Male-Pattern Hair Loss

Androgenetic Alopecia, also known as Male-Pattern Baldness, is the most common cause of hair loss. About 50% of men will experience this form of hair loss by the time they’re 50 years old. As far as the ages in which baldness can occur, it can start as early as 12 and as late as 45. Though essentially benign, there are psychosocial effects that male-pattern baldness can cause. A major determinant of AGA concerns testosterone (T), more specifically the enzymes that affect androgen metabolism. In men, testosterone plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues such as the testis and prostate as well as promoting secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle, bone mass, and the growth of body hair.

Hair follicles produce both thick terminal hair and fine vellus hair. Vellus hairs develop on most of the human body form childhood, regardless of sex. At puberty, vellus hairs are replaced by terminal hairs in certain areas of the body, such as the axilla, pubis, and face; and this change occurs by the influence of androgenetic hormones. As far as the difference in size between these two types of hairs, hairs that grow <0.03mm in diameter and <1 cm in length are considered vellus, while those that longer are considered terminal hairs. When it comes to AGA, a characteristic of it is the conversion of thick terminal hairs into miniaturized, vellus-like hairs.

Hair Miniaturization can be easily defined as when the hair becomes thinner, shrinking in volume and growth length. For the most part, it is caused by AGA, or Male Pattern Baldness. The main mechanism for miniaturization relates to the shortening of the anagen phase, thus the hair becomes “lazy” and does not grow to its full term.

HAIR LOSS CAUSES IN MEN

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Non-Genetic

THE NORWOOD HAIR SCALE

THE SEVEN STAGES OF HAIR LOSS INCLUDE:

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