At the Eaton Practice our professional trichologists will diagnose and treat your hair and scalp conditions. Due to the causes of male pattern baldness being very complicated, we will have to examine your lifestyle, medical records and family history. You can rest assured that these details will remain completely confidential.
Since hair and scalp problems may also be caused by physical or emotional health, the patients’ alopecia treatments will be tailored to these specific conditions.
Types of male hair loss:
Androgenetic Alopecia/Male Pattern Baldness (MPB)
A characteristic pattern of male hair loss; begins with a slight recession at the front hairline and is followed by thinning on the crown of the head, leading to male pattern baldness. The hair above the ears and at the nape of the neck is unaffected. This hair loss results from a complex chemical reaction when the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts the testosterone in the system into DHT or dihydrotestosterone. The hair follicles are genetically predisposed to be oversensitive to the DHT and become smaller with time.
If you are suffering from patchy hair loss, you may be suffering from another form of alopecia:
An extremely common condition, affecting 1% to 2% of the population at some point in their lives. Most sufferers are children and young adults (below 40 years old), though it can affect people of all ages. Male hair loss is sudden and manifests itself in small, smooth-skinned patches that are likely to gradually widen with time. It can also affect the sufferer’s nails, giving them a pitted, ridged or brittle appearance. The exact cause is still unknown, although current theories suggest that it could be an auto immune disorder, stress related or possibly a genetic problem.
When hair loss progresses until the scalp hair is lost. Nearly twice as many men suffer alopecia totalis as women; it’s estimated to affect 1 in every 125,000 men.
When all the body hair is lost as well; eyebrows, eyelashes etc., and toenails can also be affected.
Sustained thinning of hair throughout the entire scalp, narrowing hair shafts and lack of hair growth are distinct symptoms. Persistent hormone problems and iron deficiency frequently cause this problem.
This is a dramatic and immediate release of hair from the active growing stage of the hair growth cycle. This condition is caused by toxic abuse of the hair follicles; chemotherapy is a common example. Once the cause is removed, hair will re-grow.
Other causes of Male Hair Loss.
There are many reasons for male pattern baldness other than the above. A percentage of men may be anaemic or iron deficient, particularly if they are vegetarian, blood donors or have had surgery. This type of male hair loss responds much better to treatment.
It is important to establish the cause of hair loss before embarking on any form of treatment or surgery.