Hair Loss For Men - Melbourne Hair Transplant Clinic
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Hair Loss For Men

Hair Transplants Melbourne has more than 25 years’ experience in hair loss for men and women including Strip and FUE hair restoration. We offer a variety of medical and procedural treatments for hair loss to suit each person’s needs.

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1/ Hair loss is genetically passed on 2/ Genes come from either side of the family 3/ It can skip generations The baldness gene is passed on from either parent causing hair loss for men. This can mean that even if your parents had full hair, you may have inherited the genes from an uncle on either side of the family tree. Yes the genes can skip generations. If you have this unfortunate gene, eventually you will experience hair loss. This happens when the hair thickness decreases with each hair cycle i.e. the new hair produced by one follicle (root) is thinner that the last and so on until the hair is so thin it does not get replaced, leaving an empty pore. Once the hair reaches a critical thickness (around 40 microns) it does not ever get replaced. Therapy with medicines at this point do not work. The earlier you treat your hair with medication the greater the chance of you keeping it.

1/ DHT sensitivity is the main cause 2/ The earlier you start medication the better 3/ Hair makes you look healthier younger and stronger. Male hormones called androgens travel in your blood and the gene for baldness makes your hair follicles become sensitive to the androgen hormone. The male hormones are derived from testosterone , the main hair-damaging one being dihydrotestosterone or DHT. This hormone is the main enemy for follicles and causes them to slowly degrade on top of the head in a pre-determined pattern genetically specific to you. Hair loss patterns range from just mild thinning in the front corners to baldness at the crown (where the spiral of your hair occurs) to complete baldness of the entire top of the head, and working its way down the back of the head in the most severe form. You will see all of these types by just walking down the street and paying attention to the scalps of men.

1/ 5-a reductase over-activity causes an excess of DHT on top of the scalp 2/ Blocking this enzyme with medication early is the key to keeping as much hair as possible 3/ The back and sides of the scalp are safe zones Hair loss for men or male pattern baldness does not occur evenly through life,  it happens in fits and bursts. There is no particular age that hair loss begins in men and it can go on for  10 to 40 years once started. Some men inherit multiple genes from their parents and their hair loss begins in the late teens. These men have significant hair loss by the age of 21 but they may not notice much. It has been estimated that we need to lose almost 30% of our hair before it is really noticeable and a cosmetic problem. These young men should begin prescribed hair loss medications as soon as they notice anything, because we know they are destined for a large bald area and we can minimise the amount lost with these medications. The amount of men that suffer from male pattern hair loss is approximately 30% at the age of 30 and up to 50% at the age of 50. No medical evidence states why male pattern baldness occurs, but there have been scientific findings that pinpoint two primary causes – hormones and genetics. During the 1970’s scientists found and classified which hormone was the biggest problem in male pattern baldness. They discovered that an enzyme called 5- a reductase transforms testosterone into dihydrotestosterone DHT. Males with pattern hair loss generate much more 5-a reductase and dihydrotestosterone in the skin on the top of the scalp than men who don’t have issues with hair loss.The high 5-a reductase activity in the scalp skin (the balding area on top) causes more DHT production and more ongoing hair thinning with each cycle as explained above.   Women Hair loss solutions are here.

What are the Signs?

NB: THIS NEXT BIT IS IMPORTANT AND IS REPEATED AT THE BOTTOM ((So it’s the donor hair roots from the safe zone that are moved into the thinning area. Once put in the thinning area (transplanted) they continue to grow exactly as they did in the safe zone and do not fall out for this reason. We call it “donor dominance” , in other words the donor roots determine their own fate once placed into skin elsewhere on the scalp (or even body e.g. eyebrows, side burns, beard), they grow and are not subject to hair loss. Its not the surrounding skin in the thinning area that is the problem in hair loss , its the follicles or roots themselves, so new roots taken from the safe zone (and that is expertly determined by your surgeon) will grow in bald scalp skin with no problems. The transplanted roots will begin to grow hair some 3-4 months after transplanting and continue for your whole life.))   1/ Hair loss is noticed early when hair is wet 2/ Thinning begins at the front corners or crown 3/ Emotions can cause men to make bad choices to fix their hair Hair loss for men is an emotional topic causing a loss in self-esteem and confidence. Often men only talk to their parents about it and are too shy to approach a doctor, often wasting money on potions and money scams or lured by TV commercials that can be very misleading. Hair “unit” or “piece” salesmen are very good at convincing you the hair is real and grows naturally when all they do is glue a wig onto the scalp that needs maintenance every 4-6 weeks by you attending their hair “clinic”. 1/ Hair transplants move the roots from the safe zone to the balding zone 2/ The safe-zone is located around the back and sides of the scalp 3/ Hair roots moved from the safe zone take with them their resistance to falling out. If you suffer from male pattern baldness, you most likely know what the signs are, or you may have seen these signs develop in your family members. The first sign is usually hair on the top of your head becomes lighter and thinner especially around the front corners and crown. Gradually your hairline begins to recede, and balding occurs. It doesn’t matter the amount of hair that you lose, the horseshoe shape at the sides and the back of the scalp are safe zones. The horseshoe shape has unique genetic programming that stops hair from falling out and so these hairs are safe to transplant.In this zone, the enzyme 5-a reductase is not overactive and the follicles (roots) are not oversensitive to DHT. One of the reasons that hair transplants are so successful is because of the resistance of the safe-zone hair. We utilise the hairs in the safe horseshoe area and re-distribute them one by one into thinning or bald areas of your head. So it’s the donor hair roots from the safe zone that are moved into the thinning area. Once put in the thinning area (transplanted) they continue to grow exactly as they did in the safe zone and do not fall out for this reason. We call it “donor dominance” , in other words the donor roots determine their own fate once placed into skin elsewhere on the scalp (or even body e.g. eyebrows, side burns, beard), they grow and are not subject to hair loss. Its not the surrounding skin in the thinning area that is the problem in hair loss , its the follicles or roots themselves, so new roots taken from the safe zone (and that is expertly determined by your surgeon) will grow in bald scalp skin with no problems. The transplanted roots will begin to grow hair some 3-4 months after transplanting and continue for your whole life.