Male Pattern Baldness Facts
Fact: The term alopecia refers to hair loss.
Fact: Male pattern baldness is one type of alopecia, medically known as androgenic alopecia.
Fact: Male pattern baldness affects men of all ages, race, culture, and ethnicities.
Fact: Male pattern baldness is also referred to as hair loss in men, alopecia in men, adrogenic alopecia, and androgenetic alopecia.
Fact: Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men.
Fact: Male pattern baldness is typically isolated to specific areas of the head, particularly hair thinning on the crown of the head, temples, and a receding hair line.
Fact: The predominant cause for male pattern baldness is genetic inheritance and hormonal effects.
Fact: There are many causes for hair loss in general, including certain conditions, infections, malnutrition, and chemotherapy. However, environmental factors are not commonly the cause for the development of male pattern baldness.
Fact: The hormone that is predominantly associated with male pattern baldness is known as DHT (dihydroxytestosterone).
Fact: Hair is actually capable of growing at a variety of rates. The average rate that hair grows is estimated to be approximately 0.35 millimeters per month.
Fact: The normal cycle of hair growth typically ranges from 2 - 6 years.
Fact: Hair goes through certain periods of growth and rest, dependent upon the individual. At any given time, approximately 85% of your hair is in the growing phase, with 15% in the non-growing phase.
Fact: Male pattern hair loss is typically permanent, but research continues to attempt to derive new methods for treatment and re-growth of hair.
Fact: Each individual hair sits in a cavity known as the hair follicle.
Fact: It is normal to shed a certain amount of hair each day. The range of hair lost per day is typically 50-100 hairs per day. However, these are typically regenerated, which is not true in circumstances of male pattern baldness.
Fact: 25% of the time, male pattern baldness is capable of starting at ages earlier than 21.
Fact: It is estimated that approximately 35 million men in the United States alone are affected by some degree of male pattern baldness.
Fact: There are no direct secondary medical complications due to the development of male pattern baldness. However, it is common for men to become uncomfortable with their overall physical appearance causing psychological and social consequences.
Fact: There are treatment options available for that can stimulate the re-growth of hair and work to reduce or prevent further hair loss.
Fact: You should always consult your physician before beginning any treatment for male pattern baldness. It is important to consult your physician for the diagnosis of male pattern baldness as well.
Fact: There is an equivalent of male pattern baldness in women, female pattern baldness. However, female pattern baldness is not nearly as common as male pattern baldness.
Fact: There is no cure for male pattern baldness, however, there are certain treatment options available to slow the loss of hair and regenerate growth.
Fact: There is no way to prevent male pattern baldness.