Understanding Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia is a genetic condition that can affect both men and women. In men, it’s typically recognized by a receding hairline and thinning at the crown, eventually leading to a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides and back of the head. Women experience a general thinning over the entire scalp, with the most extensive hair loss at the crown.

The condition is influenced by androgens (hormones such as testosterone) and genetics. While the exact genetic mechanism is complex and not entirely understood, the sensitivity of hair follicles to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) plays a significant role. DHT shrinks hair follicles, shortening the hair’s lifecycle and eventually leading to thinner, shorter, or nonexistent hair growth.

Diagnosing Androgenetic Alopecia

Diagnosis begins with a detailed medical history and physical examination. At Charles Medical Group, Dr. Glenn Charles uses advanced diagnostic techniques to distinguish androgenetic alopecia from other types of hair loss. This may involve a scalp biopsy, blood tests to rule out other conditions, and hair pull tests to examine the shedding process.

Treatment Options at Charles Medical Group

Dr. Charles tailors treatment plans to individual needs, considering the extent of hair loss and the patient’s desired outcomes.

  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): This minimally invasive technique involves transplanting individual hair follicles from a donor area to balding regions. It leaves no linear scar and is favored for its natural-looking results.
  • Follicular Unit Grafting/Transplantation (FUT): Also known as the strip method, FUT involves removing a strip of hair-bearing skin from the donor area, which is then dissected into individual grafts.

Non-Surgical Treatments:

  • Medications: Drugs like finasteride (Propecia®) and minoxidil (Rogaine®) can be effective in slowing hair loss and promoting regrowth.
  • Laser Therapy: The LaserCap® offers a non-surgical approach to stimulating hair follicles and enhancing hair growth.
  • PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma): This treatment involves injecting concentrated platelets from the patient’s blood into the scalp to encourage hair growth.

Innovative Practices:

  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): SMP is a non-surgical treatment that tattoos hair-like impressions onto the scalp, creating the illusion of a full head of hair.
  • TED Hair Rejuvenation Treatment: An ultrasound-based treatment that delivers specialized ingredients to the scalp to nourish hair follicles and promote scalp health.

Success Stories at Charles Medical Group

Our clinic has helped countless individuals regain their confidence through successful hair restoration. Our photo gallery showcases before-and-after images of real patients, providing visual evidence of the transformations possible with our advanced treatments.

The Expertise of Dr. Glenn Charles

Dr. Charles, with over two decades of experience, uses his expertise to provide personalized care and natural-looking results. As a leader in hair restoration surgery, his work not only restores hair but also rejuvenates the spirits of his patients.

Final Thoughts on Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia may be a common concern, but it doesn’t have to be an accepted fate. With understanding, advanced treatment options, and the skilled hands of Dr. Charles and his team, individuals can combat this form of hair loss and enjoy the lasting benefits of a fuller, healthier head of hair. Whether you’re considering surgical or non-surgical treatments, Charles Medical Group is committed to guiding patients through their hair restoration journey with compassion and expertise.