Thinning or balding hair can decrease your overall self-confidence and greatly impact your social and professional life. While there are a number of hair restoration treatments available for men and women, it is important to understand the underlying causes of hair loss in each sex. Continue reading to learn more about the most common causes of male hair loss.
A number of men are genetically predisposed to hair loss. Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common cause of hair loss in men and usually manifests itself with thinning along the crown or recession of the hairline. Male pattern baldness is caused by an inherited genetic sensitivity to DHT or dihydrotestosterone, a male sex hormone that causes the hair follicles to shrink, resulting in a shorter follicle lifespan and abnormal hair production.
Male hair loss may also be caused by an autoimmune skin disease known as alopecia areata. This type of alopecia causes hair loss along the scalp and typically starts with one or more small round patches until it eventually progresses to total hair loss.
Some men may experience hair loss due to a number of medical conditions such as thyroid disease, iron deficiency anemia, and scalp infections. Taking certain medications may also increase the risk of hair loss, including medications taken for arthritis, depression, high blood pressure, heart conditions, and cancer.
While women often experience hair loss during pregnancy or menopause due to hormone changes, some men may experience hair loss due to a decrease in testosterone in what is known as andropause, or female menopause.
Whether you’re trying to prevent further thinning or you are suffering from excessive hair loss, Hair Restoration of California is here to help. For information on our laser hair growth and virtual reality hair services, contact us at (310) 477-2320. You can also visit our website to set up an initial consultation.