Androgenetic alopecia is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, this condition is also known as “male pattern baldness.” As hair follicles shrink over time, our hair becomes shorter and finer. Eventually, the follicle will no longer grow new hair resulting in patchiness or baldness. In men, this is usually preceded by a receding hairline and thinning of hair at the crown of the head. In women, the hairline does not recede and the hair typically thins all over the head. Androgenetic alopecia can be attributed to illness, hormones, genetic predisposition, and age. Some men show signs of hairline recession in 13 years, while others are able to keep a full head of hair well into adulthood. For women, hair loss is more common after menopause.
Hair loss in men can be treated with medication such as Rogaine or Propecia, which assist in regrowth and maintenance of hair strands. Rogaine reverses the miniaturization process by enlarging hair follicles and allowing the hair to grow. Propecia is taken to prevent the hormone testosterone from converting to dihydrotestosterone (DHT)., which leads to the shrinking of follicles. These options are life-long treatment solutions and will need to be continued on a regular basis to maintain hair growth.
A hair transplant is a more permanent solution for men who may not be interested in using medication. For this procedure, existing hairs from the back or sides of the head are used to redefine your hairline and fill in thinner or bald areas of the head.
Through Rogaine Topical Therapy for women, you can regrow your naturally thicker, fuller hair and fill in the thinning areas on your scalp that cause anxiety. Treatment is also available to replace thinning lashes and brows. This procedure involves taking hairs from the scalp to fill in follicles along the lash line or eyebrow. Though they are small, eyelashes and eyebrows brighten the eyes and help to define the face. Results from the procedure are permanent. New lashes and brows will begin to grow within a few months and may require some minimal maintenance, such astinting, trimming, or curling.