Hair loss is a very common condition in the male population that sometimes we tend to pacify as normal. Nevertheless it has a strong effect on the psychology of men, especially when it appears at a relatively young age. Consequently it can affect their self-esteem, self-confidence and their relationships within social, professional and erotic environment.
Androgenetic alopecia (called male pattern baldness as well) is the main cause for more than 95% of hair loss in men and is hereditary. Approximately 35% of men by the age of thirty-five will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss and by the age of fifty approximately 85% of men will be affected by thinning hair.
With the aid of an enzyme that is held in the oil gland of a hair follicle, the Type II 5-alpha reductase; testosterone converts to DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). Hair follicles that have sensitivity towards DHT will start to thin and their lifespan will be shortened. In fact DHT “kills the hair follicles as it causes them to shrink”.
In male pattern baldness the first area that is usually affected is the crown where it will start to thin. Following this the hairline or temples may start to receed.These areas with addition of the mid-anterior scalp seem to be the most sensitive towards DHT.
Other causes of men’s hair loss can be a very stressful condition or period of time, a reaction towards specific medication (anticoagulants, b-blockers, antidepressants, antiepileptic drugs etc.)and a serious disease etc.
The stages of males’ hair loss are being described in Hamilton’s Scale :
Dr.Kouremada Zioga will examine your scalp carefully during the consultation and specifically assess individual needs while always listening to concerns and expectations. She will also assess with a special magnification device the degree of miniaturization (densitometer), confirm the correct diagnosis thereby offering the best possible treatment for your case. Individual basis approach is a key point for success and patient’s satisfaction.