Male pattern baldness is a type of hair loss that effects most men at some stage of their life. According to various studies and estimates, more than 35 million men in the United States have some degree of male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). This generally happens due to testosteronea and dihydrotestosterone, the adrogens necessary to produce male-pattern baldness.
In majority of cases it usually takes 15-25 years to go bald but it is not unusual to see some men getting bald in less than 5 years.
Typically, in male pattern baldness the hair begins to recede (thin) at the front in the beginning and at the same time, the hair thinning starts on the top of the head. Gradually, a bald patch develops in the middle of the scalp. The thinning at the front, and the bald patch on the top gradually enlarge and eventually join together. Often a rim of hair is left around the back and sides of the scalp. eventually, this rim of hair also thins and goes to leave a completely bald scalp.
Most men are genetically inclidnes to male pattern baldness. This is due to the effect of hormones on the hair follicle, which produces male pattern baldness. An enzyme called 5-alpha reductase converts testosterone, a hormone that is present in high levels in males after puberty, to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is known to have an adverse affect on the hair follicles.
Usually, male pattern baldness is diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of the hair loss. Any hair loss, which is not a typical of male pattern baldness may be caused by some other medical disorders. Infact, male pattern baldness does not indicate any kind of medical disorder, but it has been seen that this may affect self-esteem or cause anxiety. Male Pattern hair loss is usually permanent. If you are comfortable with your appearance, treatment is not necessary in male pattern baldness. To disguise the hair loss, some people go for hair weaving, hairpieces, or change of hairstyle, which is considered cheapest method and others go for the expensive method available, which is hair transplantation.