We take our hair for granted, until we witness a tuft in our hairbrush. According to research, 50% of men experience full or partial balding before they hit 50 years of age. Alarmingly, men in Singapore can experience hair loss or male pattern baldness as early as 15 or 16 years old.
A simple Google search on male hair loss may come with some jargons associated with the condition, namely a trichologist, alopecia areata, androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium, male pattern baldness, male hair loss treatment and more.
Let us break them down to simpler terms.
Surprisingly, 95% of hair loss in men is caused by androgenetic alopecia. Hair loss can be a warning signal of your underlying medical conditions too. Your immune system, genetics, lifestyle habits, trichotillomania can all play a vital part in baldness.
Consulting a trichologist immediately after witnessing hair loss is the best pampering you can give your hair. Understanding the reason and opting for a proper male hair loss treatment can greatly help in reversing the symptoms by directly addressing the problem at its roots.
Male pattern baldness typically occurs in stages.
Generally, we will lose 100 strands of hair a day. The difference might seem insignificant as hair loss and hair regrowth phases in our hair growth cycle are still balanced. But if you are experiencing a loss of more than the 100 strands a day, it is time to seek professional help. The earlier you identify hair loss, the quicker you can treat it and reverse the issue.
In stage 2, you can observe visible hair strands falling out when you comb or shampoo your hair. This stage usually kickstarts the M-shaped hairline and affects the temples of your hair. Consulting a trichologist at this stage and beginning the appropriate male hair loss treatment can help to restore your crown of glory and reduce hair loss.
Once you detect a bald spot on your scalp, you have entered stage 3. As stage 2 affects the hair in the temples, at this stage you might be left with little to no hair in your temporal regions. A proper male hair loss treatment can block you from facing gradual and irreversible hair loss.
At this stage, the bald spot will appear more prominent. The rate of hair is higher than hair regeneration, thus it would result in a large bald patch at the vertex area.
Alopecia areata results in the same effect as stage 4 of androgenetic alopecia. But both conditions are different and demand distinctive male hair loss treatments.
This stage attracts higher visibility of your hair loss and it can be hard to mask it. Treatment is possible but it will take a longer time to reverse the effects if treatments are done consistently.
You may experience a prominently receding hairline at the top of your head and hair loss on the sides of your head as well.
This stage is typically full-blown baldness in the form of a horseshoe or cul-de-sac pattern. The chances of recovery might be slim but medically advanced male hair loss treatments or surgical hair transplants can restore fullness of your hair overtime.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, home remedies, cosmetic surgeries, or professional scalp treatments can also counter the effects of hair loss and are more effective if you are in your earlier stages.
"The greater the hair loss, the greater the psychological cost."
- Thomas Cash
The psychological effects of hair loss or balding can cost you more in the long run, but there are effective hair loss treatments for male pattern baldness for males in Singapore that are suitable for all stages.
Regain your confidence and schedule an appointment with our trichologists to learn about the right treatment for your hair and scalp.