The science of hair loss and how to reverse a receding hair line

Long gone are the days were humanity was deeply puzzled with the phenomenon of hair loss, thanks to modern science. Those with intrigued minds should celebrate being born in the right era; for alas, the age-old dilemma of hair loss has finally been cracked down.

The science of androgenic alopecia

Androgenic alopecia is a matter that relies primarily on the vigorous version of testosterone, DHT. Why DHT triggers contradicting effects in follicular units depending on their location is not fully understood. It seems that DHT initiates the miniaturization of follicular units exclusively in the scalp whereas it promotes growth in body follicular units.

While the biased effects of DHT may still be a mystery, the secret behind the notorious pattern of balding isn’t. For starters, how follicular units act upon binding to DHT is genetically determined. Secondly, the closer we move towards the hairline, the more susceptible follicular units are to hair loss. The probability of miniaturizing depends on the number of DHT receptors in the region. Hair that has a tendency to permanently fall comes from follicular units that have a higher number of DHT receptors and the reverse is true. In some patients, the entire scalp consists of hair loss-prone follicular units which lead to complete baldness a condition known as alopecia totalis. In other cases, the entire scalp is composed of androgen-resistant follicular units and thus preserves its reservoir of luscious locks.

How to permanently reverse a receding hairline

Now that we have discussed how hair loss happens at a cellular level, its time to get to the crux of the matter which revolves around permanently reversing the effects of androgenic alopecia. The only permanent solution is hair transplants. Minoxidil and Finasteride work in the early stages of hair loss and aim towards avoiding the further advancing of hair loss. In other words, you could bid adieu to the lost hairs as neither Finasteride nor Minoxidil could reconcile your relationship.

This leaves hair transplants as the only effective approach to reversing hair loss. The procedure uses the characteristics of the condition as an opportunity to put an end to this dilemma. Hair from is extracted from hair growth regions and relocated to areas of hair loss. Since androgen resistant properties are genetically determined, they cannot be altered later on in life. Therefore, the transplanted grafts continue to initiate growth in previously deserted areas.

Are hair transplants always successful?

In essence, they are almost always a success. However, they require the patient to have a sufficient supply of donor hair (androgen resistant follicular units) to transplant to the balding scalp without jeopardizing the appearance of the donor region.

Vera Clinic a hair transplant center, offers online consultations that are free of charge to evaluate the scalps of patients interested in the procedure. During the consultation session, your medical specialist will request pictures of your scalp from various angles to determine whether you have the proper donor hair to the balding scalp ratio.

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