What is alopecia
Alopecia is defined as a significant thinning of the hair or hair follicles, i.e. the cavities, inside the dermis, from which the hair is generated.
This pathology can be gradual, from the top of the forehead towards the center of the head, with the appearance of patchy baldness, or it can have a sudden onset. Sometimes, it is associated with loss of hair follicles in other parts of the face and body as well.
Types of alopecia
Alopecia must be distinguished from cicatricial alopecia, an irreversible form in which hair loss is due to the atrophy of the hair follicles, and non-cicatricial alopecia. Usually temporary, the latter is caused by processes that reduce or slow down hair growth without irreparably damaging the follicle.
Causes of alopecia
The causes can be:
- hormonal (thyroiditis or various dysfunctions)
- nutritional (nutritional deficiencies, anorexia)
- chemical-pharmacological (undergoing chemotherapy, taking antidepressants, etc.)
- psychological (prolonged periods of stress, depression, trauma)
Types of androgenetic alopecia
Among the various types of alopecia, androgenetic alopecia, also called baldness, is certainly the most common, with an incidence of 80% in men and 50% in women, and an exponential increase in cases generally proportional to age.
Treatments for alopecia
In aesthetic medicine, one of the most effective procedures against androgenetic alopecia is the hair filler, an injectable solution of hyaluronic acid and biomimetic peptides that regenerates the affected area.
At Image Regenerative Clinic many patients who have suffered thinning hair following chemotherapy have found a visible improvement in their situation after one or two cycles of this treatment.
With regard to surgical transplantation, Image Regenerative Clinic offers – as an exclusive of the clinic – an innovative procedure that guarantees definitive and natural results. It is a method of extraction of the partial and not total longitudinal follicular unit, the Hair StemCell Transplantation, which, combined with a patented system, ensures the vitality of the grafts and the stimulation of the stem cells to assist the regrowth process of the hair.