About Hair Loss
  • Hair loss effects more than half the population – men, women and children.
  • Male or female pattern ‘balding’, the most common type of hair loss, is genetic.
  • Many myths and inaccuracies exist regarding cures.
  • Medical assessment by a qualified skin and hair specialist (Dermatologist) is important prior to starting any treatment.  They can provide accurate, ethical and reliable information.
  • Typical genetic hair loss is caused by the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone).  Certain hair follicles weaken, miniaturize and eventually shed, with no regrowth.  DHT sensitive areas include hair at the front, above the temples, on top of the scalp and crown.
  • Hair follicles on the lower back and sides of the scalp are rarely affected.  The blood flow to these areas contains DHT ‘blockers’.
  • Certain medications, hormonal changes, diseases (such as lupus or diabetes) and other major stressors to the body can also trigger hair loss.
About Transplantation

  • First hair transplant done in 1959 using large ‘plugs’ often giving a “dolls head” look.
  • Today mini and micro grafting techniques produce natural results and a virtually undetectable new hairline.
  • Transplantation uses follicular units (grafts) surgically harvested from areas where follicles are not affected by DHT.
  • When transplanted these retain their resistance to DHT for a lifetime.
  • The type/size of treatment depends on your personal desires, extent of hair loss and available donor area.
  • Transplanted hair can be cut, styled, or chemically treated.  Under normal circumstances it grows, reacts, looks and feels like your natural hair, because it IS your own natural hair – you’ve just reclaimed it.
For information on UBC's hair loss clinic, please see the Hair Transplant Centre page.

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