Male Pattern Hair Loss
Male Pattern Hair Loss
The main cause of hair loss in men is a condition known as "Androgentic Alopecia" or "Male Pattern Baldness". The pattern of this type of hair loss is where hair will recede from the lateral sides of the forehead ( hair line) and or from the crown (vertex). Eventually the receding hair line will meet the thinning crown leaving a horseshoe shaped ring around the back and sides of the head.
“The hormone that causes healthy hair follicles to miniaturise over a period of time , does not, in the majority of cases, impact the follicles just above and below the occipital bone at the back of the head, also know as the “Donor Area”. These follicles which are genetically programmed to last a life time are excised from the back and sides of the head and transplanted to the recipient areas .” As a result of these follicles being genetically resistant to the hormone causing hair loss , Hair Transplant Surgery is literally the only permanent solution to hair loss.”
The Norwood Scale
The hair loss patterns shown on the Norwood scale, are used for measurement purposes and are the most common stages of hair loss in men.
Types of Hair Loss
MALE PATTERN BALDNESS (ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA)
As its name implies, male pattern baldness usually exhibits a predictable pattern — with hair loss beginning at the hairline above the temples and gradually receding. Male pattern baldness, is also the most common cause of hair loss in men, accounting for more than 95% of all hair loss cases.
Male pattern baldness causes your hair follicles to shrink gradually over time until they stop regrowing. Without proper attention, it can eventually progress to the point where only hair on the sides and rear of the head are left. With timely treatment this outcome can be prevented.
TRACTION HAIR LOSS (TRACTION ALOPECIA)
Hairstyles that pull your hair tight, such as braids and cornrows, can cause stress to the scalp. Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that happens over time. It can also be caused by a number of other factors including wearing wigs, hairbands, braids, tight headgear, or pulling of the hair with the hands (this is an emotional condition called trichotillomania).
PATCHY HAIR LOSS (ALOPECIA AREATA)
Much less common than male pattern hair loss is patchy hair loss and spot baldness, also known as Alopecia Areata. Alopecia Areata is actually an autoimmune disease and occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your hair follicles, leaving a smooth, round patch of hairless skin. Patchy hair loss can happen in otherwise healthy people.
Hair loss in men can also be caused by external factors. Some examples include:
· A traumatic event such as a death in the family
· Medication to treat cancer, heart problems or high blood pressure
CLASSIFICATIONS FOR HAIR LOSS IN
· Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia)
· Scarring from accidents, surgery, chemical and thermal burns.
· Hair loss due to hair pulling such as braiding or weaving.
· Heredity (family history of hair loss)
· Medical conditions and medications
· Changes in your hormones
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