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Hair Loss Treatment For Men

The Science Behind Hair Thinning In Men

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Male androgenic alopecia (male pattern balding) is the most common form of hair loss seen in post-pubertal males -- and readily identified by its familiar pattern of progression. The percentages for male balding are around 20% of men in their 20s; 30% in their 30s and so on.

In susceptible men a percentage of the main male hormone testosterone (TT) is converted to a more potent androgen (male hormones are known as androgens) -- dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT progressively exerts a miniaturising effect on the hair follicles across the top of the scalp. Within a reduced growing phase, affected follicles then produce fine-textured, unpigmented hair (termed vellus) that rarely grow beyond a couple of centimeters in length -- thus thinning of the hair density is seen in this androgen-sensitive area.

Male androgenic alopecia usually begins with a receding of the hairline at the temples, and a concomitant thinning of the hair density on the crown. Over time all the hair follicles across the top and sides of the scalp may be affected; leading to -- but NOT always resulting in -- total baldness.