Male pattern baldness is the ultimate enemy for most men. Since there are no preventive measures, it becomes a living nightmare for those who have this genetic makeup. If you are suffering from this hereditary problem, you must not ignore the early signs and symptoms and refer to an expert dermatologist immediately.
Things To Know If You Are Suffering From Male Pattern Baldness
You may be suffering from hair loss due to different factors or you may be suffering from male pattern baldness. Both are not the same and it is important to be able to differentiate between the two, as this would help in determining the course of treatment further.
Symptoms Of Male Pattern Baldness
- Losing hair in patches may be a hair disease that occurs for both men and women, but if you are losing hair in receding manner, starting at the temple and crown area than it is male pattern baldness. It is caused due to hormonal imbalance or genetic predisposition.
- Male pattern baldness occurs due to hereditary reasons, so if your father, uncle or grandfather has lost their hair, then it is most likely that you would lose your hair too. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to stop this.
- Male pattern baldness takes its course very slowly. Most men begin to lose hair in their twenties and it can take anywhere between 15-20 years to go bald completely.
- Male pattern baldness only affects the hair on your scalp. It will have no effect on your body hair.
- It is the leading cause for hair loss in men.
- It starts with hair thinning and hair loss in particular area. However losing all your hair in patches is not the same as male pattern baldness.
Also Read: What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?
Commonly Ignored Signs Of Male Pattern Baldness
If you are suffering from male pattern baldness, then here are some important factors you may not want to ignore –
- Losing more than 100 strands of hair is quite common at the onset of male pattern baldness.
- Inherited hair loss or male pattern baldness does not have any side effect and occurs with the passing of baldness gene within family. Remember male pattern baldness can happen from your mother’s side of family as well. If you have a maternal uncle and/or maternal grandfather who has male pattern baldness, then chances are that you may get this hereditary problem as well.
- Hair fall seen on your shoulder, pillows, brushes and all around you.
It is important to know that men can suffer from hair loss due to other reasons as well, besides male pattern baldness. Please get a health check-up to determine the real cause of your hair loss.
Can Male Pattern Baldness Treatment Help At Any Stage?
Yes it can. If you are someone who has been diagnosed for male pattern baldness, then you can regrow your lost hair. Medical and cosmetic treatments work at any stage of male pattern baldness. You don’t have to wait for the hair loss to stop or start a treatment after a certain stage of this disorder. In fact the sooner you commence a treatment the better effective it will be for your hair.
Can Hair Grow Naturally With Pattern Baldness In Men?
Unfortunately no. Male pattern baldness is not the same as regular hair loss. In Male pattern baldness, men lose their hair permanently. Once the hair falls, new hair does not grow in its place naturally. If one wants to regain their hair, then the only option is to use cosmetic treatment to help new hair growth.
The Downside Of Natural Solutions Or Home Remedies
When it comes to male pattern baldness, there is no solution to stop or prevent it from happening. Home remedies or natural medication will not alter the gene that is responsible for male pattern baldness. If that gene is present in the male, then there are no methods (natural or medical) that can resolve or prevent it from occurring.
How Does A Doctor Approach For Treatment?
Most dermatologists recommend oral and topical treatment for male pattern baldness. In order for the treatment to work, the dermatologist will perform a patch test to check for any allergy.
Always use the prescribed medicines according to the doctor’s recommendation and notify the doctor if there are any undesirable side-effects.
Advanced Treatments To Regrow Your Hair
- PRP; Platelet rich plasma therapy for hair regrowth and restoration –
Platelet-rich plasma is considered as one of the latest cosmetic treatment that is very successful in treating the problems of hair loss and hair thinning. It is safe, cost effective and feasible for androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).
It uses the patients own blood plasma extracted from the arm region, centrifuged and activated, then injected back into the scalp for stimulating new hair growth, naturally. Since it is a natural treatment, it has very few side-effects.
- Minoxidil – The first USFDA approved topical medicine that can help re-grow the lost hair. It stimulates hair follicles to grow after applying the ointment directly onto the scalp. Minoxidil slows hair loss; however, hair loss can start again if the treatment is stopped suddenly. It is important to continue using Minoxidil for long term benefit. However, it has some side effects; it may cause skin rash, burning, swelling, blurred vision, fainting, unsteady heartbeat and severe headaches. It can even lead to excessive hair growth if accidentally spilled on other parts of the body/face. So check with your dermatologist before using minoxidil.
- Finasteride – Often labelled under Proscar or Propecia, it is an oral medicine known to stop hair loss in men. Finasteride works by binding itself to an enzyme that converts free testosterone to DHT (the main culprit behind male pattern baldness). But it has some side effects like it may cause chills, erectile dysfunction, weight gain, low libido, dizziness, hives etc. So consult your dermatologist before choosing this treatment. Pattern baldness in men must no more be covered with a disguise. As there are wonderful, cosmetic treatments available, which can help you regain your lost hair.