Male Hair Loss

Male Pattern Baldness

Male example sparseness, additionally called androgenic alopecia, is the most well-known sort of going bald in men. As indicated by the U.S. Public Library of Medication (NLM), in excess of 50% of all men beyond 50 years old will be impacted by male example hair loss somewhat.

What causes male pattern baldness?

One cause of male hairlessness is hereditary characteristics, or having a family history of sparseness. According to research, male hairlessness, for example, has been linked to male sex chemicals known as androgens.

Every hair on your head has a growth cycle. With male example, sparseness, this development cycle begins to weaken and the hair follicle shrivels, resulting in more limited and better strands of hair. In the end, each hair’s development cycle concludes, and no new hair grows in its place.

Male pattern baldness is usually inherited and has no side effects. However, more serious causes of baldness include certain cancers, medications, thyroid conditions, and anabolic steroids. Consult your doctor if you experience hair loss after starting new medications or if it is accompanied by other health problems.

Who’s at risk?

Male pattern baldness can start in adolescence, but it is more common in adult men, with the likelihood increasing with age. Genetics plays a significant role. Men who have male pattern baldness in close relatives are at a higher risk. This is especially true if their relatives are on their mother’s side of the family.

Am I losing my hair?

Male pattern baldness occurs when hair loss begins at the temples or crown of the head. Some men develop a single bald spot. Others notice their hairlines receding into a “M” shape. The hairline of some men will continue to recede until all or most of the hair is gone.

Techniques to address hair loss

If other health conditions are not the cause, medical treatment is not required. However, treatments are available for men who are unhappy with their appearance and want to appear to have a fuller head of hair.

Hairstyles

Hair loss in men with limited hair loss can sometimes be concealed with the right haircut or hairstyle. Request a creative cut from your hairstylist to make thinning hair appear fuller.

Wigs or hairpieces

Wigs can be used to conceal thinning hair, receding hairlines, or complete baldness. They are available in a wide range of styles, colours, and textures. Choose wig colours, styles, and textures that are similar to your natural hair for a more natural look. Professional wig stylists can assist in styling and fitting wigs for a more natural appearance.

Weaves

Wigs that are sewn into your natural hair are known as hair weaves. You’ll need plenty of hair to sew the weave into. The benefit of weaves is that they always stay on, even when swimming, showering, or sleeping. The disadvantage is that they must be resewed whenever new hair grows, and the sewing process can damage your natural hair.

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a topical medication used to treat hair loss. For some men, minoxidil slows hair loss and stimulates hair follicles to grow new hair. Minoxidil takes four to twelve months to produce visible results. When you stop taking the medication, hair loss usually returns.

Dryness, irritation, burning, and scaling of the scalp are all possible side effects of minoxidil. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should see a doctor right away:

  • weight gain
  • swelling of the face, hands, ankles, or abdomen
  • trouble breathing when lying down
  • rapid heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • labored respiration

Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar)

Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) is an oral medication that helps some men slow hair loss. It works by preventing the production of the male hormone that causes hair loss. Finasteride is more effective than minoxidil. Hair loss returns when you stop taking finasteride. Before you see results, you must take finasteride for three months to a year. If no hair growth occurs after one year, your doctor will most likely advise you to discontinue the medication. Finasteride side effects include:
  • depression
  • itching
  • rash
  • hives
  • breast tenderness
  • breast growth
  • swelling of the face or lips
  • painful ejaculation
  • pain in testicles
  • difficulty getting an erection
Although it is uncommon, finasteride has been linked to breast cancer. Any breast pain or lumps should be evaluated by a doctor right away.

Finasteride can interfere with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests, which are used to screen for prostate cancer. The medication reduces PSA levels, resulting in lower-than-normal readings. Any increase in PSA levels while on finasteride should be checked for prostate cancer.

Hair transplants

The most invasive and expensive treatment for hair loss is a hair transplant. Hair transplants work by removing hair from active hair growth areas of the scalp and transplanting it to thinning or balding areas of your scalp.

Multiple treatments are frequently required, and the procedure is fraught with the risk of scarring and infection. The benefits of a hair transplant include a more natural appearance and the fact that it is permanent.

Counseling

Going bald can be a significant change. You may have difficulty accepting your physical appearance. If you are experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, or other emotional issues as a result of male pattern baldness, you should seek counselling.