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Why Does Hair Loss Happen and What Can I Do About it?

Over 95% of hair loss or hair thinning in men is due to a condition commonly referred to as Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL) or known by its medical name Andro-Genetic Alopecia.

Why does hair loss happen?

If you’re genetically predisposed, your hair follicles on the scalp become sensitive to a hormone in the blood called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. When DHT attaches itself to the susceptible follicles it gradually destroys them. Hair may be shortened, thinner (miniaturisation) and may disappear from the scalp altogether.

The hair which runs around the back and sides of the head is typically resistant to the DHT hormone, which is why you see many men with continued growth in these areas regardless of how severe the baldness is on the top and front of the scalp.

Other possible causes of hair loss include dietary deficiencies, stress, medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, medications, physical trauma and various dermatological conditions.

How is hair loss treated?

Modern options for treatment range from medical/drug treatment to Platelet-Rich Plasma and Follicular Unit Extraction. Depending on an individual’s needs and hair loss severity, Paras Clinic’s preferred treatment is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). This hair transplant method is effective to restore hair growth and is vastly preferable to the older, painful, strip-harvesting technique.

Why Follicular Unit Extraction is better than Strip Harvesting

  • Follicular Unit Extraction is much less invasive.
  • A faster and less painful recovery.
  • It leaves no unsightly, tell-tale linear scar.
  • Wear your hair short, there’s no large scar to cover. In fact, FUE scars are virtually undetectable.
  • It makes the most of healthy follicles, maximising donor hair for harvesting.