WHAT IS TEMPLE HAIR LOSS?
Temple hair loss occurs when patients begin to notice thinning or balding on the sides of their head, which makes up a significant portion of the hairline. In men, hair loss focused at the temples can be the first sign of androgenic alopecia and can lead to a receding hairline. When the hairline recedes enough, it forms a V-shape or creates a deep widow's peak. Women may also experience temple hair loss as a result of traction alopecia, stress, or other factors. At Aesthetic Scalp in Chicago, our board-certified doctors use a long hair technique to place hairs on the temple. Since this skin is smoother than the rest of the scalp, hair restoration in this area can be more difficult. However, hair specialists Drs. Anil Shah and Sameea Chughtai are highly experienced when it comes to restoring the hairline and placing hairs in a way that encourages ongoing growth and thickness.
SIGNS OF TEMPLE HAIR LOSS
The temples are located on the sides of the head and make up a significant portion of the hairline. Sometimes, it's easy to tell when hair loss occurs in this area because the hairline is very visible. Patients with temple hair loss may notice the development or deepening of a widow's peak or a V-shaped hairline. While it's normal to lose up to 100 hairs throughout the day, people with hair loss may notice large chunks of hair falling out when they shower or brush their hair. If you suspect that you may have temple hair loss, we encourage you to call our Chicago office because this type of thinning may be the first indicator of androgenic alopecia (hereditary-pattern baldness).
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
The causes of temple hair loss can vary tremendously, especially when comparing men and women. In men, temporal baldness is most often caused by androgenic alopecia, also called male pattern baldness. Hair loss at the temples is often the first indication of hereditary-pattern baldness in men and often leads to a deep widow's peak.
Since women experience hereditary-pattern baldness differently than men, their temples are not always affected. Instead, women may experience temporal hair loss as a result of traction alopecia (caused by wearing tight ponytails or hairstyles), stress, tobacco use, hormonal changes as a result of pregnancy or menopause, certain medications, or vitamin deficiencies.
TREATMENT FOR TEMPLE HAIR LOSS
At Aesthetic Scalp, our board-certified doctors take special care to restore hair on the temporal region of the scalp. To address this slicker, less dense area, Drs. Shah and Chughtai perform advanced robotic surgery paired with regenerative techniques to replenish our patients' hairlines and encourage natural, ongoing hair growth for years to come. When placing hairs for patients with temporal hair loss, we use an approach called the long hair technique, which requires people to keep their central hair long while the temples are regrowing. This allows the area to fill in over time and enables the new hairs to germinate. Once the new hairs have been placed, we then use nonsurgical techniques (like PRP therapy) to facilitate the strengthening of the hair follicles. By combining surgical hair restoration with regenerative techniques, this creates an optimal environment for the procedure to succeed and encourage long-lasting results.
catching the signs early is key
Since the temples make up a portion of the hairline and are visible for most hairstyles (especially in men), it can be very noticeable when the hair in this area begins to thin or fall out completely. Thankfully, men and women with temple hair loss have a range of options available to them to help restore their hairline. Our team at Aesthetic Scalp uses a range of advanced techniques and state-of-the-art technology to help people of all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds achieve a hairline that looks natural and attractive.