Genetic Male Hair Loss
Also known as Male pattern baldness syndrome or androgenetic alopecia.
This is visually the most variable complaint. It begins as diffuse, or thinning hair loss and can manifest into baldness as far as the lower sides and back of the head. The hair can fall rapidly, showing signs of thinning over a short period of time, or it can fall gradually, almost unnoticeably, over a prolonged period, until a thinner area is noticed.
Male pattern baldness is the most common hair loss complaint. It is mostly, as the name suggests, a genetically determined condition affecting over 50% of the male population. It can begin as early as 16 years of age or as late as 60 or 70.
Very few men get past this age with a full head of hair. Luck and genetical predisposition play the main role in this instance.
Put as simply as possible, hair grows from an indentation in the skin called a follicle. It would appear that the follicles on the top areas of the scalp are more receptive to the male androgen hormone. The more androgens allowed to circulate in the blood, the weaker these particular follicles become until eventually, they completely dissolve.
When hair follicles completely degenerate, regrowth is impossible, as the follicle no longer exists.
Genetics will predetermine not so much the levels of testosterone produced by the body, but the levels of production of a certain protein that helps to contain and control the level of testosterone in the blood. Rapid hair fall can occur when a certain enzyme produced by the body causes a more potent male hormone to metabolise, namely Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
A consultation with a fully qualified trichologist, backed by the Institute of Trichologists, would allow a better understanding of this rather complicated condition.
Male Pattern hair loss is not, as yet, a curable complaint. The intensity of the levels of the protein and enzyme previously mentioned will determine whether the hair will fall prolifically, moderately or gradually. Stimulative treatments (allowing a more excessive blood supply by vaso-dilation) can help to contain, control and minimise the progression of male pattern baldness. The speed of hair fall can be greatly reduced and regrowth can easily occur. Remember, degenerated hair follicles do not replace themselves naturally. Therefore, the sooner a condition is addressed, the greater the improvement.
Trichology treats the condition, not the cause, and it is important to have the cause carefully explained to you with logic, common sense and no nonsense.
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