Thinning and balding hair can be caused by various factors including disease, lifestyle, and environmental pollution. By far, the most common cause is the hereditary condition called androgenetic alopecia, known more commonly as male-pattern baldness. This condition, sadly, is incurable. The genes of men with androgenetic alopecia dictate changes in their body chemistry as they age, causing thinning and balding hair. The only permanent remedies for androgenetic alopecia are hair transplant surgeries or appearance alteration through scalp micropigmentation procedures.
But how can you know whether your hair loss is caused by this genetic condition or by one of the many other factors that can contribute to hair loss?
At Vinci Hair Clinic, we’re dedicated to helping men understand androgenetic alopecia, including its diagnosis process. According to Dr. Germaine Williams Beckles[i], the first step in diagnosing androgenetic alopecia is choosing the right expert. In the initial stages, a trichologist is the expert you should visit first. Trichology is the medical study of the scalp, and trichologists are experts in the anatomy of how genes communicate with hair follicles in your scalp to cause the hair loss process.
If the trichologist thinks there is cause for concern, they might recommend doing blood work to determine an official diagnosis. While this bloodwork can be expensive, it’s vital for a precise diagnosis. Trichologists perform various tests on the blood to assess the presence of biological factors that contribute to hair loss. One of them, for example, measures DHEA, DHEA sulfate, and prolactin as well as follicle stimulating and luteinizing hormones. Another assesses the levels of testosterone present in your blood. Once your trichologist has examined the blood work thoroughly, they will inform you whether your hair loss is a product of androgenetic alopecia.
After being officially diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia, many men feel hopeless. It feels as if this genetic condition robs you of your choices and your identity. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we’re dedicated to serving men diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia by performing hair transplant surgeries. If you don’t qualify for a hair transplant, then we can help you permanently restore the appearance of thick or shorn hair through scalp micropigmentation procedures.
Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer for men who suffer from androgenetic alopecia.