Male pattern baldness
Research suggests that normal person can lose up to one hundred to one hundred and fifty hairs per day. Hair grows in three phases and lives for five years on the scalp. But is some cases, the lost hair are not replaced by new one. This condition is known as male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. In these cases, hair star losing in a well-defined pattern first affecting the temples and later on the crown or vertex. This scalp affects the natural hair line of men. Initial thinning of hair from various parts of scalp can make a man bald within a few years. Women rarely suffer from this pattern hair loss problem.Certain genetic factors play a major role in male pattern baldness. Dihydrotestosteronehormones abbreviated as DHT sometimes present in larger quantity in men, they can easily get baldness. These hormones have adverse affects on hair follicular units which in results become weak. Hairs growth is decreased and they start shedding hairs frequently. It is concluded after doing research that men who have history of hair loss and baldness in their family are likely to get more affected from male pattern baldness. Men younger as twenty can get affected from this problem. First, they start experienced a significant amount of hair receding from their hairline. Then, they experience loss of hair from temples and crowns. Some began to lose patches of hair loss from their scalp in a specific pattern. Gradual thinning of hair finally leads to the partial or total baldness.
It is important to consult a dermatologist whenever someone is suffering from these symptoms. Usually they can be diagnosed due to their hair loss pattern and appearance. Sometimes there can be swelling, soreness, redness and pain on scalp. Skin biopsy is used to diagnose severity of hair loss in some patients from an accurate result. If male pattern baldness is diagnosed at early stages, there are many chances that patient can restore hairs back. Seven stages of baldness can also help physicians to identify the severity of baldness.When it comes to hair restoration after male pattern baldness, non surgical treatments are initially recommended. They are considered to be affordable and effective. Two medicines available for treatment are also approved by FDA of the United States. One is Minoxidil (Rogaine) which helps is stimulating the hair growth and preventing further hair loss. Finasteride (Propecia) is taken orally to normalize the production of DHT hormones. Disadvantages of these medications are that if patients stop using them, they will start shedding their hair again.Hair transplant surgeries are the permanent hair restoration treatments for those suffering from male pattern baldness. Some hair follicles are totally damaged and new hair can never re grow in their place. Non surgical treatments can prohibit further hair loss, but they cannot help in hair re growth if follicles are not present. Transplant surgeries are expensive, but they are cost effective in long-term. In these surgeries, follicles from dense area of scalp are taken and inserted into bald part of scalp.