5 Most Common Questions on Male Pattern Baldness
While hairloss is a common occurrence among men and women, it’s also something that’s still shrouded in misconception and misunderstanding. There are so many sources of information on hairloss, but still a lot of questions being raised.
Here are some of the top five most common questions on male pattern baldness and their answers:
What causes male pattern baldness?
Androgenic alopecia (or male pattern baldness) is largely a genetic disorder. It occurs in some men because they are genetically predisposed to having increased levels of 5-alpha reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone into dihdrotestosterone (DHT). DHT shrinks hair follicle cells over a period of time, resulting in thinner hair. As DHT builds up, hair gradually thins, sometimes until it is lost entirely.
At what age does hairloss start to occur?
The age at which hairloss can strike will vary between men, but about 25% of men will start to experience hairloss in their early twenties or after puberty.
How much hair will be lost?
Again, this varies from one guy to the next. Typically, male pattern baldness starts at the hairline, which gradually recedes, forming an M-shaped pattern. Over time, the hair becomes finer and thinner, creating a pattern that resembles a horseshoe around the sides of your head. However, not all men will experience severe loss. The amount of hair you lose and where hair is lost depends on various factors.
Do hair products and accessories cause male pattern baldness?
Wearing hats and excessive use of hair products like shampoos and dyes have been associated with hairloss, but these do not cause male pattern baldness.
When should I seek treatment for my hairloss?
The sooner you start your treatments, the more likely you are to see results and delay hairloss. It is best that you see a trusted hairloss expert found at Svenson who will advise you on what treatment program works best.