androgenic alopecia

anonymous asked:

Yo, so you're talking about balding and stuff? I'm a 20 year old trans gal, but I started losing my hair at 15. Wigs are great and all but expensive as heck. Y'all got any tips or resources or anything for this? Much love xo

Ren says:

Wig sites that I’ve seen vouched for and are fairly cheap: 

There’s also some medical treatments for androgenic alopecia! (I like that term more than saying “male-pattern baldness”, because the latter implies that your hair is male, while the former just says “this is testosterone’s fault, dangit”.)

Finasteride (Propecia) is a medication that is sort of an anti-androgen, it’s not quite as effective as, say, spiro, in terms of everything else, but is definitely effective for hair. (Spiro is also pretty effective for this, actually.) And then of course there is minoxidil (Rogaine), but that’s usually a last resort, since it doesn’t always work.

There are also some surgeries - hair replacement (using your own hair) and scalp reduction (for back / side baldness). Apparently they aren’t as bad as they sound?? Also, check out the American Hair Loss Association for information on alternative hairpieces, which I do not really understand and thus could not tell you much about. Hopefully that helps!

I wore a wig to work yesterday because my coworkers had asked me to. 

When I got to work this morning, one of them says “girl, you should stick with the wigs!” 

While I know she was trying to be funny, my hair is the thing I am most self-conscious about. I have to keep it super short because I’m losing all the hair on the crown of my head. Hair is a huge part of feeling feminine, and while I do own a couple wigs, they’re problematic at best, and a constant reminder of what I can’t have biologically. I can’t just grow hair, it doesn’t work that way.  

I know my coworker was trying to be funny, trying to mess with me, but 10 minutes into my work day I was already crying in the bathroom. I trusted them with one of my biggest insecurities and got teased for it. 

If someone ever trusts you with something like that, it is a huge risk for them. How you respond has the potential to do damage. Please don’t be an ass. 

Fun fact: I have androgenic alopecia.  It is not the kind of alopecia that my friend Kris has, where stress made all the hair on his entire body fall out, but it might grow back someday.  Nope.  Androgenic alopecia is hair loss caused by a combination of genetics and hormones.  Basically, male pattern baldness, but I am not a male.  So I can’t just polish my head and get on with life, or I get mistaken for a dude.  And there is absolutely 0 chance that it will ever grow back.  And I still have all of the unwanted body hair.

So I wear headscarves, wigs or hats whenever I go out, but when I hang out at home, I can’t be bothered.

I cut all my hair off a few months ago out of boredom and frustration.  It started out a cute-ish pixie cut kind of thing.  Then I decided I liked it a little longer, so that I could use what hair I have to anchor wigs a bit better (with hidden bobby pins).  So I’m letting it grow back.

My hair is naturally curly.  Right now my hair looks like a cross between Moss from “The IT Crowd” and Krusty the Clown.

I’ve been diagnosed with androgenic alopecia (also known as female pattern hair loss). In my dermatologists words, ‘some people just have bad luck, and unfortunately you’re one of them’. To get it at the age of 21 isn’t unheard of but it is rarer, especially being a woman.
Fortunately I’ve got the kind that is treatable, provided my body accepts the medication, but it will take at least 6 months to know if it will work. If it doesn’t, I’ll have to try another medication and if that doesn’t work either then I will just have to accept that I’m going to progressively go bald.


The two types of treatment are as follows:

- option A: a medication that’s based on water flow apparently, unfortunately it is known to lower blood pressure and mine is already on the lower side of the scale so I have to be very careful when I start taking it and if my dose is increased.
Biggest downside: I cannot try to conceive, be pregnant, or breastfeed on this medication. If I fall pregnant I have to cease taking it, but it means through the pregnancy I will lose hair once more.

- option B: a medication that has to be taken with a permanent contraceptive, as it has to be taken at certain times because it works with your hormones. It’s only given if you can’t take option A.
Again the downside: you can’t get pregnant/have kids while taking this medication. In this case it’s less likely you’re going to get pregnant anyway because you’ll be on a contraceptive.

Neither of these will make the hair grow back, it’s given just to salvage the hair that is left. And neither of these have a 100% success rate, it all depends on your body and how it reacts to medications (mine generally does not cope well). They are a medication you have to be on for the rest of your life. My doc said he wouldn’t be surprised if I was in the small percentage that it didn’t work for because of my already bad luck.

So basically, I have to choose between having more kids or having hair.

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'Scalp Micropigmentation' - kaedah efektif atasi masalah jejaka urban yang botak

SEJAK tiga tahun lalu, Leroy Tan (bukan nama sebenar) telah menghadapi masalah keguguran rambut. Biarpun baru berusia 27 tahun, Tan yang ‘mewarisi’ masalah rambut itu daripada bapanya sudah cukup malu untuk keluar bersosial mahupun bersiar-siar di tempat awam.

Androgenic Alopecia (AGA) – satu masalah keguguran rambut serius yang biasa melanda ‘kaum Adam’, mula meninggalkan kesan fizikal dan psikologikal dalam diri anak kelahiran Ipoh ini. Sedikit demi sedikit tompok-tompok botak mula kelihatan di bahagian kepalanya.

Pada saat itu, pekerja bidang pengiklanan itu mulai resah. Rambut yang lebat dan padat menjadi semakin jarang. Hampir semua ajakan kawan sama ada untuk keluar menonton wayang, menghadiri jamuan syarikat mahupun sekadar berkumpul bersama sahabat handai ditolaknya bulat-bulat.

Alasannya? Sibuk atau tiada di ibu kota pada ketika itu. Perasaan malu semakin menebal dalam sanubarinya. Pelbagai pendekatan telah diambil – berjumpa dengan pakar rambut komersial, mencuba aneka jenis syampu dan supplement tetapi semuanya sia-sia.

Tan yang bekerja di Kuala Lumpur sudah hampir berserah kepada takdir sebelum mengambil keputusan untuk mencuba cadangan kawannya.

“Seorang sahabat baik telah mencadangkan prosedur scalp micropigmentation. Jadi, saya fikir tak rugi untuk mencuba sebab saya dah cuba macam-macam selama ini,” katanya kepada penulis baru-baru ini.

Hakikatnya, Tan merupakan sebahagian daripada kelompok lelaki muda urban (bandar) yang beralih kepada prosedur scalp micropigmentation (SMP) untuk memulihkan keyakinan diri mereka.

Menurut pakar estetik dan kosmetik terkemuka, Dr. Alice Premitha Michael, prosedur menghitamkan rambut berteknologi tinggi ini sebenarnya cukup popular dalam kalangan lelaki muda hari ini.

Berdasarkan rekod kunjungan pesakit di pusat kesihatan dan kecantikannya, Ageless Medispa, majoriti lelaki yang memilih kaedah rawatan ini terdiri daripada mereka yang berusia antara 25 hingga 32 tahun.

“AGA membuatkan rambut kebanyakan lelaki muda hari ini bertambah jarang dan semakin menipis. Jadi, prosedur SMP ini menjadi solusi pilihan mereka agar dapat mengembalikan penampilan rambut yang lebih muda, lebat dan hitam,” katanya ketika ditemui di Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur baru-baru ini.

Namun, jangan sangka prosedur SMP ini hanya untuk mereka yang botak.

Tidak melibatkan sebarang proses pembedahan, teknik ‘menghitamkan’ bahagian kepala yang botak akibat keguguran rambut atau parut kecederaan sebelum ini boleh menyelesaikan masalah rambut dengan selamat dan lebih tahan lama.

Malah, jika digabungkan dengan prosedur lain seperti teknologi estetik penanaman rambut (hair transplant), kaedah ini boleh membantu pesakit memperoleh hasil rambut yang lebih lebat dan natural.

“Sesetengah pesakit memilih cara ini untuk menghitamkan ruang terdedah, tanda lahir atau parut di kepala akibat kecederaan atau pembedahan sebelum ini,” jelas Dr. Alice sambil menambah prosedur ini perlu dikendalikan oleh pakar estetik bertauliah.

Mungkin ramai yang masih tertanya-tanya bagaimanakah prosedur ini dilakukan?

Berbeza dengan kaedah menatu, pigmentasi daripada prosedur ini tidak mewarnakan seluruh bahagian botak sepenuhnya.

Sebaliknya, ratusan titik kecil seakan-akan folikel rambut akan ‘ditambah’ menerusi teknologi suntikan pigmen natural pada lapisan kedua kulit.

Padanan tepat warna ‘folikel rambut’ itu boleh disesuaikan mengikut warna rambut sedia ada menerusi teknologi peralatan pigmentasi yang bersifat intuitif.

“Warna akan kekal dan tidak berubah. Jika seluruh kepala dah beruban sekali pun, prosedur ini boleh menyesuaikan pigmen baharu dengan warna rambut terkini. Semudah itu,” jelasnya.

Ratusan titik kecil seakan-akan folikel rambut akan ‘ditambah’ menerusi teknologi suntikan pigmen natural pada lapisan kedua kulit dan warna akan kekal tidak berubah, malah jika tiada sebarang masalah, prosedur susulan untuk ‘retouching’ hanya perlu dilakukan dua tahun kemudian. – Foto laman web SMPDEBATE

Bergantung kepada keperluan dan tahap keseriusan masalah rambut, pesakit hanya perlu menjalani purata dua sesi rawatan SMP selang dua minggu sahaja bagi menampakkan hasil.

Memiliki lebih dua dekad pengalaman dalam dunia penjagaan kesihatan dan estetik, Dr. Alice berkata, inovasi teknologi prosedur SMP dari Eropah ini sesuai untuk semua jenis warna kulit dan rambut.

“Bukan setakat untuk mengecapi kesan estetik yang sedap dipandang, prosedur ini dapat menutup parut pada bahagian kepala pesakit, sekali gus memulihkan tahap keyakinan mereka,” terangnya.

Tambahnya, teknologi yang sama juga boleh memberi kesan natural pada bahagian lain badan yang telah ‘dicacatkan’ oleh beberapa komplikasi kesihatan.

Antaranya termasuk parut yang terhasil akibat vitiligo serta kehilangan areola puting ekoran pembedahan payu dara.

Lazimnya, setiap prosedur hanya mengambil purata masa 30 minit hingga dua jam. Ini tertakluk kepada saiz keluasan botak atau bahagian parut yang perlu dilitupi.

Tiada pantang tertentu yang perlu dijaga pasca prosedur ini kecuali mengelakkan penggunaan krim atau syampu beralkohol pada kulit kepala dalam satu hingga dua minggu pertama selepas menjalani kaedah ini.

“Sebabnya dalam tempoh ini, pigmen masih dalam proses untuk menjadi kekal. Jika tiada apa-apa masalah, prosedur susulan untuk ‘retouching’ hanya perlu dilakukan dua tahun kemudian,” katanya sambil memberitahu risiko sakit hanya pada tahap 2 (dalam skala 10) bagi prosedur yang dilakukan pada bahagian kulit kepala dan ini bergantung kepada tahap sensitiviti serta ketahanan kulit masing-masing.

Untuk maklumat lanjut mengenai kaedah rawatan ini , sila layari laman web www.aliceantiaging.com

Setiap jengkal perjalanan adalah sumber inspirasi bagi YEO LI SHIAN yang bukan menulis, tetapi bercerita. Lebih sedekad merencanakan rempah-ratus kehidupan masyarakat, bekas wartawan ini percaya dalam setiap kisah pahit yang diuli, tetap ada manis untuk disantap bersama.

A very dubious - nonetheless entertaining - gem from wikipedia article on Androgenic alopecia (yes i read it because Stannis so what):

"Biologists have hypothesized the larger sunlight exposed area would allow more vitamin D to be synthesized, which might have been a "finely tuned mechanism to prevent prostate cancer,[…]"

- wikipedia

Also, I found this charming chart:

(source)

Stannis is a obviously at least a seven.

(Also, on a related note, I just remembered I used to have an infatuation with Walter Skinner from X-files. There was even a topless scene at one point. *sigh*)

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I’m trying to relax a little bit.
I’m not happy about the diagnosis.
I am not at peace with this.
But I’m trying to see the positives, if there even are any.

I have three wigs already that I’ve had for years. One blonde, which looks incredibly fake. One brunette which I’ve worn multiple times before and people don’t even realise it’s a wig. And one red which I’m yet to try. So those are options if it comes to it.

But I got on eBay last night and checked out some and I actually really like a few of these. I don’t want things to be how they are, but it seems I don’t have a choice.. So the tiny upside is I’d be able to change my hair more frequently I guess. I really love the blonde curly wig as well as the brown curly one.

Androgenic Alopecia Female Hair Loss - Hereditary Loss Of Hair That Could Be Diagnosed And Treated

Among the various kinds of balding conditions, androgenic alopecia female hair loss is the main cause for thinning hair amongst women. According to research, the condition currently is affecting as much as 40% of all women as they reach menopausal age. The symptoms of it could happen a lot earlier, as early as on the scalps of teenage girls. Unlike for men, hair thinning in women is less socially accepted and sometimes thought about negatively. However, there is no need to lose hope. If you are currently experiencing androgenetic alopecia (also referred to as androgenic alopecia or AGA) hair loss, there are several treatments available. With good care and treatment, many have declared triumph over the unpleasant symptoms and gotten back their beautiful looks on their hair.

Androgenic alopecia is triggered by hormonal imbalances. Besides genetics becoming a trigger for the imbalance, other elements like menopause or pregnancy may also have an impact. This comes about when male hormones in the body known as androgens rise in proportion to female hormones referred to as estrogens. This means the testosterone level in a woman has changed to be more significant than usual, and it converts into dihydrotestosterone or DHT in the hair follicles of a woman. Regrettably, DHT causes hair follicles to grow to be smaller and weaker. Hair production slows down until the hair follicles within the affected areas can no longer grow any hair. One of the symptoms of AGA involve progressively weaker hair growth and thinning.

A number of effective female hair loss treatments are offered in the market nowadays, ranging from pharmaceutical to alternative treatments using natural therapies. Diet and lifestyle modification such as healthy diets and personal hygiene is recommended. Though AGA is caused by hormonal imbalances, having excellent nutrition is fundamental to wholesome hair growth. Doctors routinely advise excellent wholesome diets alongside other kinds of prescribed treatment plans, including those mentioned here below.

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Alopecia - Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Ongoing care and Clinical Pearls


Basics Description Alopecia: Absence of hair from any areas where it normally exists: Anagen hairs: Growing hairs Telogen hairs: Dead, “resting” hairs Androgenic alopecia (male- or female-pattern hair loss): Hair loss along with miniaturization of hair follicles: In men: Frontal…
Alopecia - Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Ongoing care and Clinical Pearls

Pumpkin Seed Oil Reverses Balding

GreenMedInfo -

Researchers from the Republic of Korea’s Pusan National University have confirmed that pumpkin seed oil increases hair growth among balding men.

The medical researchers tested the pumpkin seed oil on 76 male patients with moderate androgenic alopecia – male pattern hair loss. None of the patients had been receiving any medication, supplement or topical therapy for at least three months prior to the beginning of the study. The researchers recruited 90 patients, but excluded those with high liver enzyme levels.

The patients were divided into two groups and half were given a placebo. The treatment consisted of giving the patients 400 milligrams of the pumpkin seed oil per day in capsules (internally). They were given two capsules a half-hour before breakfast and two capsules a half-hour before dinner.

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Male Pattern Baldness is hair loss that occurs due to an underlying susceptibility of hair follicles to androgenic miniaturization. It also known as androgenic alopecia, androgenetic alopecia, alopecia androgenetica.

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