Hair Loss in Men: Male Pattern Balding & Treatment Options

Two-thirds of men are affected by male pattern baldness, with 40% experiencing noticeable hair loss by the age of 35, but there are some things you can do to try to keep it at bay. 

“Hi we’re back in The Doctor Service studio, my name is Dr. Kiran and today we are going to talk about

  1. What is male pattern balding & how to tell if you have a receding hairline?
  2. Are there other types of balding?
  3. What can you do about it?
  4. What are the treatment options

Male Pattern Balding

Male pattern balding classically has a specific way in which it occurs and it usually starts around temples and then also on the crown.

Image taken from Hair Loss Talk as a reference.

Some people do have high hairlines, and that doesn’t mean that you’re balding in those areas. But if you find that hairline is moving although the hair around these areas is thinning then it could be male pattern balding.

Other types of balding

There’s something called Alopecia Areata and that is when you get clumps of hair loss and little patches. This can also happen in the beard and elsewhere on the body.

Image taken from Medikoe as a reference.

If that occurs, treatments for male pattern balding might not work. It’s a bit more difficult to treat but there are some treatments that people try that sometimes work but it’s always better to seek advice from a health professional if you’re not sure what’s going on with your hair loss.

Facts about Male Pattern Balding

I think it’s important to say that male balding isn’t an illness. Normal people go bald all the time and it’s rare to see a 75-80 year-old man who has got a full head of hair.

Thus it’s a normal part of life. However, we recognise that some people don’t like to go bald early and up to 30% of men aged 30 are already experiencing some balding. I think perhaps values in social change but more people like to try and prevent themselves from going bald.

What are the Treatment Options?

If you want to get treatment for male pattern balding, there are a couple of treatment options.

  1. Finasteride
  2. Minoxidil

What is the difference?

The difference is actually how they’re taken. So Finasteride is taken as a tablet and Minoxidil is used as a solution ortho.

Finasteride changes the hormonal levels in the body slightly which then promotes hair growth. The best results usually occur after 12 months but most people find pretty good results between 3 and 6 months

Whereas with Minoxidil, it can take about 8 weeks to start to see the results, and the best results can be seen between 6 to 9 months later.

In terms of which one’s better, Finasteride works in 90% of people whereas the Minoxidil works in probably 60% to 65% of people.

Can I take both together?

Yes! And that gives you an even better response.

It depends where you are in your hair loss cycle. If some people are just noticing hair loss, then you’re gonna get the best results from the treatments. Whereas if you’ve been having a hair loss for a long period of time (e.g. more than 4 years), treatments may still work but there may be less effective. So you might find there’s a little bit of hair growth.

But, if you’ve lost, 50% of the hair, you’re not likely to get all of it back.

Thanks for watching today.

There’s loads more information on the website and don’t forget we’ve got a second instalment coming up soon.”

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