Male Pattern Baldness
Both Men and Women Are Affected by the Genetic Predisposition
The common problem referred to as “male pattern baldness,” is known medically as androgenic alopecia. Both men and women are affected by the genetic predisposition for it with an estimated 2/3 of all men and up to ½ of women reporting hair thinning or balding by the age of 50. Luckily, New Jersey hair transplant procedures are more effective than ever for permanent, effective treatment.
There are differences in how each gender experiences the progression, however. For women, thinning tends to be diffuse with hair falling out fairly evenly and visible at the crown. Their hairlines generally stay in place, but the scalp becomes more visible and hair part, wider.
In men, the progression of hair loss will usually follow a distinctive horseshoe pattern with temples and hairline receding first and bald spot forming at the crown. Eventually, these areas meet, and only a band of hair remains at the back and sides.
For some, hairline recession is the only type of balding they’ll see, and their 50’s and 60’s may be marked with slightly peaked temples and distinguished silver hairs peppered through the hair. Whether your hairline changes are subtle or moving fast, you may be investigating your options to get your youthful locks back.
If you schedule an in-person consultation with a New Jersey hair transplant expert, an important first step will be verifying that health factors don’t cause your hair loss. Other, less common types of alopecia may be may be related to malnutrition, trauma, illness, and medication. In most cases, these are temporary problems, and hair surgery is not an appropriate solution.
Your family history will be a key indicator of pattern hair loss, and your surgeon will determine your stage of progression.