It is typical for an individual to lose between 50 to 100 hairs throughout the day; however, these hairs are continuously replaced. If more excessive hair loss occurs, there may be an underlying problem: Hair loss caused by an underlying problem is usually short-lived and, once the root cause is removed, the lost hair is replaced. The root cause of hair loss can range from stress to inadequate protein consumption. When permanent hair loss occurs, hormones (including testosterone) and genetics are typically to blame.
Androgenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness) Can Be Addressed with Hair Restoration in New Jersey
Although the common term for androgenetic alopecia is male pattern baldness, women can also have this condition. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, approximately 30 million women and 50 million men in the U.S. have androgenetic alopecia. The American Hair Loss Association states that androgenetic alopecia is responsible for causing 95 percent of all hair loss in American men. While it is true that hair loss is connected to testosterone, it is not the testosterone itself that causes male pattern baldness.
The Conversion of Testosterone to DHT is Responsible for Androgenetic Alopecia
An enzyme (5-alpha reductase) converts testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), it is this form of testosterone that can cause hair loss. Although it is not the amount of DHT within an individual’s system that causes the loss of hair, but the sensitivity of the individual’s hair follicles to the Dihydrotestosterone. Hair follicle sensitivity is determined by genetics. Therefore, in relation to testosterone, baldness is much more than just a case of cause and effect; instead hair loss occurs do to a mix of genetics and hormones.
How DHT Causes Hair Loss
Once the conversion from testosterone to DHT occurs, the Dihydrotestosterone affixes itself to the androgen receptors of the scalp’s follicles. The DHT binding to these receptors causes the roots to shrink. As time passes, the hairs within the scalp begin to thin and eventually the follicles themselves become dormant: Thus, leading to hair loss. Therefore, an individual who has a genetic predisposition that causes their receptors to be particularly sensitive to Dihydrotestosterone will experience hair loss.
Hair Restoration Surgery and Nonsurgical Procedures Can Address Androgenetic Alopecia
In New Jersey, there are numerous FDA-approved hair restoration techniques available: Techniques available at Contemporary Hair Transplant include platelet-rich plasma (PRP), scalp micropigmentation, strip harvesting, the Capillus Laser Cap® and follicular unit extraction. These innovative procedures are allowing men and women to prevent, regrow and manage hair loss.
If you notice that your hair is thinning, or you have already lost a substantial amount of hair, please contact Contemporary Hair Transplant clinic today to schedule your initial consultation. To schedule by phone, please call 844-261-7020 or schedule your appointment online by clicking here.