First of all, hair loss is absolutely natural and it happens to everybody but in men, it goes to the extent of baldness. This is the reason why men are more concerned about losing their hair than women. In some cases, it severely affects confidence and self-esteem. There are certain factors associated with male hair loss and here is Dr Jha answering some frequently asked questions that we receive almost every day.
Q: I am in my late twenties, is it normal to have hair loss at this young age?
Dr Jha: Well, we lose some hair every day and get new in their place. The concern starts when the growth of new hair slowdowns. In men, the process usually begins at the early twenties but it takes a couple of years for us to start noticing it. As we reach in the late twenties or early thirties we start noticing our receding hairline. The rate of hair loss or thinning varies person to person.
Q: I don’t drink or smoke or don’t have any stressful routine, even when I am experiencing massive hair fall.
Dr Jha: Your lifestyle or any type of stress does contribute in hair fall but they are not the sole reason for this. Your genes sometimes play a crucial role or side-effect of any medication or poor scalp conditions can be a cause of hair fall.
Q: Why do am I losing hair?
Dr Jha: This is actually a very broad question. There are many reasons for hair fall like
Androgenic alopecia – This tops the rank as a cause of hair loss in men. If you recall seeing your own pictures when you were, say, 10 years old, your head had full of hair but when attaining in the mid-teens this volume of hair reduced? The reason why it is lost and the hairline continue to recede further as the age advances are the production of a hormone called DHT(a by-product of testosterone) and this in abundance till we attain the age of 50 or more. A hair specialist would generally advise to start taking Finasteride tablets in the strength of 1mg a day and this will essentially block the DHT which affects the hair follicles and stop the hair loss progression to a large extent. The treatment is successful and it works for everyone, however, there are a few side-effects. Please remember this tablet only prevents hair loss and does not accelerate new hair growth.
Genetic – If you have bald men in your family history then you can expect to go bald at a certain stage. This is the commonest reason for all and called male pattern baldness.
Hair Trauma – If you are fond of styling or chemical products or experimenting with your hair, etc. then you are stressing your hair follicles. In response to this, they become fragile and start falling off. This type of loss is not permanent and your hair may regrow when you start treating them right, but I am afraid that the rate of growth may not be very good.
Lack of Nutrition – Your hair needs nutrition for good growth. If you are not supplying the right minerals like protein which is very essential for good hair, your growth can be slow or dull in texture. If not in your meals, try to nurture those using supplements for hair.
Stress – Any type of psychological stress accelerates hair fall. And, it has been noticed that as the condition improves the hair growth gets back to normal.
Medical Condition – There are certain medical conditions that cause hair loss. So, if you are suffering from diabetes or thyroid then you can blame your medical condition for your hair loss. Sometimes, it can be due to the side effect of a long-term medication.
Q: If I opt for a hair transplant does it stop my hair fall? Is the procedure guaranteed?
Dr Jha: Well, hair transplant is a permanent solution for hair loss in the right candidate and the transplanted hair will never ever fall, unlike the native hair which you are born with. However, you would need to follow the advice of your hair surgeon as to how to look after your scalp hair in general. I always advise my patients to consider other treatments first like Finasteride tablets especially when I do the procedure for someone who is below 50 years of age provided there is no contraindication of its use.
As we understand the miniaturisation of the hair shaft is mainly caused by the unopposed action of DHT on the hair follicles and Finasteride is the only treatment to reverse the miniaturisation of the hair to a fuller and thicker hair shaft. Generally, there is a combination of hair loss and also miniaturisation of the hair shaft and in these situations, I advise my clients to have combination treatment of oral Finasteride together with scalp PRP and micro-needling. At Renew Skin and Health Clinic, Leamington Spa I generally recommend 4 sessions of PRP over 4-6 months. At a minimum gap of 4 weeks.
Q: I’ve heard that hair transplant leaves scar… is this true?
Dr Jha: Hair transplant is a surgical process and yes there are blades involved and there can be scars. In my procedure, I prefer to use sapphire blades which have added the advantage of accuracy with minimum tissue trauma and therefore unlikely to have a scar.
That was just a short talk with Dr Jha.
Hair transplant and concerns related to it is something very vast but we are always available to answer your concerns. You can drop in a query or call us at Renew Skin and Health Clinic on 01926 422 454 to speak to help desk or book in yourself for a consultation with Dr Jha.