MALE HAIR LOSS:
The male pattern baldness (MPB) form of androgenetic alopecia accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men.
CAUSE OF MALE PATTERN BALDNESS:
'What male pattern baldness sufferers inherit are hair follicles with a genetic sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Hair follicles sensitive to DHT begin to miniaturize, shortening the lifespan of each hair follicle affected. Eventually, these affected follicles stop producing cosmetically acceptable hair.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a by-product of testosterone.Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase.
While the entire genetic process of MPB is not completely understood, scientists do know that DHT shrinks hair follicles, and that when DHT is suppressed, hair follicles continue to thrive.Hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT must be exposed to the hormone for a prolonged period of time for the affected follicle to complete the miniaturization process.
Today, with proper intervention, this process can be slowed or even stopped if caught early enough.
DIAGNOSIS OF MALE PATTERN BALDNESS:
Typical male pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of the hair loss, along with a detailed medical history, including questions about the prevalence of hair loss in your family.
Male pattern baldness is generally characterized with the onset of a receding hairline and thinning crown. Hair in these areas including the temples and mid-anterior scalp appear to be the most sensitive to DHT. This pattern eventually progresses into more apparent baldness throughout the entire top of the scalp, leaving only a rim or "horseshoe" pattern of hair remaining in the more advanced stages of MPB.
An experienced dermatologist should examine the scalp to assess the degree of miniaturization of the hair follicles. This assessment is very important for recommending the proper course of treatment.
Some advertised clinics might recommend a costly hair analysis or a scalp biopsy to properly diagnose your hair loss. You should avoid these clinics and seek the advice of a certified dermatologist who can properly examine you and help you treat your hair loss.
GRADING THE HAIR LOSS
DThis chart of hair loss pictures is a useful tool for diagnosis and for describing the extent of hair loss for treatment purposes.
Hundreds of products and services are sold to the vulnerable hair loss consumers by non medical parlours and spa centres without any scientific backgrounds. In the past few years, medicine has made tremendous strides in the treatment of men's hair loss.
With the advent of 5-alpha-reductace inhibitors such as finesteride and the evolution of surgical hair restoration, living with noticeable hair loss is no longer inevitable.
For the first time in the history it is now possible to stop or slow the progression of hair loss and to replace lost hair through surgery with completely natural results, though there are only a handful of surgeons performing surgical hair restoration to state-of-the-art standards
Remember that successful treatment of hair loss is greatly dependent on early intervention. It is critical to begin treatment with an effective product as soon as you notice the onset of hair loss.
The following two treatments have been clinically proven to successfully treat hair loss in men to varying degrees.Oral finesteride and topical minoxidil are two FDA approved treatment options for this condition.
WHAT'S NEW ?
Newer drugs like capaxin, some peptidal preparations, mesotherapy have shown promising results.
At our clinic we offer hair mesotherapy in addition to medical therapy to successfully control the hair fall and maintain the hair growth in male pattern baldness patients.