Male Hair Loss
In bygone decades many people have viewed male hair loss as something undesirable and unfortunate, which left many sufferers of hair loss to feel unhappy and lacking in self confidence. But it is funny how times have changed many people’s attitudes to baldness, to the extent that it is now fashionable to have a clean shaven head with very short stubbly hair. Maybe this has been brought about by men wanting to try to improve the way their hair looked in this way.
What Causes Male Hair Loss?
Well male hair loss, or male pattern baldness as it is commonly known, is usually as a result of an inherited genetic trait which runs through some familes. The correct term used by specialists is androgenetic alopecia, and it has a distinct pattern for the hair loss. First the hairline across the forhead will begin to receed a little, while the hair on the crown of the head often thins out. Although the hair at the base at the back of the skull, and the hair just above the ears are often not affected at all.
This type of male hair loss is caused when the enzyme 5 alpha reductase goes through a chemical reaction which results in any testosterone which is present being converted into dihydrotestosterone, or DHT for short. The hair follicles then become more weakened over time because they are particularly sensitive on the heads of those who suffer from male hair loss. The result of this weakening of the hair follicles is that eventually the hair cannot grow in the shrinking roots and it results in hair loss. The hair does not re-grow once this hair loss has taken place, so the sufferer will need to either have a hair root transplant or a hair root skin flap treatment.
Other types of male hair loss include alopecia areata, which only affects perhaps one or two per cent of the population. This form of male hair loss is more patchy in appearance and it tends to affect those who are younger in age. Sufferers are usually below 40 year old, although young children can be affected by it. The causes are not totally clear why this type of male hair loss occurs, but there are theories which vary from too much stress, a genetic trait or an auto-immune disease. This form of male hair loss can also accompany symptoms such as brittle, or ridged finger nails as well.
Male Hair Loss, Solution?
But male hair loss is not a life threatening disease, and it is not dangerous in itself, although it could be a symptom of another illness, and as such the sufferer should always seek medical advice as to the cause of sudden hair loss. If it is just as a result of a family genetic tendancy, then the person afflicted must either learn to accept it for what it is, and try to improve the way the hair looks. Or if the sufferer wants to try one of the medicated treatments, or even to have surgery to improve the way their hair looks, then of course it is necessary to seek the advice of a professional. This is to discuss the most appropriate treatment for their male hair loss for them as an individual, and to suit their budget.
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