Men's Hair Loss

male hair loss treatment in houston tx In men, the most common cause of long term, permanent hair loss is a condition known as male pattern baldness. This is a genetically inherited condition that results in different patterns of hair follicles that are sensitive to the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Only the hair follicles sensitive to DHT are affected, and the effect is to shorten the active growing phase of the hair cycle, thus causing them to shrink. Eventually the hair cycle stops and the hair never re-grows.

The effect of DHT on these sensitive hair follicles often varies from person to person. Effects typically begin at puberty when both testosterone and dihydrotestosterone begin to circulate in men. But because an area of the scalp does not appear thin or balding until one loses about 50% of the hair in that area, most patients do not notice the change until they are in their late 20's or 30's. Occasionally a person will complete the hair loss process before age 25.

Reaction to Finasteride (Propecia)

93% of males respond to Finasteride (Propecia) by slowing or stopping loss, and 48% re-grow hair.

Male Pattern Hair Loss
Age on onset Usually noticed in the mid 20's
Alternative Causes of Hair Loss 99% of bald men have Androgenetic Hair Loss, caused by the effect of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the hair follicle.
Extent of Loss Complete, 100%, hair loss in a area is common
Evolution of Baldness Bald from the outside-in the front, & inside out-in in the back, very common to lose the frontal hair line early in process.
Miniaturization of Normal Hair Hair growth miniaturizes because of a longer resting cycle before it disappears.
Normal Hormone Levels Normal Testosterone & Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) Levels
Reaction to Finasteride (Propecia) Males respond to Finasteride (Propecia) by slowing or stopping loss, and 48% re-grow hair.
Either Pattern Can Occur in Either Sex Men can have classical female pattern hair loss, sometimes referred to as Diffuse Undifferentiated Patterned Alopecia (DUPA).
Seem to Respond to Cell Division Therapies Male Pattern Hair Loss responds to minoxidil (Rogaine) therapy and Low Level Laser Therapy, both of which seem to work by accelerating cell division
Successful Men can nearly always benefit from Hair Restoration Services.