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An In-Depth Guide To Receding Hairline & Possible Treatments

A receding hairline makes up one of the many different forms of hair loss experienced by both men and women. More common in men, there isn’t a definitive moment in time that one begins to experience hair loss. It differs from person to person and is largely affected by one’s genetics.

If you are currently suffering from a receding hairline, fear not, there exists a number of options both surgical and non-surgical that can help to promote hair regrowth. 

In this article, we cover everything to do with a receding hairline, exploring what it is, what causes your hair to recede, the treatment options at your disposal, and how you can act now to promote hair regrowth.

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The gentleman above had a receding hairline and had his hairline restored with an FUE hair transplant

What is a receding hairline?

Most common in men, a receding hairline begins anytime after they have completed puberty. A receding hairline is most common around the temples, with thinning of these areas noticeable in most men as they move towards 40 years of age. From here, hair begins thinning up towards the top of the head. 

There is no specific template that a receding hairline follows nor can one predict where or when they will lose their hair. What is important to remember is that if you do notice a change in your hairline, you must take action and speak to a hair specialist as soon as possible. You can then make an informed decision as to how you can slow down or rectify your hair loss.

Receding hairline causes

Studies show that around 50% of men will experience hair loss by the time they reach their 50’s. Some men may even notice early onset receding as soon as they finish puberty. In most cases, hairline recession is caused by a condition called male pattern baldness. The hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) causes the hair in the hairline and temples to thin and fall out. 

For some men this can also affect the crown and a receding hairline can meet a balding crown in the middle making the subject completely bald. The extent to which a hairline can recede is graded by the Norwood Scale; a visual representation is depicted below:

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The Norwood Scale

Receding hairline stages and signs

People experience individual severities of hair recession in different stages of their life. For the average male, a receding hairline can begin the natural process any time after puberty. Most men who suffer from a receding hairline will experience it by the time they reach 40 years old. 

It must be noted that hair loss does not follow a specific blueprint as individuals experience hair loss at different rates in contrasting areas. That being said, for a large proportion of the population, male pattern baldness can progress in visible steps.

What to look out for

It is not uncommon for one’s receding hairline to appear uneven at first, over time this will develop into a distinct M shape. Following on from this, other areas of the head begin to bald, usually the top or back of the head. Over time, these areas will merge, leaving a distinct horse shoe shape around the side and back of the head, not too dissimilar to Friar Tuck from Robinhood. 

Another commonly associated hair loss formation is that of a ‘widow’s peak’ which appears in a V-shape formation across the forehead. In this instance, hair has begun to thin and recede above the temples, causing a distinct V-shape. This form of receding hairline accounts for most of the cases experienced by women.

How to stop a receding hairline

The retreat of a receding hairline is a visceral and disheartening experience for anyone. Approximately 7.4 million UK male citizens lose their hair at any given time, as the majority of Caucasian men are the most likely to be affected.

Hair loss is a natural part of aging, especially in men. Whilst some embrace it, others may look to treatments to resolve this common affliction. Thankfully, there are a number of treatments available that can help slow down the process or even in some cases, reverse the effects. 

Treatment for a receding hairline in this gentleman included both Minoxidil and hair transplant surgery

At The Treatment Rooms London, we recommend taking advantage of our non-surgical treatment options if you suffer from hair loss. Great products like Minoxidil increase the vitality of your hair, ensuring they receive a good supply of oxygen and nutrients. We also offer the popular Finasteride to slow down or even stop the balding process by blocking the enzymes that produce DHT. 

Once all non-surgical options have been exhausted, we suggest opting for an FUE hair transplant. Whilst this is a more permanent and effective solution, a lot of research must go into this before making a decision. However, it should be regarded as the final option if no other non-surgical treatments work. We recommend booking a consultation with one of our experienced hair transplant surgeons to explain the surgery in detail and provide an assessment of your hair.

Hair transplant for a receding hairline

An FUE hair transplant involves extracting hair follicles from the back and sides of your scalp (donor area) and transferring them to your hairline, rejuvenating the appearance of having naturally grown hair. 

The hairs that reside within the donor area differ from the other hairs on your head. They are selected due to their resistance to DHT, the primary hormone that is linked to male pattern baldness. This gives hair transplant patients a thicker and fuller head of hair that isn’t prone to excessive shedding. 

Due to advances in technology and experienced surgeons, hair transplants have become less invasive and more obtainable, but not everyone will benefit from having a hair transplant. Whilst hair transplants are an effective treatment to restore the hair that was once lost, the procedure doesn’t stop the ongoing recession. 

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This gentleman took Finasteride and stabilised his receding hairline before undergoing a hair transplant to restore his hairline and temples

Some patients may find that their hair will continue to recede around the transplanted areas even after the surgery. An FUE hair transplant usually lasts between 15-20 years, but if you continue to lose hair around the surgically implanted areas, you may have to consider getting a second hair transplant or finding an alternative treatment. 

You also need to consider the price of a hair transplant. The average cost of an FUE hair transplant does depend on a number of factors, from the amount of grafts a patient will need to the experience of the surgeons and the prestigiousness of the clinic. We provide an interactive calculator that takes into account a patient’s age, gender, hair colour and type to generate the approximate number of grafts a subject needs for the procedure. To find out how many grafts you will need, you can visit our graft calculator page.

Mature hairline vs receding

People often mistake a ‘mature hairline’ with a receding hairline as the two are synonymous with aging and both tend to provoke nervousness when it comes to hair loss.  

A mature hairline is identified as a slightly higher hairline that men will develop after puberty, usually between the ages of 17 and 29 years old. However, this does differ from person to person. Only a minor percentage of men retain their ‘juvenile hairline’ as a maturing hairline is inherently part of the natural aging process. 

The body goes through some major changes during puberty and whilst some males experience a significant growth spurt, others may observe a change in hairline. It can happen to anyone and it is not necessarily determined by genetics. 

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Hairline design for mature hairline hair transplant

A mature hairline reflects a more evenly distributed decrease in hair follicles, as the hair at the front of the head will move back in unison by an average of half an inch. Whereas, a receding hairline is more aggressive. The excessive hair loss caused by receding hair will occur at the temples and the hairline and will begin to move upwards, eventually transforming into a U shape. 

A person can usually tell the difference by how much hair loss has already occurred. For example, if the hairline has receded by more than half an inch between the ages of 17 to 29, this insinuates that you may be suffering from male pattern baldness. By this point, we suggest contacting a specialist to start exploring possible treatments.

Get in touch

If you think you suffer from a receding hairline or other types of hair loss, please get in touch with one of our professionals to see how we can help you. 

We offer a range of hair loss treatments and procedures that can help reverse the effects of male pattern baldness and ultimately restore your confidence. For more information, please visit our contact page to book an appointment.

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