By the time they reach the age of 50, up to 50% of men will have experienced at least some degree of hair loss and for many, this hair loss can occur much earlier whilst they are in their 20’s or 30’s. For approximately 95% of these men who are experiencing thinning, the cause is called Androgenetic Alopecia which is more commonly known as male pattern baldness. This condition is hereditary and occurs when testosterone converts itself into something call DHT which causes hair follicles to shrink, resulting in an abnormal production of the hair and a much shorter life for the follicles.
For those suffering from male pattern baldness, the first area that they typically begin to see hair loss is the crown and this is followed by the hair thinning around the temples, however every individual patient will have a different experience with this condition and may see varying patterns dependent on their own individual case.
There are many other causes of hair loss in men such as stress, disease and even reactions to medication, though every case (even if it has the same cause) is individual and is about much more than just a receding hairline. One of the most important things to address with a patient suffering from hair loss is how it can affect their confidence and self-esteem.
When in the early stages, hair loss can be managed and possibly prevented with the use of medications such as Finasteride, however once the thinning has happened and there is permanent hair loss, transplantation is the only way to effectively treat the area.
Hair loss within women is a lot more common than many people realise and we have personally seen a large number of female patients enquiring about hair transplantation and restoration surgeries. In a lot of these cases, we are often considered a last resort after these women have explored many other options and hair loss treatments specifically targeted at women.
It is thought that there are approximately 30 different conditions that are responsible for causing hair loss in women and the majority of these can be managed by using the correct treatment and we advise that any woman who is experiencing hair loss should consult with their physician or general practitioner to help determine the cause of their individual hair loss as this will aid in eliminating any possibly serious medical condition/s before exploring the possibility of hair restoration treatments.
It is often portrayed within the media that women don’t experience any for of significant hair loss, however this is all untrue and we are able to help you with tailored advice that is as individual as you are and specific to your form of hair loss.