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Male Pattern Hair Loss And How To Combat It

Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia as it is scientifically known), is the most common form of hair loss amongst men representing almost 95% of all cases in the UK. This condition of male hair loss, usually starts between the ages of 20 to 45 years of age with the development of a receding hairline […]

Written by Gary Heron

Posted on: November 21, 2008

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Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia as it is scientifically known), is the most common form of hair loss amongst men representing almost 95% of all cases in the UK. This condition of male hair loss, usually starts between the ages of 20 to 45 years of age with the development of a receding hairline and a thinning on the crown area. This condition affects 1 in 2 men at some point throughout their lives.
The entire process of genetic hair loss can take anywhere up to 25 years and is characterised by the typical ‘M’ shape to which the hairline eventually recedes. However in some patients this process can happen over a much shorter period of time with complete baldness within 5 years and at a very early age (late teens).

What causes Male Pattern Hair Loss?
It is universally believed throughout the scientific community that male pattern hair loss is caused by the two main factors of genetics and the body’s production of, as well as sensitivity to, the sex hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone, is produced from the breakdown of testosterone by an enzyme in the body. This sex hormone, which is found on the scalp, gets into the hair follicles and shrinks them preventing visible hair from growing. As well as this, DHT also thickens the scalp reducing blood flow to the capillaries which also works to inhibit future hair growth.

Who does Male Pattern Hair Loss affect?
Male pattern baldness affects virtually all men by the time they have reached their 50’s, although the age at which this hair loss starts is considerably variable. Around half of all 50 year old men and 3 out of 10, 30 year old men suffer from this condition to some degree.

How common is Male Pattern Hair Loss?
Approximately 70% of all men will be affected by Male Pattern Hair Loss at some point throughout their lives. This is approximately 7 million men losing their hair at any one given time. Male Pattern Hair Loss affects different sections of the population at different rates, thought mainly to be due to the genetic nature of this condition. As many as half of all Caucasian males will experience hair loss at some point throughout their lives, where as in contrast Japanese and Chinese men have amongst the lowest rates for developing this complaint.

I think I have Male Pattern Hair Loss. How do I combat it? What shall I do?

Simply call 0207 976 6868 and speak directly to one of our Westminster Trichologists today.

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So why not take advantage of our expertise and get the facts so that you can make an informed decision on what is best for the future of your hair today.

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HAIR LOSS TODAY

SO THAT IT DOES NOT TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE

However, not all cases are treatable. But with early diagnosis and treatment you will give yourself and us the best possible chance to help you.

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