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Hair Loss in Men

What are the causes of hair loss in men?

In men, the most common cause of hair loss is hereditary androgenetic alopecia also called “male pattern hair loss”. It can be passed from the paternal or maternal side. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes the genetic susceptibility of the male hormone. DHT inflammation process, combined with the shortening of the hair during the anagen period causes thinning and weakening of the hair; which eventually leads to hair loss. In as much as it is known to be carried by the X chromosome, this genetic condition comes from both the paternal and maternal genes. For genetic hair loss in men to occur, factors like hormones, age and genes all together play a role. The hair loss process starts at puberty.

How is diagnosis for hair loss in men done?

The nature of hair loss is very easy to diagnose thanks to the densitometer. Dermatoscopic examination ensures precise diagnosis of the presence of miniaturization. However some common cases of hair loss can also be occur due to some diseases or use of some medication. In such cases, several diagnostic tests must be done to establish the main cause.

How can hair loss in men be managed?

Hair loss in men can be managed by treatment methods such as:

  • Rogaine/Minoxidil
  • Propecia/Finasteride
  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Hair Transplant

Male Hair Loss Scale

The Norwood scale is the most widely used in measuring the level of hair loss in men. There are 7 scales of hair loss;

Hair Loss in Men – Norwood Scale

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