Androgenetic Alopecia is the thinning and sparseness of the hair, starting from the forehead to the apex of the head. It starts after adolescence and continues until middle age. It is also known as the male pattern hair loss (MPHL) because it is generally seen in men. However, it also affects more than half of women. Androgenetic Alopecia is not seen as a disorder. It occurs in people who are genetically predisposed to hair loss, depending on the male hormone. It is more common in people who have sensitive hair. It starts with thinning in hair. Most of the time, this situation does not cause baldness problems. However, since the hair follicles are weak, it causes hair sparseness.
Why Does Androgenetic Alopecia Occur?
The biggest factor for Androgenetic Alopecia is known as genetic predisposition. Although it cannot be prevented completely, some precautions can be taken to slow down the hair loss problem. For example, the person should eat correctly and regularly. He/she should decrease fast-food intake and eat protein-based foods. Healthy nutrition will nourish the hair follicles and reduce hair loss. In addition, chemical applications such as hair gel and hair spray can trigger the male-pattern hair loss. Such products should not contact the hair follicles and they should be used as needed.
Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia
You should break bad habits such as stress, smoking and alcohol, in order to prevent Androgenetic Alopecia hair loss. Besides, you should be careful about choosing the right shampoo and stop using products which damage your hair. However, none of them offer permanent solutions. Treatment methods for hair loss are:
- Medical Treatment: There are various treatment methods for Androgenetic Alopecia, the hair sparseness. One of them is medical treatment. It must be used under doctor’s care. Medical treatment is very useful for hair loss which started recently. It nourishes hair follicles and slows down hair loss. However, the benefits of the medications are quite low for the hair sparseness on the top of the head. The most effective solution for it is the hair transplant.
- Hair Transplant: Hair transplant operation is a permanent solution to hide areas where the sparseness is intense. It is a surgical operation and it is applied by determining the hair follicles which are resistant to fall, and transplanting them to the sparse areas. It is a permanent treatment for the male-pattern hair loss. It can be applied to any individual over the age of 18.