Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL)
Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL) is a common condition, with up to 50% of males being affected.
It involves progressive thinning (miniaturisation) of scalp hair and usually affects the frontal, mid scalp and crown regions (and occasionally the temples).
MPHL is also known as Androgenic or Androgenetic Alopecia because both androgens and a genetic predisposition play significant roles in the development of MPHL.
Miniaturisation of Hair
Miniaturisation is a process that results in affected hairs becoming smaller and finer (with each growth cycle) until they eventually stop growing.
It is widely accepted that the main cause of miniaturisation is an increase in di-Hydrotestosterone (DHT).
Men who are genetically susceptible to MPHL have increased levels of Type II 5 Alpha-Reductase – an enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT.
Over time DHT causes gradual miniaturisation and potential death of these susceptible hair follicles.
All people (men and women) have DHT, however, only some will suffer from hair loss.
Those individuals who suffer from hair loss have an inherited a genetic predisposition within their hair follicles, involving an increased number of androgen receptors to which DHT attaches.
Norwod Scale of Classification
The Norwood Scale can often be used to categorise hair loss patterns in men.
Hair loss is generally divided into 7 categories (and sub-categories).
The Most Effective Treatment Options
Male Pattern Hair Loss can be slowed and sometimes halted by hair loss medication such as Finasteride and Dutasteride.
PRP Hair Restoration
PRP Hair Restoration Therapy offers a safe and effective alternative/adjunct to medication, which can have undesirable side effects.
A PRP Therapy program can also be a great way to boost hair regrowth during and after Hair Transplantation to prevent miniaturisation of existing original hairs in the area of thinning.
One treatment is usually required every 12-18 months, making it a very cost-effective solution compared with other non-surgical hair loss treatments, such as lasers, remedies, etc.
Hair Transplant Surgery
It is important to know that the only permanently effective treatment available for Male Pattern Hair Loss is Hair Transplant Surgery.To speak to Dr Bosnich about which treatment option is best for you, call us or ENQUIRE NOW to make an appointment for a NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION in Melbourne, Sydney or Bangkok.