Baldness and hair loss are most commonly a result of our genes. But before you go blaming your dad or your grandfather for your thinning hair, an accurate diagnosis is important in order to rule out other (and sometimes reversible) causes such as protein and nutrient deficiencies in your diet, smoking, disease or infection.
In this article, we discuss the link between hair loss and genetics, how to get a correct diagnosis and the various treatment options.
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95% of all hair loss types are genetic.
Hereditary baldness is referred to androgenetic alopecia. In androgenetic alopecia, hair loss occurs in a distinctive pattern, also known as male pattern hair loss or male pattern baldness and becomes progressively more noticeable with age. For the majority of men and women who experience hair loss, the cause is related to changing hormone levels (‘andro’), a trait that is inherited from your parents (‘genetic’). The hormones involved in androgenetic alopecia are called androgens. Increased levels of androgen shortens the growth phase (anagen) of the hair and delays the start of new hair growth. At the same time, a proportion of the follicles shrink in size and produce vellus hairs – barely visible hairs with no pigment.
According to the US National Library of Medicine:
“A variety of genetic and environmental factors likely play a role in causing androgenetic alopecia. Although researchers are studying risk factors that may contribute to this condition, most of these factors remain unknown. Researchers have determined that this form of hair loss is related to hormones called androgens, particularly an androgen called dihydrotestosterone. Androgens are important for normal male sexual development before birth and during puberty. Androgens also have other important functions in both males and females, such as regulating hair growth”.
“Although researchers suspect that several genes play a role in androgenetic alopecia, variations in only one gene, AR, have been confirmed in scientific studies. The AR gene provides instructions for making a protein called an androgen receptor. Androgen receptors allow the body to respond appropriately to dihydrotestosterone and other androgens. Studies suggest that variations in the AR gene lead to increased activity of androgen receptors in hair follicles. It remains unclear, however, how these genetic changes increase the risk of hair loss in men and women with androgenetic alopecia.”
For hair loss prevention or to thicken up your hair, you could consider PRP Therapy . This is a revolutionary new treatment method for patients suffering from alopecia. Treatment takes place through the injection of autologous serum into the scalp; with the goal of stimulating the scalp to endorse hair growth.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatment can be used as hair loss prevention to thicken hair and stimulate new hair growth. A small amount of blood is taken and the blood cells removed to leave behind the plasma, containing growth factors and nutrients that stimulate follicle activity. The plasma is injected into the scalp to improve hair growth.
Scalp Micropigmentation increases the appearance of hair density and covers bald areas. Non-toxic pigment is applied to the area in a series of small dots simulating hair follicles, to colour the scalp and give the illusion of higher hair density. Micropigmentation is a good option if hair transplants are not suitable but can also be used in combination with a hair transplant to improve results.
Hair transplants are the only truly permanent solution to hair loss. Healthy hair follicles are taken from areas of the scalp that aren’t affected by hair loss and are implanted where they are needed. Gro’s unique tools have smaller diameters (less than 1mm) to help reduce the damage to the follicles during extraction and implantation. This means the follicles are more likely to ‘take’ in their new location due to a tighter fit in the skin. We also keep the follicles in a special growth solution (HypoThermosolTM), at a constant temperature of 4°C, to keep them healthy while they are waiting to be implanted. In reducing how much the follicles are handled between extraction and implantation, and providing optimum conditions for survival outside the body, we have increased our follicle survival rate to an exceptionally high level.
With a Gro hair implant, there are no stitches and no scars – the smaller diameter tools mean less pain, less trauma and faster healing, with 100% natural looking results.
A correct diagnosis is the first step. Gro are leaders in the industry, applying the safest and most advanced innovations in hair replacement techniques and technology. Giving you healthy, natural looking hair with virtually no pain, no stitches and no scars, just 100% natural results, meaning you can enjoy your own hair, for life.
If you have been considering treatment options for hair loss, you can click on one of the buttons below or call us on 1300 787 563 so we can answer any questions you have and show you how the Gro difference can provide a natural, permanent solution to your hair loss.