Male pattern baldness also known as androgenic alopecia is the loss of hair on the scalp in men as well as the most common type of hair loss in men. It is thought to affect more than 50% of all men over the age of 50 years. Considered as a natural aging process for men it can be psychologically daunting. Although sudden hair loss sometimes can be a hint a serious health issue that needs medical attention.
The main causes of male pattern hair loss are genetics, age and hormones. Male pattern baldness has being linked to androgens which are the male sex hormones and part of their work is regulating hair growth.
Male pattern baldness occurs as hormone levels change in the course of the man’s life. Genetic factors affect the gradual shrinkage of the hair from the scalp hair follicles. The hair will be growing but it will be short and finer and eventually it will stop to grow.
Other cause of hair loss are;
Sometimes the right hairstyle can make a huge difference when it comes to hiding a bald patch on the scalp. Your hairstylist can show you how to be creative with your hair.
Hairpieces or wigs cover up receding hairlines, thinning hair and complete baldness. They come in a wide range of colors, styles and textures.
Also known as Proscar or Propecia, Finasteride is a type of oral medication which slows down the hair loss process in men. It blocks the production of the male hormone that causes hair loss. However the moment you stop taking it the hair loss returns. For the effects of finasteride to show you have to take it for at least three months to a year.
Minoxidil is a topical medication which is applied on the scalp. It slows down hair loss and helps in stimulating hair follicles for new hair growth. Hair loss recurs when you stop using it. It takes about four months to one year for the results to be visible.
This is when hair is taken from somewhere else preferably the back of the scalp and then grafted on to the bald patch. It can be done by transplanting individual hairs which avoids scarring or taking a strip full of hair from the back of the head and then grafting it onto the bald area.
Other options include shaving the head completely, changing the hairstyle and increasing facial hair. Whatever option you choose make sure you feel confident in yourself.
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