If you are one of the millions of men who suffer from male pattern baldness, you know that it can be a frustrating and embarrassing condition. While it is not always possible to predict and prevent male pattern hair loss, there are treatments that can slow the progression of hair loss and even help you regrow a fuller head of hair.
Male pattern baldness, or male pattern hair loss, is the most common type of hair loss in men. Formally known as androgenetic alopecia, this condition is characterized by a receding hairline and thinning of the hair on the top and sides of the head. Male pattern baldness is usually caused by a combination of genes inherited from one or both parents. Each affected male’s unique genetic combination predicts age of onset, pattern, progression, and severity of hair loss. Male sex hormones (androgens) also play a role in the development of androgenetic alopecia.
Male pattern hair loss is very difficult to predict, and once it begins, the hair loss will continue. The hair will become increasingly fine, and the hair follicles will gradually diminish over time. Eventually, there will be bald spots where no hair grows at all (hence the common name “male pattern baldness”).
The vast majority of men over age 50 have some extent of male pattern hair loss. Despite the prevalence of this condition, many affected men (especially those with premature or accelerated hair loss) experience anxiety and a negative impact on their self-esteem as a result. If you fall into this category, don’t worry — there are effective hair loss treatments available to you. The following treatments offered here at Kirsch Dermatology may help slow down your hair loss and, in many cases, even regrow your hair.
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Because the factors that contribute to male pattern hair loss are complex, the best results come from using a combination of different treatments simultaneously. Our dermatology experts will work together with you to develop a customized treatment plan to help you combat male pattern hair loss.
If you are experiencing male pattern baldness and would like to explore treatment options, contact Kirsch Dermatology to schedule a consultation. Call (239) 300-9767 or contact us online to book your appointment today.