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Male Pattern Baldness it's the most common type of hair loss in men.

Principal Causes of Male Pattern Balding

Male pattern baldness is related to your genes and male sex hormones. It usually follows a line pattern receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown, and is caused by hormones and genetic predisposition.

Each strand of hair that you have lying in a hole (cavity) in tiny skin called a follicle. Baldness in general occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter hair and thinner. Finally, the hair is not a new hair. However, the follicles remain alive, suggesting it is possible to grow new hair explaining hair loss.

Symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness

The typical pattern of male baldness begins at the hairline hair gradually recedes and forms an "M". Finally, the hair becomes more delicate, thinner and shorter pattern and creates a U-shaped hair (or horseshoe) around the sides of the head.

Exams and Tests for Baldness

The classic male pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of hair loss.

It is important to note that hair loss can be caused by other disorders. This may be true if hair loss occurs in patches, you move a lot of hair, your hair breaks or hair loss occurs along with redness, scaling, or pain.

It may need a skin biopsy or other procedures to diagnose other disorders that cause hair loss.

Hair analysis is not accurate for diagnosing hair loss due to nutritional disorders or related disorders. However, it may reveal substances such as arsenic or lead.

Baldness Treatment

Treatment is not necessary if you are comfortable with your appearance. Hair extensions, hairpieces use or change in hair style may disguise the loss. Typically, this is the least expensive and safest approach for male baldness.

There are two drugs approved to treat men pattern baldness:

- Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a solution that you apply directly to the scalp to stimulate hair follicles. It slows hair loss for many men, and some men grow new hair. The previous degree of hair loss returns when you stop using this medicine.

- Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) is a pill that interferes with the production of a certain male hormone linked to baldness. This drug slows hair loss and works a bit better than minoxidil. Hair loss returns when you stop using this medicine.
 
Hair transplants consist of removing tiny plugs of hair from areas where the hair is continuing to grow and placing them in areas that are balding. This can cause minor scarring and possibly infection. The procedure usually requires multiple transplantation sessions and may be expensive. However, the results are often excellent and permanent.

Male Pattern Baldness: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment for Hair Loss
Not recommended Suturing hair to the scalp, as this may cause scarring, infection and abscess of the site. The use of hair implants made of artificial fibers was banned by the FDA because of the high rate of infection. Prognostis

Male pattern baldness is not a sign of a medical disorder, but it can affect self-esteem or cause anxiety. Hair loss is usually permanent.

Two Possible Complications may cause Psychological Stress and Loss of self-esteem due to change in physical appearance.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your doctor if:

Hair loss occurs in an atypical pattern, including rapid hair loss, generalized hair shedding, patchy hair loss or breakage of hair.
Hair loss occurs with itching, skin irritation, redness, scaling, pain, or other symptoms.
Hair loss begins after starting a medication.
You want to attempt to treat their hair loss.

Alternative Names for Male Pattern Baldness

Alopecia in men
Alopecia areata
Hair loss in men
Androgenic alopecia

References: Habif TP. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby; 2009.



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