Male Pattern Baldness


Or, to give it its proper name, Androgenic Alopecia. One in three Caucasian men will experience this by the time they are thirty, the prognosis is only ever so slightly better for African American and Asian men.  The most common cause of hair loss but nowhere near the only one. Androgenic Alopecia is characterized by hair loss in specific areas and usually begins at the temples and crown, sometimes both together. It can begin as early as the onset of puberty due to its direct link with the male hormone testosterone. Once it has started there is little about the process that might be described as predictable, it can take you to a Norwood 7 in a matter of months. Equally it can move rapidly to a Norwood 3 and then stop for a decade or two before progressing further.
Androgenic Alopecia is hereditary so you will see it in your parents and/or their siblings. A sufferer can get help from their Doctor who can support with medication that can halt the progress of the hair loss and in some cases promote new growth. Alternatively they can discuss other treatment options for sufferers for whom the experience is traumatic enough to want to explore other solutions… though it is unlikely they will know too much about Scalp Micropigmentation.



Alopecia comes in a variety of forms. It can be sudden and triggered by anything from hats to shock leaving the sufferer with symptoms ranging from a small temporary bare patch to the permenent loss of all body hair and all points in between. It’s sometimes devastating effects cannot be overstated.

Illness, Infection and Injury

There are a range of illnesses which, along with a couple of common treatments, can cause hair loss as a side effect. The fact is that any shock to your system has the potential to trigger hair loss, which might be temporary or permanent in nature. Sudden weight loss alone, itself a symptom of many illnesses, can be a cause.
Infections that cause hair loss include venereal diseases like syphilis as well as fungal or bacterial skin infections. Psoriasis affects between 2% to 3% of people worldwide.
Illness can be a trigger, particularly where a fever is involved – stress is a major cause along with mental health illnesses that manifest as eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia for example). Iron deficiency is another cause.
There is a long list of relatively common medications which declare hair loss as a potential side effect: Medication for thinning blood; steroids; anti-depressants; beta blockers; anti thyroids. Of course the one we are all familiar with is Chemotherapy.
In fact the possible reasons for your hair loss can seem endless. One of the few things we can be certain about not causing it is the first thing we are told does. That thing you would never ever want your Mum to catch you doing. You know…

No, Not That…


One of the few things we can be absolutely certain on not having anything to do with hair loss is, ironically, the first thing we are told does. That thing you would never ever want your Mum to catch you doing. You know…

What To Do?

Start with your GP. He or she will be able to quickly determine whether many of the above factors are a potential cause in your case. If your hair loss is permanent then they will also be able to run through your options for treatment… though they are extremely unlikely to know about Scalp Micropigmentation. For that you should contact your nearest HIS Hair Clinic to discuss exactly what Scalp Micropigmentation can offer in your case.



By Ian Watson


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