop 100 Anagen hairs per day under normal conditions. 

As the normal growth stage slows, baldness or hair thinning occurs. As people get older, the number of hairs in the resting stage (Telogen period) increases, while the active growth phase (Anagen phase) decreases. Over time, hair follicles can produce thinner, less pigmented hair.

Role of genetics

The Role of Genetics and Hormones in Hair Loss

For several years, scientists claimed that hair loss was caused by genetics passed down from the mother’s side of the family. Advances in medical science now indicate that “baldness” genes do not discriminate based on the parent’s sex. 

Both sides of the family tree will pass down the associated genes. We also know that this inherited trait will tend to skip generations and have different effects on siblings. Hair characteristics, such as the onset and speed of hair thinning and baldness, are controlled by over 200 genes.

Hair Loss Restoration Options

If you’ve figured out what’s causing your hair loss, you’ll need to figure out how to avoid losing more hair, improve the hair you already have, and replace the hair you’ve lost. For the majority of patients, this entails a multi-therapy approach that includes non-invasive procedures to preserve existing hair and hair transplantation to replace missing hair.