Male Pattern Baldness and Its Treatments

Male pattern baldness refers to a loss of hair on the scalp in men. It happens as hormone levels change over a man's lifetime, and especially in the later years. It is thought to affect 50 million men in the United States, and half of all men by the age of 50 years.

Dr. Audumbar Borgaonkar Created on 28th Dec, 20

    Hair loss is very prominent in aging men. Male patterned baldness causes insecurity and loss of confidence in men and stops them from participating and living their best life. At the same time, women are equally affected by hair loss, in the same percentage as men. Women too suffer from confidence issues, and it affects their overall beauty. Thankfully, technology and medicine have provided multiple solutions for problems like hair loss and baldness.

    So, As you understand it is essential to find ways to deal with the hair loss issue. In this article,Dr Audumbar who provides the top hair transplant in Navi Mumbai discusses what androgenetic alopecia is, the leading cause of baldness. By the age of 20, more than 20% of men will start to experience some degree of hair loss. A significant amount of males will experience hair loss in their 30s and 40s. And at the age of 50, almost half of the men will experience hair loss caused by the hereditary condition and row genetic alopecia.

    What are the causes of hair loss?

    As you understand, it is is a widespread problem. By far, the leading cause of hair loss is the so-called androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. It affects more than 90% of people suffering from hair loss. It is a cause connected with our genes with our DNA. So, it affects equally men and women that they have it in themselves, in their DNA, they have the genes of hair loss. Less common and less important causes of hair loss that constitute less than 10% of all the cases are Alopecia Areata, Cicatricial Alopecia, and Traumatic Alopecia.

    Also, different kinds of medication, hormonal issues, anemia, are some other less common causes that may cause hair loss, especially in women. So, men and women also suffer from hair loss at varying degrees due to malnutrition, stress, pollution, etc. It is believed that many factors may affect hair loss, although in a manner that we don't understand at the moment. Some factors affect more than others, and proper grooming, health, and hygiene might prevent it. So a correct diagnosis is essential before we can prescribe any treatment.

    What are the treatments for hair loss?

    Hair loss at the initial stages may be treated by conservative treatment. By this, we mean medication and therapies that have so far been reported to be satisfactory and effective.

    There are several therapies available for the treatment of this condition:

    • We can only use two substances: one is called "Minoxidil", with 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and is in the form of a lotion, hair lotion.
    • The other is a tablet called "Finasteride", which is an anti-androgen medication that may stop at the early stages of hair loss.
    • There is also Mesotherapy which is also very popular and effective in various cases of hair loss. Here a formula of medicine, natural herbs, and hormone is injected in the bald area to prompt hair growth.
    • PRP is another therapy, but here your blood cells are used. We take a vial of blood separate the cells to get platelet-rich plasma, inject to it in to the thinning area to prompt hair growth.

    The only problem with conservative treatment is that it can be useful for as long as we use it. Unfortunately, when we stop using the conservative treatment, the progress of hair loss continues. So, the final and definite treatment for hair loss is hair transplant surgery. Nowadays, worldwide, two techniques are used to deal with hair loss. One, the older technique is called FUT or as it is known commonly STRIP technique. A strip of skin is taken from the back of the head and follicles from the strip and transplanted into the bald area.

    The other, the most modern technique, most advanced, is called FUE, by the initials meaning Follicular Unit Extraction, which means that we can isolate and extract single follicular units. And this is the most modern technology available today. So this article informs you about your condition or treatment options available for male pattern baldness.