Here’s the lowdown on male hair loss – if you’ve got further questions then our hair restoration specialist would be delighted to discuss any concerns you may have and offer possible solutions to the problem.
What is male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness, known medically as Androgenetic Alopecia, is a genetic sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a by-product of testosterone. All hair goes through a growth cycle before it is shed, but DHT causes the follicle to produce smaller, thinning hairs which fall out more rapidly, until eventually they stop producing hair altogether.
How will I know if I’m losing my hair?
Typically, men experience a receding hairline and thinning across the crown of the head and eventually progresses to full baldness across the scalp, leaving a ‘horseshoe’ pattern of hair in the most advanced stage.
Male pattern baldness is usually very gradual, so men can sometimes be unaware – or in a willing state of disbelief – until hair loss becomes more advanced.
Is there a cure to male pattern baldness?
Male hair loss can cause a great deal of distress and men are usually prepared to spend much time and money in preventing it, so it’s no surprise that scientists are continually searching for a baldness ‘cure’.
Currently, there is no treatment that can fully reverse hair loss and restore a full head of hair. Treatment options include medications, such as Minoxidil and Finasteride, that can prevent further hair loss and, in some cases, restore more fullness to thinning hair, but these do not work for everyone and should be commenced as soon as you notice thinning for optimal results.
There are also many treatments or products that promise to reverse hair loss, which have no proven benefit.
So, is there no permanent solution to hair loss?
The only permanent solution to male pattern baldness is Hair Restoration Surgery. Known as Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, the procedure entails removing healthy hair follicles from a donor area of the scalp (typically, the back of the head where the follicles will remain untouched by androgenetic alopecia and supply is plentiful). These hair follicles will then be transplanted or grafted onto the areas of hair loss. Perfomed under a local anaesthetic with minimal risk of complications or downtime, our Hair Restoration Expert is highly experienced and skilled at producing incredibly natural-looking results.
Click here to read more about the FUE hair transplant surgery procedure.