Male Hair Loss
The Facts About Male Hair Loss
Hair loss is a condition that affects over 50% of men and 30% of women around the world. The causes of hair loss vary, including alopecia areata, scars, burns and menopause, with the most common cause being male pattern balding and female pattern hair loss. We would love a chat with you about solutions to your thinning hair. Call us if you are interested to find out the cost of hair transplant in Australia or just to have a chat with a hair transplant surgeon at one of our clinics in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Auckland.
What is male pattern balding? (MPB)
Pattern balding or thinning refers to the inherited pattern of hair loss genetically passed down from either side of the family. MPB may skip a family member or even a generation and starts sometime after puberty.
Why do men go bald?
The reason men go bald is due to the chemical makeup of their hair. The hair on top of the scalp has higher levels of the enzyme 5 alpha reductase (5AR) that causes an increase in the naturally occurring hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT miniaturises the hair over time, gradually, in many cases until none is left and the head becomes shiny bald (the most severe cases). The hair at the back of the scalp (known as 'permanent hair') naturally has lower levels of DHT so this hair does not commonly fall out. The hair transplant procedure provides many males suffering from hair loss with an effective treatment at the Knudsen Clinic. Please check out the male hair loss treatment Before and After galleries showing patients that have undergone hair transplant surgery.
The Myths of Male Hair Loss
It is important to note that contrary to popular belief, you don't lose your hair from wearing tight hats, washing your hair too much or dying your hair. Nor will your hair grow back stronger if you shave it off. The average person loses 50-150 hairs per day so shedding is completely normal and should not alarm you. It's also common for people to have seasonal periodic sheds of hair. The growth phase for each scalp hair is usually 3-4 years after which the hair sheds and is replaced by a new, identical hair, 3 months later. The longer the growth phase, the less hair that sheds each day. Rather than worrying about the amount of shedding, hair thinning is a function of what grows back once the hair has shed. If the hair is being miniaturised by DHT then the hair that grows back to replace the fallen hair will be weaker and finer until no hairs grow back in its place.