male pattern baldness
Experts explain the truth about a common hair myth.
When you start to notice your hair falling out it can be stressful, however, hair loss (also known as alopecia) is not often a cause for concern! It can occur on any area of hair on your body but most commonly and noticeably affects your scalp as this is where the hair grows quickest.
Trichopigmentation, scalp micropigmentation or 'SMP', is a process where thousands of tiny dots are tattooed onto the scalp to give the illusion of a freshly-shaved look.
Going bald was always a foregone conclusion for me. From a young age, I was aware that I had inherited most of my physical traits from my maternal family. Whereas my father's side was blessed with voluminous mops of thick, black hair and olive skin, all three of my mother's brothers and my grandfather were (and obviously still are) bald as coots.
White men are on top. But not any white men: Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Bob "Literature" Dylan have one thing in common besides their gender, race and sexuality: they all have hair, or constantly pretend they do.
Several incorrect media articles over the last few days have been published stating middle-aged men with a certain balding pattern are at an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than men with no baldness. Well, this is highly inaccurate in my opinion and unfortunately caused a great deal of men unnecessary anxiety and stress.
It is a complete myth that baldness is inherited from only the mother's side of the family. You hair future is determined by genes from both sides of your family and you have likely ended up with some mix of your parents' hair genes.
Hair transplant procedures are now the most popular form of cosmetic surgery for men in the UK. Over 4,500 procedures were carried out in 2011, which was 13 per cent more than those performed in 2010, and the number continues to grow.
Hair loss is usually genetic and, for most people, no amount of shampoos, creams or drugs will halt or reverse it. The only permanent solution is a hair transplant. I perform hundreds of these procedures a year and always see a restoration of hair.
Until recently, the impact baldness might have on confidence and well-being was little understood or recognised by the medical profession at large.