Male/Female Pattern Baldness (MPB/FPB)
What Is MPB/FPB?
Male and female pattern baldness is the thinning of the hair that affects the top of the scalp.
It is often hereditary from either the mother or father’s family line.
Sings of MPB/FPB
Generally people will start to notice the hair is becoming thinner either at the temples, the crown or a general thinning across the top of the head.
If left untreated the hair will become thinner and thinner until there is little or no hair left in certain areas or across the whole top of the scalp (this normally takes many years and is generally a slow process).
Females who suffer, rarely go completely bald but rather thin across the top of the scalp starting with the parting becoming thinner.
The rate at which the hair is lost varies with some people losing a significant amount quite quickly and others taking years to notice any thinning.
With this condition people rarely notice any hairs falling.
The Hamilton-Norwood scale is often used to determine the stage of loss for a male. The Ludwig scale is often used to determine the scale of loss for a female.
Possible Causes Of MPB/FPB
• a change in the androgen hormone in women
• polycystic ovaries
• family history
• body building can have an affect
In adolescent young men, testosterone presents itself and together with an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase it is converted into dihydrotestosterone. This then binds itself to the base of the follicle (the dermal papilla) blocking any nutrients from getting to the follicle.
Over time the hairs become thinner and thinner and shorter and shorter until the hair is shed and no hair grows to replace it.
The scalp then produces more sebum in an attempt to protect the scalp. The follicles remain active for some years but slowly closes until (if left untreated) it shuts down completely. If this occurs only a transplant is possible to rectify the loss.
As with any condition, the earlier it is treated the better the results.
Natural DHT inhibiting blockers are available at our clinic which if taken daily trick the dihydrotestosterone to bind to an ingredient called saw palmetto allowing the nutrients to again feed the follicle.
Laser treatment then stimulates the base of the follicle to regrow again.
We offer two types of laser treatment, an in house treatment or a laser cap that can be used at home. These both have a set of DHT inhibiting products to use alongside the laser for optimum results.
There are many other options available like propecia, regain and many more. These options are not natural and once use need to be used for life. If you use one of these products and then choose to stop use (as perhaps you are happy with the results), if you need to start again you will need a stronger dose and natural alternatives are often less effective after the use of minoxidil.
Call us on 01273 711140 to discuss any concerns and to book a consultation. Incorrect self-diagnosis can result in not getting the correct help and products for your condition.