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Male Pattern Baldness 101

Male pattern baldness is a word that you may hear thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean? Well, the truth is that male pattern baldness is very common and not something to feel any type of shame or awkwardness about. It is the loss of hair overtime in specific stages on the scalp in men, and in fact over 50 million men in the USA suffer from male pattern baldness, so know that you are not alone. The effects of male pattern baldness can go beyond just the physical loss of hair and can impact a man’s confidence, social life, work life and mental health. Luckily there are treatments available for men who suffer from hair thinning and balding that are effective, discreet, and relatively painless. To learn more about male pattern baldness and how to treat it read more below and visit our website. 

 

What is Male Pattern Baldness?

Before we dive too deep into this topic let’s go over what male pattern baldness actually is. 

When men first begin to lose their hair it is usually due to a variety of factors, however when the three main factors come together which are genetics, age and hormones it can cause male pattern baldness. The more scientific name for male pattern baldness is androgenetic alopecia and it occurs as hormones levels of men change over time as they age and experience different life events. Additionally a man’s genetics can impact the chances that he will develop male pattern baldness as he goes through life and begins to age. The combination of these factors lead to the eventual shrinking of the cativies at the base of the hair in the skin of the scalp, known as hair follicles. As these follicles continue to shrink overtime, due to genetics and hormones changes the hair growth slows and slows, eventually stopping and the hair becomes finer and finer until there are no new hairs left. 

Men of caucasion heritage tend to develop balding to some extent based on their genetics and age, by the time they are 50 years old. Male pattern baldness impacts 50% of caucasion males in the world at age 50, and 80% by the time these men reach their 70s. This group tends to be the most affected by male pattern baldness, whereas other ethnic groups such as those of East-Asian, South-Asian and African descent are less affected by these changes. In addition to this, men who have close relatives such as parents, grandparents, or uncles with male pattern baldness are more likely to be struck with it themselves. 

Male pattern baldness tends to happen to men later in life due to changes in hormone levels, and this can be psychologically challenging for some men who may want to be on the lookout for different treatments such as PRP, Mesotherapy, laser and hair transplants to regain some of their hair. Hair Loss may also be a result of things like nutrient deficiencies in the diet, certain types of infections or other conditions and ailments.

 

The Stages of Male Pattern Baldness

  • the stages of male pattern baldnessNorwood Type 1 – Stage 1
    • Minute thinning of hair around the temple region in men, it is unnoticeable at the start 
  • Norwood Type 2 – Stage 2
    • Hair begins to visibly thin and form an M-shaped hairline
  • Norwood Type 3 – Stage 3
    • There is now evident balding & recession of the hairline to form M, U and V shapes
  • Norwood Type 4 – Stage 4
    • At this point in the process there is now significant hair loss towards the back of the scalp
  • Norwood Type 5 – Stage 5
    • A Horseshoe or U-shaped hairline is now developing at the crown of the scalp
  • Norwood Type 6 – Stage 6
    • Sections of exposed scalp are now visible along with enlarged bald patches on the head
  • Norwood Type 7 – Stage 7
    • The hairline has receded to the point of the crown and there is very little  hair left, with what is left being very thin, brittle and easy to break 

 

How Do You Treat Male Pattern Baldness?

As male pattern balding is such a common problem among men there are a variety of options to choose from when it comes to trying to treat and manage it. From laser to microneedling, hair transplants, scalp massage, oils, pills, PRP and mesotherapy, there are a multitude of options to choose from. Here at CADMEN Clinic for men who are in the earlier to middle stages of balding and still have their hair follicles, we recommend PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment in conjunction with PRP for the best results, with the least downtime and pain. 

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

PRP is a non-surgical procedure that uses plasma from your blood to boost hair growth in the areas most affected by male pattern baldness. First off, a nurse draws some of your blood, and then it is put into a special machine that separates the plasma from the blood. The plasma is then injected into the affected areas of your scalp where hair loss and hair are thinning, or the desired spot for regrowth targeting. From start to finish the whole procedure only takes about 10-15 minutes, making it very efficient. PRP is very affordable and effective for those who have just experienced early hair thinning because they still have healthy hair follicles on their scalp. The American Academy of Dermatology has also indicated that PRP is an effective treatment option that works for those dealing with hair loss who still have hair follicles left or have received a hair transplant. The treatment should be administered once a month for three months, with mesotherapy to assist if desired. Afterward for upkeep, it is recommended to get another fast and easy session once every three -6 months for optimal longevity of results. It is also recommended that hair transplant recipients receive PRP treatments to aid in the effectiveness of the hair transplant as PRP makes hair that has been grafted better and stronger. 

If you would like to learn more about PRP Hair Loss Treatment at CADMEN Clinic you can click HERE

Mesotherapy

Another popular hair loss treatment for men dealing with male pattern baldness  is Mesotherapy, which is like PRP and is an inexpensive non-surgical injectable procedure that uses vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and co-enzymes to combat problematic hair thinning. A nurse will inject a vitamin boost for your scalp into the affected areas to nurture the scalp and stimulate hair follicle growth. It is suggested for Mesotherapy be incorporated alongside PRP treatments to see the best results. Mesotherapy is administered 2 weeks after a client receives their PRP treatment, and each Mesotherapy session is scheduled one month apart. The treatment only takes a short amount of time, similarly to the PRP treatment, making it no extra strain on your valuable time, or the health of your scalp, it improves the health of your scalp and your hair, other benefits include:

  • Healthier and stronger scalp
  • Healthier and stronger hair 
  • Reduced rates of hair fall and shedding
  • Increased hair growth 
  • Increased hair thickness, density, and volume  

If you are interested in learning more about Mesotherapy Hair Loss Treatment at CADMEN Clinic you can click HERE.  

 

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