Did you know Male Pattern Baldness affects over half of the men over the age of 50?
Male pattern baldness is the common type of hair loss that develops in most men at some stage. The condition is sometimes called androgenetic alopecia. It usually takes 15-25 years to go bald. However, some men go bald in fewer than five years.
Who gets male pattern baldness?
At some point, nearly all men will experience some hair loss by the time they are in their 60s. However, the age the hair loss begins varies depending genetics and lifestyle, but 25% of men who suffer from male pattern baldness will begin losing hair before they reach 21.
Male pattern hair loss is caused when the hair follicle gradually becomes smaller, which results in shorter and finer hair and eventually no hair.
The condition is hereditary (genetic). However, while genetics does play a role in male pattern hair loss, the gene can come from either parent, not just from the mother as the common myth states.
Male pattern baldness is generally characterized with the onset of a receding hairline and thinning crown. Hair in these areas including the temples and mid-anterior scalp appear to be the most sensitive to changes in the hormone, dihydrotestosterone. This pattern eventually progresses into more apparent baldness throughout the entire top of the scalp, leaving only a rim or “horseshoe” pattern of hair remaining in the more advanced stages of male pattern baldness. For some men, even this remaining rim of hair can be affected by dihydrotestosterone.
What are Symptoms of male pattern baldness?
Symptoms of male pattern baldness can consist of:
- Thinning hair
- A receding hairline, usually from the front toward the back over time
- Loss of hair around the crown of the head
- Progression of hair loss in a typical “M”-shaped pattern.
There is no cure for male pattern hair loss, but what are some treatment options?
- There are drug related treatments:
- Minoxidil (Rogaine), a solution that is applied directly to the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles.
- Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar), a pill that interferes with the production of a highly active form of testosterone that is linked to baldness.
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