Characterized by thinning hair, male pattern hair loss is a form of androgenetic alopecia, and accounts for more than 95 percent of hair loss in men. Male pattern hair loss not only has physical effects, but it can also destroy confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, there have been advances in technology that allow doctors to surgically restore hair.
While there are several reasons for male pattern hair loss, including disease, medications and even stress, the most common cause is heredity. Men who have male pattern hair loss typically inherit hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, a byproduct of testosterone. This means that the hair follicles’ lifespan is shortened, and eventually, they stop producing hair.
Most of the patients we see have thinning hair around the crown and temples, as well as a receding hairline from the top of the head. Dr. Jeffrey Marvel will further diagnose you by getting a detailed medical and family history and by examining the scalp under magnification. A proper assessment is very important to recommend the best course of treatment.
How is Male Pattern Hair Loss Treated?
Rogaine has proved effective in treating male pattern hair loss, one of the most effective ways is through surgical hair restoration. Technology has made tremendous strides over the past several years, and plastic surgeons are now able to transfer hair from a donor site without giving you the unnatural, “plugged” appearance.