Hair Loss: What’s The Difference Between Baldness & Alopecia Areata

Have you ever had sudden hair loss starting with circular patches or more progressive hair loss starting at the hairline or top of the head? For some people, losing their hair may be frightening, stressful, and even traumatic. The fact that the symptoms can be brought on by a variety of problems adds to the worry. Alopecia areata and pattern baldness are two types of hair loss that affect both men and women.

In this article, we explain some of the differences between androgenetic alopecia (baldness) and alopecia areata, some of the major symptoms to look out for and the treatment options available at Gro hair loss clinic Manchester

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Is it alopecia areata or androgenetic alopecia?

Alopecia areata is a disease that can cause complete loss in specific areas of the body. Alopecia areata is characterized by one or more circular patches devoid of hair. Hairless patches may appear on the scalp, beard, brows, lashes, or any other hairy region. It can be accompanied by Other symptoms that can accompany alopecia areata are itching, burning sensation at the affected areas and abnormalities in the nails (e.g. roughness, loss of shine).

The causes of alopecia areata are poorly understood, with diabetes, stress, and psychological trauma all being suspects. It’s unclear how to prevent this condition it. One thing we do know is that certain hereditary factors may play a role, leading to an autoimmune reaction that leads to the incorrect destruction of the hair follicles by the body’s immune system.

In the majority of cases, the condition is temporary with the hairline remaining intact and the areas affected eventually healing. However, it is possible to relapse and lose hair in the same or different places.

Androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern baldness or male pattern baldness, is not considered a disease, rather it is a natural process of hair loss of hormonal and hereditary origins.

Baldness is the most common form of alopecia and presents as a progressive retreat of the hair at the forehead or the top of the head (crown). Progressively the hair becomes finer with less hair follicles remaining active. Androgenetic alopecia accelerates the natural cycle of the hair, and, little by little, the hair follicles stop producing hair at all.


In the case of alopecia areata, there is no definitive solution for this disease, nothing protects against hair falling or relapse. It has been found that managing stress and anxiety is important and topical scalp medication may assist, or treatments such as PRP or LED Light Therapy can help to regrow hair by stimulating hair follicles to enter the normal growth process (anagen).

For androgenetic alopecia, the most successful treatment is a hair transplant. During a microsurgery hair transplant at Gro Manchester, healthy hair follicles are extracted from the side and back of the scalp and used to fill and add density to the bald and thinning areas. The procedure is completed from start to finish by a Gro Doctor, with natural results guaranteed. No scalpels, no stitches and attention to detail for each individual patient, the procedure leaves no visible mark or scar.

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If you are suffering from hair loss, but are not sure what type, the first step is to book a diagnostic consultation with a Gro hair growth specialist in Manchester or online. During your private consultation, you will receive a correct diagnosis for your hair loss and the opportunity to discuss the various treatment options, customised to your particular condition.

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