Male pattern baldness has a common direction for its progression. Hair loss usually occurs from the frontal region at the top of the forehead and progresses backward. The frontal temporal region will also recede going inward revealing an M-shaped pattern of hair. There will also be balding beginning from the vertex area of the crown of the head. The loss of hair will radiate outward until the recession meets with the frontal regions. What is left will be hair on the sides and back of the head. This would usually be a thin strip of hair running along the lower parts of the head.
Androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness is the result of testosterone binding with the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. It forms dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that is the hormone responsible for the hair loss. DHT acts as a barrier to the hair follicles from receiving vitamins and minerals necessary for its growth. The blockage causes them to shrink and hair is lost as a result.
One way to address androgenetic alopecia (the medical term for natural male hair loss) is through hair transplants. This technology has helped many men combat their hair loss successfully.
The strip method or FUT is a procedure that involves cutting out a patch of skin at the back of the head. This patch is further divided to be implanted into the balding area of one’s scalp. When completed by a skilled Vinci Hair Clinic surgeon, the existing hair acts as a camouflage, hiding any scarring from view as well as completing the effect of a full head of hair.
FUE on the other hand takes individual hair follicles from the healthy area and transplants them piece by piece into the receiving portion of the balding scalp. Hair from other parts of the body may also be used in some circumstances, in case the existing hair at the sides and the back of the head is insufficient to successfully recreate a full head of hair.
Some transplanted hair will naturally fall out in the first few weeks and will start to regrow shortly after. The patient should be able to have a much fuller head of hair as this regrowth occurs and the scalp heals.
Take the example of Kyran Bracken the former scrum-half star of England rugby. He is currently forty years old but he started losing his hair as early as his twenties. His hair loss was treated through a hair transplant procedure. He says that he felt some soreness for the first three days or so but it soon went away. Kyran lost the transplanted hair in the first few weeks but regrew them in about two months.
Hair transplants do work though one might not be quite sure how long or complete its period of effectiveness will last. It is highly dependent on the client receiving the right advice, and employing a skilled surgeon for the job. Needless to say, finding the right hair clinic is important to ensure the very best results are achieved. To view the excellent results achieved here at Vinci Hair Clinic, see our gallery.