Baldness in Men
Is it normal to lose this much hair?
Absolutely. Hair loss is a fact of life. On average, we lose about 50 -100 hairs a day!
Healthy hair contains about 10 -15% of the dead, almost ‘ready to fall out’ hair. This is just part of the hair cycle. Each person’s hair cycle is regulated by their genes. Hair density, too, is genetic and the more hair you have, the more hair falls out.
In men, hair loss is often a result of hormonal and genetic conditions as is where it occurs on the head – at the temples, at the crown, and a receding hairline.
Unlike women, men can start balding at an early age which can cause low self-esteem and a growing lack of confidence.
Stages of Baldness in Men
This stage marks the lightest hair loss with thinning at the temples that often goes unnoticed or is ignored.
In a close continuation of stage 1, the balding near the temples moves inward, creating that M-shaped hairline you see in men who are just beginning to lose their hair.
The temple recession continues until there’s little to no hair in the temporal regions (at the temples). It is at this stage that the hair on the top of the head becomes thinner with bald spots starting to appear.
At this point, there’s no denying that you’re experiencing male-pattern baldness. You develop noticeable bald spots. The hair on the crown of your head thins and you may lose large patches of hair at the back of your head at the vertex or on the front of your head.
Why am I bald?
The most common cause of baldness is called male-pattern baldness. It is hereditary and is a gradual loss of hair in predictable patterns, like a receding hairline and thinning hair on the crown.
Research has found that genes may determine how sensitive your hair follicles are to male hormones called androgens or more specifically DHT, which makes the follicles shrink. As the follicles get small the hair that regrows there tends to thinner, finer, less vigorous. With each hair growth cycle, it takes longer and longer for hair to grow back. Until finally, it doesn’t grow back at all.
The majority of men, like 95%, can blame this hormonal sensitivity for their hair loss.
So, who’s to blame?
Because it is hereditary, we look to the genes of your parents for answers. It’s true that the primary gene exists in the X chromosome, the one that men only get from their mothers. But before you blame her, know that there are other factors at play here. That genes are slightly more dominant on the mother’s side, but research suggests that men who have a bald father are more likely to develop male pattern baldness than those who don’t.
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These are dependent on a number of factors such as age, medical history and lifestyle.
Hair Loss FAQ’s
There is still time! It’s around stage 5 that hair restoration becomes much more difficult. So much depends on the quality and quantity of the hair on your donor area (the back of your head.)
Hair loss is mostly caused by genetics, yet there are a few ways to improve the health of your scalp and preserve your follicles. Lutétia clinic’s Plateletherapy and MesoLed inject vital growth factors and nutrients, respectively, into your scalp.
Since the first hair transplant was performed in the 1950s, the method of moving hair from the back of the head to the front has changed quite a bit. Earlier methods, like FUT (link), removed strips of scalp from the donor area, leaving scar tissue and damaged follicles. Newer methods don’t take strips of the scalp but can leave pits in the scalp instead so the surface resembles an orange peel. The method that uses the most careful extraction and implantation and requires the doctor to receive specialized training is DHI. This is the most advanced solution for hair loss.
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