Receding Hairline Causes:
The reasons why one’s hairline will start to recede are many. Some of them include; age, genetics, stress, hormonal changes and other medical conditions. These factors may all play a role in causing your frontal hair line to begin to disappear. However, there are some things which have been proven to cause your frontal hairline to recede faster than others. Here are the top three reasons why your frontal hairline will start to recede sooner:
1) Stress – If you feel stressed out or anxious, then it is very likely that you might experience problems with your mood swings and feelings of depression.
You may even develop anxiety attacks. One of the ways to relieve stress is through exercise. Exercise helps in reducing your body temperature and relieves stress. Another way to reduce stress is through relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga.
2) Genetics – Your genes play a major role in determining what type of person you are.
There are certain genetic traits which make you prone to developing health issues like hair loss, acne, high cholesterol levels etc.. It is practically impossible to avoid genes. If your parents have a history of male pattern baldness, then you are likely to experience hair loss yourself.
3) Unhealthy Lifestyle – Smoking, drug abuse and excessive drinking can all cause your frontal hairline to begin to recede.
It is important that you try to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you don’t want your hair loss to progress any further.
These are just some of the major causes of hair loss. It is also important that you get your thyroid checked as an out-of-functioning thyroid gland can severely cause your hair loss to increase. Eating the right types of food and getting enough exercise are also important if you don’t want to experience baldness or any other type of hair loss.
Stages of Male Pattern Baldness:
The stages of male pattern baldness are as follows:
1) The first stage is known as the “temporal recession”.
This means that you are starting to lose your hair in the temples. The hair loss can start as early as your teenage years and will usually only worsen with age.
2) During the second stage, the hairline will continue to recede until it resembles a “U” shape.
The hair at the crown of your head will also start thinning. This is the stage which most men begin to experience baldness.
3) During the third stage, all the hair at the top of your head will start to disappear.
The “U” shaped hairline from stage two will slowly merge into an almost straight line horizontal hairline.
4) The final and fourth stage of male pattern baldness is when all the hair has disappeared from the top of your head.
Some men will experience a few strands of stray hair at the front of their head, but this is rare.
If you want to know more about the stages of male pattern baldness or if you simply want to compare your symptoms to others then you should take a look at the internet as there are many forums and websites dedicated to discussing the topic.
Treatments for Hair Loss:
Now that you know about the different causes of hair loss and the stages of male pattern baldness, you might be wondering what you can do about it. The treatments for hair loss range from cures which stop or slow down your hair loss to those which simply provide you with a cosmetic solution to your baldness.
1) Minoxidil – This is a topical treatment which you apply directly on your scalp.
It was originally designed to treat high blood pressure, but it has been found to promote hair growth in some men who suffer from pattern baldness. The treatment is effective on some men and completely ineffective for others. There is no way of knowing whether the treatment will work for you or not, but it is considered to be a relatively safe treatment with few side effects.
2) Hormone Treatments – There are certain hormones which are associated with male pattern baldness, namely testosterone and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
If you reduce the amount of these hormones in your body then your hair loss can be reduced or even stopped completely. Traditionally, this has involved taking tablets, however, new injections have also been developed which are absorbed directly into the blood stream and thus deliver a faster and more potent effect.
3) Scalp Reduction – This is a radical surgical procedure which involves removing a circle of skin from the scalp which is unaffected by male pattern baldness.
The skin is then moved to an area of the scalp where hair has started to disappear. The surgery can be effective, but it is far from convenient and expensive to boot. It also requires the scalp to be sewn up again with the removed patch of skin, so there is some cosmetic damage.
4) Hair Transplants – Probably the most well known cosmetic procedure for hair loss sufferers is the hair transplant.
This surgery involves removing strips of hair from areas of your scalp which suffer from little or no hair loss and transplanting these hairs to the areas where hair has started to disappear. The surgery can be effective, but it can look unnatural if not done properly. The strip of hair which is removed is typically in the region of 1mm wide and 5mm long.
1) Donor Site – This is the area of your scalp which the hairs are taken from.
Typically this is from the back of your head or the sides. The risk with taking hair from this area is that your scalp will not have an even appearance and the hairs could end up growing in at an odd angle due to the direction in which they’ve been pulled out.
2) Recipient Site – This is the area of your scalp where the hairs are transplanted to.
Typically this is your temples and the front of your scalp. The risk with this procedure is that if too many hairs are transplanted then your scalp can become disfigured leading to an unnatural appearance. As well as this, there is also the risk of infection to consider.
3) Hairline – This is one of the most important aspects of a hair transplant.
The hairline should look natural and follow the existing lines of your scalp. A good surgeon will be able to transplant hairs in such a way so as to create a natural looking hairline.
4) Transplant Design – Whilst it may seem confusing at first, the design of the hair transplant is actually quite important to the overall success of the surgery.
A poorly designed transplant can lead to unnatural looking clumps of transplanted hair which leads to an undesirable result. The design will typically be in the form of an H or X shape.
5) Transplant Area – The area of your scalp which is suitable for a hair transplant is anywhere where you still have anywhere between 20-40 hairs per square centimeter.
Typically, a surgery will focus on the area with the lowest count, however, if there are suitable areas elsewhere then they can also be transplanted.
This procedure involves the surgical transplantation of hair in cornrows. The surgeon will typically remove a row of cornrows from the back of your head and transplant these to an area of your scalp which is experiencing hair loss. One of the major benefits of this surgery is that it can be performed quickly and easily with relatively low danger and costs. Unlike other procedures, the healing time is fairly short with patients often being able to resume work in a week or two. The major disadvantage of this procedure however, is that it is typically only suitable for younger patients and does not offer a good long-term solution for patients with extensive hair loss.
As patients age, the transplanted hairs typically start to fall out significantly increasing the amount of maintenance required and reducing the overall effectiveness of the surgery. Whilst a surgery such as FUT can last for many years, patients may find that they are required to undergo multiple surgeries in order to maintain the appearance that they desire. A further disadvantage of this procedure is that many surgeons perform this surgery using the FUT technique rather than the more modern FUE technique. Due to this, the surgery is very invasive and painful as a large part of the scalp is completely dissected in order to access the hairs.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE):
This procedure is one of the most modern hair transplant techniques available and involves removing individual follicular unit grafts (hair clusters) from the back of the scalp using a small punch device. Unlike the older outdated FUT technique, this procedure typically leaves minimal scarring and patients typically return to work within a couple of days. As this procedure is relatively new compared to the more traditional surgical methods, it is still not as widely used by surgeons. This means that not all patients are eligible for this surgery and that it typically comes with a higher price tag than the older FUT method.
As this procedure is relatively new, there is also a lack of long-term data available on the likelihood of patient satisfaction or the likelihood of the hairs falling out. Typically, surgeons using this procedure will require patients to sign a contract agreeing to get a second surgery if they are not satisfied with the results after a number of years. Due to the high costs and potential for the need of a second surgery, many patients consider other less invasive hair transplant techniques before choosing to proceed.
Follicular Unit Extraction
In recent years, the FUE hair transplant procedure has become more and more popular. Rather than removing a strip of hair and the skin that contains it from the back of the scalp, individual hairs are removed one at a time using a hand held punch device which breaks away a small portion of the skin around the base of each follicular unit. This procedure typically leaves little or no visible scarring and is relatively quick when compared to similar surgeries. As the hairs are removed individually, patients typically find the procedure to be less painful and invasive than other available procedures. On average, patients are able to return to work within a few days of the surgery.
Unlike other surgical hair transplant techniques which typically leave the patient with a linear scar running across the back of the scalp, this procedure is less invasive and requires no sutures or stitches.
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