Male pattern baldness (MPB), also known as androgenic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss affecting up to 70% of men. The hair is miniaturized by the effect that dihydro-testosterone (DHT) has on the follicle.
Baldness in men occurs when the follicle shrinks over time, due to testosterone, the male sex hormone being converted into DHT by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase.
The typical pattern of hair loss begins at the hairline. The hairline gradually recedes to form an “M” shape. The existing hair may become finer and shorter. The hair at the crown also begins to thin.
Eventually the top of the hairline meets the thinned crown, leaving a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides of the head. There are 7 stages to MPB known as the Norwood Chart:
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP):
Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment that uses micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp. The result creates the appearance of tiny hair follicles that help thicken and restore the look of fuller hair.
When completed by a skilled practitioner, SMP can restore receded hairlines, thicken remaining hair, camouflage scalp scarring and create the look of close-cropped hair.
Scalp Micropigmentation is providing a real alternative to conventional treatments for hair loss giving men and women immediate results with no invasive surgery, scarring or down-time.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT):
With today’s state of the art techniques, hair transplants now mimic hair growth patterns and natural hairlines making them virtually undetectable.
The transplanted hair is not affected by DHT so it will not fall out once it has been transplanted. Hair Transplantation is a permanent solution to male hair loss.
A hair transplant is a simple out patient procedure, that depending on the amount of grafts transplanted, will take between four and six hours to complete.
Under local anaesthesia a strip of donor tissue is taken from the back of the head, the follicular units are then prepared for transplant and the recipient sites for the donor hair will be prepared for transplant.
The transplanted hair – taken from a donor strip of hair bearing skin from the back of the scalp – will grow just as your own hair from the harvested area does.
Low Level Laser Therapy:
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a non-surgical treatment that applies infrared light to the scalp. It was first approved by the FDA in 2007 for the treatment of pattern hair loss.
Laser treatment stimulates blood flow to the hair follicle resulting in thicker, fuller hair and has shown to slow even stop further hair loss.
For males with slight or slow genetic hair loss, LLLT can prove beneficial however for aggressive genetic male pattern hair loss additional treatments may also be required.
Protein supplements such as Help Hair Protein have proven to be very beneficial for men and women affected with hair loss.
Help Hair provides the structural proteins and nutritional support hair needs to grow strong and healthy. It is made from all natural ingredients and is safe for men and women who need help with thinning or lifeless hair.
MPB can be exacerbated by high anabolic producing substances. These substances are designed to produce a higher level of testosterone to increase muscle mass. However, with higher levels of testosterone within the body, a higher level of DHT will be produced and therefore can lead to an increase of hair loss.
Some substances to be aware of are:
- Anabolic Steroids.
- Growth Hormones
- Energy Drinks
- Whey Protein Isolate
- Bio- identicals.
A solution that you apply directly to the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. It slows hair loss for many men, and some men grow new hair. The previous degree of hair loss returns when you stop applying the solution.
Male hair loss / pattern baldness is diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of the hair loss.
Any atypical male hair loss may be caused by other medical disorders. A skin biopsy or other procedures may be needed to diagnose other disorders that cause loss of hair.
Hair loss in patches, diffuse shedding, hair shaft breakage or hair loss associated with redness, scaling, pain or in rapid progression could be caused by other conditions.
Medical Hair Restoration Australia recommends to have hair loss correctly identified and diagnosed by a qualified trichologist before starting any treatments for hair loss. If you would like more information, book a no obligation consultation on 1800668480.