Male Pattern Baldness
Male Pattern Baldness, also known as Androgenic Alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss that effects men.
About 85% of men will experience this type of hair loss at some point in their life. In the case of Male Pattern Baldness, the hair loss presents as a receding hairline with thinning on the crown of your head. In time, these areas will go bald, but you will likely have hair still growing on the sides of your head.
By the age of 35, 2 in every 3 men have already started experiencing signs of hair loss, and by the age of 50, roughly 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. Male Pattern Baldness is incredibly common, and in 25% of cases, it starts to present before the age of 21.
General hair loss can appear in various ways and it can come on suddenly or gradually, however Male Pattern Baldness presents in a unique way.
Here are the symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness:
- Receding hairline at the top corners of your forehead, making an “M” shape.
- Bald patches at the crown of the head.
If you are distressed by your hair loss, you can book an appointment with one of Ahmeys experts to start a treatment plan.
People typically lose about 50-100 hairs each day, but the hairs are replaced at the same rate, so there is no thinning. However, with Male Pattern Baldness, the growth of new hair slows, and eventually stops, causing the thinning appearance.
- Male Pattern Baldness is hereditary, so you’re likely to develop it if there’s a history of “Pattern Baldness” in your family.
- General hair loss can be caused by other health issues, but it will not present in the same distinct pattern as Male Pattern Baldness.
- Some medications can cause hair loss, acne medication is an example of this, as it’s high in vitamin A.
Male Pattern Baldness can be diagnosed based on the pattern of the hair loss, as well as your family history.
There are no further tests regularly used to diagnose this condition, but if your doctor thinks your hair loss is a sign of another issue, they might perform these tests;
- Blood test
- Skin Biopsy
Some of the medications your Doctor might recommend could include:
- Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a solution applied directly to the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. It slows hair loss for many men, and for some, grows new hair.
- Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) was originally sold to treat enlarged prostate glands but had a side effect of hair growth. This pill interferes with the production of Dihydrotestosterone, the main hormone responsible for hair loss.
- Hair TransplantHair transplant, or restoration surgery, can help make the most of the hair you have left. This process involves moving parts of your scalp with healthy hair follicles, to the areas that are balding. This enables the healthy follicles to root into the affected areas, resulting in new hair growth.