About Male Androgenic Alopecia
The reason why genetics is mainly to blame is that we directly inherit certain hair follicles with a genetic sensitivity to Di-Hydro-Testosterone (DHT). Hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT begin to miniaturise, shortening the lifespan of each hair follicle affected. Eventually, these affected follicles stop producing cosmetically acceptable hair.
Male pattern baldness is generally characterised with the onset of a receding hairline and thinning crown. Hair in these areas including the temples appears to be the most sensitive to the DHT. In the most severe cases this eventually progresses into the well known "horseshoe" pattern of hair. Though it is important to remember that not everyone will progress this far.
What is DHT?
Di-hydro-testosterone (DHT) is a 'converted' more potent form of testosterone. This conversion happens within certain 'target cells' in hair follicles in certain areas, these target cells have the enzyme Type II 5-alpha-reductace, which causes the switch from testosterone to DHT. Scientists now know that DHT shrinks hair follicles, and when DHT is suppressed, hair follicles continue to grow. Hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT must be exposed to the hormone for a prolonged period of time in order for the effected follicle to complete the miniaturisation process. Today, with proper intervention this process can be slowed or even stopped if caught early enough.
Male pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of the hair loss along with a detailed medical history, including questions about the prevalence of hair loss in your family. An experienced Trichologist/Dermatologist should examine the scalp in order to assess the amount the hair is receding and from which areas. This assessment is very important when recommending the proper course of treatment.
This is very important...The vast majority of advertised "treatments" do not work for the prevention and treatment of hair loss. If a hair loss treatment is not approved by NICE (UK) or the FDA (USA) chances are you are wasting your time and money. Remember that successful treatment of hair loss is greatly dependent on early intervention. It is critical to begin treatment with an effective product as soon as you notice the onset of hair loss.
Medicine has made tremendous strides in the treatment of men's hair loss. With the advent of enzyme inhibitors such as Propecia and the evolution of surgical hair restoration, living with noticeable hair loss is no longer inevitable. We can now stop or slow the progression of hair loss and replace lost hair through medication or surgery with completely natural results. Again if you do not see a registered Trichologist or a GP who specialises in this type of treatment it is very much a 'buyer beware' industry as there are a lot of 'snake oil' pedlars out there.
Our male hair loss clinics provide a service encompassing both the medical and cosmetic issues relating to scalp and hair health. Each clinic is dedicated to providing expert advice and treatment for all types of hair loss and scalp problems, to cosmetic damage. Call now on 0330 660 0648 to book your appointment.