Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is a type of hereditary hair loss that usually starts to happen between the ages of 20 and 45, and is caused due to testosterone that´s transformed into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This affects the individual’s hair follicles, eventually blocking them and preventing any further hairs from growing. This is usually a fairly slow process, although sometimes can turn into rapid hair loss. In general, hereditary hair loss usually starts gradually, but will speed up later on.
The symptoms for male pattern hair loss are fairly obvious, and for that reason, it’s usually diagnosed by sight. The baldness generally starts at the temples, and the front of the hair line. The hair in these areas becomes thinner, and eventually stops growing at which point the hairline begins to recede. Depending on the type of male pattern baldness, this thinning and loss of hair can also happen on the crown of the head. Where you begin to lose hair is determined by heredity, as is the speed at which you lose it.
Male pattern baldness does not represent any physical risk, though psychologically can be very detrimental. Many men experience serious emotional stress and a decrease in self-esteem. There are numerous options to treat this form of hair loss, ranging from hair growth products to Hair Transplant Surgery to wigs and hair pieces.
Hair growth products have become quite popular in recent years, primarily due to a handful of promising products that have recently been developed. They do not represent a cure for male pattern baldness, but they do help prevent and slow down the process. The two most common products are Rogaine and Propecia, and have been proven to work for hereditary hair loss that occurs on the crown of the head. There are also some hair growth products on the market that claim to treat hair loss at the temples, though none have been proven to work consistently.
Cosmetic surgery in all facets has become much more successful, and hair transplants/implants/plusgs are no exception. They involve taking hair from the back of the individual’s head, where there is still a lot of hair. This hair is then transplanted to the bald regions. The results are usually very good, and are permanent. The downside is that it is a costly, and sometimes lengthy procedure. Cost of hair plugs can range anywhere from a few thousand to much more, and often requires multiple treatments. You can learn more by visiting the hair implants guide.
If you are experiencing rapid hair loss, it could be for another reason other than Androgenetic Alopecia. If you think this may be the case, it is important to go see a doctor. There are many causes for sudden hair loss, and some require treatment as soon as possible.