Androgenic Alopecia

Otherwise known as male pattern baldness, is unfortunately not a sign of virility!


Why does male pattern baldness occur?

Testosterone is broken down in part to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT is involved in sexual maturation, growth of beard / body hair, and production of sebum and prostatic fluid.  A negative effect of DHT is that it can bind to the hair follicles on your scalp thereby causing them to shrink and die.  Having high DHT levels does not necessarily relate to the degree of male pattern baldness.

Are there any risks associated with male pattern baldness?

Reassuringly there are no medical diseases associated with the condition, however male pattern baldness can cause significant psychological distress, so the condition still has clinical significance.

How can I tell if I have male pattern baldness?

The early signs of male pattern baldness can be:-

  • Thinning of the hair on the top of the scalp
  • A receding hairline in what is described as a horseshoe-shaped pattern
  • A thinning crown

Male pattern baldness does not affect the back or sides of the scalp.

What treatments are available for male pattern baldness at the Men’s Health Clinic?

We recommend two clinically proven medications, either a topical foam called ‘Minoxidil’ which improves the blood supply to the scalp encouraging hair growth, or a tablet that blocks the negative effect of the hormone DHT on the hair follicles called ‘Finasteride’.  Your doctor will discuss which medication is most suitable for your needs during your Men’s Health Consultation, and exclude any other medical problems.

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