Approximately 35 million men experience male pattern baldness in the United States. Known as androgenetic alopecia, male pattern baldness can occur any time after puberty when blood levels of androgen rise. Almost all men experience some level of recession in the temporal area, even those not destined to progress further.
Male pattern hair loss is likely to occur between the teen years and 40-50 years old when androgens are present in normal amounts. Men can expect pattern baldness if it is present in their family. The gene can be inherited from the father’s or mother’s side of the family.
Fortunately, there are treatment options available.
Hair transplant surgery offers good results. Recent improvements in methods, science and surgical instruments have increased success rates and provide a natural look.
Another alternative is alopecia, or scalp reduction surgery. Bald scalp is surgically removed and hair-producing scalp is stretched forward to cover the bald area.
Non-surgical approaches include Minoxidil (Rogaine®), a topical application to the scalp, and Finasteride (Propecia®), an oral medication.
Treatment options are available for both men and women.