Though many men lose hair on their scalp as they age, it is still common for men to become concerned if they notice that their hair is thinning.
Hair loss can occasionally be caused by illnesses or mineral deficiencies, but over 95 percent of men who lose hair are suffering from male pattern baldness. This is typically caused by shifting hormone levels, but fortunately, medical innovations have developed effective treatments for this condition in the past few decades.
The Signs of Male Pattern Baldness
This health condition is often referred to as androgenic alopecia because the loss of hair is due to androgenic hormones. Typically, it starts out as a gradual loss of hair at the temples and crown of the scalp. Men may either notice their hairline gradually moving back, or they might see that their hair is noticeably thinner in these areas. If left untreated, androgenic alopecia typically causes men to lose all of the hair in the top and front of their head while the hair remains in a ring shaped pattern along the backs and sides. Though it is somewhat uncommon, men with this condition can eventually become completely bald.
The Cause of Thinning Hair
When men lose hair, what actually is happening is that their hair follicles are shrinking. Over time, individual strands of hair become thinner and thinner, and eventually hair strands are so thin that they break off almost immediately. In men with androgenic alopecia, their body converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgen that is naturally produced in the gonads, and the excess DHT binds to receptors at the follicle and causes follicular miniaturization. Not all men with excess DHT lose their hair, but almost 85 percent of all men have certain genes that cause their scalp to lose hair when DHT levels rise with age.
Effective Treatments for Thinning Male Hair
It can be difficult to sort out all of the many hair-loss-prevention products that make wild claims, but the truly effective ones mostly work by altering male androgen hormone levels. Finasteride is one of the most commonly used treatments, and it works by preventing testosterone from being converted into DHT that would otherwise shrink hair follicles. Another useful treatment involves minoxidil which is a medication that encourages blood flow to the hair follicles. Most medications work best if they are taken before hair loss is pronounced. In the later stages of baldness, hair implants can be used to move hair follicular implants that are not affected by DHT to the top of the scalp.
Since imbalanced hormones are the primary cause of men losing their hair with age, the services of Evolved Medical can be very beneficial. For men who are losing testosterone as they age, we can make a real difference. Contact us today for a free consultation, and learn more about how we can help you defeat male pattern baldness.