The importance of hair loss

Written by: Dr. José Córdoba Campos
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The term "alopecia" is the medical term that refers to hair loss. It is of Greek origin and the literal translation means "fox". Hair grows in almost all parts of the body, except the lips, palms and soles of the feet. Alopecia can be treated by plastic surgery.


Stages of History

Stone Age: This was the discovery in a tomb from the time of a comb made ​​of boxwood. The comb has a 10,000 years old. There have also been many discoveries of this era heads adorned with bones and feathers.

Egypt: statues, tombs and cave paintings dating back 5,000 years, show the importance which at that time was given to the hair.

Roman: The Romans fought against hair loss since the beginning of the millennium. Caesar wore a laurel wreath to hide his alopecia. It was he who introduced the practice of cutting the hair of the enemy as a sign of submission. Prostitutes from the Roman period were authorized, punished and forced to dye their hair blond or wear a blond wig.

Dark Ages: It was a time when hair loss was considered important. Queen Clotilde de Gaul (554 AD) allowed his grandchildren were killed in the back before allowing them a haircut.

Renaissance During this time, the women covered their hair or use a network or fabric to collect long hair at the nape. This was known by the name of balzo. One of the fashions of the time, popularized by Queen Elizabeth I was to wear wigs. In the tragedies of Shakespeare, hair loss was a reflection of insecurity.

XVII and XVIII: King Louis XIII of France covered his bald head with a wig. As his subjects joined fashion, his wig was becoming increasingly extravagant and exaggerated. The first room of women, or hairdresser, appeared in 1635 in France. This happened 1300 years after the first appear barber shop.

Colonization of America: In 1655, the president of Harvard said in his keynote speech that long hair was prohibited and that it would "take legal anyone long hair, strands or tufts" or the hair curls it or make use empolvaran or stripes.

Home XX century: During this time became popular among women wear their hair short. More than 2,000 women cut their hair every day above the shoulders, leaving always covered neck to bring "mane". It was at this time also, when the University of Arkansas announced that the results of some experiments have shown that the longer hair was a sign of female intelligence.

Final twentieth century: In 1989, the Food and Drug (FDA) reviewed 300,000 products to grow, recover or save the hair, that could be found on the market without a prescription. These products were ineffective or unsafe. There are only two drugs for the treatment of alopecia FDA approved: minoxidil (topical), adopted in 1988 and finasteride (oral), approved in 1998.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. José Córdoba Campos
Plastic surgery

Dr. Córdoba Campos is a premier specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery with over 25 years of professional experience in Cosmetic Surgery, especially in hair transplantation. His first hair transplants, performed with the help of a single nurse, were from 200 to 300 grafts. Technique used sticks and microscope for cutting the grafts. At present, an average of 2,500 placed grafts (6250 hairs) in 4 hours. In the city of Valencia he had a team of six nurses. Years later, he formed a second team in Granada hair transplant. Since 2005, Dr. Cordoba Campos maintains a single computer to perform transplants in either of the two cities; since according to him the hands should be well trained and that can only be achieved based on making many hair transplants. Currently, this prestigious doctor has performed over 2,000 hair transplants.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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