The Thing About Men’s Hair Loss
Hair loss can be a daunting and emotional experience for anyone, particularly men. Hair loss is common and has several causes, including genetics, age, hormones, and lifestyle habits. In this clinical overview of male hair loss, we will discuss the various types of male hair loss, their causes, treatments, and prevention tips.
Types of Male Hair Loss
Male hair loss typically presents in two patterns, androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness (MPB), and alopecia areata. MPB commonly affects the hairline and crown area while alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition where hair falls out in patches. Other types of hair loss include telogen effluvium, drug-induced hair loss, and cicatricial alopecia.
Causes of Male Hair Loss
Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of male hair loss, accounting for 95% of cases. It is caused by a genetic predisposition to hair loss and the presence of androgen hormones that shrink hair follicles. Environmental factors, medication, and medical conditions such as thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, and infections may also cause hair loss.
Treatments for Male Hair Loss
While there is no cure for male hair loss, several treatments can slow down the progression, maintain existing hair and promote hair growth. Medications such as finasteride and minoxidil can block the androgen hormones that cause hair loss and stimulate hair growth. Hair transplant surgery is also an option for some cases of hair loss. Low-level laser therapy, essential oils, and hairpieces like toupees and wigs are other available treatments.
Preventive Measures for Male Hair Loss
While some risk factors for hair loss such as genetics and age are beyond control, certain lifestyle habits can minimize its occurrence and severity. These include maintaining a healthy diet rich in iron, zinc, biotin, and protein, avoiding hairstyles that strain the hair, limiting stress, and quitting smoking.
Hair loss can be an emotional and stressful experience that affects men of all ages. While hair loss has various causes, treatments, and preventive measures can manage it. Our office specializes in hair loss and can provide a clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment options based on the individual’s hair loss type and severity. With proactive maintenance, support, and education, hair loss can be manageable, and men can regain their confidence and self-esteem.
About The Author
Daniel Barron, MPAS, PA-C has worked in Dermatology for 12 years. He graduated top of his class in 2010 from The University of Texas-Pan American Physicians Assistant Master’s Program in Edinburg, Texas. Immediately following graduation, Daniel underwent an additional year of intensive training in Dermatology which included; a comprehensive series of didactic dermatology lectures, a weekly journal club, and Basic Science Lecture Series at the A.T University Health Science Center Dermatology Residency Program with resident physicians.