The Reality Of Hair Loss For Men and Women

Author: Elbert T. Cheng, MD

Who is effected by hair loss?

Hair loss may seem like more of a male problem, but in reality, females are nearly as likely to suffer from thinning hair or hair loss. Both men and women can lose hair over the course of their lives. Most women will notice hair loss in their 50’s or 60’s, but it can happen at any age and for many different reasons.

How does hair loss happen?

The most common form of hair loss is called male or female pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. Hair loss is very different from hair shedding, or telogen effluvium, which is usually reversible and can also happen to both males and females following a traumatic or stressful event.

About 70% of men and 40% of women suffer from this permanent hair loss condition. It runs in families, so if your parents and grandparents had male or female pattern baldness, your chances of developing hair loss are much higher.  What happens is that dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a byproduct of testosterone, shrinks hair follicles and makes it hard for healthy hair to live. Men will usually lose hair in a defined pattern, with a balding crown, but women experience thinning all over and rarely go bald.

What age does hair loss start?

Some males experience hair loss as young as their teens, but for the most part, it comes later. By the time they turn 35, two-thirds of men will have experienced at least some hair loss. By 50, about 85% will show pronounced hair thinning or loss. Some women will also start losing hair at a young age, but most women will begin noticing hair loss after menopause.

Hair loss can be an embarrassing issue that can make you feel helpless.  On average, we have approximately 5 million hair follicles over our bodies.  The scalp develops 100,000 follicles, and we tend to naturally shed approximately 50-100 hairs every day.  When we lose more than 100 hairs a day, we tip the scale of maintaining hair density to thinning scalp hair.

Thinning hair can be a major cause of anxiety and can impact your self-confidence, but you don’t have to sit back and accept it!  Today there are many options to help you maintain and improve your hair quality and quantity.  At the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation, we offer many hair rejuvenation options. Learn more with a private, complimentary consultation.

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About Elbert T. Cheng, MD

Elbert T. Cheng, MD has been in practice for over 16 years. His top priority is always to achieve a natural look through the safest possible surgical procedure or office based treatment. With thousands of surgeries and procedures performed, he recognizes the importance of the partnership between the physician, staff, and patient in achieving his patient’s goals. Towards this end, Dr. Elbert T. Cheng and his wonderful staff will support you at every step of your journey towards revitalizing yourself – a journey where the conclusion of a procedure does not mark its end, but its beginning.  

Dr. Elbert T. Cheng was raised in Mountain View and attended Stanford for his undergraduate studies. He graduated with honors, achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  He traveled to England and undertook research and additional studies at Oxford University. Upon completing his Medical Degree at Duke University, he returned to Stanford University for residency in Head and Neck Surgery. After five years of this intense training, he traveled to Indianapolis for one additional year of focused study with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After fellowship, he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Dr. Elbert T. Cheng is passionate about many things in his life, and his wife and children are at the top of the list.  He is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery, and the Santa Clara County Medical Society. Dr. Elbert T. Cheng is a recognized expert in his field and lectures internationally to other physicians.