Every week on this blog we talk about varying issues related to hair transplants and why or how they can change a persons life. But due to the overwhelming number of individuals plagued by hair loss across the globe, its good every now and again to look back at the basis and what hair loss is before discussing hair transplants further.

Hair loss is an issue that affects both men and women although the places where the hair loss occurs and how it appears on the scalp varies.

The most common type is known male pattern baldness - in dictionary terms: "androgenetic alopecia."

While this issue hits about a third of women its on a much larger scale for the male population - affecting some 6.5 million men according to one report.

For men, the issue appears around the temples and makes its way further back on the scalp to make an "M" shape for most. This is commonly referred to as a receding hairline. Thinning can also occur at the very top of the head and for some leads to baldness altogether.

While women might not have this very apparent type of hair loss, they too suffer from the problem usually down the line where they part their hair which starts to become thin and make its way down the hair.

Sometimes this problem is caused by heredity and sometimes by hormones which is out of our control. Other times its been said that outside factors like stress, the air we breathe and food we eat and bad treatment of our follicles can also play a role in someone’s hair loss.

In the end, regardless of the reason for the hair loss, the fact is once its gone and bald, chances are it won’t be coming back.

There are some medications and topical treatments aimed at assisting with hair re-growth, but the most definite way to ensure this is through hair transplant procedures which transplant hair from a donor area to the problem area and give those who suffer a healthy full head of hair again.