Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men.
The typical pattern of male baldness begins at the hairline. The hairline gradually recedes and forms an “M” shape. Eventually the hair becomes finer, shorter, and thinner, and creates a U-shaped pattern of hair around the sides of the head.
Each strand of hair sits in a follicle. Baldness occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. Eventually, the follicle does not grow a new hair. However, the follicles remain alive so it’s possible to grow new hair.
Male pattern baldness is related to hormones and genetic predisposition.
Treatment is not necessary if you are comfortable with your appearance. It may be required sometimes because of stress/ Loss of self-esteem.
Hair weaving or change of hairstyle may disguise the hair loss.
Two medications are approved to treat male pattern baldness:
Hair transplant consists of removing tiny plugs of hair from areas where the hair is continuing to grow and placing them in areas that are balding. Results are often excellent and permanent.
Female pattern baldness involves a typical pattern of hair loss in women.
Hair thinning is different from that of male pattern baldness. In female pattern baldness:
The reason for female pattern baldness is not well understood, but it may be related to:
You do not need treatment if you are comfortable with your appearance.