The Causes of Male Hair Loss By on March 11, 2015

A man outdoors smilingDr. Raymond Konior of the Chicago Hair Institute has helped men and women achieve full and healthy heads of hair. He first identifies the causes of hair loss before determining which solution is best for the patient.

Since many of the patients who visit the practice are men, we'd like to go over the most common causes of male hair loss.

Male Pattern Baldness and Genetics

Pattern baldness is related to genetic predispositions regarding hair loss with age. This is by far the most common cause of male hair loss, resulting in loss of hair at the crown of the head and along the frontal part of the hairline. Male pattern baldness is not determined by the balding of your maternal grandfather, which is a common false belief. Your maternal grandfather can have a full head of hair but you may still lose hair as a result of other genetic factors.

Injury and Trauma to the Scalp

When you suffer from an injury to the scalp, the hair loss in the area of the injury is often interrupted. This is common given the nature of scar tissue and how cuts, burns, and other kinds of trauma can affect the health and condition of the hair follicles.

Certain Kinds of Hairstyles

Certain hairstyles that place a lot of stress or strain on the scalp can lead to hair being pulled out and hair loss in the process. It's best to avoid placing this kind of strain on the scalp when possible to ensure a full head of hair for the long run.

Telogen Effluvium

This type of hair loss is brought on by stress of various kinds, such as emotional distress, psychological problems, and physiological strain. Examples include major weight loss, surgery, and other severe shocks to the system. These forms of stress cause a person's hair to change phases of growth more rapidly, which causes hair to shed.

Alopecia Areata

This is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's own immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. While the exact cause of alopecia areata is still unknown, many times the condition comes as the result of severe stress and major illnesses.


The thyroid hormone is important for regulating a person's metabolism, heart rate, and general mood. When there is too little thyroid hormone produced, this can lead to a number of health problems, which included increasing the risk or rate of a person's hair loss.

Nutritional Deficiencies

The old adage is that you are what you eat, and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is a good way to ensure that you are experiencing total wellness. When you are lacking certain vitamins and minerals in your system, this can lead to a number of health issues and can make hair loss more likely.

Contact the Chicago Hair Institute

To learn more about balding and your treatment options for addressing hair loss of different kinds, be sure to contact our hair restoration and transplant surgery center today. Dr. Konior looks forward to discussing these matters with you in greater detail and helping you have a full and healthy head of hair.

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Dr. Raymond J. Konior, MD, FACS

Chicago Hair Institute

Dr. Raymond J. Konior and the team at the Chicago Hair Institute offer world-class treatment backed by over 30 years of expertise in the field of hair restoration. Our doctors are nationally affiliated with professional associations including:

  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

To learn more or to schedule an appointment at our Chicago, IL, hair restoration clinic, contact us online or call (630) 932-9690.

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