Hair Loss Can Affect Both Men and Women
Hair loss is more common than you think, and it can affect men and women alike. The first step in getting treatment for this condition is to educate yourself. If you’re interested in learning more about hair loss, please check out the hair loss information below, or contact Marvel Cosmetic Surgery for more information. And also review our Before and After Gallery of hair restoration.
Male Pattern Hair Loss
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 account for more than 95 percent of hair loss in men. Male pattern hair loss not only has physical effects, but it can also destroy a man’s confidence and self-esteem. Luckily, there have been advances in technology that allow doctors to surgically restore hair.
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 with 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 hair line from the top of the head. Your surgeon can 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. Here at Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we have successfully treated countless women in Nashville and Middle Tennessee for female pattern hair loss.
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. It’s best to have your doctor examine your hair loss thoroughly in order to properly diagnose you and come up with the best course of action.
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. Dr. Marvel has helped many women restore their hair, which you can see in our female pattern hair loss before and after pictures.