Male Hair Loss
Dr. Paul’s treat all types of male hair loss conditions. Nevertheless, in order to detect and determine what exact treatment would be best for you; you need to first determine what type of hair loss you are suffering from.
In general, Male Hair Loss can be categorized further into three types. The first one being the Androgenetic Alopecia is the most includes type experienced by about 98% men throughout their lifetime. This usually starts with a receding hair line and results often in severe loss of hair.
Non-Pattern Hair Loss and Telogen Effluvium are the other two types where the former one is triggered by diet patterns, medication, thyroid abnormalities and stress and the latter relates to any rare and random loss of hair such as compulsive hair pulling, also known as Trichotillomania, and Scarring Alopecia.
Causes of Hair Loss
As we age, our hair follicles ages too. They shrink due to hormonal imbalances which in turn interfere with hair growth cycle. As a result, Male pattern baldness occurs where hair follicles shrinks due to imbalances in the ratio of Testosterone, the male hormone, Androgen, women hormone and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Other Reasons of Hair Loss
When your hair starts to fall out suddenly, instead of gradual hair thinning over time, it’s usually from other factors other than male pattern baldness. The other causes may include:
- Chemotherapy or radiation treatments
- Diseases like thyroid or anemia problem
- Diet imbalances in your diet, like getting too much of Vitamin A or little iron quantity
- Medications such as high intake of steroids, vitamin A, blood thinners especially taken by body builders to build muscle
- Keeping hairstyles like cornrows, ponytails or braids for many years.
Male Hair Loss Pattern
A receding hairline starts developing in men as one ages.
A receding hairline starts developing in men as one ages. The hairline moves back towards top of the head. This leaves a ring of hair often on top of the scalp. It can also begin above temples, forming into V- shaped pattern in front often being called as
Thinning Crown or Crown Balding is one of the most common hair loss type.
Thinning Crown or Crown Balding is one of the most common hair loss type in men and most often occurs as a part of natural ageing process. It mostly affects men where the crown of the head forms into a ring shape, making one look older than his age.
General thinning of the hair is a common type of male pattern baldness.
General thinning of the hair is a common type of male pattern baldness. It gets triggered due to certain illness, hormonal changes, stress or medications. This condition mainly happens due to a combination of your inherited genes and changing hormones.
Stages of Hair Loss
The Norwood Scale is set of images which depicts different stages of male pattern baldness. The Norwood Scale or also known as Hamilton-Norwood Scale is one leading hair loss classification measuring system that is used to determine how far male pattern baldness has progressed.
Stage 1: The scale baseline indicates no hair loss.
Stage 2: This stage indicates minor loss of hair in front of hairline and some near the temples. Individuals may not experience considerable hair loss. Stage 2A is reached when there is progression of recession across the entire frontal hairline.
Stage 3: At Stage 3, hair recession at temples begins to deepen. During stage 3A, deepening of frontal recession with hairline moving backwards continually is experienced. Stage 3V occurs when evident hair loss is seen on the crown.
Stage 4: During Stage 4, temporal and frontal hair loss advances, and the bald path at crown broadens. At Stage 4A, hair loss advances past the mid-crown.
Stage 5: At stage 5, the bald path in front broadens and starts to join the bald area at crown.
Stage 6: During this stage, bald area in crown and front fuses and continues to enlarge. The back part of the bald area is much wider than it was in stage 5.
Stage 7: The final stage is characterized by extensive baldness with only a hair strip remaining at side and back of the scalp.