Male Pattern Hair Loss or Male Pattern Thinning (MPT) is clinically called Androgenic Alopecia (AGA) and is a gradual ‘thinning’ of the effected hairs. It is commonly misinterpreted with but is not actual ‘Hair Loss’.
Common hair problems are the result of a combination of causes including an interrupted hair cycle or a hair cycle that has resumed, but is growing diffuse damaged hairs in place of the original terminal hairs. Diffuse hair loss may be temporary and self correcting, or may require professional intervention to stop the loss and assist in the return of a normal hair cycle.
MPT left unattended can result in total loss of hair on the top of the head leaving a rim of hair, like a ‘horse shoe’, around the sides and back of the head. The horse shoe of hair left at the sides and back of the scalp will never be lost by men with male pattern hair loss.
Research has proven that MPT is related to hormones called androgens, particularly an androgen called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Androgens are important for normal male sexual development before birth and during puberty. Androgens also have other important functions, such as regulating hair growth and sex drive.
MPT is caused by a genetic sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT, which causes the hair follicle to shrink or "miniaturize". The DHT restricts blood carrying nutrients and oxygen, from reaching the hair bulb. Over time this effect prevents the hair bulb from maturing to a full size hair. DHT will cause your terminal hair (mature hair) to gradually shrink to vellus hairs (miniaturized hairs as a result of damage from DHT) resulting in the appearance of a thinning of hairs in the effected locations on the scalp.
Clinical Hair Loss can speed up Male Pattern Thinning (MPT). 'Diffuse Hair Loss' and 'Telogen Effluvium' are common types of Hair Loss that can speed up MPT, due to a combination of Hair Loss and Hair Thinning on the same scalp.
Diffuse Hair Loss is a shedding of hairs over your entire scalp (not in patches, patterns or typical areas), and will result in more hairs (200 plus) falling or shedding, than normally expected in your individual daily hair cycle.
We all lose hair every day, 70 - 160 hairs per day, in fact. This is a healthy hair cycle. If you are not losing your normal quota of hairs, it means your hair cycle is disrupted. A disrupted hair cycle is another hair problem. Hair Loss and a disrupted hair cycle will contribute to the degree of severity and speed of MPT and limit treatment results if not correctly diagnosed and addressed.
Always remeber, there is no 'miracle cure' for any Hair Loss, but with correct diagnosis and combination therapy, you can be confident you can arrest hair loss and better still, reverse hair loss.
The general rule of thumb is that hair can be effectively treated anywhere it is still growing. If the follicle is open it is possible to reactivate hair growth. However, the longer the hair thinning is left untreated, the more chance the follicles will close as the DHT will eventually completely cut off the blood supply to the hair bulb. Once the follicle has closed, the hair bulb is dead and cannot be restored.
Please contact Absolique Hair Health Clinic to recieve your Correct Diagnosis with a Hair Health and Scalp Check