Male Hair Loss
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Guys, are you wondering where your hair went? More importantly, are you wondering what you can do about it? Hair restoration expert Craig L. Ziering, DO, answered questions about male hair loss on July 6, 2005.
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By far the greatest reason is the genetic cause and it's inherited from either the mother or fathers' side, and that's where the DHT that comes from testosterone attacks the hair follicles, which results in miniaturization of hair follicles and hair loss. It's important to understand that this hair loss is progressive. So if you have it, it's best to treat it earlier than later.
If you take certain steroids, such as in body building, you can increase the rate of loss or potentiate or initiate an inherited form of hair loss that is waiting to take place -- you can advance it or initiate it.
These medications work alone or even better, in conjunction to stop the progressive nature of hair loss and in many patients, are able to reverse some of the miniaturization of the hair follicles. However, only hair transplantation is the permanent solution to hair loss.
Some products contain the topical preparation minoxidil in them; if they do --as an ingredient -- they will get the benefit of that ingredient as if it was used alone.
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