Hair loss is common in both the gender! Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men, wherein the hair is lost in typical fashion and the pattern. Most of the men would wonder on this hair loss and to help them understand about the condition, here is an overview –
What is Male Pattern Baldness?
Hair loss resulting in thinning is known as Aloplecia. When it is related to hormones and genetics, it is known as Androgenetic Aloplecia. When Aloplecia removes an area of scalp in males, it is known as Male Pattern Baldness.
Causes of Male Pattern Baldness:
It is genetically inherited condition, hormonal influence – effect of Dihydrotestosterone is also noted.
Symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness
Typically begins at the hairline. The hairline gradually moves backward, initially forms ‘M’ shape. Eventually the hair becomes shorter, finer and thinner and forms a ‘U’ shaped pattern of hair around the sides of the head.
Diagnosis of Male Pattern Baldness
Appearance is characteristic and does not require any further tests. However blood tests may be advised to rule out other causes of hair loss.
Treatment of Male Pattern Baldness
Treatment is advised for Cosmetic reasons, if you are comfortable with your appearance then treatment is not needed. Current treatment options include:
- Minoxidil solution application – It is applied directly to the scalp, it has delayed hair loss in most of the men and has promoted hair growth as well. Hair loss returns on discontinuation of medicine
- Finasteride tablets – The tablet interferes with the production of highly effective form of testosterone that is linked to baldness. Recurrence of hair loss is seen on discontinuation of tablets
- Dutasteride – It is similar to Finasteride
- Hair Transplantation
- Micropigmentation to resemble shaven scalp
- Hair pieces
Prognosis of Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern Baldness is not a medical disorder, it is more of cosmetic concern. Hair loss is permanent and irreversible.
Effects of Male Pattern Baldness –
Causes low self-esteem, affects social life, feeling of unattractiveness.
Male pattern baldness doesn’t have implications on health but has a lot on the social life, hence get it treated today!!!