Male Pattern Baldness Causes and Treatments

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Male pattern baldness also is known as androgenic alopecia refers to hair loss among 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 to a serious health issue that needs medical attention.

Since male pattern baldness is very common among men; therefore today we will discuss the causes and treatments of this problem in detail.

Causes of Male Pattern Baldness

The main causes of male pattern hair loss are genetics, age, and hormones. Male pattern baldness has been linked to androgens which are the male sex hormones and part of their work is regulating hair growth.

Male pattern baldness occurs when hormone levels change in the course of the man’s life. Genetic factors affect the gradual shrinkage of the hair from the hair follicles. The hair will be growing but they will become shorter and finer and eventually will stop growing.

Other causes of hair loss are;

  • Malnutrition
  • Iron deficiency
  • Chronic illness like lupus or diabetes
  • Excess of Vitamin A in the body
  • Use of blood thinners or anticoagulants
  • Telogen effluvium which is a disturbance in the hair growth cycle
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Treatment for Male Pattern Baldness

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. Mentioned below are some of the ways to get rid of male pattern baldness.

  • Hairpieces

Hairpieces or wigs cover up receding hairlines, thinning hair and complete baldness. They come in a wide range of colors, styles, and textures.

  • Finasteride

Also known as Proscar or Propecia, Finasteride is a type of oral medication that 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 appear, you have to take it for at least three months or a year.

  • Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Minoxidil is a topical medication that is applied on the scalp. It slows down hair loss and helps in stimulating hair growth. Hair loss recurs when you stop using it. It takes about four months to one year for the results to be visible.

  • Hair Transplantation

During a hair transplant, hair is taken from a baldness resistant area preferably the back of the scalp and then grafted on to the bald patch. It can be done by transplanting individual hairs that avoid scarring or taking a strip full of hair from the back of the head and then grafting it onto the bald area.

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  • Scalp MicroPigmentation

There is another treatment that can be used to deal with male pattern baldness known as Scalp Micro-pigmentation. In this treatment, pigment is deposited on the scalp through micro-needles which gives an appearance of tiny hair or short hair cut.

No matter what the cause of male pattern baldness is, if you have undergone the most suitable treatment then it is easy for you to deal with it. For treatments like scalp micro-pigmentation or hair transplant, you need to consult with an expert. At Dubai Cosmetic Surgery, we have a team of highly qualified hair transplant surgeons who are committed to your well-being. You can book an appointment with them and they will examine your condition to suggest you the most preferable treatment. So, without any further delay, choose what is best for your hair.

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