Androgenic Alopecia (also known as male pattern baldness) is the most common cause of hair loss in men.

In classic pattern baldness, hair is lost in a pattern beginning above both temples. Hair also thins at the crown of the head. Often a rim of hair around the sides and rear of the head is all that’s left.

A variety of genetic and possibly environmental factors play a role in androgenic alopecia.

Researchers have determined that pattern hair loss is related to hormones called androgens, particularly an androgen called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Male pattern baldness is caused by a genetic sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT, which causes them to shrink or ‘miniaturise’. This shortens their lifespan and prevents them from producing hair normally.

There are also theories that scalp tightness and resulting baldness may be a result of co-contraction of small muscles in the scalp, leading to increased tension.

Men with androgenic alopecia typically have higher levels of 5-alpha-reductase, lower levels of total testosterone, higher levels of unbound/free testosterone, and higher levels of total free androgens including DHT. 5-alpha-reductase is responsible for converting free testosterone into DHT.

The diagnosis of androgenic alopecia can be usually established based on clinical presentation in men. In most cases androgenic alopecia can be confirmed by a microscopic scalp analysis.

Regrowth of lost hair in the early stages of male pattern baldness can be fully restored with non-invasive treatments such as laser. However, bald spots where hair follicles have closed down and been destroyed cannot be restored with non-invasive treatments and require a hair transplant to achieve coverage.

More than 60% of all men suffer a hair loss condition within their lifetime.

Hair loss in men can lead to low self-esteem, embarrassment and even depression – especially if you feel there’s no hope.

But there is help available, and you are definitely not alone. At Innovative Hair Loss Solutions we don’t use surgery or any ‘gimmicks’, hair pieces or wigs. We specialise in hair re-growth treatments that are safe, non-invasive and pain-free.

Our programs are tailored to your specific hair regrowth needs so that you can regrow your own hair – either in one of our studios, or in the comfort of your own home.