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Hair Loss

 

We have approximately 100,000 hairs on our head.  Everyone loses hair daily, but usually they grow back. Hair loss can also be a result of serious illness, major surgery, and a side effect of certain medications, however ‘male pattern hair loss’ is just part of ageing.  Most men will experience some form of hair loss, although how much and when is a result of your genetics.

 

 

Causes
Male pattern baldness is caused by high levels of an androgen hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Androgen hormones are the hormones that stimulate male characteristics such as the development of the penis and enlargement of muscles. DHT causes the hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop working, so new hair is either very short and fine, or completely non-existent.

 

Male-pattern baldness occurs slowly, but follows a similar pattern in all men. The process starts with a receding hair line, followed by thinning at the temples. Hair continues to recede back resulting in a horseshoe shape around sides and back of head, and eventually some men go completely bald.

Baldness is not a disease, as it doesn’t affect health. However, some men become so emotionally distraught by the loss of their hair that it can result in depression.

 

 

Treatment options
It is much easier to maintain existing hair than regrow hair once the follicle has stopped producing hair altogether, so if you are concerned about baldness it is best to treat it early. There are a wide range of strategies that can be used to treat baldness, so it is best to speak to your doctor or dermatologist about the best options for you. Although popular, there is no scientific evidence to support the use of massage, herbal remedies or nutritional supplements.

 

Once the hair follicle has stopped producing hair, it is difficult to reverse the process. Hair weaving, wigs, hair transplantation surgery or a change in hair cut can be used by those who don’t want to accept baldness.

 

 

Disclaimer
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Information contained on this webpage must be discussed with an appropriate healthcare professional before making any decisions or taking any action based on the content of this webpage.

 

Sources

https://www.andrologyaustralia.org/male-pattern-hair-loss/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282592.php

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Patterned_hair_loss

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hairloss.html

http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/e---h/hair-loss

http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/#!/male-pattern-baldness