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Female pattern baldness

Female pattern baldness

Almost everyone is familiar with the term “male pattern baldness,” and it has been known for millennia that men go bald. By contrast, little is known by the public at large about the obscure, but no less real, condition of female pattern baldness.

Which is rather odd when one considers that 40% of women will experience some hair loss by the time they are 40 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 Scale classification of female pattern baldness

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. 

female pattern baldness

Where male pattern baldness is characterized by a readily visible receding hairline, and loss at the temples and crown, thinning hair in women is more subtle. The Ludwig Classification describes the pattern as hair thinning throughout the entire top of the scalp, behind the frontal hairline. Even in severe cases where loss is easily visible from above, the frontal hairline remains intact. Bald spots may appear at the crown or elsewhere but more commonly; generalized thinning is evenly dispersed throughout the top of the scalp, which can get progressively worse as the years go by. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris to discuss your hair loss and treatment options.

Before treatment options are considered, it is important to understand the causes of hair loss in women. In most cases a clinical diagnosis can be made by Dr. Harris. He will then prescribe non-surgical hair restoration medications for women and/or platelet rich plasma treatments to help arrest hair loss and stimulate the regrowth of hair. Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment is essential to achieve maximum results, as all treatments for female pattern baldness are more effective at arresting progression of hair loss than stimulating regrowth. Hair transplant surgery is also an option for many women, utilizing state-of-the-art follicular unit extraction or follicular unit-strip harvest.

Understand your hair loss treatment options and women’s hair loss products by visiting our Hair Survival Program tailored for women. Learn more about hair loss in women or ask Dr. Harris a question about your unique case. He  is one of the world’s leading authorities on hair loss treatments and personally answers all queries himself.

 


Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness treatment

Treatment for male pattern baldness (MPB) consists of both surgical solutions and medical therapies that can help men of all ages halt or reverse hair loss at the temples and crown. Technological advances in follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplantation, and scientific advances in topical therapies such as Rogaine, mean there are currently a lot of options available to address hair loss. Quite simply, if you suffer from the effects of male pattern baldness and it bothers you, chances are very high we can help.

The onset of male pattern baldness

A while back, you began to notice the receding hairline, and the exposed temples. Then perhaps it was the bald spot that began to appear on the back of your scalp. You began to fret about the hair loss—checking the fallout rate as measured in the shower drain, or as strands in your hairbrush, and holding a mirror to the back of your head to measure the advancing balding spot. You began noticing other men’s hairlines, and started to look with envy upon those with a full head of hair. As your hair thinned you began to look and feel older. Your confidence seemed to recede with your hairline, which in turn seemed to make you question how successful, attractive, or competitive you are. Many men become disheartened and feel helpless because there are no lifestyle changes a person can make to change their hair loss. Sound familiar?

If so, you have come to the right place: Dr. Harris and the team at Hair Sciences Center can help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris today.

How common is male pattern baldness?

Although most men rarely discuss the topic, those who suffer from male pattern baldness are in general very unhappy with their situation. Hair loss can affect every aspect of their life. Some men suffering from male pattern baldness began to experience the demoralizing telltale signs before the age of 21. By the age of 35, 30-40% of men will experience thinning and notice a receding hairline. By age 50 nearly 85% of men experience some thinning or recessions, some to complete baldness.

What is the Norwood Scale?

The Norwood Classification System describes hair loss patterns in male pattern baldness. Below is a simplified illustration. 

male patten baldness Norwood Scale

The snake oil salesmen

You may have seen the infomercials promoting the latest “scientific breakthrough” treatments for hair loss. However, as of now, there is no product, pill, lotion, potion, or vitamin supplement—including Rogaine and Propecia—that can permanently reverse and cure male pattern baldness. Any pharmaceutical product claiming that it can is simply selling snake oil—no ifs, ands, or buts. Maybe someday there will be a drug or genetic cure for baldness, but at this time, all claims of a “cure” are false.

What are my options for male pattern baldness treatment?

A personal consultation with Dr. Harris is the best place to start to determine the best course of action for your unique circumstances. Hair loss solutions to be discussed include:

Surgical options:
Non-surgical options:

Learn more about the causes of hair loss in men or read about hair transplant surgery at HSC. Dr. Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon and award-winning inventor of next-generation FUE transplant technologies. He continues to lecture hair transplant surgeons regarding best practices internationally. Learn more about Dr. Harris or schedule a personal consultation with the doctor.


Is there really a cure for baldness?

A true cure for baldness does not yet exist. Some procedures show promise, such as hair cloning, which will perhaps be available as early as 2027. Stem cell procedures are still in the formative stages and currently stem cells cannot address hair loss at all. If you are looking to pop a pill or get a shot and instantaneously regain a full head of hair, then the answer is no, there is no such thing as a true cure for baldness, at least not yet.

If you are one of the 35,000,000 men in the United States who experience hair loss due to genetically inherited male pattern baldness, it can have a withering effect on your self-esteem, and you may be in search of a cure for baldness.

Hair loss can make you feel older, less vital and less competitive at work or dating compared to younger, more hirsute men. Worse still, it’s an emotionally loaded topic for men, who are expected to hide their feelings about the loss and “just deal with it.” It’s no wonder that a cure for baldness is considered an aesthetic and psychological Holy Grail. But does a cure really exist?

Is a hair transplant a cure for baldness?

Strictly speaking, no. However, a follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant can sure look and feel like a baldness cure. Unlike toupées, wigs or hairpieces, an FUE hair transplant uses your own natural hair, harvested one-by-one from the donor site (usually the back of the head). Those follicles are then “planted” one-by-one into areas that are thinning or bald.

Our gallery of hair transplant before and after photos is proof positive that the results are 100% natural, permanent and undetectable as a transplant. And with robotic FUE there is no linear scar.

Are there any medications that offer a cure for baldness?

No medications currently exist that will make you sprout a full head of hair. However, FDA-approved Minoxidil (Rogaine®) and Finasteride (Propecia®) have been clinically proven to slow and even reverse hair loss. Furthermore, platelet-rich plasma can also effectively address hair loss in many cases.

What else should I know about baldness cures?

Until an actual baldness cure is invented, a robotic FUE hair transplant is a state-of-the-art procedure that can reverse the appearance of your hair loss. Hair Sciences Center has been at the forefront of hair restoration for two decades, so if a cure is on the horizon, watch this space. You’ll be the first to know.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 


Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.

 


Does baldness skip a generation?

Male-pattern baldness (MPB) is a genetic condition that “runs in the family.” If your father and uncles are all in varying stages of baldness does this mean you are destined to lose your hair, or does baldness skip a generation?

There is no easy answer to this question. As with many genetically inherited conditions it is possible for MPB to skip a generation, however, it is certainly not assured. MPB is dictated by complex factors and the risk of male pattern baldness can be inherited from either the mother’s side or father’s side of the family, although the genetic influence on the mother’s side is more prominent. Indeed, the primary baldness gene is on the X (female) chromosome. But your father’s genetic makeup can also cause MPB, since males carry both an X and a Y chromosome.

So, if baldness exists on either side of the family, then baldness may indeed be in your future. If your uncles on your mother’s side are bald and your father is not, chances are you will take after your uncles. However, you may be skipped over, luck out, and sport the Braveheart look into your 80s. The MPB gene can also skip siblings within the same generation, so that your brothers may get the Brad Pitt locks while you are stuck trying to rock the Bruce Willis look.

There is no way to tell what fate has in store, unless you are already showing signs of hair loss. If you notice thinning areas in the frontal or crown areas or temple recessions, then you are showing hair loss that is characteristic of MPB. Check where you are on the Norwood Scale, an illustration of the stages of hair loss patterns in male pattern baldness.

Chances are, if you are reading this, you are already displaying signs of MPB. It can be extremely demoralizing, but you can decide to do something about it, other than count the hairs in the hairbrush and the shower drain. There are many FDA-approved medical advances that help you keep the hair you have, and even if you think you are too far gone, chances are you may be a candidate for a modern hair transplant. The procedure usually takes a day, but the natural and 100% undetectable results last a lifetime.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 


Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patient


Does your baldness gene come from your mother or father?

There are a lot of myths and misinformation about the genetic causes of male pattern baldness (MPB). One of the most enduring is that a man inherits the genetic propensity for MPB from his mother. While there is some truth to this, it is not the whole story.

The primary baldness gene is on the X, or female chromosome, which men do inherit from their mothers. A study from the University of Bonn in Germany from 2005 confirmed this, and added fuel to the mother myth. And it is true: the hereditary factor is more dominant on the mother’s side. If your dad has a full head of hair but your mom’s brother is a 5 on the Norwood Scale at age 35, chances are you will follow your uncle’s journey through MPB.

However, the gene for MPB is actually passed down from both sides of the family. Furthermore baldness genes may skip generations, and skip people within the same generation. This is why it is perfectly possible to have an older brother with enviable full, thick hair, while you are stuck with a Norwood 3 at age 27.

The result means that there are millions of families where the older brother gets the George Clooney hair while the younger is stuck with the Vin Diesel look, or visa versa. Furthermore, if you take four brothers it is absolutely possible to have a Norwood 3, 5 and 7 and a fourth brother with no MPB at all within that same family.

If most of the men on your mother’s AND your father’s side are bald, then you, your sons and brothers all have an increased propensity to experience MPB.

Life just isn’t fair sometimes. Luckily we live in an era when you don’t have sit by and simply watch your hair thin away to nothing. There are many FDA-approved medical advances that help you keep the hair you have, and even if you think you are too far gone, chances are you may be a candidate for a hair transplant.

If you are considering a transplant choose your physician carefully. Research the physician and clinic, consider their reputation, training, experience, accreditations and patient comments. Expect to meet and talk with the physician—the one who will actually do your procedure—at the consultation. And, check out real hair transplant before and after photos on actual patients of the clinic.
 
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Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.

 


Myths About the Causes of Baldness

Myths About the Causes of Baldness

We have heard so many myths and stories about the causes of baldness that it is sometimes hard to know where to start discrediting them. People will blame anything. Since it’s impossible to cover every possible misconception regarding hair loss, we will identify the four major myths.

Mental Stress and Physical Trauma
It is a common, yet mistaken, belief that physical trauma and mental stress, including anguish and fear, cause hair loss. Men are constantly telling us that they didn’t start balding until a daughter started dating, or they began feeling the pressure of financial strain, or they were going through a divorce. Still others swear that their hair loss began after receiving some type of physical blow or trauma to the head, typically the result of an accident. Are these reasons valid? No. Although stress can speed up hair loss, especially in women, it is not the root cause.

From a psychological standpoint, what these people believe has caused their hair loss is actually a delayed reaction to a process that had already begun. In other words, their hair began to thin before the accident or before their daughter started dating. Only afterwards, in a state of heightened awareness from the trauma or stress, did the men start to focus on their thinning hair—and this is a typical psychological reaction.

The Faulty Freeway System
The myth we refer to as the “faulty freeway system” is one of the most prevalent misconceptions about hair loss, and one that is still taught in some barber and beauty schools. This theory is based on the observation that there is less blood flow to the very top of the head compared to the lower portions of the scalp. Because of this supposed “flaw” in the circulatory system—the faulty freeway system—the hair follicles are deprived of necessary nutrients, allowing “toxins” to accumulate. Subsequently, the hair starves and falls out. The theory further proposes that wearing a hat or headgear, which is required by certain occupations, restricts circulation to the head, worsening the already decreased supply of blood. The result? Hair loss.

The blood supply to the scalp is provided by branches of the left and right carotid arteries, which extend upward from the heart, curve around the ears, and continue upward like the branches of a tree to the very top of the head. Therefore, if the circulatory system determined baldness, it would follow that all men and all women would begin to bald in a center line that starts at the top of the head, runs to the frontal hairline, and gradually widens toward the ears. Obviously, this is not how it happens. On the contrary, the earliest sign of common baldness in the majority of men is the thinning of the hair just above the temples. This forms the familiar triangular or “V” recessions on the sides of the hairline called temporal recessions. This area, however, has a greater blood supply than the very top of the head, and yet common baldness begins here.

There are other facts that refute the proposed connection between the circulatory system and hair loss. For instance, as people approach middle age—thirty-five to fifty-five—they tend to develop unwanted hair growth in the eyebrows, ears, and nostrils. How could the circulatory system cause this phenomenon? Is it possible that suddenly in the middle years, without noticeable cause, the blood supply to the ears, nose, and eyebrows increases in all men? It’s possible, but not likely.

One final blow to the reduced blood supply theory is seen in the experiment performed by Dr. Norman Orentreich in 1955. He took a 4-millimeter hair-bearing graft with intact follicles from the back of a patient’s head and a 4-millimeter bald graft from the top of the same patient’s head where extensive hair loss had occurred. Then Dr. Orentreich switched the two grafts, putting the hair-bearing graft in the hole left by the bald graft and vice versa. After observing these grafts over a period of several months, Dr. Orentreich noted that the “hairy” graft flourished in the vast space of baldness, and the bald one remained naked in the sea of hair that surrounded it! If blood supply affects hair loss and/or growth, the hair should have fallen out of the graft on the top of the head. Conversely, hair should have grown in the bald graft placed in the back of the head.

Cleanliness Is Next to Hairiness
According to this theory, a fatal cocktail of excess oil, air pollutants, sebum, and dead cells becomes lodged around the hair shaft, chokes off the hair, and renders it incapable of growth. The obvious question then is, “Why does the hair on the other areas of the head—specifically the sides and back—continue to flourish?” The trichologist, or hair-clinic expert, may explain that these hairs grow in a downward direction, causing the deadly accumulation to slide down the hairs away from the shaft and follicle, thus protecting the hair. But this is simply not true.

The theory that hair loss is caused by a dirty scalp fails to account for both the legions of clean yet bald men, and the multitudes of slovenly men with grimy yet full heads of hair. If this theory were true, populations in countries where the opportunity and resources for personal hygiene are scarce would experience rapid hair loss in both male and female inhabitants. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. If the whole scalp is dirty, wouldn’t the entire scalp bald at the same time?

Developing good scalp and hair hygiene, including daily shampooing, is a desirable grooming habit that will make your existing hair more attractive. However, it will neither prevent hair fallout nor cause it to regrow.

You Are What You Eat
The “you are what you eat” or “vitamin supplement” theory proposes that the hair follicles of men who experience hair loss are deprived of essential nutrients, causing the follicles to die. This theory focuses on dietary supplements of vitamins and trace minerals, such as zinc, the amino acid cystine, and the B-complex vitamin biotin, as the best means of combating baldness.

The trichologist at a hair studio, as well as misleading advertisements, will say that laboratory research has shown hair, which is composed primarily of protein, must be fed certain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for growth. Typically, the argument states that the average American male’s diet is sorely lacking in these critical nutrients. Consequently, he suffers from baldness.

Is it possible for a nutritional deficiency to cause hair loss? Yes, but this deficiency must be so severe that the person is literally dying from lack of food. The nutritional deficiencies occasionally found in the average, healthy American citizen, such as short-term low levels of magnesium or zinc, is not the same as acute clinical starvation. Furthermore, clinical starvation does not and cannot cause hair loss in the patterns recognized as common male pattern baldness. Instead, it causes a general or diffuse hair loss all over the entire scalp. Moreover, hair loss is never the only symptom of clinical malnutrition and it is usually one of the last. Other symptoms include but are not limited to conditions or diseases of the internal organs, teeth, gums, skin, and nails. Therefore, if you have diffuse unpatterned hair loss, but no other signs of acute clinical starvation, it is safe to assume that a nutritional deficiency is not the cause of your hair loss.

Learning From the Inuit
Perhaps the Inuit people who inhabit the Arctic regions provide the best example of a culture that negates the common baldness myths. Inuit males rarely wash their hair and wear hats most of the time. They also frequently apply whale and fish oils to their hair for sheen, which is considered pleasing in their culture. In addition, their restricted diet, consisting of mostly protein and fat, lacks the variety of foods to qualify as balanced. This is evidenced by the relatively low life expectancy of the culture, in which the average Inuit male lives to sixty years of age.

Subject to every mythic cause of baldness, the Inuit male is a victim of poor circulation due to cold temperature, further decreased blood supply resulting from the wearing of hats, a sebum-clogged scalp, and a diet lacking in essential vitamins—all of which, according to the myths, should produce an unusually high rate of baldness. However, like others with similar racial characteristics, the Inuit have much less chance of experiencing baldness than the average Caucasian male.

From The Hair Replacement Revolution by Dr. James Harris and Dr. Emanuel Merritt (Square One Publishers). Reprinted by permission.


Balding at 20? Is it time for a hair transplant?

 

When and why it may be too early for a hair transplant.

If you are a relatively young man who is noticing signs of hair loss, it can be quite distressing. You may have begun to notice your hair thinning or receding at the temples but still intact at the forehead. If you are balding at 20 you also may be experiencing one or more of the following:

  • You are beginning to obsess about your hairline, and notice the hairline of others in ways you never did before.
  • You are starting to style your hair differently, such as brushing the hair forward, to hide the balding temples
  • You have begun wearing hats in an effort to hide your hair loss, and are starting to dread situations where a hat is not appropriate.
  • You avoid the wind and water because these elements seem out to mess with a style that now has to be “just so” to keep the hair loss hidden.
  • Your social media profiles feature a picture of you from three years ago.
  • You have begun frequenting hair loss chat rooms in search of answer and see your own experiences mirrored in the discussions.
  • You suddenly notice which males on both sides of your family are suffering from male pattern baldness and which have hair.
  • A feeling of slow dread is creeping in as you watch your youth slip away in what should rightfully be the best-looking years of your life.

If some or all of these experiences sound familiar as a young man balding at 20, you may be researching whether a hair transplant is a right decision for you at this point. While I cannot diagnose any individual’s hair loss without an exam, I can offer some helpful generalizations.

Determine Your Hair Loss with the Norwood Scale when balding at 20
Learn more about how to prevent & treat male pattern baldness.

Balding at 20 – check the Norwood scale.

First of all, try to determine where you fall on the Norwood Scale, which illustrates progressive hair loss patterns in males. Although it is a simplified scale, it is useful for purposes of diagnosis and education. If you are a 2, 2A, 3 or 3A in your twenties, you are very likely experiencing the first signs of male pattern baldness (MPB), which is genetically inherited and progressive in nature. In other words, you got it from one or both of your parents and the level of loss will keep advancing through the years. This means it is very likely that you will experience more loss over the next several decades.

Can I have a hair transplant or not?

It is possible to find clinics that will perform a transplant on a man in his 20s, but this can deliver unfortunate results in the long term. This is because there are a finite number of donor hair follicles on your head. For a transplant, these need to be harvested from the back or sides of the head. But it is not in your interest to use up a significant number of viable donor follicles at an early age because you will exhaust your supply. At 20 you may think you won’t care what you look like at 40, but the fact is you will. You may want a transplant at that point in time, so you will need those valuable follicles.

Furthermore, if a transplant is performed on someone who is too young, it may look great for a few years. However, referring back once more to the Norwood Scale, it is easy to see that if you transplant follicles to the temple area when you are a Norwood 2A, by the time you are a Norwood 5A at age, say, 45, you will have unnatural looking tufts of robust hair growing at the temples surrounded by a sea of bald scalp. Therefore, except in rare cases, we would most likely advise against a hair transplant for a man balding at 20.

If that answer has left you feeling deflated, take heart: millions of men choose to save the hair they have with effective, FDA-approved non-surgical hair restoration treatments.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it.

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Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.

 


What is the Ludwig Scale?

The Ludwig hair loss scale illustrates progressive hair loss patterns in women. It defines several common types of hair loss patterns associated with female pattern baldness and can help you determine your level of hair loss. It is useful for purposes of diagnosis and discussion and can help you and your doctor determine next steps.

In sum, Type 1 is mild, Type 2 is moderate and Type 3 is extensive.

The Ludwig scale - measuring hair loss in women

You may have a hunch where you fall on the Ludwig hair loss scale. The good news is that if you suffer from the effects of female pattern baldness and it bothers you, chances are high we can help.

Ludwig scale and your treatment options

If you are a woman experiencing early signs of hair loss, medications such as Rogaine for women can have a significant long-term impact on helping you keep the hair you have. Platelet rich plasma treatment has also been shown to be effective for treating hair loss in women.

You may also be a viable candidate for a hair restoration procedure.  It can either be performed by follicular unit extraction (FUE) where hair follicles are removed one-by-one from the donor area or by a strip harvest from the donor area where the hair is more robust and plentiful, then “planted” in the thinning areas. This can be an extremely effective treatment for many women experiencing female pattern baldness. This type of treatment is 100% natural and safe.

It is very important for any woman who is experiencing hair loss to have an accurate diagnosis made by a board-certified physician to determine the cause. Any underlying medical condition must be ruled out before any treatment can be pursued.

If your hair loss does not seem related to the Ludwig hair loss scale patterns, you may be suffering from traction alopecia, inflammatory conditions, or hair loss due to scarring due to injury or cosmetic procedures. At the Hair Sciences Center, we are also experts at addressing these common types of hair loss in women.

Now that you’re no longer wondering, “What is the Ludwig Scale?”, ask me a question about your unique situation. If hair loss is causing you distress, there is hope.

 


Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.

 


Everything to Know about DHT and Hair Loss

 

If you are battling male pattern baldness, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is enemy number one. DHT is a sex steroid present in the body and is a derivative of testosterone. It is, quite simply, the hormone behind male hair loss. Let’s examine its characteristics, and then discuss ways to mitigate its effects.

DHT and hair loss facts:

  • DHT is a male sex hormone known as an androgen. Androgens give males their masculine characteristics, such as a deep voice, facial and body hair, and greater muscle mass.
  • DHT plays a vital role in the development of male gender characteristics during fetal development and puberty.
  • DHT also attaches itself to the dermal papillas (hair root), altering the gens of the follicle and causes miniaturization of the follicle. Hairs become finer and finer. Eventually the follicle falls out in the natural hair cycle, but is not replaced by a new robust follicle, resulting in permanent hair loss.
  • The hair on the back and sides of a man’s head is much less susceptible to DHT, resulting in the classic male pattern baldness hair loss at the top of the scalp and crown.
  • The amount of testosterone or DHT does not cause baldness. Rather, it is the sensitivity of the follicles to the DHT that determines the extent of hair loss. That sensitivity is caused by genetics. In other words, it runs in the family, but can skip generations and also brothers and cousins within the same generation.
  • Balding at the crown caused by DHT has also been linked to increased risk of prostate cancer, according to the Harvard Medical School.

If you are a man experiencing hair loss, one thing is for sure: you are not alone. By age 50 over half of all men in the U.S. will experience some hair loss due to DHT.

Halting DHT and hair loss:

If you are losing your hair, don’t despair. There are ways to block DHT and to even reverse hair loss.

  • Finasteride (often sold under the names (Propecia® or Proscar®) can reduce the production of DHT by up to 70% and is the only DHT inhibitor approved by the FDA.
  • There are other medical treatments like minoxidil, low level laser light therapy, platelet rich plasma treatments, and ketoconazole shampoo. These do not lower or block DHT but they can slow the progression of hair loss.
  • An FUE hair transplant can restore hair to areas where it is thinning or lost. FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. It is a modern, minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that is virtually painless and leaves no linear scar. The hair follicles are removed from the donor site (such as the back or sides of the head), then transplanted hair-by-hair to the thinning or bald area. The procedure usually takes one day, and the result is 100% natural, permanent and undetectable.

It’s okay if you’re not okay with going bald—there are ways to address your DHT and hair loss.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 


Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.

 


Will I go bald? How to tell your follicular future.

Perhaps you recall the day you realized you might be losing your hair. It may have been while brushing your teeth that you noticed a loss of hair around your temples. Or it may have been that an acquaintance or buddy ribbed you about the appearance of a bald spot at your crown. Either way, for most men it delivers a sinking feeling. Now you may be asking yourself, “Will I go bald?” and “How can I tell?”

Male pattern baldness (MPB) is a genetically inherited condition that is passed down from either your mother or father’s side of the family. Because MPB can skip generations and may also skip brothers within the same generation, there are no easy answers to the questions above.

In attempting to answer “Will I go bald?”, it’s very useful to see where you are on the Norwood scale , which is a classification system that illustrates progressive hair loss patterns in males.

Norwood Scale - Hair Sciences Center

I’ll break things down by looking at a couple of different scenarios.

Let’s say you are 55 years old and a Norwood 2. Your father and both uncles on your mother’s side are around a Norwood 5A. Your chances of progressing to a Norwood 5 are extremely low. In fact, your natural trajectory from age 55 will probably have you at a Norwood 2 or 3 by age 70. It’s also conceivable that you could remain at a Norwood 2 by using Rogaine® or finasteride.

Now let’s say you are 23 years old and a Norwood 2A. Receding at the temples is already evident, and your hairline is also experiencing the first signs of recession. Your father and uncles all have full heads of hair. Nonetheless, you be at risk for continued hair loss and are at risk for becoming a Norwood 6 or 7. Medical therapies such as minoxidil and finasteride are your best bets at slowing the progression. Seeing hair loss at such a young age is an indication to use as many treatment modalities as possible and you might consider the “Hair Survival Program.”

Take heart! With modern hair transplant techniques such as the ARTAS robot for FUE, it is possible to restore your hair to from a Norwood 6 to about a Norwood 3, while appearing completely natural and undetectable as a hair transplant.

Chances are, if you’re visiting websites devoted to hair restoration, you are worried about your hair loss or the potential for loss. The sooner you address your unique situation the greater the odds are that you will keep the hair you have or even turn back the clock with a hair transplant.

Contact my clinic for a consultation or ask me a question about your unique situation and how we might treat it. 


Dr. James Harris is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, inventor of patented follicular unit extraction technology, published author in the field of hair restoration and an advocate for patient care. He is currently at the forefront of research and development in the field of hair cloning. Learn more about Dr. Harris or read rave reviews from his patients.


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