A headful of hair nowadays is almost never considered an afterthought—both men and women value their hair greatly, considering it as a reflection of their identity. This is why hair loss is so devastating, even for men themselves. A 2005 European study found that 62 percent of men dread hair loss, claiming that it would adversely affect their self-esteem.
Anybody can experience hair loss, men and women included. The most common type of hair loss is called either male or female pattern baldness, and is much different than simple hair shedding—a common phenomenon that any person can undergo when there’s something traumatic going on. Eventually, new hair will grow back to replenish the loss, but one still can’t fault the fact that hair loss still affects a good 70 percent of men and 40 percent of women. That said, why is a local hair transplant center in Mexico and many other places frequented by mostly men?
A single, definite answer doesn’t exist yet. One simple explanation goes like this: hair loss is just as common among women as men, but several aspects of it are not as noticeable since hair loss manifests in many different ways. Men notably have more obvious bald spots, while women lose hair in much more subtle ways and typically possess hair that both feels and looks thinner than normal. Female pattern for hair loss occurs around the top of the entire head, while in men, the hair loss occurs in the crown, temple, and “bald spots” in the scalp, making it much more pronounced to the eyes.
Overall, pattern baldness in men is a gender-influenced trait. According to Mendelian genetic principles, hair loss is less common in women because a woman needs to inherit the condition from both mother and father for her to manifest it. If one parent is prone to hair loss and the other isn’t, the resulting child isn’t likely to express the trait since he or she requires two alleles (an alternative form of gene) from either parent. Men, on the other hand, only need one parent to have the condition to inherit it.
While hair loss seems to be inevitable for anyone, though, there are ways to prevent or slow it down. One specific treatment is called follicular unit extraction (FUE), which is offered by firms, such as Baja Hair Center. The center provides standard hair transplant. FUE involves directly extracting healthy hair follicles from the scalp and grafting them one by one into bald areas of the head. FUE has gained popularity as a hair transplant treatment over the years, touted for its natural-looking results.
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