ALOPECIA, MALE PATTERN & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "Alopecia, Male Pattern"?
Alopecia, male pattern definition: Androgenetic alopecia or the male pattern baldness is the patterned balding of a man. One should note that the condition is not a medical disorder although it may affect both the appearance & self-esteem of some men.
Symptoms & Signs
For male pattern baldness, the most common location occurs at the frontal hairline & may move to toward the back of the scalp (posteriorly), or may be first noted as the thinning at the crown of the scalp. Appearing normal, a man might see miniaturized hair follicles with the underlying scalp.
Treatment: How to Treat "Alopecia, Male Pattern"?
Minoxidil (a topical medication) & Finasteride (an oral medication) are the only clinically proven pharmacologic methods to prevent hair loss, however, accelerated hair loss may occur if there's discontinued use of the products. Hair transplantation therapies & scalp reduction, which are effective surgical procedures, should only be performed by qualified dermatologic surgeons or plastic surgeons but they can become expensive.
Male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia is a genetically determined condition. Not found in males castrated prior to puberty, androgen is necessary for the progression of the disorder & is postulated to be a dominantly inherited disorder with variable penetrance & expression.
Through visual inspection of the scalp, androgenetic alopecia in men can usually be diagnosed & also through a family history of similar hair loss might be suggestive as well.