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Causes of hair loss in men

Do you find yourself looking in the mirror for signs of hair loss? Have you been dismayed to see your hair receding at the temples and forehead? Is the spot on your crown widening by the year? Do you feel as though your baldness is making you appear old before your time? Have your self-confidence and sex appeal been impacted? If this sounds familiar, and the situation is causing you distress, you have come to the right place. Dr. Harris is a leading authority and internationally renowned expert on hair restoration for men, and we can help. Schedule a consultation today.

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What are the causes of hair loss in men?

In short, the most common cause of baldness in men is a genetic predisposition called androgenetic alopecia. It is a condition whereby the affected follicles are sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone type II. There are other causes of hair loss in men, including:

  • Genetics

  • Male Hormones

  • Medical Conditions

  • Injuries

Sometimes hair loss can be caused by underlying medical conditions, so it is important that men be evaluated by a physician. If clinically appropriate, the following processes should be considered:

  • Anemia
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Emotional Stress
  • Autoimmune Skin Diseases (scarring alopecias) 

It is also important to review the use of medications that can cause hair loss, such as beta-blockers, Vitamin A, thyroid drugs, coumadin and prednisone. The following laboratory tests are often useful if underlying problems are suspected: CBC, Chem Screen, ANA, T4, TSH, Androstenedione, DHEASulfate, Total and Free Testosterone.

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Why are some men not candidates for hair restoration surgery?

Hair transplantation involves the movement of hair from an area of greater density and fullness (usually the back and sides of the scalp) to an area of hair loss in the front, top or crown. Men who lack sufficient hair in a harvest region are not strong candidates for transplantation procedures. Dr. Harris will evaluate the “strength” of the donor by a method called “densitometry” to evaluate your candidacy. You may also want to understand where you are on the Norwood Scale.

If you are considering hair restoration, as in all surgical procedures, it is important to balance the potential gain against the possible risks when making a decision to go forward with the treatment. Schedule a consultation today.