There are dozens of conditions that cause hair loss, but by far the most common is androgenic alopecia. Also known as male pattern baldness (or female-pattern baldness), it is responsible for the vast majority of hair loss cases.
Androgenic alopecia is a form of hair loss caused by genetic factors, resulting in specific patterns of hair fall and balding. Both men and women may experience androgenic alopecia. Men start to see noticeable hair loss in their 30s, although some may begin losing hair in their late teens or early 20s. Women begin to see visible hair loss in their 40s or 50s.
What Does Androgenic Alopecia Look Like?
In men, androgenic alopecia typically begins as thinning at the temples, followed by a receding M-shaped hairline. This process may be accompanied by a broadening bald patch at the vertex (top or crown) of the scalp. Eventually these two areas of hair loss meet, leaving only a ring of hair around the sides and back of the head… or even complete baldness. This progression can be tracked using the Norwood Scale that delineates seven distinct stages of hair loss.
Androgenic alopecia in women presents quite differently. It is characterized by thinning hair throughout the scalp, particularly at the front and vertex of the head. It is most noticeable as a widening part and a more visible scalp.
What Are the Causes of Androgenic Alopecia?
A variant of the androgen receptor (AR) gene is most strongly implicated in hair loss. It causes sensitivity to a testosterone byproduct called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
DHT causes hair follicles to shrink and become increasingly unproductive until they produce no strands at all from certain areas of the scalp. This process tends to accelerate with age and can be exacerbated by stress and health issues.
Is Hair Loss from Your Mother or Father?
It has long been believed that hereditary hair loss comes from one’s mother’s side of the family… but the reality is much more complex. Multiple genes are involved in hair loss, with some coming from the maternal side of the family and others coming from the paternal side.
Can You Reverse Hereditary Hair Loss?
Hereditary hair loss is permanent. Once follicles stop producing hairs, there is no way to reverse the process. There are, however, highly effective treatments that can slow down and possibly even halt the progress of androgenic alopecia, especially if undertaken before significant hair loss has occurred.
Androgenic alopecia treatment may include medications like finasteride or minoxidil. Procedures like stem cell therapy or platelet rich plasma injections also halt (or slow down) hair loss from androgenic alopecia. They help stimulate still-productive follicles, giving you a thicker, fuller head of hair.
If follicles are already non-productive and balding has occurred, hair transplantation may be an excellent option to fill in the hairline and other bald spots. At L.A. Fue Hair NYC, our experienced surgeons integrate artistry and technical skill to create a customized hairline designed specifically for you.
Begin Your Hair Restoration Journey With Us
LA FUE Hair NYC provides you with the knowledge and tools to help you understand and treat androgenic alopecia and other forms of hair loss. We are here to answer your questions, help you set hair restoration goals, and walk you through the entire process. Take that first step, and contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.