For many people experiencing hair loss, the first sign is often a receding hairline – typically associated with male pattern baldness. This is an especially troubling place to lose one’s hair, as it can often be noticed by anyone you are speaking with. What are the most common causes of a receding hairline? What options are available to reverse this hair loss?? Here, we’ve laid out a few key points to help you familiarise yourself with the basics of what you need to know.
What Causes a Receding Hairline?
There are many possible reasons that a person may be experiencing a receding hairline, however, the most common by far is known as Androgenic Alopecia – or “male pattern baldness”. This is a genetic, often hereditary condition typically occurring in older age – however, its onset may appear as early as 20 years old. Some of the other most common factors that can lead to a receding hairline include:
- Hormonal changes (due to pregnancy, menopause, thyroid problems, etc.)
- Certain underlying medical conditions (such as alopecia areata, ovarian tumours, or infectious diseases)
- Infections of the scalp
- Medications – particularly those used for the treatment of cancer, arthritis, or gout
- Excessive stress
During your comprehensive free consultation, our experienced hair transplant surgeons will first assess the cause of your hair loss to determine the best course of treatment.
How Can I Prevent A Receding Hairline?
Depending on the cause of your hair loss, it may or may not be possible to prevent – or even reverse – hair loss. The Mayo Clinic advises that the best ways to prevent a receding hairline are to avoid hairstyles that pull the hair tightly backwards, avoid pulling or twisting your hair, or using harsh styling products. It is generally advised to avoid using any heat treatments such as curling irons, hot rollers, or hot oil. Additionally, comb/brush your hair very gently with a wide-toothed comb. Finally, quitting smoking has been shown to have a positive effect on hair growth.
Sadly, for those suffering from hereditary hair loss, nothing can be done to prevent this. However, there are several treatment options available.
What Methods Of Treatment Are Used?
The specifics of any hair transplant surgery vary from client to client. The Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic specialises in using both Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) transplants for the treatment of a receding hairline. Most patients will receive a DHI transplant, as they allow for the most precise placement of hair grafts to achieve the most natural-looking results.
How Does A Hair Transplant For A Receding Hairline Work?
A DHI hair transplant is a fairly straightforward, minimally invasive, outpatient procedure. During a DHI procedure, individual hair follicles are removed from the donor area at the back of the head before being immediately implanted into the recipient area along the hairline with the use of a Choi Implanter Pen. Each hair graft is placed individually in accordance with the natural angle and direction of hair growth.
During an FUE transplant, the hair follicles are removed from the donor area either individually or as small groups before being stored in a nutrient-rich solution. After everything has been removed, the surgeon creates several small channels in the recipient area into which the hair grafts are implanted. At the Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic, we perform a special Sapphire FUE procedure. Using sapphire blades instead of conventional steel, we are able to create finer channels allowing for denser hair placement while reducing the risk of bleeding and speeding recovery.
For maximum results along the hairline, it is typically required to transplant between 800-1500 hair grafts. This procedure typically lasts from 1-3 hours.
Permanent, Natural Results
At the Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic, we specialise in treating men and women from around the world who are suffering from hair loss. As one of the world’s leading hair restoration surgeons, Dr Aygin has a hair regrowth rate of over 98% across more than 10,000 patients providing lifelong, fully natural results.