Have you ever wondered why some men lose their hair while others do not?

Male pattern baldness is often to blame.

We Know: All About Male Pattern Baldness

What is male pattern baldness?

Also known as androgenetic alopecia, male pattern baldness occurs when hair is lost over time in a pattern, starting with the areas near the temple and on the rear section of the top of the head. It can progress so far that it only leaves a u-shaped area of hair that covers the sides and back of the head. More common in men than in women, male pattern baldness affects 40 million men in the United States currently, according to the American Medical Association.

What are the causes of male pattern baldness?

The cause of male pattern baldness is not entirely known. However, it is known that the causes involve hormonal and genetic factors. Male pattern baldness is most definitely hereditary.

What drug treatments are available for male pattern baldness?

There are currently several drug treatments on the market for treating hair loss.

  • Rogaine: Topically used by prescription, Rogaine regrows hair in 20% of its users and slows the rate of hair loss in 90%.
  • Propecia: Taken orally by prescription, this drug prevents testosterone from converting into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone responsible for shrinking hair follicles.

What are surgical treatments for male pattern baldness?

Although surgery is not necessary, many people experience an improved quality of life after restorative surgery.

  • Hair transplants: Hair follicles are transplanted from an active area of the scalp to the balding area with hopes that this hair will take hold and begin to grow.
  • Scalp reduction: This procedure involves the removal of the balding areas of the scalp and stretching the remaining active areas.

What are some cosmetic treatments for male pattern baldness?

Hairpieces or toupees offer a safe alternative to other treatments. They are custom made to fit the balding area, but can loosen over time. Also available are weaves, which is synthetic hair that is sewed into your remaining hair to cover the balding area.

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