You may already know that DHT plays a role in hair loss, but what exactly is it? DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone and it is an androgen, or hormone, responsible for giving men their male characteristics, such as body hair, increased muscle mass and deeper voice. The 5a-reductase enzyme synthesises DHT from testosterone in areas such as the prostate and hair follicles. DHT is considered to be a contributor to male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia as it is thought to cause hair follicles to miniaturise.
Treatments that block DHT may be able to prevent hair loss. For those already suffering from hair loss, a hairline redesign or hair transplant could be an option for a permanent solution rather than prevention.
What is hair miniaturisation?
Miniturisation is the process that hair follicles go through before baldness. During miniturisation, the anagen (growth) phase progressively shortens, becoming so short that the new hairs barely protrude beyond the skin’s surface. Simultaneously, the telogen (rest) phase becomes longer. Over time, hair follicles become smaller, and with each growth cycle, the shaft becomes thinner.
The Role of DHT
Hair miniturisation is driven by DHT. For those who are genetically susceptible, DHT is considered to bind to receptors in the hair follicles, causing them to miniaturise. Interestingly, DHT is a necessary hormone for hair growth on other areas of the body, however can cause complete loss of hair on the scalp.
Being the primary hormone responsible for hair loss in men, in order to prevent or slow the loss of hair, the most effective method is to block DHT at its source. There are prescription drugs available that inhibit the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Speak to a hair loss expert at DHI for a correct diagnosis first, before starting any medication.
Permanent Solution For Hair Loss
Transplanting hair loss resistant follicles from the back of the head to areas that are prone to balding offers a permanent solution for hair loss. Direct Hair Implantation is considered the most advanced and delicate technique and DHI are the only clinic in Australia to guarantee natural results.
A hairline redesign or hair transplant can take years off your appearance, give you the freedom to style your hair how you want to and help give you back your confidence.
The first step is to book a consultation with a DHI hair restoration expert in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. During your private consultation, you will receive a correct diagnosis for your hair loss and the opportunity to discuss the various treatment options, customised to your particular condition.
Simply click on one of the buttons below to book a consultation or ask a question. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 787 563.