What is Male-Pattern Baldness?


foreheadReceding hairline? Thinning hair on the crown? It could be male-pattern baldness at work.

What is Male-Pattern Baldness?

There are various reasons why people experience excessive hair loss. In the case of most men, the most common reason is male-pattern baldness. This type of baldness is related to your male sex hormones and your genes.

In medicine, this condition is called androgenic alopecia. Those affected by androgenic alopecia have increased levels of 5(alpha)-reductase, a hormone that transforms testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.

What happens with the DHT produced? The DHT causes shorter, finer hairs to sprout from the follicles, then eventually dies out. This also affects the growth phases of hair follicles; some phases become shorter or longer.

Symptoms of Male-Pattern Baldness

Male-pattern baldness usually begins at the hairline. The hairline progressively moves backward or recedes to form an “M” shape. Eventually, the hair becomes thinner, shorter and finer. It also creates a horseshoe-pattern of hair forming around the sides of the head.

To identify the type and extent of hair loss, a chart of pictures is used. The most commonly used chart is the Norwood Scale shown below. While there are various patterns to hair loss, the pictures on the Norwood Scale are the most typical.



Treating Male-Pattern Baldness

Medications are available to treat male-pattern baldness. Some are designed to stimulate the hair follicles or to interfere with the production of certain hormones.

Through technology, there are now plenty of hair restoration treatments that offer long-term solutions for hair loss.

Male-pattern baldness does not really indicate a medical disorder, but it can certainly affect your confidence. Learn more about safe and effective ways to treat hair loss by talking to a trusted hair loss expert or trichologist.