About Male Hair Loss
Suffering Hair Loss? Is Hair Regrowth Possible?
Hair Regrowth and the known causes of hairloss
Hair loss can result from several factors including thyroid disease, high fever, diet, childbirth and even some medications. Burns and other causes of scalp scarring can also cause permanent hair loss.
Stress is only implicated in certain, relatively uncommon, instances. Alopecia areata is an unusual condition involving patches of hair loss that is caused by problems in the immune system.
Women can suffer from a hair loss condition known as "chronic telogen effluvium" where full-length healthy hair sheds from all over the scalp in continuous "moults". This can continue for up to 2 years and the cause of which is unknown.
Aging is known to cause hair loss in some men and also in women. It affects the entire scalp with gradual thinning, usually after 50 years of age. The vast majority of most men, and a significant number of women, experience some degree of hair loss during their lifetime. The most commonly noticed form of scalp hair loss is known as androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern hairloss).
In men this can result in the entire loss of scalp hair in the upper scalp. This hair loss is NOT caused by poor circulation or by clogged hair follicles. Nor is it caused by frequent shampooing or the use of hats or helmets. Shaving the head does NOT make hair re-grow stronger.
Male pattern hair loss (or Male Pattern Baldness) is determined by a combination of one's heredity and the male hormone (or androgen) dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
The tendency for a male or female to suffer pattern hair loss is genetically inherited from either side of the family and begins to develop and can become noticeable after puberty.
Female pattern hair loss probably involves a number of androgens, not just DHT. Read more about Female Hair Transplant Surgery.
The pattern of inheritance varies between families and in some cases can even "skip" generations. Hair on the scalp that has genetically elevated levels of DHT, (usually the front and top of the scalp), starts to shrink until it is completely lost. This can be a continuous slow process but commonly occurs as repeated episodes of rapid hair loss. Hair at the back and lower sides of the scalp is however permanent because it is genetically marked to have low levels of DHT. This lower, permanent, scalp hair is where donor hair is sourced and is surgically moved to the upper scalp to replace the lost hair. As this hair has low DHT levels it is unaffected by the surrounding baldness and remains healthy for the rest of your life. Hair regrowth treatment options for male pattern hair loss are either surgical or medical, or even a combination of both.
A Permanent Hair Regrowth Solution
Hair transplant surgery offers a permanent, living solution to lost scalp hair in pattern hair loss (or also scalp scarring).
Medical Treatment of Hair Loss
Effective medical hair loss treatments are now available in the form of Finasteride and a lotion or foam (called Minoxidil). Cosmetic camouflage agents include coloured creams, sprays, and powders that colour the scalp to match the hair colour and this will help with concealing hair thinning areas, as long as some hair remains present in the area. Hairpieces and weaves are a non-surgical option to restore hair (either synthetic or natural) by covering bald areas of the scalp.
Laser therapy has not yet been proven as an effective solution in the treatment of genetic hair loss but has a mild stimulatory effect upon hair follicles.