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Am I destined to be bald or can I stop my hair receding?

Question: I’m 25 years of age. Over the past 12 months I have started to lose my hair and feel that I will be bald like my father. I was wondering if I can do anything about hair restoration. What would you advise? Answer:  Male pattern hair loss (balding), also called androgenic alopecia, appears as a […]

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Posted on: January 12, 2010

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Question: I’m 25 years of age. Over the past 12 months I have started to lose my hair and feel that I will be bald like my father. I was wondering if I can do anything about hair restoration. What would you advise?

Answer:  Male pattern hair loss (balding), also called androgenic alopecia, appears as a receding hairline with or without hair loss on the top of the head. It is an inherited condition. Men who develop balding are genetically more sensitive to the effects of the hormone dihydrotestorone (DHT). It is thought that DHT shortens the amount of time the hair spends in the growth phase. It also causes the hairs to become smaller and finer (miniaturisation).

It was said that baldness was inherited from the mother’s side of the family, but it is now believed that it can come from either side of the family. About 50 per cent of men by the age of 50 will have some degree of male pattern hair loss.

There are a number of treatments available for male pattern hair loss with varying success rates.

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