Male Hair Loss
More than 70 percent of all men lose their hair at some point in life. The hair loss can be slowed down, and regrowth is possible if the problems are treated on time.
Heredity is the most common cause of male hair loss, which starts on an average at around age of 25. The male hair loss is almost always caused by testosterone and DHT.
Hereditary hair loss (androgenetic alopecia)
The most common cause of hair loss is genetic. There is no proof that transmission of genes comes only from the mother’s side, it can just as well come from the fathers.
The heredity can also skip a few generations and show itself much later. So simply inheriting the genetics for hair loss does not mean that you will start to lose your hair.
Some people have coded in their genes that their hair loss will start at a young age while there are people that at the age of 70 have kept most of their hair.
Regardless, male hair loss is a natural process, but there is very good opportunity for treatment if it is started on time.
Testosterone & DHT are what destroys hair growth
DHT makes the body hair and facial hair grow in men and the substance is important for reaching puberty. Later in life, however, the same androgens (mainly DHT) makes the hair follicles shrink.
The longer a hair follicle has been subjected to DHT, the smaller it becomes; at the same time the hair becomes shorter and thinner. DHT also makes the hair transition into the resting phase quickly, which results in the hair getting thinner and shorter as well as reduced in number. These factors together contribute to significant thinning of the hair.
When the body goes through radical and severely traumatic experiences, such as severe infections, fever diseases, child birth, difficult surgeries or extreme stress, the phases of the individual hair strands can change.
From being in the growth phase (the anagen phase which lasts up to 6-7 years) the hair can suddenly transition to the resting phase (telogen phase), which results in the hair falling off. A change to the telogen phase can happen very quickly. Sometimes it happens over a few weeks and large amounts of hair can fall off. Otherwise it can take up to several months before the hair falls off and at that time it becomes very difficult to determine the actual cause of the hair loss.
This type of hair loss is complicated, and it requires experience to diagnose and determine a treatment plan. Nordic Hair has worked with this type of illness for a very long time and has established great routines and procedures for treatment that gives you your hair back.
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease that affects people of all ages.
The patches can appear anywhere on the head – often as round or oval spots, 1-3cm across. It is not uncommon to have several patches at the same time that can also move to other areas on the head.
The body’s own immune defense attacks for unknown reason the follicles and makes them leave the anagen phase and let go of the hair. This process can be very rapid, and it is not uncommon for people to develop a bald patch within 24 hours.
The shorter time one has had these patches, the greater is the likelihood of the hair growing back. Many times the patches disappear by themselves, but they can return later in life. A contributory cause to the outbreaks of this disease is stress and anxiety. A common form of treatment is PRP-treatments.
Knowing why a person is losing hair is crucial, when determining what treatment to offer.
In most cases we can determine, through discussions, what type of hair loss it is. We also use a microscopic camera to examine the scalp and see what the follicles look like in different places on the scalp.
It is also important to know what type of medications the person is taking or has taken over the past 12 months to gain clarity of the cause.
The Norwood Scale measures the degree of male hair loss.
The extent and the type of hair loss vary from person to person. The Norwood Scale was developed by Dr. Norwood to measure the degree of male hair loss and is commonly used today.
The Noorwood Scale indicates in what stage the hair loss is in and the grades therefore, gives initial guidance to what method and solutions might be suitable in each individual case.
The Noorwood Scale can for example be helpful at the first point of contact with a clinic to describe one’s hair loss. At an eventual hair transplant it gives an indication to how much hair needs to be transplanted. The, the next step is consultation.
The Noorwood Scale is a useful tool to measure hair loss, but should be seen as an initial guiding tool. People that lose hair find themselves in a unique situation and it is not until the consultation that along with the patient, we can develop a good solution directly customized to the individual needs and conditions. At Nordic Hair Clinic the consultation is always free.
Minimal hair loss.
The first stage that requires treatment.
Insignificant hair loss at the temples.
Receding hairline and thinning hair on the vertex.
Greater loss on the vertex and hairline.
Hair loss on both sides is larger, but a thin division line is still present.
The bridge is gone, but several strands of short fine hair may remain.
The most severe form of hair loss. Little hair on the front or top of the head.