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Hair loss in males

Hair loss in males starts generally after puberty, the most common pattern being loss of hairs from sides of forehead n top of head. (Male pattern baldness or Androgenetic alopecia)

The factors involved are

  • Genetic
  • Hormonal
  • Environmental (pollution/seasonal)
  • Nutritional (vitamin deficiencies)
  • After puberty, male hormones (mainly DHT) act on these genetically programmed hair follicles transform to terminal (thick) hair to miniaturized follicles (vellus hair).

    Fig, 1 Mechanism of AGA

    Fig 2. Stages of AGA

    Other less common causes of hair loss in men are

  • Alopecia areata
  • Cicatricial alopecia

  • Treatment of baldness:
    YES, it is possible.

    Depending upon the grade and severity of the situation, the qualified dermatologist can choose between

  • Medical: effective, safe and FDA approved drugs like Minoxidil, Fiasteride/dutasteride along with adequate nutritional supplementation
  • Proven add on therapies like PRP, Mesotherapy
  • Hair transplant: state of the art-Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a tailor-made procedure to get back the lost hairs in areas of complete follicle loss.