Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
Filter by Categories
Article
Bald Head
Beard Transplant
Before and After
Burn Victim
Canada
CBD
Celebrity Hair Transplants
Crown
DHT
Dr Jones Patient Blog
Dr. Jonathan Huber
Dr. Robert Jones
drugs
Eyebrow
female hair loss
Follicular Unit Extraction
FUE
FUT
Grafts
hair cloning
hair line
hair loss
hair loss prevention
Hair Loss Scams
hair transplant
Hair Transplant Physicians
Hair Transplants Case Study
Head
Healthy Hair
Infographic
Instant hair
Male
News
Other News
Propecia
PRP
Restoration
Strip-surgery
Sun Damage
Sunblock
Technology
Tell Your Story
Toronto
Toronto Hair Health
Toronto Mens Hair Salon
Uncategorized
what causes hair loss

Our Blog

The Common Cause of Hair Loss

If you’re suffering from hair loss then you’ve no doubt found yourself standing in front of the mirror, inspecting your hairline as part of your daily routine.  No doubt you’ve become practiced in the art a contortion as you twist your head to try to glimpse your bald patch, trying to angle the second mirror over your head.  Through it all, you’re asking yourself the Question, why me?

There are multiple different reasons for hair loss, the most common being androgenetic alopecia.

Androgenetic alopecia

Androgenetic Alopecia – otherwise known as male-pattern baldness – is a common form of hair loss both with men and women.

Beginning above both temples, hair is lost in a well-defined pattern. Over time, the hairline recedes to form a characteristic “M” shape, whilst also thinning at the top of the head. This often progresses to complete baldness.

For women, the effects are slightly different from androgenetic alopecia.  Rarely does it lead to total baldness? Instead of the hairline receding, the hair becomes thinner all over.

This form of hair loss affects an estimated 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States. Despite it being less common in women and it rarely leading to full baldness when it does occur, there is more of a social stigma attached to female baldness. For men, it is accepted that a certain percentage of men will suffer from baldness. Some women even find the bald look potentially rugged and attractive. With women, however, thinning hair is not accepted as a common social norm and can be far more psychologically detrimental to their self-esteem

What Causes Androgenetic Alopecia?

Male/Female Pattern Baldness involves the action of the hormones called androgens. Androgens are critical for normal male sexual development. Testosterone is one type of androgen. They also have other important functions in both sexes, including sex drive and, more pertinently, the regulation of hair growth.

Androgens induce alopecia by shortening the anagen phase – hair’s growing phase – and increasing the number of hairs that are in the telogen phase – the resting phase. This lengthening of the time between the shedding of a hair and the start of a new anagen phase means that it takes longer for hair to start growing back after it is shed in the course of the normal growth cycle. Thus, you get thinning of the hair.

That would be bad enough, but additionally, the hair follicle itself also changes. It shrinks and produces a shorter, thinner hair shaft. This process is called follicular miniaturization. It results in thicker, longer-lived hairs being replaced by shorter, thinner, hairs called vellus.

Why Me? A Common Reaction To Hair Loss

There is no doubt that genetic inheritance plays a part. The gene suspected to be responsible

Is found on the X chromosome, which is passed on by the mother, with s 50% chance existing for a person to share the same X chromosome as his maternal grandfather. So if your mother’s father is bald, then there’s a fair probability the same fate is in store for you.

Baldness can also result from an underlying endocrine condition, such as overproduction of androgen or an androgen-secreting tumour on the ovary, pituitary, or adrenal gland. In either case, the alopecia is likely related to increased androgen activity. But unlike androgenetic alopecia in men, in women, the precise role of androgens is harder to determine. Some women with androgenetic alopecia have abnormally elevated levels of androgens in their bodies as a result of underlying ovarian or adrenal gland disorders.

When Does Androgenetic Alopecia Start?

Androgenetic alopecia can start as early as a person’s teens, with the chance of it, ’s onset becoming more likely with increased age. More than 50 percent of men over age 50 have some degree of hair loss. For women, hair loss is most likely after menopause.

Research suggests that hair loss during menopause is the result of a hormonal imbalance. Specifically, a lowering of production of estrogen and progesterone. It is these hormones that help hair grow faster and stay on the head for longer periods of time. When the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows slows and the hair becomes much thinner. The decrease in these hormones also triggers an increase in the production of androgens.

Additionally, these hormones can cause more hair to grow on the face. This is why some menopausal women develop facial peach fuzz and small sprouts of hair on the chin.

Hair Transplant. The Solution To Androgenetic Alopecia

It is a painful experience seeing your hair slowly thin. It’s not pleasant to see a friend or colleague with a full head of hair and know the only reason you’re going bald is chance. You just happened to have factors that cause it. But all is not lost. Before baldness was an approaching doom that could not be avoided, but today there is an answer. Thicker, natural looking hair can be yours again. Hair transplantation has come a long way over the decades and today more men than ever before are looking at hair transplants with the question, ‘why not me’? The answer is, that it can be you. The get back the hair you had in your youth please schedule an appointment with The Toronto Hair Transplant Centre. Our Oakville clinic has special professionals to answer your every question.

Dr. Robert Jones

Dr. Robert Jones is recognized worldwide as an innovator in hair transplant techniques. He is a medical professional whose commitment to providing a high-quality surgical outcome is paramount.

He has been practicing medicine ever since earning his degree in 1979 from McMaster University’s Department of Medicine. He also took continuing education courses in cosmetic laser surgery at both Harvard and Loyola Universities.

To know more about Dr. Robert Jones -- Click Here

You may follow Dr. Jones on Facebook: DrRobertJones and on Instagram: @Dr. Jones

Related posts:

Testimonials

Real Patients, Real Reviews

5-stars-testi
Hair Transplant Patient
Google-Reviews

“Helped me through a process that I thought would be difficult, but it was easy! I am so happy with how I look now and have so much more confidence approaching women now. Thank you so much.”

– Spencer Strong

5-stars-testi
Hair Transplant Patient

“Was awesome! Everything was great, the staff, the office and it all went like he said it would. Best of all is the finished product. It looks so natural and I look 10 years younger! So glad I went.”

– Hair Transplant Patient

5-stars-testi
FUE Hair Transplant

“Has provided me with a new lease on life. I only had about 1500 grafts but the results have been dramatic and I’m very happy with my surgery. I underwent the no shave fue option earlier this year…”

– Bcan86A