Male pattern baldness affects around half of all men by the time they reach the age of 50. However, it can begin to show itself much earlier in life with some men experiencing hair loss as early as their twenties.
Male pattern baldness is also referred to as Androgenic Alopecia and often shows itself in its early stages as a receding of the hairline around the temples and a thinning of the hair on the crown – commonly known as the vertex. A combination of both of these types of initial hair loss is also very common and it is the first indicator that you need to take action if you wish to preserve your natural hair.
Hair loss can be combatted and treated if something is done as soon as you realise you are beginning to lose your hair. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to be able to save your natural hair. Once the hair follicles have fallen out, hair will stop growing in that area and your only choice will be to undertake a procedure called a hair transplant, so the trick is to recognise hair loss quickly and begin to do all you can to prevent it getting to that stage.
What causes hair loss
Androgenic Alopecia is victim to many myths and untruths when it comes to its cause. Many common urban myths tied to the cause of male pattern baldness include wearing a hat too much, tying your hair in a ponytail, nutrient deficiency and sweating. You may have been told that these factors contribute to your hair loss but the fact is; if you suffer from Androgenic Alopecia it is because you are genetically predisposed to lose your hair.
Androgenic Alopecia is the combined result of hormones called androgens and genetics- hence the name, Androgenic. It is a hereditary condition passed through the genes which programmes your follicles to become sensitive to the hormone changes in your scalp which causes your body to reject them, leading to hair loss. Because of this, in order to treat hair loss, only two types of treatment will really work – treatment to address the hormone sensitivity and treatment to encourage hair growth despite the hormone sensitivity. Unfortunately, this rules out about 90% of the treatments on the market.
How to effectively treat hair loss
The first step is to evaluate your hair loss. Pinpoint where you are beginning to lose your hair and act accordingly. Time is of the essence, as treatment will only work on existing hair follicles – once it’s gone, it’s gone. At The Wimpole Clinic we offer a trichology consultation service in which once of our experts will examine your scalp to determine your hair loss issues and advise you on the best treatment plan for you.
It is important to get yourself a hair loss treatment regime as soon as you spot the signs of hair loss. Treatments can take a minimum of a year to really begin to work so you need to start as soon as possible and give them time to get in full swing. The trichologists at The Wimpole Clinic will be able to point you in the direction of products that really get results and will work with you to create a regime tailored to your hair loss needs, so if you have begun to spot the signs of hair loss, why not book an initial consultation to see how we can help reverse the process.