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Male Pattern Baldness


Male Pattern Baldness

What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern hair loss is also calledas androgenetic alopecia.

Unfortunately, male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss usually in men. Many surveys show that more and more men experience hair loss, which extremely affects their self-confidence and causes them to go through some emotional disturbances.


What may causes male pattern baldness?

1. One cause of male pattern baldness is genetics, or having a family history of baldness. Research has found that male pattern baldness is associated with male sex hormones known as androgens. The androgens has another function including regulating hair growth.

Each hair on your head will have a growth cycle. With male pattern baldness, this growth cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrinks, making shorter and finer strands of hair. Eventually, the growth cycle for each hair ends and no new hair grows in that place.

2. Inherited male pattern baldness usually will not have side effects. However, sometimes baldness will be have more serious causes, such as certain cancers, medications, thyroid conditions, and anabolic steroids.

3. Health conditions may be a cause of baldness when a rash, redness, pain, peeling of the scalp, hair breakage, patchy hair loss, or an unusual pattern of hair loss jointly effects the hair loss. A skin biopsy and blood tests also may be required to diagnose disorders responsible for the hair loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most Australian men will get to know about hair loss as they grow older. Significant balding is seen in one in five men (20%) in their 20s, about one in three men (30%) in their 30s and nearly half of men (40%) in their 40s age.

Fortunately, there are some medications that will treat male pattern baldness are:-

Minoxidil

slows down hair loss for some men and stimulates the hair follicles to grow new hair. Minoxidil takes minimum four months to one year to produce visible results. Hair loss will restart again when you stop taking the medication.

Possible side effects associated with minoxidil will be dryness, irritation, burning, and scaling of the scalp. You should see the doctor immediately if you have any of these serious side effects:

Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar)

It is a pill that slows hair loss. Surveys have shown that Finasteride works better than minoxidil, but hair loss also returns when you stop using it.

You must take finasteride for around three months to one year before you see results. If no hair growth occurs after one year, your doctor will likely recommend that you can stop taking the medication. The side effects of finasteride include:

  • depression
  • itching
  • rash
  • hives
  • breast tenderness
  • breast growth
  • swelling of the face or lips
  • painful ejaculation
  • pain in testicles
  • difficulty getting an erection

Although it’s rare, finasteride can cause breast cancer. You should get any breast pain or lumps evaluated by a doctor immediately.

Hair transplants

A hair transplant is a procedure in which a plastic or dermatological surgeon moves hair to a bald area of the head. The surgeon will usually moves hair from the back or side of the head to the front or top of the head.

There are 2 types of transplant procedures: slit grafts and micrografts.

Slit grafts will contain 4 to 10 hairs per graft. Micrografts contain 1 to 2 hairs per graft, depending on the amount of coverage needed.

By getting a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence. Good candidates for a hair transplant include:

  • men having male pattern baldness
  • women suffering with thinning hair
  • anyone who has lost part of hair from a burn or scalp injury
  • Hair replacement isn’t a good option for:

  • women having a widespread pattern of hair loss throughout the scalp
  • people who do not have enough “donor” hair sites from which to remove hair for transplant
  • those people who form keloid scars (thick, fibrous scars) after injury or surgery
  • people whose hair loss happened due to medication such as chemotherapy

Hair transplant would continue to growing hair in the transplanted areas of the scalp.

The new hair may appear more or less dense depends upon on:

  • scalp laxity, or how much loose your scalp skin is
  • density of follicles in the transplanted zone
  • hair caliber or quality
  • hair curl


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