Androgenic alopecia or androgenetic alopecia, or commonly known as pattern baldness can occur in both men and women. This type of hair loss is usually less severe in women and manifests differently than in men. Therefore we talk about two different types of androgenic alopecia: male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness.
Androgenic alopecia in men
Approximately 50% of men in different ages suffer from androgenic alopecia but about 80% of men experience this kind of hair loss by the age of 70. Male pattern alopecia is characterised by a receding hairline and/or hair loss on the top and front of the head. This typical type of balding is sometimes referred to as Hippocratic wreath (after the Greek physician, Hippocrates who was very much frustrated about his hair loss) and rarely progresses to complete baldness.
Androgenic alopecia is genetic. It can be inherited from both sides of the family and is quite predictable if there is family history. The reason for pattern baldness is to be found in male hormones (androgenes) around the hair follicles which can block hair growth.
Men who are genetically sensitive to the effect of dilhydrotestosterone (DHT) will sooner or later suffer from androgenetic alopecia and experience bald patterns in some areas of the scalp. Balding can start as early as the age of 15. It is due to the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that causes hair follicles to become progressively smaller and eventually disappear. This process is called “miniaturization.”The usual duration of the hair cycle is 3-6 years but DHT can shorten the period of hair growth to months or just weeks instead of years.
Androgenic alopecia in women
Women can also suffer from androgenetic alopecia, called female pattern baldness. It mostly occurs during or after menopause when fewer female hormones remain in the body. Female androgenic alopecia rarely leads to total hair loss, generally it just causes hair thinning all over the scalp and usually does not cause hairline recession.
Can androgenic alopecia be reversed?
It can definitely be treated and delayed using appropriate treatments. At the first signs of androgenic alopecia it is a good idea to address the problem so it does not progress to total baldness in extreme cases. If you start an effective hair loss treatment in time you can even regain your hair back. The regular application of Varga Hair Loss Treatment compensates hair follicles for the decline of nutrient absorption due to DHT and may even restore the hair’s natural health.