Did you know that male pattern baldness (also known as Androgenetic hair loss) is the most frequently encountered form of hair loss among men? It is estimated to affect 90 percent of men by the age of 50 as a consequence of hormonal function and genetics. It may begin at the front hairline creating a "U" shape with thinning and recession on either side of the tip of the "U" shape. Your hair may also appear finer and seem brittle on the top and crown. The hair loss can form a variety of shapes and sizes. This type of hair loss may appear on men as early as their mid-20s and frequently begins in the mid-30s.
Male pattern baldness is directly linked to hormones called androgens, specifically dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It attaches to receptor cells on the scalp and hair follicles, interrupting and interacting with the normal mechanics involved with healthy hair growth. Men who display male pattern baldness typically have lower levels of testosterone, but a proportionately higher level of DHT in their body. Other factors such as lifestyle factors and illness may cause hair loss as well.
We have many solutions for treating male pattern baldness. While there are medicines such as finasteride (Propecia) and minoxidil (Rogaine) that are well advertised, there is also transplantation as an option. Hair transplantation is very effective at treating male pattern baldness. Since hair follicles from the side and back of the head are resistant to the DHT androgens, hair is transplanted from healthy parts of the scalp to the affected areas. The surgery has become increasingly popular in the last few years.