By the age of 35 nearly 40% of men will have noticeable hair loss, though many men can experience thinning hair in their twenties or even late teens. This number increases to 65% by the age of 60. These numbers translate to an estimated 35 million men experiencing noticeable hair loss in the U.S.
There are approximately 110,000 hair follicles on the head, many men don’t realize their hair is thinning until half of them are gone, primarily from the crown and hairline. This pattern is progressive and termed male-pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. It is caused by genetics and the hormone DHT, which causes hair follicles to thin over time, eventually to the point of completely falling out and resulting in areas of thinning or baldness.
This pattern of hair loss is illustrated by the Norwood Scale, which is a useful tool in determining class of hair loss. It can also be a good first step when discussing hair loss causes and available solutions with a trained Bosley Counselor. Another useful tool in understanding the extent of hair loss and how donor hair plays a role in permanent hair restoration is the complimentary microscopic hair and scalp analysis. This analysis is part of your free, no-obligation consultation with a Bosley Counselor. Many Bosley counselors experience the benefits of permanent hair restoration and are able to provide tremendous insight into the procedure and results.
DHT is the primary cause of male-pattern hair loss. Hair loss can be counteracted by the prescription drug Propecia®, which is for men only but it must be taken consistently and it will only help you to retain the hair you still have. Propecia® will not bring back hair you’ve already lost but could complement permanent hair restoration surgery as part of a complete hair restoration plan. Other FDA cleared hair loss treatments like the Bosley LaserComb Elite® or Theradome™ Laser Helmet might also be considered for a complete plan, which is decided by you and your Bosley physician.
The sudden realization that your hairline is receding can be traumatizing but understanding what can be done will empower you to make a decision about treating your hair loss. The hairline is the area of greatest concern for most men. Fortunately with today’s technological advancements in the hands of a skilled hair restoration surgeon, a restored hairline will be indistinguishable from someone who didn’t have the procedure.
Bosley physicians use skill, experience and artistry to restore hairlines using the classical rules of facial dimensions. The results are so natural-looking that even upon close examination no one can tell a hair transplant procedure was performed.
More information on permanently restoring your hairline is available by ordering the Bosley free Information Kit or scheduling a private consultation at one of 70 conveniently located offices throughout the U.S.