Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness is caused by hormones and genetic predisposition.

The typical pattern of male baldness begins at the hairline, which gradually recedes to form an “M” shape. The existing hair may become finer and shorter. The hair at the crown also begins to thin. Eventually the top of the hairline meets the thinned crown, leaving a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides of the head.

Hair loss in patches, diffuse shedding of hair, breaking of hair shafts, or hair loss associated with redness, scaling, pain, or rapid progression could be caused by other conditions.

There are two main drugs used to treat male pattern baldness:

One is a solution that you apply directly to the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles.

It slows hair loss for many men, and some men grow new hair.
The previous degree of hair loss returns when you stop applying the solution.

Another is a prescription pill that inhibits the production of the male hormone.
You are more likely to have slower hair loss than actual new hair growth.
The previous degree of hair loss returns when you stop taking the drug.


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