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What Causes Hair Loss

What Causes Male Pattern Hair Loss and How Can I Treat it?

Question:

I'm only 22 years old and I'm already experiencing hair loss. I talked to my doctor about it but he didn't seem that concerned. He offered to treatment or solution. Why is this happening and what can I do about it?

Answer:

I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had to face genetic hair loss at such a young age. Male pattern balding (MPB) results when follicles on the top of the head are genetically vulnerable to the effects of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Over time, DHT binds with the receptor sites of these vulnerable follicles and causes the hair follicle to weaken. Gradually, these hairs become shorter and finer in a process known as miniaturization, and eventually die.

Unfortunately, for males that carry the hair loss gene, androgenic alopecia (genetic baldness) can strike at any time. However, there are clinically proven hair loss treatments available.

The medical hair loss treatment Propecia (1mg finasteride) works to inhibit the conversion of the male hormone testosterone to DHT. In doing so, it reduces the quantity of DHT in the system, prolonging the life of vulnerable hair follicles and sometimes regrowing hair that has already been lost. In addition, most hair restoration physicians recommend adding Rogaine (5% minoxidil) to your hair loss regimen. Minoxidil is a vasodilator that increases blood flow to weakened hair follicles helping them to grow longer, thicker and darker. Minoxidil is available over the counter but you’ll need a prescription for finasteride.

Many hair loss sufferers are also candidates for surgical hair restoration. Surgery can restore a receding hairline and add to the appearance of fullness by harvesting donor hair from the permanent zone at the rear and sides of the head and implanting it to the bald areas at the front and top. Hair restoration surgery is not typically recommended for very young patients but there is no harm is consulting with a skilled and experienced surgeon to find out if surgery is right for you. Click here to schedule a free online consultation with the recommended surgeon of your choice. .