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Male Pattern Baldness Treatment
Also called androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men and affects more than 50% of men over 50 to some extent. We are very often asked what’s the best male pattern baldness treatment, but this is not a simple answer.
What causes male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness is most commonly caused by genetics or is hereditary. It has also been related to the male sex hormones called androgens, which help to regulate hair growth. Every hair has a growth cycle and with male pattern baldness, the hair follicle shrinks and produces shorter, finer strands of hair, ending with no new hair growing at all.
In rarer cases, male pattern baldness can be caused by more serious conditions including cancer, thyroid conditions, medications and anabolic steroids. If you notice sudden hair loss after taking new medications, or combined with other health issues, please contact your doctor for advice.
How do I know if I’m losing my hair?
Male pattern baldness often begins with a loss of hair at the temples or crown of the head. You may also notice your hairline receding into an ‘M’ shape. For some men, this receding will continue until most or all the hair is gone.
Can I prevent male pattern baldness?
There is currently no known way to prevent male pattern baldness. One theory is that a reduction in stress can help, but this is not guaranteed.
Treatments for male pattern baldness
There is no male pattern baldness cure, but there are a number of treatments to help slow or hide the hair loss. These include:
- Wigs and hairpieces
- Minoxidil (Rogaine)
- Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar)
- Hair transplants
Also, if losing your hair is significantly affecting your self-esteem and confidence, it is worth considering counselling to help cope with this change.
Micropigmentation treatment for male pattern baldness
Scalp micropigmentation, or SMP, is an effective male pattern baldness treatment, giving the appearance of a full head of hair that has been shaved or cut close to the scalp.
Micropigmentation is a form of cosmetic hair tattooing that replicates the hair follicles that are ready to grow. SMP can be used to mask thinning hair, as well as male pattern baldness. You can also use SMP to maintain a receding hairline, although be aware that you may need to cut your hair shorter to match the scalp tattoos.
The overall look of scalp pigmentation is completely natural and undetectable to the untrained eye. Just take a look at our gallery to see the results!
How we can help
If you’re suffering with male pattern baldness and considering scalp micropigmentation, try our FAQs or get in touch with us today. We’re happy to have a no obligation conversation to answer any questions you have.