Male Pattern Baldness and Causes

Male Pattern Baldness

More than half of all men over the age of 50 experience male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia. It is among the most popular justifications for getting a hair transplant.

Men who have male pattern baldness may experience a thinning crown and receding hairline. The most typical male pattern baldness symptoms are hair loss around the temples and on top of the head, which can eventually form a “horseshoe” of residual hair.
Hair falling out of the front of the hairline and moving the hairline back over time.

Causes of male pattern baldness

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of testosterone, is the culprit behind male pattern baldness. DHT has the potential to diminish sensitive hair follicles over time. The afflicted hair follicles shrink, shortening the life of the hair in the process. This keeps happening until the damaged follicles stop creating hair.

According to research, male pattern baldness is frequently inherited; more than 80% of men who experienced substantial hair loss also had balding fathers.

(Norwood Scale) Stages of hair loss

Always have a licensed hair transplant doctor analyze your hair loss. They’ll be able to evaluate your hair loss and suggest the finest surgical or non-surgical treatment.

The Norwood Scale, which offers visual depictions of the various balding stages, categorizes male hair loss. Be aware that some physicians and surgeons might employ a different classification system.

(Norwood Scale) Stages of hair loss

Following are the seven phases of the Norwood Scale:

Stage 1: There is no noticeable hair loss or hairline regression
Stage 2: The hairline around the temples is slightly receding. Another name for this is an adult or mature hairline.
Stage 3: The onset of baldness that is clinically significant. At both temples, the hairline descends sharply, forming an M, U, or V shape. The recessed areas have no hair at all or very little hair.
Third-stage vertex The hairline remains in stage 2, but the vertex (top of the scalp) experiences considerable hair loss.
Stage 4: The hairline recession is more pronounced than in stage 2, and the vertex has little to no hair. A strip of hair that connects to the hair still present on the sides of the scalp divides the two areas of hair loss.
Stage 5: Compared to stage 4, the two areas of hair loss are greater. They are still apart, but there is a smaller, sparser strip of hair between them.
Stage 6: The bald spots at the vertex and the bald spots at the temples merge. There is no more or only a thin strip of hair over the top of the head.
Stage 7: This is the most advanced stage of hair loss, leaving only a ring of hair around the sides of the head. Typically thin and fine, this hair is usually not dense.

The Norwood Scale can be used as a standard to identify the degree of baldness, offer the best course of therapy, and assess the efficacy of that course of treatment. The scale is also used to estimate how many grafts a patient could need to have their hair covered after surgery.

Male Pattern Baldness and Causes

How many grafts will I need?

Depending on the degree of balding, a different amount of grafts may be necessary. In a hair transplant procedure, strips of skin containing healthy hair follicles are extracted and transplanted to a bald area of the scalp.

Hair grafts are removed as individual follicles from the donor area of the scalp when the FUE procedure is applied. In order to remove the grafts of individual follicles, hundreds or perhaps thousands of tiny punch wounds will be required.

The recipient area’s tiny holes are subsequently filled with each of these tiny individual grafts.

The donor location, which is typically at the back of the head, is where the FUT procedure removes several hair grafts in a single strip. The strip is taken out and then cut into individual grafts using a surgical instrument. The recipient spot can then receive these hair grafts.

The duration of a hair transplant is how long?

Many people’s hair transplant results, which are typically visible within a year, might persist for the rest of their lives. Without a doubt, you can anticipate benefits to persist for at least 15-20 years. One of the reasons it is so crucial to be satisfied with the outcomes of a hair transplant is the possibility of permanence.

The results of your hair transplant will last longer if you are taking medication to stop subsequent hair loss. There is a danger that your hair transplant results won’t fit you anymore if additional hair loss has occurred if you don’t take drugs to stop further hair loss. A second or third hair transplant may be necessary in circumstances where the hair has receded behind the inserted hairs.

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