What are Some of the Causes of a Receding Hairline?
It is common for men to have a receding hairline, especially as they age. The main reason for this is the hormone dihydrotestosterone, which is a type of androgen hormone. Androgens are hormones that are more abundant in men than in women, but there are some times when women may have too many of these hormones.
For example, the condition polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS does occur in a certain proportion of women in the population. This condition causes changes in the hormones so that there is an imbalance and thus women with this condition often show hyperandrogenism in which they have too many androgen hormones.
Women with PCOS thus can also display a receding hairline and may lose hair in a similar fashion and from similar areas of the scalp as is seen in men who have androgenetic alopecia. This type of alopecia also has a genetic component so a man is more likely to have male pattern baldness if there is a family history of the condition.
There are several options available to treat hair loss and a receding hairline, regardless of the underlying cause of the condition. You can visit here to get some idea of the available choices for treating the problem.
Other reasons for hair loss
There are many reasons that people experience hair loss, so even though the classic male pattern baldness is what we think of, the reality is that there are other causes. Another reason most people probably are aware of is medical treatments such as chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy uses chemicals to kill cancer cells, but unfortunately the same drugs are often very toxic to healthy cells and tissues as well. This leads to several unpleasant symptoms such as nausea and exhaustion, but also often causes hair loss. Since hair may grow back after the treatment stops, so it is wise to wait a while to see if you need to do anything.
Traction alopecia is the type of hair loss caused by damage to hair follicles that is often caused by having certain hairstyles like having tight ponytails, braids or tight buns. Alopecia areata is the hair loss that is widely believed to be due to problems with an individual’s immune system.
What can be done for missing hair?
The most obvious choice of treatment for lost hair is to have hair transplant surgery, and the most often recommended procedure is the FUE. There is exciting research into robotic technology and even using stem cells to grow hair follicles in the laboratory. In the future you may be able to regrow hair and then get this transplanted onto your head. This is still a long way away though and at the moment specialists can only use hair you already have and transplant this to where it is needed.
Besides hair transplant surgery there are also laser light treatments that may work, as well as PRP therapy and various medicated creams and foams that help trigger hair growth.