Hair loss, believe it or not, isn’t as uncommon as you may think. Here at DHI Manchester we see many causes of hair loss among both men and women. Finding extra stands of hair in your hair brush can be very upsetting and, in some cases, distressing. We’re here to make sure you know exactly what’s going on, what to expect and what we can do to help you.
Today, we take a look at the most common form of hair loss among men and women; androgenic alopecia.
What is Androgenic Alopecia?
Affecting 70% of men and 40% of women during their life time, androgenic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss in both genders. A genetic disease, the cause of androgenic alopecia is still relatively unclear, however we can confirm that the cause is related to the hormone androgen, more specifically dihydrotestosterone, which is responsible for hair growth in both men and women, among other things.
High levels of androgen in hair follicles can lead to a shorter hair cycle (the normal cycle being between 2-6 years before new hair follicles take the place of old hair). The increased level of androgen can cause a delay in hair growth and thinner hair due to gene receptors becoming over-active.
There are several genes which researchers suspect play a part in androgenic alopecia, though only one, AR, has been confirmed.
How Does Androgenic Alopecia Affect Men and Women?
In men, androgenic alopecia is commonly known as male-pattern baldness, so called due to its particular balding pattern. Balding begins at the temples with hair receding over time to form the characteristic ‘M’ shape. Balding and thinning of the hair may continue over the crown of the head though does not always lead to complete baldness. In both genders, androgenic alopecia can occur as early as their teenage years.
Women experience androgenic alopecia slightly differently. The hair does not partially recede though it does thin out all over the scalp. Again, this very rarely leads to complete baldness.
Is There Any Way to Prevent Androgenic Alopecia?
Unfortunately, as we are still yet to isolate the specific gene or number of genes responsible for this form of hair loss, there is no way to prevent it from occurring in men and women.
If you suffer from androgenic alopecia and find that you feel self-conscious about your hair, we’re here to help. We want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible before, during and after a direct hair implant procedure. If you’re looking for hair loss treatment in Manchester and are unsure which procedure is best for you, please contact us today on 0161 839 3769 and we’ll walk you through our different services and inform you on which is best for you. Alternatively, you can also get in touch with us via our Facebook and Twitter pages!