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You may wonder why your hairline or crown is getting thinner. You might wonder if this is something you can change. Find out what can cause hair loss in males and what treatments may help slow it down.
Most men who go bald have androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. The AHLA says that 95% of male hair loss is caused by androgenetic alopecia. Due to genetic susceptibility to dihydrotestosterone, a testosterone derivative, this trait causes the hairline to recede and the crown to thin (DHT).
Over time, sensitive hair follicles become less sensitive. When hair follicles get smaller, hair grows slower. When the follicles are hurt, they stop making hair, or at least not your usual kind. With male pattern baldness, hair loss happens traditionally. Some patterns of hair loss are:
You're not the only one whose hair is getting thinner. Most men get bald in a certain way.
From the AHA:
The immune system attacks healthy hair follicles by accident, which leads to hair loss. Some places on the head and body lose hair. You might have bald spots in your beard, eyelashes, or eyebrows. Hair might grow back.
After 2 to 3 months of a shock or stressful event, you might lose a lot of hair. Hair loss can be caused by an accident, surgery, illness, losing weight, or stress. Between 2 and 6 months, hair grows back.
Iron and other minerals are important for general health and hair growth. Hair stays healthy with the help of protein, vitamin D, and other vitamins. One or more of these nutrients could cause you to lose a lot of hair.
When people stop taking drugs, their hair usually starts to grow back. Some medicines for hair loss are:
Acne medicines like isotretinoin (Accutane), antifungals like voriconazole, Anticoagulants like heparin and warfarin, immunosuppressants like beta blockers and ACE inhibitors, cholesterol-lowering medicines like simvastatin (Zocor) and atorvastatin (Lipitor), and antidepressants like sertraline (Zoloft) and fluoxetine (Prozac) are some of the best treatments Treatments for male pattern baldness range from topical medications to surgery to help hair grow back or replace hair that has been lost.
Here are some effective ways to treat baldness.
FUT and FUE are two common ways to transplant hair (FUE). FUT takes away some of the skin on the scalp where hair grows. This skin is cut into pieces called grafts. They are put in places where hair isn't growing. With FUE, the surgeon takes healthy hair follicles from the scalp and puts them where hair isn't growing.
Genes usually cause male pattern baldness. Loss of hair from this condition is hard to stop without surgery. When hair loss starts, it might be possible to stop it. Finasteride and Rogaine may stop hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia. If you stop taking these drugs, you might start losing hair again. Talk to your doctor about these medicines.