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September 23, 2007 at 7:36 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

What Is Androgenetic Alopecia


Affecting both men and women, androgenetic alopecia is a common form of hair loss. Another more common term for this is male-pattern baldness. Androgenetic alopecia is commonly characterized by progressive hair loss at the scalp. Loss of hair occurs in a well defined and pre-determined pattern, starting at or above the temples. With time, the hair line will recede enough to give the impression of an "M" shape on the head. Thinning will also occur at the crown of the head, eventually progressing to partial if not complete baldness.

Is Androgenetic Alopecia Common?

An estimated 35 million people are affected with male pattern baldness. It can be a frequent cause of hair loss in women, but generally affects men. Androgenetic alopecia can start as early as a person's teens and the risk increases exponentially with age. For example, 50% of men over the age of 50 have experienced hair loss to some degree.

Hair Loss Can Be Genetic

Most factors that lead to hair loss remain unknown, but researchers note that genetic and environmental causes are likely. One thing research has determined is that this particular form of hair loss is related to hormones called androgens. Androgens are not only responsible for regulating hair growth, but it also plays a crucial role in sex drive as well. Growth of the hair begins at the skin area, called follicles. Hair can grow for as little as two years, and up to six years. After the growing period is a resting phase, and after that the hair will fall out. The cycle continues over and over in this way. Androgens at an increased level can lead to a shorter hair growth cycle as well as thinner hair. New hair growth will also be delayed. White men are four times more likely to develop some kind of hair loss when directly compared to black men.

Male Pattern Baldness: Treatment Options

Several products are available today from topical creams to alternative medications. Probably the most common form of treatment is surgical replacement. If you are losing your hair chances are you seen-and maybe even tried surgery. There are several downsides to surgery however. For one, the incisions leave you dangerously susceptible to infection. Also, many times any natural hair left will fall out leaving the surgically implanted hair which makes for a pretty goofy sight. Topical creams can pose harmful side effects and many times aren't worth it. Natural products which address the androgen issue work most effectively. No matter which option you choose be sure to research and fully understand what you are subjected your body to; and also never forget that bald can be just as stylish as a full head of hair!

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