Hair Loss Can Affect Both Men and Women
Hair loss is more common than you think, and it can affect men and women alike.
Male pattern hair loss affects nearly 85 percent of men by age 50. Characterized by thinning hair, it is a form of androgenetic alopecia, and it accounts for more than 95 percent of hair loss in men.
While there are several reasons for male pattern hair loss, including disease, medications and even stress, the most common cause is heredity. Men who are suffering from male pattern hair loss have typically inherited hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, a by-product of testosterone. This means that the hair follicles’ lifespan is shortened, and eventually, they stop producing hair.
Most male pattern hair loss patients have thinning hair around the crown and temples, as well as a receding hairline from the top of the head. Dr. Jeffrey Marvel will further diagnose you by getting a detailed medical and family history and by examining the scalp under magnification. A proper assessment is very important in order to recommend the best course of treatment.
While products such as Rogaine have proved effective in treating male pattern hair loss, one of the most effective ways is through surgical hair restoration. Technology has made tremendous strides over the past several years, and plastic surgeons are now able to transfer hair from a donor site without giving you the unnatural, “plugs” appearance.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
Female pattern hair loss is the most common type of hair loss seen in women. Characterized by thinning hair over the top and sides of the head, female pattern hair loss – also known as androgenetic alopecia – affects nearly one-third of susceptible women. While it can be seen as early as puberty, most often it occurs after menopause.
Signs of female pattern hair loss include thinning hair over the top and sides of the head. Female pattern hair loss can be caused by a number of factors, including stress (both physical and emotional), thyroid abnormalities, hormonal changes, certain medications and even diet. Often it is a genetic condition that is passed on from either side of the family.
While Rogaine has proved to be an effective treatment for female pattern hair loss, one of the best ways to treat this condition is through surgical hair restoration. Technology has made tremendous strides over the past several years, and plastic surgeons are now able to transfer hair from a donor site without giving you the unnatural, “pluggy” appearance.