Male pattern baldness is a common issue for men with the majority of males suffering from the condition during their lifetime. The loss of hair is entirely natural and, whilst health and lifestyle conditions can also be contributing factors, most men who lose their hair, lose it due to genetic factors.
What causes male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness is related to your genes and male sex hormones. It usually follows a pattern of a receding hairline and is then followed by the hair thinning on the crown (top) of your head.
Hair is made of a protein known as keratin. Each strand of hair sits in a tiny hole in the skin called a follicle. Generally, baldness occurs when the hair follicle shrinks. This causes shorter and finer hair. Eventually, the follicle shuts down and stops growing new hair. The follicle does not die however, it remains alive, suggesting that it is still possible to grow new hair. However, in most circumstances, this does not happen.
What are the stages of male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness usually starts at the temples and crown of the head. Eventually, the two areas meet. The table below details the loss of hair within male pattern baldness according to the Hamilton-Norwood scale – The standard measure of hair loss progression.
|Type 1||Minimal hair loss.|
|Type II.||Insignificant hair loss at the temples.|
|Type III.||The first stage that requires treatment.|
|Type III vertex.||Receding hairline and thinning hair on the vertex.|
|Type IV.||The bigger pattern on the vertex and hairline.|
|Type V.||Patterns at both sites are bigger but a thin division line is still present.|
|Type VI.||The bridge is gone but several strands of short fine hair may remain.|
|Type VII.||The most severe form of hair loss. Little hair on the front or top of the head|
Doctor qualifications to deal with male pattern baldness
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Hair loss through male pattern baldness is not a condition that will cause medical harm, however, it can be socially debilitating to some sufferers. Our confidential consultations are the easiest way to get reassurance and advice. Use the form below to book a free, no-obligation consultation with an independent hair transplant surgeon near you.