Statistics say that about two-thirds of men will show signs of balding by the time they reach the age of 40 so that makes male hair loss fairly common among older men. These days, however, an exponential rise in the number of sufferers has been observed for males between ages 21 and 30 or even younger. Because balding is unexpected in the younger set ages 15 to 21, this may come as a surprise, even cause shock, denial and fear for these kids. One can’t help but wonder what causes young male hair loss.
Hair loss has been determined to be a multi-factorial condition that can be triggered by one or more complicating causes. It can be temporary if it is caused by certain environmental, psychological, emotional and physiological factors that can be addressed by the removal of the causal factors. These may come in the forms of stress, unhealthy lifestyle (lack of sleep, poor eating habits, and lack of exercise among others) and taking of medications. Balding may also be a symptom of an underlying condition that requires medical consultation with specialists. The treatment of predisposing diseases constitutes the best remedy for such cases. Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) that is responsible to 95 percent of male pattern baldness is the most common and is caused by genetic anomalies, hormonal imbalances and compounded by age. Balding by genetic and hormonal causes require sufficient exposure to hormonal imbalance over a period of time. This means that males from age 15 to 21 are too young to have that kind of exposure. Thus, it is imperative that a medical assessment be done to validate the causal factors.
If the condition is prevalent in the family, not necessarily males (maternal genes have been proven to cause AGA), one can surmise that hair loss is genetic. This implies that the condition can be permanent, untreatable and irreversible. This may be a very disturbing realization even if such condition is a welcome thought knowing that it will happen in the future but not this early. This can cause emotional and psychological setbacks and much stress to the kid who may feel disfigured or unattractive. These are setbacks that need to be addressed to prevent them from becoming unsocial and unmotivated. The condition need to be thoroughly assessed medically for appropriate and prompt medical solutions. More importantly, these kids need psychological help to prevent further slipping into depressed mental state.
Young male hair loss, though devastating, must be faced and accepted with a good disposition. Such is possible if the young man is sufficiently educated about its causes and his treatment options. Although AGA can cause permanent hair loss and surgical transplants may be unwise at this age, there are certain treatments available that can make thinned and miniaturized hairs from damaged hair follicles look denser while slowing down hair loss. Two medications that are approved by U.S. Foods and Drugs Administration are minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia). Both of these are topical solutions that can be applied and massaged into the scalp. While this cannot treat massive hair loss, making the miniaturized hairs denser and retarding balding can help especially if treatment starts before irreversible signs become visible.
Hair transplantation surgery offers the best solution but is inappropriate for young males because the pattern has not been fully ascertained at a young age yet. This procedure done this early may not look fitting in time when the full pattern appears that will require more procedures in the later years to rectify and to maintain the natural look. The procedure is also invasive, costly and painful. Such procedure is, therefore, best committed to in later years. In selected cases, dermatological surgery can be done to improve the appearance of the receding hairline through forelock transplantation. This can readily make immediate improvements in appearance of a young man.
Young male hair loss can be a tragic episode in a young man especially if the condition is ignored or neglected and may even get worse if there is misguidance. Use of commercial products that promise “miracle” solutions may turn out to be more expensive without much success. A medical evaluation is best to validate the real causes. Education and professional advice can be anyone’s best bet for a healthy attitude towards the condition.