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Men pattern baldness

Hair loss causes for men

There are many possible causes for loosing hair, some internal (health related) other external (stress, pollution, medication, etc.). This is the reason why, if you notice an unusual amount of hair falling after brushing or after a shower, a consult with a hair specialist is the best way to find out what is going on. To do it yourself might result in complications and suffering and, in most cases, time is of the essence. Read more about the importance of a good diagnosis and about what kind of doctor is to be consulted for your hair. Or, ask a specialist right here!

By, far, Androgenetic alopecia or hereditary pattern baldness is the most important form of hair loss typically experienced by men and is caused by hereditary factors under the influence of male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and aging. Under the influence of this factors the hair follicles become progressively smaller and eventually disappear – this process is called “miniaturization.”

The hair follicles from the front, top, and crown of the scalp are sensitive to DHT and are more prone to shedding under it’s influence, giving the specific hair loss pattern. This pattern is defined in the Norwood Classification: it begins with recession of the hairline at the temples and thinning of the crown, progressing to almost total baldness, except the back and sides of the scalp. The hair in these areas can be harvested and transplanted to bald or thinning areas and continue to grow as they would on the side and back of the head – see about Hair Transplant Surgery.


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