HAIR LOSS TREATMENT TO BOOST SELF-ESTEEM

Hair plays an important role in determining self-image and social perceptions. It can have a huge impact on wellbeing and for many men reversing the hair loss process can be a lifeline. The Hair Dr specialises in FUE transplants, the most trusted and natural procedure in the hair loss treatment industry.

Hair loss treatment

While there’s no way to prevent or cure hair loss, the goal of treatment is to slow or stop the loss of hair and then grow new hair. Our Specialist Trained NHS surgeons at the Hair Dr use the latest FUE technology to provide the best possible treatment for hair loss. We understand that hair loss can affect confidence so we ensure that individual expect advise and treatment is given.

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WHAT IS MALE PATTERN BALDNESS?

Male pattern baldness, also called Androgenic Alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men. It usually starts around the late 20s or early 30s. Each hair on the head has a growth cycle. With male pattern baldness, this growth cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrinks, producing shorter and finer strands of hair. Eventually, the growth cycle for each hair ends and no new hair grows in its place (please see Norwood scale).

Male pattern baldness affects 6.5 million men in the UK

Hair loss is an extremely common condition in men, but this doesn’t mean it is any less stressful when it happens to you. Hair may start to disappear from the temples and the crown of the head at any time. For a few men, this process starts as early as the later teenage years, but for most it happens in their late 20s and early 30s. A little thinning of the hair may be noticeable first, followed by wider hair loss allowing more of the scalp to become visible. Some men aren’t troubled by this process at all. Others, however, suffer great emotional distress associated with a lack of self-confidence.

40% OF MEN HAVE NOTICEABLE HAIR LOSS BY THE AGE OF 35, 65% BY AGE 60, AND 80% BY AGE 80

Typically, male pattern baldness follows a pattern where the hair begins to thin and recede at the temples. At the same time, a bald patch gradually develops in the middle of the scalp. The receding hairline and the bald patch on the crown gradually enlarge and join together, leaving a patch at the front that will eventually thin. A rim of hair is often left around the back and sides of the scalp. In some men, this rim of hair also thins and goes to leave a completely bald scalp.

What are the causes of Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern hair loss is believed to be due to a combination of genetics and the male hormone dihydrotestosterone. Research has found that male pattern baldness is associated with male sex hormones called androgens. The androgens have many functions including regulating hair growth, so if they are affected, hair loss can occur.

Hair Loss Treatment

FUE transplants are an approved treatment for male pattern baldness, carried out by our experienced transplant surgeons here at The Hair Dr. We understand that hair loss can affect your confidence, so we ensure individual, expert advice and treatment is given.

ALOPECIA EFFECTS ONE OR TWO PEOPLE IN EVERY 1,000 IN THE UK

Alopecia is a general medical term used to refer to hair loss from any part of the body for any reason. Alopecia comes in a variety of patterns with multiple causes. There are several types of alopecia, ranging from thinning hair to complete baldness. Alopecia is broadly classified into two categories. In non-scarring alopecia, the hair follicles are still alive and hair can be grown. In scarring alopecia, the hair follicles are destroyed and will not regrow hair.

Diffuse alopecia (thinning scalp hair) is common among seniors, both men and women alike.

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MALE & FEMALE PATTERN BALDNESS

The Norwood Scale

There is a lot of jargon around regarding hair loss and one of the descriptions people use to describe their hair loss if referring to the Norwood scale of hair loss which is often abbreviated to NW1 etc. The correct terms for normal hair loss (and hair loss in men is pretty normal) is androgenic alopecia.

The scale goes from Norwood 1 to Norwood 7. Norwood 7 is what we are all trying to avoid and involves a total hair loss from the top of the head with only the hair around the sides remaining.

NW1 – NO HAIR LOSS

This is where hair loss has just begun and is not really noticeable – No surgery.

NW2 – RECEDING HAIRLINE

This is just where there is a very small amount of hair receding at the hair line or at the temples.

NW3 – GENERALISED FRONTAL THINNING

This is probably the first stage where you would say to yourself that you were definitely starting to lose your hair with a much more pronounced receding at the temples.

NW3 VERTEX

This is when the hair loss is from the crown of the head and with only very limited receding from the temples or hairline.

NW4 – FRONTAL AREA AND CROWN BALDING

This is when you get a bald patch on your crown plus your hairline at the front has receded. The front hair line to the bald patch however are still separated by a reasonable covering of hair. Eventually though these two bald areas grow to meet each other, which is what we are trying to avoid.

NW5 – TOP OF SCALP AND CROWN BALDING

This is a worsening of NW4 with the reasonably dense hair separating the bald patch from the receding temples becoming less, resulting in a much larger bald area and much greater recession at the temples. At this stage the amount of scalp showing is significant and the persons hair is noticeably thin.

NW6 – EXTENSIVE HAIR LOSS

The bridge of hair that separated the receding temples from the bald crown has now receded with only sparce hairs remaining. In places the bald patch has met the receding temples with much less hair remaining. Often people still have hair at the very front of their head for the rest of their lives (Quentin Wilson style).

NW7 – SEVERE HAIR LOSS

This is as far as the hair loss will go. There is now no hair to speak of on the top of the head and only the hair around the sides remaining in a sort of U shape around the head. Best to shave your head or get a No.0 haircut at this stage.

The Ludwig Scale

The term “male pattern baldness,” is familiar to almost everyone, and it has been known for millennia that men go bald. By contrast, little is known by the public at large about the condition of female pattern baldness. Even though it is thought that up to  40% of women experience some hair loss by their 40s according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Female pattern baldness is a life-altering condition that can severely impact self-confidence and emotional wellbeing.

The Ludwig Classification System describes hair loss patterns in female pattern baldness, which ranges from stages I to III. This illustration is a simplified version.

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