Male Hair Loss
Hair loss in men is extremely common with almost 50% of males experiencing a degree of hair loss by the age of 50. At The Treatment Rooms, we understand your hair is crucial to your appearance and hair loss is a common source of worry. Whether it be medical treatment or hair transplant surgery, we place the utmost importance in helping you achieve your desired look.
Hair loss (also known as alopecia) affects people differently. There are various medical and lifestyle causes of hair loss. In men, the most common cause is testosterone and its effect on your hair (also known as androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness). Testosterone gets converted into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which acts to thin the hair eventually making it fall out. This primarily affects hairs on the top and crown, with hairs at the back and sides resistant to the process. As hair loss progresses, we can neatly predict what might happen as most men follow a pattern. This is why it is called male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia).
The Norwood Scale shows what stage of hair loss you have and how male pattern baldness can progress.
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Other causes of hair loss
You may be experiencing one or multiple of forms of hair loss. Other causes include:
- Anaemia (check your iron, vitamin B12 and folate levels)
- Overactive thyroid disease
- Lupus erythematosus
- Alopecia areata– where patches of hair are lost because of your immune system overreacting to your hair
- Traction alopecia– tying the hair tight into top buns can pull on the hair roots and damage them
- Trichotillomania– repetitive hair pulling due to psychological stress
- Inflammatory skin conditions causing hair loss at the front and back
Male hair loss treatment- what are your options?
If you are worried about your hair loss we advise you to see our hair loss surgeons at The Treatment Rooms. You will benefit initially from getting a diagnosis as to why you are suffering hair loss. Secondly, you will be advised on the treatment options available to you. Broadly the treatment options can be separated into 2 categories:
- Medical Treatments (e.g. Finasteride and Minoxidil)- for more information about these treatments in our clinic click here
- Hair Restoration Surgery- Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)
Hair Restoration Surgery (FUE Hair Transplantation)
Your hair loss commonly occurs due to the effect of DHT on the hair follicle. However, DHT has less effect on the hair follicles at the back and sides of your head. These hairs on the side and back are resistant to the thinning and balding process.
Hairs that are transplanted from the back or side to areas you have become bald in, retain their resistance to DHT. This makes your transplanted hair a long-term solution for covering areas of existing hair loss.
There are two main surgical procedures used to perform a hair transplant- Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). At The Treatment Rooms, we provide Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) as our main hair restoration surgery technique and our surgeons will talk you through both types of surgery during your consultation.
The main benefits of FUE hair transplantation are:
- Minimal downtime following surgery
- None- minimal signs of surgery when going back to normal life
Our clinic provides FUE hair restoration surgery for the following:
- Scalp hair transplants
- Beard transplants
- Eyebrow transplants
At The Treatment Rooms, we take great care to learn how your hair loss is affecting you and explore how it is likely to progress over time. On this basis, we establish tailored treatment plans considering the long-term goals for your hair. Should hair restoration surgery be an option for you, we will ensure you have all the details required to make an informed decision.
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