Male pattern baldness
What is Male Pattern Baldness?
Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is a common type of hair loss that occurs in men and is typically characterized by a gradual thinning of hair on the scalp, often starting at the hairline and progressing to the crown of the head. It is the most common cause of hair loss in men and is thought to be primarily caused by genetic and hormonal factors, particularly the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of testosterone, on hair follicles.
Male pattern baldness is a progressive condition that can lead to significant hair loss over time and may have a psychological impact on affected individuals. Treatment options for male pattern baldness include medications such as finasteride and minoxidil, hair transplant surgery, and other cosmetic procedures.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
It may be necessary to see a doctor if you are experiencing significant hair loss or thinning consistent with male pattern baldness. If you are concerned about your hair loss, and it is affecting your self-esteem or quality of life, a doctor can provide an evaluation, diagnose male pattern baldness, and discuss potential treatment options.
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