Male Pattern Baldness
Male Pattern Baldness also known as androgenic alopecia accounts for over 95% of hair loss in men worldwide. After 35, men get some degree of the loss in several forms like decline in hairlines and hair thinning at central parts on their head. Around one fourth of men generally suffer from the disorder before reaching their twenties. Their front hairlines show considerable decline.
Men experiencing the disorder are extremely unhappy with their situation and they like to change it soon. It affects negatively on their physical and mental health. It also affects their interpersonal relationships and professional lives too. They cannot change their profession due to the loss. The disorder is responsible for causing baldness in vast majority of men worldwide. There are several causes for it in men including serious diseases, reaction to certain medications, stressful events and age; however most of hair loss on scalp in men is blamed on heredity. They are inheriting hair follicle with a genetic sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). These follicles are sensitive to DHT which lead them shortening their lifespan and decease in their size (miniaturize). Follicular miniaturization and shorter life span stop follicles producing hair on man’s scalp.
Onset of considerable decline in front hairline and thinning crown are its main symptoms. Significant loss is noticed in these parts of scalp including temples and mid anterior portion. Follicles in these areas become more sensitive to DHT which is formed when male hormone testosterone reacts with an enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. The pattern baldness is diagnosed through appearance and the pattern of the loss along with prevalence of the disorder in family. Hair loss experts use densitometer, a magnifying device, to assess the degree of follicular miniaturization. This assessment is very useful to treat the disorder successfully. There are many variants in the baldness according to degree of hair loss. Hamilton Norwood scale is used to categorize the loss on man’s scalp. It ranges from stages I to VII. Age is also a factor behind the baldness as androgens stimulate growth of hairs on eyebrows, mustaches, beard and ears; however it decreases the growth on the scalp. The incidence of the baldness is roughly equivalent to chronological age and half number of men experiencing the loss by their age of fifty. There are many myths about the baldness like it is inherited from mother’s father. It is however shown by research that a person with a balding father has greater chance of experiencing it. Some say that it occurs through doing weight lifting and other exercises due to increase in testosterone levels. Scientific studies however support link between exercise and testosterone but it could not found more facts to prove it clearly. Moreover, balding men show low testosterone levels paradoxically.
Medicines to treat Male Pattern Baldness
There are several medicines available in markets in different forms like shampoos, hair oils, herbal medicines, allopathic medicines etc to treat the baldness. Some allopathic drugs in pill form are approved by FDA including Finasteride available under Proscar and Propecia brands, Minoxidil (Rogaine), also available in liquid form, to rub on balding scalp twice a day to grow hairs and prevent further hair loss. These drugs however may take months to show results and these do not work on all patients experiencing the illness. These may cause some side effects to them.
In conclusion, treatment through minor surgeries or hair transplantation for the disorder is becoming more popular nowadays as these provide 100% results even within a week. Transplanted hairs grow like natural hairs. FUE hair surgery is implemented to give better results of hair transplantation. This technique is quite painless, stitch-less, bloodless and moreover scars-less. It has enough potential to transplant hairs even on eyelashes, eyebrows, beard and mustaches along with the scalp. No doubt people living worldwide rely more on hair transplants than other treatments to treat the disorder.
Role of Walia Hospital to treat Male Pattern Baldness
Walia Hospital Ludhiana Punjab India is providing reliable treatment to Male Pattern Baldness or Androgenic alopecia through FUE hair transplants since last ten years. They have had treated several patients with the disorder living in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, and nearby cities to Ludhiana including Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr), Chandigarh, Punchkula, Mohali, Ferozepur, Moga, Barnala, Ambala, Gurgaon, Karnal, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Jalandhar etc. They have also treated patients living in foreign countries. They are still continuing with providing their 4G FUE hair transplant services to treat the pattern baldness more successfully.
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