Androgenetic alopecia, a genetically predetermined condition known in men as male pattern baldness, is the main reason men lose their hair. In fact, 95% of hair loss in men is due to male pattern baldness. Other causes, such as thyroid disorders and drug-induced hair loss, are far less common.
At NeoGraft Hair Restoration, Dr. Dana Brownell and her dedicated staff understand the impact hair loss can have on your self-esteem and confidence. Everything from your interpersonal relationships to your performance at work can be affected. When it comes to hair restoration, we offer the gold standard — NeoGraft transplantation.
The cause of male pattern baldness
Ultimately, you can’t prevent male pattern baldness because it comes down to genetics. If the men in your family usually lose their hair, you’re probably going to, as well.
Men have sex hormones called androgens, which perform many tasks, including regulating hair growth. Your hair follows a cycle of growth and shedding, and androgens play a role in that cycle.
Hair growth cycles
Each hair on your body grows from a follicle and follows a specific, four-stage cycle. The stages are:
- Anagen: growing
- Catagen: transition
- Telogen: resting
- Exogen: shedding
Each stage lasts for a certain amount of time. Your hair growth timeline is affected by all sorts of things, including age, nutrition, and overall health — and, of course, genetics and hormones.
When you have male pattern baldness, the growth cycle becomes weaker, your hair follicles shrink and begin to produce hairs that are shorter and finer. Eventually, the follicle stops producing hair and the growth cycle ends.
What you can do
Because hair loss is encoded into your DNA, you may feel like you have no options. During the early stages of hair loss, men may find that topical or oral treatments help. We also offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments, which are an excellent option when hair is thinning.
The best and most lasting solution to hair loss, however, is surgical hair transplantation. Dr. Brownell offers NeoGraft hair transplantation.
How NeoGraft hair restoration works
Dr. Brownell uses a process known as follicular unit extraction. She removes follicles individually from an area of your scalp where you have plenty of hair growing — usually the back of your head — and places them where your hair is thinning or receding.
This individual hair follicle harvesting method allows Dr. Brownell to place the follicles precisely where you need them, resulting in a more natural hairline than other methods. You also won’t have the scarring that’s common with strip method transplantation, and if you already have scars from previous transplants, NeoGraft can help hide them.
You also enjoy a fast recovery. Most men can return to work the day after their NeoGraft procedure, and you may only need one or two sessions to get the look you want.
The hair growth cycle continues
Once your hair restoration procedure is complete, your transplanted hair follicles resume their normal cycle of growth and shedding. That means the transplanted hair will fall out, but within three or four months, it grows back in.
If you’d like to learn more about NeoGraft and find out if you may be a candidate — most men are — schedule an appointment with Dr. Brownell today. Call our Westport, Connecticut, office or request an appointment using our online tool.