Approximately two-thirds of men in America suffer from androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. Many of these men will start to lose their hair by the age of 21. Almost half of all men in the U.S. will experience some significant amount of hair loss by the age of 50. This hair loss can be devastating to some men, affecting their self-esteem and causing them to choose different careers. There are many different causes of baldness in men, including reaction to some medications, traumatic events, and serious illness. But the largest cause of male pattern baldness is heredity.
When a man inherits baldness, what he really inherits are hair follicles that are overly sensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone is a form of testosterone that is known to shrink hair follicles. As the hair follicles shorten, they stop growing hair. Some of the hair follicles are not as susceptible to DHT, such as the ones on the sides and back of the head. The hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT are usually not affected immediately. The process of follicle miniaturization happens over time. While the process is not totally understood by scientists and doctors, it has been proven that DHT shrinks the hair follicles and suppressing DHT allows the hair follicles to continue to produce healthy hair.
Male pattern baldness will usually leave a horseshoe pattern around the head. This observed "pattern" along with a family history of hair loss can be helpful in proper diagnosis of the problem. A doctor can also examine the scalp under a microscope to determine how much the follicles have miniaturized.
If you are experiencing the negative effects of male pattern baldness, then it is time for you to seek help. At the Axis Salon, we have many years of experience in treating hair loss. With proper treatment and early intervention, the process of balding can be slowed and in some cases stopped.
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