Androgenetic Alopecia – Trichology Consultation

Androgenic Alopecia (or male pattern baldness) is a genetically determined disorder defined by the conversion of terminal hairs into indeterminate and eventually into vellus hairs. It happens due to an underlying susceptibility of hair follicles to androgenic miniaturization. It is the most common cause of hair loss, which affects up to 70% of men and 40% women at some point in their lifetimes.

Men typically present with hairline recession at the temples and vertex balding, while women normally thin diffusely over the top of their scalps. Androgenic alopecia is a genetically determined disorder defined by the conversion of terminal hairs into indeterminate and eventually vellus hairs.

Symptoms of Androgenetic Alopecia

Some theories relate the cause of androgenetic alopecia to hormones. Others connect the causes to genetics. Androgenetic alopecia is also closely related to our age, when the body is affected by a decrease in androgens and androgen receptors. After 80, free testosterone decreases in men. But androgenetic alopecia can also occur prematurely, wit the example of Werner’s syndrome. Various cross-sectional studies have also found associations between early androgenetic alopecia, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

  • Gradual onset
  • Increased hair shedding
  • Transition from large, thick, pigmented terminal hairs to thinner, shorter hair, indeterminate hairs, then eventually short, wispy, non pigmented vellus hairs.
  • Complete hair loss

Androgenetic Alopecia Diagnosis

To diagnose male pattern baldness, the best option is to visit the Wimpole Clinic and get a physical examination in order to look at the underlying skin and patterns. Because there can be so many factors that can be involved in male pattern baldness, we act as detectives to understand the real causes. Knowing if the hair fell suddenly or gradually can help our search.

Other information such as allergies or specific diets are clues we can use to provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes, the evidence lies in your scalp and may require doing a scalp biopsy, which can be essential to solving the case. Sometimes, a blood test is also necessary. Contact us for a consultation and we will help you find out if you have male pattern baldness.

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Androgenetic Alopecia Treatments

As androgenetic alopecia can have an emotional impact, seeking a treatment can help you psychologically and physiologically. If the hair loss is due to an infection, or another condition, treating the underlying problem may help prevent further hair loss. For general male pattern baldness there are two medicines that can be used to treat hair loss: p and minoxidil

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Paru Shukla

Paru Shukla is a qualified trichologist from the Institute of Trichologists, London and received the John Mason award for excellence. She has been in the medical field since 2005 and…

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Linda Orsler

Linda Orsler

Linda is the registered nurse at the Wimpole Clinic, and has been with the clinic since 1976. She was one of the first nurses to carry out hair transplant surgery…

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Bilijana Djordevic

Bili, as she is known to her patients and colleagues, comes from a medical background in Cardiac and Thoracic surgery, and is a member of the ISHRS. For over 22…

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Ivana Jaluvkova

Iva has a degree in microbiology and chose to get involved in the art of hair restoration. She has been with us for the last four years as a very…

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Mr. Michael May (FRCS)

Mr. Michael May (FRCS)

About Michael May Mr Michael May is the Medical Director and Principal Surgeon of the Wimpole Clinic. He has 25 years experience in the field of hair transplant surgery has…

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