Hair Loss Experts at Advanced Dermatology Publish Report on Male Pattern Balding
A team of hair loss experts, including several physicians affiliated with Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, have authored a comprehensive report which looks at many different factors which may have an impact on the treatment of hair loss in men.
The article, entitled “Clinical Patterns of Hair Loss in Men: Is DHT the Only Culprit?” has been accepted for publication in the July Issue of Dermatologic Clinics, and is now available online until July 4, 2021 on Science Direct. Dermatologic Clinics is published quarterly and each issue is devoted to one topic (such as hair disorders).
Elite Hair-Loss Team Behind the Report
The team was led by Advanced Dermatology’s Natalie Kash, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with a special interest in hair loss who is also on the faculty of the Department of Dermatology, Kansas City University-Graduate Medical Education Consortium/Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Orlando Dermatology Program, based in Central Florida.
She was joined by world-renowned hair loss expert Matt Leavitt, DO, who is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Advanced Dermatology, Rahil B. Roopani, MD, of the Hair Restoration Fellowship Surgery Program, and Adam Leavitt MD, and Spencer D. Hawkins, MD of the Department of Dermatology at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Why Do Men Lose Their Hair?
Male pattern hair loss (also called androgenic alopecia) is one of the most common reasons men lose their hair as they get older. About 50 million men in the U.S. have this type of hair loss. A form of it also affects women but is much less common.
Sex hormones in the body are believed to be the most significant underlying factor behind male pattern hair loss. DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is one such sex hormone that contributes to the development of what are thought of as “male” sex characteristics, such as body hair. However, DHT sensitivity can also make men lose their hair faster and earlier.
Other Factors That Cause Men to Lose their Hair
This report looks at other “culprits” that could be tied to hair loss besides DHT including lifestyle factors like smoking and obesity, and comorbidities (when someone has more than one disease or condition that affects their health) which others have already studied and are well known to people who study hair loss, but the majority of the population doesn’t think about. The report also looks at changes in hair characteristics related to aging.
“Cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes, and even the gene that causes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women, (a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age), may have an impact on hair loss in men,” said Dr. Roopani.
Inflammation, free radicals, blood vessel growth, and compounds in the body that have hormone-like effects have increasingly been shown to be important.
Why is this Hair-Loss Information Important?
Further study of these risk factors, comorbidities and other pathways are important to better understand and ensure a more comprehensive approach to the management of male pattern hair loss in men.
“It’s been said that in the past 50 years,we’ve learned more about the human body and the field of medicine than in the last 3000 years of existence,” said Dr. Roopani.
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