Male Pattern Baldness

Baldness in Men is in most cases triggered by the influence of hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).It sometimes starts during the early teens. The affected individual would observe a typical pattern with baldness as the hairline gradually recedes at the temples and the hair thinning occurs on the crown area. The number of males suffering from Male Pattern Hair Loss would increase as the age bracket moves towards senility.

The features of Male Pattern Baldness can be grouped as –

  • Receding hairline on the forehead and temples
  • Thinning of hair in the crown
  • Excessive loss of hair
  • Bald patch on the scalp region
  • Partial baldness followed by complete baldness sparing the occipital region.

The two main factors responsible for male pattern hair loss are the male hormone DHT and genetic predisposition. The hormone has a detrimental effect on the hair follicles leading to hair thinning, shrinkage of the follicles and shorter lifespan of the hair strands. The follicles begin to become dysfunctional and it gradually expands to other areas as well leading to complete baldness. Genes do also play a big role, about 80% of the men inherit the trait from their fathers or grandfathers. Apart from this, stress, poor lifestyle or a major illness may also trigger early onset of male pattern baldness.

Male baldness is a common occurrence. The Norwood-Hamilton Scale is used to measure the loss on the hair line. This starts with Class 1 where no visible loss is observed on the head and ends on class 7 where only a thin band of hair remains in the occiput.

The surgeon would first identify the severity of baldness and accordingly decide upon the treatment. Baldness however remains no more a concern. The techniques on hair transplant have made it ever so easy and affordable.