Since ancient times, men associate a full crop of crowning glory with youth, vigor and health, while women associate hair with femininity, attractiveness and sex appeal. Thus, loss of hair presents itself not only as an aesthetic health problem, but also a great dampener on one’s self-esteem and confidence! What’s worse is the many myths surrounding hair loss and the myriad of treatments marketed to the general public – an unlucky sufferer may have to go around in circles spending thousands, only to see little to no result.
Scratch your scalp no more as I give you a gentle guiding hand in exploring the hairy issues of this sensitive topic!
male pattern hair loss
One of the most common forms of hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia ( also known widely as Male Pattern Hair Loss). It causes the typical frontal and central balding pattern in men and central thinning in women that we all know about.
So what’s the main cause? Androgen hormones. Testosterone is an androgen and gets broken down by an enzyme 5-Alpha-Reductase (5AR) into Dihydrotesterone (DHT). DHT is the culprit hormone which acts on the hair follicles, causing them to have a shorter cycle of hair growth and grow shorter, thinner strands of hair. This results in the typical receding hairline and central bald patches in men. In women, they cause central thinning but rarely cause bald patches.
Let’s cut to the chase and reveal the treatment options.
TREATMENT OF MPHL
The FDA and HSA-approved treatments are Propecia™, Minoxidil, iGROW™ Laser therapy and Hair transplantation. We only believe in proven treatments because we only want the best results for our patients at David Loh Surgery.
OTHER CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
- Alopecia Areata – It is characterized by patchy bald areas of hair loss and is usually secondary to an autoimmune reaction, which means that one’s own antibodies attack parts of the scalp to cause hair loss. Dr KJ Wong advocates intra-lesional injections to treat this condition.
- Nutritional Deficiencies – Deficiency in Vitamins A,B,C and also copper, iron, folate and zinc may also lead to hair loss, thus a healthy diet is encouraged. This consists of lean meat, vegetables and fruits. Supplementation may be needed if any of those listed are found to be deficient in one’s diet.
- Thyroid conditions – Hyper or Hypothyroidism causes either too high or too low levels of the thyroid hormone in our bodies. Dysfunction of the thyroid gland is a well known cause of hair loss.
- Scalp Infections – Certain fungus can penetrate and invade your scalp, causing infection and hair loss. It is temporary if appropriate treatment is instituted to treat the infection.
- Telogen Effluvium – Major physical or mental stress can result in hair loss 3 or 4 months after, however it is usually temporary.
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Do not suffer in silence. Entertain lame balding jokes no more. Regain your youthful confidence. Hair loss is a highly treatable medical condition and treatments work best in the initial stages. Visit us early for a detailed consultation today.
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