What Causes Hair Loss?
Hair loss can greatly affect your psychological state, impact your self confidence, and ultimately hamper your social life and career.
The most common form of male hair loss is androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). This typically starts with a receding hairline or crown, with some men noticing their loss as early as their twenties. Men who experience hair loss early on tend to develop extensive balding, if no proactive action is taken.
The two types of androgens involved in male pattern hair loss are Testosterone and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a hormone which develops male characteristics during puberty as a by-product of Testosterone. Some men are genetically more sensitive to DHT, which causes their hairs to miniaturise as the hormone breaks down the hair growth cycle until they enter dormancy.
As the follicles miniaturise they still remain active. This means that medical treatments can help reverse the miniaturising process, if actioned early. If caught too late, then it is notoriously difficult to regrow the weakened hairs. At this stage, hair restorative surgery is a viable option to relocate your DHT immune hair from the back and sides of your scalp.
Why are the hairs at the back and sides of a bald man’s head resistant to thinning? The honest answer is that nobody knows the exact reason. One popular theory states that losing your hair on top helps to thermoregulate the heat of your head once the sweat glands on your face deactivate, following the growth of facial hair during puberty.
It is perfectly normal to seek treatment to stop and reverse hair loss through medication or surgery. Typically, the best candidates for hair transplant surgery are those already using hair loss medication to help strengthen their thinning hair. It’s important to remember that your donor hair is not infinite and must be managed correctly to get the most out of your precious supply.