Despite what you might think hair loss is common and so is male pattern baldness. However, knowing this type of hair loss is common isn’t necessarily comforting. What might be comforting is the ability to learn more about this type of men’s hair loss and what you can do about it with the latest advances in permanent, natural hair transplants in St. Louis, as well as clinically proven hair loss treatment solutions.
What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?
The main cause of male pattern baldness can be mostly attributed to genetics. This means that your family has had a history of this type of hair loss. According to Healthline, research has found that male pattern baldness is associated with male sex hormones called androgens. The androgens have many functions including regulating hair growth as each hair on your head has a growth cycle. With male pattern baldness, this growth cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrinks, producing shorter and finer strands of hair. Eventually, the growth cycle for each hair ends and no new hair grows in its place as its naturally supposed to.
Male pattern baldness can also occur from two other factors such as simply age or medical conditions. These medical conditions can consist of cancers, thyroid conditions or even certain medications. Talk to your doctor if you start to lose hair after taking new medications. Also, if you are unsure the main cause of you hair loss, seek a hair loss evaluation from specialists who can determine the specific cause and solution that’s best for you.
How Do I Know If I Have Male Pattern Baldness?
The most common indication of having male pattern baldness is a steady retreat of hair departing from the forehead. This can be seen in a distinctive “M” shape, also known as a receding hairline. If the hairs at the top of your hairline are thinning, or being shed without being replaced within the normal growth process, you might be suffering from Androgenic Alopecia. These signs of a receding hairline will continue as the hair is lost from the crown of the head, leaving the top of the head bald creating the “horseshoe” effect. Although the “horseshoe” is the most common, the area of hair loss varies for different people but will typically always be at the top of the scalp. However, you might still be thinking how do I know for sure if my hair loss is due to male pattern baldness? The sure way to know if it’s genetic, is by observing whether the hair loss is all over your scalp or just on the top. Male pattern baldness will not affect the back or sides so you can be almost certain of the condition if your thinning is typically confined to the top of the scalp.
Can Male Pattern Baldness Be Prevented?
Male pattern baldness can’t necessarily be prevented, however there are ways you can strengthen and ensure your hair’s overall health. You can do this by being gentle with your hair and avoid using harsh chemicals or constant heat styling products. In fact, you can also maintain healthier hair by consuming nutritious and nourishing foods that are not only good for your diet but also for your hair. Lastly, just simply taking care of your hygiene is another effective way to keep your hair healthy and strong. Read our blog, 7 Lifestyle Habits That Contribute to Hair Loss to learn more ways you might be damaging your hair. Ultimately, healthier individuals will have a higher chance of minimizing the overall effects and appearance of hair loss.
How Much Hair Will I Lose?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a definitive answer to this question. The amount of hair loss varies for each individual due to different lifestyle factors and causes of hair loss. However, more hair is typically lost with age. Men can start experiencing hair loss from male pattern baldness as early as their late teens. Yet, it’s more common as you age. In fact, two-thirds of men are affected by male pattern baldness by the age of 35, however that increases by 80% for males over the age of 50 (Source).
What Are The Best Treatments For This Type Of Hair Loss?
There are several treatments out there claiming to be the solution for male pattern baldness. However, every person is different and the treatment should be specific to the individual’s hair loss, lifestyle factors and personal preferences. No one treatment is the perfect solution for every man struggling with male pattern baldness. To find out what solution is best for you, do some research and consider a hair loss evaluation from a hair restoration specialist.
Working with a hair loss specialist like Dr. Moore can help you create the best scalp environment to maintain your hair. A prevention plan starts with good hair care products to to keep your scalp in the best condition and ph for hair growth. A healthy scalp leads to healthy hair. Laser treatments increase blood flow and and helps your thinning hair reach its full potential.
St. Louis Hair Restoration Specialists
At the Moore Hair Clinic in St. Louis, we are very proud to provide each of our clients with the very latest advances in hair transplant and hair loss treatment technology and clinically proven male and female hair loss solutions. The Moore Hair Clinic is a recognized leader in multi-therapeutic hair loss treatment, hair restoration and St. Louis hair transplantation for men and women suffering from Alopecia, balding, and thinning hair.