Androgenetic Alopecia, also known as male pattern hair loss, can be considered the most common form of hair loss in men.
As the name suggests, Androgenetic Alopecia involves the action of androgens (male sex hormones), specifically DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Individuals with pattern hair loss can have an increased sensitivity to DHT. DHT binds may onto susceptible hair follicles, which can cause them to shrink. Over time this can impact the hair growth cycle where hair starts to thin, shorten and eventually stop growing.
It can be considered normal to shed between 50 to 100 hairs per day. This is because of the hair’s growth cycle, which consists of 3 phases: anagen, catagen and telogen. The anagen phase is the growth phase of the hair in which the hair is actively growing. This phase usually lasts 2 to 7 years, and normally 85-90% of scalp hairs are in this phase at any given time. The catagen phase is known as the transition phase in which hair shaft production is completed. The telogen phase, otherwise known as the rest phase, is the last phase of the growth cycle. In this phase, a club hair is fully formed resulting in a hard, white and dry material at the root and the hair is eventually shed from the scalp.
Those with Androgenetic Alopecia, hair shedding is usually in excess of 100 hairs per day, as follicular miniaturisation can cause the hair’s growth cycle to become progressively shorter. This can result in significantly less hairs in the anagen phase at any given time, which is why hair shedding may be more frequent in those with Androgenetic Alopecia.
If the hair follicle is still intact, it is possible for this hair follicle to be thicker and regrow and improve the health of the existing hair follicles that have become thin over time. This depends on the stage of the hair loss you’re experiencing. Late stage hair loss will be difficult to regrow as many of the hair follicles are not intact anymore.
There are a few clinically proven treatments that can slow down hair loss and reverse hair loss or thinning. These clinically proven treatments can also thicken existing hair follicles that have become thinner over time. Some treatments require a visit to a Medical Doctor who may prescribe you with a clinically proven treatment, however, you may not be suitable for this treatment and there may be unwanted side effects. There are also alternatives such as PRP that have minimal side effects as you’re using your own platelets.
Treatments That Can Help
Disclaimer: We are all unique. This means that treatment plans, the results, down time and recovery following treatment will vary from patient to patient. The information presented on this website should be used as a guide only.