What is male pattern hair loss?

Male pattern hair loss, also know as Alopecia within the scientific community, is a condition which can cause an individual hair to be lost specifically from around a persons temples that over time will cause a sufferer of this conditions hairline to recede into one of the main characteristics of this condition, an “M” shape.

As well as this, sufferers of male pattern hair loss may also seen thinning of the hair found on their crown which can, if untreated, lead to complete baldness which can be far more difficult to treat than partial baldness.

How common is male pattern hair loss?

Hair loss is an increasingly common condition amongst the male population, with recent figures indicating that approximately 60% of men will experience some form of hair loss during their lifetimes.

Hair loss is reported far more frequently within older men but it is important to remember that the early symptoms of Alopecia can begin to appear whilst men are in their early twenties.

Another attributing factor to the eventual development of the condition of male pattern hair loss is an individuals ethnic background, with White men being almost twice as likely to suffer from this condition than either Black or Asian men.

What are the causes of male pattern hair loss?

Hair loss, or Alopecia, is caused when high levels of sex hormones found specifically within men are released onto a person’s scalp which can be particularly sensitive to these hormones.

Dihydrotestosterone or DHT, is the most common of these hormones and can react with hair follicles on the scalp causing them to shrink in size whilst also restricting their blood supply.

This means that eventually the hair follicles can be reduced in size to the point that they are far too small for hair to grow out of them, resulting in hair loss.

The condition itself is widely accepted to be of a hereditary nature, meaning that it is a condition passed down within ones family.

There are however other, less common, causes of this condition which can include other medical conditions or ailments which you may be unaware of.

How is male pattern hair loss treated?

Male pattern hair loss can be treatment by prescription treatment Propecia (Finasteride), which works by inhibiting DHT before it gets to a patients scalp.

By doing this, it is possible to stop the shrinking effect which this hormone has on the hair follicles and is thus able to both prevent any further hair loss as well as in many cases even regenerate new hair growth.