Most men experience hair loss at some point in their lives. By age 65, nearly two thirds of men have thinning hair. The overwhelming majority of cases are described as male pattern baldness (MPB), which is entirely hereditary.
We lose hair every day – about 50-100 is normal. It is not noticeable in a healthy head of hair, because new hair is always growing in. With male pattern baldness, the hair follicles shrink over time, causing the hair to be shorter and thinner. Eventually, the hair falls out and no new growth occurs. The “pattern” mentioned in male pattern baldness is the front hairline, which first recedes in an M shape, then eventually the hair on the crown also falls out for a U shape to the remaining hair.
A man is predisposed for male pattern baldness by his genetics. The way a man with MPB loses hair is a sensitivity to the male sex hormone that produces testosterone, called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The sensitivity develops over time, gradually becoming more pronounced. There are drugs that can block DHT and prevent hair loss, but it’s unlikely that he will begin treatment in time to prevent the majority of hair loss. Some medication for hair loss may cause sexual side effects.
The hair that typically does not fall out, along the sides and back of the head, is resistant to DHT. This is the hair used as “donor hair” in a hair transplant. In a hair transplant, a surgeon removes healthy hair from an area where it is densely growing and implants the grafts in the area with thin or no hair. Because the donor hair is resistant to DHT, it continues to grow healthy hair that won’t fall out.
If you have MPB, MAXiM Hair Restoration can help. With surgeons who artfully create an attractive hairline and convenient locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas and the Washington, DC area, MAXiM can help you look your best with your own natural, growing hair. Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant.