hairline, mostly at the temples, is usually a part of the process called pattern
hair loss. It’s more common in men (it rarely affects women). Even though it’s
usually nothing more than a cosmetic issue since it is harmless, sometimes it
can be very bothersome. Can it grow back? Your treatment plays a key role!
exact cause probably is not fully understood yet, though people believe it has
to do with male hormones called androgens, hence pattern hair loss is also
called androgenic alopecia. Other factors such as increasing age and genetic
(inherited tendency) may also have a role.
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well we know that testosterone is one of strong androgens in men. It’s
responsible for the development of male characteristics such as male
reproductive & sexual function, male voice deepening, and growth of body
& facial hair .
the body, an enzyme called 5-AR (stands for 5-alpha-reductase) changes testosterone
into another androgen, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is responsible for
several body functions. But it could also be counterproductive for the health
of hair follicles as men age.
age, hair follicles are more sensitive to the action of DHT. It’s thought that
DHT is the main reason behind most cases of male pattern hair loss. It attaches
to androgen receptors on the scalp’s hair follicles and triggers follicular
miniaturization (a process that drives hair follicle to shrink, change, and
produce a thinner-shorted hair shaft).
to one study in 1998, the amounts of androgen receptors found in pulled scalp’s
skin and follicles on balding area are higher than those pulled from
non-balding area. An inherited tendency may also play a role to make hair loss
more likely, the study showed .
androgens are required to stimulate hair growth on other areas of the body.
Beard hair, armpit hair, and pubic hair — for examples, would not grow without
androgens. It seems men with low 5-AR are likely to get very little hair elsewhere
of the body, but they probably are at lower risk of developing male pattern
about female pattern hair loss? Testosterone found in women is not in the same
abundance as men. But women also need it for several body functions. Small
amount of this hormone is produced in their adrenal glands and ovaries. While
DHT is often to blame for receding hairline associated with male pattern hair
loss, it’s not fully known yet whether it also has same effect on female
pattern hair loss.
pattern hair loss, your hair follicle would shrink over time. But with
appropriate treatment, it’s possible to have hair growth on the affected area
and prevent the problem from worsening.
Thankfully hair follicles affected by pattern hair loss usually remain alive. This means it’s still possible to stimulate hair growth on there .
the other hand, the problem can get worse or even progresses to baldness if
left untreated, especially in men. But treatment is not always necessary,
depending on personal preference. It’s Ok to left it untreated if you are
enjoyable with your new appearance. It doesn’t pose to the risk of serious
complications; again it’s not more than cosmetic issue.
Women with pattern hair loss rarely have receded front hairline since they’re less likely to go bald following pattern hair loss in men. They’re likely to have thinning over the entire crown of their scalp. Unlike men, it could be more frustrating in women since hair loss is less acceptable for them. Therefore treatment is usually necessary.
for this kind of hair loss include minoxidil, propecia, and hair
transplantation. Which is the best one? Each treatment has pros and cons.
called ‘Rogaine’ the generic version, Minoxidil was originally developed for treating
hypertension (high blood pressure). Since it triggered hair growth when people
took it (an intriguing side effect), it is used for treating hair loss. It’s
the first hair growth solution approved by the FDA.
it work for receding hairline? In case when the problem has to do with the
action of DHT, it is less effective since it doesn’t target DHT. However some
people find it’s worth a try. Some doctors would suggest it first before trying
another treatment. If there is no improvement, it probably is still prescribed
along with Propecia.
story is slightly different for female pattern hair loss. Many women find their
hair loss improves with this topical treatment since their pattern hair loss is
less likely associated with androgens. But if it fails to work, a hormonal
treatment may be suggested.
is available in two choices of concentration, 2 % (women) and 5 % (men). It’s
relatively safe for most men and women.
called Finasteride, it is another common solution for receding hairline. It was
originally used to treat prostate gland problems. But researchers found that it
also has an effect to promote hair growth.
mg dose of Finasteride has been approved by the FDA in 1997 for treating hair
loss, including androgenic alopecia. It is more powerful than Minoxidil (if
your receding hairline has to do with DHT) since it inhibits the production of
5-AR enzyme so does DHT production.
Minoxidil – Propecia is taken as a tablet, which is the first FDA-approved
‘pill’ for treating male pattern hair loss. But it’s not recommended for female
pattern hair loss. In general, people take it every day for 3 months or more
(if necessary). And to sustain benefit, continued use is required and should be