May 21th 2024

How do I know if I'm going bald?

It is one of the questions that comes to mind when we notice an increase in hair loss, we see ourselves in photos or in the mirror that certain areas of the scalp begin to lighten, or simply because someone we know warns us of the lack of of hair. It is in these moments when we wonder if the hair that falls will grow back or if, on the contrary, we are going to become bald. How do I know if I'm going bald?

From Hospital Capilar, an expert hair transplant clinic in Madrid, we give you an answer to one of the most common questions: how do I know if I am losing my hair? Does the hair that falls out come back? How is baldness treated?

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5 key signs to know if I'm going bald

According to our medical equipment, hair falls out every day an average of 100 hairs, and this is something normal and natural that responds to one's own hair life cycle. However, in certain situations you can see an increase in hair loss, that some areas of the scalp begin to lose density or that we simply notice that our hair is not what it was. In any case, it is important to recognize certain signs that could identify the first signs of baldness.

Increase in the number of hairs that fall out

As we have commented, hair in normal conditions falls an average of 100 hairs a day. When this amount increases significantly, it may be due to some type of alopecia or a telogen effluvium. In the event that it is a telogen effluvium due to stress, among others, the hair that will grow back. However, if it is due to alopecia, the hair that falls will not come out again, so in the future we would remain bald. Therefore, if we notice an increase in the number of hairs that fall on the pillow or on the brush, we must control it and see if this hair loss stops or if, on the contrary, it increases.

finer hair

Another of the signs that denote the beginning of baldness is that the hair becomes considerably thinner. This is known as hair miniaturization and occurs in patients who develop a androgenetic alopecia, the most common of all. In these cases, the follicle is severely damaged and begins to narrow, which produces thinning of the hair. It is the step prior to follicular destruction, at which time the hair follicle detaches, the hair falls out and does not grow back.  

Lack of capillary density

We refer to a lack of hair density when the number of healthy hairs decreases considerably and less hair is appreciated. To know if I'm going bald we must look at the capillary density. Most alopecias begin with a lack of hair density before giving way to bald spots or bald spots as such.  

Appearance of receding, crown or widening of the hairline

If we notice a receding in the frontal line, the appearance of receding, the crown begins to lighten or a widening at the hairline, the latter exclusively in women, we are facing the first signs of baldness. In these cases, alopecia has already advanced enough to leave areas devoid of hair and it is essential to apply medical treatment to stop its progress.

In the case of men with androgenic alopecia, the lack of hair begins at the receding area and crown of the head and progresses all the way to the occipital part. In the case of women, hair loss is more diffuse and the lack of hair is usually seen above all at the temples and at the hairline, which begins to lighten and looks wider. An early medical diagnosis will mean that we do not have to reach this evident lack of hair that requires other somewhat more invasive methods, so before the appearance of any of the factors mentioned above, it is important to carry out a personalized hair analysis in a hair clinic. .

Relatives with alopecia

If we have a family history of alopecia, it is an aggravating circumstance that can cause us to become bald. Androgenetic alopecia has a strong genetic component, so if in addition to experiencing increased hair loss, we have a bald family member, it is advisable to consult a professional before it is too late. 

Design phase of the frontal line in a hair transplant

Why am I going bald?

After answering how to know if I'm going bald, the next question that usually assails us is why. The causes that cause hair loss that accompanies baldness are due to different factors. Depending on the type of alopecia, the origin of baldness will be one or the other.

Hormonal alteration

Usually it is a hormonal imbalance that leads to baldness. Androgenic alopecia is precisely due to a hormonal imbalance in which the 5 alpha reductase enzyme in our body converts testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone. The latter is the one that attacks the hair follicles causing their miniaturization and subsequent irreversible hair loss.

Genetic heritage

Another of the factors that initiate alopecia is, as we have previously commented, genetic inheritance. If we have a family member with androgenetic alopecia, it is possible to inherit this disease. This is why in many cases genetic hair studies are carried out to determine the probability of baldness in the future.

alteration in the immune system

When there is an alteration in the immune system, hair health can be affected. The alopecia areata It is precisely because the person's immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing their destruction.

Stress and poor diet

El Stress and a bad one eating These are the two factors that cause most telogen effluvia. Although hair loss in these cases is usually reversible, in some more serious cases it can lead to the appearance of hairless areas.

Braided hairstyles

The excess of hairstyles or collected with a lot of tension cause what is known as traction alopecia. It is a type of alopecia that mainly affects women and causes hair loss in the temple area. In mild cases, the hair on the temples will grow back, although if the trend of excessively tight hairstyles continues, the hair follicles in the area would end up excessively damaged and hair would stop growing in the area.

I'm going bald: what do I do?

When one is aware that he is losing his hair, he rushes to look for a solution to deal with the problem. Below we will tell you what is recommended to do and how to act if we realize that we may have alopecia and we want to find a solution.

Go to a specialized hair clinic

The first thing we should do is go to a specialized hair clinic where a medical diagnosis can be made. In this first diagnosis, the team of medical professionals will determine the type and degree of alopecia that produces baldness. This is the first step to subsequently start with the most effective treatments in our particular case.

Hair treatments for alopecia

Alopecia is considered a chronic disease that currently does not have a cure as such. However, there are treatments with which it is possible to stop its progress and encourage hair growth. The hair mesotherapy or Hair PRP They are two of the most widespread hair treatments in the treatment of alopecia of hormonal origin and telogen effluvium.

Hair transplant, the solution to baldness

These hair treatments that we mentioned above are aimed at stopping hair loss, since they inhibit the hormone that causes hair loss, among others. However, they will not regrow hair in balding areas where it stopped growing naturally. In these cases, the only method by which it is possible to recover the hair is with the FUE hair transplant.

Man undergoing a capillary mesotherapy treatment in Pontevedra

Put a stop to baldness in Hospital Capilar

En Hospital Capilar, with a hair clinic in Madrid, Murcia and Pontevedra, you will find a qualified medical team with which to recover your hair and put an end to alopecia. Request your medical diagnosis without cost or commitment and take care of your hair in depth. 

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