Folligraft is a choice that “splits the difference” between surgery and conventional hair replacement.
How does hair Grow ?
Hair growth and life cycle.
Hair grows from the hair follicle at an average rate of one-half inch per month. Each hair grows for four to seven years, after which it enters a “resting phase,” and then falls out. A new hair begins growing in its place between three weeks and three months later. At any one time, 85 percent of hair is growing and 15 percent is resting. The life of a hair consists of three phases:
ANAGEN PHASE, when the hair is actually growing.
CATAGEN PHASE, a short transition stage (2-3 weeks) when hair stops growing.
THE TELOGEN PHASE, when the hair is resting. At the end of the telogen stage, the hair shaft falls out and a new strand starts to grow in its place.
Why Do Men Go Bald
Male-pattern baldness (also known as Androgenetic Alopecia) is the most common form of hair loss for men, representing up to 90% of all male cases. There are some 40 million male adults in North America today experiencing some sort of hair loss. Mild to moderate hair loss affects about 50% of all men by the time they are 50. Male pattern hair loss results in either a receding hair line or thinning at the crown of the head. It occurs due to a chemical known as dihydrotestosterone (or “DHT”) which builds up around the follicle and eventually kills the follicle and the hair.
A follicle’s resistance to DHT is genetic — which is why some people go bald and others do not. If you have relatives with thin hair or who are bald, you may well develop the same problem, although the gene can also skip generations and can be inherited from either the mother’s or the father’s side of the family.
Aging makes baldness more likely. Forty percent of men have noticeable hair loss by age 40, and 60% by age 60. Most elderly people have thin, fine hair even if they are not noticeably bald. Other factors and conditions that cause hair loss, include braiding (currently popular with African American men) and Alopecia Areata (spotty hair loss).