Can I prevent male pattern baldness?
Stress management and a diet rich in protein, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, and omega-3 can keep your hair full and healthy for much of your life. However, if your hair loss is primarily due to male pattern baldness, there is, unfortunately, no lifestyle change, secret supplement, or exercise regimen that can stop what is essential at its root: aging and genetics.
How do I know if I have male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness accounts for 90-95% of hair loss in men, but it is important to rule out other causes.
Male pattern baldness—androgenetic alopecia—will generally present differently than the conditions above. Here are some telltale signs:
These patterns might not be noticeable for some time. If you’re unclear or concerned about the cause of your hair loss, it is best to speak with a professional. You can find a local dermatologist specializing in hair disorders by visiting aad.org/find-a-derm.
A more comprehensive list of the causes of hair loss can be found here.
What causes male pattern baldness?
Why are you going bald? Blame your genes. Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition that makes the hair on the top of your head more susceptible to a male sex hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT binds to the hair follicle, shrinks it, and over time causes it to stop producing altogether. For a more detailed account of what causes male pattern baldness, click here.
When do most men begin to go bald?
The prevalence of baldness roughly correlates with each decade you age. Twenty percent of men see noticeable baldness in their twenties, increasing by about ten percent per decade. About half of all men will experience hair loss by their fifties, 70% by their 70s, and so on.
How long does it take to go bald?
Once you see thinning, it generally takes 15-25 years for the process to be complete. Again, it is important to note that this is an average; some men reach the last stage of the balding process in less than five years.
What can I expect after I notice my hair thinning?
The Norwood-Hamilton Scale is the accepted standard for the stages and progression of typical male pattern hair loss.
Most men’s experience of hair loss will generally follow this trajectory:
Though this is the typical progression, some men will experience hair loss primarily from the crown first or a general thinning throughout the top of the head.
What are my treatment options?
Male pattern baldness is a complex conditions with few viable treatment options. Here is a survey of the most common treatments on the market today.
Both medications are more effective for slowing hair loss, as opposed to regrowing hair.
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