Doctors in India are saying that hair loss in young men is on the increase and that, whereas ten years ago it was mostly middle-aged men they saw, today boys as young as 16 are complaining of a receding hairline.
The problem is so bad that male hair loss was the major topic of a recent workshop which 300 dermatologists from all over India attended. The experts discussed treatments such as hair transplants, laser hair removal and anti-aging therapies and many voiced concerns that Male Pattern Baldness is showing signs of advancing by at least a decade. Dr Bela Shah, head of dermatology at Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, told the India Times, “Earlier, one would get patients showing signs of baldness in their late 30s or early 40s. Now, we get teenaged boys, some still attending school.”
What is causing the rise in hair loss in young men?
Hair starts to thin and the hairline recedes when levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) rise. This hormone imbalance is a result of genetics, however it can be accelerated by stress which sends a message to the genes triggering hair loss to occur at a younger age.
“Stress is one of the main factors responsible for the acceleration of male baldness which is genetic but would express itself in 40s. Now, we get hordes of school and college going youngsters who have begun to go bald,” says organising chairman of the conference Dr Suresh Joshipura. “Youngsters are under tremendous stress due to stiff competition in education, career and personal issues. This stress acts as a definite catalyst to speed up baldness,” adds Dr Shah.
Can Male Pattern Baldness be treated?
The increase in the numbers of young men suffering from hair loss has caused many to suffer from anxiety and a lack of confidence and it has been said to be ruining the chances at marriage for some. Subsequently there has been an rise in the number of men opting for hair transplant surgery.
While hair surgery techniques have advanced in recent years with Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), the first option men should consider is a non-surgical hair loss treatment programme. There are two products, Minoxidil and Propecia, that can be tailored to suit the individual’s condition. Minoxidil is a topical agent that helps increase blood flow to the scalp, encouraging a stronger rate of hair growth. Propecia is a tablet that reduces levels of DHT. These medications compliment each other and can produce optimum results when administered alongside the correct hair growth booster. To see the kind of results achieved by men undergoing treatment at the Belgravia Centre, simply click on the hair loss success stories link.
When a man has a hair transplant, he will need to use medications post-surgery to ensure the hair around the transplanted area continues to grow, so it is wise to explore using these treatments before surgery.
The Belgravia Centre
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