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Everything You Need To Know About Temple Hair Loss

It’s normal for people to experience hair loss, especially older adults from the age of 30 upwards. Temple hair loss occurs at the side of the head, between the forehead and the ear. It can contribute to a V-shaped hairline that is common in men.

In this blog, we are going to be exploring temple hair loss, from what the condition is, to symptoms, causes, and temple hair loss treatment options; including medication and hair transplants.

Temple hair transplant surgery
Temple hair transplant surgery carried out by The Treatment Rooms London

What is temple hair loss?

It is estimated that male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) – one of the most common types of hair loss – affects more than half of men over 50 in the UK. Temple hair loss is a common form of male pattern baldness. It occurs at the temple area, between the forehead and the ears, behind the eyes.

However, temple hair loss, and hair loss in general, isn’t always due to male pattern baldness. There are a variety of other potential factors such as ageing and different types of alopecia. We will cover these in more detail further on in this blog.

Temple hair loss symptoms

Hair loss around the temples is one of the most common hair loss symptoms. Many people experience it, and it is a natural part of ageing. It is common for people to lose 50 to 100 hairs per day, and temple hair loss can contribute to the appearance of a receding hairline.

However, some people may experience more severe cases, especially when their hair starts to take the shape of a V – this is also known as a widow’s peak. This V-shape hairline can occur in women as well as men. It may be more obvious when the hair is pulled back.

The Norwood Scale classifies hair loss in various stages. Temple hair loss can be a key characteristic of Stage 2 (slight hairline recession around the temples) and Stage 3 (deep hairline recession at both temples, in a V, U or M shape) in the Norwood Scale.

Why is my hair receding at the temples?

There is a range of different factors that can contribute to hair loss at the temples. Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) is one of the most common types of hair loss. It is a genetic condition that often involves temple hair loss in its early stages. Female pattern baldness – characterised by a loss of hair density – does not typically begin at the temples in the same way that male pattern baldness does.

Among the other potential causes of temple hair loss are:

  • Stress
  • Traction alopecia (caused by ‘tight’ hairstyles like cornrows and ponytails)
  • The side effects of some medications
  • Hormonal changes
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Smoking

Preventative treatment for temple hair loss

There are several ways to stop temple hair loss, and the most suitable course of action will vary according to the cause of the hair loss. Let’s look at some of the ways that you can help to prevent temple hair loss:

  • Avoid damaging hairstyles – There are a number of hairstyles and hair treatments that could be a factor, including; tight hairstyles that cause traction alopecia such as cornrows, ponytails, buns and braiding; using hair dye; using hot styling tools like rollers, straighteners and blow dryers; and chemical texturizers
  • Treat health conditions that cause hair loss – By taking prescribed medication for underlying health conditions – such as systemic lupus erythematosus, thyroid disorder, syphilis, or a hormonal imbalance – that can cause hair loss, you should see your hair start to thicken.
  • Focus on a healthy diet – Pack your daily food intake with vitamins, minerals and omega-3’s, and try to cut out refined sugars and processed foods
  • Support your hair growth with supplements – Hair growth supplements can augment your diet by supplying you with nutrients that are conducive to hair growth. They usually come in tablet or capsule form
  • Use hair regrowth products – Try hair regrowth products such as formulas that contain minoxidil. These products help to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth
  • Relieve your stress – Stress causes hair loss, and so if you have a method of relieving it; all the better in the battle against temple hair loss. Exercise regularly and get enough sleep. There are also many other potential ‘stress busters’; from massage to meditation, aromatherapy and acupuncture

In addition to these methods of helping to prevent temple hair loss, there are several treatments available; such as non-invasive and surgical procedures.

Temple hair loss treatment
Temple hair loss treated with FUE hair transplant surgery

Non-surgical hair loss treatment

There is a range of non-surgical techniques available that can help combat the signs of hair loss without having to undergo a hair transplant. Non-surgical hair loss treatments such as:

Finasteride treatment

The cause of male pattern baldness is understood to be the conversion of testosterone into DHT, which then affects and thins hair follicles, making your hair fall out. Finasteride prevents this process from happening by halting the conversion of testosterone to DHT which prevents further hair loss. However, it’s only advised in the use of preventing further hair loss, it cannot necessarily regrow hair where it has been lost.

Minoxidil treatment

Typically coming in a topical solution, hair regrowth products containing minoxidil, such as Regaine, can make a visible difference with consistent use. The medication is applied directly onto the scalp to help prevent hair loss and thicken existing hair. Unlike Finasteride, Minoxidil can also treat hair loss in women, not just in men.

These treatments are advised to be explored before opting for a hair transplant as they may prove to be the perfect solution for your temple hair loss. However, you should always consult your doctor before using these products.

PRP hair treatment

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for hair restoration is a regenerative medicine that promotes healing. It has been proven to be very beneficial in promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss. When undergoing this treatment, we recommend carrying out 5 sessions of treatment that are spread across 1 year and then coming back every 12-18 months to maintain the results.

Temple hair transplant

If your objective is full hair restoration, including the replenishment of hairs at the temples, then hair transplants are the best possible option.

The two main types of hair transplants are FUE hair transplants and FUT hair transplants. Both are similar in technique, each process involves the extraction of hair from the ‘donor area’ and then transplanted to the desired location to provide thicker, voluminous hair. The process of each transplant are as follows:

  • FUE hair transplants remove individual follicles from the back of the scalp with tiny ‘punches’. The follicles are then gently placed into small holes made at the recipient area (at the temple, in this case)
  • FUT hair transplants take a single graft from the back of the scalp, before dividing the strip into small sections. The sections are then implanted at the recipient area (at the temple, in this case)
Temple hair transplant before and after
Temple and hairline hair transplant result

How we can help restore your temple hair loss

We offer a range of hair loss treatments that provide excellent results, giving our patients a more youthful, confident look. Whether you desire a hair transplant, or a non-invasive hair loss treatment, our experienced surgeons will be with you every step of the way, from the initial consultation right through to the aftercare and recovery process.

As a CQC registered clinic, we follow stringent health and safety guidelines and only employ fully-qualified surgeons that are regulated by the GMC, which means you’re in good hands. So if you want to restore the hair loss around your temples, book a consultation with The Treatment Rooms London today.

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