As a hairline frames our face. For both men and women. It is often the first area we notice a change. If our hairline becomes finer. Or shows signs of thinning or receding. It can cause distress. As well as questions why and how can it be repaired?
As hairs fall out, new ones replace them. But if the hair follicles become damaged. The result can be hair loss. Starting with a receding hairline.
A receding hairline is more common in men. Often the first signs of male pattern baldness. That said it can simply be a sign of ageing. The body naturally maturing. If the changes occur in the early to mid-twenties of a man this is very common and natural.
There can be many causes of a receding hairline
Although hair loss is usually associated with ageing, it may affect the young also. According to research posted to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Up to 80 per cent of European men may have a receding hairline by the time they are 80 years old.
Genetic hair loss can affect both men and women. But more dominant in the male gene. The pattern of hair loss can vary. From relatively mild thinning around the hairline. To progressively advanced stages. That can cover the entire top of the scalp. Leaving only a band of hair around the back and sides of the head.
There is no cure for hair loss and treatments will vary for men and women so it is important to seek medical advice before commencing any treatment programme. Results will vary from person to person and no specific result can be or should be promised.
Finasteride or Dutasteride
The prescription drug finasteride is produced exclusively for male hair loss and slows down the rate that testosterone turns into DHT, therefore reducing DHT in the body. The drug Dutasteride is a medication designed to treat an enlarged prostate, though it is often prescribed to help encourage hair growth and restoration. The effects typically last as long as a person uses the treatment, but baldness will return once a person stops using it.
Minoxidil is a topical lotion and the first hair loss treatment approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help slow the rate of hair loss. The effects typically last as long as a person uses the treatment, but baldness will return once a person stops using it.
Laser therapy using a red light or laser at a specific wavelength that can stimulate improved cell rejuvenation as well as blood and oxygen flow to and around the hair follicles. The effects typically last as long as a person uses the treatment, but baldness will return once a person stops using it.
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that can move genetically strong hair from around the back and sides of the head to the area of hair loss. It is a permanent option and should be considered when hair loss is understood, especially on younger hair loss candidates.