Millions of people in the United States look in the bathroom mirror each morning and ask themselves the question – why am I losing my hair?
It’s not just a matter of vanity. An estimated 45 million men and 20 million women suffer the effects of hair loss and many of them experience depression, anxiety, a loss of self-esteem and other psychological or psychosomatic side effects, including, in some cases, sexual dysfunction. Some may avoid or limit social activities or suffer a loss of confidence that can slow down their careers.
Androgenetic Alopecia, better known as male pattern baldness, is a hereditary condition affecting mostly men and is the cause for over 90% of the hair loss cases. In brief, the hair loss is due to an increased sensitivity of the hair follicles to the male hormone testosterone in certain parts of the skull, most commonly in the frontal area and crown. If you carry the gene that governs male pattern baldness, your body may be preprogrammed to lose hair the way your DVR is programmed to record a specific show on television. The presence of premature hair loss and/or male pattern baldness in your immediate family members, on either side, usually is the best clue to predict if you are prone to hair loss. There are other factors that could trigger or aggravate hair loss as well, for example, hormonal imbalances, some widely used prescription medications, emotional trauma, prolonged illnesses, etc…
Some psychologists have compared the emotional reaction to hair loss to the grief experienced over the loss of a loved one. It begins with denial, followed by anger, depression and finally acceptance. But with hair follicle micro-transplantation, acceptance is no longer necessary. Thus a receding hairline is no longer irreversible.