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Receding Hairline Symptoms and Age

A receding hairline can occur in both men and women, though it’s more common in men. For women, it may happen in frontal fibrosing alopecia and traction alopecia and create V-shape in front (also called widow peak). For men, a receding hairline typically start happening between the ages of 17 and 29, and may reach to mature hairline, gradually become as pattern balding. By the age of 50, it affects more than half of all men. It’s often accompanied by a bald spot on the crown of the head and thinning on top.

the women has receding hairline ( traction alopecia and V-shape in front )

There are many causes of receding hairline, such as:

  • Age: Not only receding hairline, but also many types of hair loss are a natural part of aging. It usually starts during puberty, continues through life for each men.

  • Hormone: Changes in hormone may cause receding hairline in men and women. For example: menopause.

  • Hereditary: Hair loss and receding hairline may be a hereditary trait. People who have a family history or baldness are more likely to lose their hair, in the similar timing of hair loss.

Others causes also contribute excessive hair loss: over-styling (going too hard on the heat), have braiding and cornrows tight hairstyles, chain smoker, eating too much processed foods, preservatives or sugar.


How To Treat Receding Hairline?

  • Low-Level Laser Therapy: known as LLLT: uses laser light to stimulate hair growth on your scalp, and it’s been shown to be effective and safe for men and women with hair loss. According to Lasers Surg Med, Hungarian physician Endre Mester began a series of experiments on the carcinogenic potential of lasers by using a low-power ruby laser (694 nm) on mice in the late 1960s, and truly improved hair growth. It’s also painless, non-invasive hair loss treatment. Note that when you apply this therapy, do not stare at the light as it may hurt your eyes.

  • Medication: Drug such as prednisone, minoxidil (rogaine), finasteride (propecia) could help suppress overactive immune response, but side effect may include scalp irritation, frigid or a higher risk of prostate cancer. It’s better to ask for your doctor before taking these medications.

Man is having pattern baldness (hair loss)
  • Surgery: Hair restoration surgery is transplanting the small sections of scalp and hair follicles from the back of head to areas that happen hair falling. Hair may continue to grow normally in the areas that supplied the plugs. However, it’s the most expensive hair loss procedure, and will have pain scars on your scalp. Usually, surgical treatment includes FUE, FUT (Strip Harvesting), Neograft, ARTAS and Forehead Reduction.

  • Hair Supplements: Hair supplements and drugs contain essential nutrients and key ingredients. Vitamin and mineral can help you with receding hairlines. Vitamin A, C, E and Z are very important for your hair and scalp; Iron helps carry oxygen to the cells in your scalp. Supplements and drugs does help new hair grow, but it takes several months and not everyone will have effective results.

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Man is suffering from hair loss


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