The male pattern hair loss is a form of androgenetic alopecia. 95 % of men’s hair loss is caused by androgenetic alopecia. By the age of 50, about 85 % of the men experience considerable hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia. The painful process of hair loss begins at a younger age of 21 in about 25 % of men who experience androgenetic alopecia.
Men who losses hair as a result of androgenetic alopecia are very much distressed and are ready to pay anything and suffer any consequences to cure the nightmare faced by them. Hair loss affects them in their personal life, compels them to change their career paths, and affects each aspect of their life.
There can be many reasons for male pattern hair loss like reaction to some medications, some serious disease conditions, extremely stressful situations, hereditary etc. Male pattern baldness is characterized by the inheritance of the sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone. Dihydrotestosterone is a byproduct of testosterone. Hair follicles begin to miniaturize because of DHT thereby shortening the life span of hair follicles. These follicles fail in producing normal healthy hair.
Important characteristics of male pattern hair loss are a receding hairline and a thin crown. The hair in the mid-anterior scalp and the temples are more sensitive to DHT resulting in baldness throughout the top of the scalp in a horseshoe pattern.
A dermatologist will examine the scalp with the help of a device called densitometer to assess the miniaturization of the hair follicles. Some may conduct a scalp biopsy for proper diagnosing.
Dr. James Hamilton classified the progressive stages of male hair loss patterns in the year 1950. These stages 1 to VII have been found to be very helpful in diagnosing and describing the extent of hair loss for treatment purposes.
Treatment for hair loss
Treatment for men’s pattern hair loss is the most marketed product in this universe. In men’s magazine’s back covers and in TV commercials nothing is more popularly branded than hair loss medications. Actually, they are nothing more than snake oils or the like. There are solutions for hair loss problems like hair transplantation and medications for preventing and controlling loss of hair. The most important factor is early detection and getting proper treatment from a qualified and experienced dermatologist.