Do you have male pattern baldness?

22/12/2014

Receding Hairlines

We use this term a lot on this blog and we don’t often actually explain it in more detail. So for those avid followers who are not really sure what MPB is this should give you a clearer idea.

What is male pattern baldness?

Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) is probably the most common form of  hair loss for men.  Also called Androgenetic Alopecia it will develop in most men at some stage of their lives. The time it takes to completely lose a head of hair through these conditions is dependent on the individual. It can take 15 – 25 years or, in worst case scenarios, just 5 years. In the same way it affects men of all different ages. Even though it is most prevalent in men over the age of 50 it can also be present and quite destructive in teenagers.

Symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness

Hair begins to thin in two separate places on the scalp at the same time: at the sides of the head by the temples, and on the crown of the head. As the hair thins on top, a bald patch gradually appears on the top of the head as the sides are receding. The bald patch enlarges and meets with the receding sides and eventually joins together so leaving a patch at the front of the head. The front then begins to thin so leaving a rim of hair round the sides and the back of the head. As time passes the remaining hair will also thin leading to complete baldness.

What causes male Pattern Baldness?

The condition is hereditary. Hair is made from hair follicles which are just under the scalp. It is thought that the follicle for some reason becomes smaller than normal. The likely reason is the male hormone testosterone creates dihydrotestosterone which some hair follicles are sensitive to. As the follicle shrinks the consequent hairs are also thinner than the previous ones. The new hairs are weaker and so do not grow for the usual 3 year cycle before falling out. Eventually with shrinkage all that is left of the hair is a thin stump that does not grow out of the scalp surface.

Coping with Male Pattern Baldness

Male Pattern Baldness is recognised as a normal sign of aging but it can have catastrophic effects when it hits young men. Surveys have shown that it also can affect self-confidence, how much an individual may live life to the full and genuinely alter how others view sufferers because of set assumptions.

There is medication available such as Finasteride and Rogaine but there have been reports re side effects affecting sex drive. You can also consider wigs, toupees and hair transplants – the latter of which comes quite expensive.

Here at Skalp we can offer a further option. Instead of fighting an ever receding head of hair, take the plunge and take on the very fashionable new bald look now with the added compliment of Micro Pigmentation. This treatment applies a tattoo to your head which mimics the colour and hairline of your normal hair. It therefore appears as if you have shaven your head rather than in a scenario where you are losing your hair. To find out more watch some of the videos of our clients by clicking here

Receding Hairlines

We use this term a lot on this blog and we don’t often actually explain it in more detail. So for those avid followers who are not really sure what MPB is this should give you a clearer idea.

What is male pattern baldness?

Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) is probably the most common form of  hair loss for men.  Also called Androgenetic Alopecia it will develop in most men at some stage of their lives. The time it takes to completely lose a head of hair through these conditions is dependent on the individual. It can take 15 – 25 years or, in worst case scenarios, just 5 years. In the same way it affects men of all different ages. Even though it is most prevalent in men over the age of 50 it can also be present and quite destructive in teenagers.

Symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness

Hair begins to thin in two separate places on the scalp at the same time: at the sides of the head by the temples, and on the crown of the head. As the hair thins on top, a bald patch gradually appears on the top of the head as the sides are receding. The bald patch enlarges and meets with the receding sides and eventually joins together so leaving a patch at the front of the head. The front then begins to thin so leaving a rim of hair round the sides and the back of the head. As time passes the remaining hair will also thin leading to complete baldness.

What causes male Pattern Baldness?

The condition is hereditary. Hair is made from hair follicles which are just under the scalp. It is thought that the follicle for some reason becomes smaller than normal. The likely reason is the male hormone testosterone creates dihydrotestosterone which some hair follicles are sensitive to. As the follicle shrinks the consequent hairs are also thinner than the previous ones. The new hairs are weaker and so do not grow for the usual 3 year cycle before falling out. Eventually with shrinkage all that is left of the hair is a thin stump that does not grow out of the scalp surface.

Coping with Male Pattern Baldness

Male Pattern Baldness is recognised as a normal sign of aging but it can have catastrophic effects when it hits young men. Surveys have shown that it also can affect self-confidence, how much an individual may live life to the full and genuinely alter how others view sufferers because of set assumptions.

There is medication available such as Finasteride and Rogaine but there have been reports re side effects affecting sex drive. You can also consider wigs, toupees and hair transplants – the latter of which comes quite expensive.

Here at Skalp we can offer a further option. Instead of fighting an ever receding head of hair, take the plunge and take on the very fashionable new bald look now with the added compliment of Micro Pigmentation. This treatment applies a tattoo to your head which mimics the colour and hairline of your normal hair. It therefore appears as if you have shaven your head rather than in a scenario where you are losing your hair. To find out more watch some of the videos of our clients by clicking here

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