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  • Hair Loss – What is the cause?

    For males with pattern hair loss can be attributed to genetic factors and a hormone known as Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) this is known as Androgenetic Alopecia. This hair loss condition is attributable to around 99.5% of all male patients that we see in our Melbourne clinics.

    The condition is caused by a predisposition of where the hair follicles are sensitive to the hormone DHT (this is the genetic factor). This will manifest itself on the frontal and crown areas of your scalp. It will not happen around the nape and sides of the head.

    The reason on how it occurs is very well known what we don’t know is why we have this predisposition.

    The hormone DHT is a very important factor for males before we are born however after this it seems to be the factor for male pattern baldness and prostate enlargement. DHT decreases the growth phase of the hair follicle and increases the dormant phase. Each time this occurs the hairs produced get finer and thinner until they serve no cosmetic value at all.

    By coming in early, we will be able to stop this corruption of the hair cycle and start to increase the growth phase. Results with this regime of treatment are that in 98%* of accepted male patients can grow on average 113% more hair density.

    The other .5% of males with hair loss is generally caused by the auto immune condition Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis.

    For Females with hair loss in most cases it will not be as extreme or as aggressive as males with hair loss. Our Melbourne clinics attribute around 30% of all enquiries for treatment for hair loss problems to female patients.

    The number one cause for hair loss in females that attend our Melbourne clinics is Female Pattern Hair Loss or also known as Androgenetic Alopecia. Unlike with males where it just affects the crown and the frontal hair region with females the hair line in most cases is not susceptible. The problem normally manifests itself from the crown and will spread out from this point. In aggressive forms of this condition a medical regime of treatment will be needed (RealGROWTH®) for less extreme cases we may be able to just use the LaserCap™ option.

    The other major factor for the cause of females with hair loss is called Telogen Effluvium (TE). This is caused by a shift in the hair cycle. The shift maybe from external life related stresses or internal changes in the body, the most common cause is child birth. The problem normal materialises around 2 months after a shift in the hair cycle has happened. Treatment options should be delayed until at least 6 months later as in many cases the problem will rectify without any assistance from our treatment options.

    It is wise that if you are concerned then book in for a free consultation to be assessed. We may need to get blood test results as part of the diagnoses process. All medical work to determine diagnoses is covered on Medicare.

    To contact our Victorian clinics see our Ashley and Martin Melbourne Clinic page for our CBD location, or our contact  page for our other locations in South Melbourne, Dandenong, Tullamarine and Geelong.