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Although men can suffer from a number of different hair loss conditions, the Male Pattern Baldness is the most common among them. It is also refered to as Alopecia, androgenetic Alopecia and hereditary hair loss. This page contains mainly information about this hair loss condition, but we will also inform you about other less common types of hair loss that may affect you.

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What is male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldness is hereditary and is inherited from either the mother or the father. This is why you cannot feel safe even though your father has a magnificent mane. The loss of hair is caused by a bi-product of Testosterone called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT attaches itself to the hair follicles and makes them shrink over time. This leads to thinning out of hair and in some cases massive baldness on top of the head.

How do I recognise male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldness is easy to recognise even without experience. It only affects the top of the head and leaved a horseshoe shaped bald spot on the scalp. There are a number of common hair loss patterns such as receding hairline or general thinning out of the top area of the scalp.

Can male pattern baldness be treated?

There are a number of different methods for treating male pattern baldness. The most common of these are approved drugs, laser treatments and restorative plastic surgery. The market is full of ineffective products and it is easy to waste both time and money while you continue to lose hair. It is therefore paramount to do the necessary research before deciding on a treatment for your hair loss. The good news is that most types of male baldness can be treated.

Will I become bald if I do not seek treatment?

That depends on multiple factors, but first and foremost on the cause of your hair loss. If your hair loss is temporary (which is seldom the case for men) you should not fear losing your hair.

If we assume that you are suffering from male pattern baldness, there is a wide range of different scenarios for how your hair will look in the future. Men, who start experiencing symptoms very early on or suffer from a particularly aggressive case of male pattern baldness, will lose more hair over a shorter period of time, which can cause baldness at an early age.

Male pattern baldness is a chronic condition, which will deteriorate if not treated. Your chances for a full recovery diminish with every hair you lose. Timely treatment using the right combination of tested and approved drugs should at least slow down your hair loss, but will in most cases stimulate growth of new hair.

Alopecia Areata (pattern baldness)

Alopecia Areata can occur at any time between birth and old age. The condition causes suddenly emerging bald spots that vary in size from very small to the size of a tennis ball. More severe forms of Alopecia is Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis, which cause total loss of hair on the head (Totalis) or the body (Universalis). Fortunately, these types of Alopecia are extremely rare.

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Other hair loss conditions

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There are also a number of other, less known types of hair loss that can affect men. However, the following conditions are far more seldom than the ones mentioned above.

  • Follicular Degeneration Syndrome (FDS) is a type of Cicatriciel Alopecia that starts as a clearly defined spot of hair loss, which can then spread in a spiral pattern.
  • Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis is one of the two most extreme types of hair loss. While Alopecia Totalis causes loss of hair on the entire scalp, Alopecia Universalis results in total hair loss everywhere on the body.
  • Trichotillomania is a self-inflicted condition that makes the patient tug and pull his hair until it comes off.
  • Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that makes the immune system shut down the body’s organs. It is best recognised by the butterfly shaped rash on nose and cheeks, but can also cause sporadic hair loss.