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What are the signs of male pattern baldness?
For many men the advent of hair loss, whatever the cause, can be more than a little unsettling and evoke a sense of isolation. However, The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery reported that 40% of men had noticeable hair loss by age 35, 65% by age 60, and 70% by 80 years of age. In fact, in the U.S. alone 35 million men are experiencing hair loss according to the July 2014 report. Worldwide, that number jumps to over 811 million. (Source: http://www.statisticbrain.com/hair-loss-statistics/) If these statistics do little to assuage one’s fears of follicular deficiency, consider that many Hollywood luminaries have not only faced hair loss, they have opted for hair restoration procedures. In this context, men experiencing hair loss are not only not alone, they are in celebrated company.
Surprisingly, given the prevalence of male pattern balding (2 out of 3 men experience it in the U.S.), archaic myths about it still abound. Some of the persistent myths about the cause of male pattern balding include: wearing a hat, using a blow dryer, and the mother’s genes. Ask any hair restoration doctor, and he/she would assert that these myths lack any credible scientific basis, and should be replaced by a careful consideration of the known facts.
Male pattern baldness (also known as androgenetic alopecia) is a permanent hair loss condition caused by genetics (from both sides of the family) and while it generally manifests later in life, it can be apparent as early as a man’s 20s. Typically this type of baldness starts at the hairline and causes the hairline to recede. The hairline first forms an “M” shape. Eventually the hair will become shorter and thinner and will create a horseshoe pattern of hair, leaving the top completely bald. This type of hair loss is typically diagnosed by the pattern itself.
There are many other factors that can contribute to hair loss including medical conditions or lifestyle changes. If you have experienced drastic hair loss or think you may have a medical condition, it is best to consult with your physician to determine the cause of your hair loss. After speaking to your physician you can make an appointment for a private and free consultation where a Bosley professional can help explain your hair loss and treatment options. Bosley has been the expert in hair restoration since 1974 treating permanent hair loss caused by male pattern baldness.