MALE HAIR LOSS
Thinning hair with age is inevitable. In fact, 85% of males will experience hair loss by the age of 50, with some experiencing thinning as young as age 20. Fortunately, the story doesn’t have to end here. Over the years, many advancements have been made to help understand and treat hair loss in men.
Male Pattern Baldness
In those suffering from male pattern baldness, hair loss can begin as early as teenage years after puberty, and progressively worsens with age. Typically, hair loss is seen along the frontal hairline, crown or mid-scalp, but spares the sides and back of the head. True You Medical is well-versed in the contributing factors to male pattern baldness; therefore, they take out time to understand each patient’s individual risk factors. Male pattern baldness is strongly influenced by genetics and male hormones, but can be exacerbated by poor lifestyle choices.
Top Risk Factors
It is estimated that genetic factors account for approximately 80% of a male’s susceptibility to hair loss. It used to be believed that a man inherited his hair-loss genes from his father. Interestingly, the androgen receptor (AR) gene is found on the X chromosome, which can only come from a man’s mother. Variants of this gene can lead to increased sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – a necessary component in the development of male pattern baldness
Male Hormones (aka androgens)
The role of androgens in the development of male pattern baldness is well-established. Interestingly, men with androgenetic alopecia aren’t found to have higher testosterone than those with a full head of hair. Instead, this susceptibility to hair loss has more to do with conversion of testosterone to DHT and the sensitivity of the androgen receptor within the hair follicle. DHT is the most potent androgen and one of the most highly-associated with androgenic alopecia. Therefore, the goal in preventing hair loss is to prevent the conversion of testosterone to DHT.
Oxygen is essential to the survival of every cell of the body, including hair follicles. Delivering oxygen to each cell is the major role of red blood cells, specifically the iron within those cells. When there is an iron deficiency and/or a frank anemia, the body shunts the blood to the “more important’ tissues that are responsible for sustaining vital functions. This means that the oxygen delivery to the hair is drastically decreased, often ending in generalized hair loss.
Inflammation is at the cornerstone of almost every health ailment, and hair loss is no different. Excessive inflammation in the scalp can cause damage to and even death of the hair follicle. Furthermore, inflammation damages the scalp, interfering with optimal nourishment of the hair roots.
The most popular drug therapy options are systemic Finasteride and topical Minoxidil. In those who desire more effective and permanent results, surgical hair transplants is the conventional treatment of choice. True You Medical offers a more natural alternative to surgical grafts, implementing innovative regenerative procedures. By utilizing your body’s own growth factors and stem cells, hair regrowth can be achieved without the long downtime and scarring seen with hair transplants. Furthermore, the True You Medical comprehensive treatment is designed to enhance hair growth in three main ways: 1) decreasing testosterone conversion to DHT and androgen receptor binding; 2) calming inflammation and oxidative damage, and; 3) providing adequate blood flow and nutrients necessary for hair re-growth.