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Male Pattern Baldness

Androgenetic Alopecia

In the wake of modernization, hair problems have come up in an unwanted way. One of such hair problems that are very popular amongst males is ‘Male Pattern Baldness.’ Read the full article to knowing more about male pattern baldness, causes, risk factors, symptoms, prevention etc.

What is male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldness is a hair related disorder often called androgenetic alopecia. It is the most common type of hair loss that men face. In this type of disorder, a man tends to lose his hair excessively. It usually starts at the age of 18 with thinning of hair and receding hairline.
Normally a person loses some hair every day. It goes beyond a normal level with a faster-receding hairline, losing crown hair. Similarly in males, hair loss can be naturally over time as ageing progresses but when the scalp sheds hair abnormally at a younger age then the person might be suffering from male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness is mostly genetic but can progress rapidly due to multiple factors.

What causes male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldness can occur due to a set of varied reasons such as genetics, hormones and age. Stress can cause hormonal changes within the body and can lead to hair loss. Genetically prone individuals with stressed lifestyles tend to lose hair much faster than normal individuals. Male pattern baldness is now more progressive and more and more younger people are losing hair at an early age.

Male pattern baldness can also happen in females especially with hormonal issues. Females with male pattern baldness usually lose hairs from the front.

Researchers have found out that male pattern baldness is linked with the release of androgens (DHT) which is a male hormone. The androgens have several functions one of which includes hair growth. Hair has a growth cycle of its own. During male pattern baldness, the growth cycle begins disrupting. Due to which the hair follicle weakens and shrinks. This causes the end of the hair growth cycle and the lack of new hair outgrowth.

What are the symptoms of male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldness can be identified if a person undergoes the following:

  • Sudden loss of hair or extensive thinning can be observed in front and centre of scalp.
  • The hairline gradually moves backwards in ‘M’ shape
  • Hair becomes shorter, finer and thinner creating a ‘U’ shape around the sides of the hair
  • Regular abnormal loss of hair

However, there can be more into it but these are the most evident ones that maximum people with male pattern baldness suffer.

Grades of Baldness

How to treat male pattern baldness?

You will still look great with less hair. Treatments are not necessary for people who are comfortable with their appearances. But people willing to get their fuller hair can go for different treatments for male pattern baldness.

Here is the list of treatment techniques for getting rid of male pattern baldness:

  • Medications: Male pattern baldness can be treated at early stage by using certain medications like Minoxidil, Finasteride, Propecia etc. These medications should only be used as directed by physicians. Self-medication can cause ill effects. One should visit a credible source like Monaris for hair consultations as they are considered to be the best hair clinic in India.
  • Hair transplants: Hair transplants are one of the most effective and most sought after techniques adopted so far. It involves the placement of hair follicles from different parts of the body into the bald region. It is a very popular technique and a long term remedy for male pattern baldness. For getting the best hair transplant one should visit Monaris hair clinic.
  • GFC and PRP hair loss treatments:- Depending on extent of thinning and pattern of hair loss dermatologist at Monaris hair clinic can advice you if these treatments can help you. Proper evaluation and staging of your hair loss is necessary to get the right hair loss treatment.
  • Other techniques: There are several other techniques like laser therapy, Dermaroller, mesotherapy etc and more that have also been used for getting fuller hair back.