What Actually Causes Male Pattern Hair Loss?
Updated: Apr 16, 2019
Male hair loss is caused when a modified form of testosterone, the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), attacks hair follicles on the scalp. The hairs produced by the affected follicles become progressively weaker and thinner until eventually the hair stops being produced.
Not all men will be challenged by DHT though, this is where your genetic predisposition comes in. For most men the follicles at the back and sides are usually not affected by DHT, which is why it’s common for men to keep their hair there and go bald in a way, to mosts dread.
For most men hair loss is hereditary, but other factors can also contribute. Medical conditions like alopecia and can also cause you to lose your hair, and this often happens in small patches. Unfortunately a hair transplant won't be able to fix these all conditions.
Hair loss can also be as a result of taking certain medications such as cancer and many more. Hormonal imbalances and stress are also big predisposing factors for hair loss.
Can You Stop Hair Loss?
Firstly, it is important to know the causes of your hair loss. Start addressing the food you eat, how hydrated you are, and the shampoo you use - this can also affect your hair loss. Your hair needs sufficient amounts of protein, iron, zinc and B12 to keep it healthy. When it comes to shampoos, you should be looking for products engineered to keep your scalp healthy and improve hair follicle health. Here at Dynamic Regenerative Medicine we recommend Watermans Grow Me Shampoo, which improves blood flow and also is a natural DHT blocker.
Hair Transplants in Turkey
As we all know, hair transplants are very expensive, this is why the reason a lot of men are now going to Turkey to get there transplant done. But safety and effectiveness is of great concerned. It is not uncommon for patients to meet a doctor for a consultation thinking that they'll be performing the surgery, but it ends up being done by a nurse or technician with little training. We have found this has resulted in poor results and great disappointment. This is why we have set up partnerships with effective and well accredited hair transplant surgeons within Istanbul, Turkey. Please don’t be blindsided, get in touch to find out more. In addition to Turkey, we also have hair transplant partners within the UK.
Hair Transplant Alternatives
It’s important to understand that a hair transplant is not the holy grail for restoring your head of hair. In fact, sometimes a hair transplant can be counter-productive. But don’t worry, there are other solutions which are effective - by far the more common being platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment is an affective treatment whereby high concentrations of platelets are used to stimulate dormant hair follicles - to thicken and re-grow healthy hair.
Minoxidil is an over-the counter treatment for male pattern baldness, which is often sold under the name Regaine. We have found that this treatment can sometimes be effective in reducing hair fall but is relatively poor for stimulating new regrowth. However, may be a good option to use in conjunction with other treatments. Most people will need to use this medication regularly for 6 months to see any benefit.
Finasteride, which is usually sold under the brand name Propecia, is a prescription tablet taken once a day by men with male pattern baldness. It works by reducing testosterone in your body from converting into DHT. Again, sometimes this treatment can be affective however, it comes with very unpleasant, unwanted side-effects, one being reduced libido.
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment for people who are balding, thinning or have receding hair. Essentially, a doctor would give the patient a medical tattoo that uses little dots to mimic the look of short hair. This can be good in the short term however, scalp micro pigmentation can result in fading, discolouration and blurring over time.
We know her loss is notoriously difficult to treat. What we know is that the majority of treatments available for hair loss or about stimulating bloodflow to the scalp. Treatments like lasers were initially used some years ago but results have been poor. We have literally tried every solution possible for hair loss and want to give our patients the best, most affective outcome. We have found here at Dynamic Regenerative Medicine that there is no better solution than taking the good stuff out of the blood, concentrating it and then putting it directly in to the scalp. This is how platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment works. Specifically, platelets release biological growth factors that stimulate hair follicles. Has for DHT, we recommend using a natural DHT blocker. We do not recommend or endorse medication to reduce levels of natural testosterone.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment has good level dermatological and scientific evidence of efficiency with good clinical outcomes. Also, the results speak for themselves.
GET IN TOUCH TO FIND OUT MORE OR SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION
Don’t let hair loss effect your confidence or get in the way of life. Schedule a consultation with Dynamic Regenerative Medicine today, and let us treat your hair loss and provide you with full confidence again. We have clinics operating out of Solihull (Henley-In-Arden), Birmingham (Harborne/Edgbaston) & Bromsgrove (Barnt Green).
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