Hi doc, Im 23 I have always had a naturally high forehead with thin blond hair but over the last year or so Ive noticed that my windows peak is more prominent than usual and the sides of it are ‘coming in’ a bit so I have a small strip at the front of my head and very high temples. I have been paranoid about my hairline since about 16 and recently it just seems it that its actually beggining to recede. Baldness does not run in my family btw! Im not sure if its my imagination but the hair on top my head does no longer feel as thick as the sides. My question is:
Are there any renowned H/T doctors in the UK i could look into? And also is the hair transplanted permanent or will that eventually fall out? Ive read somewhere that excersizing the muscles in your forehead and scalp can help reverse balding (something to do with circulation – ie: why do bald men have hair at the side and back – is it because eating everyday works these muscles?) Proffessionaly speaking – is there any evidence in that?
This is another great rumor about hair loss, ranking right up there with hats and naughty thoughts causing hair loss. Hair loss is caused by a combination of hormones (DHT mostly) and genetics (in combination with hormones even if it does not run in your family). Transplanted hair is permanent because it comes from an area of the scalp that is genetically pre-programmed to be resistant to the main hormone that causes hair loss, namely, DHT (DiHydroTestosterone). Therefore, with the possible exception of some rare disorders, it will not fall out.
Incidentally, there are muscles at the back of your neck and on the sides, but none to speak of on the actual scalp. Exercising the muscles in your forehead will give you wrinkles and a really strong eyebrow raise when you want it, but unfortunately will do nothing for your hair. There are surgical procedures that can lower the hairline. For doctors in this field all over the world, go to ISHRS.org, but keep in mind that each and every doctor needs to be evaluated by you very carefully. It is very important to do your own research.