Male Hair Loss
The majority of hair loss in men is genetically predetermined. Don’t be discouraged if you think that you were responsible for your hair loss. This is most likely not your fault. This is true even for those who believe these myths are responsible.:
- Frequent hat wearing
- Frequent sweating
- Frequent showering
- Cheap shampoos
- Frequent brushing/combing
- Daily (normal) stress at home or on the job
- Don’t take vitamins or supplements
- Poor dietary habits
- Poor hygiene
- Too much sun
- Not enough sun
Here are some very real reasons for your hair loss:
- Genetic-(click to read more)
- Trauma to scalp (click to read more)
- Significant body trauma (click to read more)
- Intense psychological stress (click to read more)
Genetics- Also known as “Androgenic Alopecia” and “Male Pattern Baldness – MPB”. You can choose. This is the leading cause of hair loss among men all over the globe.
It doesn’t really matter if all grandparents and both parents had full heads. Nature loves variety and mixes up each generation’s genetic pool. Each newborn could experience hair loss in a different way for each individual. Although there is some genetic influence from family history, it is not always reliable. This is evident by the simple fact that everyone knows someone with a beautiful head of hair who is completely bald. Both have different hair genetics despite sharing the same grandparents and parents. It’s how it is, and nobody is to blame. However, sometimes the mothers are blamed.
Types of Male Hair Loss
The first thing that every person suffering from hair loss wants to know is how much hair they have lost and how much they will lose in the future. Fair questions. This is why Dr. O’Tar norwood, a pioneer in hair transplantation and dermatologist, examined 1,000 male patients. He discovered a pattern of hair loss that was consistent with age. Diagrams such as this one are likely to be familiar. Norwood was the first to have them drawn. There are two kinds of hair loss for men. The first is the one that starts at the hairline and moves backwards. The second is the one that starts as a small circle in the crown and radiates upwards. Both can occur in some patients.
Thanks to Norwood,
Doctors now have high confidence in knowing where to place hair transplants. This is because they anticipate future loss. Norwood’s patterns, which are based on a limited supply of donors, can be used to plan and execute the most effective hair restoration surgery.
You don’t have to be a doctor in order to understand the different patterns. Take a look at the diagrams to see which one best matches your hair loss. Next, look at the next type of pattern in the chart. You are likely in your twenties, thirties or later stages of hair loss. It’s the exact same process, but it may take longer if you are in your fifties and sixties.
It is simple to diagnose hair loss. Most people can do it correctly. However, it is more difficult to predict the pace of hair loss in the future. This requires an expert. You can’t trust your friends to tell you how fast your hair is falling out. A doctor will be able to tell you what the best steps to take to stop it.
The Norwood Classification chart is generally used to diagnose hair loss. Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) is most likely to be the cause. The hair’s quality is another important factor. MPB is likely to be present if the hairs are becoming thinner, and not just the overall appearance.
You can also do this at home. Comb Test – This is a simple way to determine if your hair has lost too much. Simply take a comb, and gently slide it into the hair. If the comb is not able to stay in your hair and does not fall out of gravity, it may be time to consult a hair restoration specialist.
A scalp biopsy is a good option to confirm your diagnosis. Although this is not necessary to diagnose MPB, it can be useful if the doctor suspects that there may be another factor (such as an auto immune disorder which sounds more frightening than it actually is in relation to hair loss).
There are several treatments for hair loss being offered by physicians to date:
- Hair Transplant
- Platelet Rich Plasma injection
- Steroid injection
- Low Light Laser Therapy
- Expensive Shampoos
Only hair transplantation, Finasteride and the rest have any clinical value. Although the other options may occasionally offer some benefit to the patient, they often have such negative effects that any gains are negligible.
(Click here to learn more about these treatments-Make a page that discusses each option)
Hair Transplantation, out of all the useful treatments available, is the most effective and most popular. Finasteride is a distant second. In fact, most patients have abandoned Finasteride by the time they visit Feller or Bloxham for consultation.