Medical science has taken many leaps forward in addressing hair loss in men. There are many different hair types and scalp types, so it is difficult to pinpoint one cause for hair loss. Hair loss may result from hair breaking at the shaft. Men and women are faced with androgenetic hair loss. However, the problem is more pronounced in men. Abnormalities with the thyroid, low mineral and protein levels, as well as alopecia areata are all common reasons why men lose their hair. Because there are so many reasons for hair loss, there are also many different solutions that are available.
Understanding Hair Loss in Men
In most men, hair loss is not caused because of a serious disease, or because their diet lacks certain minerals or nutrients. For most, hair loss is the result of genetics and aging. Male pattern baldness is hereditary. It happens in a slow yet predictable way, resulting in the hairline receding and a bald spot forming at the crown of the head.
In addition to determining if an individual experiences hair loss, heredity will also determine how fast a person loses their hair and how much of their hair they will lose. Some men have a hereditary disposition that leads them to lose hair as soon as they hit puberty. This type of hair loss is characterized by hair that first becomes thin, and then it becomes very short.
For most men, hair loss is connected with DHT growth that leads to the breakdown of testosterone, which in turn results in the miniaturization of hair follicles.
Additional Risk Factors
While genetics play a major role in determining if a man loses his hair, genetics do not play the only role. Other risk factors include things like increased stress, poor diet, poor sleeping habits, and smoking.
There is no catchall cure for male hair loss. There are treatments available that can prevent or slow down the process including natural supplements and laser therapy. However, in most cases the only surefire way to prevent male pattern baldness is to have a hair transplant done that will replace follicles that have been damaged by DHT.
When to Take Action
Many are surprised to learn that up to 50 percent of hair loss happens before a person can even see it with their naked eye. When an individual first starts seeing signs of hair loss, such as excessive hair in their comb or their brush or excessive hair in the drain after taking a shower, they should take immediate steps and consult with a physician who has experience with hair restoration.
DNA tests are an effective way of identifying the genes connected with hair loss. Outside of actually seeing their hair thinning, the only way for a man to know for sure whether or not they are going to have male pattern baldness is for them to get a genetic test to predict their risk.
For many men, going bald is their worst nightmare. Thankfully, with the help of Dr. Christopher Senger, male pattern baldness is reversible. Contact LivRenew in Fort Lauderdale today to schedule your consultation. We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.