Male pattern balding is one of the most undesirable image changes that males experience. The loss of hair on your head will dramatically affect the aesthetics of your head and this can have consequences on your self confidence. The main cause of male pattern baldness is genetics and it can result in you losing your hair prematurely in your 30s and 40s. If you want to know if you are prone to losing your hair due to genetics, you need to look at your mother’s side of the family. This means looking not at her father but at her brother(your uncle) or your grandmother’s brothers (your mom’s uncles). Other causes of male pattern baldness related to male sex hormones, called androgens. The main culprit androgen has been identified as the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a testosterone byproduct. As a result, a medication called Proprecia, a DHT receptor blocker, has become widely popular. Unfortunately, this medication will block the effects of testosterone not only at your hair follicles but everywhere thus making you more sluggish and having less libido! As such, there is no real cure for male pattern baldness, although a topical medication has shown to slow down your hair loss. On average, it takes 10 to 20 years to lose your hair and by the late 50’s half of our male population will demonstrate balding.
Fortunately, not all hair follicles are vulnerable to DHT. In particular only the hair follicles on the top of your head are negatively affected by DHT. This means that the hair on the sides of your head and the back of your hair are immune to male pattern baldness. Because of this fortunate consequence, you can transfer the hair from these areas to the top of your head where you are balding. What makes this fact exciting is that the transferred hair is permanent! Until recently, the transfer process was compromised cosmetically as the clumps of hair transferred looked unattractive. However, a recent advance in hair transplantation, called Follicular Unit Extraction, has made hair transplantation extremely effective in reversing male pattern balding.
Follicular Unit Extraction, shortened to FUE, allows for single follicular hair transplantation. This means single hair bulbs can be effectively harvested from the sides and back of your head and replaced back on top of your hair. FUE can be done in a single session, comfortably, and without the need to put you under anesthesia. Approximately 2,500 to 4,500 single hair follicles can be transferred using this revolutionary technique. FUE has several advantages over traditional hair transplantation surgeries that include aesthetically pleasing and natural appearance of the transplanted hair as well as avoidance of a donor scar as previously required. When FUE is performed by expert hair surgeons, it has shown to have over 95% efficacy and patient satisfaction rate.
In summary, male pattern balding can now be effectively managed. This means it doesn’t have to be you! If you are experiencing male pattern baldness, don’t let this aging phenomenon affect your self confidence and lifestyle. A consultation with our hair transplant specialist can help you appreciate what FUE can do for you.