If you just noticed that your temples are getting more pronounced or you have the feeling that your forehead has grown, maybe it's time to consider that your hairline is receding. Having a receding hairline is one of the first signs of alopecia, and while this may happen to both men and women, it is way more likely that men experience it.
Many factors can lead someone to experience a receding hairline, from a stressful lifestyle and medications to a hormonal imbalance and poor nutrition.
However, for most men a receding hairline is probably the first red flag of androgenetic alopecia. Also known as male pattern hair loss (MPHL), this inherited condition occurs when the hair follicles develop a sensitivity to the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgenic hormone that triggers hair loss in men. When DHT is interacting with the hair follicles, the sensitivity causes hair growth to slow down or stop.
One of the first signs of MPHL is the recession of the frontal hairline. In some men, the hairline slightly moves backwards (losing less than one inch), though others may suffer a more extreme recession. It is normal to spot some differences in the hairline as people get older. But it is important to recognize if these changes are occurring as an inevitable result of aging or if these are trying to tell us something else.
When the frontal hairline has receded evenly, it's probably because the hairline has matured. On the other hand, when the hairline recedes asymmetrically, that is, when there is an obvious difference between the two sides, perhaps this means the arrival of androgenic alopecia. At the same time, hair thinning, volume loss and poor quality of hair in the frontal area and temples are just some of the other symptoms one should take into account to identify if the hairline is receding.
When a person decides to take this issue to consultation, some specialists use the Hamilton-Norwood Scale to determine if the hairline has in fact receded. This scale is the most common classification system to diagnose and measure the diverse degrees of androgenetic alopecia in men.
A makeover may work to mask a receding hairline, but if you are looking for a definitive solution, there are several alternatives that can help you restore your hairline, like the PRP injection therapy or hair implants, including the modern FUE hair transplant procedure or the classic FUT technique
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection therapy is a medical treatment that consists in the extraction of platelet-rich plasma from the patient's blood, which after different procedures is injected into the affected scalp areas to stimulate the hair growth.
The FUE technique is one of the newest methods of hair transplantation available today. The procedure consists in the extraction of the grafts one by one from a donor area in order to implant them in zones with low hair density or alopecia.
The FUT technique, also known as FUSS (follicular unit strip surgery) involves the extraction of a strip of skin from the calp, then the grafts are removed to be re-implanted in the affected areas.
If you want to find a permanent solution to your receding hairline the most important is to see a specialist.
At Hair Center Mexico, our experienced hair restoration surgeons will be happy to help you determine if you have a receding hairline, as well as the best solution for your hair loss problem.