This condition presents as a change in the density of the upper region of the hair compared to the sides and the rear, it can feel much finer and look quite transparent. The onset of this is usually gradual although the individual can perceive this to have worsened more recently.
Interestingly this affects both men and a woman at any age from puberty upwards and therefore isn’t exclusive to the senior age group as is thought to be.
Male and female pattern thinning may have other medical associated conditions, such as in women Polycystic Ovarian syndrome or hormone imbalances. However, in most cases, this inherited hair loss condition is NOT due to raised levels of hormones. Androgen Dependant Alopecia is a pre-disposed inherited condition and is triggered by the influence of circulating male (androgens) hormones. The hair follicle becomes sensitive to these hormones causing the affected follicles miniaturize, this results in terminal (mature) hairs gradually developing into finer smaller (vellous) hairs.
At Sussex Trichology, this condition in women can be completely arrested in most cases improved hair density can be achieved. However in men despite claims to the contrary, I feel it is necessary to be realistic in explaining the realistic expectations. In young men, treatment will significantly slow down the progression of the thinning while the older group can be more confident of arresting their condition. As with all conditions at Sussex Trichology you will receive on-going support.
Contrary to some medical opinions, certain HRT and oral contraceptive pills can exacerbate rather than help this condition. It is most important for these women that are considering commencing these are given advice on the most appropriate ones. I often work alongside other medical disciplines such as Endocrinologists and Gynaecologists. Shuna Hammocks is endorsed by many of these.