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Although hair loss is an extremely common condition, it can be very troubling to those affected by it.
Hair loss affects 70 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women at some stage of their lives.
While the majority of men attending hair restoration clinics are affected by inherited male pattern baldness, or what is medically known as androgenetic alopecia, it is important to obtain medical advice to confirm the cause of your hair loss.
A consultation is essential to exclude other causes of hair loss and ensure an appropriate treatment plan is developed for you.
Our consultation goal is focused on fully informing our patients about their options and counselling them against hasty decisions that may not be in their best interests.
The only clinically proven treatments for hair loss are the alpha reductase inhibitors such as finasteride, the topical solution minoxidil, low-frequency laser therapy and hair transplant surgery.
Hair transplantation represents the only proven permanent solution for genetic hair loss.
When performed by the right surgical hands, hair transplantation delivers results so natural looking that they are undetectable to the untrained eye.
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The major cause of hair loss in men is genetically inherited androgenetic alopecia.
In these men, a sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, results in hair loss.
Typically beginning at the temples or crown, the DHT sensitive hair thins, weakens and eventually falls out.
The oral medication, Finasteride slows this type of hair loss in some men by inhibiting alpha 5 reductase, the enzyme responsible for converting the male hormone testosterone into DHT.
The topical solution Minoxidil also slows hair loss and stimulates the hair follicles to grow new hair in some men.
Both Finasteride and Minoxidil can take anywhere between four to 12 months to start working and benefits only last while taking the medication.
These clinically approved solutions can preserve the hair follicle to ensure patients have enough healthy follicles to take up the option for successful permanent hair restoration later on.
In fact, the combined use of medication, laser comb, and surgery – or what we term a multi-therapy approach – has also shown to stimulate hair growth after a hair transplant.
Other forms of hair loss, which usually present in a patchy format, include the auto immune disorder alopecia areata, cicatricial alopecias, telogen effluvium, trichotillomania, syphilitic alopecia and tinea capitis.
While common in people younger than 20, the auto immune disease alopecia areata can affect men and women of all ages.
Occurring when the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, alopecia areata becomes evident through smooth bald patches on the scalp.
In the majority of cases, the hair grows back.
Cicatricial alopecia, also called scarring alopecia, refers to a group of rare disorders that destroy hair follicles. The follicles are replaced with scar tissue, causing permanent hair loss.
A course of treatment for this type of hair loss is decided on after a clinical evaluation and scalp biopsy.
Traction alopecia, which involves breakage of hair, often occurs as a result of putting too much pressure on the hair through either tight elastic bands, pony tails or braids.
Trichotillomania is a hair pulling disorder affecting the scalp and eyelashes. Hair loss ends when voluntary pulling of hair, which often requires counselling and or medication, stops.
Telogen effluvium, the term referred to for sudden and rapid shedding of hair, can be due to the side effects of medications, dietary deficiencies, systemic disease or stress.
Martinick Hair Restoration medical director Jennifer Martinick says sometimes conditions such as alopecia areata or telogen effluvium (sudden and rapid shedding of hair) can be aggravated by stress.
Dr Martinick says it is not uncommon for some male patients, particularly men over 35, to mistakenly assume their hair loss is related to male pattern baldness.
This is why it is so important to confirm the cause of your hair loss with a medical professional.
A professional specialising in hair loss will ask patients if they have a family history of hair loss, how long they have noticed the hair loss, if the hair loss is noticeable to other people if it is falling out by the roots or breaking and if the loss is patchy or generalised.
Blood tests are often ordered and patients are asked if there has been any trauma, stress, major illness, operations or medication in the last two years.
Depending on the individual, recommended treatments for stress related hair loss can include lifestyle changes to alleviate stress, medication and counselling, food supplements and or adjunctive therapies to assist relaxation.
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Although hair loss is traditionally associated with middle-age, more men in their late teens and early twenties are seeking medical assistance for the condition.
Growing public acceptance of hair transplantation is prompting a lot of young men to seek a surgical solution, however leading hair restoration physicians generally don’t consider this a good option for most men under age 21.
This is because the pattern and progression of hair loss have usually not been fully revealed at this early age.
However, a personal consultation with a Martinick Hair professional will help you determine the treatment plan that is most appropriate for you.
There are circumstances when hair transplantation is an appropriate option for a young patient, however, the patient must be made aware of what can be achieved and the strong likelihood that they may need additional treatment later on.
A whole of life plan is needed to ensure nothing is done to restrict the young man’s future options.
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