oss that affects most men during their lifetime. In most cases this type of hair loss is gradual, developing over a period of 20 to 30 years. However younger men can also be affected, and in extreme cases men can completely lose their hair by their early twenties. The rate of hair loss depends on a personal's genetic disposition and pattern baldness also affects women.
The first signs of male pattern baldness are a receding hairline at the front of the head, and thinning of the hair on top. This progresses to a bald patch developing on the top of the head, which gradually enlarges. Over time the area of hair loss extends to cover most of the scalp, leaving in some cases a rim of hair around the back and sides. This rim then thins in some men to leave them completely hairless.
The earlier male pattern baldness is treated, the better the chances of preventing full hair loss. Male pattern baldness contact us now to arrange your free consultation in our London clinic.
The Cause of Male Pattern Baldness
Hair is made in hair follicles under the surface of the skin. A healthy hair will normally grow for about three years before falling out and being replaced by a new hair.
In cases of male pattern baldness, this cycle of growth and regrowth is disrupted by the affect of hormones on the hair follicles.
Testosterone, a hormone produced by both men and women is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT attaches itself to the hair follicles and causes them to become smaller. As the follicle shrinks, each hair grows thinner than the previous one, and the hair grows for less time than normal before falling out. Eventually the follicle becomes so small that there is only a thin tip of hair left that no longer grows out to the skin surface.
Treatments for Male Pattern Baldness
Baldness is not a health risk, and many men experiencing hair loss will accept this as a normal part of the ageing process and will choose not to undertake any treatment. However in some men, particularly if balding occurs at a young age, then hair loss can affect their self confidence, and in these cases hair loss treatment options can be explored.
The London Centre of Trichology offer a range of natural male pattern baldness treatments that are safe to use. Effective in many cases, the treatments will help prevent further hair loss so the earlier they are started the better. Some men will also notice hair regrowth. Click here to read about our male hair loss treatment
Hair weaving also known as non-surgical hair replacement is another treatment that can restore the appearance of a full head of hair. We offer this service to both men and women click here for more information.
Surgical hair replacement or hair transplant surgery is a permanent way to achieve a more youthful appearance. It is a major decision, and usually undertaken if other simpler treatments have not been successful. We can refer clients to an excellent specialist surgeon if required.
Call The London Centre of Trichology on 0207 935 1935 now to arrange your free initial consultation.