Are you losing hair around your temples? Is your hairline receding backwards? Or your crown area is becoming shinier and shinier and shinier with every single passing day? If your answer to any or all of these questions is yes then you are one good candidate of Androgenic Alopecia, aka Male Pattern Baldness. According to a latest study, androgenic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women. The studies have found that male pattern hair loss affects up to 70% of men at some point in their lifetimes. But to differentiate seasonal hair shedding from male pattern hair loss, it is necessary that you know the symptoms of the latter. Continue reading not only to know symptoms of male pattern hair loss but also the treatment of this morale-sapping cosmetic problem.
Symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness:
As is obvious from its name, male pattern baldness follows a peculiar hair loss pattern, which initially resembles the letter “M”, and in severe case, ends up with a U-shaped pattern. Here are some prominent symptoms of male pattern hair loss that distinguish it from other temporary forms of hair loss.
Male pattern baldness typically begins at temples, with trivial hair loss at the temples. If you believe your temples are lacking the density they had last year, you have most probably started succumbing to this genetic hair loss type, aka androgenic alopecia.
Classic male pattern hair loss begins at temples and proceeds to the hairline. As the hair loss progresses, your hairlines starts receding backwards in a line that resembles the letter “M”. Eventually hair becomes finer, shorter and thinner. This is due to androgenic miniaturization of hair follicles.
Gradual Thinning On Top Of Head:
In severe case, the sufferer begins to shed hair on the crown area as well. As it further progresses, a rim of hair at the sides and back of the head remains, creating a U-shaped pattern of hair around the sides and rear of the scalp.
Treatment of Male Pattern Hair Loss:
The worst thing about male pattern hair loss is that it often damages hair follicles permanently and a reverse is usually not possible. There are certain FDA-approved medicines that help control and reverse androgenic miniaturization of hair follicles, such as Minoxidil (a topical application) and Finasteride (a prescription oral pill), the relief offered is mostly temporary and hair loss comes back as soon as the patient discontinues the medicines.
Hair Transplant Surgery for Androgenic Alopecia:
Hair Transplant surgery is believed to be the only permanent solution for male pattern hair loss thus far. The reason behind this claim is that it uses balding resistant hair follicles, which retain their character even after displacement and do not fall off due to androgenic miniaturization of follicles. The transplanted hairs are most likely to stay there for the rest of your life. You can trim, cut, shave and style them like existing hair on your head.
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