What Is Male Pattern Baldness And How Is It Treated

We’ll Tell You Why and What You Can Do About It!

We know that almost all of men’s hair loss stems from male pattern baldness. However, much else isn’t known about the common affliction. Male pattern baldness is genetic. In essence, if a male’s father or grandfather lost their hair, it’s likely that male will also experience hair loss. Hair loss that isn’t genetic may actually reverse itself.

Common factors

Other factors may lead to male hair loss. Certain medications, too much Vitamin A, and not getting enough protein in the diet are all possible factors in male baldness. Even illness and stress can result in hair loss. Smoking cigarettes can lead to a rapid acceleration in hair loss. Hair loss, known as alopecia in the medical community, isn’t necessarily indicative of medical issues. However, deciding to treat hair loss may result in a complete physical being ordered by your doctor to firmly rule out any medical issues. It may also help inform the patient of gaps in nutrition or deficiencies in certain blood levels which will signal changes that should be made.



It’s important to note that no medicine can actually cut back male pattern baldness. However, there are medications that may slow down the hair loss. One such medication is Minoxidil. It is FDA approved. It’s an over-the-counter topical cream that is applied to the scalp. Once this treatment has begun, it must be continued or hair loss will resume. There are side effects associated with Minoxidil. The most common side effect is a dry, red scalp. Scalp irritation may also occur. It is also used to treat blood pressure, so it may potentially affect blood pressure and heart function.

Active ingredient

Finasteride is also often used to treat hair loss. It is the active ingredient in Propecia and has been on the market for several years. One pill a day stops further hair loss in 95% of men. It also stimulates partial regrowth in two-thirds of the men who use it. Results can be seen in as little as six months, but may take as long as two years. Side effects of Finasteride are generally mild and uncommon. Erectile dysfunction and decreased libido are sometimes reported.

Spironolactone has also been widely used in Australia for decades. Although it was initially developed to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention, it has been shown to have success with hair regrowth. It is generally prescribed to women, as it blocks the effects of androgen hormones. 

Transplant surgery

Another treatment used by men to treat hair loss is hair transplantation surgery. Widely recognized for it’s sporadic results, it might not be the ideal treatment for some. This treatment became popular during the 1950’s. In most cases, the results are completely natural looking. There are two types of hair loss that respond well to this surgery. Hair loss from accidents or operations and hair loss resulting from androgenetic causes. This process may take several sessions before desired results are achieved and has many potential side effects. Some of these side effects include bleeding at follicle transfer site, infection, and scarring. It is highly recommended that you completely understand the process of transplantation before making a decision on this. This is a treatment that may be quite painful and isn’t the right choice for many. Talk to your doctor about treatment options.

Plasma injections

There are several unproven treatments for male hair loss. Platelet-rich plasma injections are a relatively new treatment. There are several supplements on the market claiming to regrow hair. Acupuncture is sometimes also used, as is scalp massage and laser treatments. None of these options have scientific evidence or studies to back them up. However, any one suffering from hair loss should speak to their doctor and choose a treatment plan best for their circumstances.

What research shows

Studies show that male pattern baldness is far more common in Caucasian and Australian Aboriginal backgrounds than African or Asian backgrounds. Due to the genetic aspect, it seems that male pattern baldness has been passed generation through generation. Hair loss may be embarrassing, but it doesn’t have to be left untreated. If you feel like you’re losing your hair, speak to your doctor. Start developing a treatment plan that you’re comfortable with. Whether it’s nutritional supplements or a topical cream, there is an option that’s right for your situation. Research your possibilities and start changing your future.



Dr. Richard Exposito

14 thoughts on “What Is Male Pattern Baldness And How Is It Treated

  1. My grandpa, dad, and uncle all have started balding in their 30s. One day I noticed that my hair was starting to fall out and thought to myself that this was it, that I was going to be bald within the next few years. Eventually, I ended up shaving my head and actually prefer it this way. I think it makes me look more confident.

  2. I started to lose my hair a few years back. At first i refused to believe that this was happening to me while i was so young (mid 20’s) but eventually came to piece with it. I got propecia about 6 months after my hair loss became very noticeable and it has helped quite a bit!

  3. I used to have a shoulder length hair when I was younger. It was very obvious that I was losing great deal of hair – this was especially visible after I washed it. Once I cut my hair short, it was much less obvious, and although I know the hair loss did not actually slow down, just not seeing it meant an improvement in the way I felt about it.

  4. Have been experiencing male pattern baldness for the last few years and been debating whether I should just shave it all off. Going to grow a beard so at least I have some hair to flaunt.

  5. I started losing my hair very early. My father had early hair loss as well so I know it’s due to genetics. There are a few ways I can style it to hide some of the bald spots but I’ve decided next year to just go completely bald and embrace it.

  6. I started to lose hair when I was still in the college, and I felt very ashamed of it. I have to wear a hat all the time when I had classes to cover my nearly bold head!

  7. Some guys look great bald, like Telly Savalas. I am not Telly. I hated losing my hair at a young age, starting in my 20’s. By 40 I was shiny and only had hair on the back of my head. It stinks, but I don’t want to waste time and money on toupees or hair transplants. I just am sure to wear a hat all the time.

  8. Don’t feel bad about losing your hair, even Prince William and Prince Harry are balding! This is something that I’ve realized happens to all of us, and that’s helped me cope.

  9. I am 25 years old currently. I have experienced moderate hair loss in the recent years. The most obvious sign was that my hair line receded significantly around the left and the right corner of my forehead.

  10. My husband is 31 years old and completely bald. He is so insecure and I feel so bad for him. We are both unsure of what treatment plans to take. He doesn’t want to wear a wig or any type of hair piece. I think I might get him a hair reconstruction kit for his birthday. I hope that doesn’t make him feel too bad!

  11. I began losing my hair at age 25, and though i will never be completely bald my hairline has infact obviously thinned in the last five years, i do not use any products to fix it though and at least i didn’t inherit overall hair loss from my father.

  12. I was losing my hair really bad until I started seeing Doctor Shorven, he was able to prescribe me a unique treatment of Propecia and my hair loss not only stopped but it reversed!

  13. At first I was a little scared of losing hair, but as I grew into it I realized it was easier to style into something that fits my face better. I had way too much hair at first and it was difficult to style and got in the way. If it gets too bad I might have to get a hair system, but I wont even mind all that much since it’ll be less difficult than a head full of hair that curls randomly after a certain length.

  14. My hair began receding while I was in college and I was really disappointed. It eventually stopped but I had deep insets on my forehead. I saw a doctor who specializes in hair restoration and was able to grow back enough to rebuild my confidence using Propecia. It took a while but I’m happy with the results.

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