I’m starting to go bald, what should I do?

Q I’m only 30 years old and I’m losing so much hair around my crown and front hairline, do you know why this is?  What can I do about it?  I don’t want to take any pills as I don’t believe in that!!

A The tendency towards male pattern balding is genetic and can be inherited from either the mother or father i.e. it is not sex linked. Balding is started when dihydro testosterone molecules bond with special receptor sights on hair follicle cells. This causes the hair follicle to miniaturise and eventually to die.

There are very good treatments available for male baldness, at the moment the best technology for this is  hair transplantation.

Even in the baldest man a permanent ring of hair exists at the sides and the back of the head. For reasons unknown this hair is unaffected by the balding process. In follicular hair transplantation a strip of skin containing this permanent hair is removed from the back of the head. The strip that is taken is not too wide so that the flexibility allows the edges to be neatly sutured together after the strip is removed. The hair follicles are then carefully dissected out from the piece of skin and placed in very small surgical sites made in the thinning or balding areas of the scalp. Once transplanted this hair behaves as it was programmed to behave and should grow naturally for the rest of your life.

This procedure costs around £3000-£4000 depending on how much hair you have lost, if you have lost a lot then it’s possible that you may need to have the surgery twice, about six months apart.

“This question was answered by Stuart Phillips on Yahoo answers UK & Ireland.”

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