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Hair Loss In Men

How does hair fall happen and what are the reasons for it?

Hair fall in men and women are caused by different factors. Male pattern baldness, also called androgenic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss in men. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), more than 50 percent of all men over the age of 50 will be affected by male pattern baldness to some extent.

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Reasons for male pattern baldness

One common cause of male pattern baldness is genetics, or having a family history of baldness. Studies have further revealed that male pattern baldness is associated with male sex hormones called testosterone. 

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of the male hormone testosterone, is the enemy of hair follicles on your head. Simply put, under certain conditions DHT wants those follicles dead. 

Each hair on our head has a growth cycle. With male pattern baldness, this growth cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrinks, producing shorter and thinner strands of hair. Later, the growth cycle for each hair stops and no new hair grows in its place. However, there is hope – even men who are into advanced stage of hair loss would have healthy hair follicles on both the sides and back of the scalp. Even though these healthy hairs are exposed to DHT, they are resistant to this hormone and survive for a lifetime.

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Treatment for Men – Hair Transplant

Hair transplant or clinical hair restoration is the best effective treatment for hair loss. Hair transplant is a medical process of removing hair from areas of the scalp (sides and back) that have active hair growth (DHT- resistant healthy hair follicles) and transplanting them to thinning or balding areas of your scalp.