Can Anything Be Done About Male Pattern Baldness?

Losing hair is a part of life. In fact, losing 50-100 hairs per day is a normal part of a healthy hair growth cycle. But, if you regularly lose more hairs than that, or you’re developing a receding hairline or thin patches, you could be suffering from androgenic alopecia.

Androgenic alopecia is the medical term for hereditary hair loss. It’s the most common cause of baldness, and it affects an estimated 80 million Americans. While androgenic alopecia can affect men and women alike, it’s most common in men.

Also called male pattern baldness, androgenic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss. It might be common, but that doesn’t mean it’s not embarrassing. At Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry, Oswald Mikell, MD, and our team are here to offer hair loss solutions for male pattern baldness.

Understanding male pattern baldness

Male pattern baldness is hereditary, and it often begins with a receding hairline. You might notice thinning hair near your forehead at first. Eventually, your hairline might form an M shape.

As male pattern baldness progresses, you may lose more hair, and you may wind up with a bald spot on the top of your head. Some men with severe male pattern baldness eventually lose all their hair.

While genetics is the most common factor behind hair loss, other issues can also cause hair loss, such as stress and hair styles. So before recommending a hair loss treatment, our team will review your symptoms and medical history to determine if androgenic alopecia is truly the cause of your baldness.

Treatments for male pattern baldness

Unfortunately, you can’t change your genetic predisposition to hair loss. The good news is that there are a number of treatment options that can help stop — and even reverse — male pattern baldness.

Dr. Mikell and our team will evaluate your symptoms to determine if your hair loss is related to androgenic alopecia. Based on the severity of your condition, we may recommend medication to slow future hair loss, a hair transplant procedure, or both.

Medications to stop hair loss

Minoxidil, an over-the-counter medication, is one of the most popular and flexible treatment options for male pattern hair loss. It’s a topical medication that fights future hair loss, and it may be applied as a liquid or a foam.

Finasteride is another medication used to treat male pattern hair loss. It’s an oral medication that slows future hair loss by interrupting the hormone that damages hair follicles and causes androgenic alopecia.

Medication can be effective in slowing down future hair loss, but it may not restore hair that’s already been lost.

Hair transplantation to restore hair

Hair transplantation is a more advanced treatment option for male pattern baldness. If you’re interested in a hair transplant to treat your hair loss, talk to Dr. Mikell to find out if you’re a candidate.

Dr. Mikell may recommend one of several hair transplant methods, depending on the severity of your androgenic alopecia. In general, hair transplant procedures involve moving hair from healthier areas of your head — such as the back of your head — to areas where hair no longer grows to give you a fuller-looking head of hair.

You don’t have to accept your receding hairline. To find a hair-loss solution that works for you, book an appointment over the phone with Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry today.

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