Androgenic alopecia, usually referred to as male pattern balding and female pattern balding, is the most common cause of hair loss. Hair follicles of people affected by this type of baldness are sensitive to a naturally occurring hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Exposure to this hormone will eventually cause the hair follicles to weaken. As the follicles shrink, the hair becomes finer, grows more slowly, and may ultimately disappear. Hair thinning from androgenic alopecia will continue throughout a person’s lifetime; however, the rate of thinning will depend on the inherited tendencies of each individual.
Treatment options for this type of thinning include hair transplant surgery, medication, platelet-rich plasma injections,laser hair biostimulation (Illumiwave), and camouflage.
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Hair loss of the eyelashes may also occur with age. Women, in particular, notice that their eyelashes are thinner, shorter, and less full. Over-the-counter products condition and moisturize lashes making them look fuller and mascaras add colour and volume. Extensions and false eyelashes will augment lost volume. Latisse, a prescription medication obtained through physicians, is now approved by Health Canada to grow fuller, longer, and darker lashes. These products vary in cost as well as the time commitment required to achieve the desired effect.