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460860689Hair Loss in Men

There are many reasons why men lose hair. There are both non-hereditary and hereditary causes for male hair loss.

Medical and Non-Hereditary Hair Loss

Injury, trauma, burns and radiation may cause permanent hair loss. We specialize in hair replacement options that help men look and feel “normal.” There is not reason to suffer a loss of self-esteem when solutions are available.

Some hair loss is self-induced and results gradually through traction alopecia, which is caused by tension brought about by dreadlocks, tight braids or hair pulled back into a tight ponytail. Trichotillomania, or habitual pulling and plucking at hair, can cause a bald spot to develop over time. Long term cases may result in severe follicle damage, scarring and permanent hair loss.

Alopecia areata is an auto immune disease which affects the hair follicles. The exact cause of alopecia areata is still being explored, it is believed some carry a higher risk if a close family member has the disease. It is associated with bald spots, can appear in childhood, and may be confused with hypothyroidism, which is an underproduction of certain hormones.

Cicatricial alopecia (a type of permanent hair loss) is often linked to autoimmune diseases. Certain autoimmune diseases may signal the body’s immune system to attack hair follicles and cells related to hair growth, resulting in hair loss.

Telogen effluvium is also related to autoimmune diseases and occurs when the hair’s growth cycle is disrupted, resulting in rapid hair loss. It may be caused by certain drugs including anti-thyroid medications, hormonal therapies, anti-convulsants, anti-coagulants and beta-blockers. In addition, it is thought to be brought about by physical or psychological stress.

452557255Hereditary Hair Loss

Androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary condition, is the thinning of hair brought about by the shrinkage of hair follicles. There are treatments that slow the progression, but the fact remains that some men will become permanently bald throughout parts of their scalps.

Hereditary hair loss is a medical condition that affects about 50 million American men, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Also from the American Academy of Dermatology come these facts:

  • Hair loss can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side of the family.

  • A man has a 50 percent chance of experiencing hair loss by his 50th birthday. This hereditary condition, clinically termed androgenetic alopecia, is characterized by a receding hairline as well as a loss of hair on top of the scalp.

  • Hair transplantation is another treatment option that offers a permanent form of hair replacement using dermatologic surgery to move some existing scalp hair to bald or thinning parts.

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