When we think of male hair loss, several images come to mind. On a positive note, there is the iconic baldness of some of Hollywood’s great actors such as Vin Diesel or Samuel Jackson, but more generally we think of an insecure man, typically depicted in movies, masking his balding scalp with a cheap toupee that gets snagged or falls off in an embarrassing, but comedic sequence.
However, not every man feels as confident sporting a bare head, and there’s no reason to shave your head completely bald just because you suffer from thinning or loss of hair. Let Vin Diesel hold that title. As for you, don’t let your hair, or lack thereof, stop you from being confident in your own skin.
Male hair loss occurs when the male hormones circulating through a man’s scalp begin to affect the hair follicle in a negative way. Testosterone, the primary male hormone, is broken down into a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT has a deleterious effect, in some men that are genetically predisposed, on the hair follicles that reside on the top of the scalp. Once DHT begins to effect the hair follicle it will begin to produce a thin unhealthy hair and will eventually die completely and no longer produce hair. Interestingly, and thank goodness for balding men and women, the hair from the sides and back of the scalp are not affected by DHT.
If you are wondering if you will have male hair loss, take a look at your family history, as genetics play a key role in determining male hair loss. Depending on genetics, hair loss can occur in younger men as well as older men.
Even if thinning or baldness occurs, there are a number of surgical procedures available today to correct this. Today’s technology allows men to look their best and reach their full potential again.
Hair transplant surgery can be used to replace thinning and bald areas on the top of the scalp with healthy hair follicles from the back and sides. Using a procedure called the strip method, hair can be taken from the back and sides of the scalp, where they are not sensitive to DHT, and moved to the top of the scalp in areas of thinning or balding. Since hair follicles from the back and side of the scalp are not sensitive to DHT they are unaffected by the circulating hormone and will continue to grow normal hair for the rest of your life. They are removed in tiny micrografts and placed into tiny incisions made with a small needle or blade. The area where they were taken is closed with plastic surgery technique leaving no visible scar.
At Advanced Hair Restoration of Oklahoma we are experienced in treating male pattern baldness and use a combination of grafting techniques with micrografts containing single follicular units, di-follicular units and multiple follicular units. Using grafts with different numbers of follicles allows us to design a soft natural appearing hairline and also provide the density that is needed in the central part of the scalp. This allows you to get the most natural appearing hairline with satisfying central hair density and finally get back the confidence you’ve been missing.