Introduction to Men’s Hair Loss
Male pattern baldness, medically referred to as Androgenetic Alopecia, accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. According to the American Hair Loss Association, approximately 25% of men who suffer from male pattern baldness begin the process before the age of 21. By the age of 35, over two-thirds of men experience some degree of balding, and by the age of 50, approximately 85% of men experience noticeably thinning hair.
Men who experience male pattern baldness (MBP) may suffer with extreme anxiety and frustration, particularly at the onset of symptoms. For many men, the thinning and loss of their hair negatively affects their self-image and self esteem, and affects many aspects of their lives, including both their personal and professional lives.
Fortunately, in recent years, balding is losing much of its stigma and is becoming an increasingly popular fashion look among men as more and more entertainment personalities are maintaining very short or even completely shaven hair styles.
For the majority of men, baldness is genetic. It is caused by the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which builds up around the follicle of the hair, causing the hair shaft to thin and eventually die.
In recent years there have been tremendous advances in the treatment of hair loss. In many cases it is now possible to slow its progress through FDA approved drugs such as Propecia and Minoxidil, Laser Hair Therapy, and Hair Transplant procedures. There is no instant cure, however. Anyone with the loss of their hair must be patient as the condition has likely developed over time, and its response to treatment also takes time to achieve results.
It is advisable to be cautious when investigating hair loss treatment claims as there are hundreds of “snake oil” cures being sold online. Most of these advertised “treatments” do not work, and chances are your wasting your time and money. The bottom line to remember is that successful treatment is greatly dependent on early intervention. It is critical to begin treatment as soon as the process of thinning hair is noticed.